Expansion

Overview & Timeline

The Fraternity seeks out expansion opportunities across North America and will expand at an institution if we are confident that we can become a leading organization on campus in the areas of scholarship, community service, and campus involvement. Phi Gamma Delta has determined three keys to the success of any expansion process that must be in place to consider an institution for expansion: 

  • Overall academic reputation of the university
  • Strong local graduate and volunteer support
  • Healthy and supportive Greek community

Whether you are a campus administrator, campus leader, or potential recruit interested in starting a fraternity on your campus, we invite you to explore Phi Gamma Delta and its expansion plans and policies to determine if it is the right fit for your campus or your future. If you have any questions or comments, contact us at phigam@phigam.org or 859-255-1848.

Campus Recommendations

Phi Gamma Delta conducts a recommendation-based expansion program. Quality men are not identified or attracted by gimmicks. We believe that the faculty, staff, campus leaders, students, and local graduate brothers can best help us identify men who meet our high standards.

We conduct meetings and presentations with all of the groups listed above and ask them to recommend men whom they feel exemplify the qualities of the “Fiji Gentleman,” devoting their college lives to friendship, scholarship, leadership, and service to the community.

Expansion Staff

The fraternity employs two full-time brothers to oversee all phases of the Fraternity's expansion process. Aside from managing relations with new host institutions, the Director of Fraternity and Director of Chapter Services - East/West are responsible for: 

  • Coordinating the recruitment of colony pledges during the colonization process
  • Coordinating the recruitment of graduate brothers to support the colonies
  • Prospecting for new expansion opportunities

Phi Gamma Delta also devotes a minimum of two International Headquarters staff members to each expansion effort. Trained specifically on successful expansion techniques, these two men typically spend seven weeks on campus conducting the colonization effort.

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Expansion Timeline

 Week 1: Campus Orientation & Public Relations

  • Individual meetings with a wide variety of university community members
  • Presentations to Greek councils, other chapters, and campus organizations
  • Gather recommendations and begin initial contact with prospects 

 Weeks 2-3: Informational Meetings & Recruitment Interviews

  • Informational meetings for interested students
  • Interview prospects
  • Attend council meetings
  • Group recruitment events

 Weeks 4-5: Recruitment Interviews & Membership Selection

  • Recruitment interviews continue
  • Continue group recruitment events
  • Extend invitations to join Phi Gamma Delta
  • Founding Fathers of colony formally pledged

 Week 6: Membership Development & Long-Range Goal Setting

  • Goal setting, team building retreat for all new colony members
  • Ken Blanchard Leadership facilitated to all members and interested IFC men
  • ASAP risk management and Social Strengths sexual assault prevention training for all members and interested IFC men
  • First colony meeting and pledge education begins (taught by a graduate brother)

 Week 7: Leadership Position Elections & Training

  • Elections for 5 officer positions and slating for remaining committee chairmen
  • Orientation and training for officers and committee chairmen
  • Graduate advisor and mentor introductions for all leaders
  • Evening with the Fijis Campus Reception
  • Second colony meeting and pledge education (taught by a graduate brother)
 

 

Expansion Projects

Current Expansions

If you have any recommendations of men attending one of these institutions, contact the Director of Fraternity Growth or submit a recruitment recommendation.

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Future Expansions

Fall 2022

 University of Vermont

  • Re-Expansion
  • Location: Burlington, VT

 University of Wyoming

  • Expansion
  • Location: Laramie, WY
 

If you have any recommendations of men attending one of these institutions, or if you would like to obtain more information about one of these colonization projections, contact the Director of Fraternity Growth or submit a recruitment recommendation

Recent Colony Success Stories

 Spring 2022

  • George Washington University: Established with 13 Founding Fathers. Members are involved in a variety of campus organizations including orientation leaders, student activist organizations, College Democrats/Republications and the IFC, to name a few.

 Fall 2020 - Fall 2021

  • Texas A & M University Corpus Christi: Expanded with 16 men, whose majors include business administration, kinesiology and several engineering fields. The Founding Fathers have also participated in Greek Week and other local philanthropy and service events.
  • University of Memphis: Re-expanded with nine Founding Fathers, who had a collective 3.42 GPA during the fall 2020 semester. There are two military veterans in the Provisional Chapter: President Hollis Abner and Thomas Thompson. Members are involved in several campus organizations, including marching band, Tiger Elite, Weeks of Welcome, Honors College, Emerging Scholars and Orientation Guides.

 Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo: Expanded with 16 Founding Fathers. Members recently participated in Alpha Phi Sorority’s Hoops for Hearts philanthropy within weeks of accepting bids. 

 Spring 2020

  • Seton Hall University: Colonized with 60 men, who have a collective 3.1 GPA. The Founding Fathers are from nine states and are members of 20 organizations on campus. 

 Fall 2019

  • Loyola University New Orleans: Colonized with 24 men, who have a collective 3.11 GPA.
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Colonized with 7 men, who have a collective 3.63 GPA. The Founding Fathers are members of the Oshkosh Student Association, Computer Science Club, University Police Department, and Party.0 (a sober party initiative), to name a few.

 Spring 2019

  • Christopher Newport University: Colonized with 27 Founding Fathers, who have a collective 3.08 GPA.

