The Friday Letter

Administrative Edition

 
 
 
#1,061 - Administrative Edition - 12/2/2022
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

 
Officers Calendar

 • 12/01: GreekLifeEdu fall learning ended
 • 12/9: 2023 Academy Registration deadline
 • 12/10: Spring Field Secretary Visit Request form due
 • 12/20: Membership Dues Payment Options #2: 3rd payment due
 • 12/24-1/2: IHQ office closed for the holidays
 • 1/6-8: 2023 Academy - St. Louis, MO

 
 
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2023 Academy Registration

Officers, Recruitment Chairs, Purple Legionnaires

Make Plans now to attend the 2023 Academy on January 6-8, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. The registration deadline is Friday, December 9.

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

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

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Celebrating at Holiday Parties

Officers, Risk Management Chairs

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

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

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Insurance Billing: Coming Soon

Treasurers

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

February 3, 2023 is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, log-in to www.phigam.org. Here are instructions to update your roster. If you have questions, email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848.

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

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Report Your 2022 Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Service & Philanthropy Chairs

Please report service hours and philanthropy dollars raised during the 2022 calendar year.

If you need assistance with planning a philanthropy event, or if you are looking for new ideas, review the USO's Philanthropy Event Planning Toolkit or contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Triple A Scholarship

Officers of Chapters/Provisional Chapters from the Past Four Years

The next Triple A Scholarship application deadline is January 15, 2023. Visit www.phigam.org/TripleA to see if your chapter/provisional is eligible. The Academic Achievement Award (Triple A) is offered to all provisional chapters and newly chartered chapters within four years of chartering.
Reminder: Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA, be reported as an initiated brother to the Fraternity and have their initiation invoice paid to be eligible, etc.

Applications must be submitted online, and any questions may be directed to Ben Robinson.

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 

 #1,059 - November 2022

 
#1,059 - Administrative Edition - 11/4/2022
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 11/1: Submit the Election of Officers Certificate after elections: Past Due
 • 11/4: Field Secretary job application due
 • 11/15: Dyad Member Experience Survey due; IRS Form 990 due by 15th of 5th month after end of fiscal year (send copy to IHQ); Deadline to Submit News for the Nov. TFL - Good News
 • 11/20: Membership Dues Payment Option 2 - 2nd payment due
 • 11/23-25: IHQ office closed for Thanksgiving
 • 12/1: GreekLifeEdu fall learning ends
 • 12/9: Academy registration deadline
 • Report initiates within 30 days of initiation

 
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2023 Academy

Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, Purple Legionnaires

Make plans now to join us for the Academy, January 6-8, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. Academy is designed to give new chapter officers the knowledge and skills they need to lead their chapter. The deadline to register is Friday, December 9.

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

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

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

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Approving T-Shirt Designs

Officers

Designs for T-shirts and similar sportswear are submitted by our licensed vendors to the Headquarters for review and approval. Designs that will not be approved include those that refer to or suggest alcohol/drug use, use copyrighted material, use someone else's likeness without their permission, are crude or sexually suggestive, or may be regarded as insensitive. Spread the word!

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Dynamic Recruitment Workshops

Recruitment Chairmen, Undergraduate Members

The Phi Gamma Delta Headquarters is offering Dynamic Recruitment Workshops throughout the month of November. These workshops are free for any members from any chapter to attend. Dynamic Recruitment explores recruitment strategies beyond IFC recruitment and allows members from other chapters to exchange ideas and success stories. This program would be great for any recently elected or aspiring Recruitment Chairmen, or any member wanting to learn more about year-round recruitment strategies.

Zoom Link for the following sessions:
 • Monday, November 7: 8:30 pm ET
 • Tuesday, November 8: 7:30 pm
 • Tuesday, November 15: 7:30 pm

Zoom Link for the following sessions:
 • Wednesday, November 16: 6:00 pm ET
 • Monday, November 21: 8:30 pm
 • Monday, November 28: 7:30 pm
 • Tuesday, November 29: 8:00 pm

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Men's Health Awareness Month & Behind Happy Faces

Officers

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month (NHAM). 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 / provisional chapter using PowerPoints, videos and easy to use facilitation guides.

These lessons can be facilitated by a chapter brother or a visiting field secretary. Each lesson includes videos, PowerPoint presentations, facilitation guides and handouts. You can access them by logging into the Fraternity's Learning Portal. You can watch this video for instructions how to login and find the Behind Happy Faces sessions.

Your chapter cabinet and leadership can also use the Mental Wellness Guide and Wellness Resource & Contact List to navigate conversations for MHAM.

For more information, contact Abby McCollom or login to the Phi Gamma Delta Learning Portal.

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Winterize Chapter House

Officers, House Corporations

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

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,058 - October 2022

 
 
 
#1,058 Administrative Edition - 10/7/2022
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • 1/15-10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
 • 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner, book speaker, inform IHQ (past due)
 • 10/10: Thanksgiving (CA); Indigenous Peoples Day (US); World Mental Health Day
 • 10/20: Membership Dues - payment options 1 or 2 due
 • 10/26: GreekLifeEDU part 2 launches for fall new members
 • 10/31: Courageous Leader Award nominations due; Health & Safety programs scheduling deadline
 • 11/1: Submit the Certificate of Officer Elections after elections; Member Experience Survey due

REPORT: Initiates within 30 days of initiation

 
 
Tax Alert: Form 990 Filing

Treasurers, House Corporation Treasurers

All nonprofit entities in the US, including chapters and house corporations, are required to file an annual tax return with the IRS. The return is some version of 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, unless you request an extension.

Nonprofit entities that fail to file the annual return for three consecutive years will have their tax-exempt status revoked. Many chapters and house corporations have suffered this fate and have 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, visit this IRS web page.

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

On a related note, there should be no commingling of the house corporation's and the chapter's funds. The chapter and the house corporation are separate legal entities and must maintain this separation.

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Behind Happy Faces

Officers

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. Your Field Man has been trained to be able to offer the first session with the chapter during their visit. For additional information on implementation, contact Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom or log into Phi Gamma Delta's Learning Portal to find Behind Happy Faces materials.

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Courageous Leader Award

All Members, Greek Advisors

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

Award winner(s) will be announced in early January 2023. Nominations are due by October 31 to be considered. For more details or to nominate someone, visit www.phigam.org/CourageousLeaderAward.

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Dyad Membership Experience Survey

All Undergraduate Members

The Fraternity partnered with Dyad Strategies to measure the impact of the Phi Gam experience on our members. This data will help Phi Gamma Delta evaluate the quality of the fraternity experience for our undergraduate brothers. Cabinet officers, key committee chairmen and advisors will be provided chapter specific results in January, which will provide valuable insight. These brothers can then change existing programs and develop new opportunities and resources to strengthen each member’s experience. The survey needs to be completed by November 1. All chapters are expected to participate. For more information, contact Assistant Executive Director Todd Rotgers.

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Halloween Reminders

Officers

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

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Immortal Phi Gam

All Members

Approximately 95 organ transplants take place in the U.S. every day. To register as an Immortal Phi Gam, first register at donatelife.net. Then register on the Immortal Phi Gam page.

To host an organ donor drive on your campus, or at a virtual event, contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Officer Election Info

Presidents

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

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Tailgating Tips

Officers

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

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,056 - September 2022

 
 
 
#1,056 - Administrative Edition - 9/2/2022
 

The Friday Letter is a tool for you to use as a chapter leader. It contains important fraternity updates and reminders, as well as tips to help your chapter or provisional chapter succeed. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen.

Officers Calendar

 • Sep: Suicide Prevention Month
 • 9/1: President's Risk Management & New Member Ed's Agreements PAST DUE; GreekLifeEDU part 1 launched for fall new members
 • 9/5: IHQ office closed for Labor Day
 • 9/13: Deadline to Submit News for the Sep. Good News Friday Letter
 • 9/15-10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
 • 9/16: Roster Updates deadline for dues billing
 • 9/19-23: National Hazing Prevention Week - Join the Fight Against Hazing
 • 9/26: Deadline to Submit News for the fall 2022 magazine
 • 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 • REPORT new members within 15 days of joining

 
Submit News for the Fall 2022 Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

We want to hear your chapter's and brothers' good news! SUBMIT NEWS by Monday, September 26, to be included in the fall 2022 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine.

Submission Examples:
• Service projects
• Fundraising events
• University/Greek life awards
• Details about Pig Dinner & other graduate events
• Brothers who are on the Dean's list
• Participation in a mental health, leadership or sexual assault prevention program
• Notable brother achievements

 
 
Required Education: Risk Management Policy

Officers, All Members

As chapter officers, it is your responsibility to educate all members in your chapter on the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy. If your chapter has not already done so, review the policy at your next chapter meeting. It is important to educate members on the recent changes approved by the Archons regarding Big Brother Programs, which are effective immediately.
 1. “Big Brother-Little Brother" / "New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, or similar events/activities, may not be conducted unless the Purple Legionnaire, member of the Board of Chapter Advisors or other graduate/advisor designated by the Purple Legionnaire or Section Leader is present.
  2. Consistent with Alcohol & Drugs 11, alcohol is not permitted at any formal or informal “Big Brother-Little Brother" / "New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, “family” events or similar activities. “Family” gifts of alcohol are also prohibited.

Effective January 1, 2023, the following will be reflected in the policy: “Big Brother - Little Brother" / "New Member Father - New Member Son,” or similar programs, are not permitted in conjunction with new member education programs. New member mentor programs are permitted following initiation.

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

National Hazing Prevention Week 2022 - Contests

All Members

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) will be held September 19-23, and the Fraternity will continue our #JoinTheFight Against Hazing campaign. This year, we are hosting two contests to help promote NHPW:

Graphic Design Contest:
Each chapter/provisional chapter may submit one NHPW graphic design. The design must adhere to the following specifications:
 • Sized at 1080 x 1080 pixels
 • Include the words: National Hazing Prevention Week
 • Include the hashtag: #JoinTheFight
 • Describe why the chapter is Joining the Fight against hazing
 • Graphics must be submitted to Erin Huebner by Sunday, September 18, at 11:59 pm PT. (When you submit a design, please include your chapter's Instagram handle.)

IHQ staff members will judge the graphics based on the design and the quality of the message portrayed. We will select the top four designs to be posted to the Fraternity's Instagram stories (@PhiGamHQ), where voting will take place through a story poll. The chapter with the winning design will receive a prize.

