Brother Brian Michalka has been recently selected to be a Tragos Quest to Greece Scholar! The program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a 10-day journey through Greece with fellow undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, alumni members, and university faculty. Brian was selected as one of the top 16 members in the country from a pool of over 15,000 men. Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) is the only national fraternity to offer a program like it. The Tragos Quest to Greece focuses on the fraternity’s ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, two of SigEp’s core practices. It epitomizes SigEp’s commitment to breaking stereotypes about Greek-lettered organizations and carrying out the mission of Building Balanced Men.
Brian is very eager to attend a trip to expand his experience as an avid leader within the chapter. As a Materials Science Engineering major with a strong GPA, Brian is currently serving his second term as Chapter President and is the Balanced Man Scholarship Chairman. Brian has revolutionized the way NY Delta runs and paved the way to implement the Balanced Man Program within the chapter. He has also increased the number of Balanced Man Scholarship by 500% from past years. Brian also serves as the Treasurer of the University’s Crew Team and is a member of RPI’s White Key Leadership Society.
Each participant prepares for this trip by reading about ancient Greek philosophy and culture. The learning continues overseas with daily discussions based on readings and personal experiences. the discussions are designed to challenge each scholar along his journey of introspection and transformation. During the Quest, scholars discuss the Socratic method of teaching.
The trip is funded by a grant from the SigEp Educational Foundation, which raises money for SigEp’s various local and national leadership programs. The experience is made possible through the generosity of William G. Tragos and his wife Lilli.