The Friday Letter

Administrative Edition

 
 
#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

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

 
 

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

 
 
 

 #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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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #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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1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 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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© 2016-2022 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,048 - December 2021

 
 
 
#1,048 - Administrative Edition - 12/3/2021
 

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
 • 2022 Fiji Academy
 • Report Your Service & Philanthropy
 • Celebrating at Holiday Parties
 • Insurance Billing Coming Soon
 • Spring Field Secretary Visits
 • Triple A Scholarships

 
Officers Calendar

 • 12/1: Deadline for new members for new members to complete GreekLifeEdu part 1&2 PAST DUE
 • 12/10: Spring Field Secretary Visit Request Form due
 • 12/15: Membership Dues Payment Option #2: 3rd payment due
 • 12/24-1/1: IHQ office closed for the holidays
 • 1/7-9: 2022 Academy

 
 
2022 Academy
 
2022 Fiji Academy

Officers, New Member Educators, Recruitment Chairmen, Purple Legionnaires

Make plans now to attend the 2022 Academy, on January 7-9, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri. The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

We strongly encouraged for Presidents, Treasures and Recruitment Chairmen or New Member Educators to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Additional brothers are permitted to attend, with tracks offered for Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries and Historians.

Report Your Fall 2021 Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Service & Philanthropy Chairmen

Please report service hours and philanthropy dollars raised for the fall 2021 semester.

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 Director of Education Lauren Tanner-Leif.

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Celebrating at Holiday Parties

Officers, Risk Management Chairmen

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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Plan Now: 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 early estimated base rate is $200 per member and is based on policy premiums charged to Phi Gamma Delta. Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2021 calendar year will receive a 10% penalty.

February 4, 2022, is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, log-in to phigam.org. Here are instructions to update your roster. If you have 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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Schedule Spring Field Secretary Visits

Officers

You can request when your Field Secretary visits your chapter or colony. Complete the Field Secretary Visit Request Form by December 10 to get 2022 off to an organized start for your chapter and Field Secretary.

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Triple A Scholarship Applications

Officers of Colonies/Chapters from the Past Four Years

The next Triple A application deadline is January 15, 2022. Visit phigam.org/TripleA to see if your chapter is eligible. The Academic Achievement Award (Triple A) ended on June 30, 2021, and is no longer offered to all chapters.

All colonies and chapters which have been chartered within the last four years are still eligible to apply. 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.

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

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Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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 #1,046 - November 2021

 
 
 
#1,046 - Administrative Edition - 11/5/2021
 

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
 • 2022 Fiji Academy
 • Approving T-Shirt Designs
 • Behind Happy Faces
 • Grad Communication Services
 • Winterize Chapter House

Officers Calendar

 • 11/1: Member Experience Survey: PAST DUE
 • 11/1: Submit the Cert. of Election of Officers after elections: PAST DUE
 • 11/15: IRS Form 990 due by 15th of 5th month after end of fiscal year; send copy to IHQ
 • 11/15: Membership Dues Payment Option #2: 2nd payment due
 • 11/16: Deadline to Submit News for the Nov. Good News Friday Letter
 • 11/24-26: IHQ office closed for Thanksgiving
 • 12/1: Deadline for all fall new members to take pt. 1&2 of GreekLifeEdu
 • 12/3: Spring Field Secretary Visit Request Form due
 • Report initiates within 30 days of initiation

 
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2022 Fiji Academy

Officers, Purple Legionnaires

The Academy will be returning to an in-person event, which will be held January 7-9, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri. Be on the lookout for the launch of registration next week! Academy is designed to give new chapter officers the knowledge and skills they need to lead their chapter.

It is strongly encouraged for Presidents, Treasures and Recruitment Chairmen/New Member Educators to attend as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Additional brothers are permitted to attend, with tracks offered for Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries and Historians.

Prior to the event, all attendees will be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test. Additional COVID precautions will be in place and attendees will be notified of those precautions in advance.

Chapters will be billed for three delegates and are encouraged to budget for their attendees' travel. If a chapter cannot attend due to local COVID restrictions, please contact Todd Rotgers, Assistant Executive Director.

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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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Behind Happy Faces

Officers

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Implementing an event for your chapter is easy using the Behind Happy Faces (BHF) Mental Health Program. These FREE peer-led modules are available to our chapters/colonies using PowerPoints, videos and easy to use facilitation guides. Contact your Field Secretary to complete the first session during their visit.

