The subject of this entry no longer exists in Davis or is a former version of something that came afterwards.All information here is for historical reference only.


Sigma Alpha Epsilon's house on Fraternity Row.

521 Russell Blvd.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, or ΣΑΕ, was a former fraternity in Davis located between Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi (to whom they have no relation) and the Islamic Center. The property is still owned any maintained by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Housing Corporation, which has no direct affiliation to the fraternity. Sigma Alpha Epsilon members are sometimes known as "Sig Alphs". In March, 2006, Sigma Alpha Epsilon marked the 150th anniversary of its founding. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is not to be mistaken for Sigma Phi Epsilon or SigEp. It is appropriate to address a member of this fraternity as an "SAE."

The property today, occupied by Pi Kappa Alpha, "Pike," is an unparalleled housing facility including: horseshoe pits, basketball court, sand volleyball court, 4 buildings, 12 bedrooms, on a near  2 acre lot.


The fraternity chapter was closed in 2012 for violating policies set by the Campus University Housing Committee.


Alumni of the chapter maintain a strong presence within the city and university of Davis. The California Kappa SAE chapter is active and maintains annual golf tournaments, founder's day events, and home coming gatherings in the fall. The alumni of the chapter are also largely members of the San Francisco Bay Area SAE Alumni Association as well. The Cal Kappa Housing Corps. maintains the property today and while not directly affiliated with the fraternity, is largely made up of alumni from SAE to ensure a location should the fraternity return.


At this time, there are only tentative plans by alumni to revive the chapter.  There is no explicit plan on a return, but should undergraduates decide to form a new chapter presence, there will be support granted. 


For more than half a century, SAE members have recited "The True Gentleman," and no other words, save perhaps those of the ritual of initiation, have more nearly represented the ideals of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The True Gentleman

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.

- John Walter Wayland

Historic Davis Campus Chapter Awards

  • IFC "Award of Excellence" (aka House of the Year) 2008
  • IFC "Philanthropy Award" 2008
  • IFC "Award of Excellence" (aka House of the year) 2007
  • IFC "Philanthropy Award" 2007
  • IFC "Award of Excellence" (aka House of the Year) 2006
  • Chi Omega Hoops for Hopes Champions 2006
  • IFC "Award of Excellence" (aka House of the Year) 2005
  • IFC "Philanthropy Award" 2005
  • IFC "Philanthropy Award" 2004
  • IFC "Award of Excellence" (aka House of the Year) 2003
  • IFC "Membership Development Award" 2003
  • IFC "Philanthropy Award" 2002

National Awards

  • 2007 National Scholarship Award


On the night of March 9th 1856, eight gentlemen founded Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The California Kappa chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was established in 1952. Sigma Alpha Epsilon started in Davis as a local fraternity known as "Phi Alpha Iota" which had a house on the 200 block of A St. The location has since been replaced by the off-campus book store. Phi Alpha Iota was founded in 1913 on the UC-Davis extension (at the time) making SAE the oldest running fraternity in Davis. In 1952 around the time when UCD became its own campus, Phi Alpha Iota searched out Sigma Alpha Epsilon as the national fraternal society that best matched their own ideals of being True Gentlemen and sponsored the start of the California Kappa chapter of SAE. In the early 70's SAE moved to a house at the end of Russell called "Cactus Corners". In 1978 SAE left the Cactus Corners house to its present location on 521 Russell.

Unfortunately, after an event that ended with an ΣAE pledge in the hospital in Fall 2009, the Fraternity was no longer recognized by the University. The National Fraternity did not pull their charter and the members still held social functions, meetings, and generally continued to conduct their business. The University once again recognized ΣAE as a school organization in Fall 2011.

Local Alumni of Note

  • Robert Biggs UC Davis Head Football coach. '73
  • Darin LaFramboise Facebook. '07
  • Christopher Watters Facebook. '06
  • Cameron Shahabedin Alphas Ltd. Sunglasses Co-Founder. '06
  • Daniel Mark Dodd (of England) Sierra Energy Waste to Energy Scientist. '06
  • Cameron Michael Young Apple, '07