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Important Information About the Burns Institute

This is not a program filled with lectures about how to run a better meeting, how to recruit more men, or how to manage your time. It's about brothers getting engaged and becoming the catalyst that changes their chapter, their campus and their community. It's about becoming a leader, not just in their chapter, but in life.

Any meaningful accomplishment, idea, philanthropic project, or improvement began with one man in a chapter or provisional chapter saying, "I can do this better," and then taking action - not being a bystander. Unfortunately, too many are happy with the way things are and that is why nothing changes. The Burns Institute gives participants the tools and confidence to make the needed changes in their chapter or provisional chapter and leave a legacy for others to emulate.

WHAT IF I AM ABSENT FROM CLASS/WORK?
If an attendee is going to miss class or work as a result of the Burns Institute, there is a letter in the back of the Attendee Handbook that can be provide to an instructor/supervisor. It is highly recommended that attendees notify all instructors/supervisors as soon as possible so he/she has plenty of advanced notification. Those who wait until the week or day before the program tend to find unsympathetic instructors and supervisors, causing logistical challenges for the attendee and the chapter/provisional chapter.

The Fraternity offers a Notice of Absence for attendees to present to professors prior to attending the Burns Institute.

Click here to view and print the notice.

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS PERTAINING TO ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN/DEPARTURE?
Alpine Meadows is located at 42900 Jenks Lake Rd W, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. PST on Friday, February 19, 2016. All Attendees should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. PST to allow time to get checked into your lodgings and with the program. The Burns Leadership Institute will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. PST and all attendees are expected to be in attendance for the entire program which includes arriving on-time. It will conclude on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Noon. It is not acceptable to arrive late or leave early.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Yes. The Burns Leadership Institute will provide attendees with the following meals: Friday dinner and late evening snack; all three meals on Saturday plus a late evening snack and breakfast on Sunday.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK? WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Attire for the weekend is casual. Please pack accordingly for the weather, as some activities during the Burns Leadership Institute occur outdoors.

Clothing:

  • Alpha Sigma Phi lettered shirts or hoodies; jeans or casual khaki pants should be worn during all sessions of Ralph F. Burns Institute.
  • Tennis or casual shoes
  • Belt
  • Appropriate athletic wear

Bedding:

  • Linens and a pillow will be provided, along with towels
  • You may wish to bring an additional pillow and/or blanket

Toiletries:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo and body wash
  • Deodorant

Additional Items:

  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Allergy medications
  • Insurance information
  • Parent/guardian contact info

Do Not Bring:

  • Knives/weapons
  • Radio/TV
  • Video games
  • Expensive items
  • Alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs

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