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The Phoenix Member Education is an exciting evolution of the True Gentleman Experience. The Phoenix Member Education is comprised of  lessons, discussion topics, brotherhood events, rewards and recognition done in a more relevant manner for today’s college student (Gen-Z).

Based on feedback from our members, several years ago we began a review of the True Gentleman Experience to determine its effectiveness and relevance to undergraduates. We evaluated the program, surveyed members, and studied research on Gen-Z. With this new information, the program has evolved into The Phoenix Member Education.

PROGRAM GOALS

1. Engage with the current generation of college students

One of the reasons our programming lost effectiveness had to do with a new generation of college student – Generation Z. To be relevant to today’s college student, traditions and lessons needed to be modernized and adapted in order to be effective. If they don’t see the Why, they are less likely to engage with the topic.

2. Involve all members of the chapter in welcoming brothers who are joining

The True Gentleman Experience took steps toward involving every brother of the chapter during member onboarding and education, but The Phoenix Member Education engages brothers on a deeper level and ensures the rich history of SAE leaves a lasting impact on all members.

3. Provide a model for onboarding Candidates for Membership

Generation Z wants to know exactly what to do and how to do it. With the Phoenix Member Education, chapters are provided with exact steps to guide t

4. Recommitting of initiated brothers

Initiation is not only for Candidates for Membership, but serves as a reminder to all members about the values and lessons emulated within the ritual. Recommitting serves as a reminder to members that their commitment to SAE extends beyond their first semester. Members of SAE are brothers for life.

5. Provide opportunities for brothers to earn their membership

 Lessons of the past help shape decisions of the future. Using SAEs prominent figures, events, and texts, The Phoenix Member Education provides weekly lessons to all members about what it means to be an SAE, and how lessons from the past can help them prepare for the future.

6. Award, Reward, & Recognize members for their accomplishments and achievements

SAEs are leaders on their campuses and in their communities. The 7 Expectations of a Member ask our brothers to Rise Above, so The Phoenix Member Education allows members to receive awards, rewards, and recognition for their accomplishments and achievements.

Program components

Member Onboarding

Through a series of meetings following bid acceptance, members and candidates for membership have opportunities to meet with each other, commit and recommit to the ideals of our Ritual, and take time to think about how to integrate the candidates into the existing chapter.

All of this culminates with the initiation ceremony, and a period of reflection and discussion on the aims and ideals of our Ritual.

Brother-to-Brother Lessons

Weekly lessons tailored toward the development of every member in the chapter. These lessons are facilitated by undergrads and enhance their understanding of the fraternity, its history, and its personal and professional relevance to help our members use the lessons of history throughout life.

Brother-to-Brother Lessons are divided into two types of lessons: Fraternal Growth Lessons & Phoenix Lessons

Accolades

In SAE, we earn our membership every day. Our Accolades program recognizes rewards, and awards members, chapters, and colonies for their achievements. Members earn accolades in various categories, and earning various accolades makes them eligible for certain prizes and recognition.

For those that earn these badges, there will be competitions and drawings for brothers to win prizes such as gift cards and SAE memorabilia like jeweled badges, posters, and much more.

Timeline & Pilot Program

We are thrilled to be offering training on The Phoenix Member Education! If you or your chapter want to learn more, you can also contact the Department of Educational Programs at education@sae.net

Currently the Phoenix Member Education Chapter-based programming is being piloted by approximately 30 groups around the country. They are actively providing feedback and suggestions for improvement. The facilitator guide for The Phoenix Member Education will be provided to our chapters in late July.

Prior to that time, chapters and colonies will receive a ‘quickstart’ guide later this spring to prepare them for the lessons they will be provided in the fall.

Spring 2020

Pilot Testing
Webinar Training
Marketing

Fall 2020

Realm-wide Rollout Begins

Frequently Asked Questions

The Phoenix Member Education references the ‘umbrella’ of all of the educational offerings for our members. This includes resources, chapter-based offerings, event-based programs, and our online resources.

This new name and new program represents a clean ‘break’ from older terminology. It also incorporates a time-honored tradition of the Fraternity, “The Phoenix” as more than just a book, but an overarching description of how and what we teach our members and what our members should be experiencing.

From our research, our undergraduate members told us that they want to be provided specific instructions on what to do and the steps to succeed. To achieve that, the program guides contain lesson plans – specific, step-by-step instructions and scripts to guide chapters through each step of the program. The facilitation guide may look extensive, but remember, it is a guide for lessons throughout an entire year academic year.

This was commonly referred to as “the 96-hours” or “Bid-to-Initiate Phase”. We are calling it Member Onboarding because in all of our programming, we are naming things what they are so it is easily recognizable.

Through a series of meetings, members and candidates for membership have opportunities to meet with each other, commit and recommit to the ideals of our Ritual, and take the time to think about how to integrate the candidates into the existing chapter.

