Benefits of Phi Gamma Delta

Lifelong Friendship

We say that Phi Gamma Delta is “Not For College Days Alone.” Our brothers may graduate from their higher education institutions, but they never graduate from Phi Gamma Delta. They carry with them lifelong friendships, plus skills and experiences from their undergraduate years. And there is always an opportunity for active involvement beyond college.

Education

Phi Gamma Delta's Educational Programs

Pledge Education

The Fraternity's Task Force on Pledge Education developed a concise, organized pledge education program which makes it easier for chapters and pledge educators to conduct a program which supports academic and Fraternity success. Pledge Education questions should be directed to the Assistant Director of Education.

The program is composed of two parts. The first is the Pledge Educator’s Manual, a thorough ‘how-to’ to aid brothers in implementing this program in their chapters. Both eight-week and six-week programs are available.

The second part of the program is a customizable and printable Pledge Education Handbook. This is designed to be customized with your chapter’s information and distributed to all members of the pledge class.

Hazing Prevention

Phi Gamma Delta takes a strict, zero-tolerance policy on hazing. The Fraternity has committed to providing multiple resources to educate our members about hazing prevention and to ensure brothers are held ac­countable to our anti-hazing policies.

Health & Safety Programming

 Alcohol-Free Housing

Phi Gamma Delta is committed to alcohol-free chapter facilities. The main reasons for adopting this policy were to:

    • Reclaim our chapter living facilities as our homes
    • Reduce the frequency and emphasis of alcohol consumption in our brotherhood
    • Improve academic performance

 Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP)

ASTP is a discussion-based program that uses an approach to alcohol education that is non-judgmental, non-confrontational and meets members where they are in terms of readiness to change their behaviors. It acknowledges that college students’ drink and any steps toward reducing risk are steps in the right direction. ASTP was designed to provide drinkers and nondrinkers with information regarding alcohol use and associated negative consequences. The program also teaches skills to reduce risky use and/or abstain from use altogether.

 GreekLifeEdu

GreekLifeEdu is an online program that addresses the critical issues of alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and hazing for incoming fraternity and sorority members. By leveraging trends and incorporating multiple evi­dence-based learning theories, GreekLifeEdu achieves behavior change objectives and helps members prac­tice safer decision-making. Throughout this program, students are reminded of their values and strengths, and challenged to consider ways to leverage them throughout different interactive scenarios.

 Mental Health

The Behind Happy Faces Mental Health Program is a series of 15-20 minute peer led modules that come with Powerpoints, videos and easy to use facilitation guides allowing chapter members to share personal experiences regarding mental health issues and challenges. 

Mental Health resources:

 Real Risks: Recognizing the Testing Points

This case-study based program utilizes real scenarios faced by our brothers in recent years. The program walks through what brothers need to know in order to effectively address harmful situations and prevent them in the future. It also illustrates the real consequences of poor leadership and values incongruence. The interac­tive format allows brothers to view facts about an incident that occurred, discuss what questions they would need to ask to see what risk management practices may have been broken, and finally compare their own speculations to the resultant punishment that was given. We have found this to be much more realistic and proactive than simply reviewing copies of the risk management policy with chapters.

 Social Strengths Program

Phi Gamma Delta is proud to partner with Prevention Culture, an organization that specializes in primary pre­vention of harmful behavior, to educate our members how to best prevent sexual assault. Phi Gamma Delta firmly believes that fraternal organizations should be leading the charge to tackle this very difficult, but critical issue. Therefore, we are glad to join several fraternities and sororities in this effort. The education program is designed to supplement the education brothers receive on campus, consisting of three components:

  • Integration into existing educational programming
  • In-person program delivery
  • Graduate Advisor training

 "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"

This video tells the story of Scott Krueger, an MIT student and Phi Gamma Delta new member, who died as a result of alcohol poisoning. The film promotes mature, responsible, empowered decision-making when it comes to alcohol use and new member education. Every new member and every officer are required to view the film every year. The chapter may choose to view the video alone or, preferably, opt for a facilitated session.

 

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Leadership Development

The Fraternity provides members with leadership development opportunities at every level. The most basic and pervasive of these is the chapter. By taking an active role in the affairs of their chapter, undergraduate brothers learn how to work as part of a team and to contribute toward a common goal.

Our leadership development programs include:

 The Leadership Institute

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

Brothers that attend the Institute will be able to:

  • Articulate their own definition and personal style of leadership.
  • Define what a “personal value” means and identify their own personal values.
  • Create a realistic action plan in consultation with other brothers and facilitators for guiding themselves and their chapter.

