The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI or Phi Gam) was established at Jefferson College in 1848 as a Greek letter, secret, social fraternity to foster core values of Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality, and Exellence. Since its founding in 1866, the Omega Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at Columbia University has remained committed to recruiting the best men on campus to further these values.
Today, FIJI at Columbia represents a group of gentlemen with diverse academic and extracurricular interests, who are brought together through a common devotion to brotherhood. Activities that brothers participate in include:
OUR MISSION: "Phi Gamma Delta is dedicated to developing men of character within the academic setting, with the aim that they will become fully contributing members of society. In pursuit of this mission, the Fraternity promotes five core values."
Our five core values:
FRIENDSHIP brings us together and is the basis of our brotherhood. It provides us with the platform to develop individually and collectively.
KNOWLEDGE is the primary reason our members attend college and the key to fuller, richer life. We understand that our common pursuit of knowledge is the strongest bond, and hence every brother's priority.
SERVICE is the recognition of our obligation to give back to the campus and community that foster our growth. Complementing academics, service enables us to connect to the community to which we belong, and in doing so, enrich our college experience.
MORALITY is our commitment to do what is right in all our relationships. It is something all brothers strive to attain. It is our guiding light in our daily actions and encounters.
EXCELLENCE is the achievement of the full potential of the chapter and the individual members. As our standard, we aspire to perform beyond the expectations of others, to be men of the highest potential and quality.
Service is an integral function of brotherhood, and Columbia FIJIs have shown a commitment to volunteering in the community that justifies the maxims of our creed. While living in New York City provides a wealth of opportunities, it also makes us constantly aware of injustice that occurs around our campus every day. Some community service activities that brothers participate in include:
- Dan McConnell (CU-EMS Director) and Mischa Beumer. Not pictured: Jason Yang and Chris Luccarelli.
- Organized and staffed by FIJI and Circle K.
- Cleaning up in Harlem.
- Raising money and awareness for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
- Over 60% of the chapter is CPR certified. We aim to be 100% certified within the next year.
With each semester come new opportunities for the brothers of FIJI to be recognized for their excellence in academic achievement--one of the core values of the fraternity. For new members, the Academic Achievement Award is granted by the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation to those newly-initiated brothers who demonstrate excellence in their academic courses.
Every semester, the Omega Association awards scholarships to those brothers who maintain the Omega Association GPA standards. Additionally, the Ralph Mabie Scholarship is awarded to the brother attaining the highest GPA, and the Peter A. Luccarelli Jr. Service Award is granted annually to the brother who demonstrates excellence and accomplishment in student leadership and affairs, campus involvement, athletic accomplishment, charitable work, and community service.
The Omega Chapter of FIJI offers an additional scholarship, made available to potential recruits who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular achievement and will be awarded upon initiation into the fraternity.