Sigma Phi Epsilon

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Sigma Phi Epsilon
Abbreviation: SigEP
Org Founded: 1901 at Richmond College
CU Chapter: Phi
Chapter Established: 1993
Motto: "Building Balanced Men"
Symbol(s): Golden Heart
House: None
Recognition: IFC

Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi chapter, is one of the fraternities recognized by the Interfraternity Council. The chapter currently occupies a brownstone located on 113th St (between Broadway and Amsterdam) that is identifiable by its red doors. The fraternity more commonly goes by its nickname Sig Ep.

The chapter earned a 5 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating in spring 2013 and received a Special Achievement in Philanthropy award for their philanthropy actions taking place that year, which exceeded that of every other chapter.

The chapter earned a 4 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating in spring 2012 and earned achievement awards in philanthropy (presented to chapters that raise over $60 per member), community service (presented to chapters that complete over 20 service hours per member), and academics (presented to chapters that have an average GPA above 3.4).

Sig Ep has consistently been one of the top fundraisers for Relay for Life. The chapter has traditionally partnered with Delta Gamma for the event; in 2012 the team raised $5,421 and in 2013 they raised $6,104.

Service & Philanthropy

  • Every year Sig Ep hosts two “Red Parties” to raise funds for YouthAIDS. YouthAIDS is an HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness campaign of PSI targeting young people aged 15-24. These events are tremendously successful; the fraternity raises upwards of $2000 for the cause with the support of hundreds of Columbia students.
  • Sig Ep at Columbia has a strong tradition of commitment to service. The chapter has worked with the Columbia administration to begin the Columbia Community Outreach program (CCO). COO is a major annual service event for the entire undergraduate community that incorporates dozens of service projects throughout the city. Sig Ep also regularly participates in Relay for Life, a day of community activities and games dedicated to funding cancer research. The Columbia chapter has raised over $5,000 in past years.
  • Sig Ep also works various other philanthropic endeavors throughout the year. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the chapter supported Engineers Without Borders, several New York area pre-schools, New York Cares, the Hunger Project, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

About Sig Ep

The fraternity operates operates the "Balanced Man Program" and scholarship, which is based on being a Gentleman, Athlete, Leader, and Scholar. The NY Phi chapter consists of approximately 60 Brothers. Brothers are involved in CCSC, ESC, University Senate, rowing, rugby, soccer, football, tennis, and, most recently, varsity squash. Nationally, Sigma Phi Epsilon is the largest Fraternity, and has the highest GPA of any national fraternity.

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Greek life at Columbia
IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta PhiAlpha Epsilon PiBeta Theta PiDelta Sigma PhiKappa Delta RhoPhi Gamma DeltaPi Kappa AlphaPsi UpsilonSigma ChiSigma NuSigma Phi EpsilonZeta Beta Tau
Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Omicron PiDelta GammaGamma Phi BetaKappa Alpha ThetaSigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota AlphaAlpha Phi AlphaKappa Alpha PsiOmega Psi PhiPi Delta PsiLambda Phi EpsilonSigma Lambda Beta
Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi ChiSigma Iota AlphaDelta Sigma ThetaKappa Phi LambdaSigma Lambda Gamma
Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon