Friday, September 22, 2006

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

(Ed. Note - This item was originally published on the "Sig Ep-Talk" Yahoo group. We have taken the liberty of republishing it in the interest of having the widest possible dissemination.)

SIGMA PHI EPSILON CITATION & ORDER OF THE GOLDEN HEART

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

In addition to being SigEps, what do Dr. Seuss; inventor of the computer mouse; first U.S. Senator from Arizona; Uncle Billy Phillips; Chairman of Ford Motor Company; David Hendon, a Florida alumni board member for 60 years; General Anthony “Nuts” McAuliffe; and Richard Panther, a District Governor who served his district for 37 years, have in common?

All received one of the Fraternity’s two highest honors, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation or the Order of the Golden Heart.

Since the Citation was created 40 years ago, 241 of SigEp’s 262,165 initiates have been awarded SigEp’s equivalent of a university honorary degree, in recognition of especially significant professional achievement or public service, accomplishments that were built on leadership skills learned as an undergraduate SigEp.

The Order of the Golden Heart (OGH) honors particularly dedicated service to Sigma Phi Epsilon that entailed considerable personal sacrifice over decades or a lifetime. Only 139 brothers have received the Order’s medallion.

Every two years nominations for both awards are solicited from alumni and chapters. With extensive supporting documentation, supplemented by research and telephone interviews, nominees for the Citation are evaluated by a commission consisting of Citation recipients from the past three Conclaves.

The Commission selects a small group of potential honorees from those nominated, seeking an interesting balance of professional fields, and contacts these alumni to learn if they can attend the next Conclave. (Except in rare circumstances, the Citation is only presented in person at a Conclave, when undergraduate brothers can benefit from meeting and hearing these noted alumni.) A final list of nominees then goes to the National Board of Directors for approval.

A second committee appointed by the Grand President screens those nominated for the Order of the Golden Heart. This small panel operates in total secrecy, because, unlike Citation recipients, those selected to join the Order of the Golden Heart are unaware of their selection until it is announced at Conclave.

Over the years, considerable energy and skillful maneuvering have been required to ensure that the alumni to be honored are present at the Conclave. Sometimes wives are also alerted, secretly brought to the Conclave and hidden backstage, to emerge at the moment of the announcement.

Once the OGH Nominating Committee completes its evaluation of proposed recipients, its recommendations go in secret to the National Board of Directors for a closed-door vote.

Nomination forms for both the Citation and the Order of the Golden Heart appear on the Fraternity’s website (www.sigep.org/documents/ogh-nomination-form.doc; www.sigep.org/documents/Citation-Nomination-Form.doc) or may be obtained from Karen Simpson at Zollinger House (804/353-1901, extension 317).

All nominations and supporting documentation for the Order of the Golden Heart must be received at Zollinger House by March 1, 2007, to be eligible for the 2007 awards.

All nominations and supporting documentation for the Citation must be received at Zollinger House by November 15, 2006, to be eligible for the 2007 awards.

Bruce H. Hasenkamp
Dartmouth '60
Chairman, Citation Nominating Commission
Order of the Golden Heart

Past Grand President