University of Kansas Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Reunion Weekend

When: September 8th-10th

Come join fellow Brothers for a reunion weekend in Lawrence, Kansas! Hotel rooms are reserved at the Oread under SAE alumni for the weekend. 

Schedule:

Friday night: Kansas Alpha alumni has rented out the second floor of Quinton's from 6-8.

Saturday:

10am: Formal house tours will be given by actives and new members

12pm: Join us at a private room at the Oread with food and drinks provided.

1pm: Welcoming remarks from the House Corp

3pm: Jayhawks take on Central Michigan!

We hope to see Kansas Alpha alumni once again dwell in unity!

 

Engineering Scholarship

Beginning in 2009, an anonymous donor began funding Engineering Scholarships to encourage members to pursue engineering majors/ careers and to reward their academic achievement in a challenging major

REQUIREMENTS: 

1. Be enrolled and in good standing with the School of Engineering.

2. First-semester Freshmen must have been accepted in the School of Engineering and be enrolled as a full-time (12 or more credit hours) student.

3. Second-semester Freshmen, or Upperclassmen, must have:

a) Achieved a GPA of 3.01 or greater (on a scale of 4.0) in the previous semester (i.e. if applying for a Fall 2015 scholarship, must have had a 3.0 or greater for the Spring 2015 semester) while completing 12 or more credit hours in their approved engineering curriculum; and

b) Lived in the Kansas Alpha Chapter House the previous semester and remain a resident member of the Chapter throughout the current semester (i.e. if applying for a Fall 2015 scholarship, must have lived in the chapter house during the Spring 2015 semester and continue to live in the chapter house during the Fall 2015 semester).

4. Submit an application by the deadline, which is generally the end of the week after classes resume from spring break. 5. Members who have previously received an engineering scholarship will also submit a short report (less than 500 words) summarizing his accomplishments during the last semester and goals for the next semester with their scholarship application. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. Applications will be distributed by the PAEF. 

2. The PAEF will ensure applications are distributed to every member through the use of email distribution and an announcement at chapter.

3. Generally, applications (and reports, if required) are accepted online to assist in the application, selection, and administration of the scholarship. Every effort will be made to have applications available on the Kansas Alpha website, but at a minimum will be available in the e-mail sent to all members.

4. Members who have previously received an engineering scholarship will submit a short report (less than 500 words) summarizing his accomplishments during the last semester and goals for the next semester.

5. Once an application (and report, if required) is received by the PAEF, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant. Applicants should ensure they receive confirmation their application was received.  


The PAEF Vice President - Scholarship is Rich Littrell. Any questions can be sent to him via email at Rich.Littrell@gmail.com

Charles W. Garver Scholarship

The Charles W. Garver Educational Fund was established in honor of the 1954 pledge class

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Full-time (12 or more credit hours) undergraduate attending the University of Kansas.

2. Active member in good standing of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Kansas Alpha Chapter, who has lived in the chapter house the entire school year (for example - for a member to receive a scholarship for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 school year, they would have to have lived in the chapter house for both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters).

3. Submit an application by the deadline, which is generally the end of the week after classes resume from spring break. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. Applications will distributed by the PAEF.

2. The PAEF will ensure applications are distributed to every member through the use of email distribution and an announcement at chapter.

3. Generally, applications are accepted online to assist in the application, selection, and administration of the scholarship. Every effort will be made to have applications available on the Kansas Alpha website, but at a minimum, applications will be available in the e-mail sent to all members and announced at chapter.

4. Once an application is received by the PAEF, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the applicant. Applicants should ensure they receive confirmation their application was received.


The PAEF Vice President - Scholarship is Rich Littrell. Any questions can be sent to him via email at Rich.Littrell@gmail.com 

Terry Wilson Kansas Alpha Leadership Award

Terry Wilson has been an integral supporter of Kansas Alpha as chapter advisor from 1993-2007 and as a board member from 1993-2016. Terry was a member of the active chapter from 1974 to 1977. Terry’s participation has been ever-present and consistent through both good times and bad. He serves as a role model that all Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers should aspire to. Applicants for the Leadership Award must exhibit academic success and contributions both to Kansas Alpha and the larger University of Kansas community.

