It was an honor to welcome back our Beta Nu Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I had an opportunity to meet Bob Odaniell, the oldest living Past Grand Sage of Sigma Pi Fraternity who only lives two blocks away from the University. He took great pride in witnessing our ritual and chartering ceremony for all the new brothers of our Fraternity.
There were some thoughts I wanted to share on what made the event so successful and what is going to make this new chapter so successful.
1. Scholarship achievement is not an accident. This colony uses a new method to reach their scholarship goals to be in the top third of all organization on campus for GPA. It's called "Scholarship Fantasy Draft". Here's how it works. Divide the total number of brothers in the chapter by 6 to determine how many team captains you need. So, for example, if you have 48 brothers, you would name 8 team captains. These 8 team captains would randomly select an order they can pick from 1 through 8. Team captain number 1 will then select his first team member, and then captain number 2 would select his first team member, and so on through all the teams using information they have gathered on their last semester GPA's and other factors they deem to be important (motivation, study habits, etc). Once all the teams have been made, there is a competition to see which team will have the highest GPA at the end of the semester. The competition really helps to stress group performance, team accountability for GPA, and places the burden of scholastic achievement on more than just the scholarship chairman. All of the team leaders were recognized at the chartering this weekend, and the chapter achieved top third ranking on campus as a result of this competition. There is a prize for the top team in GPA. It's one of the best new ideas I have heard recently, and I hope more chapters begin to use it.
2. Share your success with your parents. One of the best memories that I will take with me is a proud mother who was invited to the chartering reception who was holding her son's hand through most of the night. You could see how proud she was of her son, all he has accomplished as an undergraduate, and all he accomplished in building this organization on campus that was dedicated to scholarship, philanthropy, and social excellence. His affiliation with Sigma Pi made a big difference in his personal growth, and it was great to see that he was able to share those special moments with his parents throughout the night as they all reflected on their journey to this point.
3. Having an experienced volunteer to guide your chapter makes all the difference in the world. We are so lucky to have a wonderful Chapter Director at Carbondale, and it was obvious to me (and everyone else in the room) that his desire to be successful rubbed off on all the men of the chapter. Without his work and dedication as a volunteer, I often wondered if we would ever be sitting in that chartering reception that night. If you need help finding a chapter director or mentor, contact our Executive Office so we can search your region and bring in more volunteers to assist. It's so critical to your chapter's growth to have that level of experience working for the chapter on a weekly basis. It can literally make a below average chapter into an award winning chapter, both locally and nationally.
Thank you to our newest chapter at Carbondale for a wonderful chartering weekend, to Zach Spillner and all of our great staff members, and to our alumni that helped to make it happen. I believe.
Sigma Pi Chartering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Executive Director Michael Ayalon with PGS Bob Odaniell, the oldest living Past Grand Sage, at the Carbondale chartering.