Thank you for visiting the Delta Colony of PHI GAMMA DELTA at the College of Charleston! Our colony welcomed its first pledge class of 36 men on January 22 of 2009. We have begun our journey to become the most active and well-respected group of scholars on campus and are excited to be part of the College’s Greek community.
Since 1848, PHI GAMMA DELTA has existed to promote lifelong friendships, to reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. For men interested in becoming Fiji gentlemen, contact us at FIJICofC@Gmail.com
Looking for something more out of the college experience and a mission to revolutionize Greek Life on campus, four men contacted Phi Gamma Delta’s national headquarters to pursue expansion at the College of Charleston. These four men, Ben Kubaryk, Seaton Brown, Dan Burkard, and John Capelle, were all participants in LeaderShape and bonded in a way that they wanted to bring back to campus. After initiating the expansion process with Fiji’s Director of Expansion, Justin Burns, the small group of four grew in a semester to over 40 men.
On January 22, 2009, area graduate brothers and members of the International Headquarters in Kentucky pledged 36 men into the Delta Colony of Phi Gamma Delta at the College of Charleston. This Spring semester, we look to recruit more spectacular men to continue a living tradition on campus.
Nationally, the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta was founded at Old Jefferson College on May 1st, 1848 by six friends united in brotherhood. FIJI quickly spread to other campuses and began to flourish. Throughout the Civil War, the fraternity continued to gain members and even new chapters in the Northern states. After the end of the war, FIJI’s expansion became more rapid and by the turn of the century, there were 49 chapters and over 7,000 members. Through its size and reach, the fraternity began to set standards and work with individual chapters to control expansion and set forth a guideline for membership and ritual. World War I had a drastic effect on all fraternities, including FIJI, as thousands of men left for the war and many never returned. 128 Phi Gams made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I (over another 500 gave up their lives during World War II while thousands more served their country). In 1922, Brother Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president of the United States, solidifying the FIJI name and bolstering pride in the fraternity and its accomplishments.
Since the 1920s, FIJI has grown to over 140,000 members from over 140 active chapters across the nation’s leading Universities and is the 13th oldest Greek letter fraternity. Our international headquarters is now located in Lexington, Kentucky and through it’s field secretaries and other positions maintains close ties to all the chapters around the nation uniting them in annual events and bi-annual meetings. To this present day, there have been 162,000+ initiated brothers since the 1848 founding date and currently over 6,500 brothers are active undergraduates across 107 chapters and 7 Delta colonies at nearly all major colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
Brotherhood in Phi Gamma Delta lasts a lifetime and truly is “not for college days alone”.