Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Purdue University

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Indiana Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Purdue University

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Page 2 Indiana Beta brothers during a ski trip. Jake Van Vuren '17 and Joe Murphy '16 during the holidays. Alumni from the 1960s reunited at the Indiana Beta house. B y now you know of the appalling actions of some University of Oklahoma SAE members, who are neither True Gentlemen nor brothers. How many negative adjectives apply to such behavior? Racist, repulsive, horrid, intolerant, entitled, insensitive, and disgusting are but a few that come to mind. Moreover, the renegades at Oklahoma insult our African-American True Gentlemen at SAE Purdue where we reject racism. The actions of some ex-SAEs at Oklahoma in no way reflect the character of SAE Purdue where the chapter is highly diverse. For decades, we've had African-American True Gentlemen, and we face stiff recruitment competition from top ranked African-American and some narrowly focused fraternities. Right now, SAE Purdue also counts Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Hispanic brothers as True Gentlemen who are building on our 123-year tradition. Our 175+ active members more than mirror the makeup of the Purdue student body. How do we recruit and select our members? We always seek True Gentlemen either based on what they are today or how we think they will learn and grow. Yep, we look for academics and activities, and we always seek new brothers who can make SAE Purdue even better. We seek quality, and we reject any form of discrimination. It's the old corporate bromide of wanting to recruit individuals who are better than you are. I know these facts, because I'm privileged to have spent an aggregate of more than three weeks annually since 2009 at 406 Littleton working hands-on with the undergraduates in recruiting and other matters. In the last six years, I've personally met more than 3,500 potential members. It's pleasing to watch SAE Purdue outperform the chapter we knew back in the day. SAE Purdue is the antithesis of a handful of bigots at Oklahoma. More important than all the bragging statistics we can cite is the plain fact that SAE Purdue walks the True Gentleman talk in seeking and embracing anyone who embodies our high ideals. We repudiate behavior such as that at Oklahoma, and our actions prove it. If you'd like to talk, please call. Or, please contact our chapter EA, Austin Cornell '16, at (518) 428-4713 or austin.cornellsae@gmail. com. You have every reason to be a proud Purdue SAE. Phi Alpha, Wayne McIntyre '64 Vice President, SAE Purdue House Corporation (408) 930-1438 Ryan Jamieson '17, Steven Greco '15, Greg Kenter '16, Kyle DiGioia '17, and Adam Schwarz '17 volunteer at a local school. Purdue SAE Proud To Be True GenTLemen alone raised over $17,000 for the organization. This semester, we restored the SAE tradition of Paddy Murphy Week to become leaders in philanthropy on campus once again. We raised nearly $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps families of wounded American soldiers post-9/11. We also provided service for a local veteran's home to make a positive impact in our own community. AN INCREASE IN ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE It's no surprise that as our chapter improves every year, so do our grades. We have promoted scholastic achievement in our house now more than ever; increased academic resources, mandated study hour programs, and local and alumni donated scholarships have led to higher chapter-wide scholastic achievement. For three consecutive semesters, our GPA has stayed above a 3.0 and has remained well above the all-men's average at Purdue. Our chapter also received the Academic Achievement Award from the Interfraternity Council for the spring '14 and fall '14 semesters. A GROWING ALUMNI NETWORK Our alumni are the most crucial part to our chapter's sustained success. The active members continue to improve communication with our alumni in order to keep our brothers involved from every decade of Indiana Beta's past. As we prosper on campus, we know that involvement from our alumni will help us maintain the level of success that we have worked tirelessly to achieve. You can help with our effort to recruit the best and brightest incoming freshmen. If you know of candidates, please submit a recommendation available at under the recruitment tab. At this year's Gala, the undergraduate brothers were thrilled to see many of our alumni return to the Lodge. We sincerely appreciate the support of our generous and loyal alumni brothers and hope to see you soon! Phi Alpha, Austin Cornell '16 Eminent Archon Indiana Beta By Pictures INDIANA BETA RAISING THE BAR (Continued from page 1)

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