Now More Than Ever! We’ll celebrate the accomplishments of brothers and chapters; host special events, receptions and guest programs; and enjoy some brotherly love after months (six feet or much more) apart. To help make the most of your Conclave experience, brothers and alumni from across the country have provided pro tips to make sure you don’t miss any opportunities at SigEp’s largest biennial gathering.
Hydrate! And have a healthy breakfast. You’ll be up late most nights and need to be awake and engaged early each morning! — Ed Kaplan, Connecticut ’88
Sit down and chat with random brothers young and old! You might just make a lifetime connection! — Paul Litcher, Indiana Tech ’88
Some of the most interesting conversations I ever overheard were in the elevators. Have your own elevator speech prepared as you will use it frequently as you meet new friends. — Matt Pfeiffer, Louisville ’98
We spend so much time existing in our own little bubbles within our chapters, but Conclave is the best time to realize the true power that SigEp has on a national level. — Jake Schozer, Stevens ’19
Join the Conclave Chorus! A group of brothers who come together to practice and then perform at Conclave events. – Van Augur, Connecticut ’20
Bring something to write with, so you can take notes every day. It makes it easy to get brothers’ emails and write down ideas for your chapter or AVC. — Tom Jelke, Florida International ’90, Grand President
Check out the legislative sessions — they’re unique, interesting and make a major impact on the Fraternity. — Luke Jansen, SIU-Edwardsville ’18
Listen closely to what has propelled chapters to the stage as they receive our highest honors, and find their members to learn how you can apply their success to your own chapter! — Mark Maloney, Tennessee-Martin ’15
For my fellow undergraduate brothers: Never leave a conversation without exchanging contact info or a social media account! Don’t forget to pack your business cards if you have them and make sure to keep them somewhere easy to grab on-the-go. — Lawson H., Christopher Newport ’21
Be vulnerable and be uncomfortable, because the impact Conclave has gets multiplied when you’re able to have genuine conversations and connections with brothers old and new. — Jacob West, Missouri State ’20, Student Director
Plan ahead for the lines at elevators to make sure you are on time for your session or event. — Deniro Gomez, Sacramento State ’23.
Allow more time to get to and from sessions and events than you think you need. 1,000 people trying to get to the same places at the same time tends to jam up elevators, coffee shops, buses and bathrooms. — Steve Daniels, Memphis-Lambuth ’78, district governor
Wear your nametag at all times, bring business cards and network, network, network. Participate in the breakout sessions and write down the ideas of other chapters. — Freddy Massimi III, Barton ’09