For more information contact Andrew Depew or visit phigam.org/BHF.

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Graduate Communication Services: Fall Newsletters

Presidents, Corresponding Secretaries, Purple Legionnaires, House Corporation Presidents

Looking for a quick and cost-effective way to communication with your chapter's graduates? IHQ offers mailed Newsletter and eNewsletters, utilizing the Fraternity's email platform. All communications are sent to your graduates using our comprehensive database. For more information, visit the Graduate Communication Services page or contact Tayler McCrabb.

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Winterize Chapter House

Officers, House Corporation

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

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© 2016-2021 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,045 - October 2021

 
 
#1,045 - Administrative Edition - 10/1/2021
 

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
 • Tax Alert: Form 990
 • Submit News
 • Behind Happy Faces
 • Courageous Leader Award
 • Dyad Membership Survey
 • Halloween Reminders
 • Immortal Phi Gam
 • Officer Election Info
 • Tailgating Tips
 • Phi Gam Store Promo

Officers Calendar

 • 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 • 10/15: Membership Dues payment options 1&2 due
 • 10/25: GreekLifeEdu part 2 launches for fall new members
 • 10/31: Annual Review of Chapter's Financial Records due
 • 11/1: After elections, submit the Cert. of Election of Officers
 • 11/1: Member Experience Survey due
  REPORT: Initiates within 30 days of initiation

 
Tax Alert: Form 990 Filing

Chapter 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 already have suffered this fate and are having to go through the onerous process of regaining their tax-exempt status. (The loss of tax-exempt status means that the entity must operate as a for-profit entity, with its revenue, such as dues and rent, subject to income tax.

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

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

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

Submit News: Magazine Deadline Extended

Officers, Advisors

As of September 30, ONLY 40 of 148 chapters/colonies submitted news for the fall 2021 magazine. Because of that, we decided to extend the magazine submission deadline until Monday, October 4 at 11:59 pm PT

Please submit news & photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson to get your chapter's brothers' news included in this edition.

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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 Assistant Director of Education Andrew Depew or visit phigam.org/bhf.

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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 2022. Nominations are due by October 31 to be considered. For more details or to nominate a courageous leader, visit 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 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 in your state. Then register on the Immortal Phi Gam page.

To host an organ donor drive on your campus or at a virtual event, contact Lauren Leif.

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Officer Election Info

Chapter Presidents

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

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Tailgating Tips

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

 
 
 

 #1,043 - September 2021

 
 
 
#1,043 - Administrative Edition - 9/3/2021
 

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
 • National Hazing Prevention Week
 • Courageous Leader Award
 • Grad Communication Services
 • On the Banks Podcast
 • Plan for Pig Dinner
 • Report Grades, Service & Philanthropy
 • Triple A Scholarships
 • Phi Gam Store Promo

Officers Calendar

 • 9/1: New Member Ed's & President' Risk Mgmt Agreements PAST DUE
 • 9/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 launched for new members
 • 9/6: IHQ office closed for Labor Day
 • 9/14: Deadline to submit news for the Sept. Good News Friday Letter
 • 9/17: Roster updates deadline for dues billing
 • 9/30: Annual Financial Report & Budget due
 • 10/1: Set date for spring Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ
 • REPORT new members within 15 days of pledging

Submit News for the Fall Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

We want to hear your chapter's and brothers' good news! Submit News by Monday, September 27, to be included in the fall 2021 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.
News Submission Exs: Service & philanthropy projects; Greek life awards; Pig Dinner & other graduate events; brothers on the Dean's list, mental health, leadership or sexual assault prevention programs; notable brother achievements.

 

Over the last several days, Phi Gamma Delta has drawn significant attention on two campuses related to allegations of sexual misconduct by chapter members. The International Fraternity has released media statements regarding these incidents at the University of Nebraska and University of Iowa.

Phi Gamma Delta does not, and will not, condone or tolerate any form of sexually violent or sexually abusive behavior by its members or chapters. These behaviors are antithetical to our values, in addition to violating our laws and policies. Phi Gamma Delta also seeks to act with compassion, as we all should, to support victims of sexual violence. The Fraternity encourages all chapters to educate its members on important topics such as healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault prevention, safe social environments and bystander intervention. We encourage you to take advantage of resources available to you from the Fraternity and your campus.

