The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Spring 2021

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2021 Fiji Academy


he 2021 Fiji Academy, held on January 8-9, was the largest in the event's history, and it was the first time it was held virtually. While brothers missed the historic St. Louis Union Station, the usual Academy venue, the virtual platform allowed the Fraternity to provide this annual leadership training to more brothers, including those that might not have had the opportunity to travel for the event. The theme was “Lead with Courage,” which is more important than ever as chapters face challenges due to the pandemic.

By the Numbers The 2021 Academy included a record 858 brothers and guests. The previous attendance record was 723 in 2019. • Undergraduates: 706 from 142 chapters and colonies. • Chapters/Colonies with 3+ Delegates: 94 (including 12 from Kansas State, 9 from Wabash and 8 from Kent State.) • Graduates: 128 (including 50 Purple Legionnaires and 33 Section Chiefs.)

Archon President Opening & Better Fraternity; Better You The 46th Fiji Academy began on Friday, January 8, with remarks from Archon President Nic Loiacono (Illinois 1974). Nic discussed the importance of Courageous Leadership and responding to testing points through the stories of four people he admires: Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin and Casey Stengel. Next, Dr. Lori Hart gave her presentation “Better Fraternity; Better You,” which focused on getting to and addressing the core problems in fraternity.

Chapter Officer Training & Breakout Sessions This year’s program offered robust opportunities for new chapter officers and chairmen to learn about their positions. It also included breakout sessions related to important challenges chapters face. There was training for officers, recruitment chairmen and new member educators. Some of the breakout sessions included Leading During Turbulent


3Archon President Nic Loiacono, President's Message

6Dr. Lori Hart, Better Fraternity; Better You