From the President

  • President



  • SAE

    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.


    BernieMy name is Bernie Herbkersman, and I have recently been elected as the new Eminent Archon for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 term.


    I am truly honored to lead this chapter, and I’d like to personally thank my predecessor, Dixon Collins, and his predecessor, Joseph Struhernberg, for taking the time to prepare me for this role.


    While Joseph is graduating in May, I am lucky to say that Dixon will continue to work on the executive council as a Senior Advisor. The role was created so that an experienced senior could offer wisdom, input, and advice to officers of the fraternity and help with day-to-day operations. We are pleased to have Dixon’s guidance in the upcoming year.


    Once again, the chapter continues to focus on philanthropy. We are excited to announce that our very first Tons ‘O Buns philanthropy event was a success. Along with Kappa Alpha Order and Sigma Nu, our chapter hosted a charity hot dog eating contest. Five teams comprised of undergrads, alumni, Greek staff, and others competed in the contest. Combined with entry fees, concession sales, and all other combined proceeds, the event raised $3,000. The proceeds went towards the Cole and Stacy Sawyer Foundation to support the efforts of building a camp facility for children in need. In the upcoming year, we hope to continue to raise funds for this wonderful foundation.


    Social events continue to thrive at SC Delta, but our number one priority has always been 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 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.


    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 2017, there are 125 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 abreast to any rush events they may be hosting throughout the summer and early fall.


    To our alums, thank you for all your continuous 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 2017 one of our best. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.



    Bernard N Herbkersman '19

    Darla Moore School of Business | GSCOM

    Sigma Alpha Epsilon | Eminent Archon


    Cell (803) 873-2201