The Friday Letter

Administrative Edition

 #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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© 2016-2021 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
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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© 2016-2021 Phi Gamma Delta

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

 
 
 

 #1,042 - May 2021

 
 
 
#1,042 - Administrative Edition - 5/7/2021
 

This is the last administrative edition of The Friday Letter for the 2020-21 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!

In This Issue

 • Officers Calendar
 • Archon Nominations - Deadline Extended
 • The Summit
 • COVID-19 Vaccination
 • Pig Dinner Attendance Recording
 • Prepare Chapter House for Summer
 • Report Grades/Service/ Philanthropy
 • Treasurer Update
 • Undergraduate Services Team Update
 • Schedule Field Secretary Visits

Officers Calendar

 • 5/1: Founders Day - Celebrating 173 years!
 • 5/15: Chapter history due
 • 5/31: IHQ office closed for Memorial Day
 • 6/15: Fall Field Secretary Visit Request Form due
 • 6/21: Deadline to register for The Summit
 • 6/30: Deadline to register for The Leadership Institute

Nominate an Undergraduate Brother for Archonate

Nominations Deadline Extended
The Fraternity is seeking nominations of undergraduate brothers who are leaders on their campus to serve as Archon Councilor for a two-year term beginning in August 2021.

To be eligible, a brother must be considered in good standing and scheduled to receive his undergraduate degree no earlier than spring 2023.

If you are interested, or know a brother in your chapter who should be interested, CLICK HERE to learn more and submit a nomination by May 21, 2021.

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The Summit

Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Officers

The Summit is a FREE virtual interactive summer program developed for Recruitment Chairmen and New Member Educators. This year's Summit will include specific positional content to brothers on June 24-26, 2021.

Over the course of two days, we will provide a mix of general sessions, position specific sessions and time with your brothers.

On Friday, June 25, there will be over three hours of content for each position. These sessions will focus on the following:
 • The Recruitment Chairmen Sessions will break down the elements of dynamic recruitment and the future of recruitment. Participants will focus on building a culture around positive relationships and belonging.
 • The New Member Educators Sessions will focus on how to increase belonging and retention in the organization. Participants will learn about Phi Gamma Delta’s New Member Education program and how to implement it in their chapter.

Recruitment Chairmen and New Member Educators will delve more deeply into conversations, set goals and build a plan for the upcoming school year with brothers in their same roles. Visit phigam.org/TheSummit for more information and to register.

The Schedule at a Glance will be available the week of May 10. Please encourage chapters to register no later than June 21 at 11:59 pm.

COVID-19 Vaccinations
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All Members

Vaccination, in addition to current public health guidelines like hand washing and masks, is the best way to keep our community safer and get back to normal. You can find locations to receive the vaccine in your area at www.vaccines.gov.

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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 may look different due to COVID-19, but it will give next year’s Pig Dinner planner 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, even if the event was virtual.

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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 2020-21 Grades, Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Service/Philanthropy Chairmen, Academic Chairmen

Report your 2020-21 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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Treasurer/Finance Update

Chapter Treasurers

Chapter Treasurers: be aware your account with the Fraternity should be paid in full by June 30. 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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Undergraduate Services Team Update

All Members

 • The Undergraduate Service Team is finalizing chapter visit plans for the fall 2021 semester. Be on the lookout for a messaging coming at the end of May.
 • Beginning June 1, we are excited to announce Logan McLendon will be moving from Field Secretary to Director of Chapter Services – East. He will manage the support, resources and services provided to all chapters and graduate advisors in the Eastern Time Zone.

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Schedule Fall 2021 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 - the deadline is June 15.

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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

 
 
 

 #1,040 - April 2021

 
 
 
#1,040 - Administrative Edition - 4/2/2021
 

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
 • The Leadership Institute
 • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
 • COVID-19 Guidance
 • Fall 2020 Grades
 • Donate Life Month
 • No Pools/Ponds/Water Features
 • Nominate a Brother for Archon
 • The Summit
 • PROMO: Phi Gam Store

Officers Calendar

 • April: Donate Life Month and Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
 • 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application - PAST DUE
 • 4/1: 2nd installment payment for liability insurance PAST DUE
 • 4/13: Deadline to Submit News for the April TFL - Good News
 • 4/15: Deadline for new members to complete GreekLifeEdu Part 2
 • 4/16: Donate Life Blue & Green Day (wear blue & green)
 • 4/26-29: Persistence Week: Celebrating Seniors (details coming soon)
 • 4/30-5/1: Phi Gamma Delta's 4th annual Giving Day
 • 5/1: Founders Day: Celebrating 173 years!

Submit News

Corresponding Secretaries, Presidents, Purple Legionnaires, Grad Chapter Presidents

Submit news to be included in the April Good News Friday Letter or on the Fraternity's social media accounts.

 
The Leadership Institute 2021

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 virtually on July 16-17, 2021. 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.

Event Details:
 • When: Friday, July 16-17, 2021
 • Where: Virtual
 • 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 each chapter/colony is highly encouraged to attend. Up to two brothers from each chapter/colony will be accepted to attend. However, if space is available more may be accepted.
 • Cost: Thanks to generous gifts from graduate brothers, the Institute comes at no cost to undergraduates. Traditionally, this includes all lodging, meal and transportation costs - including airfare. 

