Better Man Academy
Better Men. Better Lives.
A New Experience
Our Regional Leadership Academy was a big part of our yearly leadership training. After reviewing feedback from attendees and volunteers at past events, we developed a brand new experience – The Better Man Academy.
The new Better Man Academy is a series of three, single-day, regionally-based, rotational programs that infuse the Delta Sigma Phi Ritual into the educational experience. The purpose of the BMA is to provide a holistic educational experience centered on the development of strong character and critical thinking skills. Each program in the rotational series is able to stand alone. However, over the course of three years, each region will receive all three pieces of the full BMA program, providing a broader educational opportunity for repeat attendees.
For example, region X will get program 1 this year, program 2 the following year, and program 3 after that. This new format will give brothers ample reason to return on following years. It also creates more time to dig deeper into the materials present in each program. Each program includes a Ritual component that allows attendees to dive deeper into their understanding and appreciation for our beloved Ritual. Those not initiated attend a concurrent session introducing them to key Delta Sig values.
All members are invited to attend. We particularly welcome new members and emerging leaders, young members who are looking to take on an Executive Board or other leadership position, newly elected leaders, and older members looking to strengthen their connection with the Fraternity.
|Chapter Size||Minimum BMA Participants|
|30 Men or Fewer||5+ Participants|
|31 to 60 Men||10+ Participants|
|60 Men or More||15+ Participants|
Program 1 – Communication
The purpose of this program is to increase members’ confidence in communicating with each other, as well as the outside world. Participants use critical thinking skills to adapt their communication style to varying audiences and circumstances. They will recognize that Men of Courage are able to communicate effectively, speak openly about their beliefs, and assert themselves when necessary without giving in to aggression.
Program 2 – Challenge
The purpose of this program is to introduce participants to the concept of Challenging the Process. Members will be taught to recognize the need to think critically when planning an event or making a decision. They will be able to identify unethical situations and recommend alternative solutions. Participants will gain confidence in not only challenging their peers, but being Men of Action to create positive change.
Program 3 – Professional Development
The purpose of this program is to equip our members with the tools to build a successful future for themselves, no matter how old they are. During the course of this program participants will think critically about their future plans and set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals for themselves. Members will connect being a Man of Excellence with setting and achieving goals, as well as building meaningful personal and professional relationships with others.
Fall 2018 Better Man Academy Schedule
September 8, 2018 at Cleveland State University:
Alpha Iota – The Ohio State University
Delta Omega – Cleveland State University
Gamma Rho – Gannon University
Iota Iota – Case Western Reserve University
Omega – University of Pittsburgh
Sigma – Thiel College
September 29, 2018 at Stetson University:
Alpha Chi – Stetson University
Florida International University
Iota Epsilon – University of Central Florida
Beta Zeta – University of Florida
October 6, 2018 at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh:
Epsilon Beta – University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
Epsilon Delta – University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Epsilon Iota – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Epsilon Kappa – Loyola University Chicago
Eta Alpha – Milwaukee School of Engineering
Eta Omicron – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Zeta Xi – St. Cloud State University
October 20, 2018 at Indianapolis Headquarters:
Beta Mu – Transylvania University
Delta Delta – Purdue University
Iota Eta – IUPUI
Iota Psi – Indiana University
Zeta Upsilon – Eureka College
Epsilon Kappa – Loyola University Chicago
Theta Mu – University of Kentucky
October 20, 2018 at San Jose State University:
Beta Nu – California State University, Fresno
Hilgard – University of California, Berkeley
Gamma Epsilon – San Jose State University
October 27, 2018 at University of Northern Colorado:
Alpha Rho – University of Colorado
Colorado Mesa University
Zeta Kappa – University of Northern Colorado
November 3, 2018 at SUNY Oswego:
Eta Eta – Rochester Institute of Technology
Iota Beta – Binghamton University
Theta Kappa – State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
Theta Theta – University of Hartford