The Friday Letter

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 #1,006 - November 2018

     
  The Friday Letter - Good News Edition - November 2018  
 
 
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#1,006 - Good News 
 
11/16/2018
 

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2019 Fiji Academy

Good News Video Edition

Chapter/Colony Successes

Shining Stars

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

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

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Good News Video: November Highlights



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Chapter/Colony Successes

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


^ The Theta Chapter and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority helped the West Alabama Food Bank with another successful Fifth Quarter event. Together they repackaged 2,499 pounds of food, that would have otherwise been discarded, from the sky zones and club level seating in the Alabama football stadium.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

^ Nu Alpha hosted their first Diamond Girl Philanthropy Week at Northern Arizona. During the week, the Chapter held multiple competitions and tournaments, raising over $7,500 for the USO. And they collected over 3,000 meals for a local food bank (pictured).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Submit News

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

Submit stories and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson.

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 #1,003 - September 2018

 
 
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#1,003 - Good News 
 
9/21/2018
 

In This Issue

Submit News for the Fall Magazine

Good News Video Edition

Chapter / Colony Successes

Shining Stars

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

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Good News Video Edition: Fall Highlights
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Chapter/Colony Successes

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shining Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 #1,000 - April 2018

 
 
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#1,000 - Good News 
 
4/20/2018
 

In This Issue

 - Founders/Giving Day
 - Good News Video
 - Award Winning Chapters
 - Chapter/Colony Successes
 - Shining Stars
 - Submit News

Founders Day / Giving Day Events

Phi Gamma Delta and the Educational Foundation are hosting our inaugural Giving Day in celebration of our 170th anniversary on Founders Day, May 1. If your chapter is planning a Founders Day celebration, let us know!

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

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Award Winning Chapters

The following chapters recently won university/Greek life awards on their respective campuses:
 - Theta at Alabama: Outstanding Service & Philanthropy
 - Zeta at Indiana: Chapter of Excellence Award
 - Mu Sigma at Minnesota: Outstanding Member Development and Outstanding Risk Management
 - Psi Mu at Missouri State: Outstanding Community Relations & Philanthropic Work
 - Nu Alpha at Northern Arizona: Chapter of the Year
 - Gamma Phi at Penn State: Standard of Excellence Award 
 - Nu Beta at Rutgers: Programming Achievement Award for Academic Achievement
 - Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State: Outstanding Social Fraternity
 - Kappa Mu at Western Michigan: Chapter of the Year and Highest Council GPA (2017-18 academic year) 
 - Pi Iota at WPI: Most Improved Chapter of the Year and Most Outstanding Leadership Development

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Chapter/Colony Successes

Alpha Beta at Alabama Birmingham adopted a 5-Star Program to promote high achievement in the Fraternity's five values. The Chapter also held a raffle and raised over $2,000 for their first Pig Dinner.

Epsilon Alpha at Alberta won the "Greek God" trophy for the best combined band/dance performance at the IFC's annual Greek God and Goddess band/dance competition.

Beta Sigma at Ball State raised $4,646 for Ball State's Dance Marathon, benefiting the Riley Hospital for Children.

Lambda Beta at California State Long Beach celebrated their 2nd annual Pig Dinner. There were 57 brothers in attendance, including 40 graduate brothers.

Lambda Pi at DePaul hosted the Phi Gam Karaoke Jam philanthropy event. The Chapter charged participants $25/solo and $40/duet, and all proceeds went to the Anthony Rizzo Foundation, a Chicago-based program that benefits people with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Chapter created the event to support Eric Dziubyk's (2017) brother, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Phi Sigma participated in Florida State's Dance Marathon, March 2-4. Brothers stood for 20 hours straight to fundraise for the Children's Miracle Network and FSU College of Medicine. By the end of the event, the Chapter raised over $24,000, making them the highest fundraising fraternity on campus.

Nearly 600 graduate and undergraduate brothers gathered for Kappa Deuteron at Georgia's Pig Dinner Weekend on March 23-24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their rechartering on March 23, 1968. The Chapter was originally founded in 1871 and disappeared from campus in 1890.

^ Nu Iota at Illinois State participated in a bowling tournament called Bowl for Kids' Sake to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

During the fall 2017 semester, 60 brothers from the Alpha Iota Chapter at Iowa State completed 843 hours of community service. Brothers volunteered for the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children and Meals on Wheels, to name a few.

Undergraduate and graduate brothers from the Iota Pi Chapter at IUPUI were selected to do the halftime show at the Indianapolis Fuel ECHL game.

Mu Chi at James Madison raised money for Camp Kesem for the Fiji Island philanthropy. Camp Kesem is a national community led by college students supporting children through and beyond their parents' cancer.

From April 9-13, Omega Mu participated in Maine's Greek Week. Greek Week is designed to bring members of Greek Life together. Nine sororities and 18 fraternities participated in a variety of competitions and events, including lawn games, a talent show, and bowling. The Chapter, partnered with the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, won the bowling competition.

Phi Deuteron participated in Maryland's annual Terp Thon, raising $11,623 for The Kids at Children's National Health System.

^ Epsilon Lambda brothers want the Michigan State campus and community to know that Fiji Cares. In response to negative media coverage and events at MSU, they want to bring kindness back to their campus. They have asked their fellow students to join them in 30 Days of Acts of Kindness by doing at least one act of kindness a day.

