Welcome to Sigma Alpha Epsilon at The University of South Carolina,
Sigma Alpha Epsilon strives to give young men the scholarship, leadership, and social experiences necessary to excel both while they’re on campus and once they graduate.
Membership is lifelong, and we continually aim to mold our young men into gentlemen who can be leaders in the ever-changing landscape of the society we live in.
This is the mission outlined by the national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and here at South Carolina Delta, we concur to every word of that statement. Established in 1882, SC Delta was the 35th chapter chartered nationally. With nearly 3,000 young men initiated in our existence, our reach extends far beyond the capital city here in Columbia and the great state of South Carolina.
My name is Robert Byrd, and I have recently been elected as the chapter’s Eminent Archon for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 school year.
It as an honor to be selected to lead this chapter, and I am glad to say that we have elected an outstanding executive council. I would like to thank my predecessor, Bernie Herbkersman, as well as his predecessor, Dixon Collins, for preparing me for this role through their leadership over the past two years. I would also like to thank two of our advisors, Ellison Neese and John Stringfellow, for their continued assistance with our leaders as well as the chapter as a whole.
While Dixon is graduating in May, I am happy to say that Bernie will remain on our executive council as a senior advisor for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 term. I am looking forward to his continued contribution.
Once again, the chapter focused on philanthropy over the past school year. In addition to a $7,000 donation to Camp Kemo, a local organization that provides children who have been affected by cancer with a week in a more traditional summer camp, members volunteered at Habitat for Humanity on April 28. We are looking forward to organizing a philanthropy softball game next fall as well as a golf tournament in the spring to allow us to provide more help for these causes.
Social events continue to thrive at our chapter, but our number one focus has remained in the classroom. In the spring of 2015, we announced the creation of the Ira H. Hoell Scholarship for Academic Excellence, named in honor of brother Ira Hoell’s late father, who passed away in 2009. The award is presented to those members who maintain a 4.0 GPA while taking a minimum of 15 credit hours in a semester. The brother, or brothers, who accomplish this milestone are honored with a financial reward, totaling the cost of half of their dues for the semester. We are also proud to say that our average GPA remains to be higher than the male average on campus.
SC Delta still remains amongst the most successful and prestigious chapters on campus. Our alumni support is nothing short of outstanding, our numbers are at their highest levels in nearly ten years, and our chapter is full of “true gentleman”. As of April 2018, there are 122 active brothers, and we look forward to welcoming an additional thirty to forty more with a strong class in the fall. I encourage any potential rushees to visit our "Rush" page and fill out an information form. Further, please get in touch with our rush chairmen, whose contact information is listed on that page as well. They will keep you informed on any rush events they may be hosting throughout the summer and early fall.
To our alums, thank you for all your support. If you know of a young man interested in SAE at USC, please pass along their information to our rush chairmen as well. To our parents, and especially our mothers who made this year's Mothers of Minerva Weekend another huge success, we are grateful for your continual hard work and contributions.
We all look forward to making 2018 one of our best. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.
Robert Byrd '19
Sigma Alpha Epsilon | Eminent Archon