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Letter from the Executive Director



Dear Parents, Families and New Members,

Thank you for visiting our Sigma Alpha Epsilon website. We hope you’ll take a look around and learn more about our historic Fraternity, our mission and creed and the values we place on membership.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Now, more than 150 years later, we have 300,000 initiated members, 226 active collegiate chapters, 16 colonies and 209 alumni associations across the country.

Why have 300,000 men chosen to become members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon? Each one probably has a different answer, but I believe the primary reasons include their ability to enjoy:

  • a lifetime experience of friendship and brotherhood
  • an opportunity to serve the community and fellow man
  • a commitment to high academic performance and personal standards
  • a value on the actions and behaviors of a gentleman and role model

New members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon experience an education process commonly called a pledgeship. This time period for growth and education should be between 4-12 weeks, and that period is strictly a way to learn about our amazing history on a national and local chapter level. The pledge process is a time for growth, maturation and introduction into the brotherhood. We use a risk-management guide titled Minerva’s Shield that covers risk-management policies; we also provide education at our Leadership Schools, both regional and national; and we sponsor a hazing hotline for individuals to report any hazing concerns anonymously at 1-888-NOT-HAZE. In addition, Sigma Alpha Epsilon addresses these issues regularly in publications such as The Record and through our educational resources. Any questions about alcohol, hazing or risk management can be directed to Director of Risk Management and General Counsel Frank Ginocchio at fginocchio@sae.net.  

Membership is for life. While new-member education eventually concludes, the continuing education continues. We strive to prepare young men not just for their undergraduate years but also for the years beyond the walls of the host institution. Our belief is that when our members graduate, they will look back and realize they are a better man – a true gentleman – because of their undergraduate experience with Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation helps to further the mission of the Fraternity by encouraging academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. To support and advance the education of young men, the Foundation has established national scholarship funds which award more than $60,000 annually to our most accomplished brothers. In addition, the Foundation provides more than $250,000 each year in chapter specific scholarships through our 100+ Chapter Education Funds and makes available up to $10,000 in emergency student loans to each member. Finally, the Foundation equips our brothers with leadership skills by providing tuition scholarships and our annual grant to the John O. Moseley Leadership School.

The SAE Financial & Housing Corporation has a mission to build strong chapters by promoting safe, competitive and affordable fraternity housing through property-management resources and services. In addition, the board supports house corporations to become financially sound and ensures those volunteers are well-trained.

As a parent myself, I understand the questions that families often have about joining a fraternity. I remember when my father had the very same questions. Sigma Alpha Epsilon helps the maturation process of members becoming gentleman. We hope they represent the Sigma Alpha Epsilon name and their last name with the highest honor possible. If we can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

We are proud of the undergraduate mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as well as our alumni chapters, our educational programs and our community service. We hope you’ll explore our website to find additional information about our organization, chapters, Foundation, philanthropy, housing, events and programming.

Sincerely,

Blaine Kennedy Ayers
Executive Director

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