With these incidents, along with the start of a new school year, we also want to remind brothers the Fraternity’s recommendations regarding 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. He and the chapter officers should seek the advice of your chapter’s graduate advisors and the Headquarters staff before responding to any inquiry or making public statements. Additional detail around these recommendations can be found on the Handling Media Inquiries page.

National Hazing Prevention Week 2021

All Members

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) will be held September 20-24, and the Fraternity will continue our #JoinTheFight Against Hazing campaign. This year, we will share some of the ways our brothers are Leading the Fight Against Hazing in their chapters.

We also invite our members to participate in NHPW. Visit phigam.org/FightHazing to view Hazing Prevention Resources and Sign the Pledge to Join the Fight Against Hazing.

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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 2022.

For more information about the award or to nominate someone, visit phigam.org/CouragouesLeaderAward.

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Graduate Communication Services

Presidents, Corresponding Secretaries, Purple Legionnaires

Does your chapter need help sending newsletters, Pig Dinner invitations, save-the-date or thank you notes? IHQ can help! We design, print and mail communications at a fraction of the cost of other printing/mailing services. We also provide email options as well!

Currently, we offer a 10% discount on two mailings of your choice.

For more information, visit the Graduate Communication Services page or contact Tayler McCrabb.

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On the Banks Podcast

All Members

On The Banks Seasons 1 & 2 are out now! All episodes are available to listen and watch through Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Simplecast, Spotify and YouTube. Guests have included Hall of Fame College Football Coach Bill Snyder (William Jewell 1962), mental health advocate Sonnie Wooden (Iowa 2018), former CIA intelligence officer David Priess (Illinois Wesleyan 1993) and Victor Cui (Alberta 1994), CEO of ONE Championship (an MMA organization and Asia's largest sports media company), to name a few.

Visit phigam.org/OnTheBanks to watch and listen.

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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 begin preparing. While doing so, we encourage all chapters to follow local, state and CDC guidance. Be sure to confirm the date, book your speaker, order Silver (25 year) and Gold (50 year) Owls, and send save the dates. Suggestions on handling a Pig Dinner during COVID can be found on the COVID-19 Guidance page.

Additional resources are available HERE. Contact Dionysis Protopapadakis with questions or for a list of your chapter's graduates.

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Report Spring 2021 Grades, Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Philanthropy & Service Chairmen

If you have not already done so, please send your chapter's spring 2021 semester grade report, total service hours and total philanthropy dollars donated to Andrew Depew or submit through the online form. 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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Triple A Scholarships Update

Officers of Colonies/Chapters from the Past 4 Years

The next Triple A application deadline is September 30. Visit phigam.org/TripleA to see if your chapter is eligible. The Academic Achievement Award (Triple A) ended on June 30, 2021, it and will no longer be offered to all chapters. All Colonies and Chapters within 4 years of their chartering are still eligible to apply.

Here is an important date to be aware of: Men that were pledged before June 30, 2021, will still be eligible to receive the scholarship once they are initiated and meet scholarship requirements.

The Foundation will be announcing new scholarships for which brothers may apply.

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Good News Edition

 #1,054 - April 2022

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

In This Issue

Submit News

Good News Video

Wilkinson Award: Recognize an Outstanding Senior

Chapter/Colony News

Shining Stars

 
Submit News

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?

Submit news and photos to Director of Communications Erica Carlson.

 
 
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Good News Video Edition

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
 

In This Issue

Submit News

The Leadership Institute

Good News Video

Chapter/Colony News

Shining Stars

 
Submit News for the Spring 2022 Magazine
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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.

Submit News!
 
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.

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Feb. 2022 Good News Video - YouTube
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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Shining Stars
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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 #1,047 - November 2021

 
 
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#1,047 - Good News 
 
11/19/2021
 

In This Issue

 • 2022 Academy
 • Submit News
 • Good News Video
 • Chapter/Colony Successes
 • Shining Stars
 • Phi Gam Store PROMO

Register for the 2022 Academy
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The 2022 Academy will be held on January 7-9, 2022, in St. Louis, MO.

We strongly encourage Presidents, Treasurers and Recruitment Chairmen/New Member Educators to attend as well as new Purple Legionnaires. However, additional attendees are permitted to attend, with tracks offered for Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries and Historians.

For more information or to register, visit the 2022 Academy page

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Good News Video Edition
Good News Video November 2021

In this month's Good News Video, see how the BucknellMichigan and Sam Houston State chapters are making service and philanthropy a priority.

