18 November 2008
                     Group #3
Patricia Szeto, Jack Michel, and Jonathan Pegram
                   Sociolo...
Sigma Phi Epsilon is a campus organization with a long history at UNC
     Officially known as the Sigma Phi Epsilon NC De...
Implicit
    Be the best fraternity
       Have the
                  highest GPA
                  most and highest quali...
•   A list of some activity systems within the
    Fraternity
     • Programming
         •   Membership Development (Cove...
New Member                                  Initiated Members
  • Pledge Class Cohort System                  The Leadersh...
•   An obvious membership barrier of entry exists through the member
    intake process of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
     • There...
•   The chapter house is the most
    obvious physical boundary of
    any fraternity on campus across
    the nation. At ...
The First SigEp Chapter                      The SigEp NC Delta Chapter
  Richmond College                             UNC...
The History of SigEp at UNC has had Three Clear Divisions
    Active (1921-41)
       This was an attempt at the local fou...
• The chapter has undergone much change since 1948 in terms of
  its officer structure. There was a minimal number of posi...
•   In 1991, a mass organizational change swept through the fraternity with the
    establishment of the Balanced Man Prog...
•   Following the creation of the Balanced Man Program, little was different in
    the traditional NC Delta Chapter for i...
•   The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   •       UNC Greeks
    •     Sigma Phi Epsilon is recognized as an  ...
Other National Fraternities have produced concepts similar to Sigma Phi
Epsilon’s “Balanced Man Program.”
     Beta Theta ...
• The problem of low numbers                      •The Balanced Man Program + Conflict
and less effective recruitment     ...
Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy Presentation - SigEp
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Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy Presentation - SigEp

  1. 1. 18 November 2008 Group #3 Patricia Szeto, Jack Michel, and Jonathan Pegram Sociology 410
  2. 2. Sigma Phi Epsilon is a campus organization with a long history at UNC Officially known as the Sigma Phi Epsilon NC Delta Chapter Founded on campus on February 26, 1921 More than 1,200 chapter alumni including Current UNC Chair of the Board of Trustees - Roger Perry (1973) Advertising Mogul (Young and Rubicam CEO) and Silver Star Recipient – Edward Vick Jr. (1966) Extreme Long Distance Runner (successfully ran the Sahara Desert) and CBS producer – Charlie Engle (1984) Distinguished former UNC professor - Dr. Sterling Hennis (1952) 45 current members From many places across the United States Involved in numerous other campus organizations Possess a 6,000 square foot chapter house located at 207 West Cameron Avenue The NC Delta Chapter is an entity of the national Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Founded on November 1, 1901 The largest national fraternity with over 14,000 current undergraduate members 262,000 lifetime members including Dave Thomas, Dr. Seuss, John Goodman, Rich Gannon, Orel Hershiser, James Naismith, and many more… Over 260 national chapters First fraternity to charter a chapter in all 50 states
  3. 3. Implicit Be the best fraternity Have the highest GPA most and highest quality members most chapters most successful alumni Promote the well-being of all fraternity members Ensure strong membership development, a suitable living environment, and provide outstanding opportunity for chapter members Ensure the fraternity’s future survival Minimize risk-management violations Train leaders for chapter and national fraternity leadership Explicit Mission Statement: “Building Balanced Leaders for the World’s Communities.” Chapter members live life following the fraternity’s three cardinal principles of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love.
  4. 4. • A list of some activity systems within the Fraternity • Programming • Membership Development (Covered in detail on next slide) • Social Events • Mixers, Cocktails, Alumni Tailgates, Rush • Philanthropy/Service Events • Slugfest • Relay for Life • Carrboro Rec Youth Coaching • Chapter Meetings • Exec Board and general chapter meetings • Chapter Operations • Finances, food, housing, recruitment, etc..
  5. 5. New Member Initiated Members • Pledge Class Cohort System The Leadership Continuum Every semester, the fraternity The national fraternity offers three recruits a pledge class (usually leadership programs: between 10-25 young men) that goes the regional EDGE Camp (for young through the new member program initiated members) together. The cohort system the regional Carlson Leadership Academy emphasizes the importance of (for incoming chapter officers) teamwork, group responsibility, and the national Ruck Leadership Institute true friendship (brotherly love). (individual personal development funded by the SigEp Educational Foundation) • Rituals Most important to new members. A Chapter Sponsored Speaker Series These teach the values, meanings, and lessons of the fraternity Alumni Mentoring/Networking All brothers participate in these There are over 1,200 alumni from the every semester to reaffirm the NC Delta Chapter and many give back meaning and values through their time and experience. Only known to initiated members With so many successful alums, the networking opportunity the chapter provides to its members is exceptional.
  6. 6. • An obvious membership barrier of entry exists through the member intake process of Sigma Phi Epsilon. • There are two important divisions to the overall member intake process: • Rush/Formal Recruitment • Rush is the period when all of the Greek organizations at UNC make an effort to recruit new members into their intake programs. Typically, fraternities at UNC throw recruitment oriented parties and invite potential new members out to eat during this time. This recruitment period is officially sponsored by UNC through the four Greek councils. • The Official New Member Program • A typically eight week training period for all who desire to become a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. This program requires much personal effort to complete. At the conclusion of the program, new members undergo initiation to become full initiated members. Every initiate is proud of the effort and time put into becoming a member.
