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The Sweetheart Song Contest | Important Dates to Note for Summer
Annual Report/Peterson Applications due May 1 | Think You Have an Award-winning Newsletter? | RMF News and Announcements

    Vol. 35, April 2011

Tune up for the Sweetheart Song Contest
Undergraduates and alumni could serenade new sweetheart

This October marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi song. To honor this special occasion, Sigma Chi will chose one brother to serenade the incoming international sweetheart at the 2011 Grand Chapter Sweetheart Reception on June 24 at the downtown Dallas Sheraton Hotel.

To enter the contetst, submit a song rendition via a YouTube video, an mpeg or QuickTime video on a DVD, a CD or a jump drive. Label the entry with the following title: 100 Years Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Song Serenade Contest. All entries are due May 31.

The entry title should not include your name in or on the video. YouTube videos can be e-mailed to GC@sigmachi.org, while CDs/DVDs/jump drives can be mailed to:

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Contest
Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters
1714 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201


The winner will receive: one roundtrip airline ticket to Dallas; a complimentary overnight stay at the Dallas Sheraton; and a complimentary ticket to the Sweetheart Reception.

Anyone with questions can contact Natalie Konowal, director of conferences and travel services, at (847) 869-3566, ext. 232, or at natalie.konowal@sigmachi.org.

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Important Dates to Note for Summer
Balfour Leadership Training Workshop set for July 28-31, 2011

According to the Balfour Leadership Operating Board and its chairman, Order of Constantine Sig Chris Brown, FURMAN 1989, the 2011 Balfour Leadership Training Workshop will be hosted at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on July 28-31.

The process for applying to attend Balfour LTW will begin in the next few weeks. Stay on the lookout for more information. For additional info, please visit balfourltw.sigmachi.org.

Registration fees for Grand Chapter increase May 1
Anyone interested in attending the 78th Grand Chapter have until April 30, 2011, to register at early-bird prices. On May 1, package fees increase $50, while a la carte fees increase $10 per event. To register or book flights, rental cars or hotel reservations, visit grandchapter.sigmachi.org and scroll down to the "Quick Links" section on the bottom right part of the page.

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Annual Report/Peterson Applications due May 1
Reports and applications mandatory for all undergraduate chapters

The 2011 Annual Report/Peterson site has been launched and chapters can now log in to work on their reports. The report is at annualreport.sigmachi.org and is a mandatory annual submission for all undergraduate chapters. It is due May 1.

The annual report's use is two-fold: First, it provides chapters with an opportunity to analyze themselves against guidelines Sigma Chi sets for them and offers feedback, and secondly, the report's completion allows chapters to be eligible to win the Fraternity's major awards, including the Peterson Significant Chapter Award, the James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award, the Daniel William Cooper Outstanding Scholarship Award and the Legion of Honor.

Chapters should visit annualreport.sigmachi.org to immediately begin working on their submission. Questions can be directed to Mike Church, operations manager, (847) 869-3655, ext. 269, or michael.church@sigmachi.org.

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Think You Have an Award-winning Newsletter?
Deadline to apply for undergraduate and alumni publication awards is May 31

The Fraternity annually presents the Charles G. Ross Award to the undergraduate chapter with the most outstanding publications program, and recognizes the most outstanding alumni chapter publications with the James E. Montgomery Alumni Chapter Publications Award.

The winner for each award is chosen from newsletters that are mailed to Headquarters between June 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011. To be considered for the Charles G. Ross Award or the James E. Montgomery Award, chapters should collect each newsletter they publish between June 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, and mail a package with all of the hard-copy newsletters to Headquarters. Electronic copies will not be accepted. Chapters that distribute electronic newsletters to their members, should print each issue, compile them and mail them to Headquarters.

Packages should be sent to the attention of Liz Geary, alumni programs specialist, 1714 Hinman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.

Anyone with questions can contact Geary at (847) 869-3655, ext. 243, or liz.geary@sigmachi.org.

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RMF News and Notes
Apply for Robert E. Joseph RMF Award and a $5,000 grant opportunity
It's that time of year again to apply for the Robert E. Joseph Risk Management Foundation (RMF) Award, named in honor of past RMF Chairman and 56th Grand Consul Robert E. Joseph, WILLAMETTE 1957. This year, the RMF will award an overall winner with a grant of up to $5,000 along with up to five honorable mention chapters with grants up to $1,000 each.

The online application is available on the RMF website and is due May 2. Don't forget to submit your recommendation forms! Please e-mail RMF@sigmachi.org with questions or contact Liz Brignall, RMF assistant, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 231, or elizabeth.brignall@sigmachi.org.

Reminder to pay RMF contributions
Any chapters who have not paid their remaining RMF balances at this time risk insurance cancellation. Click here to see the list of chapters with an outstanding RMF balance.

Completed Total Insured Value (TIV) worksheets due April 30
Total Insured Value (TIV) worksheets for the 2011-2012 program year will be electronically distributed to house corporation presidents, house corporation treasurers, financial advisors, RMF contacts, Grand Praetors and Grand Trustees. Consuls, Quaestors, risk managers, and chapter advisors will also be copied on this important housing information.

Instructions will be included explaining how to update the worksheet. Completed worksheets must be returned to the RMF no later than April 30.

Look for your chapter's RMF renewal terms via e-mail in May
The RMF is pleased to be able to again provide renewal rates this May in order to give chapters and house corporations ample time to ask questions and plan for the coming year's budget.

Renewal rates will be distributed electronically to Consuls, Quaestors, risk managers, chapter advisors, Grand Praetors, Grand Trustees, house corporation presidents and treasurers, financial advisors and RMF contacts. Anyone with questions about their chapter's renewal can contact the RMF at RMF@sigmachi.org or (847) 869-3655.

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Important dates this month

April 12: General scholarship applications due.

April 15: Balfour Leadership Training Workshop registration available online.

April 15: International Balfour Award applications due.

May 1: Campus Chronicles undergraduate update and Alumni Almanac update submissions due for fall magazine issue.

May 1: Annual report/Peterson applications due.

June 23-26: Grand Chapter 2011



Honor your chapter sweetheart

Province Balfour Award winners are eligible to apply for the International Balfour Award, which honors Sigma Chi's most outstanding senior. International Balfour applicants must send their completed application to: Attn: John Loes, Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters at 1714 Hinman Ave. Evanston, IL 60201. Application deadline is Friday, April 15.

The IBA winner is named each summer at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. For more information about the award and to download the applications, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Loes, director of membership programs, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 218, or john.loes@sigmachi.org.



Chapter Balfour Award Winners

Sigma Chi was awarded the 2011 North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)'s Laurel Wreath Award for the Fraternity's CHOICES program, which works with the Betty Ford Center to help train alumni mentors who help battle the impact of alcohol on undergraduates across North America. The award was presented to the Fraternity for its leading initiatives.

Also, Dan Shaver, TEXAS TECH 1993, won the NIC Silver Medal Award, which recognized him for acts of service or leadership in a project or task. The awards will be presented at the NIC annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 10.



Chapter Balfour Award Winners

If chapters have not submitted a chapter house photo to The Magazine of Sigma Chi staff, they need to do so by Friday, April 15. The photos will be used for the 2011-13 edition of The Norman Shield. The Fraternity requires all chapters send in brand new photos for the upcoming edition to replace outdated photos Headquarters has on file.

Chapter house photos or any questions can be sent to Jim Cogdal, associate editor, at (847) 869-3655, ext. 253, or jim.cogdal@sigmachi.org.



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