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Illinois Gamma-Residential Learning Community recognized as one of Sigma Phi Epsilon's best

The Illinois Gamma-Residential Learning Community, of Monmouth College was recently named one of Sigma Phi Epsilon's best chapters in the nation and recognized with the coveted Buchanan Cup. The Buchanan Cup, an award for outstanding chapter performance, is named after the fraternity's former Grand President Edwin Buchanan. It is bestowed every two years for chapters excelling in all areas of chapter operations and leadership including volunteer support, recruitment, member development, academics, fiscal health and faculty engagement.  This recognition is the highest honor an undergraduate chapter can receive from the National Fraternity. This marks the fourteenth time the Monmouth College chapter has won the Buc Cup.  Among the 240 SigEp chapters across the country, only three other SigEp chapters nationally have been recognized more frequently than the Illinois Gamma-Residential Learning Community with this award.

For the rigorous application process, the chapter noted a number of efforts designed to make it a high performing chapter with superior and sustained achievement in every area of operations. The chapter outlined its efforts to maintain academic excellence and manpower. Other highlights included improving the Residential Learning Community program through the installment of a classroom and the offering of classes in the chapter house. In addition, the application highlighted the chapter's transition to online communication with alumni and undergraduate members.

SigEp's Executive Directory Brain Warren said, "Buchanan Cup-winning chapters are SigEp's very best. Their members set an example for others to emulate. They challenge us to be better men, to be balanced men. Their work is shifting the stereotypes of fraternity from drinking and parties to development and leadership."

Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in 1901, is one of the nation's largest fraternities, with over 15,000 undergraduates on 240 campuses across the United States. Its mission is building balanced men, which is achieved through a continuous member development program that has contributed to a fraternity-wide GPA of over 3.0, a focus on the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body, and service learning efforts that allow members to develop leadership skills while giving back to the community.

Chapter News

IL Gamma

recognized with multiple

honors at

2012 CLA


Monmouth College's Illinois Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon brought home several distinguished honors from the national fraternity's Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) this past February in suburban Chicago.


"We are very proud of the chapter's accomplishments," said Billy Bernard, assistant director of Greek life, Leadership and Involvement.


"Sig Ep has consistently shown that they are strong leaders on campus and within the Greek community. They set high standards for themselves and hold each other accountable. It was a wonderful opportunity for the members who attended the conference to develop relationships with other Sig Ep chapters nationwide and to showcase their accomplishments at Monmouth College."

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Alumni Profile

Eric Ealy '86

Currently: Resides in Winter Garden, FL where he is Director of Group Strategy for Marriott International Hotels.

Activities, Honors, Hobbies, etc.:  Worked for SigEp for 2 years after graduation.  23 years with Marriott Hotels; now at Orlando World Center Marriott.  Involved with sports, hiking, and enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Memories of Sigma Phi Epsilon:  Initiation was fantastic to go through, but also leading the ceremony as chapter president. Seeing the effect it has on my brothers is my favorite memory.  Great times having fun with my roomates and pledge class.  Seeing the chapter win the Buchanan Cup in 1987 was also special! 

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