The Friday Letter

Administrative Edition

 #1,074 - December 2023

 
 
 
#1,074 - Administrative Edition - 12/8/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 12/8: Academy registration deadline
 • 12/23-1/1: IHQ closed for winter holidays
 • 12/29: Academy attendee pre-work due
 • 1/5-7: 2024 Academy

Annual Awards

Officers, Advisors

Nominations to recognize graduate brothers and volunteers for their contributions will be open soon. These awards are:
Individual Awards: The Fraternity recognizes four outstanding volunteers annually: graduate brother, faculty advisor, Purple Legionnaire and Section Leader.
Distinguished Fiji Award: The Archons select up to six graduate brothers annually for their faithful, unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta.
For more info about these awards, visit the Awards page.

Wilkinson Award: Recognizes the most outstanding graduating senior for scholarship, service and extra-curricular activities. Each application should contain the following:
 • The nominee's official college transcript.
 • The nominee's resume including all fraternal, campus, professional and volunteer activities.
 • Recommendation letters from: 1) The school's President, Dean of Students or Dean of the College (other high-ranking university officials may be accepted); 2) Purple Legionnaire, BCA President or HC President; and 3) Section Leader. Email applications to Lauren Tanner-Leif by May 31, 2024.

 
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2024 Academy Registration

Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, Built to Lead Chairmen

Make plans now to attend the 2024 Academy on January 5-7, 2024, in St. Louis, Missouri. The registration deadline is today, Friday, December 8.

All chapters are billed for three delegates to attend Academy. We strongly encourage Presidents, Recruitment Chairmen and Built to Lead Chairmen to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Additional brothers are permitted to attend, with tracks being offered for Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries and Historians.

For more information and to register, visit www.phigam.org/Academy.

 
December Reminders for Early Adopters

Officers

Complete the New Model Coach Evaluation.

Incoming Leadership - Complete New Model LMS Courses: Staff has created updated LMS courses related to the various components of the New Model. These eight short courses last just under 45 minutes total.

To access the LMS (Learning Portal), log onto www.phigam.org, click "My Account" and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the "Phi Gamma Delta's LMS" button. Once in the LMS, click "Go to Your Learning Center," and search for the following courses:
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New Model: Growth System Overview (4:01)
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New Model: Built to Lead Overview (6:29)
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New Model: Foundation of Courage Overview (3:15)
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New Mode: Role of the BCA (2:45)
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New Model: Roach of a Coach (1:53)
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New Model: Calendar Planning (4:35)
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New Model: Reporting (15:00)

December Menu Experience Ideas: Many diverse holiday celebrations occur from November to December. Take some time to learn about the celebrations different from yours.

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Insurance Billing: Coming Soon

Treasurers

Invoices for liability insurance are anticipated to be emailed the week of January 15. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and new members. The Fraternity advises chapters to budget a base rate of $250/member – equal to the 2023 base rate. The final rate will be based upon the policy premiums charged to Phi Gamma Delta.

January 12, 2024, is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, log-in to www.phigam.org. Here are instructions to update your roster. If you have questions, email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848.

Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2022 calendar year may receive up to a 20% penalty. Other surcharges and incentives may apply related to health & safety programming efforts. Click here to learn more about these incentives/surcharges.

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Celebrating Holiday Parties

Officers, Risk Management Chairs

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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Complete End of Term Report

Officers, Philanthropy & Service Chairmen

The End of Term Chapter Report is required of every chapter at the end of each school term. This form will collect: IFC chapter size averages, chapter GPA information, and Philanthropy, service & involvement records.

Submit the End of Term Report here. (Note: Submitted data will be utilized in the Awards evaluation.) 

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ChapterBuilder

Officers, Recruitment Chairmen

ChapterBuilder is a recruitment-specific CRM (Customer Relationship Management) program Phi Gamma Delta provides to all its chapters for free.

The system allows you to manage specific PNMs, take detailed notes, fully vet candidates for membership, send mass communication through text and email, and more. ChapterBuilder offers fully virtual, go-at-your-own-pace training on essential skills and ChapterBuilder implementation.

As a reminder, New Model Chapters are required to have at least 20% of their members complete the training.

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Certified Recruiter Training

All Members

Over 1,000 brothers in Phi Gamma Delta have completed Certified Recruiter Training!

Chapters with at least five Certified Recruiters recruit higher-quality men and have better retention rates than chapters which have no Certified Recruiters. Your members can complete Certified Recruiter Training here for free. The course is a fully virtual, go-at-your-own-pace dive into Recruitment best practices, and its content is critical for your Chapter’s preparation for Spring Recruitment.

As a reminder, New Model Chapters are required to have at least 60% of their members become Certified Recruiters.

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Spring 2024 Expansions

All Members

Our brotherhood is growing! This spring, the Fraternity will return to three historic campuses, and we need our brothers's help be successful.

Delta Upsilon at Denver: Refer an undergraduate here.
Mu Alpha at West Virginia: Refer an undergraduate here.
Sigma Phi at Florida International: Refer an undergraduate here

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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,072 - November 2023

 
 
#1,072 - Administrative Edition - 11/3/2023

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 11/3: Apply to be a Field Secretary - priority deadline
 • 11/14: Courageous Leader Award nominations due
 • 11/14: Deadline to Submit News for the Nov. TFL - Good News
 • 11/15: Dyad Member Experience Survey Due
 • 11/15: IRS Form 990 due by the 15th of the 5th month after end of fiscal year (send copy to IHQ)
 • 11/17: Purple Legionnaires & Section Leaders Advisor Acknowledgement Form due
 • 11/22 - 24: IHQ Office Closed for Thanksgiving
 • 12/8: Academy Registration Deadline

View the full calendar

Educational Reminders

 • 11/1: GreekLifeEdu fall 2023 enrollment has ended. Late enrollments will be registered for spring 2024. (Note: Presidents, Treasurers & Foundation of Courage Chairs may check their chapter’s status using their manager rights. Chapters will receive a $25 penalty / member who doesn’t complete Part 1 and a $10 credit / member who completes Part 2.)
 • 12/1: Deadline to report Built to Lead programs on the LMS.

 
 
Current Events & Brotherhood

All Members, Friends of Phi Gamma Delta

As an international organization encompassing members with diverse backgrounds and identities, we know the impact world events can have on our Phi Gam community.

Brothers who are of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths and who are of Israeli or Palestinian origin are feeling the impact of the violence in the Middle East deeply and personally. It may be directly affecting their families, friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, the effects are being felt by many here in North America as well. Both on campus and in social media, the broader dialogue has often shown up as Antisemitic and Islamophobic rhetoric, jokes, dismissive and uninformed comments, and most concerning, online threats and even physical violence. Even well-intentioned advocates can be unaware of the impact and of their words.

As chapters and chapter leaders, please take time to consider how you create space for brothers of all identities and support them as they navigate campus, your local community and your chapter. You can take three simple steps to support your brothers...
Read more here >

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2024 Academy

Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, Built to Lead Chairmen, Purple Legionnaires

Make plans now to join us for the Academy, January 5-7, 2024, in St. Louis, Missouri. Academy is designed to give new chapter officers knowledge and skills needed to lead their chapter. The registration deadline is Friday, December 8.

We strongly encourage Presidents, Recruitment Chairmen and Built to Lead Chairmen to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Educational tracks are also provided for Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians and graduate volunteers.

Chapters will be billed for three delegates and are encouraged to budget for their attendees' travel.

Visit www.phigam.org/Academy for more information and to register.

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New Model
 
November Reminders for Early Adopters

Officers

Reminder: Fall 2023 Build to Lead Reporting is Due December 1
 - Chapter reporting instructions can be found in the New Model Reporting Course on the LMS, the New Model Resources page and the New Model Implementation Guide. For questions about reporting, contact Abby McCollom.
 - Reporting should be completed throughout the semester as chapters complete programming. All programs completed in the fall should be reported by December 1. All spring programming is due May 1, and all quarter school will have until July 1 to report programming hosted after May 1.

Host Find Your Fit Election Prep & your chapter elections.

November Menu Experience Ideas:
 - November: Celebrate National Career Development Month by scheduling an Executive Leadership Menu Experience
 - November 11: Honor Remembrance Day (CA) or Veteran’s Day (US) by hosting an Ability, Opportunity & Duty philanthropy event for the USO.

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Approving T-Shirt Designs

Officers

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/drug use, use copyrighted material, use someone else's likeness without their permission, are crude or sexually suggestive, or may be regarded as insensitive. Spread the word.

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ChapterBuilder & Certified Recruiter Training

Presidents, Recruitment Chairmen

ChapterBuilder
Early Adopter chapters are required to maintain a 20% completion threshold for ChapterBuilder Training. However, we recommend every chapter maintain 20% training completion and utilize the tool, as the chapters which are most successful at recruitment use ChapterBuilder. Phi Gamma Delta provides ChapterBuilder, an industry-grade fraternity recruitment CRM (customer relationship management), to all chapters for free.

Certified Recruiter Training
Phi Gamma Delta has partnered with PhiredUp to make their Certified Recruiter Training program free for all brothers! This fully virtual, go-at-your-own-pace course teaches critical recruitment skills every brother needs. We strongly recommend all undergraduate brothers and graduate advisors (especially Purple Legionnaires and BCA Recruitment Advisors) complete this course. But at minimum, 60% of your chapter should complete the training. Each module includes resources to help you and your brothers implement tactics in a way that makes sense for your campus. This is a resume-worthy experience and a great way to develop professional skills. Get started here.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Resources

Officers, Committee Chairmen, Chapter Leaders

Take time to be intentional about being inclusive. Resources are available to help chapters strategically plan and organize local resources. Review the following resources on the Learning Portal, under DEIB Officer Resources:
 - DEIB Local Resources
 - DEIB Event Planning Guide
 - DEIB Philanthropy & Service Resource 
 - DEIB Recruitment Resource 

These resources are in a space built for DEIB officers, but their content is relevant to all chapter leaders. Contact the Director of Education Abby McCollom for support using these resources. 

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Men's Health Awareness Month & Behind Happy Faces

All Brothers

November is a key time of year to focus on men’s mental health. 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. Use these sessions to start or continue conversations around men’s health.

For additional information on implementation, contact Director of Education Abby McCollom or log into Phi Gamma Delta's Learning Portal to find Behind Happy Faces materials.

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Winterize Chapter House

Officers, House Corporation

Freezing and water damage claims are the most frequently occurring property claims during the cold months, with most occurring during the traditional winter break period. As holiday breaks approach, this is a good time to perform a walk-through for safety standards, assess the facility, and prepare it for the spring. Holmes Murphy, our insurance broker, has provided a Winter Break Checklist for chapters.

