Phillip McKnight’s service to SigEp and Arkansas Alpha has been immeasurable. During his many years of faithful service, Phillip has provided steady leadership and support—helping the chapter overcome obstacles and always guiding them back to success. He has served as chapter counselor, balanced man steward and AVC vice president, and was crucial to the chapter’s successful re-chartering in 2000. He led a $100,000 campaign to provide the brothers with a chapter home that suited their needs and currently serves as the vice president of housing for the AVC. Phillip has also served SigEp as district governor and Carlson Leadership Academy faculty. In 2008, he was awarded the Arkansas Alpha Lifetime Service Award, and in 2003 Brother McKnight was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.
The undergrad chapter cleaned up in recruitment this year with 52 new members ready for the lifelong brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The Arkansas Alpha Alumni Volunteer Corporation welcomes this dynamic group of men to our chapter:
We will be seeking a tailgate spot in The Gardens. Family is welcome! Homecoming October 31st—UT Martin game
EDGE November 14th
Egan Camp in Tahlequah, OK. EDGE is a high-energy overnight program that offers SigEp’s newest members the type of outside-the-classroom education that is hard to find at most colleges and universities. As students are adjusting to college, SigEp provides them a curriculum that stresses how to overcome obstacles and create healthy habits for a lifetime of achievement. EDGE participants can expect to return home with a foundation for a successful life in college and beyond. College men today face many challenges: the pressure to fit in or to be different, the pressure to drink alcohol or use drugs, and the pressure of balancing a social life with the rigors of a tough academic schedule. Throughout this overnight program, undergraduates participate in teambuilding activities, small group discussions, large group presentations and a variety of activities to build self-awareness and reflect on personal goals. New members also learn critical leadership skills for the Fraternity and their everyday lives. The program includes a look at our Ritual, our values and a discussion about why they matter. We are seeking volunteers to assist with facilitating! Reach out to your AVC if you are interested.
One only has to pick up the latest issue of TIME, scroll through Facebook or watch the evening news to know that once again the landscape of a college campus is changing. If our young brothers are to be truly successful, our Fraternity now more than ever needs volunteers who are committed, passionate, well trained and prepared to support our undergraduate chapters. SigEp’s Drive-Ins were created with just this purpose in mind. Attendees will not only make important connections with other volunteers, but also you will leave with a much better understanding of what is happening in the Fraternity today and have an action plan of how to implement what you have learned! To sign up contact Andrew.Parrish@sigep.net
Conclave was held in Nashville this year and was the largest in fraternity history. The Gaylord Opryland Resort was a fantastic experience and Arkansas Alpha was represented by brothers Phillip McKnight, Jonathan Leonard, John Sokol, John Rumbelow, John Stanley, and Bill Raffety. We enjoyed several speakers including General Counsel for Chi Omega Beth Stamos, and the writer of The Dark Power of Fraternities, Caitlin Flanagan. Richard Bennet of the University of Central Missouri was elected the new Grand President. Legislation was passed making the Balanced Man Program the only recognized member development program for SigEp. The Career Fair included companies such as Amazon, Apex Systems, Altria, Comcast, Ernst & Young, and Under Armour. The next Conclave will be August 2-6, 2017 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fl.
Ted Harrod is an alumni in Plano, Texas. Ted runs the family business, J&H Truck Service which has been in operations for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a business degree. Ted chose the U of A having a great deal of family in Arkansas. He chose SigEp because of their diversity and spirit. During his time as an under- grad, he served as a rush chairman, finding new members to continue that tradition. Ted’s favorite memory of the chapter was the Fite Nite charity event, which he assisted with organizing: “The experience helped me in running my business today. My father said ‘the principle is always the same.’ No matter what business you choose, the discipline is a must.” Ted has a 30 year old son and a 28 year old daughter. He was a tournament handball player but has taken up tennis with his girlfriend more recently. Alumni and undergrads in the Greater Dallas area are encouraged to reach out to Ted for tailgates, mentoring, and any other opportunity to keep the brotherhood strong.
Alumni are always welcomed at tailgates, rituals, and chapter meetings. But there so many opportunities to get involved:
Area Alumni Chairs
Responsible or maintaining the alumni network in areas such as Dallas and Memphis. Organizing networking lunches, fishing trips, etc. along with other ways to keep alumni outside of Fayetteville engaged.
Golf Tournament Volunteers
We need volunteers to help organize and run the tournament to ensure ts success.
Alumni willing to speak at chapter about various subjects: Career-pathing, community involvement, how to buy a car, graduate school, etc. Want to take group to the driving range or each seniors about wine pairings? each out to us!
