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The Phoenix Member Education Program is SAE’s member education experience and provides developmental programming for every member of the chapter or colony.

There are three components of The Phoenix Member Education Program:

  1. Member Onboarding
  2. Brother-to-Brother Lessons
  3. Accolades

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 lessons facilitated by the Member Educator (with the help of other chapter leaders) at chapter/colony meetings and are meant for all brothers of the chapter or colony. Each lesson enriches members with the knowledge of SAE and core values, as well as how the lessons of history apply to us today. Every chapter/colony must complete at least 18 Brother-to-Brother lessons each year (9 each semester or 6 each quarter).

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.

PROGRAM GOALS

1. FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF OUR COLLEGIATE MEMBERS

The traditions and lessons of SAE have been modernized and adapted in order to be most effective for today’s collegiate brothers.

2. INVOLVE ALL MEMBERS OF THE CHAPTER IN WELCOMING BROTHERS WHO ARE JOINING

The Phoenix Member Education program involves and engages all 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 lessons facilitated by the Member Educator (with the help of other chapter leaders) at chapter/colony meetings and are meant for all brothers of the chapter or colony. 

Every chapter/colony must complete at least 18 Brother-to-Brother lessons each year (9 each semester or 6 each quarter). The Lesson Schedules section at the back of the Phoenix Member Education Manual is a great resource to help you plan out all your lessons for the year.

Each lesson enriches members with the knowledge of SAE and core values, as well as how the lessons of history apply to us today. Some lessons also feature a song of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. By learning to sing SAE’s songs, 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. 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.

Start by selecting 18 Brother-to-Brother lessons for the year that meet the needs of your chapter. The 2021 Manual includes 33 options, so you may choose to do more than the minimum number required. Use the Brother-to-Brother Checklist on page 22 for specifics about required lessons and how many lessons you should facilitate from each of the 6 categories.
You can also view the Lesson Schedules section at the back of the manual for tips, tricks, and planning resources for choosing the best topics for your chapter.

As outlined in The Phoenix Member Education Manual, Member Onboarding is suggested to take place over three days. The timeline for Member Onboarding is only a suggestion. You may move around the Member Onboarding activities (within the 96 hours from bid to initiation) to suit the needs of your chapter.

Your chapter may add member education activities/lessons for all members in addition to lessons outlined in The Phoenix Member Education Program, but each chapter and colony is expected to fully implement The Phoenix Member Education Program.

Accolades should be awarded after members attend any of the Brother-to-Brother lessons or complete any of the 7 Expectations of a Member.
Accolades may be awarded at any time during the term. Some chapters prefer to award them as they’re earned (i.e. after each lesson). Other chapters prefer to award accolades at the end of the term.
It is suggested that you give yourself a deadline that falls before your final exam period for awarding all accolades. This is included in the Lesson Schedules section at the back of the manual, as well.

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



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