This fall, the Virginia Gamma Chapter has been working hard by taking advantage of Randolph-Macon College’s recently adopted year-round open recruitment. Prior to the 2012-2013 academic-year, R-MC only allowed fraternities to recruit during the spring semester. Since the policy change, many Greek organizations have been able to take advantage by recruiting new members as soon as they step foot on campus.
While Virginia Gamma struggled with fall recruitment in 2012, this year has seen nothing but success. The chapter has been able to double its chapter size in under three months! Entering the fall semester with only 18 men, Virginia Gamma was just below the campus average for fraternity membership. This semester, Virginia Gamma recruited exactly 18 new men into Phi Delta Theta! The chapter size now sits at 36, making Phi Delta Theta the largest fraternity on campus for the first time since 2011! With their new action plan in place, Virginia Gamma has a very bright future ahead of them. The chapter looks forward to continuing the momentum into the spring semester with the goal of reaching a chapter size of at least 40 men, a membership size that Virginia Gamma has not had since 1997.
In other Virginia Gamma news, during the 2013 season, the football brothers of Virginia Gamma once again helped lead the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (D-III) to the top of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference! The Jackets finished 7-3 overall with a 5-2 conference record to finish in the top three of the conference. A majority of the Virginia Gamma brothers play on the football team and worked hard this past spring to bring a conference championship back to Ashland. However, the Jackets fell short in a heartbreaking loss to rival Hampden-Sydney College (9-3, 6-1 ODAC), breaking a two-year winning streak for The Game Ball and a chance for a playoff berth. The Jackets are in full gear this off-season with the hopes of bringing the title back to Ashland and becoming a championship contending team for the 2014 season!