Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sigma Phi Epsilon returns from life changing quest to Greece

Sigma Phi Epsilon returns from life changing quest to Greece:

Archie Messersmith, an advisor for the University Program Board and the advisor for ISU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter, said SigEp believes in “sound mind, sound body,” and that the fraternity strives to keep themselves in shape while also being leaders in the classroom. He served as a mentor at this year’s Tragos Quest to Greece and explained many apply but few are selected. 
“The trip is called Tragos Quest to Greece and it is named after one of our past grand presidents Bill Tragos. It’s SigEp’s premiere leadership experience where sixteen undergraduates are chosen from around the country, after hundreds apply. The trip is fully funded by the fraternity and for ten days sixteen undergraduates and five mentors travel across the country of Greece,” Messersmith said.
Despite the beautiful scenery, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon stayed focus as they had assigned readings and were accompanied by a professor from the University of Crete. In the mornings, the fraternity men would have discussions about mythology and the readings of Greece, and relate them back to today’s society. 
“We would get on the bus and see ancient ruins somewhere whether it was the Temple of Apollo or Olympia … it was big things in Greece that we had read about that we got to see in real life. The purpose of the trip is for the men to have this experience in Greece, where modern-day philosophy was said to have begun, and then have conversations and tie them back to our fraternity with the idea that when these men [return home] they will be forever changed, and then they in turn will give back to the next generation,” he said.

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