  7. 7. • The chapter house is the most obvious physical boundary of any fraternity on campus across the nation. At UNC, SigEp is no different. • The SigEp house provides members a location to meet, spend time together, and conduct fraternity business. • About the House: • Close to 6,000 square feet • Built in 1984 • Provides shelter to as many as forty two members and food for all members • Twenty Four Bedrooms • Possesses a full kitchen and serving facilities
  8. 8. The First SigEp Chapter The SigEp NC Delta Chapter Richmond College UNC Chapel Hill There were 12 Founding Fathers There were 13 Founding Fathers These twelve men decided These thirteen were present at everything about the fraternity. the time the UNC chapter was Their beliefs and reasoning are created. still found in almost everything Founding Date: February 26, 1921 within the fraternity today. Founding Date: November 1, 1901 Founder’s Blueprint Founder’s Blueprint Follow the blueprints of the original twelve founding fathers at Three Guiding Principles Richmond College to create an Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love excellent chapter at a prestigious university Learn from the mistakes of the already established fraternities
  9. 9. The History of SigEp at UNC has had Three Clear Divisions Active (1921-41) This was an attempt at the local founding stage that eventually disbanded. Unfortunately, much of this early history was destroyed by a fire in 1935. Dormant (1941-48) Chapter financial difficulties along with the influx of World War II caused the chapter to close and go dormant at UNC. The plan was for the chapter to eventually re-emerge at UNC. Active again (1948-Present) Many WWII veterans returned to UNC Chapel Hill. Some had been SigEps at Davidson College before going off to fight, but instead of returning to Davidson, they came to UNC on the GI Bill. With the support of earlier alums and the national chapter, these veterans re-started the chapter. The support from the national chapter ensured it was done according to SigEp standards.
  10. 10. • The chapter has undergone much change since 1948 in terms of its officer structure. There was a minimal number of positions at the time: • President • Comptroller (Finances) • Social Chair • Secretary • House Manager • Chaplain • The chapter’s officer structure today is much different as can be seen just by simply examining a flow chart (on the next slide)
  11. 11. • In 1991, a mass organizational change swept through the fraternity with the establishment of the Balanced Man Program. This program abolished the traditional pledging model and replaced it with a continuous four year member development program. • Any new or re-charted chapter emerging after this date would only have the option of chartering as a Balanced Man chapter. • Anytime a chapter has its charters revoked, it may only return as a Balanced Man Chapter. • Existing chapters could voluntarily decide whether to remain traditional or adopt the Balanced Man Program. • Some chapters adopted the program • Most remained traditional and openly criticized the program for not being anything similar to what a fraternity should be. • When a traditional chapter has a risk management violation or an incident in violation, the chapter is often offered conversion to the Balanced Man Program as an alternative.
  12. 12. • Following the creation of the Balanced Man Program, little was different in the traditional NC Delta Chapter for it was one of the strongest chapters within the entire fraternity. • However, a string of poor recruitment efforts and series of bad events led to the chapter falling to average Sigep Standards by the year 2000. • The national fraternity pushed hard for the NC Delta Chapter to adopt the Balanced Man Program in order to return the chapter to its former self. • The NC Delta chapter’s alumni and brother leadership heavily resisted national’s efforts. As a result, the relationship between the chapter and the national fraternity was severely damaged. Some chapter alumni lost so much respect for the national fraternity that they have not been involved since. Other chapter alumni who supported the Balanced Man Program felt ostracized from the chapter and also have not shown much involvement since. • Today, the chapter is still a traditional chapter. It is making strides to return to its former glory days through strong brother and alumni effort. The national fraternity is still pushing hard for the chapter to adopt the Balanced Man Program. This relationship is still strained.
  13. 13. • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • UNC Greeks • Sigma Phi Epsilon is recognized as an • The chapter is one of the organizations official organization at UNC. It comprising the UNC Greek System. There are 54 organizations within this system. receives the same standards and benefits as all other organizations on • The chapter receives the same benefits and standards of other Greek Organizations on campus. campus. The chapter attends meetings that • The chapter is invited to all general are held once per month for these organization meetings held at UNC. organizations. • The chapter is in communication with • SigEp socializes frequently with many of the fraternities and sororities that make up the various other organizations at UNC. Inter-Fraternity and Pan-Hellenic Council. • A number of fraternity members • Since a person can only be a member of one participate in other organizations on social fraternity, no SigEps are members of campus. any other Greek social organizations. • UNC Inter-fraternity Council • The National Fraternity and Other SigEp Chapters • SigEp is one of the twenty two • Each chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is a member organizations that make up separate entity even though it is part of the the UNC Inter-Fraternity Council. mother organization. • This is a self-governing group that • All initiated SigEp members are welcome at has council-wide standards and other SigEp chapters. judicial policies. • Local interaction is the most usual. Other main points of interaction occur at the • SigEp delegates attend IFC meetings Leadership Continuum Events, as well as at that occur every two weeks the national SigEp Conclave.
  14. 14. Other National Fraternities have produced concepts similar to Sigma Phi Epsilon’s “Balanced Man Program.” Beta Theta Pi “Man of Principle” Sigma Alpha Epsilon “True Gentleman” Pi Kappa Alpha “True Pike” Lambda Chi Alpha “True Brother Initiative” The SigEp National Fraternity uses this trend as a push on chapters resistant to change. They ask: “If it does not work, then why is everyone copying it?”
  15. 15. • The problem of low numbers •The Balanced Man Program + Conflict and less effective recruitment with Nationals •People are able to have the •The NC Delta Chapter still relies same benefits in other clubs upon the traditional cohort system. that fraternities provide The national fraternity wants 90% •Numbers for the entire of all chapters to be Balanced Man Greek system at UNC have by 2011. The NC Delta Chapter is been going down one of less than 40 chapters that are still traditional. •Conflict with UNC •The current Chancellor does not fully support the Greek System. He was not a member of a fraternity during his time here. He sees the Greek System as a source of problems for UNC.

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