Sigma Alpha Epsilon gives young men the leadership, scholarship, service, and social experience they need to excel at the University of Tampa. We strive to mold our members into a gentleman so they set an example in today’s society. Our standards were established in 1856 by our Founding Fathers and as written in our creed, “The True Gentleman.” No other words have better represented Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
We began our journey to becoming a fraternity as incoming freshmen in 1979. We started on the first floor of the Howell Hall dormitory, back in the day when “co-ed by floor” was a radical new idea. Heavy rains & 2 hurricanes passed thru the Tampa Bay area our first month at UT. Thus, our intramural teams were named the “Hurricanes,” who were the foundation of the brotherhood in the fraternity’s early years.
Florida Chi returns to UT in 2024.
After 8 years of diligent work by our alumni group, the Department of Fraternities & Sororities at the University of Tampa extended a bid to Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2024. A big thank you to our alumni brothers and sisters for their donations. Special appreciation goes out to the entire Greek alumni family for attending each of our all-inclusive “Greek Alumni Nights” held over the past 8 Gasparilla weekends from 2013 to 2020.
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Ancient Greeks wrote of the phoenix, a mythical firebird that obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessors. The phoenix represents transformation, death, and rebirth in its fire. As a spiritual icon, the phoenix is a symbol of strength and renewal. As both a fire and solar symbol, the phoenix is symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning.