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    Phi Gamma Delta Founders Day

    Phi Gamma Delta Founders Day

    Six friends at Jefferson College gathered to establish a secret society, initially called “The Delta Association” and now known as Phi Gamma Delta or FIJI. The 5 core values that the immortal 6 established still ring true today 173 years later.  With the five core values guiding every endeavor, the Brothers of FIJI are known for being high achievers so let’s take a look at some notable names to join the ranks of brothers; 

    John. W. (Johnny) Carson 

    Best known for as being the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson! He was not only a television host but also a comedian, writer and producer. All thing which led to his 6 Emmy’s and being inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. An award that is bestowed to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interest in of the United States, world peace, cultural, or other significant public endeavors”.  After joining the Navy Carson took advantage of the education opportunities by attending the University of Nebraska, where he became a member of Phi Gamma Delta. 

    Jim Gaffigan: 

    An American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer from Indiana. The Hoosier state native has been deemed one of the “clean” comics usually focusing on fatherhood, laziness, observations, and food in his routines. He started college at Purdue University where he joined FIJI, after just one year he transferred to Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business where obtained a degree in finance. 


    Robert Woodward

    The American investigative journalist. He started his career with The Washington Post and currently holds the title at the Post of Associate Editor. At the early start of his career, he reported on the Watergate Scandal. He continued to write for The Post after reporting on Watergate. Since he has also written 19 books on American Politics, 13 of those books hit the best sellers list. 


    Seth Meyers

    The form SNL cast member and writer is known as an American Comedian, writer, producer and television host. Most recently known for being the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the late-night talk show on NBC. The Northwestern graduate was has gone on to deliver the commencement address at the universities 2016 graduation. His time at Northwestern is also what led him to join FIIJI. 

     

    Charles E. Rushmore

    An American attorney and businessman, whom the Mount Rushmore is name after. How the monument came to be named after Charles is subject to interpretation, however the United States Board of Geographic Name officially recognized in June 1930. Just 5 years after he made a sizable donation towards the sculpture. FIJI wasn’t the only fraternal organization he was a part of, he was also a Freemason. 


    Philip Knight  

    As of 2020 Knight was ranked the 26th richest person in the world. The co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc. and was previously chairman and CEO of the company. He graduated from the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Oregon he ran track under Bill Bowerman, whom he co-founded Nike with.  He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his Special Contribution to Sports in Oregon. He has also been inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a contributor. He was recognized by the hall, by being the driving force behind Nike’s major financial support of U.S Basketball and its Players. 


    Jack Nicklaus

    “The Golden Bear”, is a retired American Professional Golfer. He is widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Winning 117 professional tournaments in his career. He took up golf at age 10 scoring a 51 at Scioto Country Club in the first 9 holes he had ever played. He was coached by Jack Grout, a pro who also a coach to other great golfers. While he attended Ohio State University, where he joined FIJI he won the U.S Amateur twice and an NCAA Championship. He started his professional career in 1961 on the PGA Tour. He set a record for lowest final round score in the PGA Championship with just a 64. In 1965 and 1966 he became the winner of The Masters and became the tournament’s first back to back winner and the youngest two time and three time winner. When he won the 1971 PGA Championship, he became the first golfer to win all four majors twice. Since hanging up the clubs on his professional career Nicklaus, is now the head of the world’s largest golf course design companies. 

     

    Roger Penske  

    The American businessman & entrepreneur involved in professional auto racing and a retire auto racing driver. Penske is probably most famous for his ownership of Team Penske, DJR Team Penske, the Penske Corporation, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and IndyCar. He was name Sports Illustrated “sports car club of America driver of the year of 1961”. After retiring from his own driving career, he has gone on to create one of the most successful teams in NASCAR and the IndyCar series. He is considering the most successful owner in the Indianapolis 500 with 18 victories. In 2019 he became the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, purchasing the 2.5 mile course from the Hulman Family. 


    Bobby Rahal

    The form Racecar Driver and Racing team owner, he has won 1 personal Indy 500 as a driver and as a team owner has won 2 additional Indy 500’s. He attended college at Denison University, where he joined the ranks of FIJI’s brothers. After retiring as a driver, Rahal held many managerial positions with the Jaguar Formula 1 team and was also an interim president of the CART series. 

     

    Jack Swigert 

    The University of Colorado graduate with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and then later earning his master’s in aerospace engineering went on to being a NASA Astronaut, test pilot, mechanical engineer and aerospace engineer. He was one of three astronauts abroad the Apollo 13 Moon Mission launched April 11th, 1970. He is the first to announce the famous words “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”. After his time at NASA he became an executive director of the Committee on Science and Astronautics.  In 1970 after his Apollo 13 mission, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon. 

