The Fiji Academy, conducted each year in early January, is designed to give new chapter officers a strong foundation so they can dynamically and courageously lead their chapters. Brothers participating are exposed to the basic elements of chapter operations as well as higher level leadership development, providing them with the knowledge and leadership skills needed for effective chapter management. 

The 2020 Fiji Academy will be held January 3-5, 2020 in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Registration

The registration deadline for undergraduate attendees, Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires is Sunday, December 1, 2019. Hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.

The registration deadline for graduates attending the Pig Dinner on Saturday, January 4 is Monday, December 30, 2019.

Registration Fees

Undergraduates

Tracks are offered for Presidents, Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians, New Member Educators, Recruitment Chairmen and Emerging Leaders. Brothers can also participate in Pursuing Excellence sessions, which provide opportunities for personal growth and development or to explore other aspects of chapter operations.

Every chapter/colony is billed for THREE delegates ($475 each for a total of $1,425) to attend the Fiji Academy. At a minimum, we recommend that Presidents and two additional officers/chairmen should attend. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be invoiced ($475 each) to the chapter/colony after the event.

 Undergraduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to 4 undergraduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (Jan. 3) and Saturday (Jan. 4) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (Jan. 2) - LET US KNOW. Your chapter will be billed extra room nights (approximate cost: $124/room night). 
    • Undergraduates may request additional room(s) so that a maximum of two (2) brothers share a hotel room. These are available on a limited (first-come, first-serve) basis, and your chapter will be billed for the additional room(s). LET US KNOW if you would like to request additional rooms. 
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials.
  • A commemorative Fiji Academy gift.
 

Graduates

Tracks are offered for Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires, as well as other graduate volunteers/advisors. Brothers can also participate in Pursuing Excellence sessions, which provide opportunities for personal growth and development or to explore other aspects of chapter operations.

Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires are provided complimentary registration, and other graduates will be charged the $475 fee at registration.

 Graduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to 2 graduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (Jan. 3) and Saturday (Jan. 4) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (Jan. 2) - LET US KNOW.  
    • Graduates may request a single room at their own expense (approximate cost: $62/room night), payable to the Union Station hotel at checkout. You may make this request as a part of the Academy registration.
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials.
  • A commemorative Fiji Academy gift.
 

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When Do I Need to Be in St. Louis?

Arrive: Friday afternoon, January 3, 2020 (Pursuing Excellence sessions begin at 1:00 pm)

Depart: Anytime on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Transportation

Attendees are responsible for their own travel to/from the Academy and for all parking costs. 

 Undergraduate Travel Reimbursement

Each chapter receives one reimbursement at a rate of $0.12 per mile for the round-trip mileage from your chapter to St. Louis, MO. The reimbursement will be applied to your chapter's account at the International Headquarters following the Academy. To receive your reimbursement, your chapter's delegates must attend.

 Flying to St. Louis

Brothers flying to the Academy should arrive in St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), approximately 15 miles from the Union Station hotel. The Fraternity has arranged group travel discounts for Academy attendees through Delta Air Lines.

Delta Air Lines is please to offer special discounts for Fiji ACADEMY. Please click here to book your flights. Your may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111* Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 7:30 pm (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMTXK.
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

 

Getting to the Academy Hotel

The Academy will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel: 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Phone: 314-621-5262. 

 Directions to the Hotel From Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Metrolink: A light rail train system connects both terminals of the airport to the downtown area. From the airport, take the Red Line to the Union Station Metrolink Station. Upon arrival, proceed to 18th Street and right onto Market Street to get to the hotel entrance. Reference these directions.

Total travel time is 27-30 minutes. The trains depart approximately every 20 minutes. Fare from the airport is $2.50. 

Please note: As in any setting, be cautious of your surroundings, especially on public transportation. 

Shuttle: Shared van ride or individual car services are also available, including one at this link. This must be booked in advance. The shared van rides cost is approximately $20. 

Taxi/Shared Ride Services: There are taxis available outside of baggage claim at the airport or from the lobby of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Cab fare runs approximately $45 each way. Shared ride services such as Uber or Lyft may also be available. Fares generally run between $30-$40 each way.

 Driving Directions

Visit the hotel's Maps & Directions page for detailed driving directions.

If you drive to the Academy, the Fraternity has negotiated parking rates of $13.50/day for self-parking or $20/day for valet. The parking fees are your responsibility. 

