This guide will help the Vice President of Member Development and his corresponding cabinet understand the entirety of the Balanced Man Program. It was developed out the depths of the famed “Task Force” of undergraduate members and integrated with the Balanced Man Program Guide. It is intended to give a comprehensive overview of the program and the necessary steps to effectively implement the experience at Cal Delta. Specifically, it will help you to:
See how the program is implemented through continuous challenge cycles and how it will make Cal Delta more successful.
Learn who is involved in successfully running the Balanced Man Program.
Define the roles and responsibilities of the members involved in the cabinet, and provide examples of experiential programming offered to the members to set Cal Delta apart from other undergraduates on campus.
The body of the Balanced Man Program is made up of the Sigma, Phi, Epsilon, and Brother Mentor Challenges. Every single member of Sigma Phi Epsilon progresses through these challenges during their time as an undergraduate member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The purpose of the challenges is to provide a framework by which every SigEp can grow as a balanced man. They should be structured enough to provide direction yet open enough to allow for each member to progress as an individual.
Each challenge works on a semester cycle. Members are not restricted to progress as a class, so a man will continue to cycle through a challenge until he completes his tracker and moves on to the next challenge. Upon reaching the Brother Mentor challenge, a brother will cycle continuously through the challenge until graduation, and for this reason the Brother Mentor challenge has been made more flexible than the rest.
Rites of passage are not restricted to the beginning of the semester, but rather will happen if needed at the beginning of formal meeting once a month. Brothers will progress through the challenges at their individual paces, and thus brothers will grow as men at their own optimal stride.
Each challenge is comprised of two parts: Challenge Programming and the Challenge Tracker. The challenge programming is the events and meetings that the challengers participate in together as a group. This includes challenge meetings, challenge specific events, and group challenges. The challenge tracker, on the other hand, is specific to each individual member. The challenge tracker is made up of things a challenger must complete as an individual, such as joining an organization or acquiring minimum attendance at challenge meetings. The challenge tracker transcends the challenge programming, and does not repeat with each semester cycle. Once a member completes his tracker for a specific challenge, the challenge coordinators and standards board are responsible for setting him up in the next challenge. During each cycle, every member of every challenge is expected to participate in the challenge programming while working on his individual tracker.
The challenges have been designed to be easy to coordinate for the member development committee, as each challenge meeting lines up. A diagram of the cyclic nature of the program and the relationship of the programs is shown below.
Each circle represents a challenge programming cycle with further challenges encircling outwards. Time for challenge programming is represented by the dashed radial lines, and because the challenge programming lines up for each cycle, the member development cabinet can prepare for the next challenge meetings together in the preceding cabinet meeting.
One major note for each challenge is the allotted time frames. A member can cycle continuously through a challenge while he has not completed his challenge tracker. However, he must complete the challenge within the allotted time frame or else face a membership lapse in which a brother forfeits his membership due to negligence. The challenge coordinators are responsible for giving a brother fair warning that his deadline is approaching, and the standards board is responsible for officially lapsing the brothers membership.
The challenges, including the challenge programs and challenge trackers, are outlined in the next four sections.