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

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Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

All Members

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM) is a time to engage your chapter with this issue by learning more about sexual violence and sharing information.

Visit the Health & Safety Education web page for some excellent and easy to use resources to educate your chapter. Explore and use the #SAAPM and #ConsentRules hashtags on social media to see how survivors and advocates around the country are raising awareness this SAAPM. View other engaging ways to share your support here.

Another way to support SAAPM is to wear denim on April 28 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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COVID-19 Guidance

All Members

As Executive Director Rob Caudill shared in his most recent message, "One choice you may encounter is if you will continue to be diligent and hold your brothers accountable to COVID-19 policies and guidelines in your area and at your school. While we can all sense that we may not be too far from some semblance of normalcy (especially as some members have already been vaccinated), now is not the time to host or allow eventsgatherings or activities that violate those local regulations and the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy."

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Fall 2020 Grade Report

Audience

Please submit a copy of your chapter's fall 2020 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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National Donate Life Month

All Members, Friends

Several years ago, Phi Gamma Delta partnered with Donate Life by creating the Immortal Phi Gam Project to encourage members to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.  Support Donate Life Month by registering as a donor and encouraging others to register as well. 

Register as a donor and Make Yourself Immortal:
 • Step 1 (everyone): Register as an organ donor at donatelife.net (US) or blood.ca (Canada).
 • Step 2 (brothers/new members only): Complete the Immortal Phi Gam form

Another way to support is to wear blue and green on April 16 for National Blue & Green Day. We encourage brothers to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplants. Share pictures of yourself wearing blue and green on social media throughout the day. 

This year, Donate Life is also introducing Blue & Green Spirit Week, on April 10-16. Each day of the week leading up to Blue & Green Day is dedicated to a special theme and will include recognizing donors, volunteers and healthcare heroes; giving hope to those waiting; and engaging the public in fun at-home activities. Consider using the Blue & Green Spirit Week images to share on social media.

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No Pools/Ponds/Water Features

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.

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Nominate an Undergraduate Brother for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate brothers to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2021 to be considered.

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The Summit - Registration Opening Soon!

Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Officers

The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include Recruitment and New Member Education strategies and tactics. The event will be held virtually on June 26-28, 2021

For more information and to register, visit phigam.org/TheSummit. The registration deadline will be June 21, 2021.

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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

 
 
 

 #1,039 - March 2021

 
 
 
#1,039 - Administrative Edition - 3/5/2021
 

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
 • Submit News for the Spring 2021 Magazine
 • Annual Awards
 • Recognize a Graduate Brother
 • COVID-19 & Spring Break
 • Grad Communication Services: Pig Dinner
 • Nominate Brothers for Archon
 • Pig Dinner Prep
 • Phi Gam Store PROMO

Officers Calendar

 • 3/1: GreekLifeEdu part 2 launched for spring 2021 new members
 • 3/2: Secret Ballot Certificate PAST DUE
 • 3/8: Deadline to Submit News for the magazine
 • 3/12: Journalism Scholarship applications due
 • 3/31: Annual Awards Applications due
 • 4/1: Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application due

Submit News for the Spring 2021 Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

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

Submit news and photos by Monday, March 8, to be included in the spring 2021 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.

Please submit any 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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Apply for the 2020 Annual Awards

Officers, Advisors

Applications for the Annual Awards are now being accepted for the 2020 calendar year. Visit phigam.org/Awards for more information or to submit your chapter's applications. All applications must be completed by March 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT

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 nominate outstanding brothers for Individual Awards as well! Nomination forms can also be found on the Awards page.

Award winners will be announced this summer. If you have any questions, contact Director of Chapter Services - West Bryan Hartzell.

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 several individual awards to recognize deserving brothers for their contributions as graduate volunteers. Any chapter or individual may nominate graduate brothers for these awards:
 • Coulter Cup: Graduate brother who has contributed the most to an undergraduate chapter through service in a capacity other than as a Purple Legionnaire or General Officer
 • Crowder Cup: Outstanding Faculty Advisor
 • Durrance Award: Outstanding Purple Legionnaire
 • Haynes Award: Most effective Section Chief

Individual Award nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

William A. Martin 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, 2021 for consideration this year. Additional information and past Distinguished Fiji Award recipients are listed at phigam.org/DistinguishedFijiAward.

 
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COVID-19 & Spring Break Reminders

Officers, House Corporations

CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky has continued to share that travel remains a higher-risk activity, despite recent decline in infection rates. “Dr. Walensky wants to emphasize that now is not a good time to be traveling, period, internationally or domestically." 
 • Follow all local, state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.
 • Most colleges/universities have canceled spring breaks in accordance with Public Health expert recommendations.
 • Continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands. 

As a reminder, chapters and colonies that do not follow these expectations may be subject to disciplinary action by the Fraternity for violation of the Risk Management Policy:
“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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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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Nominate an Undergraduate Brother for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate brothers to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2021 to be considered.

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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 challenges of COVID-19, many chapters have found success adapting their Pig Dinners virtually to continue this tradition. Pig Dinner is a celebratory reunion for your chapter’s graduates, but it also provides an opportunity to celebrate new initiates and/or your graduating seniors. Headquarters staff continues to suggest that chapters adapt to a virtual event and follow local and CDC guidelines. Planning resources are available on the Pig Dinner page.

