Best Practices Library Updates
The Best Practices Library underwent another update this summer. Review of chapter ideas and examples from the spring semester consultations, as well as this year’s Pursuit of Excellence Program submissions yielded several new practices to share with chapters. This summer’s updates include new academic progress reports and a midterm self-evaluation, innovative ideas to improve the selection of high quality members during recruitment with a “Wall of Why,” a focus on what chapter values and needs a prospective member exhibits, sample risk management plans for outdoor and general events, and a sample Big/Little Brother ceremony. Check out these new practices, as well as the other 225+ ideas in the library at www.sigmanu.org/bestpractices.
Have an idea, example, or resource that should be featured in the Best Practices Library? Looking for help with something specific that you would like for us to be on the lookout for adding to the library? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Best Practices” in the subject line to let us know your thoughts.
Don’t Play Doctor
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov), over 1,800 college students die each year due to alcohol-related injuries. In many cases, these deaths may have been avoided if their friends would have called 911 at the first sign of trouble.
As part of Sigma Nu Fraternity’s ongoing effort to combat alcohol abuse and misuse, we have developed the “Don’t Play Doctor” video, in partnership with Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity, which created the original concept. This video educates viewers on the signs of alcohol poisoning and what to do if a Brother or guest appears to have consumed too much alcohol. If you ever find yourself questioning whether or not a friend has had too much to drink, call 911 immediately and get emergency medical support. The full video can be found at youtube.com/sigmanuhq.
Alumni Advisory Board Guidelines
Alumni Advisory Boards (AABs) became a priority for Sigma Nu in 2008. Designed to advise, guide, mentor and provide long term strategic direction to chapters, AABs are essential to healthy operations of a chapter. The Alumni Advisory Board Guidelines have been developed to help AAB members understand their role and provide specific action steps to be completed.
The document includes guidelines for advising collegians, expectations advisors should have of undergraduate members, and expectations that members should have of advisors. Be sure to see these guidelines at sigmanu.org.
Recruitment Meeting Agenda
One of the simplest items on the recruitment checklist is the one that is most often overlooked. The chapter’s recruitment meeting can hold the key to a chapter’s success by breaking down some of the most important factors. From reviewing the chapter’s performance from the previous term, to defining the type of man the chapter is looking for, the chapter recruitment meeting agenda acts as a guide through the process. Paired with the chapter self-evaluation, these resources will put any chapter on the path to recruitment success.