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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,071 - October 2023

 
 
 
#1,071 - Administrative Edition - 10/6/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 9/15-10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
 • Oct.: National Learning Disability Month (US)
 • 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner, book speaker, inform IHQ (past due)
 • 10/1-7: Mental Illness Awareness Week (US)
 • 10/9: Indigenous Peoples Day; Thanksgiving (CA)
 • 10/10: World Mental Health Day
 • 10/29: Fall 2023 Health & Safety Program requests due
 • 10/31: Courageous Leader Award nominations due
 • Reminder: Update chapter officers in the Chapter Manager post-elections

View the full calendar

REMINDER: Register New Members

Officers

Welcome to the new members who have joined the Fraternity this fall! As a reminder, every new member must register online within 15 days of joining.

New Model Chapter New Members: Use the purple, “New Brother Registration” option. New brothers will be charged a $275 joining fee, which combines the old new member fee, initiation fee and first-year dues.

Non-New Model Chapter New Members: Use the gold, “New Member Registration” option. New members will be charged a $75 new member fee.

For more info how to manage your chapter roster, use this resource.

 
Tax Alert: Form 990 Filing

Treasurers, House Corporation Treasurers

All nonprofit entities in the US, including chapters and house corporations, are required to file an annual tax return with the IRS. The return is some version of 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, 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 have suffered this fate and must 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, visit this IRS web page.

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 house corporation's and the chapter's funds. The chapter and the house corporation are separate legal entities and must maintain this separation.

 
2022 Annual Award Winners


All Members

Please help us congratulate Phi Gamma Delta’s Annual Award Winners for the 2022 Calendar Year! This year, 95 undergraduate chapters, six graduate chapters and eight brothers received awards.

View the 2022 Annual Award Winners List to see the FULL list of winners. This includes the undergraduate chapters which received Academic Achievement and the John Templeton McCarty Chapter Proficiency Awards. 

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New Model Resources

Officers

As your chapter implements the New Model, there are many resources to help with your implementation of the Growth System, Foundation of Courage and Built to Lead. All resources can be accessed on the New Model Resources page. If you would like any additional help with accessing or using these resources, please contact your chapter coach. If your chapter has not yet implemented the New Model and would like to learn more, please contact Senior Director of Chapter Services Noah McHale.

Programs to Plan for:

Find Your Fit – Election Prep: If the chapter hosts elections this fall, finalize your Chapter Leadership Position Resource Guide, and remind members of the date.

October Menu Experience Ideas:
 - Utilize campus resource or the Scholarship Manual to educate members on National Learning Disability Month (Oct.).
 - Observe Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 - 10/15). 
 - Use campus resources to honor Coming Out Day (10/11) 
 - Discuss how Halloween (10/31) can impact your alcohol tolerance by watching this video

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Courageous Leader Award

All Members

Phi Gamma Delta created the Courageous Leader Award to recognize brothers, new members, parents, house mothers, Greek advisors and friends who have gone above and beyond in courageously living the values of Phi Gamma Delta.

Award winner(s) will be announced in early January 2024. Nominations are due by October 31 to be considered. Click here for more info or to nominate someone.

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Dyad Membership Survey

All Undergraduate Members

The Fraternity partnered with Dyad Strategies to measure the impact of the Phi Gam experience on our members. This data will help Phi Gamma Delta evaluate the quality of the fraternity experience for our undergraduate brothers. Cabinet officers, key committee chairmen and advisors will be provided chapter specific results in January, 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 1. All chapters are expected to participate. For more information, contact Assistant Executive Director Todd Rotgers.

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Halloween Reminders

Officers

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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Health & Safety Programs

All Members

As part of our strong commitment to member safety and wellness, all chapters are required to receive an annual Health & Safety Program. Chapters can complete this in either semester, but it must be scheduled before April 2024. Submit the Program Request by October 29, 2023 or March 31, 2024 to complete during the fall 2023 or spring 2024 semester, respectively. If your chapter still needs to do this training this academic year, view this list.

If you have any questions about your targeted training, contact the Associate Director of Education.

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Officer Election Info

Presidents

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

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Update Your Graduate Advisor Roster

Section Leaders, Purple Legionnaires

Communicating with the appropriate advisors/volunteers for each chapter is critical for sharing key updates pertinent to their position. Please help us maintain updated information for each chapter’s Purple Legionnaire (PL), BCA and House Corp. Email updates to Dio Protopapadakis by November 1. Current advisor lists will be distributed to Section Leaders (SL) in the coming weeks.

Additionally, we ask all PLs and SLs to complete the Expectations Acknowledgement Form.

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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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 #1,069 - September 2023

 
 
 
#1,069 - Administrative Edition - 9/1/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

 
Officers Calendar

• Sep: Suicide Prevention Month
• 9/4: Labor Day: IHQ closed
• 9/12: Submit News for Sep. TFL - Good News
• 9/15-10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month (U.S.)
• 9/15: Roster Updates for membership dues billing
• 9/25-29: National Hazing Prevention Week
• 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
View the full calendar

Educational Courses on the LMS

Learning Portal (LMS) Courses Due 9/1:
Built to Lead Calendar submissions (will be reviewed upon receipt)
Foundation of Courage Chair's (fka New Member Educator's) Agreement
New Model Courses
President's Risk Mgmt Agreement
Instructions how to access the LMS

 
Required Education: Risk Management Policy

Officers, All Members

As chapter officers, it is your responsibility to educate all your chapter’s members on the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy. If your chapter has not already done so, distribute and review the policy at your next chapter meeting.

We suggest the chapter officers invite your Purple Legionnaire and/or other graduate brothers to participate in (or lead) the discussion.

National Hazing Prevention Week 2023

All Members

Phi Gamma Delta supports National Hazing Prevention Week (#NHPW). Join us the week of September 25 - 29, by showing how Courageous Leaders are empowered to eliminate and prevent hazing.

More details about our #NHPW campaign are coming soon. In the meantime, please visit the National Hazing Prevention Network at hazingpreventionnetwork.org for more information.

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New Model Resources & Updates

New Model Chapter Officers

Reminder: Several chapter action Items are due September 1. Review the “New Model Action Items & Resources: Fall 2023” email, which was sent on August 16. Additional reminders can be found below:
 • Review items listed in this issue’s “Educational Courses on the LMS.”
 • Sign-up for Program Tracking Training.  - 60% of the entire chapter should complete Certified Recruiter Training and ChapterBuilder Training.
 • Schedule for graduate volunteer webinars this month for the following positions: Section Leaders, Purple Legionnaires, BCA Built to Lead, BCA Foundation of Courage and BCA Recruitment.

Plan for Programs:
 • Excellent on Purpose: For first semester adopters only.
 • Our Most Precious Inheritance: If you are hosting Foundation of Courage this term, host this program for your chapter members a week prior to hosting initiation.
 • Find Your Fit: If you are hosting chapter elections this fall, prepare your chapter leadership position resource guide, and schedule this program one to two months before elections.
 • Plan at least one of your Health & Safety assignment or a DEI&B program this semester.
  • September Menu Experience Ideas: Utilize Behind Happy Faces materials available on the LMS to honor Suicide Prevention Week, September 10-16, or the Graduate Facilitation Guide for a Discussion on Hazing to honor National Hazing Prevention Week, September 25-29.

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Courageous Leader Award

All Members, Greek Advisors

The Fraternity's Courageous Leader Award recognizes brothers, new members and friends of Phi Gamma Delta who have gone above and beyond in courageously living the values of Phi Gamma Delta. Nominations are due October 31 to be considered, and the award winner(s) will be announced in early January 2024.

For more information or to nominate someone, please visit www.phigam.org/CourageousLeaderAward

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Handling Media Inquiries

Officers, Purple Legionnaires

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 best respond to any inquiries, it is important to keep the following in mind:

Brothers contacted by a reporter (via phone, email or in person) – Inform the reporter that your Chapter President is the spokesman for your chapter. Otherwise, do not respond to the inquiry. Also, do not give the reporter contact information for the President. You may offer to take the reporter’s name and contact information and pass it along to the President. . Read more on our Handling Media Inquiries page. 

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Report 2022-23 Grades, Philanthropy & Service

Officers, Philanthropy & Service Chairs

If you haven’t already done so, please report your service hours, philanthropic dollars raised and grades from each semester/term during the 2022-23 academic year.

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Submit News for Fall 2023 Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

We want to hear your chapter's and brothers' good news! Submit News by Friday, September 22, to be included in the fall 2023 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine..

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Tailgating Tips

Officers

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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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,068 - May 2023

 
 
#1,068 - Administrative Edition - 5/5/2023

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

 
Officers Calendar

• May: AAPI Heritage, Jewish Heritage, Mental Health Awareness & Military Appreciation
• 5/12: Chapter history due
• 5/14: Undergrad Archon Nominations due
• 5/18: Liability insurance balance payments due
• 5/24: Early Adopters Built to Lead Program Tracking Form due
• 5/29: IHQ office closed for Memorial Day
• June: LGBTQ+ Pride
• 6/1: Early Adopters Built to Lead Grant Application due; Summit registration deadline
• 6/9-11: Leadership Institute: Session 1
• 6/12: Submit End of Term Report
• 6/16-17: The Summit
• 6/19: IHQ office closed for Juneteenth

View the full calendar to see all summer dates

Educational Courses on the LMS

How to access Learning Portal (LMS) courses
• Mental Health Resources: Behind Happy Faces Workshop 1-9; Advisors' Mental Health Workshop
• DEIB Resources: Conversations for Change; DEIB Officer Resources

 
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The Summit 2023

Recruitment Chairman, New Member Educator, Built to Lead Chairman, Foundation of Courage Chairman

We are excited to hold The Summit on June 16-17, in Lexington, Kentucky!

The Summit is an interactive program developed for Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Built to Lead Chairmen and Foundation of Courage Chairmen. The program includes specific positional content, as well as a mix of general sessions, position specific sessions and time with your brothers. The Summit will also prepare officers to identify and on-board new members, while helping develop useful skills both inside and outside the Fraternity.

Over the weekend, all attendees will learn about their position's best practices and the Fraternity's available resources, year-round Growth System strategies and four-year (and beyond) membership experience. Attendees will also get the chance to meet with IHQ staff, who can help them once they return to their chapters.

Visit www.phigam.org/TheSummit for more information and to register. The registration deadline is June 1, at 11:59 pm.

