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The Phoenix Member Education Program was inspired by the feedback and collaboration of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s undergraduate brothers. This program will replace The True Gentleman Experience as SAE’s member education program and provides programming for every member of the chapter.

There are three exciting components of The Phoenix Member Education Program:

  • Member Onboarding
  • Brother-to-Brother Lessons
  • Accolades

PROGRAM GOALS

1. Engage with the current generation of college students

To appeal to today’s undergraduate brothers, the traditions and lessons of SAE needed to be modernized and adapted in order to be effective.

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

With The Phoenix Member Education Program, chapters and colonies are provided with a guide to help facilitate member onboarding while still customizing the experience for their specific chapter.

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

Member onboarding offers programming for our candidates for membership and programming for initiated members to intentionally welcome members to the chapter, and reflect on membership thus far. This programming engages the whole chapter during initiation week, all within the 96 hours from bid to initiation.

Brother-to-Brother Lessons

Brother-to-Brother Lessons are weekly lessons facilitated by the Member Educator (with the help of other chapter leaders) and are meant for all brothers of the chapter.

Each lesson enriches members with the knowledge of SAE and core values, as well as how the lessons of history apply to us today. Each lesson features a song of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. By learning to sing one song each week, members can bring more ‘fun’ to their chapter experience and keep our strong singing tradition alive.

Accolades

The Accolades program rewards and recognizes members for their individual achievements. Each accolade is a digital badge, viewable on your MySAE account, and awarded to members of the chapter by completing tasks such as The 7 Expectations of a Member, The True Gentleman Recitation, completion of Brother-to-Brother Lessons, and more! In addition to electronic badges, brothers will have the opportunity to win prizes for earning accolades.

Timeline & Pilot Program

The Phoenix Member Education was piloted by approximately 30 groups across the country. After receiving their feedback, we’re excited to release the full program to the Realm in the fall of 2020.

If you or your chapter want to learn more, contact the Department of Educational Programs at education@sae.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 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 provided the steps to succeed. To achieve that, the program manual contains lesson plans with specific instructions on how to guide chapters through each step of the program.

Member onboarding offers programming for our candidates for membership and programming for initiated members to intentionally welcome members to the chapter, and reflect on membership thus far. This programming engages the whole chapter during initiation week, all within the 96 hours from bid to initiation.

Brother-to-Brother Lessons are weekly lessons facilitated by the Member Educator (with the help of other chapter leaders) and are meant for all brothers of the chapter.

Each lesson enriches members with the knowledge of SAE and core values, as well as how the lessons of history apply to us today. Each lesson features a song of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. By learning to sing one song each week, members can bring more ‘fun’ to their chapter experience and keep our strong singing tradition alive.

The Accolades program rewards and recognizes members for their individual achievements. Each accolade is a digital badge, viewable on your MySAE account, and awarded to members of the chapter by completing tasks such as The 7 Expectations of a Member, The True Gentleman Recitation, completion of Brother-to-Brother Lessons, and more! In addition to electronic badges, brothers will have the opportunity to win prizes for earning accolades.

If you or your chapter want to learn more, contact the Department of Educational Programs at education@sae.net.

Click HERE to sign up for Phoenix Member Education Trainings.

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