Best Practices Library
CL1 - The chapter, in coordination with the campus's going green campaign, has responded by creating a chairman in charge of coordinating the chapter's green activities (i.e. increased recycling, etc.).
CL2 - To ensure continuing campus leadership, the chapter has in place a bylaw that requires members to be involved in one (1) other campus organization.
CL3 - The chapter elects an involvement chairman that not only keeps track of all the campus organizations members are involved in, but also announces meetings/events related to those organizations members are involved with.
CL4 - To prevent members from getting burned out, the chapter is split into three (3) teams and each time there is a campus based event that the chapter is required to attend, one team is required to attend while the other teams are voluntarily allowed to attend. This means only a third of the chapter has to attend every third event. Thus, the chapter still participates in all campus based events.
CL5 - Chapter began a new annual event called 'Records Week'. In the first week of Fall semester, the men invited the entire campus to the chapter house to break a Guinness world record each day of the week. The concept is something that the campus has never seen before and was welcomed with plenty of enthusiasm. They attempted to break the record for longest game of leap frog, most people wearing sunglasses at night, most simultaneous cartwheels, and making the world’s longest ice cream sundae record. This year’s highlight was the ice cream sundae which stretched out to 152ft in length and easily surpassed the previous record of 116 feet.
CL6 - The chapter requires all members to attend at least 1 campus programming event every quarter (semester).
CL7 - Sample Chapter Member Involvement Overview
CL8 - Sample Chapter Member Involvement Descriptions
University and Community Relationships
CL9 - The chapter has a Butter Up Committee responsible for maintaining good working relationships with sororities, fraternities, the administration and additional student organizations and entities on campus. The committee is flexible in that its work can benefit recruitment efforts, ensure maximum on-campus participation, and serve as an additional mouthpiece for publicizing chapter events.
CL10 - The chapter frequently offers up the chapter house as a facility for other campus organizations to host events, meetings or study sessions.
CL11 - To promote strong ties with the campus, the membership hosts annual dinners/mixers for faculty/administrators to gain the support/respect of the institution.
CL12 - Chapter hosts a Professor Dinner each semester where they bring an interesting professor from the campus to the house for a nice dinner and talk on his or her area of expertise.
CL13- Chapter hosts a campus-wide Leadership Symposium in which the President of the University and prominent faculty speak regarding leadership on campus. It serves as a more intimate opportunity for campus officials to speak directly to student leaders. It is all organized by Sigma Nu.
CL14 - The chapter hosts and annual BBQ/cookout for the campus police and fire department. The event serves as an opportunity to build relations with both departments and thank them for their service.
CL15 - The Chapter holds a Faculty appreciation dinner at the chapter house. Each member invites his favorite professors and they host a dinner for those who come to appreciate the work they do.
CL16 - The chapter has worked to build a more positive image at the university and within the community by publishing their chapter events in a local magazine.
General Fraternity Resources
GFCL1 - Generating Positive Press Guide
GFCL2 - Event Report Form
Call for Practices
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Additional Officer Resources
The perfect complement to the Best Practices Library is the specific chapter officer resources page. Here you can access additional resources and the chapter officer manual for each officer. Also be sure to check out the following page on the Fraternity's related resources: