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Zetas, Fijis win top Greek award

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Posted on January 1, 2010

Cal U’s Zeta Phi Beta sorority and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity have earned the President's Award for the most outstanding fraternity and sorority on campus.


The award is the highest recognition a fraternity or sorority can receive. It is based on scholarship, community service, overall Greek activities and educational programming.


This is the 10th consecutive year that Zeta Phi Beta has won the President’s Award.


The group has raised funds for the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and Ronald McDonald House, and participated in events such as Light the Night walks and highway cleanups. Members volunteer at preschools and make Easter baskets for the elderly, and the sorority holds frequent workshops on topics such as healthy relationships and wellness.


Founded in 1920, Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters and initiated thousands of women around the world. It was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa; to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  


Phi Gamma Delta received the President’s Award and the Scholarship Award for a second year. Members had an average GPA of 3.18, exceeding the overall campus fraternity average of 2.73.


The fraternity brothers participated in Relay For Life, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, The Big Event, Take Back The Night, educational programming for alcohol awareness, sex education, and Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” training. They also work extensively with Cal U’s P.E.A.C.E. Project


Cal U’s fraternity was recognized by Phi Gamma Delta’s national newsletter, The Friday Letter — Good News Edition.


The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji or Phi Gam, has 107 chapters and seven colonies at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is dedicated to developing men of character within the academic setting, with the aim that they will become fully contributing members of society.


Also known as Fiji or Phi Gam, Phi Gamma Delta has 107 chapters and seven colonies at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Its international headquarters is in Lexington, Ky.


“The University is very proud of the Zeta Phi Beta sisters and Phi Gamma Delta brothers,” said Dr. Lenora Angelone, vice president for Student Affairs and services. 

“Their community service, stellar academic work and active presence on the campus symbolize the part of our University’s mission that involves building character.”