Spring 2016

House Corporation Bulletin - Spring 2016

Housing Conference at the 168th Ekklesia in Boston.

The 168th Ekklesia will include a Housing Conference, a series of educational sessions designed to provide resources and create dialogue around housing-related issues. The conference will held on Friday, August 12, 2016 (exact times to be determined).  Our agenda is in development and we invite House Corporation members to help us determine what topics will be most beneficial for you. Share your feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/168thhousingconf.

The 168th Ekklesia will be held August 11-14 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Brothers who have or will register for the full Ekklesia are welcome to participate. Brothers who cannot attend the full Ekklesia may register as a Housing Conference Attendee, which also includes the Friday Awards Luncheon (begins at 12pm) and the Fijis at Fenway event (5pm-9pm).

Additional Ekklesia details and registration are available at www.phigam.org/EkklesiaBoston. Contact Rob Caudill, Director of Graduate Development, with questions.

2016 Greek Housing Conference in Atlanta, GA

Another educational resource available to you is the annual Greek Housing Conference, held this year on April 9, 2016 at Emory University. This is an interfraternal conference that is available at no charge. Details and registration are available at www.mygreekgift.org/2016GHC

College / University Agreements

We continue to see an increasing number of host institutions requiring fraternity chapters, and in some cases house corporations, to execute relationship or housing agreements with the institution.

Many of these agreements require that the institution be named as an insured on the chapter/house corporation’s liability insurance and that the chapter or house corporation indemnify the institution. Some of these requirements are not feasible or are inequitable.

Any such document should not be executed until it has been reviewed by the Fraternity’s insurance agency. It can be sent to Bill Martin at bmartin@phigam.org.

Recognizing Graduate Brothers

We often get requests or questions related to how Phi Gamma Delta recognizes its graduate brothers for their contributions and/or accomplishments. Generally, on the International Fraternity level, these fall into two categories:

The Distinguished Fiji Award: Each year the Archons select up to six accomplished graduate brothers "for their faithful and unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta or their special contribution to mankind and society at large." Background and past winners of this award are available at www.phigam.org/distinguishedfijiaward.

We encourage you to nominate deserving brothers no later than May 2 for consideration this year.

Individual Awards for Volunteers: The Fraternity's awards competition also provides a number of individual awards to recognize deserving brothers for their contributions as graduate volunteers. You may work with your chapter to nominate deserving brothers, or make nominations directly by submitting an applciation no later than March 31. These awards include:

  • Coulter Cup: Graduate brother who has contributed the most to an undergraduate chapter through service in a capacity other than as a Purple Legionnaire or General Officer.
  • Crowder Cup: Outstanding Faculty Advisor.
  • Durrance Award: Outstanding Purple Legionnaire (chapter advisor) in the Fraternity.
  • Haynes Award: Most Effective Section Chief.

House Corporation Resources

Are you aware that that the Fraternity’s website offers a wealth of detailed information pertaining to the operation and management of house corporations? Visit our Advisor Resource Page to find these resources – including the House Corporation Manual which includes sample contracts and other documents, checklists, and instructions.

As another resource for house corporations, Ron Sages (Ohio University 1973) serves in the volunteer officer position of Director of Housing. Ron served as Archon Treasurer from 2006 to 2010 and as chairman of our Financial Advisory Board from 2004 to 2006. He also has many years of experience as a House Corporation President and Treasurer. We are very fortunate to have a brother with Ron’s broad experience and knowledge now working to enhance our support of house corporations. He can be reached at rsages@chapinasset.com.

House Corporation Roster

If you have not updated your House Corporation roster with the Fraternity recently, now is the time! You may send your list of officers and members to Rob Caudill, Director of Graduate Development. You may also contact Rob to determine who is currently listed in the Fraternity's records. 

Past House Corporation Bulletins

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