Join the Fight Pledge Signing Contest:
At Phi Gamma Delta, we are committed to #JoinTheFight against hazing. Now we are asking you to pledge to #JoinTheFight with us!

The undergraduate chapter that gets the most brothers (both undergraduate and graduate) to sign the Join the Fight Pledge by Thursday, September 22, at 11:59 pm PT, will receive a prize and be featured on social media.

Prizes:
The chapters that win each contest will receive a box of Phi Gam branded merchandise for their whole chapter.

Visit www.phigam.org/FightHazing to view hazing prevention resources and see other ways you can participate in the #JoinTheFight campaign this year.

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Courageous Leader Award

All Members, Greek Advisors

The Fraternity's Courageous Leader Award recognizes brothers, new members and friends of Phi Gamma Delta who have gone above and beyond in courageously living the values of Phi Gamma Delta. Nominations are due October 31 to be considered, and the award winner(s) will be announced in early January 2023.

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

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Handling Media Inquiries

Officers, Purple Legionnaires

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

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Plan for Pig Dinner

Corresponding Secretaries, Pig Dinner Chairmen

If your chapter is planning a fall Pig Dinner, now is the time to finalize plans. Be sure you have confirmed the date, booked your speaker, ordered Silver (25 year) and Gold (50 year) Owls, and sent invitations. This is an incredible opportunity to reconnect and celebrate your graduate brothers.

Additional resources are available at www.phigam.org/PigDinner. You may also contact Dionysis Protopapadakis with questions or to request a contact list for your chapter's graduates.

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Report Spring 2022 Grades, Philanthropy & Service

Officers, Philanthropy & Service Chairmen

If you have not already done so, submit your chapter's spring 2022 semester grade report, total service hours and total philanthropy dollars raised. Please submit using this form or by emailing Andrew Depew.

Note: The grade report should include Chapter Term Average, Initiated Brother Average, New Member Average, All-Fraternity Average, All-Men's Average & Chapter Ranking Among IFC Fraternities.

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,055 - May 2022

 
 
#1,055 - Administrative Edition - 5/6/2022

This is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter for the 2021-22 academic year. It contains important fraternity updates to close out the school year. Take a moment to review it and share pertinent details with your fellow officers and chairmen. Enjoy your summer break!

Officers Calendar

May: Mental Health Awareness Month & Military Appreciation Month (USO)

5/13: Chapter history due

5/13: Chapter Presidents' Conclave registration deadline

5/25-29: The Leadership Institute - Session 1

5/30: IHQ office closed for Memorial Day

6/8-12: The Leadership Institute - Session 2

6/15: Fall Field Secretary Visit Requests due

6/18: Chapter Presidents' Conclave

7/1: Deadline to register for The Summit

 
 
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The Summit

Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Officers

We are excited to offer The Summit in-person on July 15-17, in Lexington, Kentucky, this year! The Summit is an interactive summer program developed for Recruitment Chairmen and New Member Educators, and it includes specific positional content to brothers. We will provide a mix of general sessions, position specific sessions and time with your brothers.

The program is designed to prepare chapter officers charged with identifying and on-boarding new members into Phi Gamma Delta. Over the weekend, all attendees will learn about best practices for their positions and available tools available from the Fraternity. All officers will learn about Phi Gamma Delta’s year-round growth system strategies and four-year (and beyond) membership experience.

Recruitment Chairmen and New Member Educators will get the opportunity to work with the chapter brothers they came with and brothers from other chapters to create a plan. Officers will also get the chance to meet with Phi Gamma Delta staff who can help them execute their plan when they get home. Visit www.phigam.org/TheSummit for more information and to register.

The Schedule at a Glance will be available the week of May 16. Please encourage members to register no later than July 1 at 11:59 pm.

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174th Ekklesia - Washington, DC

Officers, Graduate Advisors

The 174th Ekklesia will be held in Washington, DC, August 11-14, 2022. Register delegates today.

Each undergraduate chapter has up to three voting delegates and has been billed for three delegates to attend. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be billed following the Ekklesia. Undergraduate attendees should register as soon as possible, but no later than July 1. The undergraduate registration fee is $450/member and includes all Ekklesia events. The fee will increase to $500/member after July 1, and the chapter will be invoiced for the additional fees.

Attendees are also responsible for their own hotel accommodations. The Fraternity has a contracted group room rate of $189/night + tax for a king bedroom and $209/night + tax for a double bedroom. To guarantee our negotiated room rate, room reservations must be made by July 18.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

All Members

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Phi Gamma Delta invites you to start conversations around mental health in your chapter to help break the stigma. See some of the resources the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides to help you get started:
 1. Mental Health By the Numbers - statistics and facts related to the impact mental health has on society.
 2. Review the Warning Signs & Symptoms for mental health so you can support and enable others to get the help they need. This doesn’t mean serving as a mental health expert.
 3. Identity & Cultural Dimensions - learn how mental health impacts identities and cultures differently.

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

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Pig Dinner Attendance Reporting

Pig Dinner Chairmen, Officers

Before you depart for summer break, it is best practice 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 chairman and planning committee guidance to improve your chapter’s graduate event.

We ask all chapters to Report Pig Dinner Attendance to the Fraternity for this year's event.

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Prepare Chapter House for Summer

House Corporation Presidents, Purple Legionnaires, Officers

Summer break is the time your chapter house is most at risk, especially if members are not living in. 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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Report 2021-22 Grades, Philanthropy & Service

Officers, Service/Philanthropy Chairmen, Academic Chairmen

Report your 2021-22 chapter grades, service hours completed and philanthropy dollars raised HERE. Most universities do not automatically send this information to the Fraternity Headquarters, so we rely on our chapters to get this information to us. Only know some of the information right now? That’s okay! You can submit the form again later.

Direct questions to Andrew Depew.

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Schedule Fall 2022 Field Secretary Visits

Officers

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 by June 15, 2022.

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Treasurer/Finance Update

Chapter Treasurers

Treasurers: Be aware your account with the Fraternity should be paid in full by June 30, 2022. Chapters which are unable to pay and have not set up a payment plan are strongly encouraged to contact Amy Watson as soon as possible to make other payment arrangements. Any delinquent balance on your account after June 30 will carry a penalty of 10% unless the Chapter has an up-to-date payment plan with International Headquarters. Also, initiation and new member fees must be paid for applicants to receive their Triple A Scholarship from the Educational Foundation.

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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 #1,053 - April 2022

 
 
 
#1,053 - Administrative Edition - 4/1/2022
 

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

Officers Calendar

 • April: Donate Life (make yourself Immortal) and Sexual Assault Awareness months
 • 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application due
 • 4/5: 1st payment installment for liability insurance due
 • 4/12: Deadline to Submit News for the April TFL - Good News
 • 4/13: Peale Fellowship submission deadline
 • 4/29: Phi Gamma Delta's 5th annual Giving Day
 • 5/1: Founders Day!
 • 5/1: Archon Nominations due
 • 5/1: Deadline for new members to complete GreekLifeEdu Part 1 & 2
 • 5/31: Deadline to schedule health & safety programs for the spring semester

Donate Life Month - Make Yourself Immortal

All Members

Phi Gamma Delta partnered with Donate Life to encourage brothers to sign up to be organ, eye and tissue donors. During Donate Life Month, we encourage our members to make themselves immortal by registering to be a donor on the Immortal Phi Gam page.

 
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The Leadership Institute 2022

Undergraduate Brothers

Set your chapter’s future up for success by sending at least one of your chapter's emerging leaders to The Leadership Institute, a premier leadership experience that will empower brothers to work on real issues and challenges facing their chapters. Traditionally held in-person over five days, this year’s Institute will be held in person at Asbury University. As always, attendees of the Institute will complete a plan to tackle tough chapter issues and an understanding of their own personal style of leadership and personal values.
 • When: Session 1: May 25-29 OR Session 2: June 8-12
 • Where: Asbury University, Wilmore, KY (~10 miles southwest of Lexington)
 • Who: An identifiable rising leader in the chapter. Ideally, a brother between their sophomore and junior years who can serve as a catalyst for positive change in their chapter. One member from each chapter is highly encouraged to attend, and up to two brothers from each chapter will be accepted to attend. However, if space is available, more may be accepted to attend.
 • Cost: Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, the Institute is FREE to undergraduates. This includes meal, lodging and transportation costs - including airfare.
 Registration Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2022.

Contact Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom if you have questions or would like to recommend a brother to attend.

Last Call for Archon Nominations

All Brothers

The 174th Ekklesia will elect at least three graduate brothers and one undergraduate brother to serve on the Archonate (board of directors). The Permanent Committee on Nominations requests your nomination of qualified brothers to serve. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2022 to be considered. Learn more here.

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Amend the Constitution & Bylaws

All Brothers

Any brother or chapter wishing to propose amendments to Fraternity Laws for consideration by the 174th Ekklesia should read the Amendments Notice for procedures and deadlines for filing. Proposed amendments must be received no later than June 13, 2022. Questions and submissions should be directed to Rob Caudill.

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Fall 2021 Grade Report

Officers

If you have not already, please submit a copy of your chapter's Fall 2021 grade report to Andrew Depew.

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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No Pools/Water Features & Fiji Island Consideration

Chapter Presidents, Risk Management Chairmen, House Corporation Presidents

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. If planning a Fiji Island event, the Fraternity requires that all chapters comply with these guidelines.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

All Members

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a time to engage your chapter with this issue by learning more about sexual violence and sharing information.
 • Visit www.phigam.org/SexualViolencePrevention for excellent and easy to use resources to educate your chapter.
 • Explore and use the hashtag #SAAM and #ConsentRules on social media to see how survivors and advocates around the country are raising awareness this SAAM.
 • Wear denim on April 27 for #DeminDay. We encourage brothers to join millions of people across the world by wearing jeans with a purpose - to support survivors and educate ourselves and others about all forms of sexual violence.

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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
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 #1,052 - March 2022

 
 
 
#1,052 - Administrative Edition - 3/4/2022
 

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

Officers Calendar

 • 3/1: GreekLifeEdu part 2 launched for spring 2022 new members
 • 3/7: Deadline to Submit News for the magazine
 • 3/16: Deadline to submit Journalism Scholarship applications
 • 3/31: Annual Awards applications due
 • 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption applications due
 • 4/8: UIFI Scholarship applications due
 • 4/11: Deadline to register for The Leadership Institute

Submit News for the Spring 2022 Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

We want to hear your chapter's and brothers' good news!

