Sigma Phi Epsilon at UT Martin welcomed its newest members through the Interfraternity Council (IFC)’s fall recruitment period from September 16 – 21. The men represent a diverse set of academic majors and backgrounds.
- Timothy Andrews – Engineering
- Adam Barnhart – Computer Science
- Parker Brogdon – Agriculture (Animal Science)
- Will Butler – Integrated Studies
- Robert Flansburg – Agriculture (General)
- Bo Hodges – Agriculture (Animal Science)
- Dawson Little – Agriculture (Animal Science)
- Jacob Rhodes – Engineering
- Casey Wright – Political Science
The week began Monday with a session presented by Chris Gunlefinger, Assistant Director for Student Life, for potential new members. This aimed to introduce the men to the benefits and potential pitfalls of Greek membership, as well as reinforce the university’s stance against hazing.
Tuesday and Wednesday were the “formal” nights, where all participants toured each of the fraternity houses on campus and listened to chapter-specific presentations. Thursday and Friday were the “preference” nights. The chapter hosted a fish fry and chili on those nights, along with matches on the volleyball court and other yard games.
Invitations for membership were extended Saturday morning. The men that accepted their invitation to join our fraternity became full members that weekend, sharing equal rights and responsibilities with every SigEp brother nationwide.
Alumni brothers bought extra recruitment t-shirts to ensure new members received their first of what will be many during their college careers.
The Balanced Man Program sets out the four challenges for members to guide these brothers in their personal and professional growth, as well as a better understanding of their new fraternity. The Sigma Challenge, for example, sets out that brothers attend campus diversity weeks, meet with our Faculty Fellow, participate in a dress for success session and keep an exercise journal among other tasks.
Each Challenge — Sigma, Phi, Epsilon and Brother Mentor — aligns with the fraternity’s practice of Sound Mind, Sound Mind. We believe this experience is one that will help these men be better leaders on campus, and better prepared for the professional world after graduation.
To learn more about membership in our fraternity, complete an interest survey or talk to a member on campus.