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 #1,014 - April 2019

 
 
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#1,014 - Good News 
 
4/19/2019
 

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Giving Day
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Phi Gamma Delta and the Educational Foundation are hosting our second Giving Day to help Continue Our Legacy and Expand Our Impact on Founders Day, May 1. If your chapter is planning a Founders Day celebration, let us know!

Giving Day updates and Founders Day events will be shared on the Fraternity's social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Award Winning Chapters


The following chapters recently won university/Greek life awards on their respective campuses:
- Alpha Omicron at Akron (pictured): 6 Greek Leadership Awards and the Dean's Cup (for overall chapter excellence)
- Theta at Alabama: Best Philanthropy & Service Awards
- Zeta at Indiana: IFC Chapter of Excellence
- Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan: Chapter Academic Excellence Award and Silver Chapter Excellence Award.
- Omega Deuteron at Old Dominion: IFC Chapter of the Year, Best Philanthropy/Community Event and all four of the Excellence Awards
- Omicron at Virginia: Outstanding Philanthropic Event of the Year and the Mark Leonida Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship & Intramural Sports Award

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Chapter/Colony Successes

On February 15-16, Beta Psi at Boise State hosted the 2019 Pacific Northwest Section Convention. Undergraduates from the Utah State Colony and the Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington chapters were in attendance, as well as Section Chiefs Steve Lamberson (Washington 1980) and Brad Whiting (Washington 1980). The event kicked off on Friday, with a social hour, to give undergraduates and graduate brothers from other chapters a chance to get to know one another. On Saturday, Beta Psi hosted workshops on recruitment and graduate relations, and Jeff Downey (UCLA 1983) lead a philanthropy workshop. Brothers also participated in a cultural awareness presentation by the Inclusive Excellence Student Council at Boise State University.

The Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island and WPI chapters attended the first Northeast Fiji Summit on February 23. The Summit was hosted by the WPI Chapter on WPI's campus and led by Section Chiefs Tim Kilduff (Kent State 1968) and George Norman (RPI 1987) and Purple Legionnaires Doug Banks (Maine 1982) and Dave Willens (WPI 2009). The day-long event focused on Phi Gamma Delta's values and Building Courageous Leaders.

In 2018, the Theta Chapter at Alabama completed over 3,000 hours of community service (~20.5 hours/member) and raised over $67,000 through various philanthropy events. These events included Coronas for Cojones (CfC), benefiting the Livestrong Foundation, and Shades for Safe (SfS), supporting degenerative eye disease research. CfC was created by Joe Azar (2015), who beat testicular cancer, and SfS was created by Sage Lyons (2019), who suffers from degenerative eye disease.

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Phi Alpha at Arkansas was partnered with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Chi Omega Sorority and Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha for the annual Greek Stroll on March 13. The Stroll is a Greek life synchronized dance competition supporting the Greek Life Scholarship Fund. The Chapter and their partners won 1st place.

In just one day, Alpha Upsilon at Auburn raised $812 for tornado relief in Lee County, Alabama. The funds went toward non-perishable food, water and toiletries.

Brothers from the Kappa Chapter at Baylor collected over 100 pairs of shoes for Cooper Mohrmann's (2021) mission trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Beta Psi attended Boise State University Inclusive Excellence Student Council's training on diversity, inclusion and cultural appropriation on February 16.

Beta Gamma at Bowling Green brothers attended a PhiredUp recruitment event, hosted by the IFC, on February 23.

On February 9, the Delta Chi Chapter and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at California Davis hosted a Valentine's Day philanthropy event called Apple of My Eye. The chapters partnered with Empower Yolo, a nonprofit organization that supports victims of domestic violence in Yolo County, California. During the event, there was a full sundae bar, and Valentine's themed "grams" were sold to students. Following the event, members from each chapter wrote and distributed the "grams" to promote positivity, self-love and healthy communication in relationships. Apple of My Eye raised over $2,000.

Brothers from Chi Rho at California of PA participated in the annual Big Event, a local community service event. Brothers assisted residents throughout their community with yard work, moving furniture and cleaning.

Xi Deuteron at Case Western Reserve partnered with the Delta Upsilon Fraternity to help Cleveland Community Greenhouse Partners prepare a new hoop house for its spring crops. With the help from the chapters, the project was completed more than a month ahead of schedule.

Gamma Kappa brothers volunteered at the Special Olympics event on Colorado School of Mines' campus by keeping score and helping coordinate the event.

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Kappa Nu at Cornell initiated 17 men from their spring 2019 pledge class. These brothers play for club sports, hold positions in various professional organizations and have been elected to the Student Assembly.

On St. Patrick's Day, Pi Nu at East Carolina volunteered with Greenville, North Carolina law enforcement and first responders to spread information about the danger of drunk driving.

The Upsilon Phi Chapter at Florida participated in a number of philanthropies this semester, including: Theta Alpha Christian Sorority's 10th Annual Showdown, benefiting Desire Street Ministries; Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority's Kappa Kickball, supporting Reading Is Fundamental; and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority's Purple Rain, which benefits domestic violence awareness.

In April, Nu Iota at Illinois State brothers volunteered at Normal West High School by packing boxes of assorted food items for families in the community. 

During the 2018-19 school year, Alpha Iota at Iowa State raised $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their S'More Roast philanthropy event. The event was created in honor of a brother who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Kappa Upsilon Colony at Kent State's pledge class earned a 3.5 GPA for the fall 2018 semester, helping the Colony achieve #2 in grades out of 20 fraternities.

Fifty brothers from Mu Upsilon at Miami traveled to New Jersey to attend the funeral service of Tyler Magill (2018), who passed ad astra March 23, 2019.

Alpha Phi at Michigan celebrated another victory in the annual Winterfest broomball tournament. Winterfest raised $110,000 for the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

In November, Mu Sigma held the second annual Casino Night, raising over $14,000 for the Dr. Lou & the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. It was the most successful philanthropy in chapter history.

Over winter break, 10 brothers from the Chi Mu Chapter at Missouri were part of the popular Mizzou Alternative Breaks. This 57-person, all-Greek group went to Harmon’s Valley, Jamaica, an impoverished area in south central Jamaica. During their week there, the students built three homes and spent time in both the elementary school and local hospital.

Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan was #1 in grades for the fall 2018 semester with a 3.33 GPA.

On February 16, Nu Omega at Oklahoma brothers and pledges participated in the Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics Oklahoma City.

Omicron Chi at Oklahoma City hosted the Phi Gamma Melta philanthropy event, benefiting the USO. From 7:00-11:00pm, students were able to enjoy unlimited grilled cheese and tomato soup for $5. All of the proceeds were donated to the USO.

The Omega Deuteron Chapter at Old Dominion was saddened by the loss of former Chapter President Austin Cook (2018) in February. The Chapter and ODU community came together to hold a candlelight vigil and to help raise money for the Cook family. To raise money, the Chapter set up a Gofundme page and a car smash. In one week, they raised $7,861.

At the beginning of the year, Kappa Omicron at Oregon State traveled to Waldport, Oregon for their annual brotherhood retreat, where they discussed the past year and how to improve. Brothers and pledges engaged in constructive discussions, while strengthening the overall sense of brotherhood.

South Carolina fraternities and sororities raised over $570k for charity during the fall 2018 semester, with Mu Lambda raising over $3,700.

^ Kappa Phi at South Florida held their Pig Dinner on March 23. There were 68 brothers in attendance, including 28 local graduate brothers, 36 Kappa Phi undergraduates and four undergraduates from the Tampa Colony and Florida Chapter. The day began with a golf tournament, followed by a graduate reception leading into the dinner. During dinner, Founding Father Lucas Fritz (2016) gave the Exile's Toast, and Tampa Graduate Chapter President Jim Arnold (Florida 1975) and Treasurer Jim Frishe (Florida 1971) presented Philipee Rochester (2022) with a scholarship for the Best 2018 Fall Pledge GPA, with a 3.7.

Alpha Mu at Texas A&M conducted a diaper drive to collect money and diapers for Single Mothers Created 4 Change (SMC4C), a local charity that collects child care supplies and raises money for single mothers in the Bryan/College Station area. Last year, the Chapter donated 14,000 diapers, so they set this year's goal at 20,000. The Chapter raised $6,328 over the course of two weeks and was able to purchase over 35,000 diapers to donate to SMC4C. 

In February, the Sigma Alpha Colony at Texas San Antonio hosted an organ donor drive on campus. The Colony obtained over 170 sign-ups through Donate Life.

^ Several brothers from the Psi Chapter at Wabash took time out of their spring break to participate in and support Heroes New Hope Foundation's (HNHF) Annual Banquet fundraiser. HNHF supports wounded and injured veterans by providing therapeutic healing through hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. They also provide these services to children of the fallen or injured.

On April 6, Zeta Phi brothers participated in the William Jewell Day of Service by volunteering throughout the Kansas City community.

Kappa Chi at William Woods hosted a Mom's Weekend in March. During the weekend, brothers and their moms enjoyed brunch, a winery tour and quality time together.

In February, Mu at Wisconsin partnered with the women of Pi Beta Phi to assist with the annual Polar Plunge, supporting Wisconsin Special Olympics. Brothers helped set up the event and assisted plungers with their jump into the frigid water. Jack Rosenthal (2021) and Zane Feldman-Isaksen (2021) braved the cold and jumped in the water during the event. 

Pi Iota at WPI held their annual Pledge-Parent Dinner on January 27. Parents of the new pledge class were given a tour of the chapter house and attended the dinner along with undergraduate and graduate brothers, who shared their fraternity experiences.