Chapter/Colony Successes

On September 7, Alpha Omicron at Akron hosted their annual Puppy Party supporting One-of-a-Kind Pet Rescue, a local animal shelter. The Chapter set up the event at the center of campus to ensure the most foot traffic. And shelter staff brought seven puppies to campus for students to play with for a donation to the shelter.


^ On November 14, Alpha Sigma at Arizona State hosted their Shave to Save event, where 47 brothers shaved their heads to raise money for TGen's Center for Rare Childhood Disorders at the Transnational Genomics Research Institute (The Center). By agreeing to shave their heads, brothers raised over $58,0000 for The Center, far surpassing their fundraising goal of $50,000.
The Chapter chose this philanthropy for two reasons: 1) Jim Harris (1974), who passed away from a progressive neurodegenerative disease in 2020. Jim asked that any memorial gifts be donated to The Center. 2) Braden Belnap's (2023) cousin, Seth, has a rare disease that dramatically affects his quality of life and his life expectancy. The Center successfully diagnosed and prescribed treatment for Seth, allowing him to live with fewer complications and restrictions to his life. For more information, click here.

Lambda Beta at California State Long Beach held a few brotherhood events this semester, including a poker night on September 21 and a bonfire at Bolsa Chica on September 29.

Undergraduate brothers from the Chi Upsilon Chapter at Chicago raised money from their graduate brothers to install a new turf backyard.

During fall 2021, Chi Nu at Christopher Newport welcomed their first new member class as a chapter with 15 new members.

After a year of isolation, Phi Kappa at Colorado State was thrilled to invite their graduate brothers to celebrate Pig Dinner on Founders Day, May 1. There were 80 brothers in attendance, including 50 undergraduates and 30 graduates. The highlight was keynote speaker and distinguished naval historian Joseph Callo (Yale 1952), who received the Distinguished Fiji Award in 2010.


^ Lambda Pi at DePaul recently created the Lambda Pi Chapter Awards to recognize the contributions of individual brothers. The highest honor is the Howard J. Schultz Excellence Award, which was named in honor of Purple Legionnaire Howard Schultz (California State Long Beach 1995), who is an inspiration to all the Lambda Pi brothers.

Delta Deuteron at Hampden-Sydney is starting a scholarship fund for Thomas Salamon (2021) who recently passed ad astra. The Chapter is currently in the process of raising $50,000, which is the minimum amount needed to start a scholarship fund at Hampden-Sydney College. For more information, contact Corresponding Secretary Franz Gilbert (2023).


^ Chi Deuteron at Kansas State held their 3rd annual Scholarship Luncheon, where members who achieved scholastically in the previous term were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge. During the lunch, awards were given for beating the all-fraternity average, perfect GPA and Triple A Scholarships.

Upsilon Kappa at Kentucky had a very successful fall recruitment. All 40 of their potential new members accepted bids during the pledging process to become new members.

Sigma Mu at Mississippi State welcomed 52 men to the fall 2021 new member class.

Pi Chi at North Carolina Wilmington organized an island cleanup with the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. The cleanup was located at Shell Island, which is adjacent to Fort Fisher in Carolina Beach. Volunteers paddled in kayaks (courtesy of Kayak Carolina) to Shell Island to collect and remove trash from the coastline.

This semester, Sigma Omicron at Oklahoma State partnered with the women of Kappa Delta Fraternity for Homecoming. Scotty Dunham (2022) was the head director of Homecoming, which was held on October 30.

The Tau Beta Chapter was named Outstanding Fraternity of the Year by the University of Tampa at their annual Leadership Awards Night for the 2020-21 academic year.


^ On November 11, Psi at Wabash initiated its new member class, which included the addition of four families to the Sires and Sons Club.
Pictured (L-R): Nate Plake (2025) with sire, Tom (1988); Tommy Minkler (2025) with sire, Josh (1985); Jehan Boyers (2025) with sire, Jim (Hanover 1994); and Nathaniel Oakes (2025) with sire, Tim (1986).

On October 28, Pi Iota at WPI started to demolish their 122-year-old chapter house, which was built in 1899. The Chapter plans to break ground on their new chapter house on November 20, which is on the 130th anniversary of their chartering.

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During the first week of the fall 2021 semester, Marcus Bustamante (2022) and Cameron McDowell (2021) handed out free snow cones to University of Alberta students to welcome them to campus.

