Connecticut Alpha at the University of Connecticut received their original charter in 1956, initiating 323 men before becoming dormant on the UConn campus when the entire Fraternity system collapsed in 1972. With renewed national interest in fraternities and sororities, CT Alpha returned to campus in 1980, and enjoyed great success for decades, earning 4 Buchanan Cups and producing many local and national fraternity volunteers. Sadly, under-performance caused its demise again in 2008. Although under 13% of students at Connecticut’s flagship university (~18,000 undergraduates) are members of the Greek system, Sigma Phi Epsilon would not be gone for long!
When Sigma Phi Epsilon came back to Storrs in September 2014, they found a campus hungry for Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man vision; by the end of that first semester, interviewing over 600 men for the Balanced Man Scholarship and actively recruiting across campus, 61 new members were added to the CT Alpha role. Within two years, that number grew to 92 men with a chapter GPA of 3.33, well above the all-campus, all-men, and all Greek averages.
With the support of an active volunteer and alumni base, the new colony was able to move into UConn’s Husky Village housing after only one year on campus. New furniture was purchased, and Composites and other memorabilia were dug out of storage, repaired and cleaned, and proudly displayed throughout the house. After two years of hard work and continuous growth, we submitted our comprehensive Chartering Application in November 2016, and received approval on December 16, 2016.
The new Connecticut Alpha chapter celebrated our re-chartering on April 1, 2017, with over 280 brothers and guests. In addition to 89 undergraduate Brothers and 14 recent alumni, almost 50 alumni from every decade of CT Alpha’s history and a dozen alumni and active members of other SigEp Chapters came together to help us celebrate the occasion.
We are indebted to the generations of brothers who built this chapter and who continued to support Connecticut Alpha through high and low times.