National Fraternity History

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Its founders were Noble Leslie DeVotie, Nathan Elams Cockrell, John Barratt Rudulph, John Webb Kerr, Samuel Marion Dennis, Wade Hampton Foster, Abner Edwin Patton, and Thomas Chappell Cook.

Of all existing national social fraternities today, SAE is the only one founded in the Antebellum South.  Its national headquarters, the Levere Memorial Temple, was established on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1929.

The creed of SAE is The True Gentleman, which each member strives to emulate throughout their lives.

Indiana Sigma Chapter History

In the Spring of 1968, a small group of young men encouraged and assisted by the Wabash Valley SAE Alumni Association formed a local fraternity called the Phi Alpha Fraternity to pursue a charter of SAE.

On June 13-15, 1969, at the 113th SAE Anniversary National Convention in San Francisco, California the Phi Alpha Fraternity was one of thirteen local fraternities granted a charter of SAE.

On October 25, 1969, the Indiana Sigma Chapter was chartered as the 196th chapter of SAE.  Since then over 1,100 young men have been initiated into the local chapter.

"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

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