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Shining Stars
 

In February, DePaul brothers Nick Silvia (2020), Thomas Flynn (2019), Matt Linn (2020), Cameron Hollins (2020) and Luke Kirkpatrick (2019) volunteered at Hustle Up the Hancock, benefiting the Respiratory Health Association (RHA). The event is a stair climb up the John Hancock building in Chicago to raise money for the RHA and support healthy lungs and clean air.

On February 16, Mike Fackler (2020), TJ Kirby (2019) and Michael Sherping attended the Engie Smart Campus Challenge at Ohio State University as one of six finalist teams. During the event, each team delivered a project funding pitch to a panel of judges. Mike, TJ and Michael pitched a partnership between the Food Recovery Network and the Smart Campus student organization to create an application that analyzes food donation inventory data to adjust OSU Dining Services purchasing and production to reduce waste and cost. The project also coordinates the donation of food to agencies in the community to help feed the hungry. Their team was the only team to receive full project funding, for a total of $54,000. They will travel to Paris, France this summer to participate in the Engie Innovation Week.

Chapter President Jimmy Franklin (Ohio State 2020) was invited to speak on the Undergraduate Business Women's Association's "I Am, Because She Is" panel on March 5. Jimmy was invited to speak about the profound impact women have had in his life as a positive male leader on campus.

During Ohio Wesleyan's 2018 Greek Awards, several brothers won individual awards. Jose Matute (2021) won the Tom Courtice New Member Award. Ben Whitbourn (2019) won the OWU Bishops Trophy. Duncan Copeland (2020) won the Outstanding Fraternity Scholar Award, and he and Sam Miller (2020) were inducted into the Order of Omega.

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^ Kevin Meiselman (Quinnipiac 2020) has always been very open about his experiences with mental illness, something many individuals have experienced in some form. Recently, he started a podcast as a platform to talk to individuals about their mental illness and how they have overcome it. In February, Kevin pitched his podcast idea at the Self Employment in the Arts competition in Chicago. He was a finalist in the competition and awarded funding for his podcast, Behind the Mind. To listen to Kevin's podcast, click here.

Aryn Pena (Sam Houston 2020) was named a 2019 Greek Raven Scholar by the University's faculty and staff.

During Virginia's Greek Awards, Justin Fox (2020),  was named Outstanding President of the Year for 2018.

Jared Nickodem (2020), Connor Van Vooren and Michael Struk (2020) helped the Washington & Lee Swim Team win their fifth consecutive ODAC Swimming Championship. Jared was 1st place in the 200-meter butterfly, Michael was 3rd place in the 1,650-meter freestyle, and Connor was 2nd place in the 100-meter freestyle and 1st place in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Wayne State Chapter President Jeff Pokriefka (2020), Chapter Treasurer Justin Verriest (2021) and Corresponding Secretary Yuri Alonte (2021) attended a Greek retreat on campus to support Greek unity.

Hunter Peterson (WPI 2019) was named Fraternity Man of the Year at this spring’s Greek Recognition Awards.

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 #1,011 - February 2019

 
 
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#1,011 - Good News 
 
2/15/2019
 

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Chapter/Colony Successes

On February 3, brothers from the Beta Nu Chapter at Appalachian State (ASU) partnered with the Sustainability & Environmental Education Club of ASU to clean-up the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Delta Chi at California Davis partnered with the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for the Apple of My Eye philanthropy event, raising money to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

^ During winter break, Lambda at DePauw invited seven sheltered women from Beyond Homeless Inc. to a holiday dinner at the chapter house. The Chapter's property manager, Jennifer Weddle, and cook, Mike Bostick, supported the event and helped host the dinner. The Chapter and the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority donated all the food for dinner, which Chef Bostick cooked. The Chapter provided the sheltered women transportation to and from the dinner, and Purple Legionnaire Orlando Ramirez (2013) helped set up the dining room for dinner. Nine undergraduate brothers, House Director Heather Williams and Dean of Student Life Dean Harwood were also in attendance at the dinner. All of the leftover food was donated to the shelter.

Upsilon Phi at Florida won the University's Fall Greek Blood Drive by donating the most blood.

Mu Deuteron brothers participated in Iowa's Dance Marathon Big Event, raising $14,000 for For the Kids.

Iota Pi at IUPUI welcomed nine men in the spring 2019 pledge class.

^ Over winter break, 10 brothers from the Beta Mu Chapter at Johns Hopkins volunteered at the Second Chance (SC) organization in Baltimore, MD. SC is a nonprofit that salvages and sells usable materials from deconstructed homes and uses the revenue to provide job training and workforce development for those with employment obstacles. The brothers helped by reconditioning wood and organizing inventory.

Every Tuesday, Gamma Deuteron brothers gather with fellow Knox students to pack 430 bags of food as a part of Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings in a Backpack, led by Professor Joel Estes, benefits hungry children in the Galesburg, Illinois area.

Nu Eta at Northeastern hosted USO & Crispy Dough as a part of their spring recruitment. Brothers invited potential members to enjoy pizza while they prepared care packages for active duty soldiers.

^ On February 1, Phi at Northwestern hosted a graduate dinner, so undergraduate members could meet graduate brothers and learn from their experiences.

During the fall 2018 semester, Omega Deuteron at Old Dominion started a new scholarship plan, giving brothers more incentives for receiving higher grades. As a result, the chapter increased their GPA by 0.31 points and was named #1 in grades.

Rose-Hulman graduate brothers Wes Bolsen (2000) and Jeff Ludwig (2016) hosted 15 Rho Phi undergrad brothers in Denver for New Year's Day. Brothers enjoyed a steak dinner, two days of skiing and brotherhood.

^ On January 19, Kappa Phi at South Florida volunteered at the University's Stampede of Service. Brothers helped by painting homes, cooking, gardening, cleaning and doing yard work in their community.

Tau Chi at Texas Christian hosted the inaugural Eric Charlton (1997) Memorial Scholarship, honoring Brother Charlton, who passed ad astra on April 11, 2018. The scholarship recognizes a brother for academic achievement and well-rounded activities. Eric's parents, Bob and Sue Charlton, generously provided the award, which was first given during the fall 2018 semester.

In December, Delta Mu at Wayne State hosted a toy donation drive for Toys for Tots, an organization that collects and distributes new toys to less fortunate families around the globe. Brothers reached out to their families, friends and community for donations, collecting nearly $800 worth of toys and donations.

Six brothers from the Kappa Mu Chapter at Western Michigan volunteered at Loaves & Fishes, packing over 1,250 lbs of food for the hungry in their community.

In February, several brothers from the Mu Chapter at Wisconsin helped shovel off a rink on Lake Mendota for the Clean Lakes Alliance's Frozen Assets Festival.

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Brothers from several FIJI chapters attended the AFLV (Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values) Central Conference in Indianapolis, February 7-10, including: Jack Singley (Appalachian State 2022), Wes Stroupe (Appalachian State 2021), Hunter Ghoreishi (Arkansas 2020)Carlos Sanabria (Arkansas 2020)Carson Tester (Idaho 2019), and several more.

Robert Schentrup (Central Florida 2021) met with President Trump and his Domestic Policy Council to discuss school safety on December 14, 2018.

Pedro Landa (Idaho 2019) will graduate in May with a degree in sociology and an emphasis in criminology. Following graduation, he will join the United States Air Force, where he plans to work in the security forces or military police.

Charles Morrison (Kansas State 2020) recently went on a hunting trip in Argentina, where he was paired, by chance, with a brother from the Georgia Tech Chapter.

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 #1,008 - December 2018

 
 
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Chapter / Colony Successes

Alpha Upsilon received two awards from Auburn's IFC: the Martin Fraternity of the Year Award, as the best all-around chapter on campus, and the Academic Excellence Award, given to the chapter with the highest GPA and a proven scholarship plan.


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The Omega Phi Chapter at Central Florida hosted Slushies and Puppies, a philanthropy event supporting Pet Rescue by Judy - a local animal shelter. The event was held on campus, and students were able to enjoy slushies while playing with puppies by making a monetary or item donation.

Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner with the women of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. The dinner was held in the chapter house and prepared by several graduate brothers.

Kappa Nu at Cornell brothers volunteered with the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau for their Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair (IAGF) on December 1. The IAGF is not about giving 'stuff'; instead they bring together area non-profits to make it easy for people to give the gift of meaningful, charitable donations to family and friends.


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Following their most successful Islander Week, Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle traveled to the USO Orlando International Airport location to deliver a $10,960.45 check. This was the most money the Chapter has raised during an Islander Week.

On November 17, brothers from the Omega Mu Chapter at Maine volunteered with the Food & Medicine (F&M) nonprofit by making Thanksgiving baskets for their annual Solidarity Harvest. Solidarity Harvest, created by F&M in 2003, is a project that provides Maine families in financial hardship with baskets containing the ingredients that are necessary for completing a Thanksgiving meal. The food is sourced from local farms and bakeries to ensure families are provided with high quality food.

Mu Phi participated in Montevallo IFC's High Heel Half Mile on November 15. The event is a play on the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" campaign, which is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Members from each IFC fraternity ran half a mile in high-heeled shoes to raise money and awareness for sexual assault prevention.

Eta Chi at Quinnipiac started a fundraiser for the people who were affected by the California wildfires in November. From December 5-7, the Chapter held a fundraiser and donation collection in the University's campus center. Donations included home essentials, like bedding, towels, pillows, clothing, etc. Additionally, Edwin Daneelian (2021), who is from California, contacted his former high school in Los Angeles, which agreed to help with the donation drive.


