This spring, our new members became Indiana Delta’s first to begin their Balanced Man Program experience using the BMP App. It was amazing to see the change in their progression compared to previous years, and our entire chapter now can have a more beneficial development experience. The app has improved our chapter’s ability to experience everything the BMP has to offer a number of ways:
- There is real tracking of progress through BMP challenges. In the past, our chapter pushed members through challenges regardless of whether they were completing every required activity. Now, we have an up-to-the-minute view of the chapter’s progress and can encourage and help brothers who need it.
- We can hold our brothers accountable to reasonable BMP timeframes. Executive officers can see members’ progression and make sure they are on track to complete the challenge by an agreed-upon deadline.
- Brothers benefit from better content. We’re able to use good content from past years and push it to our brothers easily with the app.
- It’s easy to organize our BMP and stick to the plan. Scheduling challenge meetings and activities is intuitive within the app, and we have all our content and planning materials in one place.
After the Carlson Leadership Academy in February, I took over as vice president of member development for my chapter. I was able to use what I learned at Carlson to effectively complete the launch of the app throughout the chapter. The previous VPMD, Justin Ottino, ’19, had begun the implementation process by grouping members in their specific challenges and educating the chapter on the app’s benefits. When I started my term in office, I was able to take the next step and get members to start completing their challenges. Now, we have 95 percent of Indiana Delta logged on the app and completing challenges.
The app is a unique benefit of SigEp that I’ve enjoyed spearheading within Indiana Delta. I’ve truly seen the advantages it gives our chapter as our men grow to be balanced men through the meetings, challenges and experiences in Sigma Phi Epsilon.