Parker Blackburn (Arkansas 2022) won Outstanding Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate in Conference from the National Model United Nations. He was also a part of the University of Arkansas team, which was awarded the Distinguished Delegation.

Osvaldo Granados Santillan (DePaul 2022) was named New Member of the Year by the University's FSL Coordinator. This honor is bestowed upon one student whose contributions in less than one year from their initiation have aided in the growth of DePaul's Fraternity & Sorority Life Community.

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^ Six Iota Pi brothers competed in IUPUI Regatta, a half-mile canoe relay involving teams of up to six IUPUI students, faculty, staff and alumni. This is the second consecutive year the Chapter's teams won the Regatta.
Pictured (L-R): Blake Mersman (2022), Blake Knock (2021), Mark Ronad (2022), Zach Woods (2023), Alex LeDonne (2022) and Jack Stevens (2023).

Marc Helou (Johns Hopkins 2023) was the director of the University's HopHacks (HH) event this year. HH is a 36-hour hackathon, designed to encourage engineers, designers and entrepreneurs to explore new ideas and create new applications. The event was held virtually on Discord and Zoom on September 17-19, with over 300 people from over 20 universities participating.

In August, John Strezewski (Johns Hopkins 2023) started his term as IFC Recruitment Chair. In this role, John is responsible for developing the strategic plan for school-wide fraternity recruiting for the academic year.

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^ John Downing (Western Kentucky 2022) was named the 2022 Overall Greek Co-Chair.

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 #1,044 - September 2021

 
 
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#1,044 - Good News 
 
9/17/2021
 

In This Issue

 • Submit News for the Fall Magazine
 • Chapter/Colony Successes
 • Shining Stars

Submit News for the Fall 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 27 at 11:59 pm PT to be included in the fall 2021 issue.

Submit News!
 
Chapter/Colony Successes
 


^ On August 6-7, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta (pictured) and Upsilon Chi at Calgary held their annual Run to Red Deer relay race to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). During the two-day event, brothers from each chapter ran 137 kilometers relay-style from their respective campuses in Edmonton and Calgary to Red Deer, Alberta. This year, approximately 20 brothers participated in the race, and the chapters raised over $6,000 for the CMHA.

The Alpha Psi Chapter received Austin Peay State University's Wyatt Award for outstanding school spirit for the third consecutive year.


^ Several brothers from the Beta Gamma Chapter at Bowling Green are pictured with Archon President Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974) at Toledo's Pig Dinner, which was held the weekend of August 21. The Beta Gamma brothers were very grateful for the opportunity to attend.

 
 

Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle received the Paul Bell Outstanding Chapter of the Year and Outstanding Campus Involvement from the University's 2021 Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards.

Mu Iota at Idaho was awarded Fraternity Excellence in Membership Development and Fraternity Excellence in Scholarship at the Greek Awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

Mu Deuteron at Iowa won several Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards for the 2020-21 academic year. They won the Outstanding Program Award and Highest GPA: Fall 2020 from the IFC. Additionally, Mason Miller (2023) won the Outstanding Community Service Award.

Mu Chi at James Madison is hosting a Food Drive for the Patchwork Pantry, a local food pantry. The Chapter set up several donation collection bins on campus for nonperishable food, and they are collecting food until September 25.

On April 16, Gamma Deuteron at Knox brothers celebrated the 100th anniversary of their chapter house. The house is now the oldest chapter house of any fraternity in the state of Illinois. The house has been home to over 1,000 of the 1,700+ Phi Gams initiated into the Chapter.

After Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, brothers from the Beta Rho Chapter at Louisiana State traveled throughout the state to help the communities impacted by the hurricane.

On September 3, Pi Chi at North Carolina Wilmington hosted the Island Experience 2 philanthropy event supporting the Live Fearlessly Foundation (LFF), a Cystic Fibrosis charity. The event was held at SeaGat Bottle Shop's outdoor concert venue given COVID-19 protocols, and it included live local bands, vendors, and a raffle to raise money for LFF. The event reach capacity, and hundreds of raffle tickets were sold. Additionally, each vendor donated a percentage of their earning from the night directly towards LFF. Overall, the Chapter helped raised over $2,200 for LFF, which will be used to help kids with Cystic Fibrosis around the country.

