Expectations for Quality
To be above the all-campus average and to
include academic programming as a regular part of chapter life.
Perhaps the single best measurement of the quality of a fraternity chapter
is its grade point average. More often than not, those chapters with a
high GPA have a more balanced program of chapter activities and attract
the more gifted and well-rounded students. One of the best ways to
encourage excellence in academics is to reward those that succeed
scholastically; one of the best ways to guarantee this excellence is to
recruit new members that are academically inclined.
To be among the largest fraternities on
campus. Brothers are resources - the more quality men there
are, the more the chapter can program and accomplish in its day-to-day
activities. Over the years, chapters have realized that the more quality
members they have the better the balance in the fraternity experience - as
well as the muscle to tackle the challenges fraternities face.
To have financial stability while planning for
future needs. The number one reason chapters fall by the
wayside is due to lack of funds. Without adequate funding, the chapter
cannot program activities, the alumni corporation cannot keep the chapter
facility in operation, and the chapter cannot maintain membership in the
IFC and with the national Fraternity. Chapters are desiring new and
upgraded facilities and providing these is becoming increasingly more
expensive. Financial planning is important to the future of any chapter
and without such planning the chapter has no future to look forward to.
To have a member development program that
extends to the entire membership, which fully educates a man, based on
Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. The ultimate goal of any
development or enrichment program is to educate all chapter members and
enhance their formal education. The most successful program strive to
create a positive, trusting environment that encourages and promotes a
sense of chapter well-being and focus. The better able a chapter is to
educate its members, the more valuable the fraternity experience becomes.
To maintain regular and proper contact with
alumni. Alumni involvement and support is the foundation of
Fraternity. Alumni are a resource for alumni board membership, financial
support, and every other area of chapter operations. The best way to tap
into that potential resource is to encourage alumni involvement through an
effective alumni relations program.
To have regular and proper use of the Ritual.
The Ritual and Guide of Sigma Phi Epsilon constitutes the
very essence of our Fraternity. Without it, we are no different than any
other men's group - and by using and understanding it, Sigma Phi Epsilon
will become a source of eternal inspiration to its members.
To conduct chapter life in a manner which
exhibits care and concern for the well-being of members, guests, the
community, and the chapter facility. Care and concern are
synonymous with the purpose and intent of Sigma Phi Epsilon as defined in
our Ritual and cardinal principles, Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.
In addition, this expectation plays a key role in ensuring that our
chapters not only exemplify the Ritual through action, but avoid fueling
the fire of negative sentiment toward fraternities in general. No longer
can Sigma Phi Epsilon afford to be unconcerned about how it is perceived.
All chapters must have a pro-active program of activities displaying c are
To conduct an annual self-evaluation of
chapter operations. Any successful organization understands and
uses the exercise of self-evaluation. It provides an objective look at
those programs, activities, and events that either were successful, or, at
worst, complete failures. Only when we can understand what we have done
can we then determine what we will need to do to prepare for those
challenges of the future. At the least, annual self-evaluation is so
critical to a chapter's success.
To provide educational events and encourage
participation in activities which enhance personal health and well-being.
Just as it is important to educate all members on the benefits of a
quality chapter experience, it is more important to educate all members on
the benefits of personal health and well-being. A sound mind in a sound
body is the foundation of a man, thus the chapter and the Fraternity.
Balanced men make a balanced Chapter.
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