On April 14, Lambda Nu at Nebraska hosted a benefit concert at the Royal Grove for I've Got a Name, an organization that spreads awareness and helps prevent sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The concert included performances by G9, Erresin and Spirix, and tickets were sold for $15 (or $25 with a t-shirt).

In March, Nu Sigma at North Carolina State hosted the Puppy Palooza philanthropy event to raise money for Pawfect Match Rescue (PMR), a local animal shelter. By paying a $3 entry fee, students are able to play with puppies for the afternoon to help relieve stress. The Chapter has hosted this event on campus each semester for several years. This semester, the Chapter raised nearly $1,200 for PMR.

Brothers from the Delta Colony at Northeastern participated in a full day of service on April 7. Brothers participated in a storytelling event with the Mission Hill Community in the morning and made birthday boxes for underprivileged children with the women of Sigma Kappa Sorority in the afternoon.

Omega Nu participated in Ohio Northern's Relay for Life, helping the school raise $18,000 for cancer research. The event and walk started March 24 at 6:00 pm and ended March 25 at 2:00 am, and the theme was foreign countries. Each fraternity and sorority was assigned a different country and helped organize activities during the event.

Theta Deuteron at Ohio Wesleyan held the first annual Fiji's for Fiji book drive. All books and proceeds collected were sent to Fiji, where Alex Widman (2017) is serving in the Peace Corps.

On March 2, Curtis Mewbourne (1958) hosted Oklahoma's annual scholastic and leadership recognition luncheon, which recognizes Nu Omega undergraduate brothers who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the semester. This year, 45 brothers received $65,000 in scholarships from the Mewbourne Scholastic Excellence and Leadership Scholarship Fund.
Since the Fund was established in 2013, over $252,000 has been awarded to more than 235 deserving undergraduates.

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The Chapter's three dancers pictured (L-R): Spencer Harlan (2018), James Kaltman (2018) and Kevin Bannon (2018).

The Pi Sigma Colony teamed up with the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternities for Pittsburgh's Greek Sing Competition. This year, 11 fraternity/sorority teams competed to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network program of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. During the competition, each team performed a 10-12 minute dance routine, and the Colony's team won 1st place.

After months of fundraising, Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State raised over $11,000 for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. The Chapter presented the check to the Hospital during the College Classic baseball tournament at Minute Maid Park in March.

Kappa Tau at Tennessee was excited to welcome 15 men to the spring pledge class during their first semester back on campus.

^ Lambda Tau at Texas Tech celebrated their annual Jerry S. Rawls Scholarship program! Fifty-six brothers and pledges achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, including 8 brothers who earned a 4.0 GPA. The Jerry Rawls Scholarship Foundation awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to the deserving Lambda Tau brothers. Pictured (L-R): brothers who received a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2017 semester: Christopher Doyle (2021), Matt Fouse (2021), Ethan Dailey (2020), Chase Duran (2019), Balin Smith (2020), Andrew Barker (2019), William Harris (2019) and Trevor Wilson (2018).

Upsilon Tau competed in Toledo's Songfest to help raise money for Veterans Matter (VM), an organization committed to housing homeless veterans in a VA program. The University raised over $60,000 for VM, and First Nation Group matched the University's donations, bringing the total to over $120,000. The Chapter was also able to raise enough money to house two veterans and their families.

On March 28, the Gamma Chapter hosted a blood drive on Vanderbilt's campus. 

The Psi Chapter's intramural bowling team won Wabash's bowling championship for the third consecutive year.

Approximately 120 graduate and undergraduate brothers attended Pi Mu at Washington State's Pig Dinner on March 3.

Lambda Omega at Western Ontario celebrated their 50th Anniversary Pig Dinner on February 3. Over 200 brothers were in attendance.

The Delta Colony at William & Mary hosted an open house event for Hope Family Village, a local nonprofit that supports those suffering from mental illness and develops community housing. The event helped the organization gather family caregivers and stakeholders for their upcoming, 25-family community project. Colony members prepared a meal and participated in group activities.

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The Chapman Chapter won three individual Greek awards: Ben Wasserman (2020) won Emerging Greek Leader, Bryce Anderson (Chapman 2018) was named Greek Man of the Year, and Purple Legionnaire Steve Caine (New Mexico 1997) won Advisor of the Year.

Connor Langdon (Coastal Carolina 2020) recently competed in the men's heptathlon, which includes a 60 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter run. During the event, Connor broke Coastal Carolina's school record by over 500, ranking him as one of the top 50 athletes in the nation.

Wes McKinney (Hanover 2018) was named one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy. The Trophy is awarded to the outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball players who excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Wes is a three-time all-conference selection and was named the HCAC league's Athlete of the Year for basketball and all sports for the 2016-17 academic year.

During Indiana's 2018 Greek Awards & Achievement Ceremony, Benjamin Paese (2018) was awarded President of the Year and Outstanding Senior, and former Archon President Dave Elmore (1955) received the Herman B Wells Greek Legacy Award, for his consistent dedication and service to the IU Greek community as an alumni.

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^ Christian Winter (IUPUI 2019) was named to the University's "Top 100". Each year, the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations honors 100 undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in campus leadership, community engagement and academics.

Blake Kobel (2018) won Outstanding Interfraternity Council President and Connor McClew (2019) won Outstanding Community Engagement from Missouri State's Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Oklahoma State brothers Jacob Lemons (2019), Nolan Hill (2021) and Matthew Bradshaw (2020) coach a youth basketball team in the Stillwater area.

