Phi Gamma Delta starts new fraternity at SHSU
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
Incoming freshman and other students will now have another Greek organization to join during their time at Sam Houston State University.
Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, is a campus organization that is hoping to get a national charter in the coming years. Fiji was brought to SHSU at the end of the spring 2013 semester.
The fraternity that was founded in 1848 at Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and promotes five core values: knowledge, friendship, service, morality, and excellence.
Ryan Caycoya, a junior mass communication student and member of Fiji, said the group has already gotten members in the past year. “We had field secretaries from national headquarters come and speak to us, and we attended different recruitment events,” Caycoya said, “They recruited us into the fraternity for a chapter here at Sam, and then we went through a six-week interview process.”
Caycoya said at the end of the six weeks they received a bid into the colony, or interim chapter, at SHSU. The next step, he said, is looking forward to become an official chapter of the national fraternity.
“The goal is to stay on top when it comes to academics, and to get chartered within the next two years,” Caycoya said.
Fiji hosted some events last week and are planning to host other social events throughout the semester to promote their fraternity.
“Recruitment week is our main focus, as well as Greek Week, because we want to make sure we get along with the rest of the Greek life society,” Caycoya said.
The newly-established colony has yet to secure its own housing, but Caycoya has expressed that getting their charter is the primary objective, and then to have their own house at some point in the next 10 years.
Recruitment week, which is currently on-going, is an opportunity for Fiji to expand its membership. Currently at 17 active members, their goal is to recruit 15 new members by the end of the week and a long term aspiration of between 50 and 60 active members each semester.
Though social events are what Greek organizations are primarily known for, academics are imperative to Fiji’s growth and survival.
“We don’t want people who are joining fraternities just for the parties,” Caycoya said. “Yeah, we like to go out, but at the same time we make sure that our grades come first because our fraternity focuses on scholarship.”
Fiji is also the leader in academics in Greek life at Sam with an average GPA of 3.29, Caycoya said.