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May 15, 2018

 Southern Star Graduate Chapter Gives Inaugural Outstanding Senior Award

On April 14, the Southern Star (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Graduate Chapter presented the inaugural Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award to Parker Sheppard (Nova Southeastern 2018) and An Phan (Nova Southeastern 2018). The monetary award is given to a senior/seniors who excelled in scholarship, brotherhood, leadership and philanthropy during their undergraduate career.

Pictured (L-R): Eric Wilhjelm (Florida 1988), Derek Gordon (Arkansas 2008), Ryan Kegerreis (Nova Southeastern 2015), Parker Sheppard, Rich Wilhjelm (Florida 1984) and Mark Krill (Florida 1986).

April 16, 2018

 PGD Recognizes Graduate Advisors in Honor of National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), Phi Gamma Delta wants to recognize our extraordinary volunteers and the important work they do for the Fraternity. Here is a list of several graduate brothers who were recently recognized for the outstanding volunteer work they do:

  • Jeff Butterworth (Sam Houston 2016), Faculty Advisor, was awarded Outstanding Advisor of a Student Organization from SHSU.
  • Steve Caine (New Mexico 1997), Chapman's Purple Legionnaire, was named Advisor of the Year.
  • Dave Elmore (Indiana 1955), former Archon President, received IU's Herman B. Wells Greek Legacy Award for his consistent dedication and service to the IU Greek community as an alum.
  • Steve Gay (Old Dominion 1990) (pictured above), Purple Legionnaire, won the Donald K. Marchand Outstanding Alumni Award from ODU's Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards.
  • Sean Nicholl (Western Michigan 2013), BCA Chairman, was awarded Outstanding Chapter Alumni by WMU's Order of Omega.
  • William "BJ" Sterling (North Texas 2013) won UNT's IFC Greek Advisor of the Year Award.
  • Dr. Amelious Whyte (Minnesota 1990), Scholarship Advisor won UM's IFC Advisor of the Year.
April 12, 2018

 Atlanta Graduate Chapter Holds 6th Monthly Meeting Since Its Revival

The Atlanta Graduate Chapter held its 6th monthly meeting since its revival at the Hudson Grille in Sandy Spring, GA on April 10. Seventeen brothers representing 13 chapters were in attendance.

The next monthly meeting will be held at the Georgia Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball game at the SunTrust Park on May 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Pictured: Tom Adams (Emory 1970), Jackson Wood (Georgia 2013), Bill Gurley (Arizona 1970), Patrick Harvey (Florida State 1986), Tommy Owings (Georgia 1984), Stephen Hart (Cincinnati 1973), David Massey (Florida State 2003), Mark Forbes (Arkansas 1984), Mitchell Williams (Florida State 1983), John Ficken (Tennessee 1980), Chuck Pettis (Miami 1961), Bruno Haring (Bradley 1997), John Bonin (Louisiana State 1977), Scott Murray (Auburn 1969), Patrick Love (Texas Dallas 2013), Michael Fligg (William Jewell 1961) and Peter Stoddard (Georgia 1979)

April 5, 2018

 Pi Iota at WPI is Named Most Improved Chapter of the Year

During the WPI Greek Awards Night, the Pi Iota Chapter won Most Improved Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year and Most Outstanding Leadership Development. They were also recognized as the runner-up for Most Outstanding Member Development. 

March 29, 2018

 The Kappa Mu Chapter Receives Five Awards from Western Michigan

During Western Michigan's Standards of Excellence banquet, the Kappa Mu Chapter was awarded with Chapter of the Year for 2017-18, Highest Council GPA for 2017-18 and Highest New Member GPA for the spring 2017 semester. Additionally, Thye Fischman (2018) won Outstanding Chapter President and Sean Nicholl (2013) won Outstanding Chapter Alumni.

March 20, 2018

 Custis Mewbourne Received Distinguished Fiji Award

On March 2, Executive Director Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975) presented Curtis Mewbourne (Oklahoma 1958) with the Distinguished Fiji Award during the Nu Omega Chapter's annual scholastic and leadership recognition luncheon. The luncheon, which is hosted by Brother Mewbourne, recognizes Oklahoma undergraduate brothers who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher. This year, 45 brothers received $65,000 in scholarships from the Mewbourne Scholastic Excellence and Leadership Scholarship Fund and 25 graduates attended the event to celebrate their achievements.

Since the Fund was established in 2013, over $252,000 has been awarded to more than 235 deserving undergraduate brothers.


March 8, 2018

 John Vanek Releases First Book of a Three-Book Mystery Series

John Vanek's (Case Western Reserve 1970) novel, Deros, was recently released worldwide (paperback and E-book). Deros is the first book of the three-book Father Jake Austin mystery series. For more information about John, visit, and to order Deros from Amazon, click here.