^ On December 15, Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman volunteered with the Noon Optimist Club for their Clothe-A-Child event at the Terre Haute Walmart. Brothers helped local kids shop for new, properly fitting clothing. This year, 800 kids (from K-5th grad) received new clothing, like coats, sweatshirts, pants, etc., for free.

Sigma Eta won Sam Houston State's soccer championship for the second consecutive year.

The Tau Upsilon Chapter and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at Tulane hosted a philanthropy for the Louisiana SPCA. The chapters raised money by collecting students' donations to play with rescue dogs on the campus quad throughout the day.

Chi Eta at Western Kentucky hosted their Helping for the Holidays philanthropy event to raise money and collect gifts for the two families the Chapter adopted for the holidays. The three-day philanthropy event included: caroling to sororities and holiday pictures on December 3; pictures with Santa and a hot chocolate and cookie sale on December 4; and a gingerbread house contest and decorate a Fiji on December 5.

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On November 24, Mason Lake (Alabama 2020) and Luke Nolen (Alabama 2020) attended the Iron Bowl (the Alabama vs. Auburn football game) as members of the Capstone Men & Women, Alabama's campus ambassadors. The game was played at Alabama this year, so the Capstone Men & Women hosted Auburn's campus ambassadors, the Plainsmen, for a tailgate during the game. It did not take long for the brothers to figure out that four of the Plainsmen were Phi Gams: Nick Pope (Auburn 2019), James Harris (Auburn 2019), Clay Godwin (Auburn 2018) and Dudley Simms (Auburn 2019).

Jacob Shircliff (IUPUI 2019) was selected as an undergraduate intern for the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values.

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^ Mississippi State brothers Leroy Torres (2022) (left) and Austin Molnar (2022) (right) were awarded the Chapter's Toward Excellence Scholarship, recognizing high achievement in scholarship, community service and leadership.

Chapter President Sean Moise (Missouri 2019) was awarded President of the Year by the IFC.

Andrew Morris (Oklahoma State 2020) was elected IFC Treasurer.

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^ Rob Bentley (Toledo 2020) won the November Awesome Award for his work as a nursing assistant on the 3rd floor at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Rob was nominated by his coworkers for excelling in his position.

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 #1,006 - November 2018

 
 
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11/16/2018
 

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Make plans to join us for Fiji Academy, January 4-6, 2019, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

This is an exceptional opportunity for new officers to learn the necessary information to be successful leaders in their chapters. Each chapter and colony is required to send (and has already been billed for) three attendees. We encourage additional brothers to attend, as training tracks are offered for ALL five elected officers, recruitment chairmen and emerging leaders (additional attendees will be billed following Academy). 

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Chapter/Colony Successes

Alpha Omicron partnered with the One of a Kind Pets animal shelter for their Puppy Party philanthropy to raise money for the shelter by bringing puppies on Akron's campus. The shelter is the leading no-kill animal rescue in Akron. The Chapter raised over $500 for the shelter, and one of the puppies was adopted.


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Beta Nu partnered with We Coach, Reformed University Fellowship, Sky Meditation and the Kappa Delta Sorority to host Appalachian State's Fall Fest. The Fest was created in 2017 by ASU's Mental Health Ambassadors, a group of students who represent the counseling center. Fall Fest is an annual event that promotes conversation about mental health and informs students about available resources. This year, the partner organizations set-up booths with activities to discuss mental health.

On September 22, Upsilon Alpha at Arizona initiated 58 brothers at their re-activation. Since their recolonization on August 21, 2017, the Chapter successfully hosted multiple social and philanthropy events and two recruitment weeks. They also maintained the second highest GPA on campus.

On October 25-27, the Kappa Chapter at Baylor hosted their 23rd annual Fright Night haunted house philanthropy event. The haunted house was free for students, so to raise money, the Chapter sold churros and ice cream to students waiting in line. Students were also able to purchase T-shirts before and during the event, allowing them to skip the line for the haunted house. All of the proceeds were donated to the USO.

 

Beta Psi at Boise State hosted their inaugural At Bat for the Troops charity wiffle ball tournament to raise money for the USO. The Chapter also hosted their first Island Queen competition philanthropy event. 38 applicants joined the competition, which included events that centered around the pillars of Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality and Excellence. The Chapter raised a total of nearly $2,000 for the USO from both events.

During the fall semester, Beta Gamma at Bowling Green initiated seven pledges, bringing their total membership to 63 brothers.

^ In September, chapter officers from Beta Pi at Bradley, Nu Iota at Illinois State and Gamma Deuteron at Knox met for a retreat, where they participated in the Blanchard Leadership trainings.

Mu Beta at Coastal Carolina started a fundraiser for the Waccamaw Community Foundation, which is providing disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area.

This summer, the Beta Kappa Colony at Colorado hosted two graduate brother events. The first was a fundraiser at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver, followed by a Rockies baseball game. The second was a graduate and undergraduate BBQ hosted by the Colony the weekend before the school year started.

^ On Halloween, Sigma Kappa at Connecticut hosted the 2nd annual Carving for Camp philanthropy, benefiting the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. From 10 am - 7 pm, students and organizations were invited to carve pumpkins for the campus display (pictured). Pumpkins were sold for $5 and extra-large pumpkins were sold to groups for $50. The event concluded with a pumpkin lighting ceremony. The Chapter raised over $7,100 for the Camp, which supports children with serious illnesses by providing "a different type of healing" at one of the most prestigious summer camps of its kind. This was the highest monetary total raised by any IFC organization at Connecticut within the last 10 years.

Kappa Nu at Cornell hosted their first Alumni Lecture as a part of the Leadership & Legacy Program. The talk was given by Jack Neafsey (1961), a former Cornell Board of Trustees member and President Counselor. Jack spoke to the Chapter about his experience in the business world, fielded questions on pre-professional development and advised the senior class.

In September, Kappa Deuteron at Georgia volunteered with the Oconee County Library Friends (OCLF) to help set-up their annual book sale. Brothers gave their time on to help move over 600 boxes of donated books to the Oconee County Civic Center, where the book sale took place. The book sale was very successful, allowing the OCLF to make a large donation to their library.

Tau at Hanover sold and delivered hot chocolate and donuts from 8 pm - midnight on October 18 and 19 for their Breast Cancer Awareness Month philanthropy. Hot chocolate and donuts were sold for $2 and both for $3. All proceeds were donated toward breast cancer awareness.

During the spring 2018 semester, Chi Iota at Illinois undergraduate brothers and Purple Legionnaire Shane Allen (2008) attended the 6th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Kickin' Cancer Dinner. The brothers volunteered to support the American Cancer Society, and they also got to meet Illinois' basketball coach Brad Underwood.

On November 9-10, Pi Deuteron at Kansas and Chi Deuteron at Kansas State held their annual FIJI Run for Leukemia, supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The run was created in memory of Rod Morgan (Kansas State 1972), who passed away from Leukemia in 1974. Brothers from each chapter ran a football 86 miles, relay-style, from Lawrence to Manhattan for the Sunflower Showdown football game on November 10.

In October, Sigma Mu at Mississippi State welcomed 52 men to their fall pledge class, the largest pledge class in their chapter's history.

Psi Mu and the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at Missouri State raised $10,000 for Make-A-Wish through their annual BBQ. This year, they sponsored five-year-old Emelia who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphobastic Leukemia. Emelia has had 24 spinal taps and 55 transfusions in the last two years. Over 700 people, including Emelia and her family, attended the BBQ.

On September 16, Nu Eta at Northeastern hosted their fourth Not For College Days Alone Dinner, giving potential members a chance to meet local graduate brothers. During the dinner, graduate brothers were invited to share what Phi Gamma Delta means to them and why they continue to stay involved and connected with the Fraternity after college.

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On Halloween, Alpha Omega at Ohio hosted FIJI Fright Night, a haunted house philanthropy event. The Chapter sold tickets to the haunted house for $5 and all proceeds were donated to the USO.

Omega Nu at Ohio Northern raised $717.42 for the Central & Southern Ohio USO group at their annual Phi Gamma Melta grilled cheese event on September 26.

This semester, Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan participated in Delta Gamma Sorority's Anchor Bowl and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity's Beach Bash Sand Volleyball Tournament philanthropy events.

Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman welcomed 30 men in their fall pledge class.

In September, the Tau Nu Chapter participated in RPI's first Greekfest, a philanthropy carnival, to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF). Participating organizations were asked to create a booth for the event. The Chapter, partnered with the Student Ambulance Club, held an ambulance push at their booth, which was one of the most popular booths. The event raised over $1,600 for the PCRF.

On September 15, Kappa Tau at Tennessee hosted a parents weekend tailgate at the chapter house. Over 45 parents attended the event, and brothers cooked breakfast for their parents before the football game.

Theta Tau won the intramural football championship at Tennessee Tech. The Chapter also competed in and won the 2018 Homecoming championship with their partners, the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Undergraduate and graduate brothers from the Upsilon Sigma Colony at Utah State volunteered at the local Loaves & Fishes Community Meal, by helping with food prep, dishwashing and cleaning. Loaves & Fishes is a community meal held twice a month with a goal of not only nourishing bodies but spirits. They serve about 250 meals both on-site and to-go.

On November 11, the Alpha Chapter at Washington & Jefferson hosted a flag football tournament to benefit the Glock Foundation. Teams of seven to 10 players were able to participate in the tournament with a $10 entry fee per person. All participants received a T-shirt, and the winning team received a package of gift cards.

This fall, Pi Mu at Washington State raised $5,636 for the USO through their Fiji Island charity concert event. The Chapter raised money through ticket sales, online donations and Greek life participation.

Zeta Phi at William Jewell, partnered with the women of Alpha Gamma Delta, won this year's Homecoming.