Submit News and Photos by Monday, March 7, to be included in the spring 2022 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.

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

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2021 Awards Applications

Officers, Advisors

Applications for the Annual Awards are now being accepted for the 2021 calendar year. Visit www.phigam.org/Awards for more information and to submit your chapter's applications. All applications must be completed by March 31 at 11:59 PT (April 1 at 2:59 am ET).

Chapters may apply for each award separately but must complete submissions for ALL awards/sections to be considered for the Cheney Cup. The Cheney is the culmination of all the other chapter awards. Make sure you also nominate outstanding brothers for Individual Awards.

Award winners will be announced at Ekklesia. If you have any questions, contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

Recognizing Graduate Brothers

Officers, Advisors

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

Individual Awards for Volunteers
The Fraternity's annual awards competition also provides individual awards to recognize deserving brothers for their contributions as graduate volunteers. Anyone may nominate graduate brothers for these awards:
 Coulter Cup: Graduate brother who has contributed the most to an undergraduate chapter through service in a role other than Purple Legionnaire or general officer
  Crowder Cup: Outstanding Faculty Advisor
  Durrance Award: Outstanding Purple Legionnaire
  Haynes Award: Most effective Section Chief

Individual Award nominations are due March 31 at 11:59 pm PT (April 1 at 2:59 am ET).

William A. Martin III 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 nominate deserving brothers by May 1, 2022 for consideration this year. Additional information and past Distinguished Fiji Award recipients are listed at www.phigam.org/DistinguishedFijiAward.

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Archives Weekend

Chapter Presidents, Historians

Want to help preserve Phi Gamma Delta's history and work with historical records, artifacts and photographs? Then make plans to join other brothers to preserve our legacy during Archives Weekend, March 25-27, at the International Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky.

Visit www.phigam.org/ArchivesWeekend for more information and to register. If you have any questions, contact Logan McLendon, Director of Chapter Services - East.

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Graduate Communication Services: Pig Dinner

Corresponding Secretaries, Pig Dinner Chairmen, Presidents, Purple Legionnaires

Let IHQ help your chapter prepare for Pig Dinner by mailing or emailing invitations and save the dates.

For more information or to request a quote, please visit the Graduate Communication Services page or contact Coordinator of Communications Tayler McCrabb.

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The Leadership Institute

Undergraduates

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 April 11 for our two sessions this summer at Asbury University (Wilmore, Kentucky).

Additional information can be found at www.phigam.org/LeadershipInstitute.

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Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

Brothers

Nominate brothers to serve on the Fraternity's Archonate (board of directors).Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2022 to be considered.

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Peale Fellowship Grant

Brothers Choosing a Career in the Ministry

One of Phi Gamma Delta's most beloved and well-known brothers, Norman Vincent Peale (Ohio Wesleyan 1920), made a tremendous impact on millions of peoples' lives and with his devotion to God and his service to mankind. To honor his contributions to the world, the Foundation will be awarding scholarship grants for brothers attending seminary.

To request an application, contact Educational Foundation Executive Director Ben Robinson.

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Pig Dinner Prep

Pig Dinner Chairmen, Corresponding Secretaries, Graduate Relations Chairmen

Pig Dinner is the longest running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. Despite the lingering effects of COVID, chapters have resumed in-person events or have adapted them virtually. Pig Dinner is a celebratory reunion for your chapter’s graduates, but it also provides an opportunity to celebrate new initiates and your graduating seniors. IHQ staff still suggests all chapters follow local and CDC guidelines when planning this year’s event.

Planning resources are available on the Pig Dinner page.

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Spring Break Reminders

Officers, House Corporations

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. Have fun and stay safe!

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Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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 #1,050 - February 2022

 
 
 
#1,050 - Administrative Edition - 2/4/2022
 

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

In This Issue

 • Officers Calendar
 • Submit News
 • Leadership Institute
 • Amending Bylaws
 • Journalism Scholarship
 • Archon Nominations
 • Schedule Health & Safety Program
 • UIFI Scholarships
 • Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations
 • Phi Gam Store PROMO

Officers Calendar

 • 2/1: President's Risk Mngmt & NM Educator's Agreements - Past Due
 • 2/4: Roster Updates due for insurance billing
 • 2/11: Deadline to apply for the Persistence Scholarship
 • 2/15: Deadline to Submit News for the February Good News Friday Letter
 • 2/28: Set date for fall Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 • 3/1: GreekLifeEdu part 2 launches for spring new members
 • 3/1: Certificate of Secret Ballot due

Submit News for the Spring Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

Would you like to see your brothers' good news featured in The Phi Gamma Delta magazine? Submit News by Monday, March 7, to be included in the spring 2022 issue.

 
The Leadership Institute 2022

Emerging Undergraduate Leaders

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

One member from all chapters and colonies are highly encouraged to attended. And, if space is available, up to two brothers from the same chapter/colony will be accepted to attend. Applications are due April 11, 2022.

Event Details
 • When: Session 1: May 25-29 or Session 2: June 8-12
 • Where: Asbury University - Wilmore, Kentucky
 • Who: An identifiable rising leader in the chapter. Ideally, this is a brother between their sophomore and junior years who can serve as a catalyst for positive change in your chapter. One member from all chapters and colonies are highly encouraged to attend. If space is available, up to two brothers from the same chapter or colony will be accepted to attend.
 • Cost: The Institute comes at no cost to undergraduates (1-2 members from each chapter). Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers all lodging, meal and transportation costs will be covered - including airfare.

Contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif if you have questions or would like to recommend a brother to attend.

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Amend the Constitution & Bylaws

All Brothers

Any brother or chapter wishing to propose amendments to Fraternity Laws for consideration by the 174th Ekklesia should read the Amendments Notice for procedures and deadlines for filing. Proposed amendments must be received no later than June 13, 2022. Questions and submissions should be directed to Rob Caudill.

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Journalism Scholarship

Undergraduate Journalism Majors

Gordon T. Speckman Journalism Scholarship applications are available from the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation. This scholarship is specifically available for journalism majors, who must submit three writing samples that have been published since January 1, 2021.

The scholarships range from $500 - $1,500 and is open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write by-lined general interest, editorial, op-ed or sports columns (movie reviews and other specialized columns are not eligible).

The deadline to submit is March 16, 2022, by 3:00 am ET.

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Nominate Brothers for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate brothers to serve on the Fraternity's Archonate (board of directors).Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2022 to be considered.

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Schedule Your Health & Safety Program

Chapter Presidents

All Chapter Presidents received an email including the chapter’s assigned Health & Safety Program for 2021-22. If you have not already, please follow the directions included in that email or contact Andrew Depew for assistance with scheduling your chapter’s required programming.

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UIFI Scholarships Available

Undergraduate Brothers

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

Phi Gamma Delta is excited to continue offering scholarship for 25 brothers to attend UIFI. These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first-serve basis. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the Institute, while the chapter/individual is responsible for the cost of travel to Bloomington, Indiana. Many IFCs, Greek life offices and Student Governments offer assistance for educational travel. To claim a scholarship or if you have questions, contact Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations: Due May 1, 2022

All Brothers

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

For more information and to nominate a deserving graduate brother, visit the Distinguished Fiji Award page.

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Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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 #1,049 - January 2022

 
 
 
#1,049 - Administrative Edition - 1/14/2022
 

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

In This Issue

 • Officers Calendar
 • Staff Directory
 • Academy Resources
 • Insurance Billing
 • AFHE Application Live
 • President's & NM Educator's Agreements
 • Cold Weather Concerns
 • Fall 2021 Grades/ Service/ Philanthropy
 • Grad Communication Services
 • Persistence Scholarship
 • Plan for Pig Dinner
 • Phi Gam Store PROMO

Officers Calendar

 • 1/21: Submit fall 2021 grade report
 • 2/1: President's Risk Mngmt & New Member Ed's Agreements due
 • 2/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 launches for spring new members
 • 2/4: Deadline for Roster Updates

Staff Directory: Whom to Call

Officers, Advisors

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

 
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2022 Academy Resources

Academy Attendees, Officers

During the 2022 Fiji Academy, attendees received many different documents and workbooks and participated in several presentations. The resources and documents provided at the Academy are now available, including general sessions, Officer Tracks, Pursuing Excellence Sessions and information from vendors who attended the event. Find all Academy Resources here.

Fraternity staff will be following up with those chapters who were unable to attend this year's Academy.

Also, you can view and download photos from the 2022 Academy Google Photo Album here.

Insurance Billing

Treasurers, Officers

Invoices for liability insurance will be emailed in mid to late February. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and new members. The early estimated base rate is $200/member, with the final base rate based on policy premiums charged to Phi Gamma Delta. Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2021 calendar year will be charged up to a 20% surcharge.

February 4, 2022, is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, log-in to www.phigam.org. Here are instructions to update your roster. If you you questions, email Amy Watson or call her at 859-255-1848.

*The Fraternity is offering insurance incentives and surcharges to encourage chapters to participate in the Fraternity's programming efforts. For more information about these incentives/surcharges, CLICK HERE.

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Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption (AFHE) Application Live

Chapter Presidents

The 2022 AFHE Application is now available. It contains details of the application process, qualifications chapters must meet, forms that must be submitted and answers to the most asked questions. Applications are due April 1, 2022, and late Applications will not be accepted.

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

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Chapter President's & New Member Educator's Agreements

Chapter Presidents, New Member Educators

Chapter Presidents are required to complete an online risk management course and the President's Risk Management Agreement. New Member Educators (for chapters with a new member class), are required to complete an online hazing prevention course and the New Member Educator's Agreement. Both agreements are due February 1.

Both courses are available in the Fraternity's Learning Management System (LMS). You must be logged into the Fraternity's website to access the LMS and courses. Contact Andrew Depew if you have any technical difficulties.

Failure to submit both agreements may result in a referral to the Board of Conduct and insurance penalties. Both courses and agreements are required each semester for new and continuing leadership.

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Cold Weather Concerns

Officers, House Corporations

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

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Fall 2021 Grade Report, & Philanthropy / Service Totals

Officers, Scholarship Chairmen, Philanthropy & Service Chairmen

Please email Andrew Depew with the following:
 1. Total number of service hours.
 2. Total amount donation to philanthropy.
 3. A copy of your chapter’s fall 2021 grade report. If you have not received your grade information, please ask your campus Greek Life Advisor for the: Chapter Term Average, Initiated Brother Average, New Member Average, All IFC Fraternity Average, All Men’s Average and Chapter Ranking Among IFC Fraternities.

