DISTRICT ACADEMY

March 29 - 30, 2019
Chicago, IL

 

The District Academy is a new two-day intensive leadership event for emerging leaders, both undergraduate and alumni, who are ready to rise to the next level of their leadership journey. Our new District Academy programs provide members the skills and confidence needed to lead fearlessly, build networks, and rise above challenges they never dreamed possible. 

The District Academies are an integral part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s educational mission to impact a larger number brothers in their own communities. We intend to expand the number District Academies to four events a year by 2020, one hosted in each corner of the country.

The District Academies are designed to provide interactive and consistent education to a wide variety of members. Undergraduate and alumni participants will experience a series of workshops, expos and keynote addresses. With additional focus on personal leadership development, dressing for success, building your personal brand, and how our Fraternity values and ritual are reflected in everything we do. Learn more about our Workshops & Programming, or view a draft of the event schedule.

 

Dates and Locations of 2019-2020 District Academies:

Central District - Evanston, IL - March 29-30, 2019

Eastern District - Crystal City, VA - September 27-28, 2019

Western District - San Diego, CA - October 4-5, 2019*

Southern District - Dallas, TX - April 3-4, 2020*

Central District - Evanston, IL - March 27-28, 2020*

* Dates and locations are tentative

 

The academies include three core components: 

The District Academies are based on Three Cores: Leadership, Networking, and Development.

Leadership - The opportunity to gain the skills necessary to succeed on campus, in your chapter or colony and your chosen field. 

Networking - Learn from SAE brothers across the realm. Network and share ideas with the Supreme Council, local and Province volunteers, and members Fraternity Staff.

Development -  Expand your SAE vision through interactive dialogue with brothers facing similar challenges, and work together to identify solutions and new opportunities.

 

Registration for the Inaugural District Academies is Now Open!
Login to your mySAE account to register

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the District Academies?

The District Academy is a new two-day intensive leadership event for emerging leaders, both undergraduate and alumni, who are ready to rise to the next step in their leadership journey. These events provide emerging leaders the skills and confidence needed to tackle future leadership responsibilities, lead fearlessly, and rise above challenges they never dreamed possible.

When do the District Academies take place?

The Inaugural District Academy will be hosted at the Levere Memorial Temple, our headquarters, from March 29-30, 2019. We plan to expand the number District Academies to four events a year by 2020, one hosted in each district of the realm.

Who should attend the District Academies?

All brothers of SAE are invited to attend any District Academy in the country. We recommend chapters and colonies aim to send emerging leaders, and alumni should attend who want to extend their SAE experience and learn to engage with chapters.

What can attendees expect?

The District Academies are designed to provide interactive experience. Undergraduate and alumni participants will experience a series of workshops, expos and keynote addresses. With additional focus on personal leadership development, dressing for success, building your personal brand, and how our Fraternity values and ritual are reflected in everything we do. Learn more about our Workshops & Programming, or view a draft of the event schedule, liked above.

What is the difference between the District Academies and Province Leadership School?

District Academies are planned and sponsored by the Fraternity Service Center. Province Leadership Schools are hosted and planned by provinces.

Can we use our SAE Foundation Chapter Education Funds (CEFs)?

Yes! Chapters that wish to utilize their Chapter Education Fund through the SAE Foundation should have their Fund Administrator contact Anna Gath at agath@sae.net or 847-424-3013 to authorize funding and provide a discount code to use at registration.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! There are plenty of scholarships available, please apply HERE.

What hotel are we staying at? Can I pick my roommate?

The official hotel for the weekend is the Holiday Inn North Evanston. We do not accept or honor roommate requests, though we make every effort to have attendees from the same chapter in the same room.

How much does it cost to attend? What does that include?

As a collegian member, there are two options:
$110 - Includes two nights in our host hotel in a room with three other members, program registration and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
$90 - Includes program registration and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

For our alumni members, there are also two options:
$240 - Includes two nights in our host hotel in a room with two other members, program registration and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.*
$120 - Includes program registration and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

* We are sorry, but there are no options to buy out your hotel room.

What should I pack?

Business casual (slacks, polo shirt or button down shirt, dress shoes with sock)
Toiletries
Extra shirts for our t-shirt swap (optional)

How do I get there?

You are responsible for your travel to and from the Levere Memorial Temple. Flying is one of the better ways to get into Chicago, and rideshares are reasonable from either airport (O’Hare or Midway) to Evanston. If you wish to drive, you are responsible for your own parking. There is a garage a block away from the Levere Memorial Temple.

When do I need to arrive? When can I leave?

Program check-in and expo will begin at 3PM on Friday. Please plan to arrive between 3 and 4PM to participate in the expo, receive your materials, and start the program.

The program will conclude on Saturday evening. Dinner is on your own and you are free to depart at your leisure. To graduate you must be in attendance for all parts of the program.

What is the cancellation or refund policy?

Cancellations with refund for those in our hotel block must be completed by 9:00pm Central on March 4, 2019. After that, refunds will not be issued.
Cancellations with refund for those not in our hotel block must be completed by 9:00pm Central on March 25, 2019. After that, refunds will not be issued.

To request a substitution or cancellation, the person registered must login to their MySAE account and submit a change request, detailing the request.

What if I can no longer go but want to send someone in my place?

If you are no longer able to go, you should cancel and have the other person go online and register.

To request a substitution or cancellation, the person registered must login to their MySAE account and submit a change request, detailing the request.

I’ve heard there is a Code of Conduct? What is that?

As an attendee of our Academy, you will be asked to agree to the following terms, which help designate us as true gentlemen and leaders:

I do hereby agree to adhere to the following Code of Conduct while I am an attendee of the District Academy. My conduct will at all times be a reflection of “The True Gentleman.” I will not violate the laws of the land, the regulations of my university/college or the Fraternity Laws and health-and-safety policies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

If I fail in any way to follow this Code of Conduct, I fully understand that the Eminent Supreme Recorder or his designee has the right to remove me from the Academy immediately and send me home at my own expense, or with my chapter being billed by the Fraternity Service Center. I also understand that if this occurs, my membership in Sigma Alpha Epsilon may be terminated.

As a gentleman, I understand that some t-shirt slogans or pictures can be vulgar or tasteless. I will refrain from wearing such a shirt while a part of the District Academy. If I have a question as to my shirt’s acceptability, I will ask a staff or faculty member for guidance. I realize that this type of dress reflects on the image of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

I further agree that I shall continue to abide by the Scope of Association, which I signed upon claiming my sae.net account.

I understand that if my poor attendance at general sessions, seminars, or meetings or my conduct warrants my failing the District Academy and not being awarded a diploma, I will be responsible for reimbursing the total tuition cost paid by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. I understand and acknowledge that attendance at the entire Academy — from start to finish — is required for successful graduation. Departing early from the Academy, for any reason, may result in my failure to graduate from the Academy. Additionally, I understand that if my actions cause injury to someone or something, I will indemnify and hold Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Foundation harmless from any claims arising from my actions.

When do I need to register by to be a part of this?

If you intend to use our hotel block, you need to register by March 4, 2019 at 9PM Central. If you are not going to be part of our hotel block, then you need to register by March 25, 2019 at 9PM Central.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact James Irwin at jirwin@sae.net or Katie Gardner at kgardner@sae.net.

 
 

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