Our brothers careers have been productive, constructive, spirited, and prosaic. They displayed impressive skills, talents, and abilities They were, and we continue to be, a beautiful and lively expression of our enduring fraternal beliefs, and that underlying harmony is far-reaching in expectation for all brothers’, undergraduate and graduate. It is the core of what our fraternal founders asserted in 1848 and 1874 and 1899: to live active, commendable, and responsible lives, and to build up community. Clearly and compellingly, they added, and continue to add, positive value at the local, state, national, global, and fraternal level because they engaged life fully and responsibly. In short, they were authoritative pillars throughout life. They were-are exemplary in their citizenship, character, and their sense of dutiful responsibility, and, in many instances, they were leading voices in their career fields. They prove that success of any kind does not occur by luck or accident, and we remember them because they continue to provide that message for our time. Their spirit permeates our brotherhood, and it always will.
We have long been, from one generation to the next, proud to be Omega Mu Fijis. We continue to cherish our fraternal friendships, our shared memories, and our evolving, forward-focused history at the University of Maine. These things, above and beyond everything else, are the underlying rooted connections that make us proud to be Omega Mu Fijis. Why, after all, should we believe otherwise? We have always exhibited a can-do fraternal spirit since 1874. And, to be sure, all present and future generations of Omega Mu Fijis will continue to do the same, with fraternal enthusiasm and commitment. Our fraternal threads do not break, and I am proud to assert that our future remains bright at 79 College Avenue because we fearlessly move forward, always guided by sound fraternal principles. Perge.
Omega Mu Portait
Edwin J. Haskell,
Q.T.V. Brothers in Orono
The Q.T.V. brother on the right might be Edwin Haskell or Benjamin Gould.
The Q.T.V. brother on the left might be Edwin Haskell or Benjamin Gould.
Memoirs of Edwin Haskell
"The writer was given the job of cleaning out the henhouse and giving it a good coast of whitewash inside. The hens appreciated this and gave us a good supply of eggs for the table."
Maine State College of Agriculture, 1872-1873
White Hall, where Edwin Haskell would have lived, and he is most likely in this picture.
"Our living arrangements at this time were very simple. We had our meals in the farm house, and roomed and recited in the White Hall, which was destroyed by fire a number of years ago,
and on which the site of which Wingate Hall was erected later."
Wingate Hall was designed by Frank E. Kidder, 1879,
our Q.T.V. brother.
Wingate Hall is the building in the middle with a bell tower, and it burned down in 1943. Wingate Hall was designed by our Q.T.V.-Omega Mu brother, Frank E. Kidder,
and it was built in 1892 on the site of the old White Hall.
Wingate Hall fire, 1943
Frank E. Kidder, Q.T.V. brother
Our Q.T.V.-Omega Mu Brother, Frank E. Kidder, middle, when he was a student at Maine. After graduating from Maine, he studied architecture at Cornell University and M.I.T..
The Wingate Hall Bell
The college bell that used to be in the tower of Wingate Hall is now part of Cloke Plaza,
a plaza that honors our Phi Gamma Delta brother, Paul Cloke.
Commencement Concert in Orono
Loyal University of Maine
University of Maine
Doctor of Laws
“What if the space be long and wide,
That parts us from our brother’s side
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And memory links us hand in hand.”
(Phi Gamma Delta fraternity song)
Chip Chapman, ’82