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The 54th Biennial Convocation Will Take Place
August 1 through August 5, 2018
at the Sheraton At The Falls in Niagara Falls

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Pack your bags for the 2018 Convocation in Niagara Falls, New York! Join your fellow brothers August 1-5, 2018 for a jam-packed week of networking, fun events, and beautiful views. This is a celebration of Sigma Pi you won’t want to miss.

Although a passport is not necessary to join in on the fun, it is highly suggested as some events do take place in Canada. Don’t have a passport? No worries, getting one is easy, visit your local post office for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2018-2020 BIENNIUM
CANDIDATES FOR GRAND COUNCIL

The nominees for the next biennium’s Grand Council have been announced! There are five positions available for the Director at Large positions. All candidate profiles can be found on mysigmapi.com under the “Resource Center,” located at the following path: Sigma Pi > Grand Chapter Resources > 2018 – 2020 Biennium > Elections Board.

Check out the list of nominees below.

Grand Sage
Joe Palazzolo (Monmouth ’03)

Past Grand Sage
Steve Lawler (Iowa ’82)

Director at Large
Jeff Cline (North Carolina State ’88)
Daniel C. Daugherty (Morehead State ’92)
Brian Kurisky (Ferris State ’07)
Rhett LaRose (UTSA ’12)
Ed Levesque (Bridgewater State ’89)
Tim Quick (Iowa State ’01)
Neil Thorsbakken (Middle Tennessee ’08)
Will Wojcik (Minnesota ’08)

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD
CALL FOR CANDIDATES

Sigma Pi Educational Foundation (SPEF) Chairman Lester “Jay” Joern Jr.  (Missouri ’72) appointed Paul Gorman (Seton Hall ’95) as the Chairman of the SPEF Nominating Committee for 2018. Brother Gorman will be responsible for overseeing the elections process.

The SPEF, Elections Committee is seeking Candidates to fill seven open positions on the SPEF Board of Trustees.  (Five four-year terms, Two two-year terms)

The election will be held during the Annual Meeting of The SPEF during the Biennial Convocation in Niagara Falls New York August 1-5, 2018.

Potential Candidates must complete and sign the following Conflict of Interest form and responsibility declaration and email it to Chairman, Paul Gorman at Paul.Gorman@Sanofi.com no later than 11:00 PM EDT on July 5, 2018.

Attestation and Conflict of Interest

CONFERENCE AGENDA

(Subject to Change)

8:00 AM12:00 PMSPEF Business Meeting

Date Start Time End Time Info
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM 5:00 PM Executive Office Staff – Convo Prep
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Grand Council Meeting/Dinner
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 PM 5:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM 4:00 PM MEETING – Grand Council Meeting
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Procession
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Welcome and Opening Statements
6:00 PM 6:45 PM Opening Reception / Networking Event
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Model Initiation
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Colony/Interest Group Meeting (Optional)
9:00 PM 11:00 PM Past Grand Council Reception (Invite Only)
Thursday, August 2, 2018 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Vendor Village
9:00 AM 12:00 PM Business Session I
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Grand Chapter Awards Luncheon
1:45 PM 2:30 PM Public Forum with Grand Council Candidates
2:45 PM 4:45 PM Business Session II
5:00 PM 5:45 PM Dedicated Vendor Village Time
6:00 PM 10:00 PM EXPERIENCE – Canada Trip
Friday, August 3, 2018 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Grand Council Award Winner Breakfast (Invite Only)
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Vendor Village Time
9:00 AM 12:15 PM Business Session III
12:30 PM 2:00 PM SPEF Luncheon
2:30 PM 5:15 PM Business Session IV
6:00 PM 9:00 PM EVENT – Block Party
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Historical Society Dinner (Invite Only)
10:00 PM 12:00 AM SPEF Chairman Reception (Invite Only)
Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Registration
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM 10:30 AM EXPERIENCE – Maid of the Mist
10:45 AM 11:30 AM Vendor Village Time / Snack Break
11:45 AM 12:45 PM Luncheon
1:00 PM 4:00 PM Business Session V
2:30 PM 4:00 PM SPEF Annual Meeting
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Grand Council Installation
5:30 PM 6:15 PM Dedicated Vendor Village Time / Cocktail Hour
5:30 PM 6:15 PM Private Reception (Invite Only)
6:30 PM 9:30 PM Grand Chapter Awards Banquet
10:00 PM 12:00 AM Grand Sage Reception (Invite Only)
Sunday, August 5, 2018 9:00 AM 12:00 PM MEETING – Grand Council Meeting
1:00 PM Departures

