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Encyclopedia > Phi Gamma Nu

Phi Gamma Nu is a national professional fraternity with the intent to prepare its members for professional endeavors in a business workplace. The organization cultivates professional behavior in it members through a variety of activities and committees. The organization promotes professional excellence through activities such as resume critiques, mock interviews, and etiquette dinners. Phi Gamma Nu requires members to spend time on philanthropic endeavors. Along with these activities, the organization also stresses the importance of social interaction and camaraderie of its members. [1] It is this last organizational feature that differentiates Phi Gamma Nu from other business fraternities. First and foremost, social events form the majority of Phi Gamma Nu activities. There are over ninety undergraduate and over twenty alumni Phi Gamma Nu chapters nationwide that adhere to this doctrine. [2] Professional fraternities, in the North American fraternity system, are organizations whose membership is restricted to students and faculty members in a particular field of professional education. ...



Phi Gamma Nu was originally founded on February 17, 1924 at the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. [3] The original chapter was intended as a business sorority, but the dynamics of the organization changed to a co-ed format in 1974 due to the Title IX act. [4] The original founder members were Sylvia Pekar Arnold, Elizabeth Conroy Fleming, Marge McInerney Hawes, Mary Chard Nalbach, Helen Vogel Purcell, and Celeste Weyl. [5] Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author, but more commonly known simply as Title IX, is a 76-word United States law enacted on June 23, 1972 that states: No person...

Some famous members from this fraternity include Dr. Lillian C. Budd, Dr. Virgil Loughbred, Robert E.J. Snyder, Joe Higgens, Nancy Barker, Honorable Barbara J. Hackett, Linda Batway, and Kate Rand Loyd (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 14).

Three Pillars

Three pillars form the organizational goals of Phi Gamma Nu. Each organization event is directed towards a pillar. Overall, four aims and purposes reflect the intent of the Phi Gamma Nu pillars.

1. Professional

“To foster the study of business in colleges and universities.” [6]

“To promote professional competency and achievement in the field of business.” [7]

Professionalism is a standard of behavioral guidelines for a business atmosphere. This standard includes concrete actions and speech etiquette, but it also encompasses a mindset guiding ones mannerisms. Phi Gamma Nu builds active professionalism through the following activities resume critiques, etiquette dinners, business presentations, cover letter workshops, company information sessions, mock interviews, and recruiter question and answer sessions. [8]

2. Social

“To uphold the interests of our Alma Mater throughout the encouragement of high scholarship, participation in school activities, and the association of students for their mutual advancement.”[9] Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ...

To ensure the stability and well-being of the chapter, social events are an important aspect of Phi Gamma Nu. A variety of different activities help build strong brotherhood. Some activities include bar scrambles, bar crawls, case races, signature parties, pledge parties, apple picking, and taps tournaments. [10]

3. Philanthropy

“To further a high standard of business ethics and culture in civic and professional enterprise.”[11]

Beyond social and professional pursuits, Phi Gamma Nu encourages its members to actively participate in philanthropy. Active community service helps build a sense of communal ethics and culture. Activities to build this pillar include participating in Adopt-a-Highway,animal shelters,soup kitchens,womens shelters, and food pantries. [12] There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Dog at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, Iowa An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. ... A soup kitchen is a place where food is offered to the poor for free or at a reasonably low price. ... A Womens Shelter is a place of temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent situations, such as Rape, and Domestic Violence. ...


1. Selection

The recruitment period for Phi Gamma Nu occurs once each semester. During membership selection, rushes participate in a series of interviews with Phi Gamma Nu actives and are evaluated on their professional mannerisms, speech skills, and logical reasoning. Phi Gamma Nu actives must vote on whether a rush satisfies these requirements before a rush initiates. To be considered for Phi Gamma Nu, a rush must either major or minor in the college of business. While doing so, the rush must have a cumalative GPA at least 2.5. [13]

2. Participation

Once initiated into Phi Gamma Nu, an active must still maintain several responsibilities. Varying from chapter to chapter, a point system requirement enforces an active participation and attendance at Phi Gamma Nu events. Furthermore, the active must attend at least one event from every pillar of Phi Gamma Nu. Financial obligations must also be met. If any of these criteria are not fulfilled, the active must appear before the executive board and face expulsion from the fraternity. On the founding date each year, Founder’s Day is observed. Celebration and attendance of Founder’s Day ritual is required for all chapters. At ritual, the National President reads the annual message to the chapters, and all present members renew the oath of Phi Gamma Nu (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 17).

3. Scholarship

  • Scholarship Achievement Award is available to the undergraduate with the greatest increase in grade point average during the past year as compared to the preceding year (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 17).
  • Scholarship Key is awarded to the senior business major to be graduated with the highest scholastic average (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 17).
  • Scholarship Cup is presented annually to the collegiate chapter attaining the highest cumulative scholastic average (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 17).
  • Scholarship Certificate is awarded annually to the senior member of each collegiate chapter who has attained the highest scholastic average in their respective chapter (Phi Gamma Nu 2006, 17).

Notable Chapter and Member Accomplishments

1. Delta Theta Chapter

  • The Pennsylvania State University's Dance Marathon (THON) is the largest student-run philathropy in the world. [14] As of 2006, the Delta Theta chapter of Phi Gamma Nu has been the top independent (non-paired) fundraising organization of the event for 16 years. In 2006 alone, PGN Delta Theta raised more than $61,000 to benefit children with pediatric cancer and pediatric cancer research. [15]

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"What is THON?" retrieved February 2, 2007

"Student Business Groups Top Fund-Raisers At THON" retrieved February 2, 2007



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