CRITERIA:

1. Must be at least be a second-year member (or longer) of Kansas Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in good standing

2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 as of preceding Spring semester

3. Live in the chapter house 4. Preference for:

a) Currently holding a position in the house

b) Participation in other university organizations

c) Participation in community service opportunities

d) Previously held a position in the house

PAPERWORK TO BE SUBMITTED

1. Completed application

2. Resume

3. Official college transcript sent by the university to:

Zack Holland 3270 S Clermont St Denver, CO 80222 


The PAEF Vice President - Scholarship is Rich Littrell. Any questions can be sent to him via email at Rich.Littrell@gmail.com

Fall GPA Scholarship

In order to reward and encourage academic success for undergraduate members, the PAEF offers scholarships based on member's Fall GPA, which are awarded at the yearly Spring scholarship dinner.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Full-time (12 or more credit hours) undergraduate attending the University of Kansas.

2. Active member in good standing of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Kansas Alpha Chapter, who has lived in the chapter house the entire school year (for example - for a member to receive a scholarship based on their Fall 2015 GPA, they would need to reside in the chapter house for both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters). 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. No action is required by the members to qualify for this scholarship. 

2. The PAEF will request a copy of the Fall grade report that has been verified by each member to ensure GPAs listed on the report are accurate.

3. The PAEF will contact the active chapter and house corporation board to ensure all applicants are eligible for the scholarship (in good standing, lived in the chapter house, etc.)


The PAEF Vice President - Scholarship is Rich Littrell. Any questions can be sent to him via email at Rich.Littrell@gmail.com

 

September Member Of The Month

Daniel Ott has been selected as our SAE - Kansas Alpha member of the month for the month of September! Please enjoy the following interview with Daniel.

Congrats on being selected as member of the month, Daniel! First off, tell us about yourself and what you are studying in school.

   Well I’m a graduating senior studying petroleum engineering. A little bit about myself, I’m the current president of the Honor Society of Petroleum engineers, Im an undergraduate teaching fellow for the university of Kansas chemical and petroleum engineering department, and I conduct research in carbon capture and sequestration. I’ve had a position in Sigma Alpha Epsilon every semester that I’ve been here, since joining in the fall of 2013. As one of my final positions in the chapter, I’ve been elected the Member Educator. 

What are your responsibilities as the member educator? What do you think you have brought to the table so far this year that past member educators have not?

    I think in the past, member education hasn’t been very effective for promoting growth of our members, and has been geared mainly towards the incoming freshmen. The member educator position is far more than just a new member education position. As member educator, I plan to promote education across all academic levels of our members, from freshmen to seniors. In order to have a successful program, I think it’s important to determine what would add value to certain members. Starting with the freshmen, we start off with a baseline history of Kansas Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon nationally. From there, we teach them life skills that are advantageous in their personal and professional growth; how to tie a tie, how to study for an exam, and how to give a presentation are just a few examples.     
    For the sophomore and Junior classes, I would like to gear the focus towards leadership and professional development. Part of being a member of sigma alpha epsilon, is joining another organization on campus to be a part of. Cultivating leadership qualities in all of our sophomores and juniors will help them to acquire positions in the organizations that they are apart of, outside of SAE. For the professional development aspect, its important to always be thinking ahead to the future. Some of the plans are to bring in employees from the career services center, and have them conduct resume workshops and networking to better prepare them for getting an internship. 
    For the seniors, they’ve already learned how to study and build a resume. To add value to their experience, I would like to bring in the career services center to conduct mock interviews, to ensure that our men have every available tool to be successful. 

