by Jon Schorsch
With 300,000 lifetime members, the national Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity distinguishes itself in the collegiate Greek system by offering a four year development curriculum called the Balanced Man Program. Instead of potential members undergoing a pledge process, the fraternity recruits new men through current SigEp members at campus chapters across the country. Throughout the length of the individualized program, SigEps cultivate leadership and life expertise while maintaining a concentration on scholarship.
As a part of the Balanced Man curriculum, SigEp members partake in challenges focusing on personal advancement by promoting healthy habits for life. Skills fostered through the program include establishing a personal fitness regimen, refining time management, learning etiquette, and cooking. Members also interact with assigned mentors farther along in the program, as well as alumni.
Another important portion of the SigEp Balanced Man Program is community service. The fraternity partnered with the not-for-profit organization YouthAIDS to launch a national HIV/AIDS campaign at several universities. Across the United States, SigEp members are educating fellow college students about the disease and engaging in fundraising efforts on university campuses. In addition, fraternity brothers regularly volunteer at charities and service organizations including the American Red Cross and the American Diabetes Association.
Launched at Richmond College (now known as the University of Richmond) in 1901, SigEp was built on the virtues of diligence, virtue, and brotherly love. Fraternity headquarters remain in Richmond.
Jon Schorsch is an alumnus of Washington State University and lifetime Sigma Phi Epsilon member. He currently resides in Bothell, Washington.