|Alabama Mu Chapter|
The brothers of the Alabama Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at The University of Alabama have been busy at work on campus and are proud of our achievements. Being a member of a fraternity gives university students amazing and tremendous advantages, but we realize that we must also be productive members of our campus and community. Nearly 30% of the University of Alabama's student population is in a Greek-letter organization.
P. O. Box 11057
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Phone: (334) 398-3131
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Obviously, the paramount duty of any college student is to excel in the classroom. The SAEís have respectable grade point averages on campus. For example, in 2000, SAE ranked 25th overall (out of 26 fraternities ranked) in grades compared to all other fraternities on campus. In 2005, that number went up to tenth. Our current 138 member chapter (second largest IFC fraternity) ended the Spring 2014 semester with an overall GPA of 3.02 (up from 2.92 in the Fall of 2013), ranking us 13th overall (up from 15th overall) in grades (out of 29 IFC fraternities ranked) on campus. The All-Fraternity Average was 3.00, while the All-Men's Average was 2.95. Commitment to education through weekly study halls and tutoring has obviously made a difference in our fraternityís overall academic plan for success. We are striving to continue this upward trend.
Next to grades, it has been our second greatest goal to make the world around us better. To accomplish this goal, the SAE house elects a philanthropy chair to establish a precedent for our involvement in the Tuscaloosa community. We host several philanthropy events throughout the year, and on November 7, hosted our annual "Bucking for Breast Cancer" event. The event was held at Tuscaloosa's famous Gallettes, located on the strip. This allowed community members and other Greek organization members to attend. We organized live music and a mechanical bull for people to try out. There was a great turnout and all of the funds were donated to a good cause -- to help find a cure and help those affected by this disease.
Community Service is also highly stressed at Mother Mu. At the beginning of last September our new members completed a community service project in Montgomery, Alabama. The members spent the weekend doing home improvements and helping various civic organizations. More than 340 hours were given back to the community. In addition to this annual community service project for new members, many other projects are planned throughout the academic year.
Our members have stayed active with a number of extracurricular activities. Many men are active in campus organizations, such as SGA (Hamilton Bloom is the newly elected SGA President), IFC and Capstone Men, while others compete at a high level on intramural teams (namely; basketball, football and golf). Two members played football on the Crimson Tide national championship team; Wilson Love '14 (DL) and Cade Foster '15 (Placekicker). Former Crimson Tide starting quaterback, Greg McElroy '11, is now a quarterback for the New York Jets.
In annual chapter events, we held our mid-February "Stockholder's Ball". "Parent's Weekend" was also held in March, where alumni and parents visit the house and share time and fond memories with the undergraduate brothers, then unite together in a golf outing, followed by an elegant formal dinner prepared by the staff, concluding with a brief program.
We held two major recruitment event weekends in the Spring semester where we got to know many great new prospective men. These annual events are must attend recruitment events (usually held in late March and mid-April). These events offer an opportunity to establish many great relationships with potential members. Early recruitment activities commence in late January, and will continue in earnest throughout the summer months and will formally conclude around the end of August (although recruitment is truly a year round process at Mother Mu). Our Recruitment Chairs are busy assembling and evaluating a plethora of names and Recruitment Recommendations for approximately 45 new members to be bid by September 3, 2014.
Being active collegiate members of The University of Alabama community has always been important to the members of Alabama Mu. Interfraternity and sorority relations, as well as a healthy relationship with University administrators, has always been a staple of the SAEís. Leadership conferences are an important part of our development as well. Currently, it is very clear to the rest of campus that the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon are among the most involved in campus activities and honors. Several brothers are members of university honor societies with several holding key officer roles in these societies.
We are very proud of our achievements and look forward to another 158 years of molding young men into True Gentlemen. FA!