• Join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015, for Purdue’s Homecoming match up against the Fighting Illini. In addition to our Homecoming celebration, Phi Gamma Delta will be presenting Brother Tom Spurgeon ’61 with the Distinguished Fiji Award on this day. Tentatively, we will be planning a late morning event at the chapter house prior to kickoff, but we will keep you updated with details as they are finalized.

  • Last month, we featured Brother Tom Spurgeon ’61 as well as his ’56 and ’57 pledge classes who have gone on to fill important leadership positions across industries, disciplines and geographies. As a result of that story, Brother Parker Wayland ’59 wrote in: “‪As a spring ’56 Phi Gamma Delta pledge, these guys were my pledge brothers for a while. I thought they were great guys, but I couldn't conceive then what a truly distinguished group of men they are. I'm proud to be a Fiji!” Are you proud to be a Fiji? What are your recollections of your pledge class? CLICK HERE to leave your thoughts, photos and memories. We’ll feature them in next month’s eLetter.

  • One brother is celebrating 55 years of marriage. Several other brothers celebrated their 60th class reunion in California earlier this year. Others celebrated 55 years earlier this summer. And one brother has a great photo featuring his own statue of Purdue Pete. Take a look!

  • As we approach fall recruitment, our rush chair is gathering names of potential Fiji brothers. If you know of any young men at Purdue who would make good Phi Gamma Delta brothers, please let us know. Specifically, we would like full name of each candidate along with his hometown, high school attended and cell phone number. If you are aware of high school activities they took part in, please include that also. You can send the information to our undergraduate rush chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • We want to share a story with you. This story comes from a fraternity in the Northeast... a situation that took place in 2013. One brother had a daughter who was facing a very serious genetic illness. The best doctor in the area was in Baltimore, but he had closed his doors to new patients. As often happens, this brother's dilemma was shared by one brother to another and to another. Thanks to the efforts of a particular brother, the base of those who knew about the situation expanded, and the doors (literally) opened. This young girl was able to see the specialist she needed and begin her path to healing. But that is not where the story ends. Click below to read more.

  • In the fall of 1959 we hit the Purdue campus, most not knowing each other or that we even existed.  Good judgment, providence and timing brought us together at Phi Gamma Delta - Class of 1963.

  • The Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri recently conducted a two-year research study, which found that:
    • Men and women who have had a fraternal experience are far more likely to volunteer and participate in community activities.
    • Sorority and fraternity graduate members are significantly more active in religious and civic organizations.
    • Alumni affiliated with Greek-letter organizations rank high in "social capital," a concept that applies to those who invest their time and energy to improve the quality of life in their communities.
    Other national studies conducted annually consistently indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:
    • Greek students are more likely to stay in college than other students.
    • Alumni members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more financially successful than other college graduates.
    • Greek alumni give more money to their alma maters, both more often and in greater quantity than non-Greek alumni.
    • Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.

    Reposted from http://greeklife.unt.edu/resources/research_greek_life.html

  • The ball has dropped and most of the ornaments have been tucked away for yet another season.  2014 is now upon us, with the hopes that this holiday season has been a memorable one. 

    Perhaps in the waning hours of 2013, you reflected on what the year had for you as you prepared your resolutions for the coming year.  Nationally, it was a tumultuous one, to say the least.  We started off on a high note with President Obama's second inauguration. But, with the government shutdown and the lackluster start of the Affordable Healthcare Act, that seems like a very distant memory for most.  On the entertainment front, Iron Man was the biggest winner in the box office, and Miley Cyrus and 'Kimye' made the biggest splashes with their... well, whatever it is that they do...

    A new year has dawned.  May it hold the promise for health and happiness for you and yours!

  • “Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

    Are you among the countless numbers that believe your years in college were the best years of your life?  This quote exemplifies the reason for that feeling. In college, we are still in our youth and have nothing but wonder for the future.   We are able to embrace that time because we are being taught- all the religion, art and science our brains can handle. And we are able to explore all the wonders that life holds... without the burden of careers, worries about money, and worries about every day life.  This holiday season, take time to reflect on the best days of your life and strive to relive them in this season of renewal and wonder!

  • By now, our freshmen have already arrived on campus for what will likely become the most important four years of their lives. The choices these young adults make as they select their friends, community, and fraternity helps to shape their future and can lead to a very fulfilling college experience that is felt long after graduation.

  • Everyone knows that although fans go to a game for the football, the atmosphere is what keeps them coming back. At least, that’s what Purdue is banking on as they plan an initiative to enhance the average football game to a game-day extravaganza.

  • With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.purduefiji.org, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).

  • The 70s are leading the way in annual fund giving so far this year. Alumni contributions are the foundation of our organization. See how your decade is represented in the decade challenge, and make a gift today. Give Now.

  • Recruitment (Rush) is one of the most important times of the year for Lambda Iota. The future of our chapter is determined yearly through the Rush process, and we take it very seriously. Lambda Iota holds one set of rush functions every year at the beginning of the fall semester. We have had great success in rush in the past, and this success is directly related to the tireless efforts we put into recruitment.