Undergraduate Archon Nominations - DEADLINE EXTENDED 

All Brothers

Nominate undergraduate brothers to serve on the board of directors of Phi Gamma Delta.

The nominations deadline has been extended to May 14 to be considered.

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DEIB Resources

Officers, Committee Chairmen, Chapter Leaders

Take time to be intentional and work toward being inclusive. Resources are available to help chapters strategically plan and organize local resources. Review the following resources on the Learning Portal, under Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Officer Resources:
  DEIB Local Resources
  DEIB Event Planning Guide
  DEIB Philanthropy & Service Resource
  DEIB Recruitment Resource

These resources are in a space built for DEIB officers, but their content is relevant to all chapter leaders. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom for support using these resources.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

All Members

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Phi Gamma Delta invites you to start conversations around mental health in your chapter to help break the stigma. Advisors can review the Advisors Mental Health Workshop on the Learning Portal and plan to host Behind Happy Faces workshops.

View some of the resources the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides to help you get started:
  Mental Health By the Numbers: Statistics and facts related to the impact mental health has on society.
  Review the Warning Signs & Symptoms for mental health so you can support and enable others to get the help they need. This does not mean serving as a mental health expert.
  Identity & Cultural Dimensions: Learn mental health impacts identities and cultures differently.

Also, take the Pledge to Be Stigma Free as a commitment to continuing the conversation year-round.

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Prepare Chapter House for Summer

House Corporation President, Purple Legionnaire, Chapter President

Summer break is the time your chapter house is most at risk, especially if members are not living in the house. Most claims during the summer months are associated with water damage, theft and fire. Now is the time to work with your house corporation to ensure the house is prepared for the break. Utilize this Summer Break Checklist.

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Report 2022-23 Grades, Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Philanthropy/Service Chairman, Scholarship Chairman

If you have not already done so, please complete the End of Term Report for the fall 2022 term ASAP. Also please submit the Report for the winter/spring 2023 term(s) by June 12. This form is how the Fraternity collects your chapter's grades, philanthropy, service and campus involvement data.

You can ask your campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: chapter GPA; new member GPA; all-men's average GPA; all-campus average GPA; all-fraternity/sorority GPA; number of IFC fraternities; your chapter's GPA rank among IFC fraternities; average IFC chapter size; and average new member class size among IFC fraternities.

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Treasurer/Finance Update

Treasurer

Be aware your account with the Fraternity should be paid in full by June 30, 2023. Chapters which are unable to pay and have not set up a payment plan are strongly encouraged to contact Amy Watson as soon as possible to make other payment arrangements.

Any delinquent balance on your account after June 30 will carry a penalty of 10% unless the Chapter has an up-to-date payment plan with IHQ. Also, initiation or joining fees must be paid for brothers to receive their membership materials and applicable scholarships.

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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,066 - April 2023

 
 
#1,066 - Administrative Edition - 4/7/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • April: Donate Life Month - Immortal Phi Gam
 • April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
 • 4/1: AFH Exemption Application past due
 • 4/3: Annual Awards Applications past due
 • 4/10: Leadership Institute registration deadline
 • 4/18: Deadline to Submit News for the April TFL - Good News
 • 4/21: Donate Life Blue & Green Day
 • 5/1: Founders Day - 175th Anniversary
 • 5/1: Undergrad Archon Nominations due
 • 5/2: Giving Day

View the full calendar

 
Educational Courses on the LMS

Log in to the website to access the Learning Portal (LMS).

 • 4/1: Deadline (passed) to submit Health & Safety Program Requests for spring 2023
 • 5/1: GreekLifeEdu spring learning ends (members registering after 4/1 will be enrolled in the fall 2023 course)

 
 
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The Summit 2023

Recruitment Chairman, New Member Educator, Built to Lead Chairman, Foundation of Courage Chairman

We are excited to hold The Summit on June 16-17, in Lexington, Kentucky! The Summit is an interactive program developed for Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Built to Lead Chairmen and Foundation of Courage Chairmen. The program includes specific positional content, as well as a mix of general sessions, position specific sessions and time with your brothers. The Summit will also prepare officers to identify and on-board new members, while helping you develop useful skills both inside and outside the Fraternity.

Over the weekend, all attendees will learn about their position's best practices and the Fraternity's available resources, year-round Growth System strategies and four-year (and beyond) membership experience. And attendees will meet with IHQ staff, who can help them once they return to their chapters.

Visit www.phigam.org/TheSummit for more information and to register. The registration deadline is June 1, at 11:59 pm.

(Note: The Schedule at a Glance will be available the week of May 1.)

The Leadership Institute 2023

Undergraduate Members

Send one of your chapter's emerging leaders to The Leadership Institute, a three-day leadership experience empowering brothers to work on challenges facing their chapters. Institute attendees will complete a plan to tackle tough chapter issues and learn to understand their personal style of leadership and values.
 • When: Session 1: June 9-11 or Session 2: July 21-23
(Some participants may need to travel on June 8 or July 20 to arrive in time for Session 1 or Session 2, respectively.)
 • Where: Transylvania University - Lexington, Kentucky.
 • Who: A rising chapter leader - ideally someone entering their sophomore or junior year.
 • Cost: Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, the Institute is FREE to undergraduates - this includes meals, lodging and transportation (including airfare).
 • Registration Deadline: Register Here by Monday, April 10.
 • Questions: Contact Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom.

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175th Anniversary Celebration

All Members

This year, Phi Gamma Delta is celebrating a momentous occasion, our 175th anniversary. In honor of our anniversary, we are dedicating the month of April to service and philanthropy leading up to Founders Day, on May 1. Tell us how your chapter plans to celebrate, and use the Fraternity's available resources to help you plan your celebration.

We also invite you to join us on our annual Giving Day, on Tuesday, May 2, to celebrate our milestone anniversary.

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Donate Life Month - Make Yourself Immortal

All Members

Phi Gamma Delta partnered with Donate Life to encourage brothers to sign up to be organ, eye and tissue donors. During Donate Life Month, we encourage our members to make themselves immortal by registering to be a donor at www.phigam.org/ImmortalPhiGam.

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Fall 2022 End of Term Report

Officers

If you have not already done so, please complete the End of Term Report for the fall 2022 term. This form is how the Fraternity collects your chapter's grades, philanthropy, service and campus involvement data.

If you have not received this information, please ask your Campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: chapter GPA; new member GPA; all-men's average GPA; all-campus average GPA; all-fraternity & sorority GPA; number of IFC fraternities; your chapter's GPA rank among IFC fraternities; average IFC chapter size; and average new member class size among IFC fraternities.

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No Pools/Ponds/Water Features & Fiji Island Considerations

Chapter President, Risk Management Chairman, House Corporation President

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 Social Event Planning Guide. If planning a Fiji Island event, the Fraternity requires that all chapters comply with the Fiji Island Guidelines.

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Nominate Undergraduate Brothers for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate undergraduate brothers to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2023 to be considered.

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Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #1,065 - March 2023

 
 
#1,065 - Administrative Edition - 3/3/2023

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

 
Officers Calendar

 • 3/6: Deadline to Submit News for the magazine
 • 3/10-12: Archives Weekend (IHQ)
 • 3/23: Application deadline for the Journalism Scholarship
 • 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption applications due
 • 4/3: Annual Awards application deadline

View the full calendar

Educational Courses on the LMS

Instructions how to access courses on the Learning Portal (LMS).

 • 3/31: Deadline to schedule spring Health & Safety Programs

 
Submit News for the Spring 2023 Magazine

We want to hear your chapter's and brothers' good news! Submit News & Photos by Monday, March 6, to be included in the spring 2023 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.

Please submit stories related to your chapter's philanthropy, service projects, awards, virtual Pig Dinners and intramural sports, undergraduate or graduate brother achievements, or graduate chapter events. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Carlson.

 
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2022 Annual Awards Applications

Officers, Advisors

Applications for the Annual Chapter and Individual Awards are now being accepted for the 2022 calendar year. Visit www.phigam.org/Awards for award descriptions and to submit your applications. All applications must be completed by Monday, April 3, at 8:00 am ET (5:00 am PT).

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. Please make sure you nominate outstanding brothers for our Individual Awards as well.

Winners will be announce via social media this summer and at the 2024 Academy. If you have questions, contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

Recognize Graduate Brothers

Officers, Advisors

Phi Gamma Delta recognizes its graduate brothers for their contributions and/or accomplishments in two ways:

Individual Awards for Volunteers
The Fraternity's annual awards provides individual awards to deserving graduate volunteers for their contributions. Anyone may nominate graduate brothers for these awards:
 • Coulter Cup: Awarded to a graduate brother who has contributed the most to an undergraduate chapter in a role other than Purple Legionnaire or general officer.
 • Crowder Cup: Presented to the most outstanding faculty advisor.
 • Durrance Award: Recognizes the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire.
 • Haynes Award: For the most effective Section Leader.

Individual Award nominations are due Monday, April 3, at 8:00 am ET (5:00 am PT).

William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award
Each year, the Archons select up to six graduate brothers for their faithful, unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta or their special contribution to society at large. Nominate deserving brothers by May 1 for consideration this year. Additional information and past Distinguished Fiji Award recipients are listed at www.phigam.org/DFA.

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Holmes Murphy Scholarships for Students of Color

Undergraduate Members of Color

Holmes Murphy (HM), the Fraternity's insurance broker, will distribute a $1,000 scholarship each to 10 students of color (for a total of $10,000). The scholarship started in 2022 to create greater awareness of the opportunities in the insurance industry and within Holmes Murphy.

Click here for more information on the application criteria and to apply.

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The Leadership Institute

Undergraduate Members

The Leadership Institute registration deadline is April 10. For more info and to register, visit the Leadership Institute page. You can review the Institute Registration Update to see if you chapter has space to register participants.

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Pig Dinner Prep

Pig Dinner Chairman, Corresponding Secretary, Graduate Relations Chairman

Pig Dinner is the longest running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. It's a celebratory reunion for your chapter’s graduates, and it also provides an opportunity to celebrate new initiates and your graduating seniors.

Due to COVID restrictions over the last three years, many chapters may be behind with awarding Silver Owl and Gold Owl certificates. Please email Johnathon Allen if your chapter needs an updated recognition list or certificates created, or if you have questions. Additional planning resources are available on the Pig Dinner page.

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Sign-Up for Fall 2023 New Model Early Adoption

Officers, Advisors

Chapter leaders who are interested in making their chapter an Early Adopter beginning in Fall 2023 should discuss first this with their chapter officers and graduate advisors, and then complete the Early Adopter Chapter Sign-Up Form. For more information, visit www.phigam.org/NewModel, and if you have questions, contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Spring Break Reminders

Officers, House Corporation Members

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 guests.