^ The Mu Chapter at Wisconsin (pictured) participated in the Rivalry Run with the Mu Deuteron Chapter at Iowa. Brothers from both chapters ran a total of 180 miles, relay-style, from Madison to Iowa City. This year, the Mu Chapter reached their fundraising goal of $25,000, which was donated to the Wisconsin USO.

On October 2, Pi Iota at WPI undergraduates and several recent graduates participated in Alpha Phi Sorority's Mr. Heartthrob talent show. The Sorority hosts the talent show philanthropy event every year to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women's cardiac care. The Chapter won the fundraising portion of the talent show, which meant they were able to donate half of the $1,780 raised to their charity of choice. The Chapter chose to donate to ALS Research in memory of Steve Rubin (1974), who passed away from ALS in 2015.

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^ Patrick Voirol (Bowling Green 2020) took an internship/study abroad in China during his summer break. He spent the first half of his summer traveling around China, visiting different provinces and studying. The second half was spent working with the Rural Energy & Environment Agency for the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing.

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^ Brian Cortese (Northeastern 2019), a senior biochemistry major on the pre-med track, chose the CaNCURE program for his co-op during his sophomore year and has worked there since January 2017. CaNCURE, a Northeastern and NIH National Cancer Institute funded program, trains undergrads in cancer nanomedicine research by matching students with mentors in research institutions, like Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber and Mass General Hospital, to name a few. After his co-op and graduation, Brian plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a physician scientist.

Click here to learn more about Brian and his cancer research co-op.

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^ Jimmy Franklin (Ohio State 2020) was recently featured in Ohio State University Office of Student Life's "OSU Spotlight" because of his passion for mentorship and giving back to the community. Jimmy holds many mentorship roles within the University and his Chapter. He is a Peer Advisor for the OSU Fisher College of Business, teaching 130 students in their first-year survey class. He serves his chapter as membership development chairman and director of the Courageous Leaders Program, which helps first-year students learn what they want to do at OSU and provides scholarships. Jimmy is also the vice president of pledge education for the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.

For more information about why Jimmy developed a passion for mentorship, click here.

Ohio Wesleyan brothers AJ Outcalt (2019), Nick Braydich (2020), Aunders Erickson (2020), Max Berry (2021), Jay Welch (2021), Will Efkeman and Jack Funderberge helped set a golf team record. The team scored a total of 275, which is the best team tally in the University's history.

Joe Brush (Ohio Wesleyan 2020), Lucas Farmer (Ohio Wesleyan 2019) and Mike Heeschen (Ohio Wesleyan 2019) were invited to present research from their summer internships at a Research Symposium in September.

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Submit News

Submit your chapter news and photos for inclusion in an upcoming edition of The Friday Letter or the spring 2019 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine. 

Submit stories and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson.

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 #1,003 - September 2018

 
 
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#1,003 - Good News 
 
9/21/2018
 

In This Issue

Submit News for the Fall Magazine

Good News Video Edition

Chapter / Colony Successes

Shining Stars

 
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Would you like to see your chapter's news in the On Campus section of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine? Submit news by September 24 to be included in the fall 2018 issue.

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On August 10, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta and Upsilon Chi at Calgary competed in the annual Run to Red Deer, a race that raises money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The race is a 150 km relay race to Red Deer from the chapters' respective campuses. This year, the chapters raised $9,250 for the CMHA and Upsilon Chi won the race by 5 minutes.

During the spring 2018 semester, Beta Nu at Appalachian State recorded the highest GPA of any fraternity. The Chapter also brought home the intramural football and outdoor soccer championships.


^ For the third consecutive year, Alpha Upsilon at Auburn donated over $20,000 of wood from their Fiji Island to the Chewacla State Park. The Park uses the wood for various building projects, such as ramps, bridges, benches, and a ramp for the SEC mountain biking championship event (pictured).

Beta Sigma at Ball State hosted the Phi Gamma Melta philanthropy event at the chapter house on April 6. During the 3-hour event, participants were able to enjoy all-you-can-eat grilled cheese, yard games and volleyball for $5. All proceeds were donated to the USO.

On April 21, Kappa at Baylor hosted their Pig Dinner, and approximately 175 brothers attended. The Chapter also won the softball intramural championship at the end of the school year.

In February, Beta Pi graduate and undergraduate brothers celebrated at Bradley's 2018 Pig Dinner. During this year's dinner, the Chapter awarded scholarships and leadership awards to several undergraduate brothers.

Rho Upsilon at California Riverside hosted their 43rd Annual Pig Dinner on May 5, 2018. Over 170 brothers attended the dinner and golf tournament, making it the Chapter's largest Pig Dinner to date.

On April 14, Omega Chi at Chapman held the 9th annual Purple Tie Affair, an evening of great food and live music at the Oak Creek Golf Club. Once again, the Chapter decided to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Orange County & Inland Empire chapter. This year, the Chapter's goal was to raise enough to grant wishes, which they achieved by raising over $30,000.

^ Last week, eight brothers from the Chi Omicron Chapter at Cincinnati helped Kevin Hopper (1973) and his wife, Debbie, host a meal at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, OH. They prepared, cooked and served food for 120 residents, and they cleaned-up after enjoying the meal with the residents.

Mu Beta at Coastal Carolina hosted their 6th Annual Pig Dinner on April 21 at the Ocean Creek Resort. There were a total of 65 brothers (40 undergraduates and 25 graduates) in attendance, which is the Chapter's largest Pig Dinner to date.

The Omega Chapter at Columbia received four awards at the InterGreek Council end of year banquet. The Chapter was awarded IFC Chapter of the Year and recognized for achieving the highest ALPHA Standards of Excellence score of any IFC Fraternity. Additionally, Evan Murphy (2016) was awarded Alumni of the Year Award for his work as Purple Legionnaire, and James Ritchie (2020) won IFC Member of the Year for his commitment to the University as Class President and the Greek community as Chapter President.

In May, Kappa Nu at Cornell received the Randy Scott Stevens Award for Outstanding IFC Fraternity and the Outstanding Commitment to Leadership Award by the IFC for the 2017-18 academic year.

During the spring semester, the Epsilon Rho Chapter partnered with the Embry-Riddle soccer team to raise money for Appendix Cancer Research through Kate's Souls of the Beach Foundation.

Nu Iota at Illinois State welcomed 23 men during their spring initiation.

^ The Beta Mu Chapter at Johns Hopkins raised over $7,000 for the USO by hosting their 7th Annual Push fundraiser, bringing the total amount raised to over $25,000. This year, there were participants from numerous Greek organizations, sports teams and student groups on campus.

Mu Upsilon at Miami participated in Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority's Basketbrawl, a single-elimination basketball tournament philanthropy event. The Chapter, led by Thomas Staley (2018), won the championship for the fourth year.

On January 27, Alpha Phi at Michigan hosted the Detroit-based band Brother Son in the University Commons. Because of the band's large following in the Ann Arbor, MI area, the Chapter decided to turn the concert into a philanthropy event. Numerous students from Michigan Greek life bought tickets, allowing the Chapter to raise over $2,000. The funds were donated to the Valerie Fund, which supports comprehensive medical and psychosocial treatment for children with cancer.

Sigma Mu at Mississippi State welcomed 55 men to the fall pledge class.

The Sigma Omicron Chapter at Oklahoma State welcomed 10 pledges during their summer recruitment period.

^ Omega Deuteron at Old Dominion participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, which was hosted by the ODU Women's Center. Brothers wore donated women's shoes and walked a mile to raise awareness and to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence on campus and in the community.

Epsilon Omicron at Oregon held their Pig Dinner at the Evergreen Venue in Portland, OR on April 28. There were 161 brothers (64 graduate and 97 undergraduate) in attendance.

The Kappa Omicron Chapter partnered with the Kappa Delta Sorority for Oregon State's Sing Championship. The Chapter won the championship for the first time in their history on campus.

Gamma Phi participated in Penn State's 3rd annual Greeks CARE program. The program is a collaboration between the University's Gender Equity Center and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and is designed to give participants the tools to examine their roles in preventing sexual violence. This year, over 300 students participated. The Chapter also hosted their first Fiji Island philanthropy event supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) from April 4-6. The three-day event featured a different fundraiser each day, and the Chapter raised $3,893 for the AFSP.

For the fall 2018 semester, the Lambda Iota Chapter at Purdue will launch their partnership with Ambition in Motion, a mentorship program designed to connect undergraduates with graduate brothers. Undergraduates will be paired with graduate brothers using a likeness survey to determine similar career paths. The goal of the program is to allow undergraduate brothers to learn from the experience and success of those who have completed their college journeys.

Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman partnered with Farrington's Grove Historical District in Terre Haute, IN to help clean-up and beautify the neighbor. On April 28, several brothers spent a few hours picking up litter, brush and debris around the neighborhood. They also worked on private properties in exchange for a donation to the American Red Cross.

On May 2, Sigma Eta won the Sam Houston State Greek's and Men's league softball championships.

Last spring, Mu Lambda at South Carolina hosted the Clays for a Cause skeet shooting tournament. Over ten teams participated, raising $1,000 for the USO, in addition to a donation to the local Ducks Unltd. Chapter.

During Tennessee Tech's Greek Awards, the Theta Tau Chapter won three chapter awards and seven individual awards for the 2017 year, more than any other Greek organization. The Chapter won Outstanding Scholastic Performance, the Five Star Chapter Award and IFC Chapter of the Year. Scholarship Advisor Tony Marable won Chapter Advisor of the Year. Chase Womble (2018) was named Chapter President of the Year. Bryan Dimino (2020) and Jacob Scholl (2019) were selected Greek New Member and Greek Member of the Year, respectively. Brady Hancock (2021) was named a New Greek Scholar of the Year for receiving a 4.0 GPA while completing less than 30 credit hours. And Landon Allison (2020) and James McRee (2020) were named Greek Scholars of the Year for maintaining a 4.0 GPA while completing 30+ credit hours.