In February, Albert Tanjaya and Zechariah Brown were elected to Pittsburgh's student government.

Rose-Hulman brothers Will Byers (2019) and Justin Klein (2020) were elected IFC President and IFC Rush Chair, respectively.

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^ During Sam Houston's "Sammys" Awards Ceremony, Justin Whitaker (2018) (left) won Outstanding Male Senior, Blake Brown (2018) (right) won the student Sammy Award, which is the University's highest honor, and Faculty Advisor Jeff Butterworth (2016) was awarded Outstanding Advisor of a Student Organization.

Jake Steen (Texas A&M 2019) was named Fraternity Man of the Year at the Aggie Greek Award Banquet.

Paul Suk (Toronto 2018) has been working in a five-person start-up called Evichat, an eDiscovery platform for lawyers to collect mobile evidence from clients. On March 23, they competed in the Legal AI Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General that rewards start-ups using artificial intelligence in the legal technology space. Evichat was awarded the top prize, winning $40,000 in seed funding for the company.

Paul was the main AI developer and worked on natural language processing tools to analyze social media message.

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^ Travis Bauer (Virginia Tech 2018) was selected as a recipient of the Aspire! Awards by the University's Division of Student Affairs. Five students were selected, one representing each of the University's aspirations (Self-Understanding & Integrity, Civility, Curiosity, Courageous Leadership and Ut Prosim). Travis was selected for his unwavering commitment to Curiosity. For more information about why Travis was selected for the award, click here.

In March, Washington & Lee's men's track and field team competed in the Indoor ODAC championship. MacKenzye Leroy (2018) won two individual races, helping the team claim the championship title for the second consecutive year.

Thye Fischman (Western Michigan 2018) was awarded Outstanding Chapter President and Sean Nicholl (Western Michigan 2013) won Outstanding Chapter Alumni during the University's Standards of Excellence banquet.

Western Ontario brothers Inam Teja (2019) and Charlie Echlin (2019) were elected student council President and Vice President Student Affairs, respectively.

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

Submit stories and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson.

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 #997 - February 2018

 
 
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#997 - Good News 
 
2/16/2018
 

In This Issue

Submit News for the Spring Magazine

Future of PGD Webinar

Good News Video Edition

Chapter/Colony Successes

Shining Stars

# 1 in Grades: Fall 2017

Responsible Action Protocol

 
Submit News for the Spring Magazine

Would you like to see your chapter's / colony's good news featured in  The Phi Gamma Delta  spring 2018 magazine?

Submit news and photos by March 5 to be included.

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Your Role, Our Brotherhood, and Collective Commitments

At the 2018 Fiji Academy, brothers in attendance learned firsthand from Archon President Brian Douglas about Phi Gamma Delta’s new strategic initiatives and the beginnings of our road map for the future. We want to build on that conversation and give everyone the same opportunity to hear about what's next.

The Fraternity requests all Chapter Presidents join an upcoming webinar discussing our future direction. Any brother who would like to join is also welcome.

This one-hour webinar will allow brothers to hear from and ask questions of the Archons and Executive Director Bill Martin. The live webinar will be offered on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm and Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more and to sign-up.

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Chapter/Colony Successes

The Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Alberta recently hosted their annual Graduate vs. Undergraduate Hockey Game, which is one of their biggest graduate/undergraduate events besides Pig Dinner. This year, the graduate brothers won 5-2.

Beta Gamma at Bowling Green initiated 13 brothers in February.

^ Alpha Rho at Central Arkansas battled ice while cleaning trails at the Petit Jean State Park.

^ Brothers from the Chi Alpha Chapter at Clemson spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering with Rebuilt Upstate to assist residents in low income areas in the Clemson community. Brothers assisted residents with home renovations and built a ramp for a handicapped woman that extended from the street to her house.

During Colorado School of Mines' All Greek Awards Banquet, Gamma Kappa won the Golden Impact Award for the biggest impact on the local community, and Josh Grego (2020) won Outstanding House Manager.

Gamma Tau is participating in Georgia Tech Police Department's Adopt-A-Cop Program. The goal of the program is to help campus organizations develop more of a relationship with the police department, so the community feels safe and secure. By participating in this program, the Chapter will have regular interactions and will be able to plan training sessions and educational seminars with their adopted cop.

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

Pi Deuteron at Kansas partnered with the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority to find bone marrow donor matches for Be the Match Foundation. Members from each chapter swabbed their cheeks to be placed on a bone marrow donation registry. If one of the members is a match, they will be given the opportunity to make a donation to save the life of a patient with leukemia or another bone marrow disease.

On February 9, Upsilon Kappa at Kentucky and the Kappa Delta Sorority hosted a silent auction and cocktail hour for Love146, an international human rights organization working to end human trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. Tickets were sold and several items were auctioned during the event, and a total of $8,663 was raised for Love146.

Omega Mu at Maine hosted their annual toy drive with the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Members from several Greek life organizations were in attendance, as well as multiple professors and the Dean of Students. All the toys were donated to Cross Roads Ministries and were distributed during the holidays throughout the greater Bangor, ME area to those who are less fortunate.

Sigma Mu at Mississippi State won three Greek Ritter Awards: the Brotherhood Award, the Collaboration Award and Best New Member Award.

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

Brothers from Phi Chapter at Northwestern volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization near Chicago. By joining with other volunteers for the day, they were able to package enough food to feed 135 children for a year.

Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman volunteered with the Noon Optimist Club to distribute clothes and coats to children in need at their annual Clothe-A-Child event. The Club has been holding this event for 83 years and has distributed clothes and coats to about 1,000 children in the Terre Haute area each year.

^ The Delta Colony at Tennessee Chattanooga volunteered at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen (CCK) for two consecutive weekends in January.
The Colony also hosted a clothing drive on campus for the CCK throughout the month of January.

Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech was 1st in grades for the fall 2017 semester. Additionally, 10 out of 54 brothers had a 4.0 GPA, and 50% of the Chapter is on the Dean's list.

In November, Tau Deuteron at Texas raised $4,500 for the Movember Foundation, acharity that raises money and awareness for men's healt, ranking 2nd among IFC fraternities.

On January 18, Upsilon Tau at Toledo hosted the FIJI Freeze philanthropy event. The Chapter sold $4 tickets for unlimited ice cream sandwiches and slushies and raised $900 for the USO.

Chi Eta at Western Kentucky welcomed 13 men to its spring pledge class.

The Kappa Mu Chapter at Western Michigan participated in their annual Helping for the Holidays by adopting two families from the Kalamazoo community. This year, the Chapter collected money and gifts from WMU's Greek organizations and donated $550 and 250 presents to both families.

^ Zeta Phi at William Jewell welcomed 21 men to the winter pledge class.

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^ Arizona brothers Carter Hayek (left), Shane Blum (middle) and Ian Jackson (right) are pictured at Gates Pass in Tucson as they prepare for the Upsilon Alpha Colony's first spring recruitment.

Yev Petukhov (British Columbia 2019) was elected Vice President Rush for the IFC. He is the seventh consecutive Phi Gam to be elected to this position.

Brodie Woods (British Columbia 2018) and Brian Cho (British Columbia 2019) were initiated into the Order of Omega.

David Jung (2020) became one of Hanover's first three students to study abroad in Cuba.

Several Tau Chapter brothers were honored for an incredible season on Hanover's Football team. Brandon Merrick (2019) was named Offensive Lineman of the Year, Jonatan Ward (2020) was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Second Team All-Conference, and Peyton Head (2021) was named Offensive Scout Player of the Year.

JJ Weeks (Mississippi State 2018) was inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame.

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^ Garrett Wight (Rose-Hulman 2020) was chosen as one of 50 Academic All-American selections from over 300 NCAA Division III schools for football.

Justin Whitaker (2018) and Daniel Douglas (2018) currently serve on Sam Houston State's Order of Omega Executive Board as President and Academic Chairman, respectively.

 

^ Zack Carl (2018) (top) and Jordan Hansen (2018) (bottom) were two of four Wabash seniors selected for the Orr Fellowship, a highly prized fellowship in the state of Indiana. Each fellow is guaranteed a two-year, salaried position with one of the Orr Fellowship's host companies. Fellows receive executive mentorship and develop entrepreneurial and business leadership skills.

In April, Benjamin Seitz (WPI 2019) will be participating in the Tough Ruck with other members in his ROTC Program. Tough Ruck participants carry a weighted ruck sack for 26.2 miles in memory and honor of fallen service members while raising money to support military families. This is Ben's second year participating in the race, and his goal is to raise $450. Click here for more information.

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Top Chapters:
Fall 2017 Grades

The following chapters were #1 in grades for the fall 2017 semester:
- Alpha Omicron at 
  Akron: 3.25
- Alpha Upsilon at
  Auburn: 3.36 
- Beta Sigma at Ball
  State
: 3.21
- Delta Kappa at
  Davidson: 3.51
- Epsilon Iota at
  Evansville: 3.42
- Beta Mu at Johns
  Hopkins
: 3.58
- Theta Tau at
  Tennessee Tech: 3.13 
- Psi at Wabash: 3.38 
- Chi Eta at Western
  Kentucky
: 3.48
- Kappa Mu at Western
  Michigan
: 3.18

If you have not already done so, submit your chapter's fall 2017 grade report to Candy Rivera.

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Responsible Action Protocol

At a meeting on February 3, the Archons adopted a policy called the Responsible Action Protocol. The policy seeks to diminish fear of sanctions as a barrier to  seeking medical attention. It encourages members (brothers and pledges) to be accountable, make responsible decisions, and seek medical assistance for members or others when faced with an alcohol, drug-related, or other medical emergency.

The protocol also calls for sanctions for anyone who obstructs another person from calling for medical assistance.

Each undergraduate brother should be familiar with the Responsible Action Protocol. Discuss it at a chapter meeting and with your Purple Legionnaire and other chapter advisors, and include it in pledge education.

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 #994 - December 2017

 
 
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#994 - Good News 
 
12/15/2017
 

In This Issue

Submit News

Chapter / Colony Successes

Shining Stars

 
Submit News

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

Send stories and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson, or submit news here.

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The Delta Chapter at Bucknell stepped up to help their cook, Kinda Walker, and her family this fall. Kinda and her husband, Chris, are both Iraq veterans who served from 2003-2015 and 2001-2012, respectively. In September, Chris fell from the top story of his house while trying to fix a broken portion of the roof. The fall caused serious injuries to Chris' leg, which had to be amputated. When the Chapter heard the Walker family's bad news, they immediately knew they wanted to help. Several brothers went to the Walker's to fix the damaged roof, and they started a fundraiser to help pay for the family's medical bills. As of December 12, the had Chapter raised nearly $4,500.