    Graduate brothers also play an integral role in the recruitment process. We encourage our graduate brothers to send recommendations in order to inform us of any young gentlemen who they feel would be a good fit to be a brother in the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

    If you know of any high-caliber gentlemen who plan to attend Purdue next fall, please forward us their names and contact information so that we can appropriately welcome them. Please send your recommendations to Bill Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The annual meetings of the Lambda Iota Housing Corporation and the Alpha Graduate Chapter were held prior to Pig Dinner on February 23.

  • David Alexander '62 has a long-storied history in baseball and a family legacy at Purdue. He's joining the two together with the new John and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Field, the $10.3 million baseball stadium. Dave made a lead gift to make the building of the new stadium possible and has given the namesake in memory of his parents, both of whom also attended Purdue as students.

  • Thank you to the 147 graduate donors who contributed a collective $17,035 to our annual fund so far this year, making this the highest total we've EVER raised in an annual giving year. If you haven't yet made your contribution in 2012-13, there's still time to join the momentum and help shatter last year's previous record of $14,660.

  • Since graduation many years ago, Brother Dan Malvern '88 has experienced a windfall of successes in his life. He was selected as both a Kauffman Fellow and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Kauffman Fellows Program is the pre-eminent global professional society of venture capitalists, and YPO is the pre-eminent global professional society of business executives. Did you know that this graduate brother is one of only a handful of people in the world to be elected to both?

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of FIJI? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

  • The annual Pig Dinner, a highlight of the year for Fiji, has left our alumni with some great memories. Paul M. Gerni ’71 says,” I appreciate the brotherhood of my college days, and like I remember from my first Pig Dinner, one thing that binds us together is indeed our common ideals and aspirations, and may I humbly add, our songs. No matter how we sing, our songs bind us. Yes, I have a vinyl copy of The Songs of Phi Gamma Delta, and I also have the CD.  They don't get played so much, but when they do, the memories flood back into my head.”

    Reconnect with Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Bill P. Gettings ‘78 appreciates his experiences from Fiji and truly believes being a brother has positively impacted his life. “As I think of the FIJI house, my fraternity, two lessons learned come to mind. First, friendship is the sweetest influence.  And second, Phi Gamma Delta is not for college days alone. My friendships and my life have been forever shaped and positively influenced by my Purdue FIJI experience. Many of us have remained close celebrating successes and happy occasions. We've been there through tough times as well, truly a sweet influence.”

    Reconnect with Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It’s a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below.

  • May is just around the corner. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat?  Now you can.

  • This past fall our chapter achieved a GPA of 3.02, ranking us 4th among all 41 fraternities on campus and placing us above both the All-Men's average and the All-Fraternities average. This number was just 3 hundredths of a point away from being ranked 1st and this is also our 30th consecutive semester ranked in the top 10 fraternities. Congrats to these young men for living up to Phi Gam's tradition of excellence!

  • House Corporation President, Carl Horner ’78, has appointed a committee to facilitate the feasibility study approved at the annual House Corporation meeting at Pig Dinner. Bob Swinehart ’65, former House Corporation member, has been appointed the chairman for the initiative. Assisting him will be House Corporation members Jerry Bean ’64 and John Barbee ’98 as well as Purple Legionnaire Bill Miller ’96. The goal of the study is to identify and prioritize future improvements to the chapter house.

    We will release more details as they become available.

  • May is just around the corner. This year, we'd like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat? Now you can.

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,153 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in West Lafayette.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below or on the message board.

  • Lambda Iota Chapter enjoyed a very successful Pig Dinner on Saturday, February 23. Keynote speaker Bob Baney (Pennsylvania State '84) spent the day with us, advising the Alpha Graduate Chapter, Lambda Iota Housing Corporation and the Undergraduate Chapter on how to improve our graduate relations program, and in particular, how to improve graduate member participation in support of the undergraduate chapter. Bob's remarks at dinner were well received and he has promised continuing support for the chapter as we develop a more comprehensive graduate relations program.

  • The annual meeting of the House Corporation was held at 2:00 p.m. prior to Pig Dinner Saturday, February 23rd.

  • The annual meeting of the Alpha Graduate Chapter was held in conjunction with the House Corporation meeting at 2:00 p. m. prior to Pig Dinner Saturday, February 23, 2013.

  • They say there's strength in numbers. We're counting on you to help ours grow through your participation as a graduate!

  • When a gentleman gets a promotion, and a co-worker does not…

    He does notsay:
        “I told you you should have chipped in on the boss’s Christmas present.”
        “Guess the cream always rises to the top.”
        “Bet you wish you hadn’t bought that new BMW.”
        “I could use some coffee. How about making a pot?”

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  • In an effort to increase graduate participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.

  • Parker Wayland '59 recently shared: "Since my retirement in '04 the Lord has been using me in foreign missions. It's wonderful! This summer I went to Russia and helped start a new Christian ministry to Russian men. I also went with a team from my church to Vietnam. I was in the Navy during the Vietnam war, but in the Atlantic. It was still a very emotional trip. I found the country surprisingly prosperous, and the mountains of the northwest are gorgeous. But visits to places like the Hanoi Hilton (the prison where American POWs were kept) and the Hanoi neighborhood where a patriarch named Duy (pronounced Zwi), 75 years old just like me, showed me their little park memorializing 42 people killed by an American bomb in 1966 were quite emotional. How could I explain to him that we were trying to save his people, not kill them? He said they used to hate Americans, but they don't any longer. We had our picture taken together."

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