Earlier this month, Rho Phi at Rose-Hulman volunteered for the Farrington's Grove Neighborhood Beautification project by cleaning up the neighborhood around the main house.


^ Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State received the Most Philanthropic Award and the Bearkat Cup, for outstanding performance in the intramural league, at The Pantheon 2021: Greek Awards showcase.

On September 14, brothers from the Theta Tau Chapter at Tennessee Tech participated in one of their regular roadside cleanups of 10th Street in Cookeville.


^ On September 9, the Sigma Alpha Chapter co-hosted a pledge signing event with Set the Expectation (STE) on Texas San Antonio's campus. From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, the Chapter invited all UTSA students to sign STE's pledge. There were separate pledges for student, members of Greek life and athletes. By signing the pledge, it means a person agrees to be an active bystander against sexism and violence against women, practice consensual sex, hold themselves accountable for sexual harassment and acknowledge the problem of sexual assault and relationship violence.
The Chapter first partnered with STE to create a pledge for fraternities and sororities across the nation during the spring 2019 semester. Since then, the Chapter works with STE at least once a year, and every member of the Chapter has signed STE's pledge to help prevent sexual and interpersonal violence. For more information about STE, visit SetTheExpectation.org.

During the 2021-21 academic year, Delta Mu at Wayne State raised over $500 for COVID-19 relief through an e-sports tournament. The Chapter also collected and donated over 350 cans of food for the Gleaners Food Bank.

Chi Eta at Western Kentucky welcomed 17 new members during the fall semester.

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^ Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2024) is the first Indian and college student to be named in AY Magazine's "Best of 2021" list for the Nonprofit, Fundraiser and Person of the Year categories. He was chosen for these awards because of his activism and the Alpha Rho Chapter's support of his domestic survivor initiative called the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative. 
Ryan is also the first Indian and teen finalist for Arkansas Time Magazine's Best Arkansan, Best Philanthropist and Best Celebrity award. He will learn if he wins that award in the August issue of the magazine.

Samuel Ellis (Georgia Tech 2022) was elected Student Body President in April.

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^ JP McLean (Georgia Tech 2023) spent his summer studying marine biology and volunteering in Africa. During the first part of summer, JP studied shellfish pathology at North Carolina State University's Center for Maurice Sciences & Technology. And for the second part of summer, he traveled to Mombasa, Kenya to volunteer and shadow at the Coast General Teaching & Referral Hospital. JP said this experience vastly broadened his perspective on medicine and healthcare, so he plans to continue to study East African medical techniques while at Georgia Tech.

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^ This summer, Rose-Hulman brothers, Kevin Kling (2020) and Matt Robinson (2020) summited Mt. Hood in Oregon.

Washington & Lee members Ned Newton, Jak Krouse and McCoy Patterson made a documentary about building a boat and floating down the Red and Mississippi Rivers from Shreveport to New Orleans, Louisiana. They built a pontoon raft, with 100 sqft. of space, in San Antonio, Texas in seven days and entered the Red River in Shreveport on June 8. The trip was 361 miles and ended on June 17.

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Beginning of the Year Reminders

 BOY Reminders 2021 - Part 1

 
 
BOY Reminders 2021 - Part 1
 
 

In This Issue

 • Field Secretary/Staff Visits
 • COVID-19 Guidance
 • Staff Updates & Directory
 • Temporary Relief from Bylaws

 

The below message contains important information regarding the beginning of the academic year, including staff visits, COVID-19 guidance, staffing updates and temporary relief from Bylaw requirements. Be on the lookout for an additional eNewsletter on Friday, August 20, with additional important information regarding the beginning of the year.

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Field Secretary / Staff Visits - Fall 2021

We are thrilled to announce Field Secretaries and other Fraternity staff will begin traveling in the coming weeks. In efforts to ensure safety and support the continuation of in-person activities, all staff will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Traveling staff will also make themselves aware of all local, campus and Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) health and safety guidelines. Traveling staff must strictly adhere to local, campus and CDC health and safety guidelines. It is required to follow CDC guidelines while traveling unless local or campus guidelines are more restrictive. If local or campus guidelines are more restrictive, the most restrictive health and safety guidance must take precedence.

What to Expect:
 • Field Secretaries and/or staff will be reaching out and confirming visits in the coming weeks.
 • In-person visits have been prioritized based on many factors. If your chapter does not receive an in-person visit, staff will be conducting virtual visits throughout the term.
 • Private rooms and/or a hotel room are preferred accommodations for ALL Field Secretary visits.

