The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Fall 2020

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PHI GAMMA DELTA Vol. 142 No. 1 | Fall 2020

Chapters Adapting Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

36 THE PHI GAMMA DELTA The Phi Gamma Delta is published semi-annually by The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, 1201 Red Mile Road, Lexington, KY 40504. Circulation: 116,567 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Phi Gamma Delta, PO Box 4599, Lexington, KY, 40544-4599. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: PO Box 875, Station A, Windsor, ON N9A 6P2 Publications Mail Agreement No. 41752521 2

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Fall 2020 VOLUME 142, NO. 1

Cover Story


28 Persistence Through the Pandemic

How the Fraternity is Adapting to COVID-19 Guidance & Changes

Features 7


Leading the Fight Against Hazing Update about the Fraternity's Hazing Prevention Plan.


President's Message


Gamma Gram


On Campus

30 Graduate Almanac

40 Spotlight

22 Fall 2020 Colonization Results &

46 Foundation

23 Charterings at Texas State, Texas

52 Ad Astra

Spring 2021 Expansion Plans San Antonio & Tampa

25 The Upward March of Humanity:


55 Fraternally Speaking

Will We Lead?

Phi Gamma Delta forms a Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


On the Cover

36 The 172nd Ekklesia

Highlights from the virtual 172nd Ekklesia.

38 2020-22 Archons 43 Demanding Justice

Jim McCloskey's (Bucknell 1964) memoir, When Truth Is All You Have.


North American Interfraternity Conference

44 Annual Awards 50 Distinguished Fiji Award Winners

Fraternity Communications Association

This summer, Virginia Commonwealth brothers hosted a free meal program, distributing 100 meals every Tuesday and Thursday.



President's Message A

s we move through the fall, past Thanksgiving, and into the holiday season, as Archon President my thoughts turn to the challenges and opportunities facing Phi Gamma Delta, as well as the principles that should guide our response. I’d like to share some of those thoughts with you.

values that may be found among people of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation. As we recruit new members or create new friendships, remember also these values matter more than a person’s color, beliefs or ancestry. Look for the goodness in others and embrace those who share our values.

COVID-19. As the most difficult challenge of our time, we have seen its impact on our lives: threats to our health, the loss of loved ones, a disrupted economy and the interruption of our educational processes. While pursuing our efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy, we are continually assessing the effect of this worldwide danger upon our chapters and our Fraternity as a whole. While it is too early to measure the full impact of COVID-19 upon us, we do know that, due to our values and the strength of our membership, Phi Gamma Delta will emerge from this period in our history fully prepared to continue as a positive influence upon the lives of young men. During these troubling times, take a minute each day to be a friend, help others, or learn something new. Act responsibly and make good decisions. We’ll all be better off if we do these simple things.

Quality Gentlemen. Take a moment to recall the last time that you invited a family member, a friend or a neighbor into your home. Words like friendliness, welcome and interest likely come to mind. When we are treated well by others, we are grateful, and we respond in kind. It’s the basis of the Golden Rule. Treating people kindly and respecting the dignity of others are hallmarks of gentlemen everywhere. So, whether we get a call from an old friend in town for the night or engage a new member who is joining our chapter, let’s take the time to think about how we would like to be received and make it a pleasant experience for them. It’s the brotherly, and gentlemanly, thing to do.

Diversity. As we reflect upon the

social unrest that we have witnessed this year, the words “diversity,” “equity” and “inclusion” take on new meaning. As we strive to support fairness and equal opportunity, let’s remember that our binding principles (Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality and Excellence) represent 4

Housing as an Experience. A

well-shared axiom is that environment has much to do with one’s growth opportunities. A few years ago, Phi Gamma Delta created and introduced 1848 Properties as a vehicle for enriching the undergraduate experience, as well as that of a graduate brother returning home to his chapter house. Quality housing can enhance overall member satisfaction and provide a motivation for continuing participation as a graduate brother, thus providing current


undergraduates with the benefits of mentoring that many of us enjoyed when we were in college. Other fraternities have acknowledged this need and have fashioned programs to promote it. Phi Gamma Delta has recognized the importance of housing as an experience and elevated this concept to a level of strategic importance. We’ll be asking for your support as we pursue this worthwhile endeavor.

Courageous Leadership.

Leadership comes in many forms. Two of them are formal leaders (elected or appointed) and informal leaders, those who influence outcomes solely by means of their words and actions. But what about those who fit into neither category? These brothers, too, can be powerful leaders in their own way: simply by adhering to the guiding principles of our Fraternity and standing up for them when they are challenged. Whether an elected leader, or a brother who contributes otherwise, we share the same opportunity to distinguish our Fraternity in one important aspect: by standing up for a shared commitment that hazing has no place in Phi Gamma Delta. No good can come of it. Let’s join together to fight it. In closing, please accept my very best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season. Fraternally,

Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974), Archon President

Gamma Gram Headquarters Staff Updates

Depew On September 1, Andrew Depew (Kentucky 2010) was named Assistant Director of Education. In his new role, Andrew is primary responsible for developing and executing the Fraternity's online learning programs and providing support for all educational activities and initiates. Andrew joined the Fraternity staff in August 2018 as the Coordinator of Educational Programs & Online Learning. Also in September, Joe Roth (Akron 2019) joined Bryan Hartzell (Western Kentucky 2014) as Director of Chapter Services. Joe, the Director of Chapter Services - East, serves our chapters and colonies in the Eastern time zone, and Bryan, the Director of Chapter



Services - West, serves our chapters and colonies in the Central, Mountain and Western time zones. Both handle undergraduate affairs, monitor chapter performance metrics and work closely with Purple Legionnaires and BCA in their respective territories. Joe will continue to oversee charterings, and Bryan will continue to supervise our Field Secretaries. Joe initially assumed the role of Director of Chapter Development in May 2020 after serving as Field Secretary for one year. Bryan has served on the Fraternity staff for over six years. He was Field Secretary for three years, Director of Chapter Development for over one year, and has served as Director of Chapter Services for over two years.

News, Events, Feedback

The Summit Series 2020 Due to the pandemic, The Summit 2020, which was supposed to be held in Lexington during the summer, was canceled. To ensure our brothers (particularly Recruitment Chairman and New Member Educators) got the support they normally get, The Summit Series was created. The Summit Series was a combination of large and small group sessions hosted on Zoom from May to August. The goal of the series was to help chapters create recruitment and new member education plans in a virtual world. We want to thank the incredible speakers that helped us this summer: • Matt Farrell (Connecticut 2013) talked about Social Excellence and recruiting outside your comfort zone. • Jim Link (Ohio Wesleyan 1982) spoke about Building Courageous Leaders and what we need to do to push through difficult situations. • Dave Willmer (Akron 1992) shared how the

Fraternity prepares you for the real world and discussed networking, building a resume and developing interview skills. • Justin Burns (Ohio State 2017) and Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) spoke about our Ritual and how it relates to recruitment and new member education. Congratulations to our chapters that showed extraordinary participation over the summer. There were three chapters and colonies that won a $500 scholarship for their recruitment and new member education efforts. • Austin Peay State University • Colorado School of Mines • Kent State University Colony For all brothers who were unable attend or would like to re-watch the sessions, you can access these videos on our website at phigam. org/TheSummit. 4



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Introducing Our 2020-21 Field Secretaries



2nd year Education: BS in industrial distribution Chapter Activities: President; Corresponding Secretary; Social Chair; Community Service Chair Other Activities: New Student Program orientation leader; club ice hockey team announcer

2nd year Education: BS in criminal justice and public management & policy Chapter Activities: Risk Management Chair Other Activities: resident assistant; member of the Criminal Justice Association; College of Social & Behavioral Science ambassador

#204 Eli Ussery (Alabama Birmingham 2018)

#207 Robbie Guilford (Arizona 2017)


Great Plains


1st year Education: BS in information systems, finance minor Chapter Activities: Historian, New Member Educator, graduate relations chair, Brotherhood Chair Other Activities: founding member of UAB's spikeball club team, volunteered with UAB's men's basketball team

1st year Education: BA in sports management, business admin. minor Chapter Activities: IFC chair, recruitment chair, Pig Dinner chair, social chairman Other Activities: intern for the WSU football program, Director of Football Operations/College Recruiting for the Roseville High School football program

1st year Education: BA in marketing, Spanish minor Chapter Activities: Treasurer, graduate brother & parent relations chair Other Activities: social media coordinator and utility player for State's club baseball team t

#209 Logan McLendon (Alabama Birmingham 2020)


#210 Tyler Fisk (Wayne State 2020)


#211 Jarrett Keyton (Mississippi State 2020)

Leading the Fight Against Hazing


he Fraternity is two years into its plan to eliminate and prevent hazing. In the spring 2020 magazine, the Fraternity provided the first update to brothers regarding the enhanced initiative: Lead the Fight Against Hazing. Phi Gamma Delta has spent a significant amount of time and resources to continue to advance this crucial plan to eliminate the number one killer of fraternity chapters. The reality is that there is no single action or policy that will solve this problem. Instead, we will work on several key areas to help brothers recognize that hazing is contrary to our values and has no place in our fraternity.

Rethink the Joining Process

Phi Gamma Delta is committed to rethinking and evaluating how a man “becomes a Phi Gam.” This requires the Fraternity to look at all components of the joining process:


Recruitment should be the period where deliberate decisions regarding membership are made, where chapters intentionally evaluate potential new members based on the values of Phi Gamma Delta and are wholly comfortable inviting these men to join. To accomplish this, the Fraternity is implementing a growth system focused on four key projects:

increased delivery of targeted and deliberate education on aligning recruitment with the values; implementation of a customer relationship management technology to assist chapters with new member recruitment and selection; increased advisor education and support; and leveraging key data points to make informed decisions about support. Increased education and support will help chapters have a more successful new member education experience.

New Member Education

With a focus on intentional recruitment, no longer does the new member education period in any way "weed out" men who were not adequately evaluated. The next step in the joining process is to ensure a successful and wellplanned New Member Education program that welcomes the new members into the brotherhood immediately. Phi Gamma Delta is piloting a new New Member Education program that is focused on the core of the Fraternity: Friendship. The program is built on the need to create meaningful and healthy connections among all brothers, and it is flexible to meet the needs of all chapters. The goal is for this program to replace the current prescribed New Member Education program in spring 2021.

Post-Initiation Experience

Too often a brother’s formal education and development ends at

initiation. Our goal is to extend learning over the entire undergraduate career, with content focused on the needs of the brother that aligns with his year in school. The original goal was to begin the pilot content this fall. However, due to COVID-19, our focus now is on developing more content and then conducting the pilot once campuses have stabilized.

Increased Education & Training

Phi Gamma Delta continues to provide an array of educational opportunities. In additional to our existing content, the Fraternity has launched two chapter-based educational programs: Discussion on Hazing: A Graduate Facilitation Guide and Building a Chapter of Courageous Leaders. Both programs were created for graduate brothers to facilitate conversations with undergraduate members about hazing prevention and courageous leadership.

Join the Fight Against Hazing

The Fraternity is in the second year of the campaign for all brothers to Join the Fight Against Hazing. All stakeholders are important in this fight. If you have not done so already, we invite you to take the pledge against hazing at phigam. org/FightHazingPledge. t THE PHI GAMMA DELTA


On Campus

Please keep in mind that news continues to come in, even when an issue has gone to press. While it may seem dated to include events from the previous semester or school year, the goal is to give credit to all our brothers, chapters and colonies.

ITALICS indicates Colony


| Akron, OH During the summer, Alpha Omicron partnered with the Kappa Upsilon Colony at Kent State to raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Together the chapters raised over $1,000 for the NAACP to combat racism and fight for racial justice. In September, the Chapter experienced significant financial hardships due to COVID-19, which jeopardized the future of the chapter house. Through the collective fundraising

efforts of undergraduate and graduate brothers, over 100 graduate brothers donated more than $50,000 to the House Corporation to ensure the future of the chapter facility.

Alabama Birmingham

| Birmingham, AL On September 20-30, Alpha Beta hosted their third annual Island Princess Competition, which benefits the American Cancer Society (ACS). This year, the Chapter held several virtual events for candidates to

compete in. The candidate who raises the most money for ACS by the end of the week is crowned Island Princess. As of September 23, the event had raised $2,193 for the ACS.

fundraising event, selling fireworks during the summer break. Brothers broke their fundraising record by raising $9,500.

Typically, during the summer, the Chapter hosts a three-day brotherhood retreat in the Tennessee mountains. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the brothers changed the event to a gathering on Zoom. The event was a huge success, with all the undergraduate brothers participating.

| Meadville, PA

Additionally, the Chapter conducted their biannual


During the spring 2020 semester, the Pi Chapter raised money for the Meadville Center for Family Services' COVID19 Pandemic Relief, raising over $2,400. The Chapter also received the Fraternity of the Year Award, which is awarded to the chapter that is making a positive impact on campus and is continuously dedicated to community, scholarship, philanthropy and friendship.

Appalachian State | Boone, NC

3 The Beta Nu Chapter

held a service event at Price Lake as a part of their fall recruitment. Brothers and potential new members volunteered at the lake by cleaning and maintaining the Price Lake Trail.



[ On Campus ] The Chapter and Delta Zeta Sorority partnered to raise money for FARM Cafe, a nonprofit, paywhat-you-can restaurant in Boone, North Carolina. Together, they raised over $700 for FARM Cafe.

Ball State | Muncie, IN

4 In June, Beta Sigma

Additionally, in April, the Chapter held their first online brotherhood event. They continued to hold online events throughout the spring and summer, inviting graduate brothers to join as well.

brothers participated in a local peaceful protest. Several brothers participated in a constructive conversation with the chief of police about changes that can be made, and brothers also provided community members with free water and face masks. Pictured: Syrus Anderson (2020) (right) with a local officer.

Austin Peay

Bowling Green

| Clarksville, TN

6 Alpha Psi won the 2020 Wyatt Award, recognizing outstanding school spirit, from the University's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs. This is the second consecutive year the Chapter has won this award. Additionally, Jalen White (2020) received the Unsung Hero Award.

| Bowling Green, OH

Throughout the summer and fall, Beta Gamma partnered with Food for Thought (FfT) for a GoFundMe fundraising campaign. FfT is a nonprofit organization providing mobile food pantry services throughout northwestern Ohio. They raised over $1,000 for FfT, which will help feed the hungry.

