The SigEp Way of Life
Sigma Phi Epsilon, often referred to as "SigEp", is a fraternity dedicated to breaking
down the stereotypes of the modern day fraternity system and the "frat-boy" image. Instead of being another "frat," we insist on demanding the respect to be called:
Since our inception we strive not only to be the best on campus
but to redefine what being the best is. We believe in the pursuit of excellence and have accumulated a number of accolades. Below are our most recent awards from the past school year.
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013:
Chapter Excellence Award (3rd time in the past 4 years)
Engagement: Gold Standard
Leadership: Bronze Standard
Most Spirited Homecoming Float
2nd Place in Islander Revue
We not only expect the best from our fraternity, but also from each of our members. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are active in many organizations on campus. Click to learn more about our individual and collaborative recognitions: Brothers on Campus
A Balanced Man
The Texas Chi chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Texas
A&M University- Corpus Christi on September 15, 2001 as a Balanced Man
chapter implementing the Balanced Man Program.
Sigma Phi Epsilon's Balanced Man Program created in 1991 was the
first of its kind in the Greek world. Other fraternities have chosen to adopt
similar programs such as Sigma Alpha Epsilon's "True Gentleman
Initiative," Beta Theta Pi's "Men of Principle," Pi Kappa
Alpha's "True Pike," and more. The Balanced Man Program (BMP) is based
on the ideal of a "Sound Mind in a Sound Body" emphasizing the
pursuit of excellence in not just academics, but in health and physical fitness
as well. In pursuit of this ideal, the BMP abolishes pledging altogether to
implement a single-tiered membership program of continuous development,
institutes year-round recruitment, and encourages lifestyles based on our three
cardinal principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.
Sigma Phi Epsilon believes that joining a fraternity should be a
journey of development that lasts the full time you are in college instead of
pledging for a semester and then retiring as a member. The Balanced Man Program
consists of four self-paced challenges of development, the Sigma Challenge, Phi
Challenge, Epsilon Challenge and the Brother Mentor challenge. One begins to
complete these challenges once they join the fraternity until the moment they
graduate and then for the rest of their lives. Our development program in short
Sigma Challenge: Get acquainted and adjusted to college and
fraternity life as well as learning the history of SigEp.
Phi Challenge: Focused on increasing involvement in the fraternity
and on campus and embracing the values and principles of the fraternity.
Epsilon Challenge: Members take on greater leadership roles and
begin to learn and forge themselves into servant leaders.
Brother Mentor Challenge: Brothers take the lessons learned of
what it is to be a servant leader and applies them in the community and as a
mentor to the chapter.
We Are Different
Since its founding on November 1st, 1901, SigEp has grown to become the largest fraternity in the nation with 257 chapters, over 15,000 undergraduates, and over 300,000 lifetime members. SigEp was the first fraternity ever to eliminate race restrictions on membership in 1959, the first fraternity to charter a chapter in all 50 states, and the first fraternity to put an end to pledging along with hazing through the implementation of the Balanced Man Program.
Currently we have the highest GPA requirement out of all
fraternities on campus. We hold our guys responsible of maintaining a 2.7 GPA
instead of the all-greek requirement of 2.5. We are the first fraternity on
our campus to mix with MGC, the Multicultural Greek Council. We are also the first fraternity to mix with an athletic organization, the Islander Dance Team.
We pride ourselves on our engagement on campus both within and out of the Greek community.