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Sigma Nu Institutes

General Information

Sigma Nu Institutes will be held on Saturdays during January, February, and March at a number of locations across the country.

The Sigma Nu Institute’s curriculum is designed to assist with the officer transition process and learning curve that accompanies taking on new positions of chapter leadership. Both newly elected and mid-term officers will benefit from the program through increased exposure to, and education on, the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully and effectively perform their duties.

The Sigma Nu Institutes are designed for training specific officers, namely:

Each chapter/colony within reasonable driving distance to an institute should send representatives - Lt. Commander, Treasurer, Chaplain, Marshal, and Recruitment Chairman & 1-2 committee members - to an institute of their choosing. Alumni specific programming will also be offered at each location. Corresponding alumni/volunteers (i.e. Chapter Advisors, Alumni Advisory Board Members, Division Commanders) are encouraged to attend an institute in their area. Commanders are welcome to attend, but as the institute program builds off of the College of Chapters curriculum, they are not expected to be present.

Our goal is to provide a positive learning environment where participants can grow and improve as officers, reach their potential as chapter leaders, and more fully understand and utilize the resources provided by the General Fraternity

Locations for the Spring 2018 Sigma Nu Institutes

Campus Location Date
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Oh. January 27, 2018
Drury University Springfield, Mo. January 27, 2018
University of South Florida Tampa, Fla. February 3, 2018
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn. February 3, 2018
Washington & Lee University Lexington, Va. February 3, 2018
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Ga. February 10, 2018
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Penn. February 10, 2018
Texas Christian University Fort. Worth, Tx. February 10, 2018
Purdue University W. Lafayette, Ind. February 17, 2018
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, Calif. February 17, 2018
San Jose State University San Jose, Calif. February 24, 2018
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. February 24, 2018
Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colo. March 3, 2018
Washington State University Pullman, Wa. March 3, 2018


Registration for the 2018 Sigma Nu Institutes is now live. Collegiate and alumni/volunteer participants can register for their preferred Institute here

Frequently Asked Questions

When do the Sigma Nu Institutes take place?

The 2018 Sigma Nu Institutes are scheduled to take place on Saturdays from the end of January through early March. Specific dates and locations can be referenced in the table above. Each Institute is scheduled to begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and end by 6:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 12:00p.m. for check-in and to receive their program materials.  

Who should attend the Sigma Nu Institute?

The Sigma Nu Institute’s curriculum is designed to assist with the officer transition process and learning curve that accompanies taking on new positions of chapter leadership. Both newly elected and mid-term officers will benefit from the program through increased exposure to, and education on, the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully and effectively perform their duties. During the Institute, officer specific training will be provided for chapter Lt. Commanders, Treasurers, Chaplains, Marshals, and Recruitment Chairmen. Each institute will also provide alumni/volunteer specific programming for area alumni/volunteers (i.e. Advisors, Alumni Advisory Board members, Division Commanders). 

Can other officers attend the Sigma Nu Institute?

Absolutely! The Institutes are open to interested Sigma Nu members and alumni/volunteers. While certain portions of the curriculum will be specific to the five officers mentioned above, the training provided will benefit all participants. Some recommended additional participants for the chapter to consider are related committee members (i.e. Marshal Committee, Recruitment Committee, and Finance Committee), Recorders, and LEAD Chairmen. Commanders are also welcome to attend, but as the Institute program builds off the College of Chapters curriculum, they are not expected to be present.

How do I register for a Sigma Nu Institute?

The 2018 Sigma Nu Institute registration page is now live. Participants can register for their preferred event by completing the provided form. Each chapter participant is expected to complete his own registration for the event so that institute materials can be prepared appropriately. 

Is there a registration fee to attend?

No. There is no registration fee to attend the Sigma Nu Institute and chapters/colonies are not limited on the number of participants that can register.   

Will lunch or dinner be provided?

No. Participants attending the Sigma Nu Institute should plan to eat prior to arriving for the Institute. Snacks, such as chips and cookies, will be available for participants throughout the event though it is not recommended to treat this as a substantive meal alternative. The institute will conclude in time for participants to get dinner on their own before traveling home from the institute location.

Is there a dress code for the Sigma Nu Institute?

The dress code for the Sigma Nu Institute is casual. Khaki pants and a collared shirt are recommended.

Where can I find a campus map, driving instructions and the room location for the Institutes?

The following table has been provided which should direct you to campus information including a campus map and driving/parking directions. Hyperlinks have been provided in the "Map/Directions" column. By clicking on either "Map" or "Directions" you will be taken to the respective campus map and driving directions for each location. 

Location Map/Directions Building and Main Room
Case Western Reserve University Map/Directions Rockefeller Hall, Room 301
Drury University Map/Directions Trustee Science Center, Room 10
University of South Florida Map/Directions C.H. Ferguson Hall, Boardroom
Vanderbilt University Map/Directions Sarratt Student Center, Room 325/327
Washington & Lee University Map/Directions Science Addition 214
Georgia Institute of Technology Map/Directions Instructional Center 103
Texas Christian University Map/Directions Brown-Lupton University Union, Chambers Room
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus Map/Directions Tuttleman Center, Room 101
Purdue University Map/Directions Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) 1018
California State University, Fullerton Map/Directions Mihaylo Hall 1406
San Jose State University Map/Directions Student Union, Meeting Room #2
University of Minnesota Map/Directions Mayo Building, Room A-110
Colorado State University Map/Directions Colorado State Stadium, Room 1204
Washington State University Map/Directions Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 119

What do we do in the case of inclement weather?

With the Sigma Nu Institutes taking place during the winter months, it is reasonable to expect that inclement weather may impact the Institutes. As each Institute date approaches, our staff will be paying close attention to the weather and will be sure to notify registered participants if there are any changes to the scheduled events. Participants should monitor their email leading up to the day of the Institute and can expect to hear from the General Fraternity staff by early morning on the day of the event, at the latest, if there are to be any event cancellations. In the event that there are cancellations, the General Fraternity staff will do its best to accommodate a rescheduling of the event and will work with area chapters to select a date that works best for our participants and host chapter.

Also, personal safety is imperative for all of our participants. Chapters should not take risks if there are concerns about making it safely to an Institute location. Please let the General Fraternity staff know if your members experience any concerning conditions that may prevent attendance.   

What if no one from our chapter attends?

The "Acceptable" criteria for the Brother Development subcategory of the Pursuit of Excellence Program stipulates that chapters attend all available regional Sigma Nu programs. Sigma Nu Institute locations have been planned to be available to most chapters and there are approximately 146 of our 163 chapters and colonies within 300 miles of at least one institute. This being said it is understandable that a conflict such as distance, a competing event, or inclement weather, might arise that could prevent a chapter from attending. In these cases there is no penalty for a chapter not attending. If you are aware of a conflict that would prevent participants for your chapter from attending please make the General Fraternity aware by contacting Scott Smith, Director of Leadership Development at scott.smith@sigmanu.org

If you have any additional questions regarding the Sigma Nu Institute, please contact Scott Smith, Director of Leadership Development, at (540) 463-1869 extension 350 or at scott.smith@sigmanu.org.

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9 North Lewis Street, P.O. Box 1869, Lexington, Virginia 24450
Phone: 540.463.1869 | Fax: 540.463.1669 | Email: headquarters@sigmanu.org

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