In November, Rho Upsilon at California Riverside participated in a charity food and clothing drive. The Chapter collected over 1,000 clothing items and over 400 food items, which were donated to the local homeless shelter. The Chapter also welcomed 24 men to their fall 2017 pledge class.

 
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^ Omega Phi at Central Florida competed in Kappa Delta Sorority's shakedown dance competition, which benefited Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). The Chapter won 1st place in the dance competition and raised nearly $3,000 for PCAA.

The Xi Chapter sponsored the Push for Entrepreneurship (PFE) philanthropy event at Gettysburg. PFE features volunteers doing push-ups to raise awareness and money to support entrepreneurial programming for young people. During the event, 12 volunteers from the Xi Chapter, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Gettysburg's wrestling team completed over 4,500 push-ups, with Henry Scavone (2020) doing nearly 1,500 alone. The Chapter raised over $700 during the event, and the proceeds went to the Connecticut Invention Convention, which is the largest continuously operated program for K-8 entrepreneurs and inventors.

On November 19, the Tau Chapter at Hanover hosted the Clayton Anderson Benefit Concert for Madison Barker on campus. Madison is a senior at Hanover and sister of Chi Omega who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last summer. Tickets were sold to the concert for $5, and all proceeds were donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

^ Iota Pi at IUPUI initiated 33 men on November 19.

Undergraduate and graduate brothers from the Beta Rho Chapter at Louisiana State visited Daniel Webster Crofts' grave in Clinton, LA to clean the grave site. Afterwards, the undergraduate brothers hosted a barbecue at the chapter house.

On November 12, Eta Chi at Quinnipiac hosted the fundraising event Fowling with Fiji. Fowling is a team sport, combining football and bowling, which anyone can play. The Chapter charged $5 to play and sold t-shirts to raise money during the event. All money raised went to the Fairfield Giants, a local youth football team that Will Keresey (2021) coaches. The Chapter chose to support the Giants because of the loss of one of the team members, Billy Therriault. Billy, who was 12 years old, passed away from spinal muscular atrophy in September. During the event, the Chapter raised over $1,400, which will help the Giants buy a new scoreboard.

^ Theta Tau, partnered with the women of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, won Tennessee Tech's 2017 Homecoming Competition.

On November 17, Omicron at Virginia and Rho Alpha at Virginia Tech held their 15th annual FIJI Run, supporting the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Rho Alpha Chapter began the run on their campus in Blacksburg, VA and ran the game football to Lynchburg, where they met the Omicron Chapter. The chapters enjoyed a communal meal before Omicron ran the game ball from Lynchburg to their campus in Charlottesville. Together the chapters ran over 150 miles and currently have raised over $3,000 for the V Foundation. Since its inception, the FIJI Run has raised over $500,000 for the V Foundation.

The Delta Colony at William & Mary hosted its first annual philanthropy event, Churros for Charity. By selling churros, the Colony raised over $500, which was donated to the JED Foundation, an organization that works with college campuses to provide appropriate mental health initiatives for students.

Zeta Phi at William Jewell raised $2,300 for the Kansas City Group of Bikers Against Child Abuse and celebrated the holidays with the group by lighting up the house.

^ Sigma at Wittenberg fed approximately 400 people and raised $2,000 at their annual Thanksgiving Dinner in November. The proceeds will benefit Springfield Promise Neighborhood, a nonprofit organization providing assistance to low-income elementary students

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^ Boise State brothers Tate Volbrecht (2020) (left) and Connor Johnson (2020) (right) received gold medals for a debate tournament at Hofstra University.

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^ Seven Iowa brothers traveled to Thailand over their Thanksgiving break.
(L-R): Alex Kronk (2018), Nick Graham (2019), Chase Woodall (2019), Jacob Koch (2018), Reid Roos (2017), Andrew Rasmussen (2018) and Jack McDaniel (2019) are pictured at Taling-Chan Floating Market, an open market where food was cooked and served out of small fishing boats.

Jacob Shircliff (IUPUI 2019) and Geoff Ginebaugh (IUPUI 2020) were elected IFC President and IFC Member Development, respectively.

Rose-Hulman brothers Zack Murphy (2018) and Garrett Wight (2020) were named to the Academic All-District football team.

Jacob Tweedy (2019) and Jacob Scholl (2019) were elected Scholarship Chairman and Judicial Chairman, respectively, for Tennessee Tech's IFC.

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^ Texas Dallas brothers (L-R): Autif Veerjee (2019), Dalton Owens (2019) and Ahmed Abuayisheh (2019) were initiated into the Order of Omega on November 28.

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Administrative Edition

 #1,007 - December 2018

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

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

In This Issue

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

 
Officers Calendar

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

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Pledge Educator's Agreement

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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

If you have not already done so, please review and electronically submit the Pledge Educator's Agreement now. Should you have any questions, contact Assistant Director of Education Candy Rivera.

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Academy Registration Open for a Limited Time

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

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

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Schedule Spring Field Secretary Visit

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

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Celebrating at Holiday Parties

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

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

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Report Your Fall Service & Philanthropy

Please report fall community service hours and philanthropy dollars raised here. For assistance with planning a philanthropy event, or if you are looking for new ideas, review these resources or contact Candy Rivera, Assistant Director of Education.