Arkansas Alpha needs alumni present at EDGE, Carlson Leadership Academy, and the Philip Cox Volunteer Institute.
This summer some of our undergraduates were able to participate in very exclusive programs offered by SigEp. John Sokol completed the Ruck Institute held at national headquarters. The Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute is an intense five-day event for SigEp’s top rising leaders. The Fraternity’s best and brightest gather in Va. over the summer for a program focused on personal leadership skills and the Balanced Man Ideal. Prominent SigEp alumni serve as mentors and guide Ruck scholars through competitive challenges and lessons in leadership. Participants are stretched both mentally and physically, and pushed to explore their potential. The result is that Ruck scholars learn about their leadership styles, and how to apply them to different situations. The program’s mission is, “Teaching the few to impact the many,” and Ruck scholars all return to their campus ready to utilize their new skills to impact their campus and community. Ruck scholars are selected for their leadership experience on campus and in the community, as well as a commitment to Sound Mind and Sound Body. Ruck scholars must be strong students and physically active.
John Rumbelow is the first Arkansas Alpha member to participate in the Quest to Greece. The Tragos Quest to Greece is a powerful overseas experience that is unmatched in the fraternity world. Participants are stretched mentally and physically during a 10-day journey through Greece in mid-June. Each scholar prepares for the trip with multiple books, and various classic writings and plays. Once there, they get to see the very mountains and seas that serve as settings for these stories. The undergraduates are joined by alumni mentors and a professor who help lead scholastic discussions. In addition to the readings, other topics of discussion focus on personal experiences relating to SigEp’s core values. With a diverse pool of backgrounds, the group’s members challenge each other to think about their world differently. Inspired by the ancient Greek ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, the Tragos Quest to Greece provides an opportunity for undergraduates, mentors and professors to experience Greek culture and contemplate the origins of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The idea that a balanced man requires a sound mind and sound body goes back to the time of Aristotle 2,600 years ago.
Earlier this week freshman Simon Tran was initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society at the University of Arkansas, an organization which recognizes students who excel academically in their first semester and first year of college. Simon is a Biology/ Pre-Med major from Keller, Texas, who earned an impressive 4.0 GPA during his fall semester.
Dan Hoelter and Brett Moore have stepped into the role of chapter counselor for Arkansas Alpha. The chapter counselor mentors the undergraduate officers and facilitates discussions on long-term strategy, risk management, and other key elements to our success. They also keep the AVC informed on the progress and needs of the chapter so we can better serve the organization.
Brett attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 2002. As a member of Arkansas Alpha, he served as the chaplain. Brett was a part of the re-chartering of Arkansas Alpha and takes great pride in the Balanced Man Program. Brett’s favorite memory as an undergrad were the recruiting events at Lake Hamilton during the summer. Brett has enjoyed the volunteering experience: “I love seeing the men accomplish great things and seeing how far they have come. I love the brotherhood of SigEp and the fact that I can still lean on brothers for advice.” Brett currently works for Transplace where he is building a new division by bringing in local business and meeting their transportation needs. Brett and his wife Lisa are expecting a daughter in March. They live in Cave Springs with their dog Chief. Brett enjoys the outdoors, golf, hunting, and just about everything to do with Razorbacks athletics.
Dan attended Emporia State University and graduated in 2004. As a member of Kansas Epsilon, he served as VP of Programming. He was also student body vice president. As Dan reflects on his SigEp experience, “After just coming from basic training right into college, I was looking for that same sort of brotherhood and I found that with SigEp. It was a natural fit. When I joined my chapter, it was not a high time for our organization. Being a part of that turnaround was a tremendous experience for me that was topped off with being awarded the Most Outstanding Chapter on Campus award.” Dan served on Kansas Epsilon’s AVC as Chapter Counselor and AVC President. Dan is committed to the Balanced Man Program and mentoring the future of our organization because “only the constant development of our men can we continue to grow and flourish.” During his last semester as an undergrad, Dan was called up to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Upon his return, he completed his master’s degree and began a career in consulting. For the last 4 years, Dan has been working at the Walmart Home Office working for the International Division, focused on Technology Enablement. He is a member of Walmart’s Young Professional Steering Committee and the Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders Steering Committee. He participates in the Project Management Institute of NWA. Dan fully embraces Walmart’s mentoring culture and applies that process to SigEp, a recipe for success. In his spare time, Dan is an ultra-marathon runner and actively seeks out opportunities to do the impossible.