The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Spring 2022

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2022 Fiji Academy


he 2022 Fiji Academy was held January 7-9, 2022, bringing undergraduate and graduate leaders back in-person to the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. This annual leadership training aims to prepare our brothers to “lead with courage” to make a positive impact on their campus and community.

By the Numbers Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases causing several attendees to cancel, this year's event had a strong showing, with 498 brothers and guests in attendance. This included: Ū Undergraduates: 392 ■ From 116 chapters and colonies Ū Chapters/Colonies with 3+ Delegates: 37, including: ■ 11 from Kansas State ■ 9 from Rose-Hulman Ū Graduates: 72, including: ■ 34 Purple Legionnaires ■ 16 Section Chiefs

Pursuing Excellence The 2022 Fiji Academy kicked off with the Pursuing Excellence sessions, providing early arrivals with an opportunity to do a two-hour deep dive into important topics facing our chapters across North America. Brothers attended these sessions on topics such as hazing prevention; sexual assault prevention; mental health; diversity, equity, inclusion and

belonging; relearning the Ritual, and supporting brothers’ academics. Concurrent with these sessions, new Purple Legionnaires gathered to learn about their new role from Section Chiefs and experienced Purple Legionnaires.

Opening Banquet The event’s first large group opportunity was the Opening Banquet on Friday evening. First-time Academy emcee Jade Metcalf (Washington State 1992) opened tthe evening recounting Fiji Academy history. The main event was the President’s Perspective keynote by Archon President Nic Loiacano (Illinois 1974). Nic provided an update to brothers on the Fraternity’s strategic initiatives.

Hazing Prevention The Fiji Academy included several guest speakers and presenters. One of the most powerful

Pursuing Excellence session

Pursuing Excellence session

Jade Metcalf, Academy Emcee

Archon President Nic Loiacono, President's Perspective presentations was Saturday’s opening session, led by parents from the


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