 Travel Concerns

Because of the timing and location of our Academy, it is important to be prepared for travel delays. If you are delayed, do not worry. Just get to St. Louis and the Union Station hotel as soon as you can. If you are delayed to the point you will not arrive on your scheduled day, contact Taren Robin to adjust your hotel reservation. 

 

Schedule

Pursuing Excellence Sessions

Pursuing Excellence sessions are available for brothers on Friday, January 3, 2020, beginning at 1:00 pm. Sessions are limited in size and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sessions and descriptions are available below. You will sign up for the sessions of your choice on the Academy registration form.

 Block I Options (1:00-2:15 pm)

Communications at the Testing Point: A Short Simulation *Also Available in Block II*

There are, unfortunately, times when chapters are faced with a crisis. As chapter leaders, the way you act and communicate in a serious situation is deeply important. This session is not a presentation. It's an interactive exercise where PR Director Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004) will ask participants to react and respond to an escalating series of events. We'll work as groups, discuss communications choices and protocols at each step, and better define the role of chapter leaders when faced with an urgent testing point. 

Courageous Leadership *Also Available in Block II*

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”  - C. S. Lewis
In Phi Gamma Delta, we talk frequently about our values of friendship, knowledge, service, morality and excellence. But it is one thing to talk about values and another altogether to act on those values when they are tested. It is true in life and in fraternity that so many problems could be averted if someone – whether a formal leader or a bystander – had the courage to assert his values, or the group’s espoused values, at the testing point. This session will lead participants through what it means to lead with courage and apply the information.

MarketingU: Selling Your Leadership Experience

You are a leader - something that not many people can claim. Your experience can set you apart from the other job seekers. How do you show your skills and experience on your resume and in an interview?

Opening Doors: Simple Steps to Inclusion

In the current diversity-focused climate of higher education, fraternities and fraternity men are often given a bad reputation for their lack of open-mindedness and diversity. During this presentation, brothers will first work to understand various identities, identify challenges to creating an inclusive environment in their chapter and will work through simple strategies to promote diversity in an approachable manner, including goal setting for their term and capitalizing on campus resources.

 Block II Options (2:30-3:45 pm)

Communications at the Testing Point: A Short Simulation *Also Available in Block I*

There are, unfortunately, times when chapters are faced with a crisis. As chapter leaders, the way you act and communicate in a serious situation is deeply important. This session is not a presentation. It's an interactive exercise where PR Director Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004) will ask participants to react and respond to an escalating series of events. We'll work as groups, discuss communications choices and protocols at each step, and better define the role of chapter leaders when faced with an urgent testing point.

Courageous Leadership *Also Available in Block I*

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”  - C. S. Lewis
In Phi Gamma Delta, we talk frequently about our values of friendship, knowledge, service, morality and excellence. But it is one thing to talk about values and another altogether to act on those values when they are tested. It is true in life and in fraternity that so many problems could be averted if someone – whether a formal leader or a bystander – had the courage to assert his values, or the group’s espoused values, at the testing point. This session will lead participants through what it means to lead with courage and apply the information.

Fraternity, Faith & Values (Initiated Brothers Only)

Join Archon Councilor Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) in a discussion about the way faith and the values of the Fraternity are intertwined and how they can be best utilized in our daily lives.

My Happy Face: Maintaining Mental Health as a Chapter

This session, modeled using the Fraternity’s Behind Happy Faces program is designed to help new chapter leaders assess their mental health self-care and plan for their upcoming term as demands increase. The session will also expose leaders to the Behind Happy Faces program to begin a conversation with the chapter.

Professional Panel: Launching My Career

Hear from a panel of successful graduate brothers in various stages of their careers. How did they get started? What mistakes did they make? What did they learn along the way? These brothers will answer your questions and give you advice as you look to begin your career. 

 Block III Options (4:00-5:15 pm)

How to Host a Successful Philanthropy Event

Powerful lessons in planning a fundraising event from Erin Mintmier, Development Manager of Major and Planned Gifts for the United Service Organizations (USO).

Just One of the Guys: Leading & Supervising Your Peers

Congratulations, you’ve been elected by your peers to lead the chapter!  Now what happens when your new responsibilities clash with your friendships?   This session will cover skills you need to be a successful supervisor of your peers such as conflict management, effective delegation, gaining respect, and talent management.

Networking 101: Making the Most of Your Fraternity Connections

“It’s not what you know, it’s…” You have a larger network than you may think. It’s time to put your professionalism and experience on display and get to know how to make the most out of your network.

