From multiple angles, our QTV and Omega Mu brothers have contributed to the civic life at the University of Maine. The balance between athletic involvement, intellectual pursuits, and campus involvement has been considerable. In each area of involvement, our brothers have consistently brought energy and enthusiasm. One particular area where our brothers brought particular depth and color was in Maine Masque theater productions. For many decades, our Omega Mu brothers were involved in many challenging, charming, and sophisticated theatrical productions. In addition, with exuberant joy and fraternal strength, many of our brothers played the leading roles in many Maine Masque theater productions. Our Omega Mu Maine Masque brothers did Shakespeare, Broadway hits, off-Broadway, and many classical plays. In an excellent, positive way, our Omega Mu Maine Masque brothers exhibited persistence and determination, in equal measure, just like our athlete brothers. Both inspired people by the love of what they enjoyed doing while they were at the University of Maine. Athletics and theater demand dedication, organization, teamwork, coordination, endless details, long hours of practice, special creativity, and a unified spirit. Most importantly, both were a cause for joyful celebrations for generations of University of Maine students. They were performers, irrepressible performers, and they shared there talents for the common good of the university community. A great tradition, a cheerful tradition, that we remain proud of as Omega Mu Fijis, the flagship fraternal brotherhood at Maine.
Historical memory is important, and we have a distinguished fraternal history that spans three centuries now, and that is legacy that we are all proud of. Our rich fraternal culture of success remains grounded in fraternal loyalty, fraternal hard work, fraternal integrity, fraternal collaboration, fraternal dedication, fraternal teamwork, fraternal courage, fraternal good judgement, and fraternal generosity. Quite simply, as undergraduate and graduate brothers, fraternal elbow grease, in all of its forms, articulates the fraternal spirit and energy that has sustained us into our third century. That is a seamless, generationally enriching tradition, and it is not surprising notion to think that we will continue into a fourth century because of our generationally sustaining fraternal character. Faithfully, we are a fraternal family, and because of that we have a dynamic fraternal history at the University of Maine. Our Q.T.V-Phi Gamma Delta history is grounded in love, a faithful love, a generationally linked labor of love since our beginning.
We look back with pride at our fraternal history at the University of Maine, and forward to its future as well. With that fact in mind, in 1922 a play was held on campus to reenact the founding of Maine State College, and the founding of our Q.T.V. fraternal brotherhood. It was an inspiring play that was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The compositional structure of the play included a scene on the founding of our Q.T.V. brotherhood; second, there was as a reenactment of the first graduation at Maine State College, when Benjamin F. Gould, our Q.T.V. brother, was the first person to receive a diploma in University of Maine history, and Edwin Haskell was the third person to receive the diploma. Edson F. Hitchings, 1875, played the role of Benjamin F. Gould. In addition, there where scenes about University of Maine men who served in the Spanish-American War and World War I. Besides being an enjoyable play about the founding of the University of Maine that was seen by several thousand people, it was a rich tribute to our Q.T.V.-Phi Gamma Delta brotherhood. Our historic was clearly demonstrated in many scenes, and that is not surprising at all. In conclusion, like the god Janus, we continue to look back with fraternal appreciation and pride and forward to our fraternal future. We remain in this enterprise together, driven by our collective inner drive and our collective optimism. Mixed together, they remain the historic sources of our ongoing fraternal story, our never-ending story, and we look forward to our fraternal celebrations, our fraternal pageants, in 2023 and 2024. We will celebrate with collective fraternal energy and enthusiasm because our history is rich and long-linked. It will be a great time. It will be uplifting, just like the celebratory pageant the University of Maine had in 1922. Our numerous celebrations will only deepen our fraternal roots that are continually revitalized by the undergraduate brothers, as we continue to walk together, in historic pride and fraternal brotherhood, with our Q.T.V. brothers. That is the glow of our rich fraternal pride. In values, principles, and commitment through life, we remain a historic fraternity. In conclusion, one thing is very clear to me, the original dream of our Q.T.V.-Phi Gamma Delta founders continues with the undergraduates at 79 College Avenue. Perge.
George H. Hamlin, 1873
Omega Mu Brothers
George H. Hamlin, '73; Harold H. Hamlin, Jr., '13
The first graduate of Maine State College was our fraternal brother, Benjamin F. Gould, and the third graduate was Edwin J. Haskell.
Q.T.V. and Omega Mu Brothers,
Benjamin F. Gould and Edwin F. Haskell,
"The scene, to every fraternity man at least, must have brought back memories of similar impressive moments when the dignity and worth of the greek letter brotherhood first became apparent. The scene was portrayed by members of
the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity."
Q.T.V. and Omega Mu Brother,
Edson F. Hitchings,
These Omega Mu brothers played roles in the scene about the founding of Q.T.V.
at Maine State College.
Five brothers served in the Spanish-American War.
Charles C. Bartlett
Mark L. Heresy
George W. Hutchinson
Charles C. Scott died during the Spanish-American War, and there
is a plaque in Coburn Hall that honors him.
World War I
Our Omega Mu Brothers who died during World War I.
Willett C. Barrett, 1918
Ira M. Bradbury, 1914
William H. Knowlton, 1917
Anthony P. Schneider, Jr., 1916
Omega Mu Fijis who were
World War I
Major General Mark L. Hersey
Brigadier General Charles L. Phillips, 1888
“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