Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy Presentation - SigEp
18 November 2008
Patricia Szeto, Jack Michel, and Jonathan Pegram
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
Be the best fraternity
most and highest quality members
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
Mission Statement: “Building Balanced Leaders for the World’s
Chapter members live life following the fraternity’s three cardinal
principles of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love.
• A list of some activity systems within the
• Membership Development (Covered in
detail on next slide)
• Social Events
• Mixers, Cocktails, Alumni Tailgates, Rush
• Philanthropy/Service Events
• Relay for Life
• Carrboro Rec Youth Coaching
• Chapter Meetings
• Exec Board and general chapter meetings
• Chapter Operations
• Finances, food, housing, recruitment, etc..
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)
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.
• 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
• 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.
• The chapter house is the most
obvious physical boundary of
any fraternity on campus across
the nation. At UNC, SigEp is no
• 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
• Twenty Four Bedrooms
• Possesses a full kitchen and serving
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 Follow the blueprints of the
original twelve founding fathers at
Three Guiding Principles
Richmond College to create an
Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly
excellent chapter at a prestigious
Learn from the mistakes of the
already established fraternities
The History of SigEp at UNC has had Three Clear Divisions
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.
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.
• The chapter has undergone much change since 1948 in terms of
its officer structure. There was a minimal number of positions at
• Comptroller (Finances)
• Social Chair
• House Manager
• The chapter’s officer structure today is much different as can be
seen just by simply examining a flow chart (on the next slide)
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Other National Fraternities have produced concepts similar to Sigma Phi
Epsilon’s “Balanced Man Program.”
Beta Theta Pi
“Man of Principle”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Pi Kappa Alpha
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?”
• 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.