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Graduate Communication Services: Pig Dinner

Corresponding Secretaries, Pig Dinner Chairmen, Presidents

As your chapter's Pig Dinner approaches, remember that the Fraternity's Graduate Communication Services can help you with mailed or emailed Pig Dinner invitations and save the dates. For more information, contact Tayler McCrabb.

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The Persistence Scholarship

Initiated Sophomores & Juniors

The Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation is announcing a new scholarship, The Persistence Scholarship, which is open to current chapter-initiated sophomores and juniors.  This scholarship is focused on providing financial aid to members with demonstratable financial need, who can show chapter, campus and community involvement and meet the minimum GPA of a cumulative 3.0. The scholarship award is $1,500 and approximately 67 scholarships will be issued from the pool of applicants.

Click here to view the complete scholarship criteria, regulations and requirements. To apply, you will also need your seven-digit constituent ID#, which can be found in your profile and by logging on to www.phigam.org.

The deadline to apply is February 11 at 3:00 am ET.

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Plan for Pig Dinner

Pig Dinner Chairmen, Corresponding Secretaries, Graduate Relations Chairmen

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 as a sendoff to senior brothers. But, most importantly, it's a celebration of your graduate brothers.

We encourage you to monitor and follow local and CDC guidance concerning large gatherings as you plan this year’s event. Many chapters have also found success adapting their Pig Dinners virtually, which allows more opportunity for graduate engagement. Planning resources are available on the Pig Dinner page. If you have questions, contact Dionysis Protopapadakis.

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Good News Edition

 #1,060 - November 2022

 
 
 
#1,060 - Good News Edition - 11/18/2022
 
 

In This Issue

 • 2023 Academy
 • Submit News
 • Chapter Successes
 • Shining Stars

 
Register for the 2023 Academy
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The 2023 academy will be held January 6-8, 2023, in St. Louis, MO.

We strongly recommend Presidents and Recruitment Chairmen attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. However, educational tracks are also provided for Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians and other graduate volunteers.

For more information or to register, visit the 2023 Academy page

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Submit News

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

Submit News Now!


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Chapter/Provisional Chapter Successes
 
Akron - Puppy Party Philanthropy - Fall 2022

^ In September, Alpha Omicron at Akron hosted its annual Puppy Party philanthropy. All money raised during the event was donated to One of a Kind Pet Rescue (OOAKPR) and will help the organization purchase a new animal transport vehicle for sick and injured pets. Brothers also volunteered for OOAKPR's annual Chase Your Tail 5K.
As an Early Adopter chapter, this was also the Chapter's first semester without pledging. 13 brothers were initiated, which is the largest fully initiated class of any Greek organization on campus this fall.

Upsilon Alpha at Arizona has maintained a top three GPA within the IFC and won the Greek Cup, the fraternity intramural competition.

Ball State - Leaf Raking Service - 11/2022

^ On November 5, Beta Sigma joined Ball State's Student Voluntary Services Organization for their annual fall leaf raking service event. 25 brothers participated by raking yards for people in need throughout the Muncie, Indiana area.

Beta Psi at Boise State welcomed 34 new members during the fall semester, tying their record for most new members recruited.

Delta Xi at California Berkeley's Philanthropy Chairman James Bernicke (2024) started a Gift of Life (GoL) Drive at the Chapter. GoL is an organization that matches people in need of bone marrow transplants with potential donors. The drive was such a success in the Chapter that James decided to expand the drive to other Greek organizations on campus. Through this drive, the Chapter swabbed over 500 people who could become potential donors. The Chapter hopes to make the GoL Drive an annual service tradition because of the success.

Xi Deuteron at Case Western Reserve welcomed their largest new member class since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

This semester Omega Phi at Central Florida has participated in several philanthropies, supporting Make-A-Wish, Prevent Child Abuse America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the USO and more. Through these events, and the help of companies like Celsius, the Chapter raised over $15,000.

Omega Chi at Chapman received three awards from the Order of Omega. The Chapter won Best Fraternity Spirit, for their dedication to brotherhood and friendship, and Campus Wide Involvement, for overall campus involvement and influence on their community. And Jack Berger (2023) was awarded Emerging Fraternity Leader.

Chi Omicron at Cincinnati is one of the Fraternity's Early Adopter chapters, meaning this was the first semester where new brothers were initiated without the pledging process. Jacob Siepker (DePaul 2022) and Osvaldo Granados (DePaul 2022) attended the initiation ceremony on September 16, continuing a relationship between the Chi Omicron and Lambda Pi chapters.

In September, Chi Alpha at Clemson hosted a golf tournament with the Delta Delta Delta Sorority to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Chapter's team took first place in the tournament, and they raised over $10,000 for St. Jude.

Colorado - Neighborhood Clean-Up Service - 11/2022

^ This semester, Beta Kappa at Colorado planned and participated in several service events. This included cooking and serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House, completing two neighborhood clean-up projects (pictured) and assisting with local park maintenance.

Pi Nu at East Carolina hosted their annual Phi Gam Day Jam, held in memory of Bryson Furtado (2022), Thomas Jenkins (2020) and Beau Stanley (2022), who all passed ad astra. Proceeds from the event were directed to a scholarship and a fund for the fallen brothers' families.

During University of Georgia's annual Greek Life Awards, Kappa Deuteron received several awards. The Chapter won first place for Outstanding Scholarship Program and Outstanding Campus Community, Leadership & Involvement; they were a finalist for Outstanding Alumni/Graduate Chapter Relations; and Purple Legionnaire Brett Grayson (2000) was recognized as the Chapter Advisor of the year.

Mu Iota at Idaho is one of the Fraternity's first Early Adopter chapters, eliminating the pledging process this semester. As a result, the Chapter offered 23 bids to prospective members and initiated those brothers two days after classes began.

The Order of Omega named Alpha Gamma at Kettering A 1st place among fraternities (and 2nd place among fraternities and sororities) for the President's Cup. The President's Cup is awarded to chapters for their academic, athletics, campus involvement and philanthropic efforts.

Mu Sigma at Minnesota participated in a dodge ball competition against other IFC fraternities to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

On September 7, Sigma Mu at Mississippi State and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosted the annual Cheese Fries philanthropy event. The chapters sold cheese fries to students and locals, and the proceeds were donated to the Brickfire Project (BP). BP is a student-led organization that provides mentorship to underprivileged children in the Starkville, Mississippi community.

Nu Sigma at North Carolina State recently partnered with the Chi Omega Sorority for their annual Puppy Palooza philanthropy event. The event raised money for Pawfect Match, a local animal shelter.

Omega Deuteron at Old Dominion held a Not for College Days Alone Dinner at a local restaurant on September 10. There were 55 undergraduates and 15 graduate brothers in attendance.

This semester, Kappa Rho at Rhode Island continued their commitment to make their campus a better place through their Breast Cancer Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness philanthropy events. As a part of these efforts, the Chapter hosted Pie a Fiji, raising over $250 for Day One RI (DORI). DORI is a local nonprofit helping Rhode Island communities prevent sexual assault and violence.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Peace Love & Consent 2022

^ In September, the Provisional Chapter at Texas A&M Corpus Christi participated in several educational programs. Brothers attended the Counseling & Health Center's "Peace, Love & Consent" workshop (pictured), about alcohol use and sexual assault, and an anti-hazing workshop, a lecture series about the terrible experiences of hazing and why hazing needs to end.

Tau Chi at Texas Christian partnered with Arise Africa through the Donor Match Campaign, where top donors matched what the Chapter raised between September 15-18. Arise Africa is a local organization that supports children in Zambia.

The Sigma Upsilon Chapter and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at Texas State volunteered throughout the San Marcos community by helping those in need.

Wayne State - Brotherhood Pumpkin Carving 2022

^ Throughout the fall semester, Delta Mu at Wayne State held several brotherhood events to recruit new members. This included paintball, axe throwing, volunteering at the Belle Isle Beach to pick up trash, a hockey game and pumpkin carving with the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority (pictured).

In September, Zeta Phi at William Jewell hosted a concert on campus to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). Several brothers who are musicians formed a band and prepared nine cover songs to perform at the concert. Additionally, another fraternity's band performed as the opening act. The event had a large turnout and raised over $500 for BACA.

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Shining Stars
 

Tobi Adigun (Arizona 2024) was elected IFC Vice President Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on November 8.

Pouria Mostafizi (Arizona 2022) was selected as one of 13 Bobcats, which is the most prestigious senior honorary at the University.

Michael DeMarco (British Columbia 2024) earned an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award from the University. His work as a TA started in his first year with introductory functional programming. Since then, he has instructed seven courses with the Department of Computer Science.

Adam Simon (2024) and Deven Enos (2024) recently co-founded and launched Duffl at California Berkeley. Duffl is a grocery delivery service for college students. It is unlike other delivery services because it uses electric scooters throughout the delivery process and promises delivery in 10 minutes or less. Additionally, Duffl's entire workforce is made up of UC Berkeley students.

Peter Cline (Chapman 2023) was initiated into Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes seniors for achievements in service, leadership and scholarship. Peter is a veteran and the co-founder of Boots to Books, a nonprofit that helps veterans and their families earn education and employment opportunities.

John Shoemaker (2024) and Tomson Kaplan (2024) were elected to Clemson's IFC as President and Head of Philanthropy, respectively.

Two Colorado State brothers received awards from the IFC: Brandon Pietrs (2022) won the Living the Ritual Award, which recognizes a member of the Greek community who consistently displays positive values through their daily lives and embodies the best of fraternity/sorority life. Treasurer Matthew Derken (2023) received the Emerging Leader Award, recognizing fraternity and sorority members who show promise and are eager to pursue leadership opportunities in their chapter, council and beyond.

Ozzie Granados-Santillan (DePaul 2023) was awarded the Blue Demon Spirit Award from the Office of Student Involvement. This award is given to one student every year for outstanding leadership in promoting campus spirit, pride and loyalty. Ozzie is now one of the most honored students in the University’s history.

Georgia brothers Samuel Cook (2023) and Dawson Williams (2024) were elected Student Government Senate President and Pro-Tempore, respectively. And Ben Brown (2024) was elected IFC Vice President of Finance & Administration.

