Becoming a part of something bigger has always been a goal for many college students. Joining a fraternity or sorority is one of the ways this is possible, but with so many choices how can you decide?
The newest fraternity on campus, Sigma Phi Epsilon, offers many opportunities for those young men who want to join a different type of fraternity. Started in 1901 in Richmond, Virginia, SigEp is the largest fraternity in the country. Jeffery Horan, New Chapter Development Director, said, “It offers a different experience, one that’s not your typical fraternity experience. So if you were to think of ‘Animal House’ or anything you see on TV, SigEp is taking a different route.”
One of its main points is that it can give members benefits of learning things they wouldn’t normally learn. These include lessons on formal dress line dancing or even buying an engagement ring.
Horan also expressed how SigEp is more than just a social experience; it’s a fraternity focused on academics and leadership. “We have the most undergraduate guys, 16,000 in 240 different campuses, and all those guys average a 3.1 GPA, which is also the highest in the country,” Horan said.
It may also surprise many to learn that President Edward H. Hammond is a Sigma Phi Epsilon member. From 2001 to 2003 Hammond served as the Past Grand President of SigEp.
Right now, the organization has nine members and one adviser. These members are president Jamison Green, adviser Matt Means, Timmy Parker, Bryant Davis, Taylor Wade, Austin Tatro, Cody Norton, Brad Dickson, Greg Shuler, and Gustavo Reyes. With the promise of no pledging or hazing, SigEp seems a promising opportunity for young men at Fort Hays State University.
“I wrestle for Fort Hays, and academics are very important to me, so the sound body, sound mindset really hits home to me and it opens up a lot of opportunities.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is also hosting the 3rd annual Jail N’ Bail to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. The students will raise money in their classes, and SigEp will come into the classroom on either April 10 or 11 to escort professors to “jail” in the Memorial Union.
Sigma Phi Epsilon is working to become the biggest fraternity on campus, so if you are interested in joining, contact Jeff Horan at his office at 804-612-1407 or on his cell at 804-319-0644.