The Academy, conducted each year in early January, is designed to give new chapter officers a strong foundation so they can dynamically and courageously lead their chapters. Brothers participating are exposed to the basic elements of chapter operations as well as higher level leadership development, providing them with the knowledge and leadership skills needed for effective chapter management. 

The 2022 Academy will be held January 7-9, 2022 in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Registration

The registration deadline for undergraduate attendees, Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires is Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.

Registration Fees

Undergraduates

It is strongly encouraged for Presidents, Treasures and Recruitment Chairmen or New Member Educators to attend, as well as new Purple Legionnaires. Additional brothers are permitted to attend, with tracks offered for Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries and Historians. Brothers are strongly encouraged to participate in Pursuing Excellence sessions, which provide opportunities to dive deep into critical issues facing our chapters.

Every chapter/colony is billed for THREE delegates ($475 each for a total of $1,425) to attend the Academy. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be invoiced ($475 each) to the chapter/colony after the event.

 Undergraduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to four undergraduates per double-bedded room from the same chapter) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (Jan. 7) and Saturday (Jan. 8) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (Jan. 6) - LET US KNOW. Your chapter will be billed extra room nights (approximate cost: $124/room night). 
    • Undergraduates may request additional room(s) so that a maximum of two (2) brothers share a hotel room. These are available on a limited (first-come, first-serve) basis, and your chapter will be billed for the additional room(s). LET US KNOW if you would like to request additional rooms. 
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials.
  • A commemorative Academy gift.
 

Graduates

Tracks are offered for Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires, as well as other graduate volunteers/advisors.

Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires are provided complimentary registration, and other graduates will be charged the $475 fee at registration.

 Graduate Registration Includes:

  • Shared accommodations (up to two graduates per double-bedded room) at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel for Friday (Jan. 7) and Saturday (Jan. 8) nights. Brothers will be required to provide a credit card to the hotel for incidental charges.  
    • The Fraternity will make all hotel room reservations based on Academy registration. 
    • If you need a room for Thursday (Jan. 8) - LET US KNOW.  
    • Graduates may request a single room at their own expense (approximate cost: $62/room night), payable to the Union Station hotel at checkout. You may make this request as a part of the Academy registration.
  • All meals beginning with dinner Friday evening and concluding with dinner Saturday.
  • All conference materials.
  • A commemorative Academy gift.
 

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When Do I Need to Be in St. Louis?

Arrive: Friday afternoon, January 7, 2022 (Pursuing Excellence sessions begin at 2:00 pm CT)

Depart: Anytime on Sunday, January 9, 2022

Transportation

Attendees are responsible for their own travel to/from the Academy and for all parking costs. 

 Undergraduate Travel Reimbursement

Each chapter receives one reimbursement at a rate of $0.12 per mile for the round-trip mileage from your chapter to St. Louis, MO. The reimbursement will be applied to your chapter's account at the International Headquarters following the Academy. To receive your reimbursement, your chapter's delegates must attend.

 Flying to St. Louis

Brothers flying to the Academy should arrive in St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), approximately 15 miles from the Union Station hotel.

 

Getting to the Academy Hotel

The Academy will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel: 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 63103. Phone: 314-621-5262. 

 Directions to the Hotel from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Metrolink: A light rail train system connects both terminals of the airport to the downtown area. From the airport, take the Red Line to the Union Station Metrolink Station. Upon arrival, proceed to 18th Street and right onto Market Street to get to the hotel entrance. Reference these directions.

Total travel time is 27-30 minutes. The trains depart approximately every 20 minutes. Fare from the airport is $2.50. 

Please note: As in any setting, be cautious of your surroundings, especially on public transportation. 

Taxi/Shared Ride Services: There are taxis available outside of baggage claim at the airport or from the lobby of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Cab fare runs approximately $45 each way. Shared ride services such as Uber or Lyft may also be available. Fares generally run between $30-$40 each way.

 Driving Directions

Visit the hotel's Maps & Directions page for detailed driving directions.

If you drive to the Academy, the Fraternity has negotiated parking rates of $17.50/day for self-parking or $22.50/day for valet. The parking fees are your responsibility. 

 Travel Concerns

Because of the timing and location of our Academy, it is important to be prepared for travel delays. If you are delayed, do not worry. Just get to St. Louis and the Union Station hotel as soon as you can. If you are delayed to the point you will not arrive on your scheduled day, contact Taren Robin to adjust your hotel reservation. 

 

Schedule

Pursuing Excellence Sessions

Pursuing Excellence sessions are available for brothers on Friday, January 7, 2022, beginning at 2:00 pm CT. It is strongly encouraged that each attendee from each chapter picks a different topic. You will rank your choices on the Academy registration form, and you will be notified of your assigned session prior to arriving in St. Louis. 

 Academic Bootcamp

Session description coming soon!

 Building Up Without Tearing Down

Do members of your chapter believe in the benefits of hazing? Do you? Are you aware of the possible consequences? Most of those people that are caught hazing knew those consequences but continued to haze despite them. Why, when there are so many reasons for so many people to know better, do those people not do better? Powerful cultural, organizational, and social forces can alter the behavior of ordinary people. These forces not only make average people do negative, destructive things, but they have the potential to also compel average people to do positive, constructive things. To stop hazing, we must build people up without tearing them down. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the forces and motivations that drive hazing and develop actionable strategies for empowering the members of your organization to become their best. 

 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Session description coming soon!

 Mental Health

Presented by Archie Messersmith-Bunting.
Session description coming soon!

 Ritual: Relearning the Basics

Session description coming soon!

 Set the Expectation: Sexual Violence Prevention

Session description coming soon!

 

Tentative Schedule

All times are in Central Time (CT).

 Friday, January 7

  • 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Roster Updates
  • 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Registration
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: New Purple Legionnaire/Advisor Training
  • 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Pursuing Excellence Sessions
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Field Secretary Region Meeting
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Opening Dinner
  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm: William R. Miller Model Initiation / Colony Education Session
 

 Saturday, January 8

  • 6:45 am - 7:30 am: FIJI Fun Run
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 7:30 am - 6:30 pm: Registration
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Opening Session: Love Mom & Dad
  • 10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Educational Tracks for Chapter Officers, Recruitment Chairmen, New Member Educators & Graduate Volunteers
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Foundation Luncheon
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Pig Dinner
  • 9:30 pm - 12:00 am: Game Night & T-Shirt Exchange
  • 9:30 pm - 12:00 am: Board of Conduct *chapters will be notified*
 

 Sunday, January 9

  • ALL DAY: Departures
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Board of Conduct Meetings *chapters will be notified*
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Foundation of Courage & Built to Lead coaching sessions *invitation only*