The Chapter had a challenging fall recruitment season, but with outstanding effort by the Recruitment Chairman and the brothers, they were still able to welcome 22 men to their fall new member class.

Bradley | Peoria, IL

6 During National

Hazing Prevention Week (September 21-25, 2020),

Beta Pi brothers wore purple every day to show that Phi Gamma Delta is strictly against hazing, as it does not build better men. On April 18, the Chapter hosted their Pig Dinner on Zoom, with 75 brothers attending.


| Clemson, SC Although Chi Alpha had to cancel their philanthropy



[ On Campus ] and community service events during the spring 2020 semester, they were still able to complete 170 community service hours and raise over $1,000 for their philanthropy. During the summer, the Chapter changed one of their philanthropies to make a positive impact on the greater Clemson community. Brothers raised money to purchase clear, anti-fog face masks, which are recommended by speech language pathologists for hearing impaired students, for a local elementary school. Additionally, during the spring 2020 semester, the Chapter recorded its highest-ever grades with a 3.649 GPA. And they welcomed nine new members.

Connecticut | Storrs, CT

6 Alex Thatcher (2022) (left) and his EMT partner, Sean Swider (right), a

member of Phi Kappa Psi at University of Maryland, are pictured during a break between calls with Quakertown (NJ) FireRescue helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic.


| Chicago, IL Bryce Pritchard (2020) won the Order of Omega's Senior Stole Award for his academic achievements and his work for the Fraternity & Sorority Life community.


| Greencastle, IN Lambda brothers held a T-shirt fundraiser for COVID-19 relief. The Chapter designed and sold T-shirts, with all the proceeds going to the United Way of Putnam County's COVID-19 Relief Fund.


| Des Moines, IA Nathan Trees (2021) was elected Vice President of

Student Life for the 202021 school year. Jason Prochaska (2020) was accepted into Notre Dame's Nuclear Physics Graduate Program.

5 Delta Iota was unable

to hold their in-person NAMI Walk philanthropy during the spring 2020 semester. However, they were still able to raise over $1,500 for NAMI of Iowa. Pictured: Brothers at the NAMI Walk philanthropy event in 2019.


| Daytona Beach, FL Because of the COVID19 pandemic, EmbryRiddle's Relay for Life, scheduled for March 20-21 on campus, was canceled. However, Brandon Augustin (2020), the Relay for Life student event coordinator, decided (just five days before the event)



to change the in-person event into a social media takeover event. The goals of Relay for Life are fundraising and awareness - both of which are easily conducted through social media. Brandon got approval from Relay for Life for the social media event, the first-ever social media Relay for Life. The Chapter raised over $1,000 and awareness for the cause.


| Evansville, IN Epsilon Iota hosted a fundraiser for Easterseals during the spring 2020 semester. Easterseals provides services to children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs and also helps support their families. The Chapter raised nearly $600 for the organization, which was in urgent need of funding for services to families in the

[ On Campus ]

greater Evansville community during the pandemic.


| Gainesville, FL In April, Chapter President Michael Morin (2020), a member of the Army National Guard, was called to active duty to assist with a coronavirus testing site. Chris Avitabile (2020) was selected as a member of Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Florida State | Tallahassee, FL

Florida State's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life named Corwin Shaw

(2020) to the Greek Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who are graduating members of the FSU Greek community, alumni or faculty/staff, and it is the highest honor one can receive within the Greek community.

5 The Chapter also

Georgia Tech

involved with recruiting

recruited the largest fall new member class of any fraternity on campus, with 25 new members.


| Moscow, ID

6 Despite the difficulties

during the pandemic, the Mu Iota Chapter completed a successful fall 2020 recruitment with 17 new members. This is the largest new member class on Greek row. The new member class also had the highest GPA in the Chapter's recent history.

| Atlanta, GA

In September, Gamma Tau brothers stopped by the Georgia Tech Police Department to deliver goodies and to thank the officers for everything they do for the campus community. During the spring 2020 semester, the Chapter had the second highest grades in the IFC with a 3.77 GPA.



[ On Campus ] Indiana

| Bloomington, IN

3 The Zeta Chapter

donated two AEDs to the Indiana University Police Department. Officers will keep the AEDs with them during patrols to help save lives.


| Iowa City, IA


| Urbana-Champaign, IL After Chi Iota's philanthropy events were canceled, Philanthropy Chairman Joel Peruba (2023) and Michael Purk (2023) created a new

March Madness Game Pigeon App virtual fundraiser. Seventy-four brothers participated in the game app and raised over $500 for their chapter house cook, who was affected by the pandemic.

From July 6-11, Mu Deuteron brothers raised money for the National Cares Mentoring Movement (NCMM) through their Miles for Mentoring Runathon. Throughout the week, donors could choose to sponsor one of 12

brothers to participate in the runathon. Individual runners had to run one mile for every $5 donated in their name. By the end of the event, the Chapter raised over $4,000 for the NCMM. Several brothers have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement in 2020. Riley Roos (2020) won the Treverbaugh Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a brother in the Chapter. Jon Tseng (2022) received the Amend Award, recognizing the new member of the year. Andrew Gastineau (2021), Henry Hammer (2023) and Ethan Kloster (2023) won the Maher Award, given to brothers with the highest GPA. Sam Rodeghiero (2020), Sullivan Hartsook (2022), Sam Knoshaug (2022), Sam Mansfield (2022) and Christian Urice (2020) won the Coulter Award, awarded to brothers with the greatest GPA improvement.

3 Brendan Roe (2021)

is stepping up to be a bone marrow donor through Be the Match. Brendan said, "I would have never guessed two years ago, when I signed up with my 30 fraternity brothers at Iowa's Dance Marathon, that I would get the phone call to donate. With starting nursing school in the fall, I



[ On Campus ] couldn't think of any better way to start off a career of helping others than helping someone else that needs it. I ask everyone in a time of the unknown to not forget about others, to remember to give a helping hand and give someone hope. You give hope to a mother, father, daughter, son, child or friends." If Brendan's story inspires you, join at Brendan and indicate you need a cheek swab kit mailed to you.

Iowa State | Ames, IA

During the fall 2020 semester, the Alpha Iota Chapter has added several precautions to the chapter house due to the pandemic. They are performing weekly fumigations; they installed a new HVAC air filter, and

brothers are wearing masks in all communal areas. The Chapter also moved their annual philanthropy to an online event. Additionally, the Chapter welcomed 18 men to the fall 2020 new member class.

James Madison | Harrisonburg, VA

The Mu Chi Chapter received several awards from the University's Fraternity & Sorority Life for the 2019-20 academic year. They were awarded Silver for Excellence in Academic Achievement, Gold for Excellence in Member Development and Gold for Excellence in Philanthropy & Service. Most notably, the Chapter won Fraternity of the Year.


program with 47 new members, the largest new member class of any fraternity on campus.

| Lawrence, KS Ben Brown (2022) was elected Director of Scholarship for the IFC in May 2020.

Kent State | Kent, OH

During the summer, the Kappa Upsilon Colony partnered with the Alpha Omicron Chapter at Akron to raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Together the chapters raised over $1,000 for the NAACP to combat racism and fight for racial justice.


| Lexington, KY

3 In September, the

Upsilon Kappa Chapter was finally able to initiate their spring 2020 new member class.

Additionally, the Chapter participated in the Virtual Out of the Darkness Walk (OODW) on April 5. The OODW, which supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, was originally supposed to take place on UK's campus, but was adapted to a virtual event. Brothers participated by walking in their respective neighborhoods, sharing their walks on social media, and raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event was coordinated by Clay Barnett (2020) and Keyon Ghayoumi (2020).

Loyola New Orleans

| New Orleans, LA

The Chapter also completed their fall recruitment

5 The Delta Colony

partnered with Merchose


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[ On Campus ] to design and sell a COVID-19 Relief T-shirt. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales benefitted the Frontline Responders Fund, which provides supplies to the front lines nationally. The Colony also raised money for the Frontline Responders Fund through their social media accounts.

Michigan State | East Lansing, MI

During the spring 2020 semester, the Epsilon Lambda Chapter was #1 in grades among IFC fraternities with a 3.59 GPA.

non-perishable foods to the Salvation Army.

Mississippi State | Starkville, MS

4 Sigma Mu welcomed

36 new members (12 pictured) during the fall 2020 semester. Campbell Taylor (2023) and Will Couch (2023) were selected to serve on the 2020-21 Student Association Cabinet. Campbell was named Freshman Council Director of Policy, and Will was selected as Freshman Edge Director of Outreach.

6 The Chapter also made Missouri State a generous donation of non-perishable food to the Salvation Army in Lansing. Pictured: Brothers delivered two barrels of

| Springfield, MO

The Psi Mu Chapter once again partnered with the Alpha Chi Sorority for

their Make-A-Wish philanthropy event. Typically, the event is held on campus, but this year they hosted the fundraiser online. Through a lot of hard work and planning, the chapters raised over $5,600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

North Carolina | Chapel Hill, NC

After the pandemic hit, the Epsilon Chapter did not know what to do with their remaining dues and gross food costs. The Chapter's executive committee sent an email to members and parents to determine what to do with those funds, and



they voted to donate a portion of their refund, $7,254, to the Carolina Student Impact Fund (CSIF). The CSIF supports students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to the pandemic. The Chapter hopes to continue making contributions to the fund.

Northeastern | Boston, MA

Nu Eta once again participated in the University's Relay for Life. While past events have been held inperson, this year's event was forced to transition to an online event due to

[ On Campus ] Old Dominion | Norfolk, VA

the pandemic. Despite this hurdle, the University community still raised over $178,000, mostly through online fundraising, and Nu Eta was the top fundraising team on campus.

Northern Arizona | Flagstaff, AZ

On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, the Nu Alpha Chapter raised money and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

by welcoming 15 new members.

Ohio State

| Columbus, OH

5 The Omicron Deuteron 5 Jose Matute (2021) Chapter welcomed 19 men to their fall new member class. Pictured: The fall 2020 new member class attending virtual new member education.

Ohio Wesleyan | Delaware, OH

| Evanston, IL

On September 12-13, the Theta Deuteron Chapter live-streamed video games for 24 hours to raise money for the USO. During the 24-hour period, 184 friends, family members, undergraduates and graduate brothers watched the live-stream, and the Chapter raised over $400 for the USO.

During the spring 2020 semester, the Phi Chapter doubled its size

Jack Foley (2022) set up a private Discord gaming server for all Phi Gams, so

Seven brothers volunteered to clean local hiking trails. Brothers were careful and followed CDC guidelines, wearing face masks and keeping the group size small to ensure the safety of others.


brothers and friends can stay connected while maintaining social distancing. Discord is a free platform that will allow brothers to voice and text chat with one another while playing video games. was elected President of OWU's student government, making him the first Hispanic president. Jose is a political science and pre-law double major, with an economics minor, and he is a first-generation college student. Jose plans to attend law school after graduating in May.

During the summer, Omega Deuteron brothers participated in multiple social injustice protests. The Chapter also collaborated with the Mu Pi Chapter at Virginia Commonwealth. Together the chapters worked with local authorities to peacefully march through Richmond, Virginia, bringing attention to racial injustice and police brutality.

6 Rasheem Thornton

(2022) (pictured) also organized a peaceful march in his hometown of Purcellville, Virginia, this summer. With the help of his Young Life leaders and local authorities, a march of over 1,000 people took place. The march concluded with a meeting with the town's police, where they discussed police and education reform and the Breathe bill, which ensures authorities will be held accountable.



[ On Campus ] Additionally, the Chapter held multiple community service and philanthropy events during the spring 2020 semester. They held a beach clean-up, where brothers walked around Virginia Beach collecting trash. The Chapter also partnered with the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority to host their 2nd Annual Car Smash, a philanthropy event held in memory of brother Austin Cook (2017). During the event, students could pay to smash a car, and all the proceeds were donated to the USO. The Chapter also raised money for the USO through their Fry Gamma Delta and Yankee Candle fundraising events.



| Pittsburgh, PA Brothers from the Pi Sigma Chapter held their annual Pitt FIJI Open in July. The 17 graduates and 14 undergraduate brothers who attended the event had a lot of fun while maintaining social distancing. Max Johnson (2020), who played for the Pitt Golf Team, won the event with a 76.


| West Lafayette, IN

6 Due to the pandemic,

the Lambda Iota Chapter faced challenges with recruitment just like other chapters during the fall 2020 semester. Although


unable to recruit through their typical recruitment events, the Chapter recruited a full new member class through calls and one-on-one meetings. The Chapter is looking forward to continuing these practicess, which were put in place to ensure a safe semester for brothers. The Chapter also adopted a new way to serve meals to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19. With all the brothers' buy-in, they were able to develop a safe and enjoyable chapter house. Nick Frawley (2021) was awarded IFC Scholar of the Year. Liam Bettez (2021) was named IFC Steven C. Beering Outstanding President. And Zach

Mutchner (2021) won IFC Brother of the Year.

Quinnipiac | Hamden, CT

Eta Chi received the Excellence in Public Relations and Excellence in Alumni Relations awards from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.


| Richmond, VA Rho Chi created a COVID19 support philanthropy to help the greater Richmond community during the pandemic. The Chapter set a fundraising goal of $1,250 for CARITAS Charity, which provides support to the most vulnerable community members in

[ On Campus ]

Richmond. The Chapter exceeded their goal, raising over $1,260 for CARITAS.

Rose-Hulman | Terre Haute, IN

During the spring semester, Rho Phi utilized their social media accounts to share ideas to help members stave off boredom during self-isolation throughout the pandemic.

Garrett Wight (2020) received the John A. Logan Award, which is given to one male and one female senior athlete who has achieved the highest GPA while participating in sports. Garrett is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 GPA. He also recently accepted a position with Bastian Solutions, working full-time with his

summer internship mentor, Nate Richter (2009). Gavinn Bakker (2021), an offensive lineman on the Fightin’ Engineers football team, was named Preseason All-American by Lindy's Sports, a college football preview magazine. In 2019 Gavinn was a firstteam all-HCAC selection.


| New Brunswick, NJ

3 Nu Beta created a

GoFundMe fundraiser in memory of Alex Marion (2023) (pictured), who died on August 16 after battling heart disease. The Chapter raised money for the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), which was the first

organization Alex wanted to raise money for when he was elected Philanthropy Chairman. Within a few weeks, the Chapter raised over $5,600 for the AHA and LRC.

