What does it take for a newly re-established chapter to earn its SigEp charter? High academic standards, campus involvement and commitment to the local community are all essential to building a SigEp chapter that will stand the test of time. Not satisfied with just meeting the minimum expectations, these recently chartered chapters far exceeded them. Here, we celebrate the chapters that received their charters in the past two years while the Journal was on hiatus during the pandemic.
Chartering date: April 2, 2022
GPA at chartering: 3.69
Campus involvement: IFC officers, club rugby captain, club lacrosse president, coordinates a Sexual Assault Awareness Week each year.
Philanthropy and community service: Participates in biweekly groundskeeping at a community garden, as well as volunteer yard work for local residents.
Awards received: Recognized for commitment to member development.
Chartering date: April 10, 2021
GPA at chartering: 3.5
Campus involvement: Campus tour guides, IFC conduct board member, student senators, club baseball players.
Philanthropy and community service: Raised over $22,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, participated in Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, volunteered at an animal shelter.
Recruitment: Received more than 1,350 Balanced Man Scholarship applications between fall 2017 and chartering, enabling them to focus on potential new members invested in the right things.
Awards received: IFC Excellence in Scholarship, IFC Best Virtual Academic Programming.
Chartering date: Feb. 6, 2020
GPA at chartering: 3.6
Campus involvement: Intramural soccer and basketball; presidents of the investment club, real estate group and Model UN.
Philanthropy and community service: Raised over $10,000 in support of three charities; prepared meals for the homeless; volunteered at local elementary schools.
Recruitment: 20 percent of new members were recruited through the Balanced Man Scholarship.
SAM HOUSTON STATE
Chartering date: April 18, 2020
GPA at chartering: 3.26
Campus involvement: Welcome Week leader, paintball team, Student Government Association, ultimate frisbee.
Recruitment: 60 percent of members were recruited through the Balanced Man Scholarship.
Awards received: Most Outstanding President award (TylerArsenault), President’s Choice award (Sebastian Morales), 5-STAR Excellence in Scholarship, 5-STAR Excellence in Organization Involvement & Leadership Development, highest IFC GPA.
Chartering date: April 24, 2021
GPA at chartering: 3.3; highest fraternity GPA each semester since returning to campus.
Philanthropy and community service: Hosted a Christmas care package drive for North Carolina National Guardsmen stationed in Kuwait; raised over $4,000 for a nonprofit that provides resources and support to abused children.
Awards received: Outstanding Program award for Balanced Man Scholarship, IFC Outstanding Academics award.
Chartering date: May 31, 2020
GPA at chartering: 3.3
Campus involvement: Student Government Association (SigEps represent one-third of the executive board and one fifth of the Student Senate); presidents of the Cricket Club, Tennis Club and Black Student Union.
Philanthropy and community service: Food drives with a local church, beach cleanup with the Chicago Parks District, volunteering at a city animal shelter.
Programming: Content experts have led chapter workshops on taxes and investing, informational interviews, healthy meal prep, and other topics.