"We want to study the Fraternity’s very best chapters, the ones that excel in most or all areas of operations, and learn from them the practices that make them excellent. We want to then share those practices with all other chapters. The work of the Task Force will create an even more specific roadmap to excellence.”
"There is no honor in mediocrity."
Regent Robert Durham (Georgia)
Welcome to the Best Practices Library! Following the spirit behind Regent Durham’s words, the Fraternity’s new Strategic Imperative, Chapter Strength, and the work of Task Force Hopkins , Sigma Nu is proud to provide this resource for the use of both collegiate and alumni members. To use the Best Practices Library, first indicate if you are searching for collegiate or alumni best practices. Using the two drop-down menus below, search the library for best practices most relevant to your needs.
Do you want to meet our "Obligation to Excellence?" Use these best practices to create a road map to EXCELLENCE for your chapter or alumni group!
What is a best practice?
For chapters, a best practice is an activity, a practice, a program or process that results in or leads to performance at the "excellence" level of the Fraternity's Pursuit of Excellence Program. For alumni, those same types of best practices aim to develop advisors both at the individual and group level, so they can improve operations and provide the necessary support for chapters to reach "excellence".
How do I use the Best Practices Library?
For example, imagine you are a Marshal looking for ideas to improve candidate education. First, make sure the classification of best practices is set on collegiate, not alumni. Second, use the drop-down menu above to select candidate education. All current best practices in candidate education will appear on the page. If you want to specify your search further, just use the second menu accordingly. For example, if you wanted to view a sample candidate education program, just select that subcategory from the second menu.
For alumni best practices, simply change the classification to alumni and follow the same process.
How was the Best Practices Library created?
The collegiate best practices included here were collected from Sigma Nu chapters across North America. The current library includes practices from chapters of every size, institutional type and region of the country. The alumni best practices included here were collected from the Fraternity’s most successful Chapter Advisors, Alumni Advisory Boards, and Housing Corporations.
Practices were identified through the work of Task Force Hopkins, an ad hoc committee of respected alumni volunteers appointed by the Fraternity’s High Council (board of directors), and Fraternity staff. The Task Force reviewed Pursuit of Excellence submissions for specific operational areas when that submission received a rating of “excellence” to identify the practices that led to success. Additional best practices were collected by Fraternity staff members in the course of consultations with collegiate chapters in recent years.
The Task Force then turned its attention to collecting best practices specifically for alumni advisors. Many of the most successful Chapter Advisors, Alumni Advisory Board Members, and Housing Corporation Board Members were asked to provide specific practices attributable to their great success. Additional best practices were provided by Fraternity staff members.
Task Force Hopkins
Michael Barry (Georgia), Chairman
Matthew Atkinson (Nebraska/Minnesota)
Jason Dooley (Southern Polytechnic)
Maury Gaston (Auburn)
Neil Gilpin (Oklahoma State)
Robert "Bob" McCully (San Diego State)
Jordan Wu (California Polytechnic, Pomona)
Call for Practices
If you have a great example or resource that you think should be included in the Best Practices Library, we want to know about it. Send your examples and resources via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Officer Resources
The perfect complement to the Best Practices Library is the specific chapter officer resource page. Here you can access additional resources and the chapter officer manuals.