The Sigma Alpha Colony at Texas San Antonio held its first Pig Dinner since the recolonization with the help of the San Antonio Graduate Chapter. There were 24 graduates and 26 undergraduates in attendance. The highlight of the event was when Jeff Downey (UCLA 1983) gave the Exile's Toast.

On September 6, Upsilon Tau at Toledo hosted the Fiji Freeze philanthropy event in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority's basement. Tickets were sold for $4 pre-sale and $5 at the door, and all proceeds were donated to the USO.

^ The Rho Alpha Chapter at Virginia Tech hosted the second annual Pack The Pail (PTP) at Sharkey's, a local restaurant. PTP is a fundraiser for Coach Bud Foster's Lunch Pail Defense Foundation, which funds academic scholarships and supports the families of those waiting for organ transplants. The Chapter raised $958 for the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation, a 40% increase from last year's contribution.

On July 19-20, Zeta Deuteron at Washington & Lee hosted brothers from the Chi Eta Chapter at Western Kentucky as they passed through Lexington, VA while biking for Bike4Alz. Bike4Alz is a 3,600-mile, cross country bike ride raising money for Alzheimer’s research. The Chi Eta Chapter started this philanthropy event in 2010 and has since obtained a 501c3 nonprofit status.

Pi Mu at Washington State raised $3,000 for the USO by hosting a bowling tournament at a local bowling alley.

The Sigma Chapter at Wittenberg held their final-ever Pig Dinner in the chapter house on April 14, 2018. The building has since been razed to make way for a new chapter house. Nearly 150 brothers and fathers returned for the final Pig Dinner, nearly all of whom gathered in front of the house for one last time.

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Clay Martinson (Alabama 2020) is Vice President of Student Affairs for the SGA. He also participated in the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program in Washington, DC over the summer. The program examines the life and leadership qualities of George Washington.

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^ Auburn brothers Ben Conry (2019) (right) and Blair Chenault (2016) (left) started Flashtract, a software service that handles construction payments. Each year, an extra $40 billion is spent financing construction projects to compensate for the 50-60 days it takes for contractors to receive payment. Flashtract was designed to solve that problem by using automatic billing and payment processing, which allows contractors to be paid in less than 30 days while lowering the risk to all parties involved. Ben and Blair are currently in the late stages of product development and plan to launch their software in first quarter of 2019. For more information about Flashtract, visit www.flashtract.com.

Owen Fittz (Bowling Green 2021) earned a summer internship with NASA.

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^ Jon Ryder (Chapman 2018) won the Chapter's 2017-18 Todd Washington Award, which is awarded to a graduating senior whose devotion, service, dignity and impact on the Chapter during his undergraduate tenure is unmatched.

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^ In June, Connecticut brothers Ethan Shafer (2020) and Nick Maou (2020) traveled to Nepal for four weeks with GIVE Volunteers. GIVE Volunteers recruits students across the U.S. to travel abroad and volunteer in local communities. The first two weeks of June, Ethan and Nick volunteered in the Gorkha District of Nepal, helping villagers rebuild their homes that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake.
Pictured: After volunteering, Ethan (left) and Nick (right) spent seven days hiking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, which is at a 17,600-foot elevation.

Several DePaul brothers held prestigious internships / fellowships during their summer break. Brian O'Connell (2019) was a sales intern for NBC Sports Chicago, and this month, he started a new internship with WGN. Armand Calloway (2019) was an investment intern at Chicago Municipal Pension Fund. Andrew Zion (2019) held two HR internships at DLA Piper Global Law Firm and American Association of Medical Assistants. Nick Guske (2020) was a sales and marketing intern for Light Efficient Design. And Nick Ricciardella (2018) is currently interning at the investment bank Dresner Partners, while working on his own financial technology startup, VestLo.

During the summer, Jonathon Click (Grand Valley 2018) spent four weeks in Tanzania, Africa on a teach abroad. The teach abroad was designed for education majors, because they had to be able to teach in a variety of schools during their trip. While in Africa, Jonathon also climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro and went on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Evan Stoner (Hanover 2019) organized the 2018 Jeffersonville, IN Pride Festival, which was held on June 30. Evan started Jeffersonville's first Pride event in 2016, making this year's event his third. This year's Festival was the biggest yet, and it was the first year that Jeffersonville's mayor recognized Pride Month.

Nova Southeastern brothers Parker Sheppard (2018) and An Phan (2018) were the first recipients of the Southern Star (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Graduate Chapter's Outstanding Senior Award. This monetary award is presented to a senior(s) who excelled in scholarship, brotherhood, leadership and philanthropy during their undergraduate career.

Matthew Wolff (2021) and Austin Eckroat (2021) helped Oklahoma State's men's golf team win its 11th NCAA team title.

Rose-Hulman brothers Luke Buehler (2020) and David Burnside (2019) both earned spots on the HCAC (Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) All-Conference baseball team. Conner Helbling (2019) earned an Honorable Mention. And Luke Calabrese (2021) was named to the 2018 HCAC All-Conference Baseball Team. He was one of only two Rose-Hulman players honored and the only freshman chosen.

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^ Justin Whitaker (Sam Houston 2018) was selected to receive the North-American Interfraternity Conference's (NIC) 2018 Undergraduate Award of Distinction. Justin was also honored with the Creager Memorial Award, which is presented to one male senior who has made the greatest contributions to overall student life at SHSU.

Wabash brothers Luke Gunderman (2018), Kenny Cox (2019) and Taylor King (2018) were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in May.

Joey Lenkey (Wabash 2019) and Ben Grubbs (Wabash 2020) helped plant a garden next to a school in Huanuco, Peru.

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Administrative Edition

 #1,015 - May 2019

 
 
 
#1,015 - Administrative Edition - 5/3/2019
 

This is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter for the 2018-19 academic year. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders to close out this school year. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen. Enjoy your summer break and stay safe!

 

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - The Summit Registration
 - Prepare Chapter House for Summer
 - Schedule Fall Field Secretary Visit
 - Spring 2019 Grades
 - Report Your Service
 - Pig Dinner Attendance
 - Treasurer Reminder
 - A Great Service Idea

Officers Calendar

♦ 5/1: Founders Day - Celebrating 171 Years!
♦ 5/15: Chapter history due
♦ 5/27: IHQ office closed for Memorial Day
♦ 6/14: The Summit Registration deadline 
♦ 6/15: Fall Field Secretary Visit Request due

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Register for The Summit

The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include both RECRUITMENT and NEW MEMBER EDUCATION strategies and tactics.

 ♦ The recruitment chairmen track will break down the elements of dynamic recruitment in an engaging and exciting way. Participants will design a recruitment plan for the upcoming academic year with a focus on building a culture around positive relationships and belonging.

 ♦ In the new member educators track, participants will develop a unique and custom program for their chapter/colony. This track will also focus on how to increase new member belonging in the organization. 

The Summit will be held June 28-30, 2019 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The registration fee is $120/registrant, which will be billed to your chapter before the event.

For more information or to register, visit  phigam.org/TheSummit. The registration deadline is June 14.

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Prepare Chapter House for Summer

Summer break is the time your chapter house is most at risk. Most claims are associated with water damage, theft and fire. Now is the time to work with your house corporation to make sure the house is prepared for the break. Utilize this Summer Break Checklist.

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Schedule Fall Field Secretary Visits

Want your Field Secretary to visit at a time that works best for you? We need to know when! Field Secretaries will gear up for fall semester soon, and will make every effort to accommodate requests. Please submit the Field Secretary Request Form ASAP - the deadline is June 15.

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Spring 2019 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's spring 2019 grade report to Lauren Leif as soon as it is made available from your campus. Most universities do not automatically send this information to the Fraternity Headquarters - we rely on our chapters to get this information to us.

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Report Service & Philanthropy

If you have not already reported your service hours and philanthropic giving for spring 2019, it is not too late! Report your semester service hours completed and philanthropy dollars raised HERE.

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Report Pig Dinner Attendance

Before you depart for the summer, a best practice is to debrief and prepare a transition document for Pig Dinner. What worked well? What didn’t? What would you change? This will give next year’s Pig Dinner planner access to improve your chapter’s graduate event. 

All chapters need to report your Pig Dinner attendance to the Fraternity for this year's event.

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Treasurer Reminder

Chapter Treasurers - be aware your account with the Fraternity should be paid in full by June 30, including payment of all initiation fees. Any delinquent balance on your account after June 30 will carry a penalty of 10%. Also, initiation fees must be paid in order for new initiates to receive their Triple A scholarship from the Educational Foundation.

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A Great Service Idea

Here is a great service idea from the Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Michigan State:  “26 Days of Acts of Kindness.” Brothers do simple acts and post them on social media to inspire other brothers and students on campus to follow. The Chapter developed the project with the guidance of Michigan State grad brother Jim Tuman (1964), a global youth speaker who has spoken to many Phi Gam chapters and at the Academy and Ekklesia. Jim challenges brothers and all his audiences with this thought: “I would rather be kind than be right." 

For more information on implementing this simple but powerful initiative, contact Jim at jim@jimtuman.com or Michigan State Chapter President Blake Woods at (248) 762-6003.