Sam Houston State | Huntsville, TX

5 Sigma Eta was awarded

the Outstanding NonGreek Collaboration Award at the 2020 Greek Life Awards Ceremony. The Chapter received the award for forming a meaningful connection with SHSU's Diamond Kats, who support the SHSU baseball program. Pictured: Sigma Eta brothers at a philanthropy event 4 in February 2020. THE PHI GAMMA DELTA


[ On Campus ] with the South Mountain Reservation.

South Carolina | Columbia, SC

Additionally, Joseph Oviedo (2021) won the Demeter Award as a leader in service, and David Brooke (2020) won the Athena Award for academic excellence.

San Diego

| San Diego, CA The Alpha Phi Chapter


partnered with the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority to host the Virtual Walk-aMile 2020 philanthropy event from October 1-14. The event raised awareness about domestic violence while also raising money for Becky's House Domestic Violence Program. Supporters participated in the virtual walk


by making a $5 donation. And the participant who walked (or ran) the most miles from October 1-14 won a Fitbit.

Seton Hall

| South Orange, NJ

5 Brothers from the

Delta Colony volunteered by planting trees

The Mu Lambda Chapter partnered with the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity to form the Carolina vs. COVID-19 fundraiser, benefiting the Prisma Health Relief Fund (PHRF). All money raised will contribute to purchasing vitally needed hospital equipment to protect local healthcare providers. They raised over $1,700 for PHRF.

Tennessee | Knoxville, TN

6 Kappa Tau welcomed 20 men to their fall 2020 new member class. The Chapter is happy with this number due to the

[ On Campus ] changes to recruitment amidst the pandemic. They also welcomed 22 initiated brothers during the spring 2020 semester. The original initiation was pushed back to April 18 because of the pandemic. The Chapter changed their fall philanthropy to a virtual event because of the pandemic. During the months of September and October, the Chapter raised money by working with local businesses to support the USO. Additionally, the Chapter had one of the highest

GPAs among IFC fraternities with a 3.52 GPA for the spring 2020 semester.

Texas A&M

| College Station, TX

4 Brothers from the

Alpha Mu Chapter collected diapers for single mothers who are enrolled in the services provided by SingleMoms Created4Change Advocacy & Empowerment Center (SM C4C). SM C4C is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering single mothers to thrive emotionally, physically and financially.


| New Orleans, LA Tau Upsilon raised $4,800 (a chapter record) for their new philanthropy partner, Son of a Saint.

Son of a Saint is a New Orleans-based organization that enhances the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship and support programs.



[ On Campus ] Wabash

| Crawfordsville, IN

3 In September, Psi

brothers volunteered to paint a plane hangar. They also delivered care baskets to local firefighters and EMTs (pictured).

Virginia Commonwealth | Richmond, VA

6 Throughout the

summer, Mu Pi hosted a free meal program,


distributing approximately 100 meals every Tuesday and Thursday. Brothers helped purchase, collect and repackage food, while following social distancing and food safety guidelines.


Latham Davies (2022) and Solomon Davis (2022) earned Wabash's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. Latham, a religion major, will study abroad in Rabat, Morocco during summer 2021. Solomon, a religion major and education minor, will travel to Salzburg, Austria during

the spring 2021 term. Tyler Watson (2022) was selected as one of four managers on Wabash's COVID Action Response Education (CARE) Team. Tyler and the other three CARE Team managers will oversee all 40 members of the CARE Team, who are responsible for responding to student concerns, boosting student morale and encouraging the campus to follow public health guidelines. The managers will also work closely with the Healthy Campus Task Force to figure out new ways to help with the College's COVID response.

[ On Campus ] West Chester | West Chester, PA

The Chi Kappa Chapter participated in the IFC's Call of Duty philanthropy on April 25. For this event, teams of six were required to pay a $60 fee to play in the Call of Duty tournament. The winning team won 25% of the pot, and the rest was donated to COVID-19 first responders.

Western Kentucky

| Bowling Green, KY

6 Chi Eta welcomed 20 new members during the fall 2020 semester. Sean Dillon (2022) was

named Outstanding Junior in Information Systems, and he won the Donald Zacharias Fraternity Scholarship.

Western Michigan

| Kalamazoo, MI

4 Mo Ibrahim (2021)

(pictured in front), who works at the Bronson Hospital, is helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Ben Kandah (2021) landed an internship with Ford Motor Company. Ben is an integrated supply management major, and he is a member of the student-run Supply Chain Management Association.

Western Ontario | London, ON

Jesse Zender (2021) shadowed Mary Ann Yule, CEO of HP Canada, as part of the CEOx1Day Program. He was one of 20 students selected to shadow CEOs from across Canada.

William & Mary | Williamsburg, VA

4 The Rho Tau Chapter

won William & Mary's award for Outstanding Fraternity, the highest recognition for fraternities at the college. Pictured: Chapter President Gavin Hallisey (2021) holding the Chapter's award.

Wisconsin Eau Claire | Eau Claire, WI

In April, undeterred by the pandemic, Epsilon Chi brothers volunteered at Ruby's Pantry, a local popup food pantry.


| Worcester, MA Due to the pandemic, Pi Iota modified their original Humvee Push philanthropy. Instead, teams competed to raise the most money and submitted a Photoshopped image of their team pushing a Humvee. The challenge took place from April 4-11, raising over $2,000 for the USO. t



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During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fall 2020 Expansion Results During the fall 2020 semester, we began our expansion projects at the University of Memphis, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these projects were virtual. This meant the expansion staff worked remotely

and did not travel to these campuses. Our goal was to start an interest group on each campus by the end of the semester. We relied heavily upon ChapterBuilder (CRM for Greek organizations), listservs, social media and referrals to find men interested in becoming a part of the interest group on each campus.

University Plans for the Students in Fall 2020:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

• Classes: Fully virtual learning • Recruitment: Formal recruitment moved to the spring 2021 semester

• Classes: Hybrid model learning (half in-person and half virtual) • Recruitment: Formal recruitment TBA

| San Luis Obispo, CA

| Corpus Christi, TX


| Memphis, TN • Classes: Fully virtual learning for the fall semester • Recruitment: Virtual formal recruitment

Spring 2021 Colonization Plans The headquarters staff intends to lead a full or abbreviated in-person expansion project this spring at each of the three institutions listed above - subject to state, local and campus guidelines. The length of the project will be based on the

strength of the interest group that is developed in advance.

Thank you to our graduate brothers in the expansion areas who are aware of the process and believe that acting with caution is appropriate given frequent changes in the cities and states where we are expanding. We appreciate all your support.

that might expose them to the virus or make them uncomfortable during the pandemic. We believe this is the best way to foster a positive experience for potential new members. In a time of uncertainty, taking our time to recruit and adapt to changing circumstances is going to be the best way to lead successful expansions over the next year. t

The process we have developed puts no one in a situation 22


At press time, we have not received any additional invitations for expansion.

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his year has taught Phi Gams across North America all about adaptability, adjustments and persistence. These lessons were especially profound as the Fraternity worked to welcome our three newest chapters. Brothers at Texas State University, the University of Texas San Antonio and the University of Tampa had demonstrated years of hard work as colonies prior to the pandemic. Unfortunately, just as they began preparations to celebrate their charterings, COVID-19 put a halt to those plans. However, through persistence, creativity and a lot of patience, all three colonies chartered safely and successfully this fall. Through consultation with Ritualist Justin Burns (Ohio State 2007) and Headquarters staff, modifications were made to the traditional initiation and banquet ceremonies that historically had been a time of grand celebration within Phi Gamma Delta. Brothers wore masks, socially distanced and made sacrifices to keep each other and their graduate advisors safe. Brothers at Texas State decided to forego a traditional banquet altogether. Instead they conducted a modified version of the initiation ceremony to receive their charter and badges. Texas San Antonio and Tampa scaled back their banquets and modified their initiations in the interest of keeping

Fall 2020

brothers and volunteers safe. We thank the local graduate brothers who played integral roles in making these unique charterings successful. The International Fraternity traditionally sends a delegation to each chartering to assist in the initiation and welcoming of a new chapter. Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented staff and volunteers from traveling to Texas and Florida this fall, so some necessary adaptations were made. Executive Director Rob Caudill (Akron 2004) and Archon President Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974) utilized Zoom video-conferencing software to deliver some of the traditional remarks and history of our Fraternity expanding to new colleges and universities. Although both brothers would have greatly preferred to welcome our new chapters in person, they were grateful for the opportunity to deliver their congratulations in a virtual format. The Fraternity intends to work with local graduates and chapters to provide more of the traditional inperson chartering and initiation experiences to these three chapters when the effects of the pandemic subside. We welcome and celebrate our newest chapters of Sigma Upsilon at Texas State, Sigma Alpha at Texas San Antonio and Tau Beta at Tampa!

Sigma Upsilon at Texas State University | Re-Chartering

• Date: August 29, 2020 • Original Charter Date: November 10, 1990 (as Southwest Texas State University) • Chapter President: Jesse Khaled (2021)




[ On Campus ]

• Purple Legionnaire: Rick Wilson (Akron 1992) • Legate: Kirk Walden (Texas Arlington 1972) • Charter Members: 49 • Special Thanks to: Scott Sproat (Texas Tech 2001) and Ben Penn (Mississippi State 1976)

Sigma Alpha at University of Texas San Antonio | Re-Chartering

• Date: September 26, 2020 • Original Charter Date: November 13, 1993 • Chapter President: Justin Rodriguez (2021) • Purple Legionnaire: Justin Whitaker (Sam Houston 2018) • Legate: Travis Grahmann (Texas San Antonio 2009) • Charter Members: 37 • Special Thanks to: Vijay Sekhara (Connecticut 2012) and Jacob Balkos (Western Ontario 2012)

Tau Beta at University of Tampa | Chartering

• Date: October 17, 2020 • Chapter President: Noah Wivell (2021) • Purple Legionnaire: Matthew Otto (Florida 2002) • Legate: Stone Davis (Colorado State 1988) • Charter Members: 46 • Special Thanks to: Gifford Clegg (South Florida 1977), Peter Danile (South Florida 1976), Brandon Bolock (Chicago 2015), Samuel Florez (South Florida 2020) and Parker Ryan (South Florida 2021)




The Upward March of Humanity: Will We Lead? By Josh Holly (Tennessee 1997), Chairman, Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


he face of Phi Gamma Delta has changed dramatically since its founding, and for the better. All you must do is look through the pages of this magazine from 75, 50, 25, and even 10 years ago to see how diversity has grown. Our brotherhood today is as strong as it has ever been, and efforts to recruit men who espouse our values - regardless of their race, creed, color or sexual orientation - have powered Phi Gamma Delta to these heights. However, we must also recognize that Phi Gamma Delta has had moments in its history - moments we are not proud of surrounding race and diversity - where it has not fully lived up to those values. As a Fraternity, we operate within the broader Greek community, our host institutions and local communities; our brothers are exposed to the tough conversations happening within society. Courageous Leaders have an obligation to do more than just “participate” or “respond” to queries about these issues: we must lead by example.

In September 2020, the Archons established the Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with two primary goals: 1) to seek to understand the needs of our brothers of underrepresented identities, our chapters and our campuses; and 2) to make recommendations for actions which the Fraternity should consider increasing diversity in our membership, and to better support equity, inclusion and respect for others within Phi Gamma Delta. Our Committee is comprised of twelve undergraduate and graduate brothers, representing a range of experiences and viewpoints. One of the brothers who has agreed to serve on this committee is Ed Robinson (Bucknell 1986). As a brother of color and Purple Legionnaire at Bucknell, Ed provides a special perspective and offers his thoughts on the importance of Phi Gamma Delta’s efforts.

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"O Captain! My Captain!" By Ed Robinson (Bucknell 1986) The movie Dead Poets Society is set at Welton Academy, a school steeped in tradition and with a proud heritage of producing disciplined robots, stuffed with knowledge (data and formulas). It is an inspirational and transformative story about the dangers of conformity and the struggle to thrive within narrow confines determined by others. It’s a battle between Mr. Nolan, the authoritarian old-guard headmaster, and Mr. Keating, a new English teacher who is also an alumnus of Welton. Mr. Nolan demands that students and teachers adhere to exacting, time-honored learning

regimens. Objectives designed to preserve the school’s reputation for preparing boys to attend elite colleges and universities and satisfy their parents’ (rather than their own) plans for their future. Mr. Keating, on the other hand, encourages his students to light their own candles, find their own voices and become passionate free thinkers, capable of being more than they ever envisioned. Mr. Keating does not dispense knowledge; rather he encourages the boys to experience life by coloring outside the lines. To seize the day (Carpe diem!), knowing that the longer they wait, the harder it will be to break free THE PHI GAMMA DELTA

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[ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ] from their yokes, challenge their own world views and assumptions and discover themselves.

centennial celebration, I am struck by the residue that remains from this unfortunate legacy.

“You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not it’s idea of you.” - James Baldwin

What can Phi Gamma Delta contribute to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? How can each of us use this experience to recommit to our core values, gain new insights and broaden the expression of our most cherished traditions?

As a Purple Legionnaire, I’m reminded of Newton D. Baker’s definition of fraternity: “ association of men, selected in their college days by democratic processes, because of their adherence to common ideals and aspirations. Out of their association arises a personal relation which makes them unselfishly seek to advance one another in the arts of life...” Few young men select fraternities today based upon glorious precepts from the past. Rather, they join for more contemporary or practical reasons, especially an attraction to those they already identify with. Young people like them who reside within their existing comfort zones. Some measure of conformity is natural and essential to fraternity. If brothers do not conform to shared values, standards and rules, the group will not hold together; there will be no cohesion. But being out of step on occasion is the only way to evaluate ourselves honestly and consider new ideas and new ways of living consistent with our values. Positive traditions and rituals are also important. They are meant to unite communities of individuals and give depth, meaning and a common frame of reference to our experience. Tradition should serve the organization, guiding it into the future, not holding it in the past.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” - William Faulkner Racism existed in America long before Phi Gamma Delta. And as a fraternity, we have never been immune from its influence. For example, from the 1920s until 1968, Phi Gamma Delta’s Constitution restricted membership to white, Christian men. Younger brothers, seeing the diversity today in their own chapters and/or on their campuses, may be astounded to learn this history. As a Black man initiated into the Delta Chapter at Bucknell in 1983, I remember first being struck by the realization that my father would have been excluded solely because of his race. And now, as the principal graduate advisor and past co-chairman of our chapter house’s 26


One obvious possibility is to illuminate our past, warts and all, to identify and understand where we’ve fallen short. Another is to follow Mr. Keating’s lead and meet brothers where they are. Encourage us to stand atop our respective desks, to assume higher ground and consider alternative perspectives. To meaningfully engage us in active learning experiences that facilitate deeper connection, not just with people who look like us or believe like we do or are of our socioeconomic status.

