BE TRUE ...THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Since its founding in 1977, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at UNCW laid a foundation for a strong brotherhood that has only improved with the passing years. Those that have been entrusted to maintain the tradition have only elevated the prominence of the fraternity.
With a large and uniquely loyal alumni base, the NC Delta Chapter of SAE has distinguished itself by consistently maintaining a broad base of quality leaders that have been committed to guide, support and mentor those that have followed. The alumni interaction has served to build a bond of intergenerational relationships that has promoted friendship, justice, and service as the exemplification of our brotherhood which has fostered a lifelong commitment to our noble order.
THE TRUE GENTLEMAN ...OUR CREED
The bond that unites us as brothers is formalized in The True Gentleman, the adopted creed of Sigma Alpha Epsilon that was written by John Walter Wayland (Virgina Omicron). Brothers stand and recite The True Gentleman in unison as an expression of loyalty as it best represents the core beliefs and values of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The True Gentleman by John Walter Wayland
The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.
THE SAE ACT ...PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY
The NC Delta Alumni Association of SAE continues to embrace The True Gentleman. Regardless of how difficult standing on principle may sometimes be - not standing on principle will have devastating consequences. Therefore, there can be no compromise on defending principles.
After being directly involved in a proceeding in 2012 where due process protections were breached by campus administrators, the men of SAE banded together and solicited the state legislature for a remedy. Their efforts were successful as the NC General Assembly passed the Students and Administration Equality Act. The new law became known as the "SAE Act" and is the first of its kind in the nation. The brothers of SAE at UNCW are the proud architects of the SAE Act.
"Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law"
- President William McKinley
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