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 #1,013 - April 2019

 
 
 
#1,013 - Administrative Edition - 4/5/2019
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - DC Summer Internship
 - Donate Life Month
 - The Summit
 - No Pools/Ponds/Water Features
 - Fiji Island
 - Submit Fall Grades
 - The Leadership Institute
 - Nominate a Brother for Archon
 - Pig Dinner Attendance
 - Houndstooth Promo

Officers Calendar

 - 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application PAST DUE
 - 4/15: Deadline for pledges to take GreekLifeEdu
 - 4/17: Peale Fellowship Grant submissions due
 - 5/1: Founders Day - celebrating 171 years!
 - 5/1: Phi Gamma Delta's 2nd annual Giving Day

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National Capital Fijis Summer Internship

Attention undergrads: are you coming to Washington, DC, for a semester/summer? Looking for an internship? In need of housing?  Hoping to connect with other Phi Gams while you are here? 

Please email the graduate brothers of the National Capital Fiji Graduate Chapter. We would love to help you get set-up in the District and provide support while you are away from your own chapter. We hope to hear from you soon!

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National Donate Life Month

The Immortal Phi Gam project is a partnership between Phi Gamma Delta and Donate Life to encourage brothers to sign-up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Support national Donate Life Month by hosting a donor drive on your campus or at an upcoming Pig Dinner. 

The steps to host a drive are easy:
 1. Select a date and reserve space on your campus.
 2. Contact the state representative of Donate Life to get promotional materials and additional information.
 3. Have interested individuals sign-up here.
 4. Report sign-ups at phigam.org/ImmortalPhiGam.

April 12 is National Blue and Green Day, and we encourage brothers to wear blue and green to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplants. Share pictures of your chapter wearing blue and green across your social media platforms on April 12!

Register as an Immortal Phi Gam and encourage your chapter brothers to do the same.

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The Summit - Registration Is Open!

The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include RECRUITMENT and NEW MEMBER EDUCATION strategies and tactics. The event will be on June 28-30, 2019 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The registration fee is $120/registrant

For more information and to register, visit phigam.org/TheSummit. The Registration deadline is June 14.

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No Pools, No Ponds, No Water Features

Phi Gamma Delta's Risk Management Policy strictly prohibits the construction of water features, towers, rope bridges and slides, whether on chapter property or elsewhere. 

Make sure you are familiar with our Risk Management Policy and our Social Event Planning Guide.

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Fiji Island Considerations

Fiji Island Message From Our Executive Director

With the spring and summer months upon us, chapters may plan Fiji Island and other outdoor events. While these can be fun events, they require careful planning and attention to risk management procedures. The Fraternity requires that all chapters comply with these guidelines.

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Fall 2018 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's fall 2018 grade report to Todd Rotgers.

If you have not received this information, please ask your Campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: Chapter Term Average; Initiated Brother Average; New Member Average; All-Fraternity Average; All-Men's Average; Chapter Ranking Among Fraternities.

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The Leadership Institute

We encourage each chapter and colony to send one representative to The Leadership Institute this summer at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky
 - Session 1: May 29-June 2, 2019 
 - Session 2: July 10-14, 2019

Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, this comes at NO COST to members.

Apply Today!

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Nominate a Brother for the Archonate

Nominate an undergraduate brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2019 in order to be considered.

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Report Your 2018-19 Pig Dinner Attendance

All chapters and colonies are asked to report their Pig Dinner attendance to the Fraternity for this year's event. Be prepared to provide the number of graduate brothers and undergraduate brothers in attendance.

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 #1,012 - March 2019

 
 
 
#1,012 - Administrative Edition - 3/1/2019
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Submit News for the Spring Magazine
 - Annual Awards
 - Recognize a Graduate Brother
 - Spring Break
 - Leadership Institute
 - Graduate Communication Services
 - Peale Fellowship Grant
 - Pig Dinner Prep
 - Nominate a Brother for Archon

Officers Calendar

 - 3/2: Secret Ballot Certificate due
 - 3/4: Deadline to submit news for the magazine
 - 3/15: Journalism Scholarship application due
 - 3/15-17: Archives Weekend at IHQ
 - 3/31: Annual Awards Applications due
 - 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption applications due
 - 4/1: UIFI Scholarship applications due 

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Submit News for the Spring 2019 Magazine

Did you know that the "On Campus" section of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine is the most-read section? This section highlights undergraduate chapters' and brothers' good news, so we encourage you to submit stories and photos. This is an easy way to let your graduate brothers know what's going on with your chapter.

Submit news and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson by March 4 to be included in the spring 2019 magazine.

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Apply for the 2018 Annual Awards

Applications for the Annual Awards are now being accepted for the 2018 calendar year. Visit www.phigam.org/Awards for more information or to submit your chapter's applications. All applications must be uploaded and submitted by 11:59 pm PST on March 31, 2019.

Chapters may apply for each award separately, but must complete submissions for ALL awards/sections to be considered for the Cheney Cup. The Cheney is the culmination of all the other chapter awards.

A blank application is available to use as a resource to prepare your application prior to submission. Grading your chapter with the Chapter Performance Indicators will give valuable self-analysis (award winning chapters typically score 80-90%). Additionally, there are three sample winning applications for your reference. 

Make sure you nominate outstanding brothers for individual awards as well! Nomination forms can also be found on the Awards page.

Graduate brothers, appointed by the Archons, will judge the awards beginning in April, and each panel of judges will reach a conclusion by May. The award winners will be announced this summer. 

Questions? Contact Director of Chapter Services Bryan Hartzell.

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Recognizing Graduate Brothers

We often get requests and 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:

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS FOR VOLUNTEERS:
The Fraternity's annual awards competition also provides several individual awards to recognize deserving brothers for their contributions as graduate volunteers. Any chapter or individual may nominate graduate brothers for these awards:
 - 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
 - Haynes Award: Most effective Section Chief

Individual Awards nominations must by submitted by March 31, 2019.

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. We encourage you to nominate deserving brothers no later than May 15, 2019 for consideration this year. Additional information and past Distinguished Fiji Award recipients are listed at www.phigam.org/DistinguishedFijiAward.

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Spring Break Reminders

Travel Safely!
 - Whenever possible, utilize professional transportation
 - If driving, switch drivers often and get rest
 - Don't overload the vehicle
If You Visit Other Chapters:
 - Give chapters notice you are coming
 - Violations of the risk management or hazing policies can spur disciplinary action
- Remember, you are quests

Work with your House Corporation to make sure your house is secure over the break. 

Have fun and stay safe!

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The Leadership Institute

Are you ready to make positive change that has a lasting impact for your chapter? If so, apply for The Leadership Institute. This five-day experience comes at NO COST to members. Applications are due Friday, April 12 for our two sessions this summer in Wilmore, KY. Additional information can be found here

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Graduate Communication Services

Let IHQ help your chapter prepare for Pig Dinner by sending out invitations or emails and printing your Pig Dinner Programs!

We can also mail or email spring newsletters. Plan ahead and check out our Graduate Newsletter Guidelines & Content Ideas to get started. For more information and quotes on mailing services, contact Coordinator of Communications Paige Prylinski.

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Peale Fellowship Grant

Graduate Fellowship Grants are now available for each academic year for brothers who will be attending seminary or for ministers continuing their education. 

Norman V. Peale Fellowship Grant Application required documents must be postmarked by April 17, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Ben Robinson.

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Pig Dinner Prep

Pig Dinner is the longest running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. Your Pig Dinner can serve as a celebration of your new initiates or a sendoff to senior brothers. But, more importantly, it is a celebration of your graduate brothers. Planning resources are available on the Fraternity's website. You may also contact us with questions.

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Nominate a Brother for the Archonate

Nominate an undergraduate brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2019 in order to be considered.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,010 - February 2019

 
 
 
#1,010 - Administrative Edition - 2/1/2019
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

- Officers Calendar
- Submit News
- Archon Nominations
- Leadership Institute
- Archives Weekend
- Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations
- UIFI Scholarships
- Journalism Scholarship
- Houndstooth Promo
- Phi Gam Store Promo

 
Officers Calendar

 - 2/1: Pledge Educator's Agreement due
 - 2/1: Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement due
 - 2/28: Set date for fall Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 - 3/4: Deadline to Submit News for the magazine

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Submit News

Would you like to see your chapter's news in the "On Campus" section of The Phi Gamma Delta magazineSubmit News by March 4 to be included in the spring 2019 issue.

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Nominate a Brother for the Archonate

Nominate an undergraduate brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2019 in order to be considered.

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The Leadership Institute 2019

The Leadership Institute: Building Courageous Leaders is a five-day premier leadership experience that will empower brothers to work on real issues and challenges facing their chapters. The Institute works through chapter issues that are incongruent with the values and Ritual of Phi Gamma Delta. 

Brothers who who attend the Institute will be able to:
 - Articulate their own definition and personal style of leadership.
 - Define what a “personal value” means and identify their own personal values.
 - Create a realistic action plan to guide themselves and their chapter, by consulting with other brothers and facilitators. 

Applications are available HERE. We encourage each chapter and colony to send one representative to one of the two available sessions. The deadline to apply is April 12, 2019. 

Here are the details:
 - WHEN: Session 1: May 29-June 2, 2019 OR
Session 2: July 10-14, 2019
 - WHERE: Asbury University - Wilmore, KY
 - WHO: A rising leader in the chapter. Ideally this is a brother between their sophomore and junior years who can serve as a catalyst for positive change in your chapter. This year, one member from every chapter will be able to attend. 
 - COST: The Leadership Institute comes at no cost to undergraduates. Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, all lodging, meals and transportation costs will be covered.

For questions or to recommend a brother to attend, contact the Senior Director of Undergraduate Services

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Archives Weekend 2019

Want to help us preserve Phi Gamma Delta's history and work with historical records, artifacts and photographs? 