Resources to adapt your Pig Dinner to a virtual event, including a recording of the How to Host a Virtual Pig Dinner webinar, are available on the COVID-19 Guidance page. You may also contact us with questions.

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 #1,037 - February 2021

 
 
 
#1,037 - Administrative Edition - 2/5/2021
 

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

Submit News for the Spring Magazine

COVID-19 Guidance

Foundation of Courage

Fall 2020 Grades/Service

Journalism Scholarship

Undergrad Archon Nominations

Health & Safety Program

WAM Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations

Phi Gam Store PROMO

 
Officers Calendar

 • 2/1: New Member Educator's Agreement - PAST DUE
 • 2/1: President's Risk Management Agreement - PAST DUE
 • 2/1: Roster update deadline for insurance
 • 2/15: Deadline to submit new for the February Good News Friday Letter
 • 2/28: Set date for fall Pig Dinner; book speaker; inform IHQ

 
Submit News for the Spring 2021 Magazine

Officers, Advisors, Grad Chapter Presidents

Would you like to see your chapter's/colony's good news featured in The Phi Gamma Delta magazine? Submit news by Monday, March 8, to be included in the spring 2021 issue.

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COVID-19 Guidance
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Foundation of Courage, New Member Education Program
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Officers, New Member Educators

Launched at the 2021 Academy, Foundation of Courage is Phi Gamma Delta's fully revised onboarding and socialization program for new members, providing participants with Preparation for a Lifetime of Courageous Leadership. Foundation of Courage is a new way for Phi Gams to think about new member education. It was designed to allow brothers to focus their energy on the development of healthy, meaningful interpersonal relationships. All chapters are highly encouraged to utilize this new resource; however, most chapters are required to utilize Foundation of Courage, the Fraternity's prescribed New Member Education program. Click here to see if your chapter/colony is required to utilize Foundation of Courage.

Chapter resources for success:
 • Educator Manual with lesson plans and tips.
 • New Member Workbook with engaging activities and reflection space.
 • Coordinating slide deck​, professionally branded and editable to insert chapter-specific information.
 • Order Purple Pilgrims and New Member Pins in advance so that they are available at the start of the New Member Education program. These may be ordered by visiting the Phi Gam Chapter Store. Direct any questions about ordering to Mahogany Dobbins at 859-255-1848.
 • Coming Soon: Quick, easy online learning material for your New Members covering Fraternity basics. 

^ All of these resources are available at phigam.org/NewMemberEducation.

Need some help getting started with Foundation of Courage? View the training recording from the 2021 Academy or schedule a chapter-specific training with Director of Education Lauren Leif.

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Fall 2020 Grades & Service/Philanthropy Totals

Officers, Scholarship Chairmen

Please email Andrew Depew the following information:

 1. Total number of service hours.
 2. Total amount donated to philanthropic causes.
 3. A copy of your chapter’s fall 2020 grade report. If you have not received your grade information, please ask your Greek Life Advisor for: 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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Journalism Scholarship

Undergraduate Journalism Majors

Applications for the Gordon T. Speckman Journalism Scholarship 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 March 1, 2020. 

The scholarship is open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write by-lined general interest, editorial page, op-ed page columns or sports columns. Movie reviews and other specialized columns are not eligible.

The deadline to submit is March 12, 2021.

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Nominate an Undergraduate Brothers for the Archonate

All Brothers

Nominate brothers to serve on the board of directors of the Fraternity. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2021 to be considered.

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Schedule Your Health & Safety Program

Chapter Presidents

All Chapter Presidents received and email including the chapter’s assigned Health & Safety Program for 2020-21. 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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William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award Nominations: Due May 1, 2021

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. Learn more and nominate a deserving graduate brother here.

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Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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 #1,036 - January 2021

 
 
 
#1,036 | Administrative Edition | 1/15/2021
 

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

• Officer's Calendar
• NEW Podcast
• Academy Resources
• COVID-19 Guidance
• Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Application
• President's & NM Educator's Agreements
• Cold Weather Concerns
• Fall '20 Grades/Service
• Grad Communication Services
• Insurance Billing
• Plan for Pig Dinner
• Staff Directory
• Phi Gam Store PROMO

Officers Calendar

 • 1/31: Deadline for Roster Updates
 • 2/1: President's Risk Mngmt Agreement due
 • 2/1: New Member Ed's Agreement due

On the Banks Podcast

The Fraternity would like to introduce our new podcast, On the Banks (OTB), which is co-hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975) and Doug Draper (Kansas 1992). OTB is a six-part podcast series where listeners will meet brothers through interview and storytelling. 

We invite you to listen/ subscribe to the podcast on Simplecast and watch to the video version on YouTube. Subscriptions are available on Amazon, Apple, Google & Spotify.

More info about the podcast, including episode recordings and upcoming episode schedule, can be found at phigam.org/OTB.

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2021 Fiji Academy Resources

Academy Attendees, Officers

The 2021 Fiji Academy platform is live until February 9, 2021. You can now access recordings of all sessions, related documents and vendor information. All brothers that registered for Fiji Academy can access the resources using their log-in information for Pathable. 

Check out the Academy Resources here.

