Sigma Chi was founded on June 28th, 1855 at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Our seven founders created the fraternity on the basic values of Friendship, Justice, and Learning. For more on the general fraternity, click here.
The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi has a rich tradition of excellence by developing character traits and personal responsibility to prepare our men for responsible citizenship and manhood. Our chapter gained our charter in 1883, and moved into our current chapter house in 1900. We encourage our brothers to not only live the values and virtues of Sigma Chi, but for our brothers to get out into the world and make their own mark.
You can find our brothers all over the world and all across campus. Our brothers are involved in other organizations and activities on campus such as Big Red Investment Club, Omicron Kappa Delta, The Interfraternity Council, PREVENT, and more.
As Sigma Chi's, we have three core values - friendship, justice, and learning. We take these values and lessons from our founders to lead and direct our actions every day with everything that we do. The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice and learning within its membership.
The Fraternity best serves that purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that foster leadership, build character and promote positive relationship skills, which in turn enable its members to become productive and caring participants in their families, colleges and communities.
The Peterson Significant Chapter Award, sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. Named for 38th Grand Consul J. Dwight Peterson, INDIANA 1919, the award recognizes excellent, but not impossible, performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. For many years, the Peterson plaque has been a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement.
Years won: 1982, 1985, 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2014, 2015, 2016
Any Sigma Chi alumnus or undergraduate may nominate a brother for the Significant Sig award. A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, and a resume or summary of the nominee's past and present occupations and positions, professional and/or civic activities, and honors or awards received. Service to Sigma Chi as an undergraduate or alumnus is not a criterion for this award, and ought not to be listed. If a candidate is selected, a nominator may be asked to assist the alumni services department at International Fraternity Headquarters with coordinating an awards ceremony. Only living members of the Fraternity are eligible to receive the award.
Alpha Epsilon Significant Sigs: Lamonte Belnap, 1898; John Brown, 1930; Barnard Houtchens, 1933; Floyd Baker, 1937; Donald Meier, 1941; Fred McLafferty, 1944; E. Abdnor, 1945; Milton Whitehead, 1950; Joseph Feeney, 1954; Paul Allen, 1958; Frank Morrison, 1959; J. Steve Davis, 1967; Eric Piatkowski, 1993; Barnard Houtchens, 1993.
Each year, the Order of Constantine recognizes a group of Sigma Chi brothers for their commitment, dedication and service to the Fraternity. Induction into the Order of Constantine is considered to be the highest honor that the Sigma Chi Fraternity bestows upon one of its members. The honor of being named an Order of Constantine Sig has been conferred on just over 720 brothers since the Order's inception at the 47th Grand Chapter in 1948.
Order of Constantine Recipients from Alpha Epsilon: Frank Proudfit, 1910; Kenneth Craig, 1919; Bennett Martin, 1925; Floyd Baker, 1937; Corwin Moore, 1938; William Moore, 1938; Gregory Kallos, 1949; Marion Denker, 1977.
Life Loyal Sigs are part of a brotherhood of young and old alumni who continue to reap the benefits of Sigma Chi membership long after their college years are over. Life Loyal Sigs exemplify the prosperity, achievement, idealism and deep sense of personal responsibility that we all wish for ourselves and our families. A Life Loyal membership is the best way for members to take part in the enduring spirit and heritage of Sigma Chi.
The first Life Loyal Sig was William “Pop” Henning, DEPAUW 1890, who is most commonly known for leading the Fraternity through the difficult years of the World War I era. Since that time, more than 56,000 brothers have become Life Loyal Sigs.