SigEp's Approach to Your Son's Development

Today, colleges and universities are incorporating the 2,500-year-old philosophy of Sound Mind and Sound Body into the way they teach, the way they work with their students, and the way they look at their campus environments. SigEp is geared to align with and support this mission through partnering initiatives such as the Balanced Man Program and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Residential Learning Communities.

Sigma Phi Epsilon's cardinal principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love have withstood the test of time for over a century on the American college campus. More than 15,000 undergraduate SigEp's on campus today believe in these values as a means to become balanced men, setting themselves apart as leaders.

Balanced Man Program
SigEp's Balanced Man Program is a no-pledging, no-hazing, continuous member development program centered on the Balanced Man Ideal. The program helps members build positive habits and key life skills through mentoring and experiential learning. Through this structured approach to development, SigEps grow from the day they join the Fraternity until well after they've graduated.

Residential Learning Communities
Through living and learning environ­ments called Residential Learning Communities, (RLCs) SigEp has created a holistic chapter experience that allows SigEp to serve as a valued partner in higher education. The Utah-Alpha chapter house is a "dry" or no alcohol premises. Partnered with a peer mentoring program, outstanding alumni, and responsible university advising, Utah-Alpha offers a safe and positive environment for our brothers to develop into leaders.

RLC chapters have more interaction between under-graduates and faculty members, bringing faculty into their chapter houses to teach classes, host office hours or facilitate discussions. The RLC program places an emphasis on member development, alumni support, faculty involvement, and academic programming to produce a great fraternity experience. As more chapters move toward the Residential Learning Community model, the Fraternity is especially focused on faculty fellows, who can mentor SigEp members as they pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals.
Residential Learning Communities provide college students with a home away from home surrounded by responsible peers and university faculty who are com­mitted to helping them succeed outside the classroom, where much of a student’s growth experience occurs.

Member Development Programs

EDGE
With a theme of “Learning to Live Your Best Life,” EDGE provides an introductory experience to its new members. The 24-hour, high-intensity program helps new members set goals for personal and academic performance throughout their college years and beyond. New SigEps leave EDGE understanding the factors that could hinder their development as balanced men, are reinvigorated in their decision to join SigEp, and empowered to make smart choices about their behavior and involvement in college.

Carlson Leadership Academy
For over 30 years, these regional academies, held across the nation, are the cornerstone of chapter officer and volunteer training. Over 70,000 SigEps and volunteers have benefited from this program. The Carlson Leadership Academy enables SigEp chapters and their members to effectively translate ideas into action.

Grand Chapter Conclave
For over 100 years, these five-day biennial conventions have been the ultimate SigEp experience. The Grand Chapter, composed of undergraduates, alumni and guests, sets policy for its future and celebrates the essence of the Fraternity. SigEp recognizes its best chapters and alumni with the most prestigious awards. It is a reunion opportunity for brothers worldwide.

Ruck Leadership Institute
Part of the Leadership Continuum is a celebration of the vision of SigEp pioneer Frank J. Ruck Jr., Michigan ’46. Ruck was president of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and one of the most creative minds SigEp has ever seen. The Ruck Leadership Institute was established as a dynamic, high-level, leadership development experience.
Undergraduates from across the nation gather in Virginia for this intense, five-day experience. By literally walking the paths of our Founders, the Ruck Scholars see the vision, “this Fraternity will be different,” come to life in an interactive learning environment. This advanced program teaches the few to impact the many—the next generation of SigEp leaders.

Tragos Quest to Greece
The Tragos Quest to Greece is the ultimate exploration of Sound Mind and Sound Body—an opportunity unmatched in higher education and in other fraternities today. Led by volunteer mentors and university faculty, participants learn about the genesis of the Fraternity’s Mission, Values, and Ideals through a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad program in ancient Greece. These scholars experience the quintessential part of our membership programs by living the Balanced Man Ideal in the place where it all started.