PHI GAMMA DELTA
The Iowa State chapter of Phi Gamma Delta strives to excel in our international Fraternity's values of Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality and Excellence in all that we do - during and after our college days. Internationally since 1848 and locally since 1907, FIJI offers the ideal community to succeed in academics, develop as a leader and strengthen bonds between brothers. Although the name of our fraternity is Phi Gamma Delta, the Greek letters themselves are rarely shown. It can be found on our flag, badge, house marker and a few other places. In its place, the nickname "FIJI" is generally used. Phi Gamma Delta and FIJI are two good names, for one great Fraternity.
FIJI at IOWA STATE
The Iowa State location of FIJI is known as the "Alpha Iota" chapter of the Fraternity, which represents Ames, Iowa. The Alpha Iota chapter continues to be supported not only by our international headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, but also by our University Office of Greek Affairs Staff and local Interfraternity Council (IFC). Our chapter currently ranges from 85-100 members total, with a house capacity of 58. Founded in 1907, FIJI is one of the longest running fraternities at Iowa State. We continue to participate in Greek-wide events such as Greek Week, Homecoming, Varities and more. We require community service of each member and hold philanthropic events to raise money for The USO. In addition, we also choose to participate heavily in other student organizations including Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, ISU Dance Marathon and more as well as creating many of our own intramural sports teams.
Iowa State's Fraternity system conducts what is known as a year long, informal recruitment process.
Our home is located at 325 Ash Ave., Ames, IA 50014 in a neighborhood widely known as "Greekland." Constructed in 1917, the house has a rich history and is an imoportant piece of our chapter. Among many additions and renovations, the most recent remodel to our home was in 2011. The house was completely gutted and rebuilt from the inside. A maximum of 58 members live in the house, including freshmen.
Our brothers are in college to get an eduation which is why we set it as our number one priority. To align with that, our chapter implements many incentives and programs so our members may excel in their scholarship. Some examples include the following annual awards:
Academic Achievement Award - $500 to every member obtaining a 3.2+ GPA during their first semester with FIJI.
Jim Hildebrand White Star Pledge Award - $2,000 to a member of the incoming pledge class that goes above and beyond in fraternity committment, and is chosen by the pledge class.
Byron Toot Memorial Scholarship - 4-6 $1,500 scholarships to members that live in the facility and demonstrate serious committment in the fields of scholarship and community service.
Phi Gamma Delta is not for college days alone. Our brothers continue to benefit from and support the Fraternity and its members long after graduation from Iowa State. Every year each chapter of FIJI holds what is known as the Frank Norris Pig Dinner.
At Alpha Iota, this is a weekend long opprotunity to reconnect with brothers (from current members to our oldest graduates), get updated on the current state of the chapter and come together for a ceremonial banquet. For further information, select the "Pig Dinner" tab above. Graduate brothers (alumni) can give back to the Fraternity in many different ways. Some brothers choose to serve on the House Corporation, a board of graduates that oversee and maintain the house, see that it is maintained properly and make all major decisions concerning our home. Other graduate brothers may choose to serve on the Board of Committee Advisors (BCA), an advisory board to the Cabinet and Committee Chairmen.
In addition to many other positions, some brothers may also choose to participate in the Des Moines Area Graduate chapter (https://www.facebook.com/DesMoinesGraduateChapterOfPhiGammaDelta).