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The 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 2023 Academy will be held January 6-8, 2023 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 Friday, December 9. Hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.

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Registration Fees

Undergraduates

Every chapter/provisional chapter is billed for THREE delegates ($475 each for a total of $1,425) to attend the Academy. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be invoiced ($475 each) to the chapter/provisional chapter after the event.

We strongly encourage Presidents and Recruitment Chairmen to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Educational tracks are provided for Presidents, Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Chapter Historians, Recruitment Chairmen and Graduate Volunteers. Brothers are strongly encouraged to participate in Pursuing Excellence sessions (on Friday, January 6, 2023), which provide opportunities to dive deep into critical issues facing our chapters.

 Undergraduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to four undergraduates per double-bedded room from the same chapter) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday, Jan. 6, and Saturday, Jan. 8, 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. 5, 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 Academy gift.
 

Graduates

Tracks are offered for Section Leaders, Purple Legionnaires and other graduate volunteers/advisors.

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

 Graduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to two graduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday, Jan. 6, and Saturday, Jan. 7, 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. 5LET 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 Academy gift.
 
 

When Do I Need to Be in St. Louis?

Arrive: Friday afternoon, January 6, 2023 (Pursuing Excellence sessions begin at 2:00 pm CT).

Depart: Anytime on Sunday, January 8, 2023.
There will be a session and breakfast for Early Adopter Chapters on Sunday morning.  If your chapter is an early adopter, or planning to be an early adopter for spring 2023, please plan accordingly.

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.

 

Getting to the Academy Hotel

The Academy will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel: 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 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. 

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 $17.50/day for self-parking or $22.50/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. 

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Vaccines & COVID Tests

Phi Gamma Delta is taking all reasonable steps necessary to host a safe, in-person Academy. With this in mind, we are encouraging all attendees to be vaccinated, and we strongly encourage all attendees to be tested prior to attending (regardless of vaccination status).

Masks

Masks will be optional at Academy. If an attendee or speaker prefers to wear a mask, we ask all attendees to be respectful of that decision. The requirement to wear a mask may change based on COVID-19 conditions at the time of the event.

If You Do Not Feel Well Prior to (Or During) Academy

Any attendee who tests positive for COVID-19 or feels sick prior to departure for St. Louis should cancel your reservation. Attendees who experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive once onsite must immediately isolate themselves from other attendees and report their symptoms to a member of the Fraternity staff so precautionary protocols may be enacted.

Schedule

Pursuing Excellence Sessions

Pursuing Excellence sessions are available for brothers on Friday, January 6, 2023, beginning at 2:00 pm CT. With each top offered twice, we strongly encouraged attendees from each chapter to pick two different topics. You will rank your choices on the Academy registration form, and you will be notified of your assigned session prior to arriving in St. Louis. 

 Academic Bootcamp

Does your chapter struggle with being among the best chapters academically on your campus? Do you have many members who struggle to do well in their classes? Do you have a difficult time recruiting strong students to your chapter? Do you have too many new members who fail to reach their academic potential? Do you struggle to hold members accountable who do not meet academic expectations? Does your chapter do “ok” academically, but want to do better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Academic Bootcamp will help you overcome these challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and the Educational Director Amelious Whyte (Minnesota Faculty) about successful strategies to advance academic excellence in their chapter, discuss unique challenges that are holding their chapter back, and leave with a plan for how they can improve scholarship within their chapter. Attendees should confer with the chapter's Scholarship Chair or others to make sure they have a good understanding of where the chapter needs to improve, as well as practices you could share with other chapters. 

 Building Up Without Tearing Down

Do members of your chapter believe in the benefits of hazing? Do you? Are you aware of the possible consequences? Most of those people that are caught hazing knew those consequences but continued to haze despite them. Why, when there are so many reasons for so many people to know better, do those people not do better? Powerful cultural, organizational, and social forces can alter the behavior of ordinary people. These forces not only make average people do negative, destructive things, but they have the potential to also compel average people to do positive, constructive things. To stop hazing, we must build people up without tearing them down. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the forces and motivations that drive hazing and develop actionable strategies for empowering the members of your organization to become their best. 