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NOTE: Early registration has ended. Normal registration fees are in effect May 1-June 30, 2018.

DELEGATE REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES

REGISTRATION COST – $375

This package is for the OFFICIAL Chapter/Colony Delegate. It includes all materials, events, and 1/2 hotel room for 4 nights.

REGISTRATION COST – $500

This package is for the OFFICIAL Chapter/Colony Alternate Delegate. It includes all materials, events, and 1/2 hotel room for 4 nights.

REGISTRATION COST – $450

This is for CDs, PAs, and OFFICIAL Alumni Club Delegates. It includes all materials, events, and 1/2 hotel room for 4 nights.

REGISTRATION COST – $450

This is for any alumni that would like to attend Convocation on Friday – Sunday ONLY. It includes two nights full hotel room (Friday and Saturday nights), lunch on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Maid of the Mist tour, cooking class, and the closing banquet

DELEGATE CREDENTIAL FORM

OTHER REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES

REGISTRATION COST – $400

This package includes registration materials only. No meals, events, or hotel accommodations are included.

REGISTRATION COST – $800

This package includes all materials and events. It also includes 1/2 a hotel room (we will assign you a roommate) for 4 nights.

REGISTRATION COST – $1,100

This package includes all materials and events. It also includes full hotel room (no roommate added) for 4 nights.

REGISTRATION COST – $500

This package includes all materials and events. NO HOTEL accommodations are included.

Use this option if purchasing individual tickets only.

REGISTRATION COST – $100

This package includes a wine excursion event on Thursday, August 2nd. (trolley pickup, babysitting included, — minimum 25 attendees).

REGISTRATION COST – $60

This package includes a cooking class event on Saturday, August 4th. (available for member, spouse/partner, and/or child — minimum 10 attendees)

REGISTRATION COST – $260

This package includes all meals, the Maid of the Mist experience, and a welcome bag.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

It is pertinent that you have a passport to be able to take advantage of all opportunities and events at Convocation. Below are some links that will help you get your passport. Passport processing generally takes four to six weeks. Allow an additional two or three weeks to gather all of the required documents before applying.

  • How to apply for a passport
  • Apply in person if you meet one of the following requirements:
    • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
    • You are under age 16
    • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
    • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
    • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Information regarding Passport Card & Enhanced Driver License

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK

There are some great opportunities for tourism on the United States side of Niagara Falls! Check out the official site of Niagara Falls here, or the Visit Buffalo site for more information.

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

Want to check out the other side of the border? Niagara Falls Canada Tourism, Visit Niagara Canada, and Niagara Falls Canada all have great resources relating to tourism in Ontario.

Want to see the Falls up close and personal? Soak up every drop of powerful spray aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the one and only tour boat fleet whose captains have safely navigated the mighty waters of the Niagara Gorge for over 100 years, taking tens of millions of visitors directly into the center of the swirling mist.

Note: A ticket for the Maid of the Mist will be included in your registration fee. 

The 54th Biennial Convocation will take place at the Sheraton at The Falls, located at 300 3rd Street in Niagara Falls, New York. The hotel is located approximately 26 miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Click here for Transportation Options.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships – Apply Now!
(DEADLINE MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018)

CONVOCATION MATERIALS

Policy Governance Manual
Grand Council Conduct Manual

View Past Convocations, including Award Winners, Photos, and more!

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