“What will your verse be?” - Robin Williams Our greatest asset is educated men. Men who seek to discover personal meaning and context within the values and traditions they’re associated with. Brothers who grapple with the truth of what it means to be alive today and are committed to truth, justice and the upward march of humanity. Men who may disagree with the ultimate conclusions of others yet allow themselves to see new insights and be profoundly impacted through their encounters. “Success” will be when enough Fijis embark on journeys of self-discovery. When like Nehemiah, they refuse to “come off of the wall,” and won’t allow setbacks (which will come) to sap them of their confidence or commitment to this work. My personal expectation is not that every Fiji say in unison “Black Lives Matter,” but that we encourage those (especially white brothers) who believe it, to say so and live it. This is the most pressing work of our time and everyone has a role to play. It will take intentional and concerted efforts to succeed in cementing new mindsets. Mindsets that over time will be difficult to undo. We must take the good intentions expressed among ourselves in private and convert them into public action and impact. Systematic racism and other structural inequalities hinder too many from achieving their full potential. Truly living our Creed and serving the world with the best that is in us demands attention to this issue. Perge!

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As Brother Robinson notes, navigating how Phi Gamma Delta embraces diversity, equity and inclusion will be instrumental for the future of the Fraternity and our chapters. Our mission as a DEI Committee calls us to go beyond simply encouraging our brothers to embrace diversity. We feel our charge is to recommend ways the Fraternity can empower and enable all brothers to be allies and advocates for inclusion - whether within their home chapters, external organizations or professional settings. Brother Robinson’s experiences are likely similar to some and different from others. A strength of Phi Gamma Delta is that our tens of thousands of brothers have different and unique stories. A key question the brothers on the committee will contemplate: How can we empower all our brothers to be Courageous Leaders on issues of race, diversity and inclusion so all of our brothers - and everybody with whom we come in contact - feel valued within Phi Gamma Delta and by our brothers? To accomplish these lofty goals, the brothers of the DEI Committee are analyzing Phi Gamma Delta’s history;

reviewing the educational programming available to our brothers - undergraduates and graduates alike; examining the language and imagery the Fraternity uses; and gathering deeper insights from our undergraduates and graduates. Following those and other methodical steps, we will turn to drafting recommendations that address diversity, equity and inclusion at the institutional, regional and chapter levels. While the brothers on the DEI Committee are leading the conversation now, we stand on the shoulders of brothers who have worked hard to build a more diverse and inclusive brotherhood. The Archons have taken a definitive step to move the Fraternity down this path, which is based on the glorious precepts of Phi Gamma Delta, because a more diverse brotherhood that embraces inclusion will strengthen our Fraternity. Finally, as an invitation, we encourage all brothers to be part of this conversation, and we will work to create opportunities for brothers to engage with the committee. t

Committee on Diversity Equity & Inclusion Comments? Write to us at

Josh Holly (Tennessee 1997), Chairman

Ryan Chan (Alberta 2020)

David Grady (Mississippi State 1982)

DeVere Kutscher (Davidson 1997)

Ronak Patel (Indiana 2021)

Ed Robinson (Bucknell 1986)

Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004)

Vijay Sekhara (Connecticut 2012)

Jose Matute (Ohio Wesleyan 2021)

J. C. Neilson (Akron 1991)

Amelious Whyte Jon Yates (Texas (Minnesota A&M 1991) Faculty) THE PHI GAMMA DELTA



Through the Pandemic "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence."


his quote may never be as true as it is today, as the Fraternity faces one of its greatest challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall Phi Gamma Delta remains strong due to the creativity and perseverance of our undergraduate and graduate brothers. We have compiled responses to many of the common questions the Fraternity receives to keep our brothers updated on how the Fraternity and our chapters are adapting and moving forward.

What do campuses look like during the pandemic? Most campuses adopted hybrid instruction models, meaning some or most classes are held online with some, generally smaller, classes in-person. A small number of campuses went fully remote, meaning no inperson classes and in a few cases no students on campus.

Wabash is one of many chapters that have adapted their service project to the pandemic. 28


Even with students on campus, campus life is very different this year. There are limited, if any, in-person gatherings. For our undergraduate chapters that means a lot of the events that we are used to – such as recruitment, philanthropy, social events and even chapter meetings – must be done differently. Student housing, including residence halls and chapter houses, is also operating differently to limit exposure.

What are our chapters doing to adapt? Undergraduate brothers certainly miss the ability to be together in person – as we all do – but, as evidenced by the On Campus section in this issue, chapters are finding innovative ways to keep everyone engaged. From Zoom chapter meetings and new member education, to supporting local COVID-19 relief efforts, they are adjusting every aspect of chapter operations to leverage technology and/or do their work in small groups. We see a lot of changes in chapter house operations as well. House corporations did a great job this summer and fall adapting the resources

and guidance provided by their campuses and the Fraternity’s 1848 Housing Committee to create and execute plans for continued operations. Many chapter houses are operating at a reduced capacity, with enhanced sanitation procedures and modified food service. All of our brothers, from chapter officers to House Corporations and Purple Legionnaires, deserve a lot of credit for their response to the pandemic and for how they have adapted to the different local scenarios and restrictions which they and their chapters face.

How has undergraduate membership been impacted? Overall, the Fraternity’s undergraduate membership is down from last year, but remains stable. Many chapters saw a few brothers not return this fall, but not as many as we expected early on. The Fraternity did lose two young colonies at the start of the fall, and we have a few chapters now struggling with membership. Though recruitment looks very different, many of our chapters have remained successful in

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those efforts. The pandemic forced many chapters and campuses to decrease their reliance on formal recruitment and get back to the basics of getting to know potential new members and inviting them to join. Those that adapted quickly are seeing great success, with about half of the chapters that have reported thus far seeing recruitment numbers as good as or better than last year. Some are struggling, with fall membership classes smaller than normal. Like beginning of the year membership, the Fraternity’s overall fall recruitment numbers are down from last year but seem to be stable.

How is the Fraternity addressing chapter behavior? Campuses and localities are rightfully taking COVID seriously, as is the Fraternity. Prior to the start of the academic year, the Fraternity amended its risk management policy to include the expectation that brothers and chapters adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines. On many campuses it took a few weeks for students to understand these new expectations, and we have a few chapters that have learned that the hard way. The Fraternity is holding chapters accountable through its disciplinary process and is working with our campus partners to move forward productively.

What about graduate chapters & graduate activities? The Fraternity continues

to work with graduate chapter leaders to find ways to maintain activity, whether in-person following recommended local and CDC guidance or virtually. Like undergraduate chapters, many graduate Indiana's 50th pledge class reunion was one of many virtual graduate events held during the pandemic. chapters have found success in maintaining regusocial distancing and daily lar Zoom events and meetings health screenings are required to keep brothers connected and for those working in the buildoffer support. ing. The Headquarters building Unfortunately, many Pig remains closed to visitors. Dinners did not take place in Staff travel continues to be on 2020. Many from the spring hold and responsibilities have were initially postponed, been adjusted to best support but ultimately cancelled as it our brothers and chapters. became clear that they could not be held in accordance with local guidance. Several chapters What does the Fraternity expect for 2021? and graduate chapters saw sucLike everyone, we are anxious cess with virtual Pig Dinners, and the Fraternity is working on to see what the coming year has in store. In terms of our underadditional suggestions for chapgraduate chapters and camters to conduct these or similar puses, we expect this spring to events in the future. look very similar to the fall – a How have the continuation of hybrid instrucHeadquarters & staff been tion, limited in-person gatherings and reliance on technology impacted? to conduct business. We are Like many businesses, the hoping to see advances throughFraternity staff made some out the year that will allow our quick adjustments in the campuses and chapters to begin spring, many of which have to operate more normally in the continued throughout the year. next academic year. We are also Following local guidance, the Headquarters building was tem- hopeful that as the coming year progresses, our graduates and porarily closed, but reopened graduate chapters will continue early in the summer at a limited to be creative in finding opporcapacity. Most staff members tunities to celebrate friendships are now working either fully or partially remote. Mask use, and brotherhood. t



Graduate Almanac Alabama

| Tuscaloosa, AL

6 Pictured: James Bruce

Smith (Alabama 1950) stands proudly with his Phi Gamma Delta memorabilia and framed Diamond Owl certificate, which celebrates 75 years of membership.

Austin Peay | Clarksville, TN

On August 12, Jonathon Jeanis (2020) helped save a man's life at a Taco

Bell drive thru. Jonathon was the first person to investigate the passed-out man, and he administered life-saving CPR until the ambulance arrived.


| Waco, TX Jeffery Price (1992) was named one of the 250 advisors on Forbes's "America's Top Wealth Advisors" list in 2020. Jeff serves as Purple Legionnaire for the Baylor Chapter.


effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 18, Beta Pi hosted their Pig Dinner on Zoom, and 75 undergraduate and graduate brothers attended.

Case Western Reserve

California Riverside

Neil Love (1949) received his Diamond Owl certificate, recognizing 75 years as an initiated brother.

| Peoria, IL

| Riverside, CA Dr. Ariel Vitali (1990) is an inpatient psychiatrist for Sheppard Pratt Hospital's adolescent unit in Ellicott City, Maryland. Brother Vitali is one of two attending physicians for the 22-bed unit, which is currently experiencing the 30


| Cleveland, OH


| Gainesville, FL

5 In July, four Upsilon

Phi brothers spent a week hiking in Glacier National Park in northern Montana. Pictured (L-R): David Smith (1983), Chris

[ Graduate Almanac ] Buffington (1983), Kenn Kowalske (1980) and Ned Westbrook (1983).

Florida International | Miami, FL

John Navas (2012) was recently named Chief Operating Officer at

Florida State | Tallahassee, FL

On April 17, Phi Sigma hosted a Pig Dinner on Zoom. Nearly 70 brothers attended the event, including several brothers who had not reconnected with the Chapter for 20 years. The Pig Dinner included reports from the Chapter President and House Corporation President, an Exile's Toast and 'Comments & Criticisms' for the good of the Chapter.


| Athens, GA Peter Stoddard (1979) spoke at the GREA (Georgia Retired Educators Association) 62nd Annual Convention about Lewis Grizzard and his book, "Lewis Grizzard: The Dawg That Did Not Hunt." The convention was originally scheduled for May 6 but was rescheduled for August due to the pandemic. Peter was also interviewed about his book on "In the Burbs with Amy & Gina"

TV show on the UI Media Network on March 11. Jere Morehead (Faculty Initiate), President of the University of Georgia, was appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA's Board of Governors, the highest governance body in the NCAA.

Georgia Tech | Atlanta, GA

6 Harold Brinkley

(1948) received his Diamond Owl certificate, celebrating 75 years as a Phi Gam.


| Gettysburg, PA Gino Alberto (1979), a physician in South Florida, volunteered to work in Queens, New York, to help treat COVID-19 patients. He was assigned to the temporary 470-bed hospital at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center until May 10.


| Hanover, IN Evan Stoner (2019) was recently interviewed by The News & Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana's newspaper, about the Supreme Court's ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting sex discrimination in

the workplace also protects LGBTQ+ employees. He was interviewed as a leader in Southern Indiana's LGBTQ+ community. Evan founded Southern Indiana Pride (SIP) in 2016, and he served as the Pride Festival's director for three years. In 2019, he was named president of SIP's Board of Directors. As president, Evan pushed for a Fairness Ordinance in Jeffersonville in 2020, and he postponed the 2020 Southern Indiana Pride Festival due to the pandemic.

Houston Graduate Chapter

| Houston, TX

5 In April, the Houston

Graduate Chapter hosted a virtual Pig Dinner, with brothers from 17 chapters in attendance.




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| Bloomington, IN

5 Zeta Chapter brothers

from the 1970 pledge class held a virtual 50th anniversary reunion after canceling their in-person reunion due to the pandemic. Bill Miller (1962) received the 2020 NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference) Advisor Award of Distinction for his work as Purple Legionnaire for the Lambda Iota Chapter at Purdue. The award “recognizes exceptional commitment to advising a fraternity chapter, Interfraternity Council or fraternity/

sorority community. Each recipient demonstrates dedication to guiding and mentoring the fraternity members with whom they work, and exemplifies the highest standards of character, leadership and interfraternalism both personally and professionally.” Brother Miller served as Archon President from 2008 to 2010.

Johns Hopkins | Baltimore, MD

6 J. Fred Glose (1949)

earned his Diamond Owl certificate, recognizing 75 years of membership. Pictured: Fred is with his

daughters at his family business, Maryland Chemical Company, where he has worked since 1953.

Knoxville Graduate Chapter

| Knoxville, TN The Knoxville Graduate Chapter hosted a virtual happy hour on April 9.


| Memphis, TN Jason Isbell (2001) and his wife, Amanda Shires, performed several live virtual concerts to raise money for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which helps musicians and other music industry professionals affected by the pandemic. 32



| Ann Arbor, MI

5 To help fight the

pandemic, Kelley Rea (1966) and his wife, Mary Jean Jecklin, paid six Vietnamese refugees, whose alterations boutique would have otherwise been shuttered, to sew 6,000 face masks. Kelley added filters to the masks, and he personally delivered the masks to emergency care and essential workers in Sarasota, Florida.


| Minneapolis, MN Mu Sigma Chapter's former Scholarship Advisor, Dr. Amelious Whyte, Jr. (Faculty Initiate), received the Tony Diggs Excellence

[ Graduate Almanac ] Missouri State

years as an initiated brother of Phi Gamma Delta.