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Plan Now: Insurance Billing Coming Soon

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

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

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Triple A Scholarship Applications

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

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

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 #1,005 - November 2018

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

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

In This Issue

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

Officers Calendar

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

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2019 Academy Registration

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

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

The registration deadline is November 30, 2018.

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

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Approving T-Shirt Designs

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

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Graduate Communication Services: Fall Newsletters

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

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Winterize Chapter House

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

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Behind Happy Faces

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

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 #1,004 - October 2018

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

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

In This Issue

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

 
Officers Calendar

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

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Tax Alert: Form 990 Filing

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

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

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

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

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

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Officer Election Info

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

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Tailgating Tips

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

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Halloween Reminders

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

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Immortal Phi Gam

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

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

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Mental Health Modules

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

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Plan Now for the 2019 Fiji Academy

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

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

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2018 Member Experience Survey

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

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

 
 
 

 #1,002 - September 2018

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

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

In This Issue

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

Officers Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Whom to Call

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

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Chapter Required Membership in the IFC

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

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Graduate Communication Services

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

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Plan for Pig Dinner

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

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Report Your Service & Philanthropy

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

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Spring 2018 Grade Report

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

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Handling Media Inquiries

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

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2018 Member Experience Survey

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

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,001 - May 2018

 
 
 
#1,001 - Administrative Edition - 5/04/2018
 

This is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter for the 2017-18 academic year. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders to close out this school year. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen. Enjoy your summer break and stay safe!

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Recruitment Workshop
 - Register for Ekklesia
 - Prepare Chapter House for Summer
 - Schedule Fall Field Secretary Visit
 - Spring 2018 Grades
 - Report Your Service
 - Pig Dinner Prep
 - Phi Gam Store Promo

Officers Calendar

- 5/1: Founders Day - Celebrating 170 Years!
- 5/15: Chapter history due
- 5/15: Fall Field Secretary Visit Request form due
- 5/28: IHQ office closed for Memorial Day
- 6/1: Recruitment Workshop Registration  deadline

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2018 Recruitment Workshop: June 15-17 - Lexington, KY

Phi Gamma Delta's strength as a fraternity depends on the recruitment results of all our chapters/colonies. 

By attending the Workshop, brothers will gain experience in:
- Social excellence and conversation skills 
- Building and maintaining a prospect list
- Marketing your chapter on campus
- Expanding your chapter's network
- Selecting men based on the Fraternity's 5 values
- Motivating your brothers

Registration is $150 per member registered and includes two nights lodging on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, a special outing on Friday, snacks and meals. Click here for more information or to register. The registration deadline is June 1.

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Register for Ekklesia

The 170th will be held in Dallas, TX, July 26-29, 2018. Register delegates today at www.phigam.org/Ekklesia.

Each undergraduate chapter has up to three voting delegates and has been billed for three delegates to attend. Additional undergraduate delegates are encouraged and will be billed following the Ekklesia. Undergraduate attendees should register as soon as possible, and no later than June 22, 2018The undergraduate registration fee is $475 and includes ALL EKKLESIA EVENTS. 

The primary business of the Ekklesia is to elect new Archons (board of directors), approve the budget for the ensuing biennium and amend the Bylaws and Constitution. It is important that each chapter is represented at the Ekklesia to make these important decisions.

Undergraduates should plan to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 26, to allow time to register prior to the opening banquet that evening. Ekklesia concludes with the closing banquet Saturday evening, July 28. Most brothers will depart on Sunday, July 29. Attendees are responsible for their own travel to/from the Ekklesia.

Attendees are also responsible for their own hotel accommodations. The Fraternity has a contracted group room rate of $159/night + tax. You may make reservations by following this link or by calling 888-627-8191 and mentioning the Phi Gamma Delta / 170th Ekklesia rate.

Each undergraduate chapter is reimbursed for one delegate's travel at a rate of $0.12 per mile for the round-trip mileage from your chapter to Dallas. Unless requested in advance, the chapter's account with the Fraternity will be credited with the reimbursement amount following Ekklesia. Chapters must attend to be eligible for travel reimbursement.
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Prepare Chapter House for Summer

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

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Schedule Fall Field Secretary Visits

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

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Spring 2018 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's spring 2018 grade report to Candy Rivera as soon as it is made available from your campus. Most universities do not automatically send this information to the Fraternity Headquarters - we rely on our chapters to get this information to us.

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Report Service & Philanthropy

If you have not already reported your service hours and philanthropy for spring 2018, it is not too late! You can report your semester service hours completed and philanthropy dollars raised here.

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Pig Dinner: Last Minute Prep & Attendance

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

All chapters need to report your Pig Dinner attendance to the Fraternity for this year's event. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Assistant Director of Graduate Development Jack O'Neill.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta
1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 #999 - April 2018

 
 
 
#999 - Administrative Edition - 4/6/2018
 

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

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Recruitment Workshop
 - Donate Life Month
 - 170th Ekklesia
 - No Pools/Ponds/Water Features
 - Fiji Island
 - Fall 2017 Grade Report
 - The Leadership Institute
 - Archon Nominations
 - Phi Gam Store Promo

 
Officers Calendar

 - 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application PAST DUE
 - 4/15: Deadline for pledges to take GreekLifeEdu
 - 4/16: Peale Fellowship Grant submission deadline
 - 5/1: Founders Day - celebrating 170 years!
 - 5/1: Phi Gamma Delta's inaugural Giving Day
 - 5/1: Archon Nominations due

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Recruitment Workshop

The 2018 Recruitment Workshop will take place June 15-17 in Lexington, KY. The registration fee is $150 per member and will be billed to the Chapter following the event.

