“Building Balanced Leaders for the World’s Communities”
The Balanced Man Program is the Fraternity’s award winning leadership development program. It was first implemented in the fall of 1992. The program is a self-paced, personal development experience. The premise of the Balanced Man Program is the idea of “Universal respect for self and others”. The Balanced Man Program builds a bond of lasting friendship that fosters an environment conducive to leadership and academics. Our brotherhood is built through advancement of the Sound Mind (Academics), Sound Body (Athletics), and Leadership. It is MI Eta’s belief that a man cannot have a sound mind without a sound body and he cannot have a sound body without a sound mind. And without leadership, a man has no use for either.
To help in the development of becoming a balanced man, SigEps have eliminated the pledge process completely and instead implemented a four year, single-tiered member development program. The four challenges are the Sigma, Phi, Epsilon, and Brother Mentor Challenges. Within the Balanced Man Program, SigEps are exposed to leadership, experiential learning, personal development, mentoring, and other positive activities that focus on a core of universal respect and balanced living. Members track their progress through the Quest workbook, which evolves with a member from the day he joins SigEp to the day he graduates. Member expectations are based on experience level in the academic, campus and personal aspects of their lives and link those to the value and ritual of our fraternity. To learn more about the Balanced Man Program at MI Eta, click the below tabs.
The Sigma Challenge is the first step in the Balanced Man Member Development Program. Within this process, new members will learn to adjust to and assimilate into the chapter and campus community, by completing a program based on self-discovery, chapter activities, and service learning.
After completing the Sigma Challenge, the brother then enters the Phi Challenge. Within this process the brother will learn to better understand the benefits, workings, and teachings of the fraternity. They will also learn how to build balance and cultivate the values and knowledge that a man needs to excel at college, SigEps, and life.
The third challenge in the Balanced Man Program is the Epsilon Challenge, centered on brothers as leaders by exploring the issues a servant leader faces. Only upon reaching this challenge does the brother gain full knowledge of the Fraternity’s ritual, and so become a fully initiated life member
The final challenge is the Brother Mentor challenge. The Brother Mentor challenge challenges the brother to develop and utilize the skills of a servant leader, especially as a mentor. They will learn to prepare for graduation and become a leader in the community.
Academic performance and scholastic achievement are signs of Sound Minds at work. The actives of Michigan Eta are continually committed to academic excellence. For the last six semesters, MI Eta has had the highest cumulative grade point of all fraternities on campus as well as in the top two for semester grade point. MI Eta has also been above the all men’s average semester grade point for the past five semesters as well. The brothers represent a gamut of majors from most of the departments on campus, and with almost forty active brothers scholastic help is never hard to find. It was the goal of MI Eta to achieve a semester grade point of 3.15 by Fall 2010. We are glad to announce that we achieved this, and more by receiving a semester GPA of 3.16 for the Fall 2010. This is highest overall GPA among both fraternities and sororities.
The active brothers of MI Eta are involved in numerous intramural sports throughout the year including but not limited to basketball, soccer, hockey, water polo, inner tube water polo, broomball, football, and floor hockey. Many brothers are also involved in many sports organizations on campus including Rugby Club, Lacrosse Club, and Boxing Club. In addition, many brothers have been involved in various varsity sports. Presently Brother Tim Schmalz is a member of the Husky Varsity Football Team and has been for the past three years.
Although not every brother has the time to fully commit to a sport, every brother is committed to maintaining his body. This includes eating healthy and working out on a regular basis catered to his own fitness level.
The brothers of MI Eta are involved in many areas around campus with many holding leadership positions within those organizations. The following is a list of MI Eta’s campus involvement and leadership:
-Undergraduate Student Government Class Representatives
– Orientation Team Leaders
– Air Force ROTC
– Rugby Club Executive Board Members
– Lacrosse Club Executive Board Members
– Biology Learning Center Coach
– Physics Learning Center Coach
– Math Lab Teach Assistant
– Michigan Tech Tour Guides
-Boardsport Technologies Enterprise
– Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honors Fraternity
– Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honors Fraternity
– Pi Beta Lambda Business and Entrepreneurship Honors Fraternity
– Applied Investment Portfolio Management Association
– Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
-American Society of Civil Engineers
– Michigan Tech Crew Team
– Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers
– Michigan Tech Fund
– Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership
– Aquanauts SCUBA Club
– Sledheads Club
– Claybusters Club
– Pep Band