During Mu Iota at Idaho's Pig Dinner, eight brothers received the Chapter's Endowment Scholarship: Cole Bailey (2025), Danny Burgess (2025), Jaxon Cherry (2025), Eli Epling (2025), Owen Inman (2025), Logan McCallie (2025), Zack McClure (2025) and Riley Panter (2025). Each received $1,000 for earning a 3.25+ GPA during their first semester.

Jacob Huber (Illinois 2025) was an equipment manager for the University's football team in fall 2021. After practicing with the team during the season, he earned a walk-on opportunity as a quarterback in spring 2022.

Parker Buszka (2024) was elected to serve as Junior Representative on Kettering A's Student Government, and Maxwell Battist (2025) was elected IFC Scholarship Chairman.

Parker Cirino (Kettering A 2022) was awarded Greek Man of the Year for his campus leadership and involvement. Parker currently serves as IFC President and is actively involved with Kettering Student Alumni Council, Kettering Physics Club and New Student Orientation.

Five Rhode Island brothers were elected to the IFC. Jonathan Davila (2023) is Vice President of Finance, Connor Barton (2024) is Vice President of Communications, Sebastian Malek (2023) is Director of Safety & Risk Management, Jamie Wagar (2024) is Director of Academic Affairs & New Member Development and Sean Fitzgerald (2023) is Director of Public Relations.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Erick Alfaro 2022
 

^ Texas A&M Corpus Christi Recording Secretary Erick Alfaro was selected as a finalist for the Lone Star UAS Mechanical Engineer Internship. He was the first brother to receive an internship at the school.

Brett Driscoll (2024), Austin Hughes (2023), Thomas Joven (2024), Alexander Koers (2023) and Jonathan Silva-Melendez (2024) were inducted into Wabash's Sphinx Club. Club members are selected in their junior or senior years for their dedication to fostering unity and spirit throughout the campus community.

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 #1,057 - September 2022

 
 
#1,057 - Good News Edition - 9/16/2022
 

In This Issue

Submit News

National Hazing Prevention Week

Chapter Successes

Shining Stars

Submit News for the Fall 2022 Magazine
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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 and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson by Monday, September 26, to be included in the fall 2022 issue.

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National Hazing Prevention Week 2022

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is next week, September 19-23, and the Fraternity will continue its #JoinTheFight Against Hazing campaign. This year, we are hosting two contests to help promote NHPW:

Graphic Design Contest:
Each chapter/provisional chapter may submit one NHPW graphic design. The design must be: 1080 x 1080 pixels, include National Hazing Prevention Week and #JoinTheFight and describe why the chapter is Joining the Fight against hazing.

Designs must be submitted to Erin Huebner by Sunday, September 18, at 11:59 pm PT. The top 2-4 designs will be posted on Instagram, on Thursday, September 22, where voting will take place through a story poll. The chapter with the winning design will win a box of Phi Gam merchandise for their chapter. 

Join the Fight Pledge Signing Contest:
The undergraduate chapter that gets the most members (undergrad and grad) to sign the Join the Fight Pledge by Thursday, September 22, at 11:59 pm PT, will win a box of Phi Gam branded merchandise for their chapter.

Note: To make this fair for chapters of all sizes, the winning chapter will be selected based on the percentage of living brothers who sign the pledge, not total number.

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Chapter Successes

Epsilon Alpha at Alberta made service a priority this summer. In July, brothers volunteered with Taste of Edmonton, western Canada's largest food festival, by selling tickets. This is a part of an ongoing partnership, which has lasted over 20 years. In August, the Chapter also held its annual Run to Red Deer philanthropy event, where brothers ran 155.5 km, relay-style, from Edmonton to Red Deer to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Through the event, they raised over $5,000 for CMHA.

On September 6, Pi at Allegheny co-hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross on campus. The Chapter plans to host three more blood drives throughout the school year to help with the national blood shortage.

^ During the spring 2022 semester, Alpha Sigma at Arizona State raised over $27,000 for Arizona's Aspiring Youth Academy (AYA). AYA helps develop the next generation by delivering entrepreneur and leadership skills to Arizona's school-aged youth through workshops, camps and after-school programs. In June, four brothers presented the check to the Presidents of AYA.
Also during the 2021-22 academic year, the Chapter raised over $97,000 for various philanthropies and completed 746 community service hours.

Beta Kappa at Colorado recently installed a ramp at their chapter house to create more accessibility and inclusivity for its members. Mark Rice (1977), who volunteers with Home Builders Foundation (HBF), helped the Chapter apply for HBF's assistance to build the ramp, after President Mitchell Crist (2024) contacted graduate brothers for help to build a safe, legal ramp. HBF accepted the request, so they donated and built the ramp at the chapter house. Because HBF helped build the ramp, a Beta Kappa brother was able to enter the house for the first time this semester.

Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines had a successful first day of fall recruitment. Brothers attended Celebration of Mines to promote their recruitment, and they cooked hot dogs, ate s'mores and sang songs at the chapter house with potential new members. Throughout the events, potential new members outnumbered brothers by two to one, making it one of the best recruitment events in over three years.

The Lambda Chapter participated in DePauw University's Little 5 Race for a Reason, supporting the United Way of Central Kentucky. The Chapter earned top fundraising men's team by raising $2,490. All proceeds will support literacy initiatives in Putnam County, Indiana.

^ This summer, several Gamma Tau at Georgia Tech brothers studied abroad in Europe: Daniyal Barlas (2025), Harrison Baro (2025), Bryson Bien (2025), Walker Brown (2025), Parker Hallock (2025), Davis Keller (2025), Andrew Mao (2025), Johnny Meshramkar (2024), Aaron Piszczek (2025), Griffin Rahn (2025), Logan Roach (2025), Max Sikora (2024), Will Vaxmonsky (2024), Alex Whitesides (2024) and Elliot Willner (2025).
Pictured (L-R): Andrew Mao, Will Vaxmonsky, Logan Roach, Davis Keller and Alex Whitesides.

On August 30, over 100 brothers from the Zeta Chapter at Indiana welcomed Dr. Louis M. Profeta, MD to the chapter house to speak about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, which is prevalent on college campuses. Dr. Profeta is an Emergency Physician in a Level 1 Trauma Center and is also an acclaimed author and public speaker. The Chapter is thankful for the message from Dr. Profeta, and brothers feel better equipped to navigate any potential emergency.

Upsilon Kappa at Kentucky raised money and collected supplies (clothing, food, etc.) for eastern Kentucky flooding disaster relief in August. The Chapter also organized a coalition of brothers to deliver supplies and volunteer at aid stations.

On May 21, brothers from Kappa Omicron at Oregon State celebrated their 100th anniversary with their first annual Pig Dinner since 2019. The Chapter originally chartered on December 30, 1921.

^ Brothers from the Lambda Iota Chapter at Purdue had dinner with Mitch Daniels (Graduate Initiate), Purdue University President and former Governor of Indiana.

During Tau Deuteron at Texas's Pig Dinner, in April, brothers celebrated Jake Ehlinger's (2023) life and legacy by awarding the first Jake Ehlinger Memorial Scholarship. Jake passed ad astra on May 6, 2021, and his loss was a significant challenge for the Chapter. In the fall, the Chapter's graduate brothers will partner with the undergraduates to host a fundraiser to raise more money for the Scholarship to ensure the scholarship will continue to be awarded annually.

In June, Upsilon Tau at Toledo hosted its 5th annual Austin Kromer Memorial Golf Scramble, benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio. The scramble was named after Austin Kromer (2012), who passed ad astra in January 2018 due to complications caused by epileptic seizures.

^ During Western Kentucky's Greek community annual awards convocation, Chi Eta received the M. Reed Morgan Award for Fraternal Excellence, the highest chapter achievement, and the Scott Tayler Chapter Achievement Award. The Chapter also received the following Chapter Achievement Awards: Alumni Development Award, Campus Involvement & Leadership Award, Chapter Development Award, Greek Involvement Award, Outstanding Intramurals, Outstanding New Member Program, Philanthropic Service Award and Scholastic Achievement Award.
Additionally, the Chapter was the third place Overall Greek Week 2022 fraternity winner, having placed first for Spring Sing, first for the Blood Drive and third for banner.

On July 16, graduates from Pi Iota at WPI held their annual summer reunion, and over 80 brothers from the classes of 1972-2025 attended. During the event, brothers were able to tour the construction site of their new chapter house, which is currently being built.

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^ Cars Chandler (Auburn 2022) was selected as a Student Marshal for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering (SGCE) during Auburn University's commencement ceremony in May. Each college selects a Student Marshal who has distinguished themselves through service and excellence to the college. To be considered, students must complete a minimum of four semesters with a 3.4+ GPA (graduating Cum Laude), and they must possess qualities of character, citizenship, leadership and professional promise. SGCE selected Cars as Student Marshall, because he excelled in the classroom, earned several scholarships, served as an engineering tutor and was involved on campus.

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^ Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2023) received one of Holmes Murphy's DE&I scholarships for his work with the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative, a nonprofit that raises money for domestic violence survivors. Holmes Murphy is the Fraternity's insurance broker. He also received UCA College of Business's Most Outstanding Member Award for Phi Beta Lambda, and for the second consecutive year, he has been named a finalist for Arkansas Time Magazine's 2022 Best Arkansan Award. He is the only Asian American and youngest person to be named a finalist.

Xander Jedlick (Christopher Newport 2023) served as HR Learning & Development Intern for Canon USA Headquarters during the summer.

Paris Dong (Colorado 2023) competed in a power lifting competition, where he broke one national record and eight Colorado state records. He also won overall best lifter.

Kent State brothers Austin Forman (2025), Joey LoCoco (2025) and Justin McPhee (2024) volunteered at a local elderly living home by running their Bingo game.

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^ This summer, Jack Frankie (Embry-Riddle 2025) attended a study abroad program in Zambia, Africa, where he taught 4th grade students at the Kafakumba Training Center. When Jack graduates, he hopes to combine his degree in aviation business administration and pilot certification to work as a missionary medical support pilot for medically vulnerable countries, like Zambia.

During the spring 2022 semester, Alex Christie (2024) tied Hanover's single-season home run record, with 11 homers. Alex, who is the shortstop/first baseman, also led his team with 44 runs scored, 39 runs batted in and 11 doubles.

Sean Gallery (2025) received Knox's Arvid Pierre Zetterberg Jr. Prize for Men. This award is given to a student-athlete participating on a men's team who, during their first year, exemplified the highest quality of character, scholarship and interest in sports.