3 Caleb Hearon (2017)


| Springfield, MO

Award for Outstanding Student Group Advisor. This award is highly prestigious and only awarded to the best on UMN's campus. Amelious left his position as Scholarship Advisor upon his appointment as the Fraternity's Educational Director.

was named on Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" list for 2020. Caleb was selected for his popular Twitter and Instagram videos and his work on two shows coming out in 2020. He is an actor in the fourth season of FX's "Fargo," and he is a writer for Netflix's animated series "Human Resources," which is a spin-off of "Big Mouth."


| Cambridge, MA William Mitchell (1949) received his Diamond Owl Certificate, celebrating 75

Ohio Wesleyan

Northeastern Ohio in September for a week of golfing. Pictured (L-R): Steve Walton (1977), Greg Sponseller (1977), Bob DiBiasio (1977), Chris Swift (1977), Byron Choka (1977), Greg McComas (1977), Rick Goclano (1977), Paul Eddy (1977), Dave Vadas (1977) and Ken Sternad (1977).

6 Theta Deuteron broth-

Oklahoma State

| Evanston, IL

Tom Russell (1949) recently received his Diamond Owl Certificate, which celebrates 75 years as a Phi Gam.

| Delaware, OH

ers from the class of 1977 have been gathering every fall for their annual golf outing. The group decided to uphold their annual tradition this year while following the appropriate social distancing guidelines. They gathered in

| Stillwater, OK

Matthew Wolff (2021) played in the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity golf match on May 17. Matthew and his partner, Rickie Fowler, competed against Rory McIlroy and



[ Graduate Almanac ] played for the Pitt golf team, won the event with a 76. Pictured: Ben Wallander (1989) handcrafted the event's plaque, which was signed by all the brothers who attended the event, as well as Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), who Ben visited while driving through Lexington, Kentucky, from his home near Memphis.


| West Lafayette, IN Dustin Johnson to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. The WolffFowler team played for the CDC Foundation, and the McIlroy-Johnson team played for the American Nurses Foundation. Fans watching the game were able to contribute to the fundraising efforts by donating online through the PGA Tour Charities.

Old Dominion | Norfolk, VA

5 The Omega Deuteron

Chapter hosted a virtual Happy Hour for graduate brothers and guests on April 28.

Oregon State | Corvallis, OR

6 David Horn (2008), the Kappa Omicron Chapter's house dad, recently helped

a COVID-19 response team collect over 20,000 pairs of gloves and other useful medical supplies.


| Pittsburgh, PA

6 Pi Sigma brothers once again held their Pitt FIJI Open this year. 17 graduates and 14 undergraduate brothers had a lot of fun at the event, while maintaining social distancing. Max Johnson (2020), who

Jim Gaffigan (1988) and his wife, Jeannie, started a fundraiser to deliver food to New York City hospitals through their nonprofit organization, The Imagine Society.

Southwest Florida Graduate Chapter | Naples, FL

The Southwest Florida Graduate Chapter is planning two events in November and December. They will hold a luncheon for brothers and guests on November 17 at the Moorings, and Doug Dittrick (Ohio Wesleyan 1955) will host the annual Holiday Party at his home on December 3. Both events are pending due to the pandemic. Additionally, Rob Bicket (Illinois Wesleyan 1967) took over as President of the Graduate Chapter.



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| Austin, TX

5 DeWitt Waltmon,

Sr. (1949) received his Diamond Owl certificate, as an initiated brother of Phi Gamma Delta for 75 years. DeWitt's sons, grandsons and grandsonin-law (who DeWitt refers

to as his "Fiji Boys") held a ceremony to present him with the certificate. Pictured (L-R): Standing: Matt Waltmon (Louisiana State 2005), Michael Chachere (Louisiana State 2006), DeWitt Waltmon, Jr. (1980), Scott Waltmon (1987) and John Waltmon (2018). Sitting: Austin

Waltmon (2015), DeWitt, Sr. and Ben Waltmon (2020).

obtaining that last $1,000 to finish their degree or $500 to buy their books that semester." There is a maximum of $1,000 per applicant.

Texas Tech | Lubbock, TX

3 Jim Edwards (1993)

and his wife, Cecilia, created the Jim & Cecilia Edwards Student Emergency Support Fund for Texas Tech students. They started the fund in 2019 after hearing about a student who lost their car in an accident and struggled to finish school while working and attending school full time. Jim and Cecilia committed $10,000 a year for five years to complete the fund. The fund helps "students in Arts & Sciences facing crises...[who] have difficulty

Utah Graduate Chapter | Salt Lake City, UT

The Utah Graduate Chapter has adapted to the COVID world, increasing their outreach and activities by hosting Zoom events every week since March 2020. Dozens of brothers have met virtually from across the country to renew the bonds of friendship. It has been a great opportunity to reach out and re-engage brothers who live far away. Brothers engage in conversation,




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and occasionally a virtual card game breaks out.

Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA

Rho Alpha hosted their virtual Pig Dinner on April 25, with over 140 brothers in attendance.

Western Kentucky

| Bowling Green, KY

5 Juan Dozier (2020)

established the Juan H. D. Dozier II Scholarship

at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The scholarship will support a diverse freshman or sophomore student who has been involved in leadership roles and aspires to be a leader at WKU. Juan said, "The single-most important reason for me to establish this scholarship was to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. I want to assist individuals who seek to become leaders in their field of study and in their community. If we want to see change occur, it must start with us and our ability to lead other individuals." Charlie Rhea (2015) is an epidemiologist with the Kentucky Department

for Public Health. He has worked with the Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Program since July 2018. However, since the beginning of March 2020, he has been assisting the Reportable Disease Section and the COVID-19 Response Team. In this role, Charlie assists with data management and provides updated public health guidance to health care workers throughout the state of Kentucky.


| Worcester, MA

6 Pi Iota brothers from

the class of 1975 met virtually for their 45th anniversary reunion in July. t


| Crawfordsville, IN Daniel Andry (2020) was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. He was placed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for this fellowship, while he pursues a master's degree at Duquesne University. As an undergraduate, Daniel was a chemistry major and Classics minor, was a Latin tutor, and served the Psi Chapter as President.



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Virtual - August 8, 2020 By the Numbers Brothers


Undergraduate Brothers


Graduate Brothers (Including 33 Section Chiefs & 35 Purple Legionnaires)

Chapters & Colonies


In Attendance




n 2020, “unprecedented” and “pivot” are two words that have become part of our daily lives. Prior to COVID19, the Fraternity was gearing up for the 172nd Ekklesia to take place in Phoenix, Arizona. In late spring, the Archons made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Ekklesia and directed the staff to make plans to host the Fraternity’s first virtual Ekklesia. The virtual Ekklesia did not include all the traditional activities brothers are accustomed to seeing. It was limited to a business session focused on its essential functions: amending our laws, passing a budget for the biennium and electing a new Archonate. To prepare for a successful business session, committee meetings took place throughout the summer via video conference, and on Saturday, August 8, 575 brothers participated in the six-hour virtual Ekklesia. While there were some technical issues at times, the event was a success! Through creativity and determination, Phi Gamma Delta was able to accomplish its necessary business leading into this new biennium.t

Behind the scenes of the virtual Ekklesia (L-R): Archon President Clark Robertson (Nebraska 1982), Archon Treasurer Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974) and Executive Director Rob Caudill (Akron 2004) .




For the 2020-22 Biennium



Archon President

Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974) Brother Loiacono was elected Archon President by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020. He was first elected to the Archonate as Treasurer at the 168th Ekklesia in 2016, and he served for four years in that role. As an undergraduate, Nic served as President and Treasurer of the Chi Iota Chapter. As a graduate brother, he served on the house corporation of his chapter at Illinois as well as the chapter at Kentucky. Additionally, he was a member of the BCA in the early days of the California State Northridge Chapter. Prior to his election to the Archonate, Nic served the Fraternity on the Financial Advisory Board. Nic has had a successful lifelong career in corporate finance.

Archon Vice President Bill Hunnicutt (Texas Arlington 1981)

Brother Hunnicutt was elected Archon Vice President by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020, after 38



being elected Archon Councilor by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018. Bill served the Fraternity as a Section Chief for eight years, and in 2015, he received the Haynes Award as Phi Gamma Delta’s most outstanding Section Chief. He was appointed to the Section Chief Executive Committee in 2014 and was chairman of the SCEC from 2016-18. Bill now works in corporate logistics, having worked in sales and marketing within the polymers/plastics industry for more than 30 years. He has also been involved as a Scouting volunteer for over 20 years.

Archon Treasurer

Don Herman (Calgary 1984) Brother Herman was elected Archon Treasurer by the 172nd Ekklesia in 2020. Prior to his election to the board, Don served on the Board of Directors of the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation of Canada since 2009 and as President from 2016-18. He has also served on the U.S. Foundation Board since 2012 and



as a member of its Investment Committee. Professionally, Don is a portfolio manager at a leading investment firm. Don is involved in the Calgary community as a board member for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Society and with the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at the University of Alberta.

Archon Secretary

Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) Brother Gabe was elected Archon Secretary by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020 after first being elected Archon Councilor by the 170th Ekklesia in 2018. Ed also served the Fraternity as Ritualist from 2004-17. His other volunteer roles for the Fraternity have included Purple Legionnaire, Section Chief and BCA. Upon his graduation in 1990, he served on the headquarters staff as a Field Secretary and subsequently as Director of Redevelopment, Director of Chapter Services and Director of Communications & Editor.

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Hesse Professionally, Ed is a commercial photographer. He and his wife are involved extensively in mission trips with Crossroads Christian Church of Lexington.

Archon Councilor

Tom Waldon (Iowa State 1979) Brother Waldon was elected Archon Councilor by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018. As an undergraduate, Tom served as President of the Alpha Iota Chapter and competed on the Iowa State wrestling team, earning Big Eight Conference and All-American honors. As a graduate, he has served on the BCA and as a Pig Dinner speaker at Iowa State. Professionally, Tom has had a long and successful career, leading large, complex manufacturing operations. As a volunteer, he has been involved with the Boy Scouts and as a mentor.

Archon Councilor

Dana Hesse (Virginia Tech 1986) Brother Hesse was elected Archon Councilor by the 172nd Ekklesia in 2020. As an undergraduate, Dana served as President and Historian of the Rho Alpha Chapter. He has an extensive volunteer history with the Fraternity, serving as a Section Chief for 11 years, chairman of the Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption Committee, dedicated archivist and



as member of the house corporation and chairman of the BCA at Virginia Tech. He also won the Coulter Cup in 2017. Dana recently retired after a 38-year engineering and program management career with the U.S. Navy. He is also a graduate affiliate of the Western Kentucky Chapter.

Archon Councilor

Tim Kilduff (Kent State 1968) Brother Kilduff was elected Archon Councilor by the 172nd Ekklesia in 2020. Prior to his election, Tim served the Fraternity as a Section Chief for 10 years, also serving on the Section Chief Executive Committee. He was also a key member of the host committee for the 168th Ekklesia in Boston. Following his graduation from Kent State, he worked as the Fraternity’s Assistant Executive Secretary under Bill Zerman (Michigan 1949). Tim has 40+ years of experience in corporate affairs, organization management and internal/external communications. He is the founder of the 26.2 Foundation, which supports marathoning, and he has also served as the Boston Athletic Association Marathon Race Director.

Archon Councilor

Davis Hardell (Georgia 2021) Brother Hardell was appointed Archon Councilor by the Archons

Foley in August 2019. Davis currently serves the Kappa Deuteron Chapter as President, previously serving as Corresponding Secretary, Service Chairman and Pig Dinner Planner. He is pursuing degrees in biology and psychology and plans to attend medical school upon graduation. At UGA, Davis serves on the Honors Program Student Council and IFC, and he tutors local elementary-aged children weekly in reading and math. Davis is the son of proud Fiji sire Robert T. Hardell, Sr. (Georgia 1986), grandson of William R. Hardell, Sr. (Case Western 1951) and brother of Robert T. Hardell, Jr. (Georgia 2018).

Archon Councilor

Jack Foley (Ohio Wesleyan 2022) Brother Foley was elected Archon Councilor by the 172nd Ekklesia in 2020. Jack currently is Corresponding Secretary of the Theta Deuteron Chapter and a two-term IFC officer. He has been involved in several oncampus organizations, including the Economics Management Fellows Scholar and Lathan Entrepreneurial Scholar programs. A true entrepreneur, he is the founder of two businesses. Jack is studying business administration and communications.t THE PHI GAMMA DELTA



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Wes Bolsen (Rose-Hulman 2000) Wesley J. Bolsen (Rose-Hulman 2000) is using chemical science to help prevent wildfires. Wes recently worked with LaderaTech, a Denverbased startup, to help market FORTIFY, a revolutionary flame-retardant spray that adheres to grasses and plant life in high-risk wildfire areas. The product is being used in California on private and state-owned property, and they hope it will be approved for federal property by the end of the year. Unlike other flame-retardants, FORTIFY is designed to work for an entire wildfire season with just one application. As an undergraduate, Wes was an electrical engineering major. He is now an experience entrepreneur and is a member of Rose-Hulman’s Sawmill Society, a network of alumni who connect to share insights, experience and inspiration with one another.

Marcus Bowers (Tulane 1986) Colonel W. M. Bowers, II, USMC (Tulane 1986) returned from a one-year deployment in Afghanistan on July 2, 2020. Marcus distinguished himself through his exceptional performance as Director of Strategic Operations for NATO Resolute Support, U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Operation FREEDOM'S SENTINEL. In recognition of his leadership, oversight, support and sustainment of over 4,800 partnered and independent combat missions, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the Commander, General Austin Scott Miller, USA. Marcus is a 30-year veteran



in the Marine Corps Reserve, a Naval Aviator and Infantry Officer, and he currently serves as civilian Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management for the Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Department of Defense. He resides in the Washington, DC, area, where he is active in numerous community service activities, including serving as the Sr. Vice Commander of the DC Department of the American Legion.

5 Pictured: Marcus Bowers (left) received the

Defense Meritorious Service Medal from General Austin Scott Miller (right).

