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Mark A. Kocent ’82
House Corporation President

In the wake of a virtual media storm that has focused on the weakest links and poorest judgment among some individuals associated with fraternities, it is important to step back and reassess our own fraternity affiliation and purpose.

First let’s go back to the basics - Sigma Chi’s core values are friendship, justice and learning. Our stated vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization - aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

So while others are wondering if fraternities have a role in contemporary society, the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has proactively taken a leadership role in creating some of the most progressive programs to assist undergraduate men in navigating the realities of collegiate life today. Sigma Chi offers the following programs to its undergraduate chapters:

The Balfour Leadership Training Workshop - Since 1947, BLTW has been Sigma Chi’s annual premier leadership training workshop presented for undergraduate Sigma Chi’s across the continent. Participants work together as a chapter leadership team, learn valuable skills pertaining to officer-specific responsibilities, and meet brothers from across North America. The Phi Phi Chapter sends a delegation of 5-8 brothers each year.

Horizons - This six-day challenging leadership development program was specifically created for Sigma Chi underclassmen eager to engage both mind and body and willing to improve themselves and their world. Horizons participants learn how a person's leadership is directly linked to his values and character; how to incorporate high-minded values into a lifelong practice of leadership; and how to discover and utilize his talents to reach his full potential. The program, open to one Phi Phi brother annually, has been underwritten for the next 10 years by Jon M. Huntsman, ’59 via his generous gift of $5m and includes a tour of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT.

Phi Phi Leadership Training Program - Now in its 15th year, Jon Greenawalt, Sr. ’61 coordinates an on-campus leadership retreat for Phi Phi’s up and coming leaders, who commit themselves to a rigorous two day program where they re-evaluate the chapter’s mission, strengths, and areas of improvement - while charting goals for the year ahead.

Sigma Chi U - Beginning this fall, (2015) the Fraternity will unveil an initiative that will allow its undergraduates greater access to its educational materials than ever before. Sigma Chi U, will offer a web-based delivery of the Fraternity’s chapter and member development programs to help undergraduates improve their operations, education and overall Fraternity experience. Available programs will focus on enhancing leadership development, officer training, hazing prevention, sexual misconduct prevention, alcohol and drug education and mental health awareness. Sigma Chi U will allow the Fraternity’s leadership programming to reach each of Sigma Chi’s nearly 16,000 undergraduates during their four-year college experience.