 
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Spring Term & COVID-19 Guidance

Officers, All Members

We recently update our COVID-19 Guidance page, and we will be communicating more specifics and guidance regarding COVID-19 and IHQ's support in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please review the following:

Each act of any Phi Gamma Delta brother either credits or discredits the Fraternity. Together we must:
 1. Care deeply about each other and check-in on our brothers.
 2. Wear a mask.
 3. Practice and enforce social distancing measures.
 4. Avoid hosting, attending and/or planning parties/large gatherings.
 5. Hold each other accountable to these expectations.
 6. Follow all state/local/University COVID-19 guidance. 

The Fraternity’s expects all brothers, new members and chapters/colonies to comply with all local guidelines and regulations related to COVID-19. Those chapters/ colonies that do not may be subject to disciplinary action by the Fraternity for violation of the Risk Management Policy. And those brothers and new members that do not comply are expected to be held accountable by their chapter/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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Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption (AFHE) Application Live

Chapter Presidents

The 2021 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, 2021, and late Applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Lahrman. 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

Presidents, New Member Educators

Chapter Presidents are required to complete an online risk management course and the Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement by February 1. 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 by 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 2020 Grade Reports & 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 donated to philanthropy.
 3. A copy of your chapter’s fall 2019 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

Corresponding Secretaries, Pig Dinner Chairmen, Presidents

As your chapter's Pig Dinner (whether virtual or not) 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 Paige Prylinski.

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Insurance Billing

Officers

Invoices for liability insurance are anticipated to be emailed in early February. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and new members. The estimated base rate is $180 per member, including fall 2020 new members and fifth-year seniors. Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2020 calendar year will receive a 10% penalty. 

February 4, 2021 is the deadline for roster changes prior to the billing. To update, login to phigam.org and review the 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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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 continue following local and CDC guidance concerning gatherings and social distancing when coordinating this year’s event. Many chapters have found success adapting their Pig Dinners virtually, which allows more opportunity for graduate engagement. Planning resources, including a virtual planning guide, are available on the Pig Dinner page. If you have questions, contact Dionysis Protopapadakis.

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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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 #1,035 - December 2020

 
 
 
#1,035 - Administrative Edition - 12/4/2020
 

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

COVID-19 Guidance

2021 Fiji Academy

Health & Safety Programming

Insurance Billing

Report Fall 2020 Service & Philanthropy

Triple A Scholarships

PROMO: Phi Gam Store

 
Officers Calendar

12/1: PAST DUE: deadline for new members to complete part 1 & 2 of GreekLifeEDU

12/25-1/1: IHQ office closed for the holidays

1/8-9: 2021 Fiji Academy - Virtual

 
 
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COVID-19 Guidance

All Members

Brothers,

We hope you had a restful and safe holiday break. As the fall term comes to end, we trust each of you are diligently preparing for your final exams. We endured many hard things over the last year, however, watching our Brotherhood prevail created an immense sense of happiness and joy across the Fraternity. 

The Fraternity’s staff continues to work through our spring virtual support plan, which is forthcoming. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to work with your cabinet, Purple Legionnaire, BCA and/or house corporation to review your COVID-19 plan and how your chapter will communicate this plan; remember to review and understand your college's/university's expectations; and decide what internal accountability measures the chapter will outline to those who do not follow the expectations.

Guidelines and public health recommendations to fight the spread of COVID-19 continue to be of utmost importance to the health, safety and wellbeing of one another. During the fall term, several of our chapters and colonies struggled to adhere to these guidelines on their respective campuses. We must do better this coming term, and the Fraternity staff is here for support. Please reach out to your Field Secretary if you have any questions.

Undergraduate Services Team

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Register for the 2021 Fiji Academy

Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators, Purple Legionnaires

Make plans now to attend the virtual 2021 Fiji Academy, on January 8-9, 2021. The registration deadline is December 15, 2020.

The Fiji Academy is designed to give new chapter officers and key chairmen a strong foundation so they can dynamically and courageously lead their chapters. The first 500 undergraduate registration will receive a gift box, which will be mailed to the address submitted during registration.

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Health & Safety Programming

Officers

Beginning with the 2021 calendar year, the Fraternity will implement changes to our Health and Safety Programming. These programs were aligned with the Academic year, but going forward, they will be aligned with the calendar year. The program assigned to the chapter (Alcohol Strengths Training Program, Social Strengths Workshop and Testing Points Workshop) rotates each year and are assigned by the International Headquarters. Andrew Depew, the Assistant Director of Education, will email you the assigned course before classes resume in the new year. All courses in spring 2021 will be completed virtually. 

Completion of this course during the calendar year is tied to your insurance rates. Failure to complete your Health & Safety Program will results in a 5% increase to your insurance bill for calendar year 2022.

If you have questions, please contact Andrew Depew. For more information about the educational programming available to the chapter, please visit phigam.org/Education.

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Plan Now: Insurance Billing Coming Soon

Treasurers

Invoices for liability insurance are anticipated to be emailed in early February. The charge is based upon the number of brothers and new members. The estimated base rate is $180 per member, including fall 2020 new members and fifth-year seniors. Chapters with a risk management violation during the 2020 calendar year will receive a 10% penalty. 

February 4, 2021 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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Report Your Fall 2020 Service & Philanthropy

Officers, Service & Philanthropy Chairmen

Please report service hours and philanthropy dollars raised for the fall 2020 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 Leif.

