Over the weekend, undergraduate members from Drake’s Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) chapter drove to Chicago for Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA). CLA promotes undergraduate leaders to learn effective strategies from accomplished alumni and brothers around the region. Brothers acquired essential skills to better SigEp-IA Delta and ensure the optimal path for SigEp for years to come.
The entire executive council had the opportunity to make the trip and participate in educational sessions with brothers from other schools to improve the parts of our house that make it what it is today. Each member of the EC now comes back with tangible steps to make our fraternity better than it was yesterday.
First-year and second-year students followed the rising leaders track as well as other essential skill tracks to strengthen and learn new ideas how to help the EC and for their futures on EC. Four members of IA Delta were awarded with the Hickman Scholarship: Kyle TeKautz, Anthony Adame, Christopher Jachimiak, and Austin Ash. SigEp Nationals covered the travel and cost of the conference for the four exceptional young men.
During lunch on the Saturday of CLA, our chapter was awarded by nationals as one of the few chapters in the Midwest for exceptional membership development. SigEp has taken at least one award home at each of the last three Carlson’s.
Brothers even ran into alumni brother Ben Weinberg (class of 2017), who went on to work for nationals as a regional director for a year. In this role, Ben traveled across a region of the U.S. helping improve chapters and bring up one’s that were struggling. After the year was up, nationals wanted him back. He now works for nationals as SigEp’s Chapter Services Director, which will run throughout the rest of the academic year.
The leaders who attended Carlson Leadership Academy 2019 are optimistic to implement change within the chapter and educate the rest of the chapter on the ideas acquired over the weekend.