March 6, 2018

 Several Fijis Attend the 2018 SEIFC Leadership Academy in Atlanta

From February 15-18, undergraduate brothers from the Alabama Birmingham, Auburn, Austin Peay, Charleston, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Western Kentucky Chapters traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference's (SEIFC) 2018 Leadership Academy. Carson Lance (Ball State 2010) also attended as a facilitator. 

February 22, 2018

 The Houston Graduate Chapter Holds First Event of the Year

On February 17, the Houston Graduate Chapter held its first brotherhood event of the year. Ten brothers representing six chapters visited the Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX to watch the Houston Sabercats rugby team defeat the New York Athletic Club, 39-38, in their inaugural season.

Pictured L-R: Ryan Mercer (Illinois 2010), Chad Heins (Illinois 2012), Robert Moore (North Texas 2014), Bill Gassman (Arkansas 2009), Jason Hills (Arkansas 2009), Paul Hains (Texas Christian 1997), Carlos Rodriguez (North Texas 2011) and Donnie Amfahr (Illinois 2011).

February 19, 2018

 Wisconsin Grad Brother Happens to Meet a Phi Gam While Visiting Virginia Tech

When Louis Preysz (Wisconsin 1968) (left) visited Virginia Tech, he happened to cross paths with Christian Muckerman (Virginia Tech 2019) (right), who was wearing a FIJI sweatshirt, so he decided to say hello. The two brothers spent time together talking and reminiscing about their respective chapters.

February 8, 2018

 Indiana Graduates Develop Scholarship as Part of Annual Golf Outing

Graduate brothers from the Zeta Chapter at Indiana have been gathering for their Annual Graduate Fiji Golf Outing every year since its founding in 1977. Every summer, 35-45 brothers from the classes of 1976-1981 attend the outing, which is held in Bloomington. Last summer, the 41st outing was held and approximately 40 brothers attended.

Mark Laesch (1976), the founder of Golfstat, started the outing and continued to run the event every year until he passed ad astra on March 4, 2017, after battling ALS. Shortly before Mark passed away, Jim Stanbrough (1979) promised he would continue to run the outing and asked Mark if he had any wishes for the outing in the future. Mark said he would like to see something charitable develop as a part of the golf outing, so the Chapter decided they are going to establish the Mark Laesch Scholarship. Each year, the scholarship will recognize a Zeta Chapter undergraduate brother who best exemplifies and promotes brotherhood within the Chapter, maintains a 3.0 GPA or better and is active in an intramural sports program: characteristics Mark was well known for. To establish this annual scholarship, the Chapter must raise $25,000. For more information or to make a donation, visit

February 5, 2018

 Charlie Ieuter Becomes the Eighth Phi Gam in His Family

William C. "Charlie" Ieuter II (Kansas 2021) (center) was initiated into the Pi Deuteron Chapter at Kansas on January 20, making him the eighth Phi Gam in his family. Charlie's Grandfather William C. Ieuter I (Illinois 1957) (right) and father Jacob Ieuter (1986) (left) were present for the initiation.

Phi Gams in Ieuter family include: William C. Ieuter I, his three sons Charles Ieuter (Illinois 1983), William Calvin Ieuter (Iowa State 1985) and Jacob Ieuter, his nephew Karl Ieuter (Miami 1995), and grandsons Max Ieuter (Michigan State 2012) (son of Charles), Rolf Ieuter (Wisconsin 2014) (son of Charles), and Charlie Ieuter (son of Jacob).

February 1, 2018

 Texas San Antonio Graduate Brothers Reunite for a Duck Hunt

Seven brothers from the Sigma Alpha Chapter at Texas San Antonio gathered for a weekend duck hunt in Aransas Pass, TX.

Pictured (L-R): Ellison Farias (2005), Ben Niemietz (2005), John Elmore (2004), Billy Faulstich (1999), Stephen Faulstich (2005), Michael Patterson (2009), Justin Fults (2003).

January 28, 2018

 The Northeastern Colony Hosts a 3v3 Basketball Tournament Philanthropy

On January 27, the Delta Colony at Northeastern hosted Phi Gamma Slamma, a 3v3, single elimination basketball tournament. To enter the tournament, each team had to pay a $15 entry free, and the winning team received three $15 gift certificates to a local restaurant. 10 teams entered the tournament and raffle tickets were sold during the event, bringing in a total of $339. All the proceeds were donated to the USO and the YMCA of Greater Boston, where the tournament was held.

January 22, 2018

 Grand Valley State Brothers Volunteer with Chemocare

On January 20, the Gamma Rho Chapter participated in Grand Valley State's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Solidarity. This year, the Chapter partnered with a student organization, called Chemocare. Chemocare creates chemotherapy I.V. cover bags that are decorated for kids undergoing treatment. The covers will hang over the infusion bags, providing a comforting image to the kids who need it the most.


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