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Triple A Scholarship Applications

Officers, New Initiates

The deadline for the next cycle of Triple A Scholarships is December 30. Make sure that all your eligible new initiates know to apply prior to this date, or they will have to wait for the next cycle in March. 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 Duke Murphy.

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Good News Edition

 
 
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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

Register Now
 
Submit News

Would you like to see your chapter's news featured in the magazine or Friday Letter? Submit News to be included in an upcoming edition.

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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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Shining Stars

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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Shining Stars
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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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 #1,041 - April 2021

 
 
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#1,041 - Good News 
 
4/16/2021
 

In This Issue

Archon Nominations

Good News Video

Chapter/Colony Successes

Shining Stars

Submit News

Giving Day & Persistence Week

Nominate an Undergraduate Brother for the Archonate
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Attention Undergraduate Leaders:
The Fraternity seeks nominations for an undergraduate Archon Councilor, a member of Phi Gamma Delta’s board of directors, for a two-year term beginning August 2021. All undergraduate members in good standing, and on schedule to receive his undergraduate degree no earlier than spring 2023, are eligible to be nominated.

Learn more here. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2021.

 
Good News Video Edition
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In this month's Good News Video, see how the Knox, Pittsburgh and Sam Houston State chapters are exemplifying our value of service.

Chapter/Colony Successes

During the 2020 calendar year, Alpha Omicron at Akron began several renovation projects, including the kitchen, library and private bathroom. Ryan Matthew (2022) led the charge on these renovations, overseeing most of the construction work himself. The library and kitchen have been completed, and the bath will be completed by the end of the semester.

Alpha Beta at Alabama Birmingham set a record high fundraising amount for their spring philanthropy by raising $6,500 for the American Cancer Society.

^ On March 3, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta held their second clothing drive for the Bissel Center (BC), a local nonprofit that gives clothes to single moms in Edmonton, Alberta. By the end of the event, the Chapter collected 10 bags of clothes for BC. Several Epsilon Alpha brothers were raised by single moms, so BC has become a very important organization to the Chapter. They hope to continue to host more philanthropy events and clothing drives for BC in the future.

 
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^ From December 2020 - April 2021, Alpha Sigma at Arizona State completed over 250 hours of community service through multiple service projects. This includes 130.5 hours for the Salvation Army, 36 hours for St. Mary's Food Back and 28 hours for Feed My Starving Children, to name a few.
Pictured: Several brothers and Tempe Mayor Corey Woods (second from the left) volunteering with the Salvation Army.

On February 20-21, several brothers from the Beta Psi Chapter at Boise State packaged meals at the Idaho Food Bank.

Beta Pi at Bradley hosted a brotherhood event, where brothers participated in a pool tournament and played board games.

Pi Gamma at British Columbia has been collecting necessary toiletries, like toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant, to make care packages for people in need.

Despite the setbacks faced throughout the pandemic, the Delta Colony at Christopher Newport recruited their largest class this semester, with 19 new brothers.

Chi Alpha at Clemson welcomed 18 new members during the fall 2020 semester and 10 new members during the spring 2021 semester. This was the largest spring new member class in chapter history.

During the spring 2021 semester, brothers from the Delta Kappa Chapter at Davidson have been volunteering at local COVID-19 vaccination centers to help end the pandemic and support their local community.

During the fall 2020 semester, Delta Iota at Drake was #1 in grades among fraternities with a 3.35 GPA.

Phi Sigma at Florida State participated in the University's Dance Marathon on March 5-7. The Chapter raised over $26,0000 for the event, bringing the University's total to $1.47 million. All funds were donated to the Children's Miracle Network and FSU College of Medicine's Pediatric Outreach Program.

This year, Chi Iota at Illinois raised over $3,500 for three fundraisers. The Chapter raised money for Lake County Breast Cancer and Illini Fighting Hunger, which is an organization that helps feed people in the local community. And they also raised money for their former house chef, whose house recently burned down.

During the spring 2021 semester, Alpha Deuteron at Illinois Wesleyan hosted a Polar Plunge, which raised over $700 for the Special Olympics.

^ On February 25, Mu Deuteron at Iowa brothers wore blue to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Due to the University's restrictions on many activities, Alpha Iota at Iowa State had to rethink safe, social distance activities to maintain brotherhood involvement. The Chapter decided to make intramural sports a priority, ensuring event teams were created for brothers to participate in.

On November 9, 2020, Mu Chi at James Madison partnered with the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority to host a blood drive at the Harrisonburg, Virginia Red Cross.

The Kappa Upsilon Colony at Kent State organized a campus-wide mental health Wellness Weekend with the University and Active Minds. The event was created to raise money and awareness for mental health and teach students how to combat difficulties of the pandemic and college life.

Upsilon Kappa at Kentucky received the University's Fraternity & Sorority Life's 2020 Outstanding Philanthropy Event award for their Out of Darkness Walk (OODW), which benefited the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The OODW was held in collaboration with the Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority and Theta Chi Fraternity.

This semester, Alpha Gamma at Kettering B doubled its size despite COVID-19 restrictions. All recruitment events were adapted to a new half virtual - half outdoor socially distant plan. One of the more popular activities was the game of life-sized "Clue," where brothers, dressed up like fantasy characters, were suspects of murder and potential new members had to find clues.

Mu Sigma at Minnesota partnered with Ghostfit Apparel and other fraternities on campus to raise money for Project UMN, which supports mental health. They sold a variety of apparel, and 50% of the profits are going to Mental Health America.

