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July 31, 2020

 Sam Houston State Chapter and Brothers Wins Greek Life Awards

Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State (below) was awarded the Outstanding Non-Greek Collaboration Award at the 2020 Annual Pantheon, the SHSU Greek Life Awards Ceremony. They received the award for forming a meaningful connection with SHSU's Diamond Kats. Additionally, Joseph Oviedo (2021) (left, above) won the Demeter Award, as a leader in service, and David Brooke (2020) (right, above) won the Athena Award, for outstanding academic excellence.

 
July 30, 2020

 Four Brothers from the Florida Chapter Hike Glacier National Park

Earlier in July, four brothers from the Upsilon Phi Chapter at Florida spent a week hiking in Glacier National Park in northern Montana.

Pictured (L-R): David Smith (1983), Chris Buffington (1983), Kenn Kowalske (1980) and Ned Westbrook (1983).

 
July 28, 2020

 Pittsburgh Graduates & Undergraduates Gather for Annual Pitt Fiji Open

Brothers from the Pi Sigma Chapter at Pittsburgh once again held their Pitt FIJI Open this year. Seventeen graduates and 14 undergraduate brothers had a lot of fun at the event, while maintaining social distancing. Max Johnson (2020), who played for the Pitt Golf Team, won the event scoring a 76.

Pictured below: Ben Wallander (1989) handcrafted the event's trophy, which was signed by all the brothers who attended the event, as well as Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), who Ben visited while driving through Lexington, Kentucky.

 
July 22, 2020

 Harold Brinkley (Georgia Tech 1948) Receives Diamond Owl Certificate

Harold Brinkley (Georgia Tech 1948) received his Diamond Owl certificate, celebrating 75 years as a brother of Phi Gamma Delta.

 
July 16, 2020

 Bill Miller Receives the 2020 NIC Advisor Award of Distinction

Bill Miller (Indiana 1962) received the 2020 NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference) Advisor Award of Distinction for his work as a Purple Legionnaire for the Lambda Iota Chapter. The award “recognizes exceptional commitment to advising a fraternity chapter, Interfraternity Council or fraternity/sorority community. Each recipient demonstrates dedication to guiding and mentoring the fraternity members with whom they work, and exemplifies the highest standards of character, leadership and interfraternalism both personally and professionally.” Bill has been and advisor and volunteer for the Fraternity for over 30 years, serving in positions such as Archon President (2008-2010), Ritualist (1979-2004) and Purple Legionnaire (1996-present). He has also received the Durrance Award eight times, winning first place in 2018. For more information about the award, visit nicfraternity.org/advisor-award-of-distinction.

 
July 15, 2020

 Iowa Chapter Raises Money for National Cares Mentoring Movement

From July 6-11, brothers from the Mu Deuteron Chapter at Iowa raised money for the National Cares Mentoring Movement (NCMM) through their Miles for Mentoring Runathon. Throughout the week, donors could choose to donate to sponsor one of 12 brothers (pictured above) to participate in the runathon. For every $5 donated to an individual runner, meant they have to run one mile. Currently, the Chapter has raised over $4,000 for the NCMM, and they are continuing to collect donations. 

 
July 14, 2020

 Juan Dozier Creates Scholarship to Support Diverse Students at WKU

Juan Dozier (Western Kentucky 2020) established the Juan H. D. Dozier II Scholarship at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The scholarship will support a diverse WKU freshman or sophomore student, who has been involved in leadership roles and aspires to be a leader at WKU.

Juan said, "The single-most important reason for me to establish this scholarship was to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. I want to assist individuals who seek to become leaders in their field of study and in their community. If we want to see change occur, it must start with us and our ability to lead other individuals."

Read the full story here.