 Fiji Academy

Each year in January, brothers from all over North America gather for Fiji Academy, an intensive, three-day leadership institute in St. Louis, Missouri. Presidents, Treasurers, and Recruitment Chairmen from every chapter and colony across North America are expected to attend. Tracks for other officers, committee chairmen, emerg­ing leaders, and graduate volunteers are also available. Learn More  

 Taking the Lead created by Dr. Ken Blanchard

Phi Gamma Delta has partnered with Dr. Ken Blanchard (Cornell 1961), to create a leadership development program custom designed for our fraternity and our members. This program is based on nearly 35 years of research on situational leadership. Taking the Lead is a series of four educational modules that are available to our members to help them achieve success in fraternity, college, career and life endeavors. To request a leadership program or if you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education

 Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute

The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), hosted by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), is a five-day institute that brings together fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to create opportunities to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. At UIFI, you will be given the skills to improve your own leadership abilities and positively affect your chapter, council, and community.

The Fraternity is committed to providing up to 25 scholarships for brothers to attend UIFI. UIFI is targeted to members who are current sophomores or juniors and have held some leadership position(s) in their chapters and/or Interfraternity Council. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the Institute, while the Chapter is responsible for the cost of travel. If you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education.

 

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Philanthropy & Service

 Phi Gamma Delta’s Challenge

Donate $2 million and  contribute 200,000 services hours each year.

 Philanthropic Partnerships

Phi Gamma Delta is proud to partner with the International Red Cross, the United Service Organization (USO) and Donate Life. These organizations provide a link to our communities and do important work within them. Our chapter and colonies are encouraged to get involved with these organizations. However, our members are free to support any cause or organization that they feel passionate about and build a relationship with it.

 

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Graduate Advisor & Staff Support

 Graduate Advisors

Graduate brothers comprise over 90% of the membership of Phi Gamma Delta. In addition to their under­graduate fraternity experience, they add maturity and professional experience that is helpful to our chap­ters/colonies and undergraduate brothers.

The primary objective of graduate support is to provide the continuity that is often missing in an under­graduate chapter. Every year, the undergraduate leadership changes. Every three to four years, the entire membership cycles out. On-campus advisors may come and go. Dedicated graduate support fills these voids. That is why graduate support is so critical to a successful expansion effort.

Graduate Brother Volunteer Roles

  • Purple Legionnaire: day-to-day advisor
  • Board of Colony Advisors (BCA): advisors for every area of operations, who assist the Purple Legionnaire
  • House Corporation: manages facility and upkeep
  • Section Chief: regional director for 3-4 chapters/colonies

 Field Secretaries

Field Secretaries are staff members who serve as traveling consultants to the undergraduate chapters, the Purple Legionnaires, and Boards of Chapter Advisors. Field Secretaries set an example by exhibiting our core values, and challenge themselves and others to continually do so. They make a multiple-day visit to each chapter at minimum once a year to advise on all phases of chapter operations; to present programs on leadership, alcohol education, and academic improvement; to meet with college/university staff, and to work together with involved grad­uate brothers.

 

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Scholarship

“Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leader­ship, scholarship, and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.” – Phi Gamma Delta’s Mission Statement

Phi Gamma Delta’s number one priority is the academic success of our undergraduate members. This focus begins with a 3.0 GPA minimum benchmark for new members recruited during a colonization. Comparatively, Phi Gamma Delta boasts one of the highest grade point averages in the NIC (3.09 GPA) and has awarded over $290,000 in undergraduate scholarships this year alone.

The Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation sets itself apart by encouraging and rewarding strong academic performance. The Educational Foundation provides scholarships to brothers awarded on the basis of need for financial assistance, merit, leadership and citizenship.

Below are the various academic and programming initiatives that our Educational Foundation generously funds.

 Academic Achievement Awards (AAA Scholarship)

This $250 scholarship is awarded to new brothers who earn a 3.2 GPA or better during their pledging semester. For more information, click here.

 Chapter-Restricted Scholarships

Chapter scholarships vary in size as well as criterion. They are awarded to brothers with financial need, fraternity & campus involvement, community service, leadership experience and for academic performance. Donors may endow, thus creating scholarships for specific chapters.

 Black Diamond Award Scholarships

During the colonization process, up to $1,000 in scholarships will be awarded to men on campus that excel in scholarship, leadership, and campus involvement. The only requirement is that the man is not currently associated with a social fraternal organization. If a student receives a scholarship, there is no obligation to join Phi Gamma Delta. This is not a “trap” scholarship, and we are adamant on making sure at least $500 goes to men who do not end up as members of our organization. The Educational Foundation offers this scholarship to spread its resources to men on campus that are not already benefitting from membership in another fra­ternity.

 

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