FIJI Academy “Experience of a Lifetime”

Winter Break was typical for most of us here at FIJI. Time spent with family, friends, and holiday festivities replaced our busy class schedules giving us all a chance to relax and enjoy the season. But for three lucky Phi Gamms, their break presented them with the special opportunity to travel to Saint Louis Missouri to attend the 38th annual FIJI Academy where these brothers attended workshops that provided them with knowledge and skills that they brought back to us here at Oregon State!

Colin Pyle

The 2013 Fiji Academy was the experience of a lifetime. It gave the brothers that were lucky enough to attend this gathering to meet and network with brothers from other Phi Gamma Delta chapters from across the nation, something that we don’t get to do often. Besides making new friends, Fiji Academy gave us the chance to learn and grow as leaders, and my zeal for the Fraternity and our Chapter has never been greater. Mighty Proud to be a Phi Gam!

Kyle Wehage

Before returning for the winter term I was honored to represent the Kappa Omicron chapter at the 38th Fiji Academy alongside Derek Burbank and Colin Pyle. During our weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, we engaged in informational sessions led by International Headquarters Staff covering topics from risk management and finances to recruitment. We also had many opportunities to meet and discuss chapter operations with Fijis from around the country. With the information we gained during this experience, as well as the tireless efforts of the undergraduates our chapter is positioned to continue our upward march through embodying our values of friendship, knowledge, service, morality, and excellence

Derek Burbank

            This year I attended the 38th annual Fiji academy held in Saint Louis with Brother Pyle and Wehage. Being so far from any other chapter here at Oregon State it was the first time that I had the opportunity to talk to a brother from across the continent. Honestly, there were no strangers at academy as we are bound by the bond of brotherhood. Despite our common ground it was shocking to see the variation in chapters, from the brothers to the physical structure of the house, no chapter is the same as the next. I attended all the recruitment workshops, giving me some fantastic ideas to implement in the upcoming year. Incidentally, many of those ideas came from brothers that do recruitment differently, or have specific events that have had great success in the past. From these ideas, I plan to make alterations to our current system in order to make sure we are achieving the most out of our recruits. Academy is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the fraternity on a national level and fellow brothers from other chapters. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to attend and I hope that I can do so again.

Kappa Omicron was well represented at Academy and the knowledge that our brothers obtained will be invaluable to the continued success of our chapter here at Oregon State University. We can count on these young men to apply the knowledge that they attained on their Phi Gamm adventure to the continual improvement of our chapter and to the leadership of our home. Whether it was airport delays, making new connections, or engaging in workshops, Brothers Pyle, Wehage, and Burbank represented Kappa Omicron to the highest of quality. We are excited to put their new knowledge to use for the coming year!