February 3, 2014

UM Greek Life Welcomes Phi Gamma Delta

Headquarters staff from the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, known as “FIJI,” will be on campus February 6 through March 22 recruiting men to become the founding fathers of the first ever FIJI chapter at the University of Montevallo. Phi Gamma Delta will be the first fraternity added to the UM Greek community since Alpha Kappa Lambda began in 1995.

The recruitment process this spring will be primarily recommendation-based and will involve several informational meetings, casual events and individual interviews. Phi Gamma Delta seeks gentlemen of all class years that excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership and involvement, community service, and athletics.

To emphasize the importance of academics, Phi Gamma Delta will provide numerous academic-based scholarships to benefit UM students. All men joining Phi Gamma Delta who achieve at least a 3.2 GPA during their initial semester will receive a $250 Academic Achievement Award. During the spring semester, Phi Gamma Delta will also offer up to $1,000 in scholarships to UM men of all classes through its White Star Scholarship.

Headquartered in Lexington, Ky., Phi Gamma Delta was founded in 1848 at Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in Canonsburg, Pa., on the values of friendship, knowledge, service, morality and excellence. The fraternity has more than 8,000 undergraduate members in 126 chapters and 19 Delta Colonies throughout the United States and Canada. The UM chapter will join several other FIJI chapters in the region at Alabama, Auburn and North Alabama. Since 1848, more than 150,000 college men have become members of Phi Gamma Delta. Phi Gamma Delta was also an early leader among national fraternities in the movement to implement alcohol-free housing for its chapters.

Phi Gamma Delta offers outstanding opportunities for college students. It seeks to maximize the college experience of its members through academic assistance, leadership development, community service and gentlemanly conduct. Primary emphasis is placed on scholarship and the development of the individual, and as a result, the fraternity seeks to complement the mission of University of Montevallo. Phi Gamma Delta is a non-hazing fraternity. New members complete a progressive education period and have immediate leadership responsibilities and decision-making opportunities within the organization.

Students interested in this unique opportunity to become Founding Fathers of Phi Gamma Delta at UM should contact staff member Josh Wiseman at 270-304-9415 or by email at jwiseman@phigam.org. Further information is also available on Facebook, Twitter and phigam.org.

For more information about fraternities and sororities on campus, visit the Greek Life page at montevallo.edu.