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COVID-19 Guidance

As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, our guidance remains firm.

 • Consider getting vaccinated if you haven’t done so. Visit this link to find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment near you.
 • Wear a mask indoors and in crowds.
 • Wash your hands frequently.
 • All Phi Gamma Delta chapters are expected to follow all University, local and state guidelines as it relates to social distancing, masks, etc.
 • It is the Fraternity’s expectation that all brothers, new members, chapters and colonies comply with all local guidelines and regulations related to COVID-19. The chapters and colonies that do not comply may be subject to disciplinary action by the Fraternity for violation of the Risk Management Policy. Those brothers and new members who do not comply are expected to be held accountable by the chapter or colony. All chapters, colonies, brothers and new members should adhere to the guidelines and regulations set forth by their college/university, local governmental and state/provincial authorities regarding public health. This includes, but is not limited to, COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and regulations related to group gatherings, social distancing, use of personal protective equipment and adherence to quarantine orders.

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Staff Updates & Who to Call

Over the summer, the Fraternity welcomed Logan McLendon (Alabama Birmingham 2020) and Emily Sledd as the new Directors of Chapter Services - East and West, respectively. 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. Logan works with chapters in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions. 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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Temporary Relief from Strict Application of the Constitution & Bylaws

For the past academic year, the Archons allowed for relief from strict application of the Bylaws regarding standard practices to conduct Ritual ceremonies (like initiation) in modified formats for all chapters. The Archons have modified the relief to only those chapters that request the relief in advance. If a chapters does not feel that they cannot conduct one of more of the ritual ceremonies as required by the Laws of the Fraternity due to local COVID-19 requirements, they must submit the request to Rob Caudill, Executive Director. The request must include which ritual ceremonies the chapter is looking for relief from and why they are requesting relief, including local COVID-19 requirements.

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 BOY Reminders 2021 - Part 2

     
  Beginning of the Year Reminders: Policies, Deadlines & Requirements  
 
 
Beginning of the Year Reminders 2021 - Part 2
 

In This Issue

 • Officers Calendar
Review Pertinent Policies
 • President's & New Member Educator's Agreements
 • Emergency Response Tips & Resources
 • Roster Updates & Mandatory Fees
 • Purple Pilgrims & New Member Pins

Officers Calendar

 • 8/30: Submit spring 2021 grades, service hours & philanthropy $ raised
 • Sept: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
 • 9/1: President's Risk Mgmt & New Member Ed's Agreements due
 • 9/1: GreekLifeEdu part 1 launches for fall 2021 new members
 • Report new members within 15 days of pledging
 • Submit News for the magazine & social media

 

The below message is the second part of the Fraternity's Beginning of the Year Reminders Message for the 2021-22 academic year. This newsletter contains important information for chapter officers, including reminders, deadlines, fees, policies and more.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Review Pertinent Policies With Your Chapter

Officers

As chapter officers, it is your responsibility to educate all brothers 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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Chapter President's Risk Management & New Member Educator's Agreements

Chapter 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.

The Chapter President's Agreement is due September 1, and the New Member Educator’s agreement is due September 1 (or before the start of new member education).

The courses are on the Fraternity’s Learning Management System (LMS). You can access the LMS HERE. You must be logged into the Fraternity’s website to access the courses. If you are having technical difficulties contact Andrew Depew, Assistant Director of Education.

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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

Chapter Treasurers, Officers

Invoices for membership dues will be sent to chapters the week of September 20. Please have your chapter roster updated by Friday, September 17. Here are instructions for updating your roster through 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 ext. 123.

Payment Options for Fall 2021:
 1. Pay in full by Oct. 20 - subtract 10% from total bill (pay 90% of the total). 
OR
 2. Pay in three equal installments - payments are due Oct. 20, Nov. 20 and Dec. 20. The first payment must be received by Oct. 20, and finance charges will begin to accrue for any unpaid balances after Dec. 20.

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

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Ordering Purple Pilgrims & New Member Pins

New Member Educators, Officers

The Purple Pilgrim is an introduction to the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. Be sure to order a Purple Pilgrim and new member pin for each new member this fall. The cost is $15 a set. Officers may place an order online at www.phigam.us. An e-reader version of the Purple Pilgrim is also available for download here. Contact Mahogany Dobbins for assistance with placing an order.

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