    Brian Griese

    This former NFL quarterback started his college football career by walking on to the team at the University Michigan. After turning down two scholarships at Purdue and Kentucky. He joined FIJI while obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in an individualized concertation at Michigan.  He started his NLF career during the 1998 NFL Draft. He was began his career with the Denver Broncos, as the third string quarterback. After leaving the NFL 2009 he shifted gears and took on the world of Broadcasting with ESPN covering college football until 2020.  He took his seat in the Monday Night Football booth in 2020. 

    E.B White  

    The American writer most known for his titles Stuart Little or Charlotte’s Web joined FIJI while he attended Cornell University. While at Cornell he worked as an editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. FIJI wasn’t the only organization White joined while at Cornell, he also was a member of Alep Samach and Quill and Dagger societies. After graduating he worked for the United Press and The American Legion News Services. He got his first article published in The New Yorker in 1925, then joined the staff in 1927. In 1953 he won a Newbery Medal for Charlotte’s Web. 


    FIJI has grown from the “immortal six” to over 170,000 lifetime initiates, 8,5000 undergraduate members, and 142 chapters and colonies across the U.S and Canada. With the mission stating that it “exists to promote lifelong friendship, to reaffirm high ethical standards & values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence” it is no surprise that so many are eager to join the brotherhood that will be part of their lives even after their last day on campus. 

    Your Holiday Gift Guide

    Your 2019 Fraternity Holiday Gift Guide

    In the chaos of the coming holiday season, we’re all overwhelmed by Christmas shopping. Running between sales and stores, trying to keep every gift secret up until that magical morning, it’s exhausting. Let us give you a leg up on your shopping! As your Campus Classics Christmas elves, we’ve put together some of our top products that deserve a spot on the nice list. 

     

    Computers. Water bottles. Phone cases. Stickers belong everywhere and anywhere. Grab a new sticker sheet today and feed the college student obsession.

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    Perfect for upcoming fraternity formals and events, our silk ties are professional grade quality. Woven and classic, they’re a great addition under the tree.

     

     

     

     

     

     The ultimate favorite, our Comfort Colors tees are a great last minute pick up for your student before they head back to campus in the spring. Comfort Colors tees are relaxed and comfortable, i.e. perfect for all-nighters and those early morning college classes. With more than 30 designs available online, there’s sure to be a design perfect for every individual. They’re 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has been washed so many times during production that it already feels like your college student’s favorite shirt. Our most popular designs are our Retriever Tees, modeled after our beloved office dog, Max. 

     

     

    Our Nike Dri-FIT Performance Hat is embroidered with fraternity letters or symbols and it’s been a best-seller since day one. Its lightweight and goes perfectly with every vibe - casual, athletic, modern, you name it. It’s also the perfect gift for picky college students, great quality and solid style.

     

     

     

     

    Nothing says holiday season like road trips and traveling to see family and loved ones. Help your college student be ready for the upcoming excursions with our new duffle! It’s decorated with an embroidered twill patch and ready for every adventure. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Every year is a milestone and what better way to mark your college students best years of their life than through an engraved ornament? Detailed, durable, and the perfect final touch to your Christmas tree. Don’t forget to personalize it!

     

     

     

     

     

    With a Champion crewneck, you’re guaranteed lasting quality. This heavyweight crewneck is a throwback to an original classic and will soon become the go-to grab on a cool day. It’s one of our favorites this year and it’s timeless design will never go out of style. 

        *Quick note for sizing, we recommend ordering a size up as it does shrink! 

     

     

     

     

    Tasteful and top quality, our engraved leather wallet is a great gift for this holiday season! It even includes a separate, removable wallet for added convenience. Why not get a gift to last through the years, even beyond college?

     

     

     

     

     

    College is all about comfort and these joggers are here for it. With the quality of Champion and the detailed embroidery of their Greek group, these are classy AND great for lounging. What more could a college student wish for?

     

     

     

     

     

    A throwback essential, one of our other fall favorites is our embroidered classic beanie! It has detailed stitching in vivid colors perfect for the coming crisp weather. We would recommend pairing it with bonfires, hot chocolate, and snow days. Everyone needs their go-to winter cap - why not go for the best?

     

     

     

     

     

    This just scratches the surface of all we here at Campus Classics offer for fraternity gifts. Check out more ideas here in our online Fraternity Holiday Catalog, but hurry! The most wonderful time of the year is almost here!