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This is done through their introduction into an environment that emphasizes honesty, ambition, scholarship, and accountability. This environment fosters the development of social and professional skills that will greatly benefit them in their lives after graduation.
The fraternity serves as one of the greatest resources a university campus has to offer. The leadership experience and social skills learned within the walls of the chapter house simply cannot be matched by any other organization.
Membership is for life. The men at Sigma Alpha Epsilon learn the value of hard work, collaboration, and brotherhood. You will be hard pressed to find greater lasting friendships than the ones formed within the fraternity. These brothers will be at your wedding, and they will carry your casket.
“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.“
– John Walter Wayland
SAEs strive to adhere to this creed. It is committed to memory by all members. Taken seriously, it serves as a guide to living a fulfilling and honorable life.
My name is Noah and I’m the current president here at Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I’m a Sophomore at the University of Washington studying accounting and international business. I’m a Dean’s List student and I’m semi-fluent in Spanish. And while I’m sure my academic credentials will help me out as I get older, I know that the values I hold will be the deciding factor on my future; whether or not I live a happy and self-fulfilling life. I believe in integrity, because it is important to be a man of my word; in constant reflection and improvement, because if you’re not moving forwards, you’re moving backwards; in everyday kindness, because you never know the impact your actions may have on others. Too often when we grow up we are forced to figure out what we want to be and no one ever bothers to ask who we want to be. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the place where that learning happens. At SAE, we help our brothers succeed in their own endeavors by building strong, positive values that span across our whole brotherhood, and will carry on throughout their lifetime. When I first joined, I loved leadership, but didn’t believe I had the type of leadership to guide an organization or have a vision (even so far as to say that I would never run for president). Yet here I am today, and I would have never made it this far without the support of my brothers. Whatever goals they may have, our family will receive the support they need to achieve their highest standards and find themselves along the way. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a place where young individuals from all walks of life come in, unsure and undefined, and leave as True Gentleman. So whether you’re a student, parent, or are simply interested in SAE, don’t wait a second to reach out to me. I would love to learn about you and answer any questions you may have.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9th, 1856 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Since its founding in the Antebellum South, it has spread voraciously to all regions of the country, and has since initiated over 325,000 members. By this metric, it is the largest fraternity in the United States. On almost every major college campus in the United States, a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon can be found.
The Washington Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded May 30th, 1906. It has since enjoyed a long and illustrious stay on 17th avenue outside of the UW. SAE at the UW has never had its charter revoked for any reason.
The chapter house received a major expansion in the 1960s, with a massive addition being added onto the north side of the house.
One of the great benefits of being a member of the Greek community is the chance to become involved in a great number of philanthropic events held throughout the year. Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Washington holds its own Feed the Lions philanthropy each year, where money is raised through competition, and donated to the Make a Wish Foundation and the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The members of SAE not only participate in the chapter’s own philanthropy, but are involved in multiple philanthropic efforts each quarter, with the result of thousands of dollars being donated to charities of all types.
The Washington Alpha chapter of SAE also has a very close relationship with Seattle Children’s Hospital and the nearby Bryant Elementary School, where many members offer themselves to tutor young children in math, reading, and writing.[/column]