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College of Chapters

General Information

The Curriculum

College of Chapters is Sigma Nu Fraternity's annual leadership development conference for Commanders. This interactive program focuses on leadership, skill development, and networking to ensure that each Commander has the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the essential duties of their office. This year's College of Chapters will be held in Roanoke, Virginia, at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

College of Chapters begins Monday, January 3, 2022. Check-in will occur throughout the afternoon, and the program will begin in the late afternoon. You should plan to arrive in Roanoke no later than 2:30pm EST on January 3 and to depart any time on January 6.

Attendees

The Commander of every collegiate chapter and colony is expected to attend the entire duration of College of Chapters, in keeping with Fraternity policy. Partial attendance does not qualify.

If the Commander of your chapter at the time of College of Chapters will be someone other than the current Commander, it is the current Commander's responsibility to ensure that the incoming Commander contacts the General Fraternity and registers for College of Chapters by December 3, 2021.

The Fraternity can accommodate a limited number of second attendees. To apply to have your chapter send a second representative email cofc.info@sigmanu.org by November 29, indicating the name and position of the additional representative the chapter wishes to send. Preference will be given to executive officers, non-executive officers with the recommendation of an advisor indicating that the individual is likely to take on an executive role within the next academic year, and based on the timing of the application. Second participants will be selected by December 1 and will be provided additional instructions for registering. Travel for second participants should not be booked until after December 1. 

Registration

Your registration fee for College of Chapters (excluding travel expense) has already been billed to your chapter as part of the Conclave Fee.

Collegiate member attendee registration is available here. Non-student registration instructions will be provided directly to those attendees. All attendees must register by December 3, 2021. Any registrations received after this date will be assessed a $75.00 late registration and processing fee. If you are unable to register online, please contact our office for additional support.

Please note: the registration fees cover all materials, conference fees, and lodging for the duration of the conference. Meals will be provided to participants throughout the College of Chapters. This includes dinner on January 3 and three meals on January 4 and 5.

COVID-19 Protocol

The Fraternity is implementing specific COVID-19 event protocol based on the guidelines and requirements for large in-person gatherings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state of Virginia, city of Roanoke, and Hotel Roanoke. This protocol is subject to change as guidelines and requirements are adjusted.

All attendees are expected to review the event protocol prior to attending the College of Chapters.  

Attire

All Commanders must be appropriately attired to attend the College of Chapters educational sessions and meal functions. Proper attire consists of dress pants (khakis or slacks), a collared shirt, closed-toe shoes, and a mask that fits completely over the nose and mouth. Shorts, t-shirts, hats, caps, and sandals may not be worn to educational sessions or meal functions. Note, the College of Chapters experience includes a pilgrimage to Lexington, Va., weather permitting, at which a considerable amount of time will be spent outside. Please consult the weather forecast for the dates of the College of Chapters and pack accordingly for spending time outside during the Lexington pilgrimage.

Delegate Changes

All collegiate chapter and colony Commanders are expected to attend the College of Chapters. If, for any reason, the Commander of your chapter cannot attend, please contact the General Fraternity at cofc.info@sigmanu.org to review your options.

Cancellations

Any registration cancellation must be received in writing to cofc.info@sigmanu.org.. If you do not attend and do not provide notice of your cancellation, your chapter will not receive credit for attending.

If your chapter fails to send representation to the College of Chapters, your chapter will be placed on alcohol-free housing status until the next convention, per the Risk Reduction Policy. Additionally, the chapter will be unable to receive a rating of Acceptable or higher in the Brother Development subcategory for this year's Pursuit of Excellence submission.

Early Departures

All Commanders are expected to actively participate and remain on-site for the duration of the College of Chapters. Any Commander who departs prior to the conclusion of College of Chapters will not receive credit for attending.

Travel

Attendees driving should plan to arrive at Hotel Roanoke no later than 3:00 pm EST on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Attendees flying should plan to fly into the Roanoke Regional Airport [airport code ROA] by no later than 2:30 pm EST on Monday, January 3. Roanoke is a regional airport. Flight times are limited, and airfare has been known to dramatically increase as your departure date nears. Please book your air travel as soon as possible. Participants will be responsible for coordinating transportation from the airport to the hotel. Options include:

Cab fares are approximately $15.00 (tip excluded) for a one-way trip to/from the airport.

The Hotel Roanoke offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the Roanoke Airport. Each shuttle can accommodate up to 11 passengers.

  • Airport Pickup: Guests should proceed to the baggage claim area and use the complimentary phone to dispatch a shuttle. It takes 10-15 minutes for pickup.
  • Hotel Departure: The first shuttle departs the hotel at 5:15 am EST, and shuttle service ends at 11:45 pm EST.

Any Commander who experiences a travel delay on his day of arrival should contact Fred Dobry at (540) 319-1393.

Accommodations

The historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, located at 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, Va 24016, will host the College of Chapters.

All attendees will have an individual room at the Hotel Roanoke. The only exception is collegiate chapter representatives from the same chapter (i.e., a chapter approved to send two representatives) will be roomed together.

Participants will not need to reserve a room. Lodging arrangements will be coordinated by the General Fraternity staff following registration. Commanders should not contact the hotel directly. Reservation information will be included in the confirmed delegate packets, which will be sent by email approximately 15 days prior to the College of Chapters.

Any special room requests must be submitted in writing to Christopher Brenton at cofc.info@sigmanu.org.

Parking is available on-site at $17/day for valet and $11/day for self-parking.

Schedule

The College of Chapters schedule is subject to change. Please continue to visit this portion of the Fraternity's website for regular updates to the College of Chapters schedule of events.

Questions

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. Still have questions, contact us by phone at (540) 463-1869 or email at cofc.info@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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