Chapter History

On September 30, 1950, under the leadership of president Robert Gates, Chi Beta Chi was granted permission by the grand chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity to become a chapter. They became the Ohio Iota chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the eighth chapter in Ohio to join the national fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon has been very successful at the University of Toledo. Over the years membership has fluctuated anywhere from 12 to 120, but the chapter has continued to be very successful and influential in the development of the campus Greek life. 

Since 2000, The chapter has been awarded six consecutive Buchanan cups, the highest honor a SigEp chapter can receive from the National Fraternity. The chapter has consistently placed in the top three for UT’s Dean Parks Awards within the last decade. SigEp is a well rounded fraternity, with a huge emphasis on the concept of “The Balanced Man.” 

As for tomorrow, we strive to reach new heights, to look forward to the challenges of our society, to meet the requirements of fraternity life and to live up to the standards our founding fathers based our existence as members of both Chi Beta Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

National History

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was founded at Richmond College, now the University of Richmond, on November 1, 1901, based upon the Cardinal Principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. The twelve founders of this fraternity sought to return to the true ideals of the Greek community, and since then SigEp has grown to over 260,000 lifetime members, including almost 15,000 undergraduates on more than 260 campuses in the United States, making it the largest fraternity in terms of undergraduate enrollment. In recent decades, SigEp has recruited more men than any other collegiate fraternity while simultaneously maintaining the highest first-year member retention rate (over 90%) of any national fraternity. 

Former Grand Chapter President William Tragos' speech, Beyond Phi Beta Kappa, set national fraternity goals of demolishing the negative stereotypes that plague the Greek community, rebuilding fraternity life into valued institutions solidly founded in high ideals, focusing on the development of a sound mind in a sound body through the Balanced Man Program.