A FRATERNITY BUILT
Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) was founded at the University of Alabama on March 9th, 1856 by the eight founding members, making it the oldest national fraternity. Today, SAE has over 200 chapters consisting of over 330,000 initiated members in the United States. SAE National headquarters in located in Evanston, Illinois.
The Founding of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
On January 20th, 1968, Sigma Alpha Epsilon added the Florida Delta Chapter to the University of South Florida. The founding members were previously a group called the Enotas.
After reaching out to SAE nationals, they were approved to represent SAE at USF and created a legacy that still lasts today.
Original Chartering Members - 1968
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a leader among other national fraternities, changing policies and culture within its chapters as the times change. In 2014, SAE nationally eliminated the pledge process in order to reduce hazing and provide a more inclusive feeling for new members.
Levere Memorial Temple - National Headquarters
After two and a half years as a colony, on March 9th, 2019 the Florida Delta Chapter earned its Phoenix Charter, officially becoming a chapter again. With the new charter, SAE was ready to create the chapter we know today; one with traditions and a culture to elevate its members both on campus and as individuals.
2019 Charter Presentation at USF Alumni Center
Today, SAE continues its legacy of being leaders on USF campus. From Intramural Sports to philanthropic events, SAE is involved in every aspect on Greek life. We are the only fraternity that holds chapter meetings in the Alumni Center on campus. We develop social events to create fun memories for our members and brotherhood events to strengthen friendships and make new ones.
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