Dan Hughes (Texas A&M 1980) Dan A. Hughes, Jr. (Texas A&M 1980) was appointed to the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees in August. Brother Hughes has been a dedicated Texas A&M alumnus, serving on many advisory boards, including the presidential search committee from 2013-15. He is also a member of the Association of Former Students’ Century Club. His involvement and service earned him the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of Mays Business School and the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M awards.

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After first graduating from A&M in 1980 with a degree in management, he continued his education to study geology. Since graduation, Dan has worked for his family’s oil and gas firm, Dan A. Hughes Company (DAHCO), which was founded by his father and is a subsidiary of Hupecol, LLC. He is currently the President and CEO of DAHCO. Dan has also held many positions outside of the University and his profession. He currently serves as Advisory Board Chair of the Berg-Hughes Center, and he serves as a member of the All-American Wildcatters and the Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board.

Malcolm McDonald (Yale 1958) Malcolm W. McDonald (Yale 1958) was recently recognized by Marquis Who's Who for excellence in real estate. Malcolm graduated with a B.A. from Yale College in 1958 and earned his MBA from Harvard University in 1960. Upon graduation, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he began his career at First National Bank. He served as vice president until 1977, when he left to work for the Space Center Inc. (SCI). He worked at SCI until his retirement in 2004. Malcolm has also been involved in several other professional roles through the years. He was a member of the advisory board



for Firststar Bank of Minnesota and the Hill Monastic & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University. He also served on the board of the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest, and he founded and chaired the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Currently, Malcolm is involved with Project Success and Sherbrooke Capital, and he serves as vice chair of the investment council of the Minnesota State Board of Investment. His many honors and distinctions include the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bravo Awards from the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. He also was featured in the Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World lists.

Carl Pennington (Florida 1952) Carl R. Pennington, Jr. (Florida 1952) received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the legal services field. He was selected for his many years of experience and for his achievements and leadership qualities in his profession. Carl’s legal practice, Pennington Law, primarily advises and handles civil litigation for business and corporate clients. He is permitted to practice in the Florida state courts, the U.S. Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.




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He has maintained an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system for over 40 years, and he has been named in many other ratings lists, including Law & Politics Magazine’s "Super Lawyers," Florida Trend Magazine’s "Legal Elite" and "The Best Lawyers in America." Carl earned his bachelor of arts and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Florida in 1952 and 1954, respectively. As an undergraduate, he joined the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Joe Robinowitz (Northwestern 1973) Joe R. Robinowitz (Northwestern 1973) retired on April 30, 2020, after a 47-year career with News Corp (NC). During his career, Joe served as Editor of The Boston Herald, Editor of TV Guide Magazine and Vice President and General Manager of WFXT-TV Boston. For the last 25 years, he served as the Managing Editor of The New York Post. While many people in the journalism field are perceived as ruthless, Joe was known for his kindness. He mentored many young journalists and helped them throughout their careers. Joe's boss said he will be greatly missed for his work ethic, skills and impeccable judgment.




Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004) Michael B. Sacks (James Madison 2004) was recognized in PRWeek's 2020 '40 Under 40' list in August for his achievements in the public relations field. Over the past 15 years, he has held positions at some of the top PR firms, including Edelman, Emanate, Ketchum and Ogilvy. In 2018, Mike joined the staff at FleishmanHillard (FH) as a client relationship manager. And in January 2020, he was promoted to FH’s reputation management practice lead, specializing in executive positioning, B2B communications, crisis communications, thought leadership and media relations. Most recently, Mike and his team at FH created a guide on how diversity and inclusion can help build equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike has served the Fraternity in the volunteer role of Public Relations Director since January 2017, and he was a Field Secretary from 2004-05. t

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Demanding Justice T he abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” For 40 years, Jim McCloskey (Bucknell 1964) has lived the truth of that statement. Since founding Centurion Ministries, Jim has been presenting demands to the power that is the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those he believed to be wrongly convicted. In 64 of those cases, he and Centurion have won the concession they demanded – the exoneration of a man or woman serving a life sentence or awaiting the culmination of a death sentence.

As Jim describes in his new memoir, When Truth Is All You Have, truth alone – in this case the evidence of innocence – is rarely enough to wrest from the justice system the concession of a mistake. Before beginning his work with Centurion, Jim says, “I still believed in the inherent justice of the criminal justice system… I do not believe that now.” Jim took a winding path to find his life’s work. Following graduation from Bucknell in 1964, he served for three years as a U.S. Naval officer, including a year in Vietnam. He spent the next 12 years working as a management consultant, specializing in Japanese business affairs. In 1979, at the age of 37, Jim felt a call to leave the business world and enter the ministry. While pursuing a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, he served as a student chaplain at Trenton State Prison in New Jersey. During this time, he took up the cause of Jorge de los Santos, who was serving a life sentence for murder. Ultimately, thanks to Jim’s persistence, the conviction was overturned, and Mr. de los Santos was freed in July 1983. Jim had found a new way to live out his faith. Rather than become a church pastor, the path he thought he was on, he would commit his life to freeing innocent people from prison. In 1983 he founded Centurion Ministries, the first organization in the world dedicated to the vindication of the wrongly convicted. Jim retired from active management of Centurion in 2015 but continues as a member of the board of trustees and still manages several cases. Jim’s accounts of his cases over the years read like compelling detective fiction or a police procedural, but in reverse. The trial is over, the accused found

guilty, incarcerated and in some cases awaiting execution. But was justice served? How to find the truth and then compel the justice system to reconsider the case and concede a grievous error? Jim’s story is as important as it is interesting and inspiring, because of the price paid by the innocent and their families and because of the dearth of advocates compared to the need. The 64 men and women who have been freed through Centurion’s work spent over 1,330 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since 1989 over 2,500 people have been exonerated, including 123 who were sentenced to death. From Centurion’s humble start in 1983 with a $10,000 gift from Jim’s parents, innocence advocacy has grown to 50 or so similar organizations today, but there are far more innocent prisoners than there are investigators and advocates like Jim. He estimates that the innocent number in the tens of thousands. What motivates a person to dedicate his life to such battles on behalf of “the least of these” and to keep fighting in the face of daunting odds? Jim says his story is one of faith and hope. That faith has been challenged by the injustice he has seen and the suffering it has caused, but he says, “Despite the ups and downs of my faith, I retain a deep gratitude to God for sustaining me and Centurion Ministries from the very beginning.” He takes further inspiration from the philosophy of the great baseball pitcher Satchel Paige: “Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” If you care about justice, you will want to read this book. t THE PHI GAMMA DELTA


Annual Awards Graduate Chapter Awards

Brightman Awards

Fewer Than 75 Members: 1: Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) 2: Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) 3: Beta (Indianapolis, IN) HM: Columbus Ohio

Community Outreach & Involvement: W: Houston Texas Events & Programming: W: Seattle Washington Recruitment & Outreach: W: Southeast Florida (Miami, FL) Undergraduate Support: W: Seattle Washington

Individual Awards

For the 2019 Calendar Year

Coulter Cup

Crowder Cup

Haynes Award

W: Amelious Whyte (Minnesota Faculty) - Minnesota DS: • Tianna Cervantez Knox • Tony Marable Tennessee Tech • David Ortendahl - WPI

W: Brad Whiting (Washington 1980) DS: • Brent Ellis (Tennessee Tech 1999) • Tim Kilduff (Kent State 1968) • Francis Thompson (Virginia Tech 2000)

Presented to the most outstanding graduate chapters.

More Than 75 Members: 1: Seattle Washington 2: Southeast Florida (Miami, FL) 3: Houston Texas HM: National Capital Fijis (Washington, DC) Ontario Fiji Network (Toronto, ON)

Awarded for service to an undergraduate chapter other than as Purple Legionnaire.

W: Jack McKinnie (Ohio Wesleyan 1954) - Ohio Wesleyan DS: • Chip Chapman (Maine 1982) - Maine • Ron Crockett (Washington 1961) Washington • Dana Hesse (Virginia Tech 1986) - Virginia Tech & Western Kentucky • Mitch Sonnen (Idaho 1986) - Idaho

Durrance Award

Presented to the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire.

W: Chris Hupe (Kansas State 1994) Kansas State DS: • Chris Coupe (Idaho 2012) - Idaho • Mike Davis (Mississippi State 1989) Mississippi State • Pat Scott (Washington 1994) Washington • Thorn Svendsen (Colorado School of Mines 2011) - CSM • Dave Willens (WPI 2009) - WPI

Not For College Days Alone Awards

Presented to the graduate chapters excelling in the following areas:

Presented to the most outstanding faculty advisor.

Presented to the most outstanding Section Chief.

Wilkinson Award

Presented to the most outstanding senior.

W: Lucas Abbott (Minnesota 2020)

DS - Distinguished Service; HM - Honorable Mention; SP - Standout Performance; W - Winner 44


Undergraduate Chapter Awards

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Cheney Cup

Awarded for the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, relationships and collegiate activities.

1: Sigma Tau at Washington 2: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky 3: Mu Iota at Idaho Zeta at Indiana SP: • Epsilon Iota at Evansville • Kappa Deuteron at Georgia • Gamma Tau at Georgia Tech

Baker Cup

Awarded for religious, ethical and social service activities.

1: Zeta at Indiana 2: Sigma Tau at Washington 3: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky SP: • Kappa Deuteron at Georgia • Mu Iota at Idaho • Mu Sigma at Minnesota • Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech

Brightman Trophy

Awarded for the best demonstration of "Not for College Days Alone."

1: Sigma Tau at Washington 2: Mu Iota at Idaho 3: Kappa Deuteron at Georgia SP: • Sigma Mu at Mississippi State • Nu Eta at Northeastern • Sigma Eta at SHSU • Theta Tau at Tennessee Tech

Condon Cup

Awarded for the greatest overall improvement.

1: Rho Alpha at Virginia Tech 2: Mu Sigma at Minnesota 3: Epsilon Iota at Evansville SP: • Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle • Gamma Tau at Georgia Tech • Nu Eta at Northeastern • Zeta Phi at William Jewell

Coon Plaque Awarded for the best chapter publications.

1: Nu Eta at Northeastern 2: Mu Iota at Idaho 3: Alpha Omicron at Akron SP: • Zeta at Indiana • Sigma Mu at Mississippi State • Sigma Eta at SHSU

Jordan Bowl

Awarded for the highest scholarship among undergraduate chapters.

1: Chi Eta at Western Kentucky 2: Zeta at Indiana 3: Sigma Tau at Washington SP: • Gamma Kappa at CSM • Epsilon Rho at Embry-Riddle • Epsilon Iota at Evansville

Owen Cup

Awarded for the greatest improvement in scholarship.

1: Nu Eta at Northeastern SP: • Theta at Alabama • Alpha Omicron at Akron • Gamma Kappa at CSM • Zeta at Indiana • Sigma Tau at Washington

Zerman Trophy

Awarded for involvement in student government, campus newspaper and extracurricular activities.

1: Zeta at Indiana 2: Gamma Tau at Georgia Tech 3: Epsilon Iota at Evansville SP: • Kappa Deuteron at Georgia • Mu Iota at Idaho



Foundation Focus Amend Elected Foundation President

Matthew M. Amend (Iowa 1987) was elected the chairman of the Foundation and will serve a two-year term. Matt has served the Fraternity as Chapter President, Field Secretary and Section

Chief. For the past six years, he has served on the Foundation Board as Vice Chairman, Development Committee Chairman and Finance Committee Chairman. Professionally, Matt leads Strategy and Planning at LyondellBasell of Houston, Texas. Matt’s father, Ralph (Iowa 1952), uncle, Richard (Iowa 1955), and brothers Steve (Iowa 1977) and Dave (Iowa 1981) are Phi Gams.

Matt and his wife, Renee, a member of Chi Omega Sorority, are very supportive of the Greek system. They have three children. Other officers elected to the Foundation Executive Committee, serving two year terms, are: Glenn D. Moor (Texas Tech 1984), Vice Chairman; William R. Brand (RPI 1987), Board Secretary; Kevin Haga (Jacksonville 1992), Finance Committee

End of Year Gifts Give Appreciated Stock, Avoid Capital Gains Giving of appreciated stock to the Foundation may be more beneficial to you than giving cash. You can avoid paying capital gains by gifting stock to the Foundation and receive a tax-deduction for the market value of the stock on the day you gift it. Contact Ben Robinson at brobinson@phigam. org for more information. Transferring the stock to the Foundation can be


as easy as notifying your broker.

The Foundation can receive gifts from CGFs. You will need our EIN# 52-6036185.



Retiring from the Foundation Board are Donald J. Herman (Calgary 1985) and Kevin J. Hopper (Cincinnati 1973).

Want to support the Fraternity’s leadership programs, alcohol education, mental health programs and academic endeavors?


If you are 70.5 years or older, you can gift up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to the Foundation. You still pay no taxes on the distribution.

New Board members are D. Michael Ainsworth (British Columbia 1987) and Mitchell Henn (Case Western Reserve 1972).

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Chairman; and Kevin J. Hopper (Cincinnati 1973), Executive Committee Member.

Give securely online at: Send a check made payable to Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation using the enclosed envelope.


Visit to give to the Phi Gamma Delta Foundation of Canada. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible in the United States.

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White Star Legacy Society The White Star Legacy Society recognizes those brothers and families who have chosen to leave a legacy and help shape the future of Phi Gamma Delta through their will or estate plans.

Leave a TaxDeductible Gift to the Foundation

Top Three Ways to Join the White Star Legacy Society:

To leave a tax-deductible gift to the Educational Foundation, consider the following:

#1 Give a charitable bequest (a percentage or dollar amount)

in your will or living trust to the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation.

#2 Name Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation as a beneficiary of your assets such as your 401K or other retirement plans upon your passing.

#3 Open a life insurance policy with the Phi Gamma Delta

Educational Foundation as the policy owner and cover annual premiums with gifts to the Annual Fund.

Want to Double Your Donation? We have partnered with Double the Donation to make matching gifts easier. Use the search tool to find out if your employer matches gifts for charitable organizations. If your employer does, it will provide you information on how to request a match. You might even be able to take advantage of this if your spouse’s company participates.

“I leave and bequeath unto the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, Inc. the sum of $___, or ___% of estate (or specific securities or other property). Said Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation (Federal ID # 52-6036185), organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, with administrative offices at 1201 Red Mile Rd, P.O. Box 4599, Lexington, KY 405444599. This gift is unrestricted for general Foundation purposes.” For estate gift questions and restrictions, please contact Executive Director Ben Robinson, at brobinson@ or 859-255-1848 ext. 133.

