Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi

ΣΑΕΠ

The official crest of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
Open Motto: Spirit, Strength, Sisterhood
Nicknames: Sigma, Sigma AEPi
Founded: October 1, 1998 at

University of California, Davis, (Davis, California)

Founders:
  • Alycia Seaman
  • Erin Glick
  • Leah Dansker
  • Rachel Rothfarb
  • Erin Barker
  • Dana Miller
Colors: Blue & Gold
Flower: Blue Iris
Mascot: Lioness
Jewel: Sapphire
Symbol: Paw
Membership : 550+
Organization Type : Jewish, Social
Website : www.sigmaaepi.com/

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi is a national Jewish interest sorority that was founded on October 1, 1998 at the University of California, Davis.

Formation[edit]

In the early 1990s with the closing of a national Jewish sorority the University of California, Davis was left without a Jewish women's social organization. Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national Jewish fraternity, urged the women of Davis to start a Jewish women's social organization of their own. With positive response from the campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi was formed.

The "Sigma" is meant to represent "sisters of" in honor of Alpha Epsilon Pi's contributions towards the formation of the sorority. Additionally Sigma is also the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet in Jewish tradition, the number 18 means chai (life).

The six women who founded the sorority; Alycia Seaman, Erin Glick, Leah Dansker, Rachel Rothfarb, Erin Barker, and Dana Miller are considered the eternal mothers of the sorority.

Despite being a Jewish sorority there is no discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, or religious beliefs.[1][not in citation given]

Purpose[edit]

"The purpose of this organization shall be to promote unity, support, and a Jewish awareness, as well as to provide a Jewish experience for ourselves, our members, and the community as a whole. This organization is devoted to friendship, motivation, opportunity, leadership, and well-being."[2]

“Sorority Life”[edit]

The first season of MTV’s “Sorority Life” was filmed in the spring of 2002 on the UC Davis campus featuring members and pledges of ΣΑΕΠ. Through the airing of the show, ΣΑΕΠ began to expand across the country.[3]

National Board[edit]

A national board was started in the summer of 2002 to oversee the expansion and growth of ΣΑΕΠ as a nationwide sorority. Currently, there are 7 alumnae members from different chapters voluntarily serving as the directors on the National Board. 2013-2014 National Board members are:

  • Director of Operations: Hilary Stein
  • Director of Membership: Jennifer Goldsmith
  • Director of Expansion: Chayla Furlong
  • Director of Finance: Ruth Feldman
  • Director of Programming: Emily Wasson
  • Director of Public Relations: Dawn Savage
  • Director of Protocol: Adi Hanein

National Philanthropy[edit]

At the 2008 national convention, Cancer Schmancer was selected as the sorority's national philanthropy. In addition to the national philanthropy, some chapters also support local philanthropies.

In 2011 the National Board re-evaluated the national philanthropy and decided to move on to an organization that encompasses all of the philosophies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. American Jewish World Service was chosen.

Chapter list[edit]

Name Founded Institution Location Status Notes Reference
Charter 1998 University of California, Davis Davis, California Active


Alpha 2003 Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Inactive As of 2005


Beta 2003 University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Inactive As of 2008 [4]


Gamma 2003 University of California, Riverside Riverside, California Inactive As of 2006


Delta 2005 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California Active


Epsilon 2005 University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon Inactive As of 2005


Zeta 2005 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia Inactive As of 2011


Eta 2008 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Active


Theta 2008 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan Inactive As of 2011


Iota 2009 University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore, Maryland Active


Lambda 2010 University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri Active [5]


Mu 2010 James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia Active


Nu 2011 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California Active


Xi 2013 Binghamton University Binghamton, New York Active


Omicron 2014 California State University, Northridge Northridge, California Active


In 2001, a chapter was founded at San Diego State University by members of the UC Davis chapter, however they did not remain a chapter of Sigma for very long.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "About Us". Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi National Website. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]

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