Michael Mark (Maine 2023) was inducted into the Senior Skull Honor Society in April 2022. Michael was selected as an outstanding rising senior who exemplifies friendship, leadership, academics and UM spirit.

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^ During Western Kentucky's annual Greek awards convocation, John Downing (2022) and Miles Newton (2022) were named Randall H. Capps Greek Men of the Year. And Matthew Wininger (2022) received the Charley Pride Spirit Award.

John Puksta (WPI 2023) was recognized as WPI's Fraternity Man of the Year, and he received the Dr. Leland Atwood Award for the highest GPA, as he always maintains a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, John received the Ray Cherenzia Unsung Hero Award for his performance in WPI's men's swimming and diving team. This award, named after Brother Ray Cherenzia (1973), is given to one member of every varsity athletic team, who works hard, puts their team first and is vital to their team's success.

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 #1,054 - April 2022

 
 
 
#1,054 - Good News Edition - 4/22/2022
 
 

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Wilkinson Award: Recognize an Outstanding Senior

Chapter/Colony News

Shining Stars

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

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In the April Good News Video, we featured our Boise State, Texas State and WPI chapters, which are exemplifying our value of service this semester.

Wilkinson Award: Recognize an Outstanding Senior

The Wilkinson Award is presented annually to the Fraternity's most outstanding undergraduate senior member based on scholarship, personality, Fraternity service and extra-curricular activities.

Each Wilkinson Award Application should contain the following:
1. The nominee's official college transcript.
2. The nominee's fraternal, collegiate and professional resume including all campus, professional and volunteer activities.
3. Letters of recommendation from each of the following categories: a) College/University: University President, Dean of Students, or Dean of the College preferred (other high-ranking university officials may be accepted); b) Purple Legionnaire, BCA President or House Corporation President; c) Section Chief.  

Applications should be sent via email to Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Chapter/Colony News

Earlier this semester, Alpha Omicron at Akron hosted their second annual FIJI Bark Madness Tournament philanthropy, supporting One of a Kind Pet Rescue (OKPR). Through this virtual event, Akron fraternities and sororities competed to raise money for a dog in a bracket-style tournament. Over $4,800 was raised for OKPR, which will help the organization purchase a new animal transport vehicle for sick and injured pets.

Alpha Sigma was awarded Outstanding Philanthropic Endeavor for their fall philanthropy, Shave to Save, from Arizona State's Fraternity & Sorority Life Office. They also received the Phoenix Award as the chapter with the most improved operations.

On April 2, Beta Pi at Bradley held their 40th annual Pig Dinner. It was their first in-person Pig Dinner since the pandemic began, and they had a record-breaking turnout with nearly 100 graduate brothers in attendance.

Omega Phi scored 4 out of 5 stars on Central Florida's Standards of Excellence for the 2021 calendar year, the highest the Chapter has ever scored. The Standards of Excellence are designed to compile and present a chapter's accomplishments and impact on the Greek community over the previous calendar year.

On February 19, Chi Omicron at Cincinnati hosted their Pig Dinner at the Mill Race Banquet Center. There were approximately 20 undergraduates and 40 graduate brothers in attendance, including Executive Director Rob Caudill (Akron 2004), who was the keynote speaker. In his speech, Rob talked about the future of Phi Gamma Delta and what it takes to be a fraternity man.

^ Chi Alpha at Clemson has been heavily involved with the ClemsonLIFE (Learning Is for Everyone) program this semester. This includes hosting a day of basketball at the campus Recreational Center. ClemsonLIFE is a program that helps young adults with intellectual disabilities obtain the life skills necessary to gain employment and live independently.

Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines hosted the Shave to Save 2022, supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation for pediatric cancer research. This was the Chapter's largest philanthropy in several year with over $13,000 raised. The brothers who participated raised money for St. Baldrick's by reaching out to their families, the community and graduate brothers.

On April 4-8, Lambda Pi at DePaul hosted their Island philanthropy, raising over $17,700 for NoStigmas. All event proceeds were donated in memory Collin DuQuet (2021), who passed ads astra in August 2021 after a battle with addiction and mental illness. During the week-long event, the Chapter hosted a kickoff event, a dodge ball tournament and a surfboard painting competition to raise awareness for the cause. NoStigmas is a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate the days of silence, solitude and stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

Brothers from the Pi Nu Chapter at East Carolina pledged to keep Eastern Street beautiful by regularly cleaning and picking up trash. Eastern Street is in a neighborhood off campus.

From January to March, Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle completed 215 community service hours through a partnership with Daytona Dream Center (DDC). DDC is a homeless intervention and prevention organization playing an invaluable role in the Daytona Beach community. Every week, brothers bagged groceries and served meals to those in need.

^ In February, Phi Sigma raised over $33,000 for Florida State's Dance Marathon, supporting the Children's Miracle Network. Over 25 brothers participated, spending 30 hours on their feet between two shifts.

On February 24, Mu Deuteron at Iowa brothers wore blue to support suicide prevention and awareness.

During the spring 2022 semester, Alpha Iota at Iowa State worked with several sororities to host their Phi Gam Football Jam philanthropy event. All proceeds were donated to the Garden Gate Ranch, an organization that provides safe housing and restorative and transitional services for sexually-exploited women and their children.

On March 5, brothers from the Iota Pi Chapter at IUPUI volunteered at the six-miler event of the 500 Festival Miler Series. Brothers were stationed at two of the six mile markers, handing out Gatorade and water and ensuring the safety of the runners.

Twelve Upsilon Kappa brothers participated in the University of Kentucky's DanceBlue philanthropy in March. By participating, brothers helped the University raise over $1.43 million for For the Kids, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and supports children with cancer.

^ Gamma Deuteron at Knox welcomed 10 new members during their winter 2022 recruitment process.

Several Beta Rho brothers attended Louisiana State Greek Life's Empower Greek Leadership Retreat in March.

On March 5, Omega Mu at Maine hosted FIJI 3v3 Crossover for Red Cross, a basketball tournament supporting the American Red Cross. Registering teams for $15each, the Chapter raised over $300 for the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

The Mu Tau Colony at Memphis welcomed nine new members to their Alpha Class in December 2021 and five new members to their Beta Class in February.

Sixteen brothers from Sigma Mu at Mississippi State earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall 2021 semester.

During the spring 2022 semester, Nu Eta at Northeastern resumed their community service partnership with TD Garden to raise money for the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation (BCSF) during Celtics games. BCSF supports programs that directly benefit children in need by forming key partnerships with New England-based nonprofit organizations that provide vital services and support to youth.

^ Sigma Omicron participated in Oklahoma State's Varsity Revue, an annual Greek life competition show. The Chapter won 2nd place overall, and two brothers won awards. Wyatt Smith (2023) was named Best Male Performer, and Gage Gibbs (2024) was unanimously named Best Male Vocalist, an award that has not been unanimously awarded in 93 years.

On February 25-26, Kappa Omicron at Oregon State partnered with the Chi Omega Women's Fraternity to clean up the Porter Park in Corvallis. Both chapters cleaned the playground, raked leaves and spread mulch throughout the park, completing over 45 community service hours.

Lambda Iota at Purdue partnered with the women of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity for their Casa Carnival philanthropy, benefiting the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. Together they raised $3,650 for CASA.

Kappa Phi at South Florida participated in Sigma Delta Tau Sorority's POTH philanthropy. POTH is a lip-syncing competition that supports Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). The Chapter won the People's Choice Award and received 3rd place overall, helping Sigma Delta Tau raise over $41,000 for PCAA.

The Tau Beta Chapter partnered with Delta Zeta Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Tampa's annual Greek Week. During the week, all fraternity and sorority teams competed to raise the most money for a charity of their choice, and they competed in the Greek Variety dance competition. The Chapter's team won the overall event by winning the dance competition (pictured) and raising $16,000 for Relay for Life and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

After a long hiatus caused by the pandemic, Tau Chi at Texas Christian was excited to bring back two of their annual philanthropies in April: FIJI Futbol, supporting The Front Row Foundation, and FIJI Fabrics, supporting Union Gospel Mission.

Rho Alpha at Virginia Tech's fall 2021 semester GPA ranked 4th out of 24 IFC chapters.

On March 1, Chi Eta participated in a stadium recycling program, organized by Western Kentucky Facilities Management's Environmental Services & Resource Conservation Office. Brothers cleaned up after a high school basketball game, sorting 33 pounds of recycling, 36 pounds of trash and 84 pounds of liquids, for a total diversion of 76.8%. The Chapter earned a $750 donation for participating in the program.

^ Rho Tau at William & Mary hosted a sandwich-making philanthropy event. During the event, members made over 150 sandwiches, which were donated to House of Mercy, a poverty assistance organization aimed at ending hunger and homelessness in the Williamsburg area.

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^ Chapter President Jose Garcia (Akron 2024) (center) co-founded the University's new International Student Organization.

Akron brothers Jackson Grove (2025) and Jack Boettler (2024) were elected IFC President and Vice President of Member Development, respectively.

McKeegan Curran (2024), Jerad Grewe (2022) and Matthew La Haye (2023) participated in Bradley's Big Idea Competition. This annual competition gives students an opportunity to pitch their new inventions and ideas to potential investors. During the competition, McKeegan, Jerad and Matthew proposed their idea for a new type of solar powered vending machine using compressed air to rapidly cool beverages on demand.

Cole Pisarik (2023) and Matthew Faur (2025) won Chapter President of the Year and IFC New Member of the Year, respectively, at Central Florida's Fraternity & Sorority Life Greek Gala.

Embry-Riddle brothers Zane Rollins (2025), Jake McGurk (2024) and Ricardo Peña (2022) volunteered for an after-school program, where they led Bible lessons, played games and tutored students.

The Kappa Deuteron Chapter selected Tommy Powell (Georgia 2022) as the first recipient of the William R. Hardell, Sr. (Case Western Reserve 1951) Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional service to the University, Fraternity and Athens community. The award is presented in memory of William, who served the Chapter as Purple Legionnaire from 1968-83 and as BCA Graduate Relations from 1984-88.

Idaho brothers Jack Pachner (2022) and Levi Bailey (2022) were elected IFC Vice President of Membership Development and Executive Vice President, respectively.

 
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^ Iowa brothers Brent Crandell (2024) (left) and Mason Miller (2023) (right) were elected IFC Vice President of Finance & Operations and President, respectively.

