Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Sig Fiji Newsletter Now Available!


The latest issue of the Sig Fiji newsletter is now available! As long as you have kept your mailing address up to-date-with our International HQ office in Lexington (, then you should be receiving your hard copy in the mail over the next week or so.

But since YOU are reading here, you can view and download the Spring/Summer 2016 issue right NOW at this link:

In this issue...
- Chapter updates on various activities, including scholarship and recruitment
- 2016 Pig Dinner Wrap-up
- Meet the 2016 Spring Semester pledge class
- The "Sig Fiji Extra" section with ALL of the architect drawings of the proposed new chapter house
- Update on Sigma Chapter Capital Campaign plans

A HUGE thank-you goes to Craig Olson (Sigma '74) whose company, Olfield Graphics in Youngstown, Ohio, donates the design, printing, and mailing of the SF newsletter. Thanks, Craig!


Skip Buckley '80


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sigma Chapter Capital Campaign - Architect Drawings

Our Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is at the very early stages of a capital campaign to raise approximately $4 Million to raze the existing structures and build a brand new chapter house.  More details will soon be announced, but here are the early architect's drawings of the external and interior layout.  It's exciting to envision!

More details to come!

Skip Buckley '80


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sigma Pig Dinner and Golf Outing - Join Us On Saturday, April 16, 2016!

Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016, for our 132nd anniversary Pig Dinner & Golf Outing:

Golf Outing – NEW: 9-Holes This Year: Windy Knoll Golf Club
500 Roscommon Drive, Springfield, OH 45503 – 937.390.8898

Pig Dinner: Sigma Chapter House, 20 West Ferncliff Place

2:00 pm – (Optional) 9-Hole Golf Tournament at Windy Knoll Golf Club

6:30 pm – Pig Dinner Fellowship Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar at Chapter House)

7:30 pm – Annual Norris Pig Dinner Banquet (Chapter House)

Keynote Speaker: Gary Williams, Ph.D., Wittenberg Director of Athletics

Symposiarch:  Craig Olson (Sigma ’74)

$35 – Pig Dinner: Graduate Brothers / Fathers (Undergraduates DO NOT PAY)

$90 – Golf Outing AND Pig Dinner (at $10 discount), $65 Golf Outing ONLY

Click here for the registration form:

Hope you can join us this year!


Skip Buckley '80


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fall / Winter 2015 Sig Fiji Newsletter - Now Available!

The Fall / Winter 2015 issue of The Sig Fiji Newsletter is now available to download!  The hard copies were mailed a couple of days ago, so all Sigma Graduate Brothers should receive theirs in the mail soon.

Here's a quick summary of what is included in this issue:

- Plans for the Chase Gage Memorial Garden, and how you can help
- Details of the Pig Dinner on April 16th
- Mystery of the Grandfather Clock in the Front Lunge - Do YOU Know?
- Complete list of the Board of Trustees of the Sig Fiji Alumni Association
- Meet the 2016 Cabinet Officers
- Congratulations to FIVE Fall Pledges

The complete issue can be downloaded here:

Thanks, Brothers!

Skip Buckley '80


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sigma Chapter Plans Memorial Garden to Honor Chase Gage - Raising $10,000

Our Sigma Chapter undergraduate brothers are trying to raise $10,000 to build a memorial garden on the chapter house lawn at 20 West Ferncliff Place to honor the late Chase Gage, who tragically died in a car accident in May 2015.  The project was tentatively approved by the Sig Fiji Alumni Association Board of Trustees on January 30, 2016.

A tree was planted on the property last spring after Chase's death, and the Delta Gamma sorority donated a granite marker last fall to honor Chase:

Tonight, on February 17, 2016, the chapter held a fundraiser on campus to raise additional funds:

Sigma Chapter has created a GoFundMe page to raise the necessary funds.  As of tonight, $5,000 has been raised. Please help if you can - the goal is to have the memorial garden completed by the Pig Dinner on April 16th or the first anniversary of Chase's passing on May 14, 2016.  Even if you cannot donate right now, please take a moment to click through the link below to read the touching and passionate tribute to Chase written by Sigma's Recording Secretary, and Chase's best friend, Kip Olson '17.  Here's the link:

Thanks, Brothers.


Skip Buckley '80


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Sig Fiji Newsletter is Now Available: Spring/Summer 2015

The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Sig Fiji newsletter from Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is now available to download!  Click here for the link.

This is a GREAT issue, the first for Sigma's Corresponding Secretary Ryan Parmater '16! 

In this issue:

  • Tribute to the late Chase Gage (wonderful, moving tribute)
  • Meet the Spring 2015 Pledge Class
  • Meet the New Cabinet
  • Thanks to the Seniors
  • Fiji Island 2015 pics
  • Ad Astra: Jon Joyce (Sigma '59)
  • 3-on-3 Tournament
  • 2015 Pig Dinner Recap
The hard copies were mailed last week to all Sigma Graduate Brothers.  A HUGE thanks to Craig Olson '74 for donating nearly all of the design, printing, and mailing!

If you have comments or suggestions for the next issue, please email Ryan Parmater at:

Thanks, Brothers!


Skip Buckley '80


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Condolences and Congratulations: Four Days in the Life of Sigma Chapter

"Enjoy your achievements, as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time...
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself...
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."
-- Desiderata

For a fraternity chapter that has existed for 131 years, you might not think that four days would make a difference.  But it did. Some lives will be changed forever.  From May 14, 2015,  to May 17, 2015, Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at Wittenberg and its Brothers endured the very depths of remorse and consolation with the loss of a friend and Brother, and the very heights of joy and celebration with the graduation of 15 Senior Brothers.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, Charles Quincey "Chase" Gage IV '17 lost his life in a one-car, rollover crash outside of Springfield, Ohio.  His only passenger, Fiji Brother Derek Williams '18, survived the crash with minor injuries.  Chase's obituary is here.

And just a little over 48 hours later, while his Brothers were still shocked and in mourning, 15 Sigma Fijis graduated from Wittenberg University.  The graduating seniors remembered Chase on their caps...

With Chase still deeply on their minds, the seniors still matriculated in the presence of family and friends...

And then the Undergraduate Brothers of Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta decided to honor Chase by planting a beautiful Red Oak tree on the fraternity lawn.  Chase ran his own landscaping business for several years, and he loved Oak trees.  On Sunday, May 17, with about 100 students, guests, and Brothers present, Sigma Chapter performed a Phi Gamma Delta ritual service in memoriam of an undergraduate brother and planted the tree.  Wittenberg University President Dr. Laurie Joyner attended and offered remarks.

Photo credit to Craig Olson, Sigma '74, who did an extraordinary job editing this photo in honor of Chase.
Our beloved Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta / Fiji at Wittenberg University since 1884 has survived World War I, World War II, the Depression, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and countless other challenges and tragedies over 131 years.  And it will survive this...

"Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth."
-- Desiderata
Skip Buckley '80