 Fall 2018

  • George Mason University: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 33 men, who have a collective 3.4 GPA. The Founding Fathers are from every continent, excluding Antarctica, and they are involved in over 20 club and organizations.
  • University of Missouri Kansas City: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 23 Founding Fathers. Members are involved in 26 student organizations and have a collective 3.63 GPA.
  • University of Nevada Reno: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 20 Founding Fathers, who have a collective 3.1 GPA.

 Spring 2018

  • Kent State University: Phi Gamma Delta recolonized with 14 Founding Fathers. Members are involved in a variety of campus organizations, including campus mentors, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Alpha Rho Chi Architecture Fraternity, to name a few. The Colony was also #1 in IFC grades, with a collective 3.24 GPA.
  • University of Colorado Boulder: Phi Gamma Delta recolonizedd with 40 men with a collective 3.25 GPA.

 Fall 2017

  • University of Arizona: Phi Gamma Delta recolonizedd with 58 men. The Colony includes students involved in student government, Blue Chip Leadership, community service organizations across Tucson, AZ, and the University’s swimming, basketball, track and rugby teams.
  • University of Tampa: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 39 men with a collective 3.32 GPA. Members are involved in PEACE Community Service Organization, President’s Leadership Fellows, student government and intramural sports, to name a few.
  • University of Texas San Antonio: Phi Gamma Deltarecolonizedd with 20 men. The members have a collective 3.0 GPA and are involved in Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, student senate, peer mentors and YoungLifee. 
  • Utah State University: Phi Gamma Deltarecolonizedd with 30 men earning a collective 3.4 GPA. The Colony includes members who are involved in student government, orientation and various community service organizations across Cache Valley.

 Spring 2017

  • College of William & Mary: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 26 men with a collective 3.5 GPA. The Colony includes students from the Chinese Student Organization, Latin American Student Union, Taiwanese American Student Association and Blacksmithing Club.
  • Northeastern University: Phi Gamma Delta colonized with 76 men, who represent eight countries and have a collective 3.4 GPA. Members are involved in College Democrats, club sports, Finance & Investment Club, Center for Community Service, student government and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
  • University of Pittsburgh: Phi Gamma Deltarecolonizedd with 25 men earning a collective 3.22 GPA. The Colony includes members who are Residence Life Assistants, the Pitt Marching Band, Kappa Theta Pi Information Science Fraternity, the Asian Student Alliance, Pitt Medical School, and club sports.

Campus Testimonials

Letters from Campus Greek Advisors:

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Recolonization FAQs

The below guide is designed to answer graduate brothers' frequently asked questions on the recolonization process. 

 Why has Phi Gamma Delta decided to return to campus?

Phi Gamma Delta seeks to recolonize a chapter if we feel there is strong local graduate support, a supportive Greek community, and a healthy university environment. The decision has been carefully considered and approved by the Archons. 

 Will the colony have the chapter’s Greek letter designation and be aware of our history & heritage?

Yes.

 What has happened leading up to the return?

Once Phi Gamma Delta sees potential for a successful return, the process is a result of months (or sometimes years) of staff preparation. This involves a written application to the university explaining Phi Gamma Delta’s history, vision, and commitment to adding value to the community. It also involves at least one site visit to conduct a presentation and meetings with various administration, undergraduate leaders, and Greek Affairs staff.

 How are the initial colony members recruited?

Phi Gamma Delta sends two staff members to campus for seven weeks for a dynamic recruitment process. Graduate brothers are encouraged to send us referrals and will receive follow-up throughout the process. More information can be found here.

 Why do we not extend bids at the end of "formal rush"?

We are able to bid and retain higher quality initial pledge classes with this extended recruitment process. The process also helps model how we expect our undergraduates to recruit well beyond “formal rush” after the colony is established.

 What is the time line for chartering?

The chartering process typically takes approximately 12-18 months for any colony. This is designed to give the colony more staff support and direction, as they show sustainability in scholarship, recruitment, campus engagement, and finances/administration. We refer to these as the Four Points of the Diamond.

 Since we have already had a chapter, why can't we get our charter back immediately?

The colony as a whole receives additional benefit from this model, as the detailed colony process is the best way of ensuring their long-term sustainability. It is a luxury for undergraduates and graduates to receive the additional staff support, coaching, and direction that the road to chartering presents.

 What is the members' organizational status after joining?

All colony pledges receive Purple Pilgrims and complete pledge education with a trained graduate brother, culminating with initiation into the colony that semester. Staff teach the men a colony ritual that allows for purposeful meetings, while withholding chapter ritual until the chartering. The colony recruits new pledge classes in subsequent semesters with guidance from staff and graduate brothers. At chartering, all colony brothers (including upperclassmen who have since graduated) are initiated into the chapter.

 How will the wait affect our relationship with the undergraduates?

As much as you allow it to. Undergraduates come into Phi Gamma Delta excited for the opportunity to meet graduate brothers and create a positive change on their campus. The colony/chapter distinction does not hinder their experience unless graduate brothers excessively reference it.

 How can I learn more about getting involved?

To learn more about Phi Gamma Delta's Building Courageous Leaders initiative, click here. To attend events or learn about advising opportunities, email our Director of Fraternity Growth.

 

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