About SAE

Mission


Our mission at Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to create True Gentlemen out of our young, fresh initiates.

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.

Philosophy


Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s creed is The True Gentleman

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.IMG_1925-corrected-Philosophy

President’s Letter


Welcome to the Washington Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon,

College is not only a place to obtain a degree and move on to the professional world, but also a place to develop lifelong relationships. The defining feature of college is its 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 Nic Boedeker, I am the current President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I am from Los Angeles, CA, and I am a Junior majoring in Economics (B.A.) with a minor in Data Science. When I joined the Chapter two years ago, I saw a tightly knit group of men with passion and motivation to succeed in all areas of life. 

Here at SAE, we have four core values: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Friendship. 

Scholarship is a top priority at SAE, and we have an amazing network of support where we can challenge each other to succeed. In the Spring and Fall of 2020, we reached a 3.63 and 3.56, which is above both the Dean’s List quota as well as the all men’s average at The University of Washington. Despite our success, we strive to improve and push each other to be the best scholars that we can be. 

Service and philanthropy are a very important part of our fraternity lives as well. SAE’s national philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network and as a chapter we work with Seattle Children’s Hospital year-round to fundraise for them. In the Fall, we held a virtual fundraiser and  raised $3,251 during our SAE’s Month of Giving Back, and we continue to work with them to find ways to raise money. 

Leadership is important in all aspects of life. Through SAE’s leadership opportunities both in the House and at a national level, you will develop the tools to become a great leader in your future endeavors. Our Alumni network is also extensive and reaches across the nation. Fostering Alumni relationships and entering the job market after your undergraduate degree will be an easy, smooth transition.

Friendship is the most important part of creating a bond with your Brothers. The friendships that I have made in my two years here are going to last a lifetime. Brotherhood is heavily emphasized in our House because being in a fraternity is about creating lifelong bonds that can survive any amount of time, distance, or turmoil. 

Throughout the time COVID-19 has been rampant in our community, the Brothers of SAE have been rising to the occasion each day. We have yet to contract a single case in the entirety of the Chapter and we continue to take the most serious of precautions to maintain our health and well-being. We have continued distance within our living spaces, pack individual meals, and host strictly virtual events. Our recruitment process is strictly virtual for the time being.

If you are interested in SAE, whether you are a parent or student, do not hesitate to reach out. I am open to anyone to answer any questions you may have, and I look forward to getting to know you!

Sincerely,

Nic Boedeker

History


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.
Our House

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.

Philanthropy


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]

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