How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of living at Sigma Chi is consistently less than the average cost of living in one of the MS&T Residential Halls. Room, board, and a meal plan that includes fifteen full meals a week (with adequate snacks and access to leftovers), is included in the cost. Additional expenses, such as General Fraternity dues and miscellaneous mark-ups (t-shirts, etc.) will be billed separately at cost. For a full cost-breakdown or inquiries, please contact the Quaestor (or Treasurer) of the chapter at quaestor@sigmachi_thetaeta.com
Will my son be subjected to hazing? What is the Chapter's stance on hazing?
The Theta Eta Chapter, and Sigma Chi as a General Fraternity, have adopted a zero-tolerance policy concerning hazing since 2005. Each chapter of Sigma Chi is required to abide by this policy and the Theta Eta chapter is no exception. In Sigma Chi, Hazing is defined as an act performed by any Sigma Chi or potential new member that results in an environment of servitude or in any way endangers or demeans any Sigma Chi or potential new member (PNM), regardless of that person's willingness to participate in that act. The concept of hazing is in direct conflict with the ideals of both Sigma Chi and Missouri S&T alike. Anyone who we would wish to one day call "brother" will enver be treated like a second-class citizen, so long as this chapter exists. If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding hazing, please contact either the Consul (or President) at xxxx@sigmachi_thetaeta.com, the Magister (or PNM Trainer) at xxxx@sigmachi_thetaeta.com, or the Chapter Advisor at xxxx@sigmachi_thetaeta.com.
Will My Son Be Safe?
The Theta Eta Chapter house at Missouri S&T is one of the safest fraternity houses in the nation. It is purposefully built to withstand any sort of fire. It is constructed with an all steel frame, fire resistant doors, fire proof drywall, and an extensive sprinkler system checked yearly. Fire drills are also performed regularly. On top of fire protection, all chapter house entrances are equipped with key pads for coded entry. Only members have knowledge of the codes, and visitors are required to be personally let in by a member of the chapter. Finally, top of the line security cameras surround the premises and allow the members to replay any hostile or illegal activity occurring on the property.
How Will it Affect My Sonís Studies?
Many students often find managing their time transitioning from high school to college life very difficult. Sigma Chi assists in this transition period by having mandated study hours for both pledges and active members. As a result the average GPA for pledges the past few semesters has been consistently above the all menís average at Missouri S&T. The chapter offers multiple other programs such as focused study groups, and the ability to consult older members about class material. All of these aspects serve as an extra aid or resource aside from lectures and campus help sessions.
How Much Time Does the Fraternity Take Up?
Participating in the fraternity adds additional activities and commitments to an already busy schedule in college. However, Sigma Chi does encourage time management skills which will help each member with his involvement in the fraternity, on campus, and in his professional career. The additional responsibilities, mixed with time management skills taught specifically to new members, helps keep everything in balance. Each member will find a level of commitment that is comfortable for him. By learning to balance academics, fraternal involvement, campus involvement, and social commitments, each member is more likely to be successful later on in professional life.
What About Scholarships?
Sigma Chi annually rewards its members with around $70,000 in scholarships from our Educational Foundation. Though, aside from scholarships being awarded by academic achievement, they can also be earned for in house involvement, community service, and other leadership roles throughout campus.
Sigma Chi offers and encourages a multitude of involvement opportunities, both in and out of house. In house opportunities include participation in intramural sports, community service trips and events, as well as leadership positions and committee positions. Campus and community involvement is so encouraged that the members of Sigma Chi average over two campus organizations per man. While this may seem daunting, it is important step in learning the leadership skills that will pave the way to a prosperous career after graduation.
What is my role as a parent?
Take time to learn about Sigma Chi and other Greek Life at Missouri S&T. Ask your son questions about what is happening within the fraternity, as well as what events are going on around campus. Allow him to make the decisions that he thinks are best for him and be supportive of what he decides to become involved in. Be interested in what the organizations offer to him, and offer guidance if he becomes confused. Once your son joins Sigma Chi, there are many opportunities to be involved as a parent, such as the Parentís Club, Family Weekend, Sigma Chiís International Work Day, and a variety of other events. The key is to be actively involved in your sonís decisions and support him in what he wishes to accomplish.