When I came to William Woods, I had already flunked out of one school and was in the process of building my life back up to what I knew I was capable. I came to William Woods to play golf, which I did for a short while. I, like others, had no designs to join a fraternity. I was older than most of the “freshman” who were going through the recruitment process, but I decided to go to a couple of events and met guys from both houses. Phi Gamma Delta stuck out to me. I felt comfortable and welcome from the moment I walked in the door. During open house, they set up a putt-putt course and since golf was my thing, I had a great time. Not only did I feel comfortable, but I saw a diverse mix of gentlemen who all had different stories and seemingly shouldn’t have been having so much fun together. There were volleyball players hanging out with theater majors, golfers telling stories with dudes who rode horses. There was Logic and Will and Barto and Coleman. There was Moody, Tiny, and the DiCarlos. There was Muppet, Brady Starr, and Frantz. There was Corey and Wobble, Crackpipe and Flauaus, Buddy and Gramps. I didn’t wake up and go to the bid day events after recruitment week, but I did wake up to a letter that had been slid under my door at some point in the night. It was from Will Reniker and it said that he was glad to have met me during the week and that the guys wanted to extend a bid to me even though they knew (from what I had told them) that I wasn’t sure a fraternity was right for me. It said that he hoped, regardless of what I decided, that we could remain friends and that I was always welcome at the fraternity house. Somewhere in the millions of papers I’ve kept since that day in August 2001, I have that letter. I think it is still in the plastic tote beneath the pool table in the basement at my dad’s house in Missouri. I will never throw it out. Will and Logic came over to my room later that morning to say hello since they hadn’t heard from me during the bid day festivities. And since I lived in Jones, I was a little isolated from the other “freshmen.” We went to Tucker for lunch and just talked. They told me how their morning had gone. They asked me what I did the previous night and if I had any questions about the house. It was a really relaxed conversation. They wanted me to join the house I know, but they didn’t pressure me. They were just being who they were everyday. At some point as we sat there eating god knows what, I made the decision that these guys were real, that they genuinely wanted me to be a part of their fraternity, that they saw something in me. The rest is pretty much history. I went over to the house with them to let everyone know. We piled into Elmo’s truck and drove over to Jones where they helped me move my stuff down four flights of stairs and into my new room in Cockrell. It wasn’t always roses, but it was real. We learned. We fought. We went to class. We had fun. We got maced for no real reason at the Islander party one year. We played foosball and pool and mudfootball. We practiced music in the basement of the chapter house. We stayed up late working on skits. We painted banners and did community service. We persisted through tough times and celebrated the good times. We lived together. We worked together. We did so many great things because we were a group of individuals who came together to utilize each other’s strengths. The Gentlemen of Phi Gamma Delta’s Kappa Chi chapter have been there for me since before I even pledged, and I hope I can be there for them, grads and undergrads, for as long as I live. I would not be where I am today without making one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am mighty proud to be a Kappa Chi Fiji.
Adam Million, '05
"Joining the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta was one of the best decisions I ever made in my entire life. The men of this Fraternity took me; an awkward high school graduate from Texas, new to the college experience, and taught me how to live. Through my experience as a Fiji, I learned the true meaning of persistence. I learned how to work hard and play hard. I learned how to be an active participant on campus, I also learned that, although I am an only child, family is not limited to blood alone. I actually have more Brothers than I can count, and the blood we share is purple. I learned how to be a gentleman and make friends with women, including a few that I still consider 'sisters'. Being a Phi Gam is definitely not for college days alone. After college, the men you spend every day with will disperse and go their separate ways. But the bonds are never broken. You will keep in contact, relish the chances to reunite in person, and support one another in times of great triumph and dire tragedy. As I once said in summary of my time in Kappa Chi: The good experiences are the best they can be, and even the bad ones aren't a total loss."
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistance and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
-Matt Hunter, proud to be a Kappa Chi Fiji
2002-2006, and for a lifetime beyond.
"If you are looking for a place to call home, then Phi Gamma Delta is your home. If you are looking for the best brothers in the entire world, then Phi Gamma Delta is your home. If you want to take your career or talent to the next level, then you Phi Gamma Delta is your home. This is a place which turns you from a high school boy to a college graduate man able to achieve your wildest dreams. I am now chasing my dreams as a professional athlete and I can thank my dear brothers for the man that I am. "
"I never wanted to join a fraternity until I met the Gentlemen of the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at William Woods University. Joining the chapter was the best decision I made in college. It provided me with 20+ BROTHERS who were as much family to me as my own blood. They supported me through the rough times, hung out during the smooth times, and celebrated the great times! I can honestly say I wouldn't be the man I am; nor as successful in my career, if I had not been a Kappa Chi Fiji, MIGHTY PROUD!!!"
"Being a Kappa Chi isn't just being Greek. It isn't just being in a fraternity or being a Fiji. It's a brotherhood that will mold boys into men. It's not just about being brothers but accepting everyone for who they are and grappling to their soul with hooks of steel. Its not all about being a gentleman and scholar, it's much more than that. It's about pushing yourself and everyone around you to reach the goal of human endeavor, Excellence. I've been around the country and met Fiji's from all different parts of North America, and I have no doubt in my mind that Kappa Chi bleeds purple the hardest."
Brother Hawkins (AKA Brother Tiger)
It's funny, I had no intention of joining a fraternity when I came to Fulton. When I enrolled in William Woods I knew I was only going to be there a short time for the additional classes I needed to earn my teaching degree. I was working full time at the Fulton State Hospital and going to school and so it seemed silly to do something like that. It wasn't long before I met some of the guys and the value of the fraternity was becoming clear. Not only was it an institution for the values we all share as humans but the longevity of the brotherhood is remarkable. Phi Gamma Delta has been such a positive thing in my life over the years. The guys in the house that have come before me I respect big time for creating such a great organization and to see the greatness continue on with those that have come after me is awesome! The house has always been there for me both socially and professionally and I look forward to the growth of the chapter and the quality of men that will continue to make it great. Mighty proud to be a Kappa Chi FIJI!
Class of ‘15
The Kappa Chi chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is truly a unique group of college men, one that will welcome you unconditionally. Kappa Chi breaks from the “Frat” stereotype by discouraging those harmful behaviors and focusing on the betterment of its members. You won’t just be “there” while you’re a member. Even if you don’t hold a position in the organization, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Kappa Chi provides young men with opportunities to grow as a leader within the organization that translates to leadership skills that will be carried with them into their professional careers. Kappa Chi also encourages a professional networking system; you have chances to meet undergraduate and graduate members from other chapters that may already be working in your prospective career field. There are also leadership workshops such as the Ken Blanchard Situational Self Leadership program and Fiji Academy for those that are looking for further professional development.
There is something for everyone within this organization; whether you’re looking for new friends, a push to better your education, opportunities to give back to the community, or developing strong morals, Kappa Chi will help you on your way to excellence. Be a star. Be a Kappa Chi.