Upon joining SigEp, new members do not become “pledges,” struggling to prove their loyalty to the fraternity, but rather full blown members undergoing the “Sigma Challenge”. Through weekly discussions and semester goals, these members learn such skills as time management, how to maintain a thorough schedule, how to build relationships, and more. The Sigma Challenge pushes new members out of their comfort zone, introducing them to the fraternity, the greek community, the university, and their own personal development.
After culminating from the Sigma Challenge, members begin the “Phi Challenge”. The Phi Challenge further delves into university involvement and personal goal setting. Members must set goals for the semester, join campus organizations other than SigEp, visit local museums, and complete a variety of other tasks.
Members undergoing the “Epsilon Challenge” are usually entering their later years as an undergrad, so the Epsilon Challenge focuses on professional development and real life skills. Members are encouraged to attend lectures by guest speakers regarding such topics as resume building and etiquette.
Brother Mentor Challenge
The “Brother Mentor Challenge” is the program for elite members of the fraternity. Members are challenged to mentor a younger member of the house and help them set and accomplish their personal goals. Upon completing the Brother Mentor Challenge, members enter the upper ranks of the fraternity.
Completing the “Fellow Challenge” is such a prestigious honor that the Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity coordinates it. Challengees must create and complete a 500-hour service learning and community service project, leaving a mark on the surrounding community. Very few members nationwide have completed this challenge, as it truly is a challenge for members dedicated to changing the world.