PHI GAMMA DELTA (FIJI)
Phi Gamma Delta encourages lifelong friendships, reaffirms high ethical standards and values, and fosters personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for brothers to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.
Phi Gamma Delta is a fraternity for life that transcends the boundaries of your undergraduate experience.
The experiences within the fraternity are for life- Not for College Days Alone.
The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta was founded on May 1, 1848 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The founders of this brotherhood, known as the immortal six, sought men with honor and ambition to help spread the name and values of the fraternity. Today, Phi Gamma Delta has taken on the nickname FIJI, but the promotion of friendship spanning beyond the days of college alone, strong values, and the pursuit of excellence has remained the same. Just as it was over 150 years ago, Phi Gamma Delta is committed to providing the opportunities for brothers to develop responsibility, leadership, scholastic, and social skills.
Our Omicron Deuteron chapter at The Ohio State University was founded in 1878 and was the first fraternity on campus. Our chapter continues to exemplify our founders’ five values in our every day lives. Our brothers are heavily involved in service throughout the greater Columbus area; some of which include The Columbus Cancer Clinic, BuckeyeThon, Pelotonia, Camp Kessem, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Mid Ohio Food Bank, as well as many other organizations. Our chapter prides itself on maintaining academic excellence as evidence by being ranked second in the Interfraternity Council for academics in Spring 2015. Omicron Deuteron also has shown great success in other areas of the Greek Community as well by being recognized over the last three years for outstanding philanthropy and member development programs and being named Chapter of the Year in 2008.
Phi Gamma Delta was founded based on five core values which serve as a reminder of who we are and what we stand for.
Each value gives definition to our lives and guides our daily actions, shaping our goals and influencing our own personal values.
Below is a list of our values and what they mean to our fraternity.
Friendship, brings us together and is the foundation for brotherhood. Friendship truly is the sweetest influence.
Knowledge, the primary reason our members attend college and the key to a fuller, richer life.
Service, in recognition of our obligation to give back to the campus and community that foster our growth.
Morality, our commitment to do what is right in all our relationships.
Excellence, the achievement of the full potential of the chapter and the individual members.
Want to be a FIJI?
“We are not only recruiting men who we can identify with, but men we can see replacing ourselves as the future of Phi Gamma Delta.”
Phi Gamma Delta recruits year round, looking for men who exemplify our five values of friendship, knowledge, excellence, morality, and service. Thoughtful consideration goes into every bid extended. We are not only recruiting men who we can identify with, but men we can see replacing ourselves as the future of Phi Gamma Delta. The principles of our dynamic recruitment process stress the selection of individuals based on quality.
We encourage every potential member to meet with as many brothers as they can. Our recruitment events provide prospective new members the opportunity to meet brothers and learn about Phi Gamma Delta. Every brother has a say in the recruitment process, so prospective new members are encouraged to meet as many Fiji’s as they can.
Phi Gamma Delta’s pledge process gives each pledge the opportunity to become acquainted with the history and values of the fraternity before being initiated as a brother. The process includes formal education as well as informal brotherhood events which strengthen relationships between brothers and pledges. Getting to know undergraduate and graduate brothers is a critical part of becoming a brother as well as advancing the fraternity.
The pledge process is a positive learning experience designed to teach pledges about what it means to be a Fiji. Your pledge process should be remembered for your growth as a person and the new friendships you will develop. The pledge process is not a time for meaningless tasks; hazing is neither appropriate nor acceptable and has no contribution to the brotherhood of any fraternity.
Why go Greek?
A fraternity is an associations of men with common ideals and aspirations who seek to advance not only themselves but their brothers as well. Men in fraternities have on average higher GPA’s, become more involved on campus, and have a broad network of men to rely upon after graduation.
For inquiries about joining Phi Gamma Delta, feel free to reach out to one of our two Recruitment Chairmen, Thomas Farbacher (Farbacher.1) and Jackson Hall (Hall.2565).
BROTHERS OF THE OMICRON DEUTERON CHAPTER
Manuel Bautista (Historian)
Michael Black (Greek Engagement Chair)
Evan Burkart (Corresponding Secretary)
Griffin Cagle (Service Chair)
Tyler Coleman (Brotherhood Chair)
Michael Corbett (Brotherhood Chair)
Mitchell Cusick (Membership Development)
Brandon Delia (Philanthropy Chair)
Matthew DeRoche (Marketing Chair)
Ben Eisenberg (House Manager)
Thomas Farbacher (Pledge Education)
Trey Hammond (Judicial Board Chair)
Sal Hargis (Pledge Education)
Ben Harris (President)
Drew Jung (Social Chair)
Carson Knabe (Grad Relations)
Nishant Kondepudi (Greek Engagement)
Nick Lenyo (Buckeyethon Team Captain)
Evan O'Brien (Brotherhood Chair)
Gabe Papell (Service Chair)
Shreyas Rajkumar (Scholarship Chair)
Sam Robinson (Recruitment Chair)
Ethan Rosas (Treasurer)
Clay Scherer (Social Chair)
Ethan Shaw (Recruitment Chair)
Andrew Tweedy (Recording Secretary)
Terry Zheng (Risk Management)
GRADUATE BROTHER RELATIONS
Due to COVID-19, the annual Frank Norris Pig Dinner for 2020 has been delayed. We will update graduate brothers when we are able to safely hold an event.
The members of the Omicron Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta hold strong views on the importance of mental health. Through various philanthropy events, our chapter raises money in support of the mental health campaign on Ohio State's Campus. In previous years, the money raised has been donated to the Student Wellness Center, however this year, we hope to support the Mental Health Matters organization.
Many of our members particpate in the Buckeyethon event on campus. This year, our team is being lead by Nick Lenyo and Brandon Delia.
Many FIJIs, including graduates of The Ohio State University, have gone on to accomplish incredible things in the public and private sectors. The following are a just a few of the Phi Gam’s who have now become household names.
JACK NICKLAUS GRADUATED FROM THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AS A FIJI IN 1961. SINCE THIS TIME HE HAS WON A TOTAL OF 18 PGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND IS QUOTED AS SAYING “MY FIJI EXPERIENCE OPENED THE DOOR FOR ME TO MEET PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE INTERESTS WHOM I OTHERWISE MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW…I GOT MY EDUCATION AT OHIO STATE, BUT IT WAS THROUGH PHI GAMMA DELTA THAT I REALLY LEARNED HOW TO BE A FRIEND AND APPRECIATE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.”
CALVIN COOLIDGE WAS THE 30TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM 1923- 1929. CALVIN COOLIDGE ATTENDED AMHERST UNIVERSITY AND IS WHERE HE JOINED PHI GAMMA DELTA.
JOHNNY CARSON WAS THE HOST OF THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE TELEVISION ACADEMY HALL OF FAME. HE ATTENDED COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY WHERE HE WAS A MEMBER OF PHI GAMMA DELTA.
OTHER FAMOUS FIJIS
Philip H. Knight Founder/Owner/President Nike Corp.
Allan B. Graf Jr. VP/CFO of FedEx
John A. Rodgers Founder/ President Starbucks
Scott A. Lowery Founder BW-3 Restaurants
Seth Meyers Comedian / Late Night Host
Jay Richard Munro Part Creator of HBO
E.B. White Author Charlotte’s Web
Judson C. Green Jr. Former Chairman Walt Disney
Charles R. Lee Former Chairman and CEO Verizon
Dean Thornton Former President Boeing
Stuart W. Evey Former Chairman ESPN
Richard D. Zanuck Former President 20th Century Fox