Work with your house corporation to ensure your house is secure over the break. Have fun and stay safe!

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Notification of Expulsions

In accordance with the Fraternity's Bylaws, all chapters are hereby notified of sentences of expulsions levied against former members of the Fraternity for violations of the Laws of the Fraternity.
 • Jackson Wambach (Iowa State University)
 • Luke Cleaver (University of Kansas)
 • Daniel Haake (University of Kansas)
 • Connor Maher (University of Kansas)
 • Ian Mowery (University of Kansas)

For questions or assistance with processes for chapter discipline of members, contact Director of Accountability Cat Corso and reference the Trial Forms & Procedural Requirements.

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

 
 
 

 #1,063 - February 2023

 
 
 
#1,063 - Administrative Edition - 2/3/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 2/3: Deadline to update roster for liability insurance assessment
 • 2/4: 2023 Housing Conference
 • 2/14: Submit news for the Feb. TFL - Good News
 • 2/28: Set date for fall Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 • 3/6: Submit news for the spring 2023 magazine
 • 3/10-12: Archives Weekend at IHQ - Lexington, Kentucky

View the full calendar

 
Educational Courses on the LMS

Instructions how to access courses on the Learning Portal (LMS).

 • 2/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 launched for spring new members
 • 2/1: New Member Educator's/Foundation of Courage Chair's Agreement past due
 • 2/1: President's Risk Management Agreement past due

 
 
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The Leadership Institute 2023

Emerging Undergraduate Leaders

The Leadership Institute is a premier leadership experience that will empower brothers to work on real issues and challenges facing their chapters. Institute attendees will go home with a plan to tackle tough chapter issues that are incongruent with Phi Gamma Delta's values and Ritual, as well as an understanding of their own personal values and leadership style.

One member from each chapter and provisional chapter is highly encouraged to attend. If space is available, up to two members from the same chapter/provisional chapter will be accepted to attend. Applications are due Monday, April 10.

Event Details:
 • When: Session 1: June 9-11 or Session 2: July 21-23
(Note: some participants may need to travel June 8 or July 20 to arrive in time for Session 1 or Session 2, respectively. We encourage you to save those dates in advance as potential travel days.)
 • Where: Transylvania University - Lexington, Kentucky
 • Who: An identifiable 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.
 • Cost: The Institute is free for undergraduates (1-2 members from each chapter). Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers all lodging, meal and transportation costs will be covered - including airfare.
 • Questions: Contact Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom for questions or to recommend a brother to attend.
 • Register Here!

Submit News for the Spring Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Graduate Chapter Presidents

Would you like to see your brothers' good news featured in The Phi Gamma Delta magazine? Submit News by Monday, March 6, to be included in the spring 2023 issue.

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175th Anniversary Celebration

All Members

This year, Phi Gamma Delta celebrates two major milestones: the 175th anniversary of our founding and the 100th anniversary of Phi Gamma Delta in Canada. We want you to be a part of the celebration - from sharing stories, to getting involved locally.

To learn how your chapter and graduate brothers can celebrate, visit www.phigam.org/175thAnniversary.

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Archives Weekend

Chapter Presidents, Historians

Want to help preserve Phi Gamma Delta's history and work with historical records, artifacts and photographs? Then make plans to join other brothers to preserve our legacy during Archives Weekend, March 10-12, at the International Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky.

Visit www.phigam.org/ArchivesWeekend for more info and to register to attend. If you have questions, contact Director of Chapter Services - East Ben Blacklock.

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Insurance Billing

Chapter Treasurers

Liability insurance invoices are expected to be emailed mid to late February. The charge is based on the number of brothers and new members. The Archons set a base rate of $250/member - equal to the 2022 base rate. Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2022 calendar year may receive up to a 20% penalty. Other surcharges and incentives may apply related to health & safety programming efforts. Additionally, chapters that are Early Adopters to the New Model are eligible for up to 35% discount on insurance. Learn more about these incentives/surcharges here.

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Journalism Scholarship

Undergraduate Journalism Majors

Gordon T. Speckman Journalism Scholarship applications 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 January 1, 2022.

The scholarships range from $750 - $1,750 and are open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write by-lined general interest, editorial, op-ed or sports columns (movie reviews and other specialized columns are not eligible).

The application deadline is March 23, 2023, at 3:00 am ET.

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Nominate Undergraduate Brothers for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate undergraduate brothers to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2023 to be considered.

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Schedule Your Health & Safety Program

Chapter Presidents

All Chapter Presidents received an email including the chapter’s assigned Health & Safety Program for 2023. You can find your assignments here, and you can request a program here. Please contact Andrew Depew if you have questions.

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UIFI Scholarships Available

Undergraduate Brothers

The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) is a four-day, three-night, immersive leadership experience hosted by AFLV. During UIFI, fraternity/sorority students come together to challenge conventional wisdom, discover new solutions to critical problems and accelerate progress in their communities.

Phi Gamma Delta offers scholarships for 25 brothers to attend UIFI. These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first-serve basis and cover the cost of registration for the Institute. However, the chapter/individual is responsible for the cost of travel to Bloomington, Indiana. (Many IFCs, Greek life offices and Student Governments offer assistance for educational travel.)

Contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif with questions or to claim a scholarship.

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William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations

All Members

Each year, the Archons select up to six graduate brothers to receive the William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award. Recipients are selected due to either recognition for their special contribution to mankind and society at-large or their faithful, unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta.

For more information and to nominate a deserving graduate brother, visit www.phigam.org/DFA.

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© 2016-2023 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,062 - January 2023

 
 
#1,062 - Administrative Edition - 1/13/2023
 

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 provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

1/20: End of Term Report (Grades, philanthropy & service) due

1/30: 2023 Housing Conference registration deadline

2/3: Deadline to update roster for liability insurance billing

View the full calendar

 
Educational Courses on the Learning Portal

How to access courses on the Learning Portal

2/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 launches for spring new members

2/1: President's Risk Management & New Member Educator's / Foundation of Courage Chair's Agreements due

 
 
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2023 Academy Resources

Academy Attendees, Officers

During the 2023 Academy, attendees received multiple resources and workbooks, and they participated in several presentations. The Academy resources and documents are available now, - including items from general sessions, Officer Tracks, Pursuing Excellence Sessions, vendors and more.

Fraternity staff will also follow up with those chapters which were unable to attend this year's Academy.

Additionally, you can view and download photos from the 2023 Academy Photo Album here.

Insurance Billing: Coming Soon

Treasurer

Invoices for liability insurance are anticipated to be emailed mid to late February. The charge is based on the number of brothers and new members. The Fraternity advises chapters to budget a base rate of $250/member - equal to the 2022 base rate. The final rate will be based upon the policy premiums charged to Phi Gamma Delta.

February 3 is the deadline to make roster changes prior to billing. To update, log-in to www.phigam.org, and follow these instructions to update your roster. If you have questions, email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848.

Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2022 calendar year may receive up to a 20% penalty. Other surcharges and incentives may apply related to health & safety programming efforts. Learn more about these incentives/surcharges here.

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Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption (AFHE) Applications Live

Chapter President

The 2023 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 asked questions. Applications are due April 1, 2023, and late submissions will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Accountability Cat Corso. Be on the lookout for details about a webinar to ask your AFHE questions early, prior to applying and learn what makes an application successful.

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Cold Weather Concerns

Officers, House Corporation

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

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Deadline to Remedy Past Due Account Balances

Treasurers, Officers

Chapters with a 90+ day past due account balance with the International Fraternity have until January 31 to do one of the following:
 1. Make their Fraternity account current, OR
 2. Arrange a payment plan for past due balances with IHQ AND adhere to the agreed-upon plan.

Chapters failing to do so will be charged with violations of the Fraternity's Bylaws and subjected to disciplinary action.

December 31, 2022 account statements were sent last week. If you have questions, or if the chapter is unable to fully pay its past due amount and needs to make other arrangements, please email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848.

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End of Term Report - Fall 2022
(GPA, Philanthropy, Service)

Officers, Scholarship Chair, Philanthropy & Service Chair

To streamline other data collection efforts, the Fraternity created an End of Term Report to be submitted by January 20. This report asks for the following information:
 1. Chapter term, newly initiated brother, all-men’s, all-fraternity (IFC), all-campus and all-Greek life GPA averages, and chapter ranking among IFC fraternities
 2. Total philanthropy dollars raised
 3. Total number of service hours

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New Big Brother Policy

Officers, New Member Educator

In August 2022, the Archons amended the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy to include a section on Big Brothers. One of the policy changes approved in August took effect on January 1, 2023:
"Big Brother/Little Brother" / "New Member Father/New Member Son," or similar programs, are not permitted in conjunction with new member education programs. New member mentor programs are permitted following initiation.

As a reminder, the other two policies regarding Big Brothers are:
 1. "Big/Little Brother" / "New Member Father/Son" reveals, or similar events or activities, may not be conducted unless the Purple Legionnaire, a member of the Board of Chapter Advisors or other graduate/advisor, designated by the Purple Legionnaire or Section Leader, is present.
 2. Consistent with Alcohol & Drugs 11, alcohol is not permitted at any formal or informal "Big/Little Brother" / "New Member Father/Son" reveals, “family” events or similar activities. “Family” gifts of alcohol are also prohibited.

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Plan for Pig Dinner

Pig Dinner Chair, Corresponding Secretary, Graduate Relations Chair

Pig Dinner is the longest running, chapter-based, annual graduate (alumni) event in the Greek world. Your Pig Dinner can serve as a sendoff for graduating seniors or as a celebration of your new initiates. But, most importantly, it's a celebration of your graduate brothers.

We encourage you to plan and communicate early to graduates of your chapter and around your College/University. Planning resources are available on the Pig Dinner page. If you have questions, contact Johnathon Allen.

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Staff Directory

Officers, Advisors

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

 
 
 

Good News Edition

 #1,073 - November 2023

 
 
 
#1,073 - Good News Edition - 11/17/2023
 
 

In This Issue

Register for Academy

New Model Chapter Highlights

Chapter Successes

Shining Stars

Apply to Be a Field Secretary

Capitol Hill Visits

Submit News

 
Register for the 2024 Academy

The 2024 Academy will be held January 5-7, 2024, in St. Louis, MO.

We strongly encourage Presidents, Recruitment Chairmen and Built to Lead Chairmen to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. We also provide educational tracks for Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians and graduate volunteers.

