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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.
Welcome to the Washington Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon!
From the surface, people think of college as a place of to get a degree and move on. People focus on college rankings, but neglect the details that make college what it is, the community. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been fostering community and brotherhood at the University of Washington since 1906. Walking around the house, you find yourself surrounded by brothers that encourage you, challenge you, and help you succeed in all facets of life. Brothers of SAE are True Gentlemen living each day to its fullest.
My name is Jake Broemeling, I’m the current president here at Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I’m a junior from Spokane, WA studying International Studies. When I first joined the house two years ago, not only did I find SAE to be a place of opportunity; I found brothers that study together, spend time together, and engage their community together. Not only are we involved in the community, we believe that we have an academic responsibility to ourselves, our families, and to the organization. We work hard each semester to provide the best support network we can to challenge each other to succeed. This past quarter, our brothers achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.41, higher than the all men’s average at UW. Our members are looking toward the future, aspiring to be the next businessmen, engineers, healthcare professionals, and leaders of the modern world.
Community service and philanthropy are an important part of our fraternity life. We are constantly looking for new ways to support the community. Our main focus is supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital, raising hundreds of dollars for them annually. We host numerous events throughout the year that benefit our philanthropy, including our haunted house event, Paddy Murphy Week, and Feed the Lions Philanthropy. We also spend time cleaning the community, participating in community fundraisers, and give our time to those less fortunate. Many of our service projects can be found on the SAE Instagram @UWSAE.
The COVID-19 crisis has created new challenges for us, but I am seeing brothers rising to the occasion each and every day. We are taking precautions to be the most prepared community going forward, implementing distancing within our living spaces, individually packed meals, and virtual events for brotherhood activities. We are also recruiting virtually for the time being.
Whether you’re a student, parent, or are simply interested in SAE, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to get to know 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]