Daniel J Sullivan, a marketing major in the School of Business, recently participated in a one-of-a-kind leadership development program through his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. The program, called the Ruck Leadership Institute, is a five-day interactive immersion experience with fellow undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon and alumni facilitators.
Sullivan was selected as one of the top 120 undergraduate members in the country, from a pool of more than 15,000. The Ruck Leadership Institute focuses on the leadership principles espoused in one of the best-selling leadership books of all time, “The Leadership Challenge,” co-written by Barry Posner, a nationally renowned leadership expert and SigEp alumnus.
Sullivan attributes his selection into the program to his involvement on campus and his academic success. He currently serves as the president of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), a social entrepreneurship club that operates non-profit businesses to help improve the lives of those in need. He is also the vice president of recruitment for his local SigEp chapter.
“Sigma Phi Epsilon offers a leadership continuum that is unmatched by any other fraternity,” Sullivan said. “It was my goal since freshman year to be selected to the Ruck Leadership Institute. The intensive, five-day program challenged my leadership skills and provided me with a new set of tools to utilize as an officer for my student organizations. To me, this experience showed me how incredible our fraternity is on a national scale. The facilitators, keynote speakers and alumni were living examples of how our cardinal principles can help me achieve success in life. On top of that, I was able to bond with a group of undergraduate brothers from across the nation. The conference reinforced my passion for my fraternity, and it encouraged me to be a balanced leader that strives for virtue, diligence and brotherly love. “
Brain Warren, executive director of the fraternity, said, “I am confident that these students will go back to their campuses ready to take on leadership roles with new skills and determination, as I did when I completed the program in 2002. The opportunity to learn from the most talented and highly accomplished leaders in our Fraternity gives these young men a distinct advantage as they embark on their careers.”
The Ruck Leadership Institute is named in honor of Frank J. Ruck Jr., a former Grand President of SigEp and a visionary in developing leaders. He was an inspiration for many generations of SigEp members to reach their full potential as leaders in all aspects of their lives.
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