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, and sets the standards by which we base the Fraternity.
We began our journey to becoming a fraternity as 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. Three different hurricanes passed by the Tampa Bay area our first month. Thus, the birth of the 1st Floor Howell Hall “Hurricanes,” which became the foundation of the brotherhood in the fraternity’s early years.
Florida Chi returns to campus in 2024.
After eight years of diligent work by our alumni association, the Department of Fraternities & Sororities at UT extended a bid to Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2024. A big thank you to our alumni brothers and sisters for their fundraising efforts. Appreciation to the entire Greek alumni family for attending each of our all-inclusive “Greek Alumni Nights” held over the last 8 Gasparilla weekends from 2013 to 2020.
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. As we began our own “renewal” 8 years ago, everyone’s contributions have been appreciated.