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March 9, 1856; University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for our members based upon the ideals set forth by our Founders and as specifically enunciated in our creed.
226 total chapters + 18 colonies = 245 total groups
Approximately 13,000 undergraduates
Average chapter size, including pledges and actives, is 51 men.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has initiated more than 305,000 men since badge sequences were first recorded.
Nearly 25,000 collegiate brothers have graduated from our annual John O. Moseley Leadership School.
The Fraternity’s largest chapters are located at the University of Texas at Austin, with 142 members, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, with 138 members.
There are approximately 190,000 living alumni in the Fraternity.
The average colony size is 32 men, and the average colony GPA is 3.1.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon will turn 157 years old on Friday, March 9, which is our Founders Day.
The Supreme Council selected 25 top undergraduate leaders to participate in an exclusive leadership-training program called the Inner Circle, which took place April 13-15 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Past Eminent Supreme Archon Michael Scarborough hosted the event at his farm, and attendees had the chance to meet and learn from five distinguished alumni. The next Inner Circle is taking place this April 20-22, 2013.
The second DeVotie Ritual Institute took place November 2-3, 2012, at the Levere Memorial Temple. This unique event provided initiated, undergraduate brothers with the experience to learn about the Ritual of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and its application in both chapter and individual life. The next Institute is scheduled for November 8-9, 2013.
The True Gentleman Day of Service, partnered with Global Youth Service Day, will take place April 26-28, 2013. Last year, more than 100 groups participated. Their time resulted in approximately 15,000 man hours of service.
The SAE Amateur Golf Tournament will take place May 16-18, 2013, in Pensacola, Florida, and the SAE World Series will take place July 19-20, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both events are sponsored and organized by the local alumni associations in those cities. In addition, these events have been part of our calendar for several decades.
The 155th Anniversary Convention met in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 7-9, 2011. The historic Peabody Hotel served as the official convention property. More than 400 collegiate and alumni members attended the conclave. The 157th Anniversary Convention will be held June 29-July 1, 2013, at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
The 77th John O. Moseley Leadership School took place August 6-10, 2012, on a Royal Caribbean cruise, which sailed the Caribbean and made a port of call for our delegates in Nassau, the Bahamas. We shattered attendance records, as nearly 800 delegates graduated from the school. The 78th School takes place August 5-9, 2013.
We reached a milestone in 2012 with the initiation of Christopher Collins from Nebraska Iota. A student at Creighton University, he was pinned with badge number 300,000.
The 2011-2012 John O. Moseley Zeal Award winner was our chapter at Northwestern University, which is designated as Illinois Psi-Omega.
The 2012 True Gentleman of the Year was Kenneth Hall from Connecticut Nu-Eta at the University of New Haven.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon maintains a zero-tolerance policy for hazing and risk-management violations. The educational program We Stand Together was introduced in 2009 to reaffirm our anti-hazing stance. Our website www.thetgi.net contains an area dedicated exclusively to We Stand Together, which includes many resources. In addition, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of the sponsors of the national, anonymous anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE. Select resources for risk management can be found HERE.
The Fraternity maintains its web presence at www.sae.net, which includes a members-only section where members can search for other members, manage chapter bookkeeping and membership data and access operations documents.
As part of the Strategic Plan, Sigma Alpha Epsilon has introduced several online certification programs to assist our members and volunteer leaders with training and educational programming. The online tools provide overviews of the organization as well as information tailored specifically to pledges, chapter officers or other leadership positions.
We introduced a new section of our website for parents and families. Here, they can find information about Sigma Alpha Epsilon and our history as well as details about specific chapters, Q&As and ways to get involved in the organization.
The Regional Director program serves our 245 groups, 13,000 collegiate members and 190,000 living alumni as well as university administrators and campus-based professionals. Once known as field consultants and Education & Leadership Consultants, the current structure is much more robust. The program has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of our groups while maintaining the mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Over the course of a week, a Regional Director can serve hundreds of constituents in the field face to face, over the phone or via e-mail. They often serve as a first-line responder for our members. The field staff carries the responsibility of being the brand reps of the Fraternity Service Center, and we strive for that interaction to be a positive and beneficial one. The Fraternity utilizes eight Regional Directors, each living and working in one of the eight regions of the Realm. In addition, the field-staff team includes two extension coordinators, who work solely on expanding Sigma Alpha Epsilon through new colonies. The Associate Executive Director of Chapter and Alumni Services oversees the program and its staff.
The website designed exclusively for undergraduate and volunteer resources is called The TGI, which is located at www.thetgi.net. In 2008, it was completely redesigned. It houses vital resources and documents, which have been downloaded more than one million times since the site first launched.
To assist our collegiate members in their academic pursuits, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation awarded more than $300,000 through its National and Chapter Education Fund academic and Leadership School scholarship programs. National scholarships may be awarded to any qualified brother from any chapter who applies for one of the more than 40 named scholarships. Chapter Education Fund scholarships, on the other hand, may only be awarded to qualified brothers from the fund’s designated chapter(s). For example, of the more than 725 undergraduate brothers who attended the 77th John O. Moseley Leadership School, 265, or 36.5 percent, received a Leadership School Tuition Scholarship from the Foundation. Without those funds, the delegates could not have attended. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation thanks the brothers and friends who make our scholarship program, perhaps one of the greatest Foundation programs, possible.
The organization’s magazine, The Record, was voted Greek Magazine of the Year in 2011 and has earned more than 50 awards for excellence in the past seven years.
Recognition of achievement and dedication to the Fraternity is important. Members who have distinguished themselves on various levels of the Fraternity or within their professions bring honor not only to themselves but also to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The Fraternity realizes the value in acknowledging exceptional service and that the presentation of an award of recognition is also a primary way to show its appreciation. The Fraternity Service Center offers a number of awards that individuals, chapters, alumni, provinces and others can request. Examples include the Order of the Lion, Minerva, Phoenix and Violet; 25-, 50- and 75-year membership certificates; and Certificates of Appreciation among many others. All awards are processed by the Fraternity Service Center through the Manager of Alumni Services and Special Projects. A comprehensive list of the awards can be found online at www.sae.net under the members-only area or at www.thetgi.net under the “Alumni Relations” area.
The SAE Financial & Housing Corporation created its Home Improvement Contest to encourage our undergraduate chapters and members to enhance their fraternity property or a local community property in a substantial and beneficial way through physical improvement. For their efforts, groups can earn one of several cash prizes in the following areas: Best Interior Project, Best Exterior Project, Best “Green” Project or Best Community Project. Winners are selected based upon who best exemplifies the purpose of the contest, the objective of each award category and other factors, such as the level of membership and alumni participation, the completeness of application or the project results as compared to dollars spent. F&H further recognizes the winners in Sigma Alpha Epsilon publications. Applicants can always find the form online at www.sae.net under the members-only area and at www.thetgi.net in the “Housing” category.