Lambda Nu at Nebraska hosted a virtual raffle on March 5 to benefit CureSearch, a program that raises money for children diagnosed with cancer. Graduate brothers donated items for the Chapter to raffle, including gift cards to Lululemon and Amazon. Through this raffle, the Chapter raised over $5,000 for CureSearch.

^ On February 19, seven brothers from the Nu Sigma Chapter at North Carolina State volunteered at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. They inspected and packaged over 4,500 potatoes for families affected by the pandemic. Brothers will continue to volunteer at this Food Bank throughout the semester.

After Nu Eta at Northeastern finished their spring 2021 recruitment, they held an online brotherhood retreat. The retreat was followed by an Iron Chef cooking competition, where brothers formed teams to compete against each other by creating the best dish.

Alpha Omega at Ohio's new wellness chairmen, Nick Miller (2023) and Noah Wagner (2022), organized a hike to help members stay mentally and physically healthy.

Omicron Deuteron at Ohio State won Outstanding House Corporation from the Office of Student Life: Fraternity & Sorority Life. Additionally, Scholarship Advisor Steven Sousetes won Outstanding Chapter Advocate and Outstanding Academic Mentor.

Epsilon Omicron at Oregon hosted Fiji Fight Against Cancer, a philanthropy event supporting Ricardo Garibay, a 13-year-old who has Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Ricardo was originally diagnosed in November 2019, but due to a recent relapse, his mother was forced to take a leave of absence from work to take care of Ricardo. The Chapter partnered with the Doernbecher Children's Hospital to raise as much money for Ricardo's upcoming chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Through the event, the Chapter raised over $7,000.

With COVID-19 taking a mental toll on people everywhere, brothers from Beta at Penn decided to focus their philanthropic efforts on suicide awareness and prevention this semester. On March 22, the Chapter hosted a profit-share fundraiser with the campus's Chipotle to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in Philadelphia. In just four hours, over 125 people dined for the cause, raising over $1,100 for AFSP.
Additionally, following the tragedy in Georgia, the Chapter decided to support the local AAPI community. The Chapter partnered with the Chi Omega Sorority by hosting a profit-share fundraiser at the campus's &Pizza on March 30. Over 127 individuals dined, raising $700 for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.

Lambda Iota at Purdue hosted their Pig Dinner on Zoom this year. 200 brothers, including 80 graduate brothers attended the event. Mitch Daniels (Graduate Initiate 2013), President of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, was the keynote speaker, and Chapter President Alex Paskill (2023) gave the State of the Chapter speech.

On March 7, Kappa Tau at Tennessee partnered with South Coast Pizza to pick up trash around the city.

Upsilon Tau at Toledo has been working hard to keep brothers motivated, because the Chapter's numbers and morale has declined throughout the pandemic. Throughout the spring 2021 semester, the Chapter has hosted weekly brotherhood events, and the officers are working hard to help their brothers stay active and involved.

William Jewell College's Vice President of Access & Engagement, Dr. Rodney Smith, reached out to Zeta Phi about creating a Radical Inclusivity Task Force. Dr. Smith asked the Chapter to select an undergraduate and a graduate representative to join the Task Force. The Chapter selected Chapter Treasurer Evan Sanders (2022) to serve as one of two undergraduate representatives, and they selected and Jack Still (2021) to serve as a graduate representative upon his graduation in May.

The Mu Chapter at Wisconsin has started to emphasize the importance of mental health this academic year. The Chapter created a Mental Health Committee to encourage constructive conversations about mental health and to host educational events for brothers. Some of these events included group mediation sessions, outdoor activities and workshops about improving one's mental health, called "Chapter Chill Backs."

Pi Iota at WPI organized and participated in the 3rd Annual Northeast FIJI Summit on March 27. This year, the event was held on Zoom, and brothers learned about chapter relations, improving operations and Building Courageous Leaders. Brothers from the Maine, Northeastern, Quinnipiac and Rhode Island chapters also attended the event.

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Jason Miller (2021) and Brett Aultman (2023) were elected to Alabama Birmingham's IFC as President and Risk, respectively.

Jordan Archer (2021) and Will Larsen (2021) were elected to serve on Alabama Birmingham's student government.

On February 5, Francois Kohlman-Asselin (2023) and Devin Doherty (2023) were appointed councilors of the Alberta's Student Union, where they represent the faculty of education.

Justin Marks (Appalachian State 2021) was selected as a game show contestant for Ellen's Game of Games. Just was flown to Los Angeles by Ellen DeGeneres to compete in an episode of her game show, which aired on March 14 on NBC.

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^ While in high school, Zac Armbruster (Arizona 2023) started his own company, Free the Fish. The company sells sustainable T-shirts, masks and other clothing items to raise money for ocean and marine wildlife conservation. 15% of all profits are donated to various charities centered on ocean conservation. Additionally, Upsilon Alpha brothers have pledged to support the cause by donating and buying merchandise to help Zac build his brand.

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^ Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2024) noticed that the pandemic was causing hardships for many people, especially for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Ryan saw this as an opportunity to provide resources and funding for local domestic violence shelters, which saw an influx in residents due to the pandemic. Ryan’s mother, Mini, also does a lot of humanitarian work, so he decided to continue in her footsteps by creating the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative to combat and curb the domestic violence rates in Arkansas. Starting with local businesses, Ryan went door-to-door to collect money to support his nonprofit organization.