All of this culminates with the initiation ceremony, and a period of reflection and discussion on the aims and ideals of our Ritual.

Brother-to-Brother lessons are facilitator-guided programs provided to the chapters to deliver in one of two ways:

Fraternal Growth Lessons – designed to be taught during a chapter meeting for ALL members, taking 10-15 minutes in length total. These are divided up into themes using the four tenants of our mission (Friendship, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service).

These lessons pull from our vast history and curate ‘nuggets’ of important historical events, people, and areas of SAE cultural significance. For those that want to learn more, there are additional resources for members to learn. Annually these lessons will be refreshed so that in every meeting every year throughout their college experience they are learning just a little bit more about our history.

Phoenix Lessons – Phoenix lessons are designed to take the place of one chapter meeting per month, and focus on large areas of discussion or concern. These are about 40-50 minutes in length and are a deep dive into discussions on the following topics:

  • Building Brotherhood Through Shared Challenges – A Brotherhood event where afterwards members discuss what they learned
  • Mentoring & Building Relationships – how to best be a mentor to each other
  • Party Culture SWOT – analyzing the ‘party culture’ of the chapter to determine if the chapter understands its perception on the campus and if steps need to be taken to improve.
  • My Digital Life – reviewing a member’s digital presence and how that can help or hinder them in their career hunt
  • The True Gentleman’s Guide to Healthy Relationships – More than just partner relationships, but identifying the keys to healthy relationships all the way around – family, friend, work, etc.
  • Personal Goal-Setting – helping members identify goals to aim toward short and long-term
  • Diversity & Inclusion – how diverse is the chapter? How about how inclusive? An understanding of the components of diversity and inclusion and how it relates to the health of a chapter.

In SAE, we earn our membership every day. Members earn accolades in various categories, and earning the accolade may make them eligible for certain prizes and recognition.

For the first year, we are beginning with some very easy bits:

7 Expectations of a member – Members will earn an accolade (awarded by their chapter) for each of the following they attain by the end of each term: 

  • Attend 85% of Chapter Meetings
  • Attend 75% of Ritual Events
  • Complete your Educational Requirements
  • Pay all your bills or be on a payment plan
  • Complete 20 hours of community service annually
  • Join at least one other organization on campus or in the community
  • 2.5 or better GPA

Those that achieve all 7 will be entered into a drawing to receive a jeweled badge.

Additionally there are two more areas for achievement in this first iteration:

True Gentleman Recitation – every member should be able to recite the True Gentleman, and we want to recognize those that do! Each semester, members will be able to demonstrate their ability to recite the True Gentleman and be recognized for it.

Finally, completion of the educational Fraternal Growth and Phoenix Lessons (as mentioned in Brother-to-Brother Lessons) will result in similar recognition in The Record Online and an opportunity to win a gift card to the SAE Store.

Future iterations of accolades will expand substantially on the recognitions available as well as the prizes. Within the next year or so, accolades will expand to the chapter level to allow a true competition among chapters for achievements and recognition.

The facilitator guide will be available to chapters in late July 2020. Before the close of the Spring 2020 term, chapters will be provided a ‘quick start guide’ to prepare them for the program beginning this fall.

Currently the Phoenix Member Education Chapter-based programming is being piloted by about 30 groups from around the country. They are actively providing feedback and suggestions for improvement. The facilitator guide for The Phoenix Member Education will be provided to our chapters in late July.

We are delaying the electronic release of the guide until we have piloted the program, incorporated feedback from our chapters, and have explained the program through things like this website.

We are thrilled to offer the following informational webinars, which will cover a high-level overview of the program and allow for plenty of time for questions and answers.

The webinars are available on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 31 at 7PM CST
Tuesday, April 7 at 7PM CST
Wednesday, April 8 at 8PM CST
Thursday, April 9 at 11AM CST

You can sign up for one of those sessions here.

We also are offering several detailed trainings for Eminent Archons, Advisors, and Member Educators later this summer to dig into the details of the program.  These are available at the following dates and times:

Date Day Time
July 24 Friday TBD
July 30 Thursday 11:00 AM
July 30 Thursday 8:00 PM
July 31 Friday 11:00 AM
July 31 Friday 8:00 PM
August 1 Saturday 11:00 AM
August 1 Saturday 8:00 PM
August 3 Monday 11:00 AM
August 3 Monday 8:00 PM
August 5 Wednesday 11:00 AM
August 5 Wednesday 8:00 PM
August 10 Monday 11:00 AM
August 10 Monday 8:00 PM
August 11 Tuesday 11:00 AM
August 11 Tuesday 8:00 PM
August 16 Sunday 11:00 AM
August 16 Sunday 8:00 PM

Additionally you may contact education@sae.net with any questions you may have.

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