Delta Sigma Phi knows that leadership is not confined to those who serve our organization as a chapter officer or committee chairman. Every Delta Sig is capable of making a positive impact our Fraternity, on his campus and in his community. We strive to be Better Men, building Better Lives for all.

A New RLA Experience!

Our Regional Leadership Academy has been a big part of our yearly leadership training. After reviewing feedback from attendees and volunteers at past events, we developed a brand new RLA experience, launched during the 2016-17 school year.

The new Regional Leadership 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 RLA 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 RLA 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.

This year brings more than format changes. We are adding a new Ritual component to the program that delves further into the intricacies of the ritual itself.

Let’s take a quick look into each of the three new programs we are rolling out this year.

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. 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. Participating members will practice networking and identify what qualities that they wish to seek in a mentor. Participants will understand and begin the process of building a personal Board of Trustees. Members will connect being a Man of Excellence with setting and achieving goals, as well as building meaningful personal and professional relationships with others.

Chapter Size Minimum RLA Participants
30 Men or Fewer 5+ Participants
31 to 60 Men 10+ Participants
60 Men or More 15+ Participants

All undergraduate members are invited to attend, especially our emerging leaders. These could be men who just joined the Fraternity, sophomores who are looking to take on an Executive Board or other leadership position, newly elected leaders, or older members looking to get more involved with the Fraternity.

Questions? Contact Lynsy Karrick-Wikel, Director of Educational Initiatives, at karrick@deltasig.org or (317) 634.1899 ext. 488.

Fall 2017 RLA Schedule

Please note that an asterisk denotes that the RLA is still tentative. * indicates tentative hosts/dates.

September 23, 2017 at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh:

Beta Pi – Michigan Technological University
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

September 30, 2017 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

October 14, 2017 at San Jose State University:

Beta Nu – California State University, Fresno
Epsilon Rho – California Polytechnic State University
Gamma Epsilon – San Jose State University
Hilgard – University of California, Berkeley

October 21, 2017 at Purdue University*:

Alpha Alpha – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alpha Lambda – Millikin University
Beta Iota – Wittenberg University
Beta Mu – Transylvania University
Delta Delta – Purdue University
Eta Upsilon – Indiana State University
Iota Eta – Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Iota Psi – Indiana University
Iota Zeta – Miami University
Bradley University
Zeta Lambda – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Zeta Upsilon – Eureka College

November 4, 2017 at Colorado Mesa University*:

Alpha Rho – University of Colorado
Delta Lambda – Utah State University
Eta Chi – New Mexico State University
Gamma Upsilon – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Iota Kappa – University of Utah
Colorado Mesa University
Zeta Kappa – University of Northern Colorado

November 18, 2017 at University of Central Florida*:

Alpha Chi – Stetson University
Iota Epsilon – University of Central Florida
Florida International University

November 18, 2017 at Binghamton University*:

Eta Eta – Rochester Institute of Technology
Gamma Zeta – Rutgers University
Iota Beta – Binghamton University
Iota Nu – State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Theta Kappa – State University of New York at Oswego
Theta Theta – University of Hartford