|Program for Excellence: Educational Programs & Leadership Events|
The Program for Excellence was implemented initially as an array of educational programming offered by The Chi Psi Educational Trust. Educational Programs, leadership events, and values-based education remain the cornerstones of the Program for Excellence and provide key developmental experiences for Chi Psi Brothers. Each provides a unique and beneficial experience. To schedule an educational program or register for an upcoming event, contact the Central Office. In most cases, the Educational Trust pays for all facilitator-related expenses for these programs.
1. Alpha Management Retreat (AMR)
The AMR creates a working forum in which Alpha leaders discuss and design short-term and long-range goals for their Alphas. Facilitators use management and leadership experience to help undergraduate leaders design a plan for their Alpha and drive it toward success. Participants learn vital leadership skills and use them to improve Alpha operations.
By encouraging and providing guidance for each Alpha to become more successful, the AMR guarantees a positive and satisfying experience for each Chi Psi undergraduate who attends. The Alpha is responsible for procuring a quiet, isolated setting for the weekend. The Chi Psi Educational Trust, with the cooperation of Chi Psi alumni, bears the facilitator-related financial obligations for running the Alpha Management Retreat. The AMR should be held in each Alpha annually. Please contact Brad Beskin at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an AMR.
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2. Program for Self Development (PSD)
These three components of the PSD help him understand how he can contribute to his Alpha's overall pursuit of excellence.
While identifying their primary motivational strengths and learning styles, participants learn the importance and use of peer-group feedback. Participants also learn the consequences of improper goal setting and ways to recover from those effects. Since the program relies on both individual and group participation, it allows the participants to achieve a better understanding of one another.
This weekend program is usually conducted off campus, away from participants' normal routine. An alumnus PSD Facilitator provides assistance to the group and helps individuals acquire a greater degree of self-knowledge. Many former participants now use the principles of the PSD to plan both their professional and personal lives.
The PSD should be offered to each Brother at some point in his college career and held as an annual event for your Alpha. The Program is most effective for a pledge class or a newly initiated class of Brothers. By holding a PSD every year, every Brother will have the opportunity to participate. Restarting the program at your Alpha can be very difficult, so don't miss a year (even with a small participant class). Pledge classes need to be at least six weeks into their pledging period so that they already know each other fairly well. Please contact Brad Beskin at email@example.com to schedule a PSD.
3. Program for Recruitment Development (PRD)
4. Education, Responsibility, Action Program (ERA)
This program should be facilitated annually for undergraduate Brothers and Pledges by a Chi Psi alumnus Brother. A serious discussion should follow regarding the values-congruence of the Alpha's collective behavior. The program takes between an hour and an hour and a half to complete. Please contact the Central Office to request your ERA materials.
5. Risk Management Education (RME)
6. Oliver and Marie Rowe Regional Leadership Conferences
Rowe Regional Conferences are usually held in the spring, and your attendance is provided for by The Chi Psi Educational Trust. You will be reimbursed for travel expense to your region's conference, and all attendance fees are covered for those undergraduates that participate in the full day's programming.
Programming takes place from noon to 6:00 PM on Saturday. Host Alphas provide sleeping space for delegates from other Alphas, and attendees are encouraged to stay overnight on Saturday night (and Friday night if they like). Lunch and dinner are provided on Saturday for those that participate.
Please refer to the "Chi Psi Events” section of www.chipsi.org to find out when and where your region's Rowe Regional Conference will be held. Registration is also available online.
7. Spencer Leadership Institute at the Annual Convention
Brothers receive comprehensive training focused on recruitment, Alpha administration, educational programming, and risk management while learning about the National Fraternity and interacting with Executive Council Members and Central Office staff.
To address particular concerns and problems which face #1s and #4s, the Institute contains several breakout sessions to help instructors provide answers and guidance. While #1s learn from their peers and focus on Alpha leadership and administration, #4s receive a rigorous overview of collection techniques, payroll taxes, taxes for nonprofit organizations, accounting, budgeting, and general financial responsibility. Altogether, the Spencer Institute supplies the tools to help Chi Psi's undergraduate leaders run an Alpha effectively. Please visit www.chipsi.org to learn about and register for the upcoming Annual Convention.
8. Midyear Officer Retreat