Joe Franklin (Clemson 2022) was elected President of the Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society.

Arnav Agarwal (Illinois Wesleyan 2022) was elected as the IFC's Vice President of Health & Safety.

Illinois Wesleyan brothers Cameron Marsh (2022), Zack Cesati (2022) and Arnav Agarwal (2022) implemented a new Advocacy & Awareness Chair position that will focus on the severity, importance and impacts of topics regarding men's mental health, sexual violence prevention, substance abuse and health & safety. This new position should be implemented school-wide at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.

Logan Ebert (Kansas State 2023) was elected as IFC Director of Judicial Affairs.

James Russell (Kentucky 2021) won Outstanding New Member Educator Award from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Five brothers were selected to serve Mississippi State University as Roadrunners: Luke Johnson (2023), Lou Smith (2024), Owen Tyrone (2023), Rayce Messman (2022) and Drew Saucier (2023). Roadrunners are student recruiters, who give tours to prospective students and their families.

Manuel Munoz and Tyson Evans were hired as Resident Assistants at the University of Montevallo. And Chapter President Jacob Heath (2023) was promoted to Resident Hall Director.

Ohio State brothers received Sorority & Fraternity Life Awards: Samuel Robinson (2023) won the Greek Involvement Award, and Kevin Uth (2022) won Outstanding Citizen.

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^ Bryce Louie (Penn 2024), representing team USA, competed in the Men's Foil Doha, Qatar Grand Prix, the last Olympic fencing qualification event. While in Qatar, Bryce followed very strict COVID-19 procedures. A tracker was added to his phone and he was not allowed to leave the hotel. Bryce was one of the youngest competitors. On the first day, he finished his pool with five wins and one loss. He came out victorious on the second day, winning 15-11, which positioned him to compete among the top 64 fencers in the world. Unfortunately, Bryce lost his first direct elimination bout against a Russian, who was a bronze medalist at the World Championships.

Boxi Gond (Purdue 2023) was elected Recruitment Chair of the IFC.

William Bartnett (Richmond 2022) was elected IFC President.

Hunter Chalhub (Richmond 2022) was accepted into the Student Managed Investment Fund, which manages over $1 million of the University’s endowment.

Spencer Organ (Richmond 2022) was awarded a scholarship from the Robins School of Business.

Kevin Spear (Richmond 2022) was one of five students from the class of 2022 to receive the University's Pinchbeck Prize, which honors service and dedication to the University.

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Giving Day & Persistence Week

The Fraternity and the Educational Foundations are hosting our 4th Giving Day to Strengthen Our Brotherhood and Demonstrate Our Persistence. Join us on April 30 (starting at 12:00 am ET) through Founders Day, May 1 (ending at 12:00 pm ET). Visit www.pgdpersistence.com to find different matches, challenges and competitions happening throughout the day. We hope to see you connect with the brotherhood and add your name to the donor wall!

Leading up to Giving Day, we are hosting Persistence Week: Celebrating Our Seniors. From April 26-29, we will highlight different themes that showcase the impacts and reach Phi Gamma Delta has to offer. 

Monday, April 26: #PGDpersistence Day
Showcase about the ways our brothers have persisted throughout their lives.
Tuesday, April 27: Proud to be a Fiji Day
Share your Phi Gam pride by wearing and/or displaying your FIJI gear.
Wednesday, April 28: Not for College Days Alone Day
Learn about maintaining relationships, what graduate brotherhood looks like and utilizing the FIJI network. 
Thursday, April 29: Senior Celebration Day
A day dedicated to recognizing and paying homage to our undergraduate brothers' accomplishments – graduation!
Friday, April 30 - Saturday, May 1: 2021 Giving Day
Join us in strengthening our brotherhood and demonstrating our Persistence during the 36-hour event.

Make sure to follow the Fraternity's social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to stay up to date. If you have any questions, please contact Duke Murphy.

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 #1,038 - February 2021

 
 
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#1,038 - Good News 
 
2/19/2021
 

In This Issue

 • Submit News
 • Good News Video
 • Chapter/Colony News
 • Shining Stars

Submit News for the Spring 2021 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 and photos to the Director of Communications by Monday, March 8, to be included in the spring 2021 issue.
*We also want to hear about your graduate brothers. Submit news to be included in the "Graduate Almanac" section in the magazine.

Submit News!
 
Good News Video Edition: Brothers Making Philanthropy & Service a Priority
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Chapter/Colony Successes


^ During the fall 2020 semester, Epsilon Alpha at Alberta hosted a blood drive.

Beta Psi at Boise State welcomed eight men to their spring new member class.

The Delta Chapter partnered with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Bucknell for their "Souper Bowl" philanthropy event. The chapters collected canned food during the week of January 31-February 6. They also sold "Souper Bowl" T-shirts to raise money to purchase more cans. All the canned food was donated to a food pantry in the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania area.

Alpha Rho at Central Arkansas sent flowers and cards to each sorority on campus for Valentine's Day.

 
 
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^ In December, brothers from the Omega Phi Chapter at Central Florida volunteered with Feeding Children Everywhere by packaging 50,000 meals.