We know that you are very active around the community. What community service events around the Lawrence area are you involved in this year?


    Helping others is a core component in striving to be True Gentlemen. There is a large spectrum of events that we have in store this semester to help promote value in our community. We plan to have several events with the boys and girls club of Lawrence, with different holiday themed parties. We are active in a group called “Natural Ties” in which we are paired up with a member of the community that has special needs, and we participate in weekly events with them. We’ve had several projects already this semester where we have volunteered at a local church, and helped create food gardens that are for the local community. Our community service chairman, Warren Sears, has been doing an incredible job at making meaningful projects that our members enjoy. 


Lastly, what lasting impact do you hope to have on the Kansas Alpha chapter after you graduate?

    Sustainability is one of the main goals that I would like to have upon graduation. We have made great strides in the time I’ve been involved with the chapter, and want to ensure that there’s sustainability for consistent growth. Joining Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been one of the most influential experiences of my college career. The friendships, connections, leadership, and growth I’ve experienced has been one of the largest blessings on my life.  

August Member Of The Month

Congrats to sophomore Joe Block for being selected as the August SAE Member of the Month! Please enjoy the interview below. Phi Alpha!

 

Congrats on being selected as the August SAE Member of the Month, Joe! To start off, tell the people why you chose to become a SAE at KU

    I chose to become an SAE because of the values on which SAE was based off, the guys who were currently in the house, and how well the house was doing. During recruitment they really stressed living by "The True Gentleman" and how they were the type of guys to help encourage members to strive to be their best each and every day. 

You are going into your second year at the University of Kansas, but you've already made a big impact at the house and on campus. What positions have you held / holding and what are some notable groups you are apart of?

    So far I've held the positions of Alumni Relations for two semesters and am taking on Scholarship as well as a role in Member Education this upcoming fall. On campus I am a member of the Junior Interfraternity Council on our campus which serves to transition new members into the bigger IFC role. Also, I am a member of the Honors College on campus.

Last semester, you received the IFC award for "outstanding new member". How much does it mean to you to win an award like that? Also, what advice would you give to our incoming new members so that they could potentially hold this award as well?

    It means a lot to me because I put in a lot of hard work this past year and it's rewarding to see other people noticing that work. Additionally it means a lot because I work as hard as I do to obviously be successful someday but also to hopefully be able to provide for my family like they have done all throughout my life and this is simply a step in the right direction. I would encourage all new members to treat school as a full-time job (if not more), get involved in your chapters and get to know people, give back to the community by volunteering as much as possible, and just never be satisfied with what can be done with your time. 
 

You recently just embarked on the 81st Annual John O. Moseley Leadership Cruise with a couple of your pledge brothers. Tell us about your experience and a couple of valuable lessons you learned.

    The experience was awesome. Most people will immediately dismiss the Leadership School as being a valuable experience because it was on a cruise, but that wasn't the case. Our average day filled with seminars, keynote speakers, and small-group meetings started around 8am and lasted until 6pm and after that there were optional events throughout the remainder of the night as well as formal dinner from 8:30-10:00pm. The Leadership School really focused on living by the True Gentleman as well as a lot of our rituals in the fraternity which our taught, but not in as much depth. The biggest lesson I learned is how to inspire other leaders in the chapter house and how to create connections / make notable impressions.
 

Lastly, what would you like to leave behind when you become a Kansas Alpha alum?

    I would like to leave behind a chapter that is performing at a Zeal worthy level each and every year. I want Kansas Alpha to have well-rounded men who know everything about the True Gentleman and who know SAE history. Most importantly, I want to set the bar high in the positions which I take on so incoming members have a bar to reach which hopefully they can exceed to continue making the chapter better. 

Welcome!

Welcome to the Kansas Alpha blog! In this section of the website, you will find our member of the month spotlight, and many more events surrounding the men of Kansas Alpha. Phi Alpha!

 

For any comments or inquires about this blog please email nathanmize@ku.edu.