Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for our members based upon the ideals set forth by our Founders and as specifically enunciated in our creed, 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.
Over the years there have been over 296,000 men initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon and there are currently 241 chapters nationwide. Locally, our chapter was first known as Phi Tau Alpha, installed on November 21, 1928. On November 6, 1965, Phi Tau Alpha was formally installed as the Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Recently, Michigan Epsilon acquired a new residence on 1509 University Avenue and moved in October of 2010. For more information about history, events, or contact information, visit saekettering.org.
National Founding Date:
March 9, 1856
Local Founding Date:
The True Gentleman (not really a motto, more a way of living)
Old Gold and Royal Purple
Varies from Year to Year
David Spade, Phil Jackson, Nick Lachey
Alexander Witt (President)