"Building Balanced Leaders for the World's Communities"
First implemented by Sigma Phi Epsilon in the Fall of 1992, the Balanced Man
Program (BMP) is the Fraternity's award winning leadership development program.
It is a self-paced, personal development experience. The Balanced Man
Program's premise is based around 'universal respect for self and others,'
living a balanced life, and the Balanced Man concept of sound mind, sound
body, and sound spirit.
The Balanced Man Program fosters environments and builds brotherhood that is
conducive of leadership and academics. Throughout the four-year, single-tiered,
member development program, brotherhood is built and strengthened through
four challenges that are based upon where the member is in his college career.
Through the program, members are exposed to leadership positions, experiential
learning exercises, self-development clinics, mentoring, and other individual
and chapter activities that foster balanced living and universal respect.
In this program, all members have the same rights and privileges. This is a
movement toward 'universal respect for self and others' and away from the
two-tiered membership that is usually associated with pledging. The
expectations for members are provided in a resource called The Quest, a
workbook provided to SigEps that track their progress through the BMP.
Member expectations are based on their place and experience level in their academics, campus, and personal lives. New members' expectations are geared toward their introduction to SigEps, for example, participating in the chapter's campus orientation program and community service projects.
These expectations evolve as the man develops, focusing on etiquette and appreciation for the arts and finally moving into career development for senior members. Senior members perform activities such as dress for success workshops, resume building sessions, business ettiquette, as well as ancient Greek philosophy discussions with ethics professors.
The cornerstone of the Balanced Man Program are:
These cornerstones are the foundation for becoming not only a Balanced Man
but also a mature professional.
- Community Involvement
- Experiential Learning
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