Phi Gamma Delta History & Trivia

Join Historian Towner Blackstock (Davidson 1994) and Curator of Archives Joe Weist (Rose-Hulman 1987) in a session on interesting Phi Gamma Delta history.

Who, What, Where, When, How!?: Using Technology to Get Organized

Chapter leaders have a lot of things to keep track of. This session will explore ways that chapter leadership can utilize technology and other systems to effectively track and manage information and communication. Not only can this make your life easier as an officer, but it can help build continuity. Many of these skills can also help you with your own time management and organization.

 

Saturday Officer Breakout Sessions

Brothers attending the Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Historian, New Member Educators and Recruitment Chairmen Tracks will also participate in officer breakouts on Saturday afternoon, January 4. Your session choices must be indicated on the Academy registration form. Sessions will be assigned, considering brothers' preferences and schedule provided at the registration desk in St. Louis. 

 Saturday Officer Breakout Program Descriptions

Brotherhood Experience Survey

The Fraternity has partnered with Dyad Strategies for two years to better understand the brotherhood experience. Learn from Dyad about how to understand and leverage the information in the Membership Experience Survey.

Goodbye Bad Cop/Good Cop!: Creating Effective Accountability Through Your Judicial Board

Friendship is the sweetest influence - especially when it comes to your judicial processes. This session will help you develop a judicial board process that will become a welcome, helping hand rather than a never ending game of bad cop/good cop by challenging you to think differently about how your chapter can build a system of accountable support around struggling brothers.

Graduate Relations 

Chapter newsletters, websites, social media accounts and other graduate communications best practices will be discussed in this interactive session. Brothers will walk away with a plan to better communicate and improve the chapter's relationship with its graduate brothers.

New Member Education: Building a Network of Support for Our New Members

This session will focus on building a network of support for the new member experience by engaging brothers beyond the New Member Educator to take on active roles within the new member process.

New Member Education: Purpose & Fundamentals

What do new members need to know and why do they need to know it? In this session, participants will look at the deeper purpose of the new member period and leave with an understanding of the building blocks for an engaging and developmental onboarding experience.

Promoting Scholarship

Many of our chapters confront the same problems that interfere with a successful scholarship program. The usual solutions do not work in all chapters. This dynamic session asks that you bring the most persistent problem(s) your chapter scholarship program must overcome, and together we will get new solutions that have worked in other chapters. Former scholarship chairmen are welcome to attend and share their best practices. 

Ritual as a Blueprint for Success - Initiated Brothers Only

The Ritual provides brothers with a blueprint for lifelong personal development. Does your chapter fully utilize that blueprint? This session dives deep into what Phi Gamma Delta is all about and offers lesser known background to expand your understanding and appreciation of the Fraternity’s blueprint for success. 

Ritual Education: Post Initiation Education - Open to All

What is Ritual? What is Post Initiation Education? This session will answer both questions, while also providing attendees with a framework for analyzing where their chapters stand with Ritual education and what they can do to improve their chapter or colony’s Post Initiation Education program.

Note: This session is open to all attendees, and thus no Ritual-specific information will be covered. Initiated brothers looking for Ritual-specific content should attend one of the sessions offered for initiated brothers only.

Social Excellence

Social Excellence is PhiredUp's core philosophy on how to master human connection and social skills. It is the art of fraternity growth. Social Excellence teaches the power of curiosity, generosity, authenticity and vulnerability as tools to build more meaningful relationships and change the world.

Real Risk: Recognizing the Testing Points – ALL OFFICERS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A SESSION

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. 

 

Tentative Schedule

 Friday, January 3

  • 11:00 am - 6:00 pm: Roster Updatesegistration
  • 11:00 am - 7:00 pm: Registration
  • 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Pursuing Excellence Sessions - Blocks 1-3
  • 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm: New Purple Legionnaire / Advisor Training
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Opening Dinner
  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm: William R. Miller Model Initiation / Colony Education Session
 

 Saturday, January 4

  • 6:45 am - 7:30 am: FIJI Fun Run
  • 7:30 am - 6:30 pm: Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Opening Session: Confronting the Idiot Brother
  • 10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Educational Tracks for Chapter Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Emerging Leaders and Graduate Volunteers
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Foundation Luncheon
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Pig Dinner
  • 9:30 pm - 12:00 am: Game Night & T-Shirt Exchange
  • 9:30 pm - 12:00 am: Board of Conduct *chapters will be notified*
 

 Sunday, January 5

  • ALL DAY: Departures
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Board of Conduct Meetings *chapters will be notified*
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am: New Chapters Forum & Breakfast *invitation only*