For more information or to register, click here. The deadline to register is June 1. 

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National Donate Life Month

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

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

April 13 is National Blue and Green Day, and we encourage brothers to wear blue and green to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplants. Share pictures of your chapter wearing Blue and Green across all social media on April 13! 

If you have any questions, contact Candy Rivera, Assistant Director of Education.

Additionally, the Fraternity released a video, Immortal Gifts, to support Donate Life Month and the Immortal Phi Gam project.

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

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Plan Now for the 170th Ekklesia

The 170th Ekklesia will be held July 26-29, 2018 in Dallas, TX. As our governing body, the primary business of the Ekklesia is to elect new Archons, approve the budget for the ensuing biennium and amend the Bylaws and Constitution. 

The voting power of the Ekklesia rests with our undergraduates. Each undergraduate chapter has up to three voting delegates and will be automatically billed for three delegates to attend (additional undergraduate delegates are encouraged and will be billed following the Ekklesia). 

The registration deadline is June 22, 2018. Learn more and register at www.phigam.org/Ekklesia.

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No Pools, No Ponds, No Water Features

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

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

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Fiji Island Considerations

Fiji Island Message from Our Executive Director Bill Martin 

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

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Fall 2017 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's fall 2017 grade report to Candy Rivera.

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

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The Leadership Institute

We encourage each chapter and colony to send one representative to The Leadership Institute this summer at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. 
 - Session 1: May 30 - June 3 (chapters)
 - Session 2: June 27 - July 1 (chapters and colonies)

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

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Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

Nominate a brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2018 in order to be considered.

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

 
 
 

 #998 - March 2018

 
 
 
#998 - Administrative Edition - 3/2/2018
 

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

In This Issue

Officers Calendar

Future of PGD Webinar

Awards Applications

Recognize a Graduate Brother

Spring Break Reminders

The Leadership Institute

Peale Fellowship Grant

Pig Dinner Prep

Amending Constitution & Bylaws

Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

 
Officers Calendar

 - 3/2: Secret Ballot Certificate due
 - 3/5: Deadline to submit news for the spring 2018 magazine
 - 3/9-11: Archives Weekend at IHQ 
 - 3/15: Journalism Scholarship submission deadline
 - 3/31: Annual Awards Applications due
 - 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption applications due
 - 4/2: UIFI Scholarship applications due

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What's Next for Phi Gamma Delta Webinar

If you didn’t join this week, there is still time to participate in a live webinar to learn about Phi Gamma Delta’s new strategic initiatives and the beginnings of our road map for the future.

For more information or to register, click here.
- Undergraduate Session: Monday, 3/5 - 7:00 pm (EST)
 - Graduate Session: Thursday, 3/8 - 7:00 pm (EST)

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March 31: Deadline to Submit Annual Awards Applications

The Annual Awards application is for the 2017 calendar year and will be submitted online using SmarterSelect.

Visit www.phigam.org/awards for all award resources and to submit your chapter's application. All applications must be uploaded and submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, March 31, 2018

New for this year, chapters can apply for each award separately. To be considered for the Cheney Cup, ALL sections and other awards MUST be completed. The Cheney is the culmination of the all other chapter awards. 

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

Make sure to nominate your outstanding brothers for individual awards as well! You will find the nomination forms on the same page as the chapter application. 

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

Questions? Contact Director of Chapter Services Eric Lied.

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Recognizing Graduate Brothers

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

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

These awards include:
 - Coulter Cup: Graduate brother who has contributed the most to an undergraduate chapter through service in a capacity other than as a Purple Legionnaire or General Officer
 - Crowder Cup: Outstanding Faculty Advisor
 - Durrance Award: Outstanding Purple Legionnaire
 - Haynes Award: Most effective Section Chief

THE DISTINGUISHED FIJI AWARD:
Each year, the Archons select up to six accomplished graduate brothers for their faithful and unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta or their special contribution to mankind and society at-large. We encourage you to nominate deserving brothers no later than April 13 for consideration this year. Additional information and past Distinguished Fiji Award recipients are listed at www.phigam.org/distinguishedfijiaward.

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Spring Break Reminders

Travel Safely!
 - Whenever possible, utilize professional transportation
 - If driving, switch drivers often and get rest
 - Don't overload the vehicle
If you visit other chapters:
 - Give chapters notice you are coming
 - Violations of the risk management or hazing policies can spur disciplinary action
 - Remember, you are guests 
Work with your House Corporation to make sure your house is secure over the break.

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The Leadership Institute

Are you ready to make positive change that has a lasting impact for your chapter? If so, apply for The Leadership Institute. This five-day experience comes at NO COST to members. Applications are due Friday, April 6 for our two sessions this summer in Georgetown, KY. 

Additional information can be found here

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Peale Fellowship Grant

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

Norman V. Peale Fellowship Grant Application required documents must be postmarked by April 16, 2018. If you have any questions, contact Ben Robinson.

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Pig Dinner Prep

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

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Amending the Constitution & Bylaws

Any brother or chapter wishing to propose amendments to Fraternity Laws for consideration by the Ekklesia this coming July should read this notice for procedures and deadlines for filing.

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Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

Nominate a brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2018 in order to be considered.