For more information or to register, visit phigam.org/Academy.

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New Model Chapter News Highlights
Highlights from Our New Model Chapters

 In 2023, 30+ New Model chapters have utilized the Courageous Leader Scholarship Fund. The chapters have awarded 147 scholarships, totaling over $145,000, to non-members to expand recruitment efforts.

 • Psi Mu at Missouri State hosted a panel of graduate brothers who were able to answer questions the Chapter had about everyday life, recruitment advice, and how to handle intense situations.

 • Spring 2023 Change in Retention (compared to four-year avg.): New Model chapters saw a 9.5% increase to their retention compared to a 7.4% decrease in non-adopting chapters.

 
Chapter/Provisional Chapter Successes

Purple = New Model Chapter; Grey = Chapter

In September, Alpha Omicron at Akron hosted its annual Puppy Party philanthropy event. The Puppy Party supports One of a Kind Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Akron, Ohio. This year, the Chapter raised over $1,000 for the rescue.

Epsilon Alpha at Alberta hosted their annual Pig Dinner on October 21. The Chapter held an initiation ceremony a few hours before the event and celebrated the new brothers who were initiated. Many graduate brothers attended the ceremony, some of whom had not attended an initiation ceremony for decades.

On October 18-20, the Kappa Chapter at Baylor hosted their Fright Night haunted house philanthropy event, supporting the American Red Cross (ARC). While the haunted house was free for all, the Chapter sold event T-shirts and collected donations for the ARC.

Omega Phi at Central Florida earned first place in the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority's 2023 Lipsync philanthropy event. All 24 Greek organizations on campus participated in the event.

 
 

The Chi Alpha Chapter partnered with the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and won Clemson's Homecoming Float competition in October. As first place winners, the Chapter received prize money, which brothers will donate to a philanthropy.

The Zeta Chapter at Indiana earned the top GPA for fraternities with over 100 members, and they were awarded the most successful fraternity for initiation during the spring 2023 semester.

During the fall 2023 semester, Alpha Iota at Iowa State welcomed and initiated 29 new brothers. Additionally, the Chapter's house mom, Joyce Allen, received the House Mom of the Year Award from the IFC.

Johns Hopkins - Soccer Alumni Weekend 2023

^ In September, Beta Mu undergraduates spent time with several graduate brothers during John Hopkins University's Soccer Alumni Weekend.

Kentucky - Slapjacks Philanthropy

^ Upsilon Kappa at Kentucky hosted its first Slapjacks philanthropy event with the Pi Beta Phi Women's Fraternity in September. They served pancakes and bacon with a slight twist. Participants had the option to donate a few extra dollars to slap a brother with toppings-filled pancakes or crack an egg on their head. The event was a huge success, with over $2,400 raised for Save the Children and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation.

Mu Sigma at Minnesota brothers welcomed their family members for Parents Weekend in October.

In October, Nu Eta at Northeastern initiated 23 men, increasing the Chapter's size by over 50%.
The Chapter also held their second annual FIJI Fright Night on October 14 to raise money for Boston children in need, doubling the amount raised in last year's event.

Nu Alpha at Northern Arizona raised over $6,200 for RAINN through their annual Diamond Girl philanthropy on September 27-29. RAINN works to prevent sexual assault and to support survivors. Seven sororities participated in the three-day event, which included a volleyball tournament, an Instagram competition, cash wars, a karaoke talent show and more.

In October, Chi Rho at Penn West held their annual Pie a Fiji fundraiser benefiting the American Red Cross. The Chapter raised money by allowing students to "pie them in the face" for a donation to the American Red Cross.

Rose-Hulman - Pie a Phi Fundraiser

^ On September 20, Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman hosted their annual Pie-A-Phi fundraising event. It was started in spring 2021 with the goal of helping a longtime friend. This fundraiser is devoted to directly helping Happiness Bag, a local organization that invests in educational and recreational activities for those challenged with disabilities within the local community. This year the Chapter held the event at the center of campus for maximum exposure. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and brothers donated to throw pies at brothers for charity. Through social media, flyers, tabling and reaching out to local businesses, brothers raised nearly $10,000.

Gamma Sigma at Sewanee held a fall graduate brother dinner on November 2. The Chapter also held their annual Dads Weekend on November 10-12. Throughout the weekend, brothers and their fathers enjoyed great food and company.

Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech brothers participated in two philanthropies during this semester. The Chapter hosted a car wash for the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundations, raising over $150. Brothers also helped raise over $10,000 for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by volunteering as security at Nissan Stadium in Nashville and making cold calls to graduate brothers and family members for donations.

From October 8-14, Tau Upsilon at Tulane held their Pink Week philanthropy event. The Chapter worked with Krewe de Pink (KdP) to support breast cancer research. The brothers raised and donated $6,500 for KdP, a nonprofit raising awareness for and funding innovative breast cancer research at the Tulane Cancer Center.

Lambda Omega at Western Ontario proudly hosted its second annual Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Philanthropy Golf Tournament on September 9. The event was a massive success with undergraduate and graduate brothers coming together for a day of sportsmanship, camaraderie and charitable giving.

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Shining Stars

Jose Carlos Garcia (Akron 2024) was elected Greek Liaison for Akron's Undergraduate Student Government.

Matthew Faur (Central Florida 2025) gave a Ted talk at TEDxUCF on the question of "Why Me?"

Treasurer Ty Hall (Kansas 2024) was awarded a scholarship for CyberCorps, a cyber security training program similar to AmeriCorps. There were over 300 applications from University of Kansas students, and Ty was one of three selected for the scholarship.

 
Apply to Be a Field Secretary

Looking for the perfect next step? The Field Secretary program provides recent graduates with professional experience and ample networking opportunities. Gain experience in consulting, recruiting, relationship building and more.

Graduating seniors would begin training June 2024.

Click here to learn more and apply on LinkedIn.

 
2024 Capitol Hill Visits

The Fraternity is seeking undergraduates to participate in 2024 Capitol Hill visits. Selected brothers will meet with lawmakers and/or their staffs on April 9-10, 2024 to advocate for protecting student freedom of association rights, creating national anti-hazing laws and improving college affordability.

This unique experience is limited and most appropriate for brothers with campus/fraternity leadership experience and/or engagement in governmental affairs.

Click here to learn more and to submit your nomination. Nominations are due no later than December 15.

 
Submit News

Would you like to see your chapter's news featured in the magazine, Friday Letter or on the Fraternity's social media accounts?

Submit News Here!

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 #1,070 - September 2023

 
 
#1,070 - Good News Edition - 9/15/2023
 

In This Issue

Submit News

Highlights from Our New Model Chapters

Chapter Successes

Shining Stars

National Hazing Prevention Week - Courage Against Hazing

Submit News for the Fall 2023 Magazine

Would you like to see your chapter's news in the "On Campus" section of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine?

Submit news and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson by Friday, September 22, to be included in the fall 2023 issue.

 
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New Model Chapter News Highlights
Highlights from Our New Model Chapters

During Labor Day weekend, brothers from the George Washington Provisional Chapter volunteered by cleaning the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC. The Chapter partnered with the National Capital Fijis Graduate Chapter, Purple Heart recipient Ranger James Pierce, American Legion Post 24 from Old Town Alexandria and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Beta Rho Chapter won Louisiana State University's Max Gruver Award, created in memory of Max Gruver, a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, who lost his life to hazing and alcohol poisoning.
This award recognizes one chapter in the Greek community that prioritizes their members' overall health and well-being through their organizations values and brotherhood. Beta Rho received the award because of their dedication to their own members, the Chapter’s commitment to brotherhood development and continuous support of one another and the community as a whole. The Chapter has prioritized bystander intervention through all their member education and focuses on taking the time to be there for each of their members.

Brothers from the Tau Chi Chapter at Texas Christian participated in a service project cleaning up Marine Creek Lake, about 20 minutes away from campus.

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Chapter Successes

This semester, Upsilon Alpha at Arizona broke a school record by having a 100% retention rate in the IFC formal recruitment process for the first time. The Chapter had 100%of its PNMs place back from rounds 7 to 4. No fraternity has ever achieved this at the University of Arizona.

During the University of Illinois Fraternity & Sorority Affairs's Greek Oscars, Chi Iota was awarded Highest Fall 2022 GPA, and Jason Kirchner (2023) won IFC Greek of the Year.

^ During the spring 2023 semester, Mu Deuteron at Iowa participated in various philanthropy and service projects. Brothers raised $4,000 dollars for the University's Annual Dance Marathon, supporting a child being treated for cancer at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Brothers also assisted the Iowa City Ronald McDonald Run, a 5k run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Brothers volunteered by directing traffic for runners participating.

Chi Deuteron at Kansas Sate has excelled academically during the past two semesters. During the fall 2022 semester the Chapter was first place academically out of all fraternities on campus, with a 3.48 GPA and 98% of members reporting grades. The Chapter also had 34 out of 54 members get a GPA higher than the all-fraternity average, and 12 members earned a 4.0 GPA. In the spring 2023 semester, the Chapter finished 4th place among all fraternities on campus, with a 3.48 GPA and 96% of members reporting grades. Additionally, 38 out of 53 members reported a GPA higher than the all-fraternity average, and 10 members earned a 4.0 GPA.

^ During University of Rhode Island's Greek Life Awards, the Kappa Rho Chapter was award Fraternity of the Year and Philanthropy & Community Service of the Year.  Additionally, President Trent Huff (2024) won President of the Year; Scholarship Chairman Danny Haigh (2026) received the Order of Omega Scholar Award; and their Philanthropy Chairman won the Service & Involvement Scholarship.

Sigma Tau at Washington completed their annual Major Project, benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in June. The Chapter finished this year strong. They raised over $55,000, and they had the opportunity to volunteer at the facility, as well as organize clothing and food drives for the organization.

Pi Iota at WPI hosted an open house with an informational session and hors d'oeuvres for members' parents in April. During the event, undergraduate brothers led house tours while several graduate brothers interacted with parents, and parents learned about how the chapter operates, their philanthropy/service efforts, financial obligations and more.

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Shining Stars
 

John Shoemaker (Clemson 2024) was named as one of the NIC's (North American Interfraternity Conference) 2023 Undergraduate Award of Distinction honorees. This award recognizes fraternity men who, throughout in their collegiate experience, have found an outlet for development as both a leader and a better man. They are exemplary members of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and Greek communities with humble confidence. John was selected for this award because he was heavily involved in his chapter's leadership as soon as he joined in spring 2021.
By fall 2021, he was elected Chapter President, leading his chapter through a successful series of recruitment, philanthropy events and more. John also modeled the values of what a true fraternity member is, leading to unanimous support for candidacy as IFC President. John is a constant reflection of fraternity done right and demonstrates strength of character within the Clemson IFC.