 
July 10, 2020

 Epsilon at North Carolina Donates Remaining Funds to Help UNC Students

After the pandemic hit, the Epsilon Chapter at North Carolina had remaining funds from dues and gross food costs, which they did not know what to do with. The Chapter's executive committee sent an email to members and parents to determine what to do with these remaining funds, and they voted to donate a portion of their refund, $7,254, to the Carolina Student Impact Fund (CSIF). The CSIF supports students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to the pandemic. As of June 16, the CSIF has distributed approximately $2 million to almost 2,000 students. The Chapter hopes to continue making contribution to the fund in the future.

For more information, read the UNC article here.

 
June 24, 2020

 Evan Stoner Talks About Supreme Court's Historic Decision in Interview

Evan Stoner (Hanover 2019) was recently interviewed by The News & Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana's newspaper, about the Supreme Court's ruling on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also protects LGBTQ+ employees (read the article here). Evan was interviewed as a leader in Southern Indiana's LGBTQ+ community.

Evan founded Jeffersonville, Indiana Pride (now called Southern Indiana Pride) in 2016, and he served as the Pride Festival's director for three years. In 2019, Evan he was named president of Southern Indiana Pride's Board of Directors. As president, Evan pushed for a Fairness Ordinance in Jeffersonville in 2020. He also postponed the 2020 Southern Indiana Pride due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
June 18, 2020

 Jim Shaw Shares a Story About His Chapter Brother Dr. Steve Corwin

Shaw: Words of Wisdom from My Brother

By: Jim Shaw (Northwestern 1977)

When I was a freshman at Northwestern University in Chicago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I pledged to join the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, otherwise known as FIJI. I loved the brotherhood of the fraternity. 

One of the other guys who pledged the fraternity at the same time was a freshman from White Plains, NY, named Steven Corwin (Northwestern 1976) (pictured). He was friendly, outgoing, a little cocky, and brilliant. We went through initiation together, played poker together, and argued over which basketball team was better at the time: His beloved New York Knicks or my beloved Boston Celtics. Corwin was so smart that he earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees in just six years.

Several of my fraternity brothers are my best friends to this day. However, I lost touch with Corwin…until now. Not surprisingly, Dr. Corwin, a renowned cardiologist and internist, is now the president and CEO of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital System. It’s one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country, and in the epicenter of the overwhelming battle with the coronavirus, having treated 10,000 COVID-19 patients.

“It has been horrific,” Corwin said. “In 40 years of medicine, I have never seen anything like this. It’s been so startling and sudden, and the level of illness is profound."

Under Corwin’s extraordinary leadership, operating rooms and conference areas were turned into ICU areas, doctors were repurposed, desperately needed medical supplies were obtained from around the world, triage tents were set up outside emergency rooms, ventilators were created from anesthesia machines, and they split ventilators to treat two patients at a time. New York-Presbyterian also went the extra mile for employees, such as putting them in hotels, busing them to the hospitals, giving them free meals and parking, and paying out bonuses.

“The toughest part is knowing you’re putting a lot of people in harm’s way,” Corwin said. “It’s a deadly disease. It’s contagious. It’s humbling that they willingly did this to help people."

At New York-Presbyterian, about 2,000 patients have died from COVID-19, along with 14 employees. Also, a highly admired emergency room physician died by suicide. It has all taken an emotional toll... 

Read the full story by Jim Shaw on Inforum.

 
May 14, 2020

 Houston Graduate Chapter Hosts a Virtual Pig Dinner in April

In April, the Houston Graduate Chapter hosted a virtual Pig Dinner. There were brothers, representing 17 chapters, in attendance.

 
May 13, 2020

 Kelley Rea Donates 6,000 Masks to Essential Workers in Sarasota, Florida

To help fight the pandemic, Kelley Rea (Michigan 1966) (pictured) and his wife, Mary Jean, Jecklin, paid six Vietnamese refugees, who alterations boutique would have otherwise been shuttered, to sew 6,000 masks. Kelley added filters to the masks, and he personally delivered the masks to emergency care and essential service workers in Sarasota, Florida.

 

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