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #996 - February 2018

 
 
 
#996 - Administrative Edition - 2/2/2018
 

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

 

In this Issue

Officers Calendar

Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

The Leadership Institute

Amending the Constitution & Bylaws

Archives Weekend

DFA Award Nominations

UIFI Scholarships

Journalism Scholarships

Phi Gam Store Promo

 
Officers Calendar

 - 2/1: Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement  (PAST DUE)
 - 2/28: Set date for fall Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 - 3/5: Deadline to submit news for the magazine
 - 3/15: Journalism Scholarship submission deadline

 
Nominate Brothers  for the Archonate

Nominate  a brother to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity.

Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2018 in order to be considered.  

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The Leadership Institute 2018
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The Leadership Institute: Building Courageous Leaders is a five-day premier leadership experience that will empower brothers to work on real issues and challenges facing their chapters. The Institute works through chapter issues that are incongruent with the values and Ritual of Phi Gamma Delta. 

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

Applications are available here. We encourage each chapter and colony to send one representative to one of the two available sessions. The deadline to apply is April 6, 2018. 

Here are the details:
When: Session 1: May 30 - June 3, 2018 OR
Session 2: June 27 - July 1, 2018 
Where: Georgetown College - Georgetown, KY 
Who: A rising leader in the chapter. Ideally this is a brother between their sophomore and junior years who can serve as a catalyst for positive change in your chapter. This year, one member from every chapter will be able to attend.
Cost: The Leadership Institute comes at no cost to undergraduates. Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, all lodging, meals and transportation costs will be covered. 

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

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Amending the Constitution & Bylaws

Any brother or chapter wishing to propose amendments to Fraternity Laws for consideration by the Ekklesia this coming July should read this notice for procedures and deadlines for filing.

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Archives Weekend 2018

Want to help us preserve Phi Gamma Delta's history and work with historical records, artifacts and photographs? Make plans to join other brothers to preserve our heritage during Archives Weekend, March 9-11, at the International Headquarters in Lexington, KY. 

For more details or to register, please visit www.phigam.org/ArchivesWeekend.

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Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations

Due: April 13, 2018

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

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25 Scholarships Available for UIFI 2018

UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute) is a five-day co-educational leadership experience taking place in Bloomington, IN this summer. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to offering 25 scholarships to enhance its members leadership abilities and skills. Applications are due by Monday, April 2. Contact Candy Rivera with questions.

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Journalism Scholarship

Applications for the Gordon T. Speckman Journalism Scholarship are available from the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation. This scholarship is specifically available for journalism majors, who must submit three writing samples that have been published since March 15, 2018. 

The scholarship is open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write by-lined general interest, editorial page, op-ed page columns or sports columns. Movie reviews and other specialized columns are not eligible. 

Deadline to submit is March 15, 2018.

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 #995 - January 2018

 
 
 
#995 - Administrative Edition - 1/19/2018
 

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

In This Issue

 - Officers Calendar
 - Bylaw Regarding Awards
 - Academy Resources
 - Insurance Billing
 - Cold Weather Concerns
 - Whom to Call
 - Fall 2017 Grade Report
 - Plan for Pig Dinner
 - Grad Communication Services
 - CrowdChange
 - Amending the Constitution & Bylaws
 - Phi Gam Store Promo

Officers Calendar

- 1/15: Pledge Educator's Agreement (PAST DUE)
- 2/1: CP's Risk Management Agreement due

Bylaw Regarding Awards

We would like to remind officers of the following Bylaw: Section 22.20 Eligibility for Awards; Formal Chapter Meeting Attended by Fraternity Officer. No undergraduate chapter is eligible to receive any award unless an administrative officer of the Fraternity is permitted to witness a formal chapter meeting during the academic year for which such award is made.

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2018 Fiji Academy Resources

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

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Insurance Billing

Invoices for liability insurance will be emailed in late January. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and pledges. The estimated base rate this year is $175 per member, including fall 2017 pledges and fifth-year seniors. Chapters that have had a risk management violation will be charged a 10% penalty. Online payments can be made with credit/debit card. 

January 22, 2018 is the deadline for roster changes, prior to the insurance billing. Please update your chapter roster on your chapter page by logging in at www.phigam.org. Once insurance bills are issued, there will be no credits for roster adjustments. Here are instructions to update your roster.

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

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Cold Weather Concerns

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

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Whom to Call

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

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Fall 2017 Grade Report

Please forward a copy of your chapter's fall 2017 grade report to Candy Rivera. If you have not received this information yet, please ask your Campus Greek Life Advisor for the following: Chapter Term Average; Initiated Brother Average; New Member Average; All-Fraternity Average; All-Men's Average; Chapter Ranking Among Fraternities.

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Plan for Pig Dinner

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

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Grad Communication Services - Pig Dinner

As your chapter/colony’s Pig Dinner approaches, remember that the Fraternity’s Graduate Communication Services can help you with invitations, save-the-dates, programs and event registrations. For more information, contact Mike McDonald, Coordinator of Communications.

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CrowdChange

CrowdChange, our new (FREE) fundraising platform, is having two training sessions to help philanthropy chairs succeed with their programming:
 - Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET: Register here 
 - Sunday, January 28, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET: Register here

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Procedures for Amending the Constitution & Bylaws

Any brother or chapter wishing to propose amendments to Fraternity Laws for consideration by the Ekklesia this coming July should read this notice for procedures and deadlines for filing.

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1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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