This summer, Joey Zorn (George Washington 2025) traveled to the University of Alberta to meet the brothers of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter. From there, Joey went on a two-day road trip to Banff and Jasper, Alberta to meet brothers from the Upsilon Chi Chapter at Calgary.

Niko Powe (Knox 2026) spent 10 weeks completing basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. He will also complete job training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and he is currently on a six year contract as a reservist to assist in national and foreign conflicts and events.

Dominic Mendlik (Texas Christian 2025) was elected as Vice President of the Student Government Association. Brother Mendlik is the first member of the Tau Chi Chapter to be elected to any student body office.

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National Hazing Prevention Week - September 25-29

Here is how your chapter can participate in National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), September 25-29:

Sign the Pledge to Have #CourageAgainstHazing
The top two undergraduate chapters which get the most members (undergrad and grad) to sign the Courage Against Hazing Pledge by Thursday, September 28, at 11:59 pm PT, will win a box of Phi Gam branded merchandise for their chapter.

#CourageAgainstHazing Banner Contest
Design and display a banner that includes the following: Courageous Leader, Phi Gamma Delta / Fiji and National Hazing Prevention Week.
Email a photo of your banner to Erin Huebner by September 28, at 12:00 pm ET, to enter. Winners will get to choose from a list of Phi Gam merchandise to be sent to their chapter.

Wear Purple to Promote Hazing Prevention
The Hazing Prevention Network is encouraging individuals participate in National Hazing Prevention week by wearing purple to promote hazing prevention. Wear purple between September 25-29, post a photo and tag @PhiGamHQ on Instagram or Phi Gamma Delta International Headquarters on Facebook to be reposted.

Learn more ways you can participate at www.phigam.org/EliminateHazing.

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 #1,067 - April 2023

 
 
 
#1,067 - Good News Edition - 4/27/2023
 
 

In This Issue

Giving Day 2023

Chapter Successes

Shining Stars

Submit News

 
Giving Day - May 2, 2023
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Help us celebrate 175 years of history by participating in our annual Giving Day, on Tuesday, May 2 from 12:00 am - 11:59 pm ET.

Donate by visiting PhiGamGivingDay.org and follow along throughout the day for important messages and updates.

 
 
Chapter/Provisional Chapter Successes
 

In February, Alpha Omicron at Akron volunteered at the 33rd Annual Akron Rotary Chili Open. The event benefits the Akron Rotary Camp, a summer camp for children with special needs. Brothers have been volunteering at the Chili Open since it started in 1990.

Upsilon Alpha at Arizona hosted their Diamond Cup philanthropy for The Foundation for Blind Children (TFBC) in March. To raise money, the Chapter held a social media competition, banner competition, sand volleyball tournament and carnival with live music, and they raised over $12,000 for TFBC.

Bucknell - Shea Invitational Philanthropy
^ The Delta Chapter at Bucknell ended Random Acts of Kindness Week with their 5th Annual Shea Invitational, a fundraising tournament held in member of Christopher Shea who pass ad astra in 2016. The event raised $4,100 for Angels at Risk and the American Red Cross.

Omega Chi at Chapman hosted their second annual B+ Basketball Tournament in March. The event consists of Greek life organizations competing in the basketball tournament to raise money for the B+ Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. The Chapter set a fundraising goal of $15,000, which they raised through donations, tabling and T-shirt sales.

 

On March 28, Chi Omicron at Cincinnati hosted their semesterly Fiji Funnel Cakes philanthropy benefiting the USO.

During Clemson's Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards Ceremony, Chi Alpha received the: Alumni Development, Campus Involvement & Leadership, Chapter Development, Fraternity & Sorority Life Involvement, New Member Program, Philanthropic Service and Scholastic Achievement awards.

Colorado State - NARCAN educational program
^ Phi Kappa at Colorado State hosted an educational program about Fentanyl and how to use NARCAN (a potentially lifesaving medication to help individuals with an opioid overdose), which was facilitated Larimer County Health Department.

Epsilon Iota at Evansville welcomed 12 new members during the spring 2023 semester, and they had the highest GPA of all Greek organizations in the fall 2022 semester, with a 3.53 GPA.

George Washington - Pig Dinner 2023^ The George Washington Provisional Chapter co-hosted their Pig Dinner with the National Capital Fiji (Washington, DC) Graduate Chapter. Three of the Maryland Chapter's Founding Fathers attended the dinner and were a great inspiration to the GWU undergraduates.

Mu Iota at Idaho’s 103rd Pig Dinner was held March 3 and was attended by 124 brothers. The theme for this year's Pig Dinner was legacies and included short keynote speeches from father-son David (1992) and Brendan Lundgren (2026), as well as Dr. Robert Nowierski (1973), who attended his 50th reunion and was one of three Nowierski brothers who were Idaho brothers.

During this semester, Mu Chi at James Madison raised over $3,300 for Camp Kesem (CK). Brothers raised money by selling and delivering roses for Valentine's Day and hosting several proceeds nights at local businesses, and they plan to hold more fundraising for CK later in the spring semester too. CK is a nonprofit organization that sends children whose parents have been affected by cancer to camp during the summer.

On March 25-26, 24 Upsilon Kappa brothers danced in DanceBlue (DB). DB is a campus-wide 24-hour dance marathon supporting the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Pediatric Cancer Clinic. The Chapter raised nearly $10,000 for DB, which was the most of any IFC fraternity.

In February, brothers from the Mu Tau Provisional Chapter attended a resume workshop, which was led by April Mitchell, Assistant Director of the University of Memphis's Fogelman Center of Professional Career Development. After the workshop, several graduate brothers joined the undergraduates for a Gentlemen's Dinner at Benihana.

Omicron Deuteron at Ohio State hosted a Mom's Weekend on March 4-5. Brothers and their moms enjoyed a weekend filled with activities, which included a gift basket fundraiser benefiting the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Through the auction, they raised over $1,000.

In March, the Gamma Phi Chapter participated in Penn State University's THON, a dance marathon supporting the Four Diamond Foundation (FDF) for fighting childhood cancer. Ethan Lew (2023), Patrick Xander (2023) and Joseph Albert (2023) represented the Chapter, dancing for 46 hours straight. The Chapter raised over $50,000 for FDF, which helped the University set a fundraising record of $15 million.

Rho Chi at Richmond hosted a breast cancer theme philanthropy event, raising $750 for Breast Cancer Awareness. The event was organized by Adam Huffman (2025).

Sewanee - Mom's Weekend - March 2023
^ In March, Gamma Sigma at Sewanee hosted their annual Mom's Weekend. The weekend-long event began with a dinner on Friday night. Then on Saturday, brothers and their moms enjoyed a hike.

The Tau Beta Chapter was partnered with the Chi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Gamma Eta Sorority for the University of Tampa's Greek Week, supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Throughout the week, teams competed in a variety of contests, including Bubble Soccer, fundraisers, and sidewalk chalk design competition, to name a few. The week ended with the Greek Variety, a choreographed dance competition. The Chapter's team won Greek week and raised $21,600 for AFSP, bringing the total amount raised to over $84,000.

Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech helped raise over $2,000 for TTU Miracle, which supports the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.

On February 14, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Provisional Chapter brothers passed out flowers to the campus and local Corpus Christi community to help make a positive impact and spread love and friendship.

Several Sigma Upsilon brothers attended a fraternal values summit, which was hosted by Texas State University.

The Pi Iota Chapter at WPI was recently recognized for their community service efforts with an award presented by Our Bright Future, Inc.

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Jacob Parkomaki (2024) and Quintin Kelley (2024) were elected to Akron's IFC as Vice President of Judicial Affairs and Vice President of Recruitment, respectively.

Lucien Lee (Idaho 2024) was elected IFC Vice President of Recruitment.

Elliott Notrica (Illinois Wesleyan 2026), a freshman biochemistry major, was the youngest person ever to win the Future Founders Fellowship, a prestigious year-long program designed to help young entrepreneurs and their businesses. He was selected for his business, Symbio, which helps companies reduce food waste through innovative fermentation. Additionally, Elliott is actively involved in the IWU's Petrick Idea Center programming as a biochemistry major, and he won a Titan New Venture Challenge grant in fall 2022.

Several Minnesota brothers landed prestigious jobs following graduation: Hayden Huber (2023) was hired as a Financial Management Consultant at West Monroe; Miles Dorsey (2023) will begin a position as an Investment Banking Analyst at TripleTree; and Will Kallas (2023) was hired as a Business Analyst at Kearney.

Dana Gajewski (Northeastern 2023) trained to run the Boston Marathon on April 17 as a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. This annual event brings together hundreds of runners to raise funds for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dana was passionate about supporting this cause, so he set a fundraising goal of $12,500.

Northern Arizona - Cristerna wins award
 

^ Jose Cristerna (2023) (center) was the first recipient of the Northern Arizona Chapter's Kain Turner Award for outstanding leadership. The award was named in memory of Kain Turner (2020), who sadly passed ad astra in 2018. Jose was selected for this award because of his leadership efforts while planning the Chapter's Pig Dinner and he is beloved by his brothers.

Garret Collins (2024) earned Ohio Wesleyan's Doug Kennedy Memorial Scholarship and Cooper Meek (2025) earned the Slovak Scholarship.

Makai Mitchell (Purdue 2025) participated in the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority's Big Man on Campus competition, a year-long philanthropy benefiting breast cancer research. Makai worked hard to involve his chapter and participated in various events to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Makai finished the competition in 6th place, and he reached the top 5 in fundraising having raised over $4,000. The event raised over $144k in total.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi brothers Bryson Gardner (2025) and Peter Robert (2026) were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2022 semester.

Wabash brothers Austin Hughes (2023), Bradley Johnson (2023) and Alex Koers (2023) were three of 19 seniors earning distinctions on their senior comprehensive exams.

Michael Kutsanzira (2023) and Tyler Smith (2023), members of the Washington & Lee soccer team, earned first and second team All-American bids, respectively. They helped lead their team to the Sweet 16.

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 #1,064 - February 2023

 
 
 
#1,064 - Good News Edition - 2/17/2023
 
 

In This Issue

 • Submit News
 • We're Hiring
 • Chapter Successes
 • Shining Stars

 
Submit News for the Spring Magazine

Would you like to see your chapter's or brothers' news featured in The Phi Gamma Delta magazine?

