Brother Patrick Clarke (#1938) Recognized as Chapter’s Sixth Ruck Scholar!

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West Virginia University student chosen for national leadership development program.
Richmond, Va. June 21: Patrick James Clarke of West Virginia University has recently participated
in a one- of-a-kind leadership development program through his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.  The
program, called the Ruck Leadership Institute, is a five-day interactive immersion experience with
fellow undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon and alumni facilitators.

Clarke was selected as one of the top 155 undergraduate members in the country, from a pool of over
15,000. The Ruck Leadership Institute focuses on the leadership principles espoused in one of the
best- selling leadership books of all time, The Leadership Challenge, co-written by Barry Posner, a
nationally renowned leadership expert and SigEp alumnus.  The program is one of the ways SigEp
lives up to its mission: building balanced men.

Clarke said he was not sure what to expect from the institute, but had received some prior incite
from his chapter brothers who were selected in the past. “We got into our teams right when we
arrived off the  plane and played some ice-breakers to introduce ourselves,” he said. “I was lucky
enough to be apart of the first ‘Team Hartman’ group, named after former Grand President and
co-founder of the Ruck Leadership Institute, John Hartman.” Clarke, a junior and Pittsburgh native,
is studying for a degree in broadcast journalism. “My journalism courses and involvement on campus
have contributed to my selection into Ruck and my success from the program,” said Clarke. He said
the experience has given him the motivation and inspiration to accomplish greater things when he
gets back on the Morgantown campus in the fall.

Brain Warren, executive director of the Fraternity, said, “I am confident that these students will
go back to their campuses ready to take on leadership roles with new skills and determination, as I
did when I completed the program in 2002. The opportunity to learn from the most talented and
highly accomplished leaders in our Fraternity gives these young men a distinct advantage as they
embark on their careers.”

The Ruck Leadership Institute is named in honor of Frank J. Ruck, a former Grand President of SigEp
and a visionary in developing leaders. He was an inspiration for many generations of SigEp members
to reach their full potential as leaders in all aspects of their lives.

Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in 1901, is one of the nation’s largest fraternities, with over
15,000 undergraduates on 240 campuses across the United States. Its mission is building balanced
men, which is achieved through a four-year member development program that has contributed to a
fraternity-wide GPA of over 3.0, a focus on the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body, and
service learning efforts that allow members to develop leadership skills while giving back to the


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