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Today’s post sounds eerily similar to yesterday’s post. Today it is a death and an anniversary.

International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta

With great sadness, we report that a Phi Gamma Delta brother was among the 84 people who died in the July 14 terrorist attack in Nice, France.

Nick Leslie (California Berkeley 2018) was in France participating in Cal’s study abroad program this summer. We extend our condolences to Nick’s family, his brothers at the Delta Xi Chapter, and all those who knew and loved him.

For more on this tragic news: www.nbcnews.com/…/uc-berkeley-student-confirmed-dead-france…

Three other UC-Berkeley students were injuried in the attack. Vladyslav Kostiuk and Daryus Medora suffered broken legs. Diane Huang’s foot was broken.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and Fiji brothers of Nick Leslie and my fervent hope for quick healing to those injured in the tragedy.


Thirty years ago, the LeaderShape Institute became a reality. In the early 1980s, Alpha Tau Omega began searching for a way to help its members become better leaders. Through the efforts of some visionary leaders, LeaderShape took form.

On July 19, 1986, the first LeaderShape Institute was held at the University of Illinois Conference Center at Allerton House in Monticello, Illinois, approximately 20 miles southwest of Champaign. The first session began on Saturday, July 19, and ended on Friday, July 25. The second session started the following Sunday and wrapped up on Saturday. In addition to the Alpha Tau Omega men, each of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference organizations were invited to send a representative. All but one NPC took ATO up on the offer. 

A dry run of the LeaderShape concept had been part of the 1985 ATO Congress, which was held in Champaign, Illinois. The Congress undergraduate attendees were grouped into 15 LeaderShape chapters which functioned as model ATO chapters.

From the Winter 1986 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi

From the Winter 1986 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi

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