Welcome to the General Fraternity Resource Page for the office of Chaplain. As Chaplain, there are numerous duties and expectations placed upon you. Fortunately, for all of these responsibilities, there have been just as many resources created aimed at assisting you meet them.
This webpage consolidates the many resources pertinent to your specific position in order to provide a 360 degree view of what tools are available. It is recommended you take the time to review the resources on this page shortly after election, as it will help you better prepare as Chaplain. Throughout your tenure in this position, you will undoubtedly be faced with some difficult challenges. Trust that this webpage will serve as an easily accessible source to help you meet those challenges. Good luck!
These resources pertain to the specific duties of your position. It is recommended that you start by reviewing your officer manual, as all other links on this webpage stem from the information in the manual.
Office of Chaplain Manual *NEW*
The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.
The Law is the three part document (Constitution, Statutes, and Trial Code) which governs Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. The Law sets membership requirements, standards of conduct, and the framework for the operation of all entities of the Fraternity, including collegiate chapters.
Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines
Along with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. the Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines provides our constituents with specific policies on areas such as the education of initiates and candidates, activities of the chapter, premises of the chapter and hazing. The Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines is updated every 2 years, as needed by the Grand Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Pursuit of Excellence – Brother Development
As Chaplain, your role is most pertinent to the Brotherhood Development subcategory within the Pursuit of Excellence Program. This is a list of criteria required to achieve a rating of Excellence.
Officer Transition Checklist *UPDATED*
This checklist provides you with what to prepare and provide to your successor in order to ensure a smooth officer transition.
Sample Brotherhood Calendar *UPDATED*
This sample brotherhood calendar provides a model for the level of detail and activity that could be included in a chapter’s personal calendar. Chapters are free to build their own calendar based on class scheduling, events, and college/university expectations.
Event Report Form *UPDATED*
Use this resource to help you track various events your chapter organizes and which members attend.
Although not directly related to the expectations of the position, these resources can help you execute them.
National Ritual Celebration Week Participation Guide *NEW*
This resource helps to guide your chapter through participation in the annual National Ritual Celebration Week. This year's NRCW takes place on March 5-11, 2017.
Secret Thoughts of a Ritual *UPDATED*
A well-known essay to serve as a tool to assist in more critical thought and deep discussion regarding The Ritual.
Teambuilding Activities *UPDATED*
A great way to build brotherhood is to incorporate teambuilding activities into chapter events. Use this link to search from a list of activities based on audience size and intended objectives.
Building a Successful Chapter Retreat *NEW*
This resources walks you through the dos and donts for planning an impactful chapter retreat experiences.
Teambuilding Guide *NEW*
Sigma Nu's Teambuilding Guide contains nearly 70 activities for chapters to use at retreats, meetings, LEAD sessions, and brotherhood events. The guide includes facilitation tips, suggested audiences and events to use teambuilding with, and discussion questions to translate experiences to improvements in the chapter. The teambuilding activities shared here are only a small sampling of what Sigma Nu chapters, colonies, members, and alumni can use to create experiential learning opportunities. The guide provides tips on facilitating activities; selecting activities for specific audiences and events; addressing key themes like communication, trust, and problem-solving; easy to follow instructions; and discussion guides to process teambuilding experiences.
Sigma Nu Talks
Sigma Nu Talks are a series of curated TED Talks and YouTube clips paired with discussion guides and application ideas to be shared during chapter or candidate meetings, as part of a retreat, or as their own mini LEAD session. The concept is fairly simple - gather together a group of Sigma Nus, watch one or more of the suggested talks, and create a conversation using the included discussion guides.
Sigma Nu Talks...Leadership *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Change, Leadership, and Trust.
Sigma Nu Talks...Values *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Character, Motivation, Personal Development, and Success.
Sigma Nu Talks...Social Issues *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Diversity, Men's Issues, and Mental Health.
Best Practices Library
This library includes activities, programs, processes, and practices that result in or lead to excellent performance. Practices were collected from Sigma Nu chapters across North America of every size, institutional type, and region of the country. The best ideas and practices that could and should be replicated by other chapters are found here.
The library allows users to sort through over 200 ideas, examples, and templates. Best practices are sorted by area of operations (as defined by the Pursuit of Excellence Program) and subcategorized by type (e.g. accountability ideas, events, finances).
Common Alcohol-Related Issues
Many of the most important decisions a chapter must make do not necessarily present themselves in a formal chapter setting, but rather on the weekends or during special campus sporting and alumni events. How to handle situations that could potentially alter the future of a chapter and its members is a pressing issue. This collection of "white papers" addresses common alcohol-related topics and instances that chapter leaders and members face on a potentially regular basis and at most, if not all, colleges and universities.
We Have A Situation
While each of the topics covered in this resource should be of importance to the entire chapter, those listed below directly affect the Chaplain area of influence. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the entire resource and pay particular attention to those listed here.
- Big Brother Programs
- Binge Drinking Culture
- 21st Birthday Celebrations