Make plans to join other brothers to preserve our heritage during Archives Weekend, March 15-17, at the International Headquarters in Lexington, KY. For more information or to register, please visit   www.phigam.org/ArchivesWeekend.

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Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations

Due: May 15, 2019

Each year, the Archons select up to six graduate brothers to receive the Distinguished Fiji Award, selected as recognition for their faithful and unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta or their special contribution to mankind and society at large. Learn more and nominate a deserving graduate today.

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25 Scholarships Available for UIFI 2019

UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute) is a five-day co-educational leadership experience taking place in Bloomington, IN this summer. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to offering 25 scholarships to enhance its members leadership abilities and skills. Applications are due Monday, April 1. Contact Andrew Depew with questions.

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Journalism Scholarship

Applications for the Gordon T. Speckman Journalism Scholarship are available from the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation. This scholarship is specifically available for journalism majors, who must submit three writing samples that have been published since March 15, 2019. 
The scholarship is open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write by-lined general interest, editorial page, op-ed page columns or sports columns. Movie reviews and other specialized columns are not eligible.

Deadline to submit is March 15, 2019.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,009 - January 2019

 
 
 
#1,009 - Administrative Edition - 1/18/2019
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

- Officers Calendar
- Academy Resources
- Insurance Billing
- Cold Weather Concerns
- Staff - Whom to Call
- Fall 2018 Grade Report
- Plan for Pig Dinner
- Grad Communication Services
- Holmes Murphy Event App
- CrowdChange
- Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application
- Phi Gam Store Promo

Officers Calendar

1/25: Deadline for roster changes

2/1: Pledge Educator's Agreement due

2/1: Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement due

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2019 Fiji Academy Resources

During Fiji Academy, participants received a number of different documents, workbooks and presentations. The resources and documents provided at the Academy are now available, including General Sessions, Officer Tracks, Pursuing Excellence Sessions and Vendors who attended the Academy. Check out the resources here.

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Insurance Billing

Invoices for liability insurance will be emailed in late January. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and pledges. The estimated base rate this year is $175 per member, including fall 2018 pledges and fifth-year seniors. Chapters that have had a risk management violation will be charged a 10% penalty. Online payments can be made with credit/debit card. 

January 25, 2019 is the deadline for roster changes, prior to the insurance billing. Please update your chapter roster on your chapter page by logging in at www.phigam.org. Once insurance bills are issued, there will be no credits for roster adjustments. Here are instructions to update your roster.

If you have any questions, either email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848 ext. 123.

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Cold Weather Concerns

The extremely cold weather across much of the U.S. can cause property damage from frozen pipes and other hazards. Here are some steps you can take to prevent damage to your property.

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Staff - Whom to Call

Have a question and do not know the appropriate person to contact? Visit the staff directory to see a list of staff responsibilities and contact information.

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Fall 2018 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter’s fall 2018 grade report to Todd Rotgers. If you have not received this information yet, please ask your Campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: Chapter Term Average, Initiated Brother Average, New Member Average, All Fraternity Average, All Men’s Average, Chapter Ranking Among Fraternities.

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Plan for Pig Dinner

Pig Dinner is the longest running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. Your Pig Dinner can serve as a celebration of your new initiates or a sendoff to senior brothers. But, more importantly, it is a celebration of your graduate brothers. Planning resources are available in the Pig Dinner Planner, or contact Assistant Director of Graduate Development Jack O'Neill with questions.

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Graduate Communication Services - Pig Dinner

As your chapter's/colony’s Pig Dinner approaches, remember that the Fraternity’s Graduate Communication Services can help you with invitations, save-the-dates and programs. You can save 10% on invitations, programs and save-the-dates when you sign-up for the Pig Dinner Package. For more information, contact Paige Prylinski, Coordinator of Communications.

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Holmes Murphy Event Planner App

Holmes Murphy has created an Event Planner App to help brothers think critically around event planning with an easily accessible tool. All you have to do is go to the app store on your mobile devices and download “HM Event Planner.” Click here for more information about the app.

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CrowdChange

CrowdChange, our FREE fundraising platform, is having three training sessions to help philanthropy chairs succeed with their programming. We encourage each chapter to sign up for one of the following webinars: 
 - Sunday, Jan. 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET: Register Here
 - Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 - 9:30 pm ET: Register Here
 - Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET: Register Here

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Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption (AFHE) Application Live

The 2019 AFHE Application is now available. It contains details of the application process, qualifications chapters must meet, forms that must be submitted and answers to the most commonly asked questions. Applications are due April 1, 2019. Late Applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Rotgers.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,007 - December 2018

     
  TFL #1,007 - Administrative Edition - December 2018  
 
 
 
#1,007 - Administrative Edition - 12/7/2018
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

- Officers Calendar
- Pledge Educators Agreement
- Academy Registration
- Field Secretary Visits
- Celebrating at Holiday Parties
- Report Your Service
- Insurance Billing
- Triple A Scholarships
Phi Gam Store Promo

 
Officers Calendar

 - 12/1: Deadline for pledges to take GreekLifeEdu  - PAST DUE
 - 12/10: Spring Field Secretary Visits Request Form due
 - 12/24-1/1: IHQ office closed for the holidays
 - 1/4-6: 2019 Fiji Academy 

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Pledge Educator's Agreement

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Pledge Educators are required to read and submit the Pledge Educator’s Agreement each semester they hold office. This verifies that as the Pledge Educator for your chapter you are responsible for ensuring your chapter uses and abides by a written Pledge Education Program. You are also responsible to ensure that your program adheres to the Fraternity's Risk Management Policy and laws related to the prohibition of hazing. This agreement is due on January 15, 2019.

If you have not already done so, please review and electronically submit the Pledge Educator's Agreement now. Should you have any questions, contact Senior Director of Undergraduate Services Todd Rotgers.

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Academy Registration Open for a Limited Time

The deadline for registration was November 30, However, we will continue to accept registrations on a limited basis. For more information, visit www.phigam.org/Academy. Chapters without at least three attendees are subject to disciplinary action.

Brothers registered for the Academy will receive additional information in the coming days and weeks leading up to the Academy.

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Schedule Spring Field Secretary Visit

You have the opportunity to request when your Field Secretary visits your chapter or colony. Fill our the Field Secretary Visit Request Form by December 10 to get 2019 off to an organized start for your chapter and Field Secretary.

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Celebrating at Holiday Parties

As the term begins to wind down, our attention shifts to finals, formals and holiday parties. With these events, it is important that your chapter is represented positively. 

All chapter events, or those which may be considered chapter events, must follow the guidelines in the Fraternity's Risk Management Policy.

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Report Your Fall Service & Philanthropy

Please report fall community service hours and philanthropy dollars raised here. For assistance with planning a philanthropy event, or if you are looking for new ideas, review these resources or contact Todd Rotgers, Senior Director of Undergraduate Services.

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Plan Now: Insurance Billing Coming Soon

Invoices for liability insurance will be emailed in late January. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and pledges. The estimated base rate is $175 per member, including fall 2018 pledges and fifth-year seniors. Chapters with a risk management violation for the 2018 calendar year will have a 10% penalty. January 17, 2019 is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, log-in at www.phigam.org.

Here are instructions to update your roster. Direct questions to Amy Watson by email or call her at 859-255-1848 x 123.

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Triple A Scholarship Applications

The deadline for the next cycle of Triple A scholarships is December 30. Make sure that all your eligible new initiates know to apply prior to this date, or they will have to wait for the next cycle in March. Reminder: Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and be listed as a brother with their initiation invoice paid in order to be eligible. 

Triple A Applications must be submitted online, and any questions may be directed to Duke Murphy.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,005 - November 2018

 
 
 
#1,005 - Administrative Edition - 11/2/2018
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Academy Registration
 - T-Shirt Designs
 - Fall Newsletters
 - Winterize Chapter House
 - Behind Happy Faces
 - Phi Gam Store Promo
 - Houndstooth Promo

Officers Calendar

- 11/2: After elections, submit the Certificate of Election of Officers 
- 11/5: Member Experience Survey deadline 
- 11/15: IRS Form 990 due by 15th of 5th month after end of fiscal year; send copy to IHQ 
- 11/22-23: IHQ office closed for Thanksgiving
- 11/30: Academy registration deadline
- 12/1: Deadline for pledges to take GreekLifeEdu
- 12/3: Spring Field Secretary Visit Request form due
- Report initiates within 30 days of initiation

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2019 Academy Registration

Make your plans now to join us for Fiji Academy, held January 4-6, 2019, in St. Louis, MO, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

This is an exceptional opportunity for new officers to learn the necessary information to be successful leaders in their chapters. Each chapter and colony is required to send, and has already been billed for, three attendees. We encourage additional brothers to attend as training tracks are offered for ALL five elected officers, Recruitment Chairmen and Emerging Leaders (additional attendees will be billed following the Academy).

The registration deadline is November 30, 2018.

Full details and registration information can be found at www.phigam.org/Academy.

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Approving T-Shirt Designs

Designs for t-shirts and similar sportswear are submitted by our licensed vendors to the Headquarters for review and approval. Designs that will not be approved include those that refer to or suggest alcohol, are crude or sexually suggestive, or may be regarded as insensitive. Pass the word!

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Graduate Communication Services: Fall Newsletters

Chapters that communicate regularly with their graduate brothers typically have higher levels of graduate engagement. Newsletters are a great way to start, and IHQ can design and mail your newsletter at a low cost. For more information or to request a quote, contact Coordinator of Communications  Paige Prylinski or visit the Graduate Communication Services webpage.

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Winterize Chapter House

Freezing, water damage and vandalism claims are the most frequently occurring property claims from November through March, with most occurring during the traditional winter break period. A Winter Break Checklist is available for your use, provided by Holmes Murphy.

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Behind Happy Faces

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Implementing an event for your chapter is easy using the Behind Happy Faces (BHF) Mental Health Program. These FREE peer-led modules are available to our chapters/colonies using PowerPoints, videos and easy to use facilitation guides.  For more information contact Candy Rivera or visit www.phigam.org/bhf.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,004 - October 2018

 
 
 
#1,004 - Administrative Edition - 10/5/2018
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Form 990 Filing
 - Officer Election Info
 - Tailgating Tips
 - Halloween Reminders
 - Immortal Phi Gam
 - Mental Health Modules
 - 2019 Fiji Academy
 - Member Experience Survey
 - Phi Gam Store Promo

 
Officers Calendar

 - 10/1: Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement (PAST DUE)
 - 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ (PAST DUE)
 - 10/31: Annual review of chapter's financial records due
 - 11/2: After elections, submit the Certificate of Election of Undergrad Officers to IHQ
 - 11/2: Member Experience Survey due
 - Report initiates within 30 days of initiation 

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Tax Alert: Form 990 Filing

All nonprofit entities in the US, including house corporations, are required to file an annual tax return with the IRS. The return is some version of the Form 990 and is due by the 15th day of the fifth month following the close of the fiscal year. For those chapters and house corporations that have adopted a fiscal year end consistent with the Fraternity's on June 30, this is due by November 15, 2018, unless you request an extension.

Nonprofit entities that fail to file the annual return for three consecutive years will have their tax-exempt status revoked. Many chapters and house corporations already have suffered this fate and are having to go through the onerous process of regaining their tax-exempt status. (The loss of tax exempt status means that the entity must operate as a for-profit entity, with its revenue, such as dues and rent, subject to income tax.)

To see if your chapter or house corporation is on the revocation list, go to this page on the IRS website.

If your chapter/house corporation is not on the list but you know that the tax return has not been filed for one or more years, you should give this your immediate attention. This page on the IRS website can help. The Fraternity may also be able to direct you to assistance if your tax-exempt status has been revoked. Contact CFO Will Shier.

On a related note, there should be no commingling of the funds of the house corporation and the chapter. The chapter and the house corporation are separate legal entities for a variety of reasons. An important one is to protect the assets of the house corporation from the liability of the chapter. However, for the house corporation to enjoy this legal protection, it must operate separately and not in name only.

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Officer Election Info

It is important that Chapter Presidents understand Phi Gamma Delta's law regarding the election of chapter officers. This memo contains the information you need for the process to run smoothly.

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Tailgating Tips

With football season upon us, many of our chapters will host or attend tailgating events. Whether these are graduate, official or unofficial events, the Risk Management Policy applies! Please review the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy and Holmes Murphy's Tailgating Tips to plan a safe and fun event.

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Halloween Reminders

Insensitive Halloween costumes and demeaning event themes can harm your chapter's reputation and the Fraternity. Stress to your brothers the importance of the images they portray on social media. Reference the Social Event Planning Guide and Holmes Murphy's Party Theme Resource.

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Immortal Phi Gam

Approximately 79 organ transplants take place in the US every day. To register as an Immortal Phi Gam, first register at www.donatelife.net in your state, then register at www.phigam.org/ImmortalPhiGam.

To host an organ donor drive on your campus or at an upcoming Pig Dinner, contact Candy Rivera.

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Mental Health Modules

The Behind Happy Faces Mental Health program is a series of 15-20 minute peer-led modules that come with Powerpoints, videos and easy to use facilitation guides, allowing chapter members to share personal experiences regarding mental health issues and challenges. For additional information on implementation, contact Candy RIvera or visit  www.phigam.org/BHF.

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Plan Now for the 2019 Fiji Academy

The Fiji Academy will be held January 4-6, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. The Academy is designed to give new chapter officers the knowledge and skills they need to lead their chapter. Chapter Presidents, Treasurers and Recruitment Chairmen should plan to attend, as well as Purple Legionnaires. 

Additional brothers are encouraged to attend, with tracks offered for Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians and Emerging Leaders. Chapters will be billed for three delegates and are encouraged to budget for their attendees’ travel.

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2018 Member Experience Survey

The Fraternity has partnered with Dyad Strategies to measure the impact of the Phi Gam experience on our members. This data will help Phi Gamma Delta elevate the quality of the fraternity experience for our undergraduate brothers. Cabinet officers, key committee chairmen and advisors can view these results, which will provide valuable insight. These brothers can then change existing programs and develop new opportunities and resources to strengthen each member’s experience. The survey needs to be completed by November 2, 2018 unless a chapter is granted. All chapters are expected to participate. For more information, contact Todd Rotgers.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,002 - September 2018

 
 
 
#1,002 - Administrative Edition - 9/7/2018
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or colony succeed. You should expect it to arrive the first week of each month. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

In This Issue

- Officers Calendar
- Mental Health Program
- #myFraternity
- President's Risk Management Agreement
- Whom to Call
- Archon Policy on IFCs
- Grad Communication Services
- Plan for Pig Dinner
- Report Your Service
- Spring 2018 Grades
- Handling Media Inquiries
- Membership Survey
- Houndstooth Promo

Officers Calendar

- 9/1: Pledge Educator's Agreement PAST DUE
- 9/24: Deadline to Submit News for the fall magazine
- 9/30: Financial Report & Budget form due
- 10/1: President's Risk Mgmt Agreement due
- 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker: inform IHQ 
- REPORT pledges within 15 days of pledging
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Mental Health Program

The Behind Happy Faces (BHF) Mental Health Program Now Available! BHF is a series of 15-20 min. peer-led modules that come with videos, Powerpoints and easy to use facilitation guides, allowing members to share personal experiences with Mental Health issues. For more info on implementation, contact Candy Rivera or click here.
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We Need Your Help for #myFraternity

During the first ever #myFraternity Social Media Day, our goal is to socially engage our members and friends to make a post to social media about the positive experience they have had through Phi Gamma Delta.

The success of this one-day effort is dependent on us all making a social media post using #myFraternity, and encouraging our brothers and friends to do the same. Through your connections and influence, we ask that you be a leader in sharing and encouraging others to share!
 - Plan to make a #myFraternity post on Wednesday, September 12
 - Reach out to others in your network and ask them to also share their story

We will have a series of posts from our Facebook and Twitter accounts which can be easily shared. Also, this video can be used to share to engage others: https://vimeo.com/283289580.

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Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement - Due 10/1/2018

It is a Chapter President's responsibility to see that brothers of your chapter read, understand and follow the laws of the Fraternity and Bylaws of your chapter. It is also your duty to see that all brothers are educated on the Fraternity's Risk Management Policy. In this regard, the Fraternity requires a written indication from you each semester that you hold this office. 

Therefore, we require that you sign the Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement. Please thoroughly read both the policy and agreement. Refer also to the Risk Management section of the Education page to review related resources. 

October 1 is the deadline for you to complete and electronically sign the agreement. Failure to submit the agreement may result in a referral to the Board of Conduct.

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Whom to Call

Have a question and do not know the appropriate staff member to contact? Visit the staff directory to see a list of staff responsibilities and contact information.

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Chapter Required Membership in the IFC

In February 2017, the Archons passed a policy stating: “Consistent with Section 19.3 of the Bylaws, all undergraduate chapters and colonies are to join with other fraternities on their campus in an interfraternity council (IFC) and shall support the IFC’s affiliation with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)."

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Graduate Communication Services

Want to improve your chapter's graduate relations? Let IHQ help by mailing newsletters, Homecoming/Pig Dinner invitations, save-the-dates, emails and more! Mailings are sent to our comprehensive list of graduates at a fraction of the cost of other printing/mailing services. For more information, click here or contact Coordinator of Communications Paige Prylinski.

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Plan for Pig Dinner

It's time to start planning your spring Pig Dinner! Confirm the date, book your speaker and send save-the-dates. Don't forget about graduates eligible for Silver and Gold Owls (brothers initiated 25 and 50 years ago, respectively). Contact IHQ for a list of names. Additional resources are available here, or contact Jack O'Neill with questions.

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Report Your Service & Philanthropy

Please report fall community service hours here. Spring and summer hours are still being accepted if they have not been submitted already. For assistance with planning a philanthropy event, questions about CrowdChange, or for looking for new ideas, review these resources or contact Candy Rivera, Assistant Director of Education.

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Spring 2018 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's spring 2018 grade report to Candy Rivera. If you have not received this information yet, please ask your Campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: Chapter Term Average; Initiated Brother Average; New Member Average;  All-Fraternity Average; All-Men's Average; Chapter Ranking Among Fraternities.

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Handling Media Inquiries

As the new school year begins, we want to remind brothers about appropriate interaction with reporters and media representatives. Regardless of the nature of the inquiry, the Chapter President should be considered the spokesman for the chapter. To minimize negative stories about the fraternity and Greek life, it is important to keep the following in mind... continue reading.

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2018 Member Experience Survey

The Fraternity has partnered with Dyad Strategies to measure the impact of the Phi Gam experience on our members. This data will help Phi Gamma Delta elevate the quality of the fraternity experience for our undergraduate brothers. Cabinet officers, key committee chairmen and advisors can view these results, which will provide valuable insight. These brothers can then change existing programs and develop new opportunities and resources to strengthen each member’s experience. The survey will launch September 30, 2018. All chapters are expected to participate. For more information, contact Todd Rotgers.

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