 Creating a Culture of Care in My Chapter

Mental health has a large influence on our quality of life. Just like physical health, our mental health needs to be taken care of, supported and maintained. One way we can do that is by finding a sense of community, a sense of belonging. Now keep in mind, community is not just the group of people we call fraternity brothers & sorority sisters - it’s also a feeling. It’s feeling connected to others, feeling accepted for who you are and feeling supported. But there are also ways we as chapter leaders can “support” things that are not helpful. In fact, they could be downright harmful. In this session, Archie Messersmith-Bunting, The Feelings Guy™, will help you build and walk away with a plan to create Cultures of Care to support the overall mental health of your chapter, councils and community.

This session is only offered in Block 1.

 Gentlemen, Let's Talk RSVP

Relationships and sexual violene are hard things to disuss. It may seem taboo, a little scary, and you may be thinking to yourself, 'it's not a big deal on our campus.' Maybe you've never seen yourself in this conversation. That ends now! In this session, we are covering the basics of sexual violence and healthy relationships, including direct things you can do today to create change, influence environments and have difficult conversations, supporting people involved. It's going to be real and honest. We must discuss important topics around healthy relationships, consent and how you talk about sex... Nothing is off limits. So, let's talk about R.S.V.P.!

 Me & My Brothers: Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Chapter Success

During this session, brothers will learn about the concepts of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through the various identities each other hold. Brothers will also discuss how this issue impacts our chapter and what responsibilities our chapter’s hold to help promote DEI for the betterment of our fraternity and its members. Participants will leave this session with tangible skills that can be used each day when they return to their respective campuses.

Facilitated by Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging DeVere Kutscher (Davidson 1997), Shawn Knight, M.Ed. (Clemson 2016) and Tim Ira (Alberta 2011).

 Ritual: Relearning the Basics

Knowing and appreciating the Ritual is an integral part of being a Phi Gamma Delta. Unfortunately, COVID-19 interrupted our ability to practice and perform these rights of membership. In this session, you will have the chance to relearn the basics of the Fraternity Ritual and ensure that your chapter is aligned with one of the most important aspects of being a brother.

 What If I Am the Person Holding Me Back?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “change your mind, change your life” or "you are what you think" and thought, “Nah! I'll just work and grind harder, and things will be fine.” As a student and a student leader, so many competing priorities and responsibilities are given to us from numerous stakeholders. At times it can feel like we're in a hamster wheel with no clear path to move forward and find personal or professional success. In short, we feel stuck. But what if at the end of the day, you are the reason you are stuck? What if the person holding you back from achieving the life you think you want to lead is you? What if there was scientific truth to all this mindset conversation you’ve been hearing? Mindset and mindfulness work has long been seen as "non-essential" work. I challenge you to take time at this conference, attend this session and make it essential for YOU. You are in control of your mindset, so let's learn to harness that power...for you.

Facilitated by: Archie Messersmith-Bunting

This session is only offered in Block 2.

 

Tentative Schedule

All times are in Central Time (CT).

 Friday, January 6

  • 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Roster Updates
  • 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Registration
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: New Purple Legionnaire/Advisor Training
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Pursuing Excellence Sessions - Block 1
  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Pursuing Excellence Sessions - Block 2
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Vendor Reception
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Opening Dinner
  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm: William R. Miller Model Initiation / Provisional Chapter Education Session
 

 Saturday, January 7

  • 6:45 am - 7:30 am: FIJI Fun Run
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 7:30 am - 6:30 pm: Registration
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Opening Session: Authentic Leadership At Testing Points
  • 10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Educational Tracks for Chapter Officers, Recruitment Chairmen & Graduate Volunteers
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Foundation Luncheon
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Pig Dinner
  • 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm: Game Night & T-Shirt Exchange
 

 Sunday, January 8

  • ALL DAY: Departures
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Board of Conduct Meetings *chapters will be notified*
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Early Adopters Breakfast & Meeting *invitation only*