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2019-20 By the Numbers

Chapters & Colonies

133 2010

Number of Undergraduates

7,370 2010


Phi Gamma Delta

151 2020

10,748 2020

Scholarships Awarded

Leadership/Social Strengths Training

Alcohol Education & Hazing Prevention

(#1 in the Fraternity world)









(scholarship, leadership, alcohol, housing & related expenses)

Fundraising & Management Expenses






Total Granted for All Programs


Average Chapter GPA


Income/Gifts Received Programming & Operations: Chapter Scholarships & Housing: Investment Income:

$795,365 $1,063,671 $1,122,090

Total Received


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Day of Brotherhood 2020 399 Donors Gave $87,128 on May 1, 2020 During this past year’s Day of Brotherhood event, we focused on hosting several virtual events to help brothers connect. Here is a look at the number of brothers that participated in our different events throughout the day:

• Joined in through Zoom: 319 brothers throughout the day

• Participated in Facebook Live Events: 181 brothers throughout the day

• Watched Posted Events on Our Facebook Page: 6,044 during the entire event

• Played Phi Gam Trivia on Instagram: 700 participants during the hour

*You can access recordings of all the events from the day by visiting www.

Giving Day 2021 Strengthen Our Brotherhood Last year was a new and challenging experience for everyone, but we were able to come together and celebrate our bonds of friendship and our brotherhood. This year, we will continue to focus on our undergraduate and graduate members. When we all come together we can Strengthen Our Brotherhood by supporting the programs and scholarships offered by the Fraternity and Foundation.

Demonstrate Our Persistence If the last several months have shown us anything, it is that our members will persist and find a way to accomplish something. Even though the college experience is extremely different right now, our undergraduate members are discovering new ways to connect and achieve the Fraternity experience. We will highlight our members and the ways they have been able to Demonstrate Our Persistence.

Are You Ready to Be a Part of Giving Day 2021? There are opportunities for everyone to be a part of the event. The most impactful way is to make a donation and encourage brothers and friends to give on May 1, 2021. An easy way to do this is to send an email or post on social media that challenges the people you know to join you in being a donor. Another fun and crucial role is serving as an Ambassador for your chapter or colony. These brothers can help make the event a huge success! Email Duke Murphy at or visit GivingDay to learn more. t



2020 William A. Martin III

Distinguished Fiji Award The Archons established the Distinguished Fiji Award in 1964. It is presented annually to no more than six graduate brothers who shall be deserving of recognition for their faithful and unselfish service to Phi Gamma Delta or their special contribution to mankind and society at large. The award was renamed the William A. Martin III Distinguished Fiji Award in 2019, upon Bill's retirement. To date, 467 Phi Gams have been honored with the Distinguished Fiji Award.

William R. Bracewell (Georgia 1968) Brother Bracewell has had a distinguished career as an educator, both as a student affairs professional at the University of Georgia and as a volunteer in Phi Gamma Delta. Bill did his undergraduate studies at Emory University but did not join a fraternity. In 1965 he began a 34-year career on the student affairs staff at Georgia, where he was initiated into the Fraternity as a faculty initiate at the chartering of the Kappa Deuteron Chapter in March 1968. His service to the Fraternity has continued since that time. At Kappa Deuteron, he served for eight years as Purple Legionnaire and for many more years on the Board of Chapter Advisors. He has served the International Fraternity as a Section Chief, as an Archon from 1988-1992, and as Educational Director for a combined 24 years. In the latter role, he was a frequent speaker at the Fiji Academy and often worked one-on-one with chapters to improve their grades. He has served as Legate for three charterings, at the College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, and Clemson. In the 1990s he represented Phi Gamma Delta on the board of the North American Interfraternity Conference. In his professional career, Bill initiated the role of Director of Judicial Programs at UGA in 1971 and served in that position until his retirement in 1999.

Nelson Levy, MD, PhD (Yale 1963)

Brother Levy has over fifty years of achievement in academia, medicine, and business. Since 1993 he has been CEO and chairman of the board of CoreTechs Corporation. He also is a co-founder and 50


director of ChemBridge Corporation, a global provider of chemistry products and research services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. After graduating summa cum laude from Yale, he earned a medical degree from Columbia University, followed by two years of military service in the U.S. Public Health Service. He then earned a Ph.D. in immunology from Duke, followed by eight years at Duke Medical Center as professor of immunology and neurosurgery. From 1981-1984 he was vice president of pharmaceutical research at Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Levy has served on the boards of eight public companies and on the scientific advisory boards of four other public companies. His public service includes five years on the Illinois Governor's Task Force for Economic Development and 15 years as a commissioner of Lake County, IL. He has also been a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of the Treasury.

Major General William M. Matz, Jr. (Gettysburg 1961)

A decorated combat veteran with a distinguished military career, Brother Matz is the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the government agency that administers U.S. military cemeteries, memorials, and monuments worldwide. As a company commander in Vietnam with the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, he was wounded in action in the 1968 Tet offensive. During a second tour, he served with the Navy/Marine Corps amphibious forces, and in 1989 he deployed with the 7th Infantry Division to Panama during Operation Just

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Cause. He served in the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and was executive secretary to two secretaries of defense. He retired from the Army in 1995. He serves on the Eisenhower Institute National Advisory Council and on the board of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. He is a past president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, which advocates in Congress for members of the uniformed services, veterans, and their families. In addition to a B.A. in political science from Gettysburg, he earned a master’s in political science from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of Harvard’s Senior Executives in Government/ Management Course. Among his military awards are the Distinguished Service Cross, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Robert A. Riggle, Jr. (Kansas 1992)

Brother Riggle is a comedian and actor who served 23 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve. His movie credits include Step Brothers, The Hangover, 21 Jump Street, Midnight Sun and 12 Strong. His television appearances include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Modern Family and Fox NFL Sunday. Rob’s military service began in 1990 and included nine years of active duty and 14 years in the reserves. He left active duty in 1999 to pursue comedy and acting. After the September 11 attacks, he volunteered to return to active duty and was deployed for two tours in Afghanistan. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2013 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Rob supports a number of charities, including Conservation International, the Enough Project, the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, the Make-A-Wish




Foundation, and the USO. In support of the veteran community, he founded and hosts the Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic to raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund, which assists post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the armed forces and their families.

William W. "Bill" Rodgers (Oklahoma 1959)

Brother Rodgers has over 40 years of experience in banking and an impressive record as a civic leader. He earned a law degree from SMU Law School and served in the U.S. Navy. He began his banking career in 1967 with Security Bank and Trust in Blackwell, OK. In 1970 he was named president and CEO, and in 1995, when the bank merged with Bank IV Oklahoma, he became Bank IV’s regional president. In 1998 he became president of Midland Trust Company in Oklahoma City, and in 2003 he joined the McAfee & Taft law firm, retiring in 2013. Bill was president of the Oklahoma Bankers Association (OBA), a board member of the American Bankers Association, and chairman of the board of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking. He is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Banker Award from the OBA. He served twice as board chairman for Northern Oklahoma College and was president of the Blackwell Chamber of Commerce and the Blackwell Industrial Authority. In 1992 he was named Blackwell’s Outstanding Citizen. Bill has served on the House Corporation and Board of Chapter Advisors for his Nu Omega Chapter and served eight years on the board of the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, including president from 2000-2002.t THE PHI GAMMA DELTA


Ad Astra Morgan J. Burke (Purdue 1973) passed

ad astra on June 15, 2020. Brother Burke was director of intercollegiate athletics at Purdue for 23 years, from 1993 to 2016, the longest tenure in that position in school history. During that time, two teams won NCAA championships; the football team participated in 10 bowl games in 12 years from 1997 to 2008; the men’s basketball team took three consecutive Big Ten championships from 1994 through 1996, and teams won 20 regular-season conference championships. At the time of his retirement, the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes had been above 3.0 for 15 consecutive semesters. Under his leadership, over $250 million was invested in construction and renovation of athletic facilities. He was a past president of the NCAA Division 1A Athletic Directors Association. As an undergraduate, Morgan was captain of the Boilermaker swimming team and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After earning master’s and law degrees, he worked for 18 years for Inland Steel Co. before becoming athletics director. He was the sire of Fiji son Patrick L. Burke (Purdue 2009) and was named a Distinguished Fiji in 2007.

Robert F. Coverdale (Ohio Wesleyan 1952)

passed ad astra on July 24, 2020. Brother Coverdale served for 33 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1985 at the rank of Lieutenant General. Following graduation from Ohio Wesleyan, he was commissioned a second lieutenant through 52


Fratres Qui Fuerunt Sed Nunc Ad Astra Alabama

William H. Lanford (1959), 7/22/2020



Robert E. Jones (1949), 8/21/2020 Richard C. Mott (1954), 9/1/2019

Kenneth R. MacDonald (1987), 8/26/2020

Colorado College



George W. Mummert (1962), 8/14/2020


Andrew C. Berkenkamp (2004), 4/16/2020 James E. Bruemmer (1956), 9/8/2020 Richard S. Cohen (1972), 5/9/2020 Thomas W. Kennedy (1959), 6/7/2020 Walter S. Knotts (1962), 9/13/2020 Michael P. McCarroll (1970), 5/7/2020 Thomas A. Reeb (1975), 6/28/2020

Arizona State

James D. Harris (1974), 6/11/2020


William D. Graves (1984), 8/25/2020


Curtis R. Pringle (1988), 7/6/2020

Bowling Green State

Henry S. Otto, Jr. (1951), 6/19/2020 Henry C. Malon (1954), 12/1/2019


John W. Ames (1953), 9/3/2019 Arthur O. Davis, Jr. (1949), 8/18/2020 Glenn R. Walters (1952), 7/11/2019 Jack M. Weber (1979), 8/13/2019


Norman F. Jay (1955), 6/1/2020 Robert B. Scism (1946), 9/4/2020


Robert E. Barrett (1956), 7/9/2020 Joseph G. Gamble, Jr. (1948), 9/25/2020 Bruce V. Templin (1970), 7/20/2020 Russell W. Thresher, III (1978), 7/13/2020


Eric T. Latz (1991), 5/3/2020

Robert H. Kinney (2001), 4/28/2020 Mark M. McGough (1978), 8/30/2020


Georgia Tech

Kevin M. Godsill (2001), 4/10/2020

British Columbia

Stanley J. Mason (1949), 8/18/2020 Leonard E. Wild (1958), 7/10/2020

Harold W. Clemmons, Jr. (1979), 6/27/2020 Terry D. McKnight (1969), 9/29/2020 John L. Myers (1950), 5/3/2020



California Berkeley


Donald Dobbs (1954), 6/12/2020 David N. Ott (1959), 5/31/2020 Edward P. Crockett (1949), 8/6/2020

Case Western Reserve

George E. Ducro, III (1951), 7/3/2019 Daniel J. Hrvatin (1957), 5/7/2020 Michael W. Lewis (1956), 9/8/2020

William S. Musselman, Jr. (1951), 4/29/2020 Christopher A. Akstin (2004), 4/30/2019


Larry W. Bennett (1982), 4/21/2020 James R. Brown (1956), 5/3/2020



Patrick D. Dorman (1963), 8/14/2020 Richard C. Thompson (1961), 6/30/2020

Eric M. Hofferber (2015), 12/23/2019 Steven B. Samuelson (1976), 9/11/2020


Illinois Wesleyan

Theodore S. Stacy (1951), 5/4/2020 Benedict Q. Underhill (1981), 7/16/2020

Not Deceased Bruce M. Becker (1966), 4/28/2020 Richard H. Philpott (1957), 9/8/2020 John R. Reinhard (1957), 7/15/2020

[ Ad Astra ] Indiana

Charles H. Boehne (1948), 8/3/2020 David F. Eitman (1960), 4/10/2020 Vernal D. Layton (1963), 2/4/2020 Jerry W. Nigh (1967), 6/30/2020 Steven A. Obremskey (1964), 6/24/2020 Thomas C. Pagedas, MD (1955), 3/23/2020 John M. Wallace, MD (1974), 7/16/2020 James K. Wilhite (1961), 6/11/2020

John C. Pahl (1965), 9/20/2020 C. N. Tinker (1954), 3/11/2020

Michigan State

Robert J. Pemberton (1962), 12/23/2019


Alvin H. Carstensen (1957), 6/1/2020 Jeffrey Chase (2009), 4/28/2020


Luis M. Herrera (1992), 9/7/2020



Iowa State


John W. Hild (1961), 9/24/2020 Don J. Bottorff (1964), 8/19/2020 Robert P. Schenk (1946), 4/17/2020

James Madison

Justin A. Angel (2017), 6/6/2020


Charles H. Dunagin (1969), 5/23/2020 Walter D. Fox (1974), 6/15/2020 Michael H. Mount (1964), 8/23/2020 Laird G. Noller (1959), 8/25/2020 William O. Radcliffe (1994), 4/27/2020

Kent State

Peter L. Schofield (1962), 9/7/2020

Kettering A

John S. Camilleri (2004), 5/31/2020 Daniel M. Schlosser (2004), 5/31/2020 Daniel A. Shedd (2006), 5/31/2020 Joshua D. Sweers (2007), 5/31/2020


C. Rodney Boynton (1953), 7/28/2020 Jerrold M. Peterson (1962), 8/23/2020


John A. Ruffini (1951), 4/11/2020


E. W. Boyd Taylor, III (1962), 8/23/2019

Louisiana State

Richard B. MacMurdo (1989), 7/15/2020 Oran A. Ritter, Jr. (1957), 8/24/2020 Scott C. Wolford (1978), 6/7/2020


Levi M. Ross, III (1960), 5/26/2020


Larry T. Cunningham (1973), 8/14/2020


Clair E. Cox, II (1955), 7/9/2020 Thomas R. Glover (1954), 5/29/2020

Theodore W. Stein (1948), 8/21/2020 Keith D. Meininger (1950), 6/12/2020 Robert A. Stoldt (1964), 2/23/2020 Richard T. Voss (1986), 9/19/2020

New York

Gary D. Nordman (1962), 7/2/2020

North Carolina

Julius R. Creech (1945), 9/14/2020 William E. Elmore, Jr. (1943), 8/27/2020 John B. Owens (1959), 3/11/2020


James L. Cameron (1949), 8/21/2020 Horace H. Cobb, Jr. (1951), 8/1/2020 Robert L. Doherty (1959), 6/20/2020 James K. Samuelson (1993), 8/1/2020 Richard F. Sparks (1954), 7/22/2020

Ohio State

William K. Borglin (1961), 11/1/2019 W. Kumler, MD (1963), 5/27/2020 Tom L. Paffenbarger (1947), 7/23/2020

Ohio Wesleyan

G. Stanley Doore, Jr. (1954), 4/25/2020 Raymond R. Dykes (1955), 5/17/2020 Robert W. McFadden (1956), 5/24/2020 George M. Rice (1959), 9/4/2020 Kenneth A. Saleski (1953), 4/26/2020


Thomas H. Alford (1972), 8/4/2020 Donald B. Atkins (1951), 8/25/2020 Gordon W. Edwards, Jr. (1967), 6/12/2020 Charles P. Hall (1979), 9/28/2020 Todd W. Markum (1962), 6/12/2020 Otho W. Shumate, Jr. (1953), 7/7/2020 Robert E. Wilbur (1963), 5/9/2020

Oklahoma State

Richard W. Buchanan (2014), 8/20/2020

Oregon State

Roy E. Phelan (1950), 8/12/2019 Douglas A. Rimbach (1985), 5/6/2020

the Air Force ROTC and received his pilot wings in 1953. He flew 46 combat missions and at age 45 earned his paratrooper jump wings. Assignments during his air force career included chief of staff of the Military Airlift Command at Scott AFB, IL; commander of the 22nd Air Force at Travis AFB, CA, and vice commander in chief of the Military Airlift Command at Scott AFB. His numerous decorations and awards included the Distinguished Service Medal. After retirement from the Air Force, Bob served as director of aeronautics for the State of Illinois and as director of transportation for St. Clair County, IL. He was named a Distinguished Fiji in 1995.

