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Welcome to New Jersey Iota Tau at NJIT
Our chapter was colonized on November 1, 2013. Three years later, we 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 300,000 initiated brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.