Submit News & Photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson by Monday, March 6, to be include in the spring 2023 issues.

We're Hiring Field Secretaries!

Are you, or a brother you know, an exceptional leader? If so, we encourage you to consider Phi Gamma Delta's Field Secretary Program. Through this program you can advance the Fraternity's values while building connections with brothers across North America. This is a two-year position that will expand your Phi Gam experience and help you develop tangible skills applicable to all professional industries.

Any initiated brother, whether a recent or upcoming graduate, is eligible to apply for the Field Secretary Program. For more information click here, or you can Apply Now!

 
Chapter/Provisional Chapter Successes

The Pi Chapter at Allegheny partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on campus on February 1. The Chapter set a goal to draw blood from 30 donors. Additionally, the Chapter plans to host another blood drive on April 19.
The Chapter also completed 289.5 service hours during the fall 2022 semester, for an average of 14.5 service hours per brother.

On February 4, Upsilon Alpha at Arizona received 11 of 13 Order of Omega Greek Awards. The Chapter won: Chapter of the Year (2022), Olympian Health & Wellness Award, Outstanding Philanthropic Contributions, Outstanding Academic Success Program and Outstanding Programming Award.
And the chapter received six individual awards: Tobi Adigun (2024) won Outstanding Campus Involvement; Bryce Michael (2024) received the Outstanding Community Service Award; Connor Campbell (2025) was awarded Outstanding New Initiate; Brooks Fanger (2023) won President of the Year (2022); and Trevor Henson (2019) received the Young Alumni of the Year and Chapter Advisor of the Year awards.

The Delta Chapter partnered with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Bucknell to host their annual Souper Bowl philanthropy. Both chapters collected cans at their respective houses from February 5-15. They collected over 600 cans, which were donated to a local food pantry in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Embry-Riddle Community Service Fall 2022

^ Last year, Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle implemented a community service program with a goal to complete 600 community service hours each semester, in honor of the Immortal Six. The Chapter achieved their goal by completing 1,271 community service hours during the 2022 calendar year. 700 of those hours were spent volunteering with the Dayton Dream Center (DDC) during the fall 2022 semester. DDC is a nonprofit that supports the Daytona Beach, Florida community, through feeding the homeless, reaching out to children in need, providing opportunity for personal development and more. The Chapter plans to maintain their goal of 600 community service hours each semester while finding new ways of doing service.

 

Brothers from the Lambda Chapter at DePauw provided Thanksgiving dinner at the chapter house to 260 students who remain on campus for the holiday. Brothers provided a variety of traditional Thanksgiving foods as well as food from around the world for the many international students who attended the dinner.

During the fall 2022 semester, Chi Iota at Illinois was ranked #1 in grades among fraternities with a cumulative 3.54 GPA. This is the second consecutive semester the Chapter has earned this ranking.

Iowa - Rivalry Run 2022

^ Mu Deuteron at Iowa held its annual Rivalry Run during the fall 2022 semester. Brothers ran a football from the border of Wisconsin back to their campus in Iowa City, Iowa, raising over $7,000 for the USO.

Alpha Iota at Iowa State welcomed 30 new members during the fall 2022 semester. The Chapter also was partnered with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for Homecoming, and they won 3rd place.

The Pi Deuteron Chapter at Kansas organized a car wash at their chapter house to raise money for Watts of Love (WoL). WoL is a nonprofit co-founded by Kevin Kuster (1991) that brings solar lights to developing countries that do not have access to electricity.

Knox - St. Baldrick's Philanthropy 2-2023

^ Gamma Deuteron at Knox recently held their annual St. Baldrick's philanthropy event. This year, six brothers participated in the event by shaving their heads, raising $4,468. The Chapter also donated $3,000, for a total of $7,468 donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation (SBF). SBF is a nonprofit supporting research to find cures for childhood cancer.

Before Thanksgiving break, Omicron Deuteron at Ohio State hosted the annual Mega Turkey event. Brothers stepped up to help cook dinner and decorate the house with Christmas light for the event, which served over 100 brothers and friends. Once the event was over, brothers gathered leftovers and unused food and donated it to a local food bank.

Rose-Hulman - Bikes 4 Tykes

^ On December 4, the Rho Phi Chapter and other Greek organizations volunteered at Rose-Hulman's Bikes for Tykes event by assembling bikes, which were Christmas gifts for children in need in the Terre Haute, Indiana area. Over 60 brothers participated in the event, and over 250 bicycles were assembled.

Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech had the highest GPA among all IFC fraternities during the fall 2022 semester. Additionally, the Chapter nearly doubled in size within the past year.

Upsilon Sigma at Utah State participated in the IFC's clothing drive on November 9, 2022. Brothers helped collect clothes from the donation boxes, which were located around campus.

In November 2022, Rho Alpha at Virginia Tech hosted their annual Diamond Bowl Week. During the week, the Chapter hosted a petting zoo, a car smash event and a sorority flag football tournament, and they raised over $11,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Shining Stars
 

Charlie Gibson (2025) and Matt Luckiewicz (2025) were two of 30 Allegheny students named Doane Scholars. This scholarship is presented to sophomore, junior and senior class students who earned the highest cumulative GPA in their respective classes.

Ethan Borsh (2025), Nate Karom (2023) and Tharit Monsereenusorn (2024) were named on Allegheny's Distinguished Alden Scholars Dean's List. This honor is given to students who achieve a 3.8 GPA or higher, complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and incur no honor code infractions within a year.

Mason Miller (Iowa 2023) was named Outstanding IFC President by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). As IFC President, Mason collaborated with university officials and other fraternity leaders to advance the ideals of the University’s 1,100-member fraternity community. During his term, Mason took proactive steps to confront a difficult situation between fraternity presidents and University administration, and his leadership and advocacy strengthened the relationship, which will be a lasting legacy to the community.

Zac Colovos (Western Kentucky 2024), a mechanical engineering major, landed a prestigious co-op internship with the NASA Pathways Program, which is a multi-semester experience. During the fall 2022 semester, Zac went to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to complete the first of three internships with the NASA Pathways Program. Once he completes all three internships and graduates, Zac will be considered for full time employment within various NASA departments.

Western Kentucky - Tramaine Hawkins

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Beginning of the Year Reminders

 BOY Reminders 2023 - Part 1

 
 
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Beginning of the Year Reminders 2023 - Part 1
 

This newsletter contains important information for chapter officers and volunteer advisors including, but not limited to: policy updates, deadlines, reminders and fees. Please be on the look out for Beginning of the Year Reminders 2023 - Part 2: Educational Programming, which will be sent next week.

 
Officers Calendar

8/1: Fall Health & Safety programs scheduling opened
8/31: Submit 2022-23 GPA, service hours & philanthropy $
8/31: Submit summer news
Report new members within 15 days of joining (non-New Model chapters)

View the full calendar

 
Educational Courses on the LMS

Access the Learning Portal (LMS):

9/1: President's Risk Management & Foundation of Courage Chair's agreements due

9/1: New Model Courses due:
 • Built to Lead Overview (6:29 min)
 • Calendar Planning (4:35 min)
 • Grant & Scholarship Overview (3:22 min)
 • Growth System Overview (4:01 min)
 • Guide to Transition (9:41 min)
 • Role of the BCA (2:45 min)
 • Role of a Coach (1:53 min)
 • Setting Dues (Treasurers)

Instructions how to access the LMS

 
 
New Model Resources & Updates

Early Adopter Chapter Officers

You should have received this message in late July. In the event you missed it, please review the content below.

We used feedback to update resources and tools to make New Model implementation smoother for our chapters. There are action items Early Adopter Chapters should focus on. All chapters should review updated resources to ensure they understand the Growth System, Foundation of Courage and Built to Lead.

Chapter Action Items (Due September 1)
 1. Chapter leadership should take LMS courses.
 2. Calendar Planning: Submit chapter calendar through the LMS training by September 1.
 3. Have recruitment and chapter leadership complete the Certified Recruiter Training and ChapterBuilder Training before the academic year starts. Identify a plan for chapter members to complete the training as well.
 4. Sign up for a Reporting Training Session by September 1. Registration links were provided in a previous email update to Early Adopters (note: spots are limited at each training).
 5. Confirm chapter contact information in your first coaches meeting.
 6. Fall 2023 Early Adopters: Schedule Excellent on Purpose - Getting Started for your chapter.

Materials to Review
The LMS training will help provide an overview of the programming. However, it is important the chapter reviews the program materials to fully understand the resources and expectations of each program. Staff have developed the following resources for chapters:

 • The Implementation Manual provides an overview of programming and links to programming facilitation guides and resources throughout.
 • Pre-planning is critical to chapter success. Chapters will use the Built to Lead Program Planning Guide and take the Calendar Planning course on the Learning Portal. Chapters should submit the Built to Lead Programming Guide via the Calendar Planning course by September 1. (Chapters beginning adoption this fall should schedule Excellent on Purpose within the first month of their academic term.)
 • The New Model Resources page houses links and content for implementation in one place.
 • Chapters are curious or unaware of how the recruitment process now works, and they are concerned what this specifically means for their chapter. Chapter Recruiter Training, ChapterBuilder and the flexibility of Foundation of Courage allow chapters to extend bids and initiate members when they feel they know the individual best.

Non-Early Adopter Chapters: Evaluate what programming you can start using to make your transition easier the semester you fully adopt the Growth System, Foundation of Courage and Built to Lead.

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Big Brother Policy Reminders

Officers

Last year the Archons added three additions to the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy regarding Big Brother Programs. It is the responsibility of all chapter officers to educate your chapter on the policy changes and make any necessary changes to the Big Brother Program.

 1. “Big Brother-Little Brother / New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, or similar events or activities, may not be conducted unless the Purple Legionnaire, member of the Board of Chapter Advisors or other graduate/advisor designated by the Purple Legionnaire or Section Chief is present.
 2. Consistent with Alcohol & Drugs 11, alcohol is not permitted at any formal or informal “Big Brother-Little Brother / New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, “family” events or similar activities. “Family” gifts of alcohol are also prohibited.
 3. “Big Brother - Little Brother / New Member Father - New Member Son” or similar programs are not permitted in conjunction with new member education programs. New member mentor programs are permitted following initiation. 

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Chapter President's Risk Management & Foundation of Courage Chair's Agreements

Chapter Presidents, Foundation of Courage Chairs

Both the Chapter President's Agreement and the Foundation of Courage (FOC) Chair’s agreements are due September 1 (or before the start of new member education). Before completing these agreements, Presidents are required to complete an online course focusing on risk management, and FOC Chais are required to complete an online course focusing on hazing prevention. Both agreements are integrated into the courses and will be signed at the completion of the course.

