Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Missouri Beta Chapter
National Founding: 1856
Local Founding: April 30, 1892
Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network
Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold
The Missouri Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was chartered at Washington University on April 30, 1892, it is the second oldest fraternity chapter located on Washington University’s campus. Its founders were Curtis R. Haydon, M. B. Yeaman, the Knights of the Green Umbrella and R.S.R. Almost 1,800 men have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon through the Missouri Beta Chapter. Despite a period of turbulence in the chapters history, Missouri Beta has held tightly together. Withstanding years of hardship, the Missouri Beta chapter has once again expanded triumphantly upon their return to campus. The brotherhood currently consists of a medium size group of men who strive not only for social leadership, but academic excellence and the strongest bonds of friendship.
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 “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.