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

The 2019 Fiji Academy will be held January 4-6, 2019 in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Registration

The registration deadline is November 30, 2018

Tracks will be offered for Presidents, Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians, Recruitment Chairmen and graduate volunteers (Section Chiefs, Purple Legionnaires and other advisors). All chapters and colonies are billed for THREE delegates ($475 each) to attend the Fiji Academy. At a minimum, we encourage all Presidents, Treasurers and Recruitment Chairmen to attend. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be invoiced after the event. 

Brothers will also have the opportunity to participate in Pursuing Excellence sessions, which provide opportunities for personal growth and development or to explore other aspects of chapter operations.

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Registration Fee

Undergraduates

Every chapter is invoiced $475 x 3 men for a total of $1,425. The $475 fee for undergraduate registration includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to 4 undergraduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (1/4) and Saturday (1/5) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (1/3) - LET US KNOW. Your chapter will be billed extra room nights (approximate cost: $124 / room night). 
    • Undergraduates may request additional room(s) so that a maximum of two (2) brothers share a hotel room. These are available on a limited (first-come, first-serve) basis and your chapter will be billed for the additional room(s). LET US KNOW if you would like to request additional rooms. 
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials
  • A commemorative Fiji Academy gift.

Graduates

Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires are provided complimentary registration. Other graduates will be charged the $475 fee at registration. Graduate registration includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to 2 graduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (1/4) and Saturday (1/5) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (1/3) - LET US KNOW.  
    • Graduates may request a single room at their own expense (approximate cost: $62 / room night), payable to the Union Station hotel at checkout. You may make this request as a part of the Academy registration.
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials
  • A commemorative Fiji Academy gift.

When Do I Need to Be in St. Louis?

ARRIVE: Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019 (Pursuing Excellence sessions begin at 1:00 pm)

DEPART: Anytime on Sunday, January 6, 2019

Transportation

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

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

Brothers flying to the Academy should arrive in St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), approximately 15 miles from the Union Station hotel. The Fraternity has arranged group travel discounts for Academy attendees through Delta Airlines. Click here to book your flights or call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 am - 7:30 pm (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMS93. (valid for travel into STL between December 31, 2018 - January 9, 2019). 

Getting to the Academy Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Driving Directions

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

If you drive to the Academy, the Fraternity has negotiated parking rates of $12/day for self-parking or $20/day for valet. The parking fees are your responsibility. 

 Travel Concerns

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

 

Schedule

Pursuing Excellence Sessions

Pursuing Excellence sessions are available for brothers on Friday, January 4, 2019, beginning at 1:00 pm. Sessions are limited in size and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sessions and descriptions are available below. You will sign up for the sessions of your choice on the Academy registration form.

 Block I Options (1:00-2:15 pm)

Courageous Leadership *ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLOCK II*

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

Leadership in Action: Partnering for Performance (1:00 - 3:30 pm)

The leader's role has shifted dramatically in recent years. The leader is no longer a "boss," using "command and control" tactics. This program focuses on helping leaders to effectively partner with those he is leading.*NOTE: This program will last 2.5 hours - participants will not be able to participate in a BLOCK II program*

MarketingU: Selling Your Leadership Experience 

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

Opening Doors: Simple Steps to Inclusion

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

 Block II Options (2:30-3:45 pm)

Business Writing: Getting Your Point Across

Whether texting, sending an email or posting on Twitter, your image is shaped by what and how you write. Get your point across, and get people to take action with the right style and the right channel.

Courageous Leadership *ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLOCK I*

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

Fraternity, Faith & Values (Initiated Brothers Only)

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

Phi Gamma Delta History & Trivia

Join Curator of the Archives Joe Weist (Rose-Hulman 1987) and Historian Towner Blackstock (Davison 1994) in a lively, interactive session exploring our Fraternity's history. 

 Block III Options (4:00-5:15 pm)

Communications at the Testing Point: A Short Simulation

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

How to Host a Successful Philanthropy Event

Learn powerful lessons in planning a fundraising event from a professional fundraiser who has planned everything from galas, golf tournaments, walks and rides to silent auctions.

My Happy Face: Maintaining Mental Health as a Chapter Leader

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

Networking 101: Making the Most of Your Fraternity Connections

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

Professional Panel: Launching My Career

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

Recruiting Outside of Your Comfort Zone

This presentation will focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion within a fraternal organization using relevant, real-life examples from the presenter’s experiences inside his chapter. Additionally, the session will focus on steps chapters can take to increase diversity and inclusion on their campus as well as the social and psychological hurdles that recruiting outside of the comfort zone present.

 

Saturday Officer Breakout Sessions

Brothers attending the Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Historian Tracks will also participate in officer breakouts on Saturday afternoon, January 6. Your session choices must be indicated on the Academy registration form. Sessions will be assigned, taking into account brothers' preferences and schedule provided at the registration desk in St. Louis. 

 Saturday Officer Breakout Program Descriptions

Graduate Relations 

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

Membership Experience Survey

Learn more about how to understand and leverage the information in the Membership Experience Survey.

Pledge Education

What is the purpose of Pledge Education? Is your chapter getting the most out of the Pledge Education program? Brothers will identify best practices in Pledge Education, assess their own chapter’s program for gaps and create an action plan on how to close those gaps.

Promoting Scholarship

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

Ritual Education

Chapter officers sometimes struggle to get brothers to understand the importance of having Ritual meetings on a regular basis. This session will help brothers identify the purpose of practicing Ritual, explore ways to integrate Ritual into the daily life of the chapter, and provide tips on how to help brothers better understand the Ritual.

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

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

 

Tentative Schedule

 Friday, January 4

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

 Saturday, January 5

  • 7:45 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:50 am: Opening Session For All Attendees
  • 10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Educational Tracks For Chapter Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, Emerging Leaders and Graduate Volunteers
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Luncheon
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Pig Dinner
  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Game Night & T-Shirt Exchange
 

 Sunday, January 6

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

What to Bring

  • Your badge
  • A coat and tie to wear at the Saturday Pig Dinner. Business casual wear (collared shirts and slacks/khaki pants) for all other times
  • Some spending money for out of pocket meals and transportation
  • Chapter T-shirts to exchange
  • Questions about the Fraternity
  • Any forms or fees that are due
  • Willingness to learn and participate 

Questions

Any questions should be directed to Rob Caudill, Senior Director of Graduate Development & Operations.

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