Murray W. Dorin (Alberta 1976) passed ad

astra on April 11, 2020. As an undergraduate, Murray served as president of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter. Upon graduation, he earned the Chartered Accountant designation and worked for several years in public practice and industry. Fulfilling his interest in federal politics, in 1984 he was elected a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada, serving for two terms until 1993. His leadership roles included vice-chair and chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and chair of the Subcommittee on Tax Matters. After his service in Parliament, he worked as controller for several companies in the Edmonton, Alberta area. Murray’s formal service to his chapter included Purple Legionnaire and as a member of the house corporation.

Richard Gannett (Texas 1958) passed ad astra

on April 20, 2020. Brother Gannett served Phi Gamma Delta as a Field Secretary and Section Chief and attended 19 Ekklesiai. He was named a Distinguished Fiji in 1965. Dick’s professional career was in marketing and advertising, beginning in Chicago with leading firms Armour & Company and Alberto Culver. Relocating to Dallas in 1970, THE PHI GAMMA DELTA

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[ Ad Astra ] he founded an advertising agency, Gannett, Inc., where he spent the remainder of his career. Dick took special interest in connecting chapters with promising high school graduates that he knew. Largely due to his efforts, out of the 1991 graduating class from Highland Park High School in Dallas, 12 men became Fijis, including his son, Christopher C. Gannett (Kansas 1995).

James T. Willerson (Texas 1961) passed ad

astra on September 16, 2020. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Willerson most recently served as President Emeritus and Director of Cardiology Research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. From 2001-2008 he served as President of the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Willerson’s research concentrated on the detection and treatment of unstable atherosclerotic plaques and the discovery of the genes and abnormal proteins responsible for cardiovascular disease. He was directly involved in research in the use of stem cells for the repair of hearts and cardiovascular vessels injured by heart attacks. He edited or co-edited 27 textbooks, published more than 1,000 scientific articles in major journals, and was awarded 15 patents resulting from his research. Among many honors, he received the Gold Heart Award of the American Heart Association, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine of the United Kingdom, and was named an honorary member of 10 foreign Societies of Cardiology. As an undergraduate, Brother Willerson was a three-year letterman on the Longhorns swimming team and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and received postgraduate training at Harvard Medical School. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of both the University of Texas and the Baylor College of Medicine and was elected to the University of Texas Hall of Honor for his varsity swimming accomplishments and his professional contributions in the field of medicine. He was named a Distinguished Fiji in 2000.t 54


Pennsylvania State

Roy D. Bertolet (1944), 4/14/2020 Richard L. Buzin (1968), 9/5/2020 John E. Curtis (1965), 5/2/2020 Otto J. Hetzel (1955), 1/26/2020


Edward McCrady, III (1959), 6/25/2020


Richard A. Miller, Jr. (1964), 5/7/2020 Robert O. Williams (1952), 1/1/2020

Rhode Island

Thomas C. Stones (1960), 7/22/2020


Dallas R. Grogan (1957), 4/19/2020


Donald D. Blair, Jr. (1949), 9/25/2020 Edward A. Thompson (1958), 8/12/2020


William B. Campbell (1958), 8/25/2020 John R. Conley , Jr. (1983), 6/10/2020 Michael D. Kirkland (1961), 9/22/2020 Edward M. Maher (1955), 7/6/2020

Washington & Lee

William H. Kennedy (1950), 7/6/2020


William S. Burton (1964), 6/14/2020 H. Chesley Decker (1945), 6/2/2020 David McPherson (1979), 4/10/2020 George W. Tiller (1964), 6/13/2020


Washington State

Robert M. Martin, Jr. (1965), 7/17/2020

Western Michigan

Paul T. Pandolfi (1963), 9/4/2020

Eric A. Burgess (1997), 4/28/2020 Jeffrey A. Carter (1977), 8/4/2020

Southern Methodist


Patrick Ball (1962), 4/3/2020 Guion M. Lindsay (1955), 10/5/2020 Charles M. Martin (1963), 7/6/2020 Ted D. Mayo, III (1962), 6/12/2020 James R. McGuire (1961), 8/6/2020 Jay N. Murphy, III (1962), 8/19/2020


John P. Davis (1956), 4/28/2020 Michael W. Haithcoat (1968), 8/25/2020 Tommy M. Johnson (1960), 7/21/2020 Marion N. Kelly, Jr. (1956), 12/2/2019 William B. Lewallen (1948), 8/21/2020 James H. McDowell, Jr. (1942), 9/9/2020


James A. Clarkson (1962), 7/15/2020 Thomas L. McDonald (1960), 5/19/2020


Reagan C. Helm (1963), 9/9/2020


Ned H. Engelhart, Jr. (1968), 6/2020 Richard F. Keck (1962), 8/15/2020 Kent H. Lee, Jr. (1964), 9/3/2020 Michael R. Lewis (1972), 4/5/2020 Brian R. Nelson (1972), 8/12/2020


William S. Morgan (1949), 6/1/2020 Charles R. Wibright (1954), 8/11/2020

Simon W. Henderson, III (1955), 9/16/2020 Shawn D. Howard (1987), 3/17/2020 Roger Knight, Jr. (1963), 7/3/2020 Arlis B. Parkhurst (1960), 7/6/2020


Texas Tech


Scott J. Moore (1998), 6/22/2020 Walter L. Schuler (1959), 6/26/2020

Ernest P. Capozzi (1985), 6/5/2020 Albert Hardaker (1949), 8/6/2020 Eric H. Nickerson (1969), 6/10/2020 Noel Totti, Jr. (1942), 7/20/2020 Howard B. Carroll (1947), 8/27/2020 Peter F. Theis (1958), 6/22/2020 t

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Fraternally Speaking


hi Gamma Delta's vision is to be an active, vital force of men who courageously live our values, and make a positive impact on college and community. There has never been a time when this aim was more important. Brothers reading this can reflect on their fraternity experience and find truth in our vision. As graduates we often say that our membership not only helped us to build lifelong friendships, but pushed us to be more involved, achieve more, and learn how to work with others. We can look to numerous examples of positive impact on today’s undergraduates in the On Campus section of this edition. But the question in today’s world: can you prove it? Until recently, there was little timely research to back our assumptions and claims about the impact of the fraternity experience. But earlier this year Dr. Gary Pike, a prominent higher education researcher, released a study which confirms some of the positive impacts we anecdotally claim. His study, with a dataset of more than 200,000 students, found that fraternity and sorority members were significantly more engaged than non-members, reported greater gains in learning, were more satisfied with their college experiences, and experienced indirect improved learning gains. Why is this important? One significant reason is retention. "The first year of college is a time of transition for students," said Dr. Pike. "Engagement during the first year tends to help students stay in college. It also positively affects their learning." A particularly noteworthy finding related to the diversity experiences of fraternity and sorority members. While the membership of fraternities and sororities does tend to be more homogeneous than the general student population, members reported significantly higher levels

of discussions with Rob Caudill, diverse others than Executive Director non-affiliated students – including people from different races, ethnicity, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and political views. The relationship was strongest for fraternity members. Dr. Pike concludes that fraternities and sororities are not antithetical to the values of American higher education, as some have suggested. Fraternities and sororities do appear to "walk their talk," encouraging students to become both academically and socially engaged, to value learning, and to be more satisfied with their college experiences. The largest positive effects were generally found for first-year students, arguing against deferring recruitment until the second semester or second year – a practice found on many campuses today. This study gives us reason to be pleased but not satisfied. Dr. Pike’s research, along with others who have examined the fraternity and sorority experience, points to several areas of improvement for Greek organizations. Primary are issues associated with behavior – including alcohol misuse and abuse, hazing and sexual misconduct. These issues are not exclusively problems of fraternities but have become associated with our organizations and garner significant attention. These findings reinforce the value of fraternity that many members of Greek organizations espouse. They also make clear why Phi Gamma Delta chooses to Lead the Fight against hazing, why we continue to educate and seek innovative ways to eliminate the self-destructive behaviors that directly contradict our values, and why we need courageous leaders now more than ever. Because, as Dr. Pike shares, the academic and social benefits of fraternity membership are too important to be lost. t

Founded at Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 1848, by John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott, Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts & Naaman Fletcher.

The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Rd, PO Box 4599, Lexington, KY 405444599 | (859) 255-1848 |


• President: Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974) • Vice Pres: Bill Hunnicutt (Texas Arlington 1981) • Treasurer: Don Herman (Calgary 1984) • Secretary: Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990) • Councilor: Tom Waldon (Iowa State 1979) • Councilor: Dana Hesse (Virginia Tech 1986) • Councilor: Tim Kilduff (Kent State 1968) • Councilor: Davis Hardell (Georgia 2021) • Councilor: Jack Foley (Ohio Wesleyan 2022)

Headquarters Staff

• Executive Director: Rob Caudill (Akron 2004) • Assistant Executive Director: Todd Rotgers (Minnesota 2011) • CFO: Will Shier (DePauw 1988) • Sr Dir of Chapter Support: Helen Lahrman • Dir of Chapter Services-East: Joe Roth (Akron 2019) • Dir of Chapter Services-West: Bryan Hartzell (Western Kentucky 2014) • Dir of Communications: Erica Carlson • Dir of Education: Lauren Leif • Dir of Expansion: Jake Lueck (Kansas 2017) • Dir of Graduate Engagement: Dionysis Protopapadakis (Appalachian State 2017) • Dir of Membership & Operations: Amy Watson • Asst Dir of Education: Andrew Depew (Kentucky 2010) • Coordinator of Communications: Paige Prylinski • Senior Executive Assistant: Taren Robin • Administrative Assistant: Mahogany Dobbins • Receptionist: Kitty Brown • Field Secretaries: Eli Ussery (Alabama Birmingham 2018); Robbie Guilford (Arizona 2017); Logan McLendon (Alabama Birmingham 2020); Tyler Fisk (Wayne State 2020); Jarrett Keyton (Mississippi State 2020)

Appointed General Officers

• Curator of Archives: Joe Weist (Rose-Hulman 1987) • Educational Dir: Amelious Whyte (Minnesota Faculty) • General Counsel: Jim Boyers (Hanover 1994) • Historian: Towner Blackstock (Davidson 1994) • PR Dir: Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004) • Ritualist: Justin Burns (Ohio State 2007)

Educational Foundations

Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation 1201 Red Mile Rd, PO Box 4599, Lexington, KY 405444599 Board Members • Chairman: Matthew Amend (Iowa 1987) • Vice Chairman: Glenn Moor (Texas Tech 1984) • Finance Comm Chairman: Kevin Haga (Jacksonville 1992) • Board Secretary: Bill Brand (RPI 1987) • Executive Comm: Kevin Hopper (Cincinnati 1973) • Directors: Michael Ainsworth (British Columbia 1987); Carl Gibson (Oklahoma 1981); Mitchell Henn (Case Western 1972); Scott Mowrer (Washington 1971); Michael Stewart (Penn State 1972); Rob Wunderlich (DePauw 1988) • Directors Emeriti: Peter Clark (Kettering 1968); Jack Nicklaus (Ohio State 1961); Peter O’Malley (Penn 1959); Roger Parkhurst (Purdue 1965); William Rodgers (Oklahoma 1959)

Phi Gamma Delta Foundation of Canada

20 Raintree Path, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5A9, Canada Board Members • President: Michael Ainsworth (British Columbia 1987) • Treasurer: Norman Dundas (McGill 1963) • Secretary: Murray Coulter (Western Ontario 1972) • Directors: Erez Bahar (British Columbia 2001); John Carswell (Alberta 1976); Donald Herman (Calgary 1985); Ashley O’Kurley (Alberta 1994); Tristan Patterson (Alberta 2010); Frank Smeenk (Western Ontario 1971); Rob Witchel (Toronto 1987) • Trustee Emeritus: Cameron Murray (Alberta 1972)

US & Canadian Foundations Staff

• Executive Director: Ben Robinson (HampdenSydney 1986) • COO/CFO: Will Shier (DePauw 1988) • Director of Development & Stewardship: Duke Murphy (Coastal Carolina 2011)



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Every fall, a group of Ohio Wesleyan brothers from the class of 1977 gather for an annual golf outing. They decided to uphold their annual tradition this year while following social distancing guidelines. This year, the brothers gathered in Northeastern Ohio in September for a week of golfing.