Visit the Fraternity’s Learning Management System (LMS) to participate in the courses. (Note: You must be logged into the Fraternity’s website to access the LMS and courses.)

If you have any technical difficulties contact Andrew Depew.

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Emergency Response Tips & Resources

Officers, Foundation of Courage Chairs

Often, one of the most damaging aspects of serious incidents can be poor responses. Chapters are suspended and individual members find themselves in court. To prepare for the possibility of a crisis, you must review the Emergency Response Tips and Incident Management Tips with your chapter every semester and as part of the New Member Education program.

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Review Pertinent Policies With Your Chapter

Officers

As chapter officers, it is your responsibility to educate all members in your chapter on the Fraternity's Risk Management, Hazing, and Alcohol-Free Housing policies. Review these policies during your first meeting of the term. We suggest the following:
 • Invite your Purple Legionnaire and/or other graduate brothers to participate in (or lead) the discussion with questions or for suggestions.
 • Provide a copy of the policy to each brother.
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Briefly explain each item of the policy and each member’s related responsibilities.
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Review the Responsible Action Protocol.
 • Review Phi Gamma Delta's Stance on Hazing and New Member's Bill of Rights, and address any concerns in the New Member Education program.

Additional resources, including the Fraternity's Social Event Planning Guide and other event planning resources, are available on the Education Resources page. Contact Assistant Executive Director Todd Rotgers or your Field Secretary with questions or suggestions.

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Roster Maintenance

Officers

Most of you will have incoming new members in the next few weeks. Please do the following on www.phigam.org so everyone can receive relevant email updates:

 1. Make sure to change last year’s new members to initiated brothers. This ensures they receive the appropriate membership materials and are eligible for various scholarships offered by Phi Gamma Delta’s Educational Foundation.
 2. Update your officer roster to include any changes, especially the Foundation of Courage Chair. If you can’t register your Foundation of Courage Chair because they hold another position on the Executive Board, please contact IHQ so we can ensure they are kept in the loop.
 3. Directly following elections, or any other changes to your officers, update your roster. Doing this will make sure the right people are receiving the information they need to be successful. Last year, some chapters were left in the dark and behind on finishing some of their programming as a result. Don’t let that be you!

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Roster Updates & Mandatory Fees

Treasurers, Officers

Invoices for membership dues will be sent to chapters the week of September 18. Please have your chapter roster updated by Friday, September 16. View instructions for updating your roster here.

Be sure all information is submitted for changes to be approved. If you have any questions, email Amy Watson or call 859-255-1848 x 123.

Click here to view all Mandatory Forms & Fees.

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Staff Directory - Whom to Call

Officers, Advisors

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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 BOY Reminders 2023 - Part 2

 
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Beginning of the Year Reminder 2023 - Part 2: Educational Programming

Hello brothers,

Thanks to the 153 brothers, from 79 chapters and provisional chapters, who attended The Leadership Institute and the 42 brothers who attended the Summit this summer. We appreciate you for turning out and making these events successful.
 • 97.9% of The Leadership Institute participants said they would encourage others to attend the program.
 • 100% of The Leadership Institute participants said they could create positive change within their chapter/community because of attending.
 • 90.2% of Summit participants said they were able to apply what they learned when they returned to their campus.
 • 95.1% of Summit participants said they had a positive experience overall.

The email includes important information regarding your chapter’s upcoming educational programs and logistics. You will find important information on programs and their target audiences below:

 
Officers Calendar

 • 8/31: Submit summer news
 • 8/31: Submit 2022-23 GPA, philanthropy & service
 • Non-New Model Chapters: Report new members within 15 days of joining, initiates within 30 days of initiation

View the full calendar

Educational Courses on the LMS

Instructions how to access courses on the Learning Portal (LMS).
• 9/1: GreekLifeEdu launches, due within 1 week of joining
• 9/1: President's Risk Management & Foundation of Courage Chair's Agreements due via LMS
• 9/1: New Model Courses due:
 • Built to Lead Overview (6:29 min)
 • Calendar Planning (4:35 min)
 • Grant & Scholarship Overview (3:22 min)
 • Growth System Overview (4:01 min)
 • Guide to Transition (9:41 min)
 • Role of the BCA (2:45 min)
 • Role of a Coach (1:53 min)
 • Setting Dues - Treasurers

New Model Training Sessions for Graduate Advisors

Please only register for one of the two sessions provided for your position:
 • BCA Built to Lead:
  Sep. 7, 7:00 pm ET
  Sep. 13, 2:00 pm ET
 • BCA Foundation of Courage:
  Sep. 5, 2:00 pm ET
  Sep. 14, 7:00 pm ET
 • BCA Recruitment:
  Sep. 6, 2:00 pm ET
  Sep. 21, 7:00 pm ET
 • Purple Legionnaire:
  Sep. 12, 7:00 pm ET
  Sep. 18, 2:00 pm ET
 • Section Leader:
  Sep. 11, 2:00 pm ET
  Sep. 19, 7:00 pm ET

 
 
Built to Lead

Officers, All Members

Built to Lead is a chapter-wide development experience that begins on the first day of affiliation and extends through the undergraduate experience. The program focuses on building skills necessary for Courageous Leadership. Chapter leadership should review the New Model Implementation & Program Guide regardless of adoption status to access resource and information for chapter-wide programming. Find information on the programs below:

1. Health & Safety Programs:
 • Health & Safety programs are facilitated by trained fraternity volunteers. If your chapter did not complete the assigned program in the spring, submit a Program Request.
 • The programs are completed yearly. Failure to complete, or failure to achieve the attendance goals, will result in a penalty for your chapter.
 • View the annual Health & Safety program assignments.
 • Your campus may require health & safety training for all students and/or your chapter. Phi Gamma Delta's training can often take the place of a university required training. If you are interested in pursuing that option, please work with your Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisor. Alternatively, if you have already taken campus-based programming, it may satisfy your targeted Phi Gamma Delta program. Contact Andrew Depew with questions.
2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging:
 • Schedule Brotherhood & Belonging by contacting Director of Undergraduate Experience Abby McCollom.
 • Find Conversations for Change on Phi Gamma Delta’s Learning Portal (LMS).
3. Our Most Precious Inheritance: Ritual Retreat
4. Find Your Fit: Election Preparation 
5. Menu Experiences: Ability, Opportunity & Duty; Executive Leadership; Life Skills; Not for College Days Alone; Success in College; Work & Play.

Foundation of Courage

Foundation of Courage Chairs, Officers

Preparing brothers to be active, engaged members starts from the beginning. Foundation of Courage (FOC) is the first step for brothers to gain the necessary education and resources to be a fully engaged member of the chapter.

The 174th Ekklesia adopted amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws immediately allowing men to join the Fraternity without pledging first. It requires initiation of prospective members without pledging and within four days of accepting an invitation to join effective July 1, 2024. For all chapters, this change sets the maximum duration of the pledge period to four weeks until pledging is no longer permitted on July 1, 2024. Additionally:
 • Chapters may petition the Archons for allowance to extend the pledge period beyond four weeks (this petition must be approved before it is enacted).
 • Chapters may no longer ‘wait for grades’ before initiating pledges but may petition the Archons for allowance to initiate new members as soon as practical following the receipt of collegiate grades (this petition must be approved before it is enacted).
 • Chapters which choose to initiate prospective members without a pledging period (Early Adopters) must initiate men within four days of accepting an invitation to join, but they may petition the Archons for an extended period to conduct the Initiation ceremony (this petition must be approved before it is enacted).

All chapters, regardless of adoption status, are required to carry out the course of new member education approved by the Archons: Foundation of Courage. Chapter leadership should review the New Model Implementation & Programming Guide to access resource and information for this programming. Find information on these programs below:
 • Brotherhood Welcome
 • Initiation: All information found in Ritual materials
 • Post-Initiation Orientation
 • Brother Mentor Reveal: Brother Mentors should complete the Brother Mentor course on Phi Gamma Delta’s LMS. Additionally, the Fraternity's Risk Management Policy includes information related to Mentor/Big Brother programs. All chapter officers are responsible for reviewing the policy, making necessary changes to the program, and educating your chapter on policy changes.
 • History of the Fraternity
 • Legacy of the Fraternity
 • Business of the Fraternity

All the courses above have a facilitation guide and PowerPoint available in the Implementation & Program Guide. These programs will also utilize the Purple Pilgrim as a textbook. Order Purple Pilgrims in advance from the Chapter Store so they are available at the start of the program. If you have any questions about orders, email Mahogany Dobbins or call call her at 859-255-1848. You can also view the e-reader version here.

NON-Early Adopters: Need help getting started with FOC? Schedule a chapter specific training with Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

Reminder: The FOC Chair is required to complete the FOC Chair’s Agreement in the Learning Portal.

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Behind Happy Faces

All Members

Phi Gamma Delta is working hard to find a way to help young men feel more comfortable expressing themselves. Behind Happy Faces offers nine peer-lead lessons to facilitate with your chapter. These lessons help your brothers understand mental health, learn coping skills, and talk to other brothers who may be experiencing a mental health challenge. You can find all nine lessons facilitation materials on Phi Gamma Delta’s LMS.

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GreekLifeEdu

Foundation of Courage Chairs, All New Members

GreekLifeEdu is a self-paced, online course focused on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault prevention, and hazing prevention. Phi Gamma Delta members are required to complete this during their first term of membership.
 - 100% class completion = $10 off per first term member the annual insurance bill (billing takes place at the beginning of the calendar year).
 - Partial class completion = An additional charge of $25 per first term member who did not complete the course added to your annual insurance bill.

Your chapter will receive information shortly on GreekLifeEdu. However, to set your new member class up for success, we suggest adding completion dates for GreekLifeEdu parts 1 & 2 into your chapter calendar. Chapters which have everyone take the courses in the same meeting see the most success. Part 1 takes about one hour and covers the content of the program. Part 2 becomes available to each registrant 30 days after completing part 1. It is a follow-up assessment and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

BOTH Part 1 and Part 2 are required to be finished to be considered 100% complete. You will get updates during the semester from IHQ and your Field Secretary. Additionally, undergraduate officers (Presidents, Treasurers, and Foundation of Courage Chairs) will be set up as managers to view the progress.

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Report GPA, Philanthropy & Service

Officers

If you haven’t already done so, please report your service hours, philanthropic dollars raised and grades from the spring 2023 semester.

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