By Laura Wiersema ’18
Going Greek meant going big for Simpson College’s chapter of the men’s fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which received five awards at a recent conference involving 11 other chapters of SAE.
This year, Simpson hosted SAE’s 42nd Annual Province Tau Leadership School, which was attended by over 100 fraternity members from 12 chapters, representing Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Simpson’s chapter took home Outstanding Chapter GPA, the Gordon A. Timpany Award for Member Education, Outstanding Campus Involvement and Outstanding Scholarship Programming. And, for the second year in a row, they were named Outstanding Chapter.
Current President Tyler Stokesbary said, “We seek out members that have high GPA and commitment to lead and serve. We push each other to get better and better so that we are continuously achieving awards.”
According to Tyler, the 57 men in the fraternity, known as the True Gentlemen, have an average grade point average of 3.5. They’re widely involved across campus, with members participating in everything from the Student Government Association to Theatre Simpson to athletics.
But involvement isn’t limited to campus. Most recently, SAE helped the Indianola Parks & Recreation Department put on their annual Halloween Fest by handing out candy and working games for children in the community.
The chapter also does extensive education about the fraternity for their members. “We have an intense, education-based member education program that goes through the history of SAE, songs, memorizing the True Gentlemen and going to forum events on campus,” Tyler said.
“Out of the 232 chapters and colonies of SAE in the USA and Canada, we are among the top 25 Chapters despite our small school size compared to some chapters at large universities.”