Our chapter colonized on November 1, 2013 and chartered on March 5, 2016.
On March 9, 1856 Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded by eight students at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. These eight founding fathers, studying in the classics, formed a fraternity governed by age old Greek principles and the highest standards for entrance.
Our brothers fought on both sides of the civil war, and many chapters were lost. In fact, only one chapter stayed active throughout the entire civil war, Washington City Rho at Washington Military Academy. Many other chapters were revived after the war, including the famous Kentucky Chi, where before the war; a woman was entrusted with the sacred documents that govern Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Lucie Pattie was given the handshake by a brother of that chapter (who died in the war) and was not to release the documents to any other person until that sacred greeting was given. When a different brother returned and shook Miss Pattie's hand, the documents were received and the chapter was revived!
Over the summer of 1925, the national convention spawned the idea of the first and only fraternal leadership school. Through the great depression, amazingly, not a single chapter went under. In this century of prosperity for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, we have grown to over 220 chapters with approximately 11,000 current undergraduates. In total there are over 350,000 initiated brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon strives to give young men the leadership, scholarship, service and social experiences they need to excel in the walls outside their campus and once they graduate. We firmly believe membership is for life. In addition, we strive to mold our members into gentlemen so they can set an example in today's society.
Our National Philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network. Our Local Philanthropy is Newark Public School System.
Of course not! ΣAE was one of the first fraternities in the world to get rid of the pledge process. Once you are initiated, you are admitted for life and granted full member status.
Based on ancient Greek principles, fraternities and sororities exhibit their values in action by contributing to worthy causes in the community. Greek organizations also constantly strive for academic success. The value of intellectual curiosity does not end when one earns a diploma; rather it is held throughout a lifetime. Fraternities and sororities develop ongoing programs and initiatives that are designed to help students achieve academic goals and to pursue the goal of philanthropic service in a variety of ways. With so many organizations to choose from, there is a home for everyone interested in joining our community.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the largest fraternity in the world. We have initiated over 350,000 members since our founding in 1856.
Now is your chance to join one of the largest brotherhoods in the world and make a difference today.
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