More than 100 alumni spanning five decades of UT Arlington’s Phi Gamma Delta, or FIJI, fraternity returned to campus Saturday, Aug. 2, to renew acquaintances and support student members while celebrating five decades at UT Arlington.
The Phi Tau chapter reunion included a rally in support of the chapter’s efforts to grow to 50 members by its 50th anniversary. The UT Arlington FIJI chapter was founded in 1968 and was one of the first national fraternities to take root on campus.
Among the organizers was Arlington attorney Orsen E. Paxton III, a 1971 UT Arlington alumnus and FIJI graduate, who said his fraternity brothers are committed to strengthening the Phi Tau chapter and mentoring new members.
“This was a great event, and it was a firm step toward engaging our graduates and reminding them of the fond memories they have of their time at UT Arlington,” Paxton said. “We really appreciate the efforts from the current University administration to re-engage with male and female graduates of UT Arlington’s Greek system.”
Phi Gamma Delta returned to the UT Arlington campus in January after a three-year absence and this summer moved into its chapter house on Greek Row Drive.
The reunion illustrates the strong ties that UT Arlington alumni have for their alma mater, said Lisa Nagy, interim vice president for Student Affairs at UT Arlington. Nagy’s division has worked closely to strengthen Greek life on campus.
“The FIJI event was a tremendous success,” Nagy said. “Our alumni came back to campus because they have a vested interest in connecting and collaborating with our students to ensure the revitalization of Phi Gamma Delta at UT Arlington.”
She added: “UT Arlington is committed to growing a healthy and vibrant Greek community and connected alumni play a critical role in helping us achieve that goal. We hope this is the first of many successful alumni events.”
View pictures from the FIJI reunion here.