Chapter President Michael Marro (Maine 2024) was elected IFC Vice President of Risk Management & Judicial Affairs.

Memphis Recruitment Chairman Alexander Welch was elected scholarship chair of the IFC.

Bradley Wilt (Montevallo 2023) was inducted into the Order of Omega during the spring 2022 semester. He also auditioned and was selected to perform classical guitar in the University music department's Honors Recital this year.

Ben Eisenberg (Ohio State 2023) was one of 10 undergraduate IFC leaders selected to serve on the NIC's inaugural 2022-23 IFC Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will provide increased opportunities for student engagement in NIC initiatives and programming as well as help the NIC gain student feedback on issues affecting the fraternity industry.

 
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^ Michael Uhrig (Purdue 2024) (left) raised $4,000 while competing in Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority's Big Man on Campus (BMOC) competition. BMOC supports and raises awareness for those affected by breast cancer. Will Crawford (Purdue 2024) (right) participated in the University's Dance Marathon, raising over $3,000 for the Riley Children's Hospital.

Jake Adamson (Texas 2023) was elected IFC Executive Vice President, and Cade Crawford (Texas 2023) was elected Vice President of IFC Relations for the Not On My Campus organization. Jake and Cade also established Greeks Give Back, an organization working to connect philanthropic organizations with the Greek community.

Texas brothers Eli Bahkt (2023), Drew Dodge (2023) and Blake Wills (2023) were all named to the leadership team for the Reformed University Fellowship.

Chase Karel (2023) and Thomas Naylor (2024) were elected to serve on Texas Christian's IFC as Vice President of Recruitment and Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, respectively.

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 #1,051 - February 2022

 
 
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#1,051 - Good News 
 
2/18/2022
 

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

Submit News & Photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson by Monday, March 7, to be included in the spring 2022 issue.

*And don't forget to submit news about your graduate brothers for the "Graduate Almanac" section of the magazine.

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The Leadership Institute 2022

Are you ready to make positive change that has a lasting impact for your chapter? If so, register for The Leadership Institute 2022, a five-day experience that comes at NO COST to members. There are two sessions available (May 25-29 and June 8-11) at Asubry University in Wilmore, KY.

The registration deadline is April 11.

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Good News Video Edition

In the February Good News Video, we featured the Colorado, Rose-Hulman and Arizona State chapter's successful service and philanthropy events.

Chapter/Colony News

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta was able to host their Annual Graduate vs. Undergraduate Hockey Game in January. The game allows the Chapter's undergraduate members to bond with their graduate brothers with some healthy competition. The undergrads won the game with a final score of 11-10.

During the fall 2021 semester, brothers from the Pi Chapter at Allegheny participated in several different service projects, totaling in 342 community service hours (with an average of 18 hours/brother). Two of these service projects included: Make a Difference Day, where brothers renovated a wheelchair ramp, and the annual French Creek Cleanup, where brothers volunteered at the weigh station.

In December 2021, Beta Nu at Appalachian State received the Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteer Group Award from the National Park Service. The Chapter received the award, because brothers have been an important part of volunteer operations in the Boone and Blowing Rock areas of the parkway. Brothers have contributed hundreds of service hours ranging from trail maintenance and construction to campground maintenance.

Beta Psi at Boise State created a GoFundMe fundraiser to help support Jacob Peters (2024) and his family. Jacob was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the nerves. Because of this, Jacob was admitted to a hospital and spent several weeks in a clinical rehab center. The diagnosis and unexpected medical expenses came at an inopportune time for Jacob's family, so the Chapter decided to help raise money to cover these expenses. Currently, the Chapter raised over $6,000, and they continue to raise money on GoFundMe.

^ Brothers from the Pi Gamma Chapter at British Columbia held their Wreck Beach Cleanup community service event last weekend. The event was held in partnership with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Project and the City of Vancouver and the local parks board. Brothers and women from some of the UBC sororities spent the day cleaning up the beach to help keep their city beautiful.

In November, Delta at Bucknell raised $15,825 for their Movember Fundraiser for men's health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The top three fundraisers for the event were: Henry Selvala (2024), raising $2,100; Will Scott (2024), raising$1,475; and Michael Fulling (2023), raising $1,035. Additionally, brothers grew out their facial hair to help support the cause.

Iota Chi at California Irvine sold stuffed Teddy bears for Valentine's Day to raise money for their end of the quarter Puppy Day.

This semester, Gamma Kappa at Colorado School of Mines resumed their Monday Night Dinners after a long break due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each week, the Chapter cooks and offers free food to the campus community. Dinners have included enchiladas, fried rice, chicken cacciatore and other home classics.

On October 29-31, 2021, over 50 brothers from the Zeta Chapter participated in Indiana University's Dance Marathon benefiting Riley Children's Hospital. Brothers raised over $115,000 for the cause, which contributed to the over $3 million raised by the entire Dance Marathon.

Knox St. Baldrick's 2022

^ Gamma Deuteron at Knox once again hosted their annual St. Baldrick's philanthropy event. This year, six brothers shaved their heads, raising $2,504 for the event. The Chapter donated an additional $1,500, bringing their total to $4,004 donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research.

Sigma Mu at Mississippi State reached their academic goals for the fall 2021 semester. The Chapter had the highest new member GPA, percentage of brothers above a 3.0 GPA and overall chapter GPA among IFC fraternities.

Mu Lambda at South Carolina hosted the Karaoke for Cancer philanthropy event, which consisted of a karaoke competition and head shaving. The Chapter raised over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, and 13 brothers shaved their heads.

Kappa Tau at Tennessee welcomed 32 men to their fall 2021 new member class and 14 men to their spring 2022 new member class.
The Chapter will also partner with the USO for their annual FIJI Island philanthropy event later this semester.

Tennessee Tech Water Balloon Miracle Fundraiser

^ The Theta Tau Chapter hosted a water balloon throwing fundraiser supporting the Tennessee Tech Children's Miracle Network Hospital (TTU Miracle) on February 10. From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, brothers set up a tent on campus, where water balloons were sold $3 for one balloon and $5 for two balloons, and balloons could be thrown at the Phi Gam of choice. All proceeds were donated to TTU Miracle.

This semester, Chi Eta at Western Kentucky welcomed eight new members during their recruitment week.

Lambda Omega at Western Ontario shared a variety of mental health resources on January 26 for Bell Let's Talk Day (BLTD). BLTD is a campaign designed to raise awareness and combat the stigma surrounding mental illness in Canada.

Wisconsin Special Olympics Philanthropy Hockey Tournament 2022

^ On February 6, the Mu Chapter at Wisconsin participated in the Langdon Invitational Pond Hockey Tournament, a philanthropic event that raises money for the Special Olympics. The Chapter competed in the tournament along with all campus fraternities and won first place.

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Appalachian State - Singly IFC Pres of the Year

^ In November 2021, Jack Singley (Appalachian State 2022) was awarded IFC President of the Year from the University's Fraternity & Sorority Life Office.

Justice Davis (Colorado School of Mines 2022) built new "FIJI" letters for his chapter.

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^ Campbell Taylor (Mississippi State 2023) was elected president of the IFC in November 2021. He previously served as the IFC's Director of Communications.

The following Tennessee brothers were awarded Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude for the fall 2021 semester:
 • Cum Laude (3.5-3.64 GPA): Jack Apello (2022), CJ Simmer (2024), Charley Sipe (2023), Tyler Blackwell (2024), Jackson Keenan (2023), Joe Weitzel (2024) and David Priestley (2024).
 • Magna Cum Laude (3.65-3.79 GPA): Ethan Pope (2023), Alex Bolt (2024), Andrew Hudson (2023), John Reents (2023) and Josh Ball (2024).
 • Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0 GPA): Christian Armisted (2024), Cole Hubbard (2023), Machen Murphy (2022), Avery Connkin (2022), Patrick Ockerhausen (2024), Charlie Park (2025), Michael Betonio (2023), Akshay Bakshi (2024), Brycen Eisenhut (2024) and Gavin Dawson (2025).

Wabash - Pan receives scholarship

^ Richard Pan (Wabash 2024) was awarded the "Realizing the Dream" scholarship from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). He was one of 28 first-generation college students selected from a private, nonprofit college/university in the state of Indiana. Richard, who is a philosophy, politics and economics major, received a $3,000 scholarship from ICI.

Kendall Wheeler (2023) was one of 19 students to earn Western Kentucky University's Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad. Kendall, a biology and chemistry double-major, was awarded the scholarship to study in Tanzania this summer.

 
 
 
 

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Beginning of the Year Reminders

 BOY Reminders 2022 - Part 1

 
 
Beginning of the Year Reminders 2022 - Part 1
 

This newsletter contains important information for chapter officers, including reminders, deadlines, fees, policies and more.

Officers Calendar

 • 8/30: Submit spring 2022 grades, service hours & philanthropy $ raised
 • 9/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 for fall new members
 • 9/1: President's & NM Ed's Agreements due
 • 9/13: Submit News for the Good News Friday Letter

 
 
Amendments Approved at the 174th Ekklesia

Officers

On August 19, we sent an email to Chapter Officers with the subject, "Key Decisions Made by the 174th Ekklesia." Please view this message to read more about the amendments approved at Ekklesia.

 
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Big Brother Program Additions to the Risk Management Policy

Officers

The Archons have recently added two additions to the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy regarding Big Brother Programs - effective immediately. It is the responsibility of all chapter officers to educate your chapter on the policy changes and make any necessary changes to the Big Brother Program.
 1. “Big Brother-Little Brother / New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, or similar events or activities, may not be conducted unless the Purple Legionnaire, member of the Board of Chapter Advisors or other graduate/advisor designated by the Purple Legionnaire or Section Chief is present.
 2. Consistent with Alcohol & Drugs 11, alcohol is not permitted at any formal or informal “Big Brother-Little Brother / New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, “family” events or similar activities. “Family” gifts of alcohol are also prohibited.

Effective January 1, 2023, this will be reflected in the policy:
“Big Brother - Little Brother / New Member Father - New Member Son” or similar programs are not permitted in conjunction with new member education programs. New member mentor programs are permitted following initiation.