Brothers from the Phi Kappa Chapter at Colorado State were the intermural dodgeball champions for the fall 2020 semester.

Phi Sigma at Florida State had to rethink their annual Camp Kesem (CK) philanthropy event due to the pandemic. Typically, the Chapter hosts a sorority-fraternity flag football tournament to raise money for CK. Instead, the Chapter held a gift card raffle, where every $5 donation earned a single entry. The prizes were gift cards to various local restaurants and stores. Through the event, the Chapter raised over $1,000. CK is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their caregiver's cancer.

The Pi Deuteron partnered with the University of Kansas to run a blood drive. During the event, nearly 200 pints of blood were collected, and the blood was sent to hospitals in the state of Kansas.


^ The Kappa Upsilon Colony at Kent State hosted Heal Hearts with Hearts to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Colony sold hearts with messages for a $1 donation, and each heart sold was placed on the Colony's house. All money was donated to the AHA.

Alpha Gamma at Kettering A raised money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by selling football squares for the Super Bowl.

In October 2020, Gamma Deuteron at Knox hosted a virtual Homecoming to give graduate brothers a chance to catch up and share stories of the past and present.

In November, the Delta Colony at Nevada Reno volunteered at the Sierra Safari Zoo. Brothers helped by cleaning and disinfecting the zoo so families could still safely visit.

Epsilon Omicron at Oregon created a fundraiser for a friend, and member of the University's Greek community, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor that must be surgically removed. The cost of brain surgery is extremely expensive, so the Chapter created an in-house fundraiser to help. Together the brothers raised over $1,300, which was donated directly to their friend's GoFundMe page.

This weekend, the Gamma Phi Chapter is participating in Penn State's THON, a student-run philanthropy that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer. THON is a 46-hour (no sitting and no sleeping) dance marathon event, which is held annually in February.

Sigma Eta at Sam Houston State won the IFC football tournament during the fall 2020 semester.

The Delta Colony at Seton Hall partnered with the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during the fall 2020 semester.

Kappa Tau at Tennessee welcomed 17 men to their spring 2021 new member class. This puts their total number of active brothers and new members at over 100 for this first time since 2015.


^ In January, Sigma Alpha at Texas San Antonio hosted a canned food drive for The Roadrunner Pantry, UTSA Student Union's food pantry.
The Chapter also volunteered to clean-up Roadrunner Way, one of the most traveled streets in the area.

Several brothers from the Upsilon Sigma Chapter at Utah State volunteered at a local indoor triathlon.


^ Several Mu Pi at Virginia Commonwealth brothers made the Dean's List for the fall 2020 semester.
Pictured (L-R, top-bottom): Owen Nemeth, Michael Portillo (2021), Greg Barengolts (2023), David Ellis (2021), Jack Mitchell (2022), Dayvonte Davis (2021), Thomas Levine (2021), Andrew Nunn (2021), Perry Freed (2021), Bas Philipsen, Augusto Gonzalez (2022), Dalton Draper (2022), Erik Libao (2022) and Chase Heroux (2021).

During the fall 2020 semester, the Psi at Wabash BCA hosted a socially distant cookout to help graduate and undergraduate brothers connect.

In November, Delta Mu at Wayne State hosted FIJI's Furry Friends Contest, a virtual fundraiser for the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). Typically, the Chapter hosts an annual petting zoo to raise money for the MHS, but that was not an option due to the pandemic. The Chapter adapted the event to a cutest pet competition, where participants were asked to donate and vote which Delta Mu brothers' pet is the cutest. All proceeds were donated to the MHS.

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Alberta brothers Francois Kohlman-Asselin (2023), Calvin Choi (2021) and Cameron McDowell (2021) were elected to Alberta's IFC as VP - Recruitment, VP - Greek Relations and VP - Social, respectively.

John Kozar (2022), Thomas Summers (2023) and Christian Spence (2024) were selected to serve on Auburn's IFC as Vice President of Recruitment, Director of New Member Education and Director of Public Relations, respectively.

Rett Waggoner (Auburn 2022) was elected President of Auburn's Student Government.

 
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^ Aaron Pickering (Coastal Carolina 2021) was named Vice President of Public Relations of the IFC.

John Howell (2022) and Danny Osafo (2022) were elected to Iowa's IFC as VP Academic Achievement and VP Diversity & Inclusion, respectively. Previously, John served as Risk Manager and Community Service Chapter, and Danny served as Brotherhood Chair and DEI Chair.

 
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^ Clay Scherer (Ohio State 2022) recently won the 2021 Pace Setter Award, which is given to the most distinguished student in OSU's Fisher College of Business. Clay double majors in finance and marketing with a minor in political science, and he currently serves his chapter as a Social Chair. He also earned an internship at Procter & Gamble this summer.

 
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^ Rasheem Thornton (Old Dominion 2022) (center) was recently elected President of the Omega Deuteron Chapter. He is the first Black president in the Chapter's history.

Alex Pouttu (Wayne State 2021) was recently elected IFC President.

Kendall Wheeler (2023) and Matthew Wininger (2022) were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from Western Kentucky University. They were two of 25 students who received this scholarship for studying abroad.

 
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^ Veer Shete (Western Ontario 2021) and his team won the 7th Annual Expand Your Empire, a real estate development case competition. Students from 14 schools across North America, Europe and Asia compete in the competition each year.

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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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