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Review Pertinent Policies With Your Chapter

Officers

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

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

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Staff Updates & Whom to Call

Officers

Over the summer, the Fraternity welcomed Ben Blacklock (Sam Houston State 2015) as the new Director of Chapter Services - East. Emily Sledd continues to serve as the Director of Chapter Services - West. The Directors of Chapter Services handle undergraduate affairs, such as reports, correspondence and transition of chapter officers. They supervise the Field Secretary program and are responsible for scheduling headquarters visits and initiation reservations. Additionally, they work closely with Purple Legionnaires and Board of Chapter Advisors. Ben works with chapters in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions, and Emily works with chapters in the Great Plains, Southwest and West regions.

To see a full list of staff responsibilities and contact information, visit the Staff Directory.

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Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement & New Member Educator's Agreements

Presidents, New Member Educators

Chapter Presidents are required to complete an online course focusing on risk management, and New Member Educators are required to complete an online course focusing on hazing prevention prior to completing these agreements. The agreements are integrated into the course and will be signed at the completion of the course.

Both the Chapter President's Agreement and the New Member Educator’s agreements are due September 1 (or before the start of new member education).

The courses are on the Fraternity’s Learning Management System (LMS). Note: You must be logged into the Fraternity’s website to access the LMS and courses.

If you have any technical difficulties contact Andrew Depew.

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Emergency Response Tips & Resources

Officers, New Member Educators

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

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Roster Updates & Mandatory Fees

Treasurers, Officers

Invoices for membership dues will be sent to chapters the week of September 19. Please have your chapter roster updated by Friday, September 16. Here are instructions for updating your roster on the Fraternity's website.

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

Payment Options for Fall 2022:
 1. Pay in full by October 20.
OR
 2. Pay in three equal installments. Payments are due October 20, November 20 and December 20. The first payment must be received by October 20, and finance charges will begin to accrue for any unpaid balances after December 20.

Visit the following link to view all Mandatory Forms & Fees.

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 BOY Reminders 2022 - Part 2

 
 
Beginning of the Year Reminders 2022 - Part 2: Educational Programming
 

Hello,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is gearing up for a successful school year. Thank you to the 100 chapters and provisional chapters who attended a session of The Leadership Institute and the 35 brothers who participated in The Summit this summer. Thanks to our members for turning out and making these events successful.

This email includes important information regarding your chapter’s upcoming Educational Programs and logistics.

Below you will find information on programs and the target audiences:

In This Message

Updates to New Member Education

Health & Safety Workshops

GreekLifeEDU

President's Risk Mgmt & New Member Ed's Agreements

Roster Maintenance

Reporting Grades, Philanthropy & Service

Behind Happy Faces

DEI&B

 
 
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Updates to the Fraternity's New Member Education & Big Brother Requirements

New Member Educators, Officers

The Ekklesia adopted amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws which immediately allows men to join the Fraternity without first pledging; requires initiation of prospective members without pledging and within four (4) days of acceptance of an invitation to join effective July 1, 2024; and set the maximum duration of the pledge period to four weeks effective immediately and until pledging is no longer permitted on July 1, 2024. Additionally:
 • Chapters that pledge members must carry out the course of new member rducation approved by the Archons. By resolution of the Archons, Foundation of Courage has been adopted as the approved method of new member Education.
 • Chapters may petition the Archons for allowance to extend the pledge period beyond four weeks (this petition must be approved before it is enacted).
 • Chapters may no longer ‘wait for grades’ before initiating pledges but may petition the Archons for allowance to initiate new members as soon as practical following the receipt of collegiate grades (this petition must be approved before it is enacted.
 • Chapters which choose to initiate prospective members without a pledging period (Early Adopters) must initiate men within four days of acceptance of an invitation to join but may petition the Archons for an extended period to conduct the Initiation ceremony (this petition must be approved before it is enacted).

In additional to these significant changes, the Archons adopted additions to the Risk management Policy policies impacting Big Brother programs.

The Archons have recently added two additions to the Fraternity’s Risk Management policy related to Big Brother programs effective immediately. It is the responsibility of all chapter officers to educate your chapter on the policy changes and make any necessary changes to the Big Brother Program.
 • “Big Brother-Little Brother" / "New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, or similar events or activities, may not be conducted unless the Purple Legionnaire, member of the Board of Chapter Advisors or other graduate/advisor designated by the Purple Legionnaire or Section Chief is present.
 • Consistent with Alcohol & Drugs 11, alcohol is not permitted at any formal or informal “Big Brother-Little Brother" / "New Member Father-New Member Son” reveals, “family” events or similar activities. “Family” gifts of alcohol are also prohibited.

Effective January 1, 2023, this will be reflected in the policy: “Big Brother - Little Brother” / “New Member Father - New Member Son” or similar programs are not permitted in conjunction with new member education programs. New member mentor programs are permitted following initiation.

Foundation of Courage (FOC) is Phi Gamma Delta's onboarding and socialization program for new members, providing participants with a Preparation for a Lifetime of Courageous Leadership. FOC is a new way for Phi Gams to think about new member education and was designed to allow brothers to focus energy on the development of healthy, meaningful interpersonal relationships with each other. All chapters are required to utilize FOC, the Fraternity's prescribed new member education program.
 • Educator Manual with lesson plans and tips
 • New Member Workbook with engaging activities and reflection space
 • Coordinating slide deck, professionally branded and editable to insert chapter-specific information
 • Order Purple Pilgrims and new member pins in advance so that they are available at the start of thenew member education program. These may be ordered anytime by visiting the Chapter Store. Direct Direct any questions about ordering to Mahogany Dobbins at 859-255-1848. You can also view the e-reader version of the Purple Pilgrim here.
 • Coming spring 2023: Quick, easy online learning material for your new members covering Fraternity basics.

Foundation of Courage resources are available at www.phigam.org/NewMemberEducation.

Need some help getting started with Foundation of Courage? Schedule a chapter specific training with Senior Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Health & Safety Workshops

Officers

Health & Safety Workshops – For the past few years, chapters have completed either Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) or the Testing Points Workshop.

If your chapter still needs to complete a program, you will receive information with the specific program you will be participating in and the logistics of planning to host it.  Please promptly respond when you receive that email. The programs are completed during the calendar year and failure to complete, or failure to achieve the attendance goals, will result in a penalty for your chapter.

Your campus may also require training for all students and/or your chapter. Phi Gamma Delta's training can often take the place of a university required training. If you are interested in pursuing that option, please work with your Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor. Alternatively, if you have already taken campus-based programming, it may satisfy your targeted Phi Gamma Delta program; you can contact Andrew Depew with questions.

Substituting the programs is more likely to happen if you ask early in the academic year, so please be proactive. The training will need at least 80% verified chapter attendance and the training must match the learning outcomes.

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GreekLifeEDU

New Member Educators, All New Members

This online course focuses on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault prevention, and hazing prevention. It is required of ALL Members of Phi Gamma Delta.
 a. 100% New member class completion - $10 per new member off your annual insurance bill (billing takes place at the beginning of the calendar year).
 b. Partial new member class completion- an additional $25 per new member that did not complete the course added to your annual insurance bill.

Your chapter will receive information shortly on GreekLifeEdu however, to set your new member class up for success we suggest having completion of both parts of GreekLifeEdu into your new member calendar (examples available online on page 12). Chapters that have everyone take the courses in the same meeting see the most success. Part 1 takes about 2 hours and covers the content of the program.  You can also break Part 1 up over multiple sittings.  Part 2 will become available to each new member 30 days after their completion of the first part.  It takes about 20 minutes and is a follow-up assessment.

BOTH Part 1 and Part 2 are required to be done to count as 100% completion. You will get updates during the semester from IHQ and your Field Secretaries, undergraduate officers (Treasurer, Chapter President and New Member Educator) will be set up as managers to view the progress.

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President's Risk Management & New Member Educator's Agreements

Presidents, New Member Educators

President’s Risk Management Agreement – To provide you with some risk management resources, the Fraternity offers a short online module to reinforce and test your knowledge of risk management procedures.  After completing the module, all presidents will complete the President’s Risk Management Agreement. Failure to do so each semester may result in your chapter going before the Board of Conduct and a fine to the chapter. The module and completing the agreement will take less than 15 minutes and are due the first of September.

New Member Educator’s Agreement – To ensure you are aware of the Fraternity’s requirements of new member education and reinforce your knowledge we provide a short online module which will end with your completion of the New Member Educator’s Agreement. Failure to do say may result in your chapter going before the Board of Conduct.  The module and completing the agreement will take less than 15 minutes and are due September 1 if your chapter is taking on a new member class before January 1.

Click here to get more information, access the modules and complete either agreement.

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Roster Maintenance

Officers

Most of you will have incoming new members in the next few weeks.  Please do the following on phigam.org so that everyone can receive relevant email updates:
 1. Make sure to change last year’s new members to initiated brothers, this helps make sure they are eligible for the various scholarships Phi Gamma Delta’s Educational Foundation offers and ensures they receive the appropriate membership materials.
 2. Update your officer roster to include any changes, especially the New Member Educator. If you can’t register your New Member Educator because they hold another position on the Executive Board, please contact IHQ so we can make sure to keep them in the loop.
 3. Directly following elections, or any other changes to your officers update your roster. Doing this will make sure that the right people are receiving the information they need to be successful. Last year some chapters were left in the dark and behind on finishing some of the above programming. Don’t let that be you!

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Report GPA, Philanthropy & Service

Officers

If you haven’t already done so please submit your service hours, philanthropic dollars raised, and grades from the spring 2022 semester.

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Behind Happy Faces

All Members

Imagine a world where men talk, cry, embrace, resolve conflicts and express more emotion than anyone has ever thought imaginable. This isn't a joke. What we've just described is what occurs at major sporting events across the country.

There is a widespread stereotype that men never talk about emotion and some people believe men don't even feel emotion. But think about it. When you're at a big game, you see guys expressing every emotion possible. There's a big difference between men not having emotions and men not feeling comfortable expressing emotions.

Most men don't have a problem talking about their physical health. We discuss how we're working out, what we're eating and what we're doing to get stronger. It's time to do the same thing with our mental health.

Phi Gamma Delta is working hard to find a way to help young men feel more comfortable expressing themselves with the Behind Happy Faces Mental Health Curriculum. We provide nine lessons to facilitate with your chapter to help your brothers understand mental health, learn coping skills and talk to a brother who may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Programs

Officers

If your chapter is looking to have conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging please reach out to Director of Undergraduate Member Experience Abby McCollom to learn more about Conversations for Change and other DEIB programs.

Be on the lookout for more information. If you have additional questions or concerns about the details above, including expectations and/or meeting them, please reach out!

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