Ken Barker ’70 drove in from Pittsburgh to attend Founders Day activities at the SAE house March 18, 2022.
Comeback for brotherhood
Greek organizations like SAE are gathering again, resuming treasured traditions like Founders Day.
Founders Day resonated with a little more fervor this spring at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at Hazel and Magnolia drives, just off campus. With Covid restrictions relaxed, alumni returned to participate in a live rite of brotherhood for the first time in two years.
Making the moment more auspicious, the fraternity was celebrating its first Founders Day in its new house. Alumni had raised some $400,000 to transform a musty old mansion into a practical and handsome home for 23 students.
On March 18, about a dozen alumni arrived to share lunch and to display another stream of support. In what’s becoming an SAE Founders Day tradition, they awarded scholarships in honor of a distinguished alumnus.
Alumni and students gathered in the living room and applauded as, one by one, five young men were called forward to receive scholarships ranging in value from $1,500 to $2,500. The scholars were chosen by an alumni scholarship committee for their contributions to the house and to the brotherhood. It’s a tie that binds.
“Supporting the brotherhood, as well as the school, is a cause that’s near and dear to all of us,” said Marc Vitantonio ’82, chairman of the SAE scholarship committee.
“We have a great alumni base. It’s awesome,” said chapter president Austin Grillo, a civil engineering major. He noted the chapter’s alumni also staff a mentor-mentee program for the sophomores. “Our alumni are very important to us. They keep us grounded.”
The SAE scholarships are named in honor of Philip Legge ’43, a former administrator for Case Institute of Technology and an active SAE nearly his entire life before his death in 2009. They are administered by the Case Alumni Association.
The 2022 Legge Scholars of the SAE are juniors Austin Grillo, Lucas Decaro, Joseph Cavallo, Randolph Ayers and Antonio Orsini.
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SAE House at Hazel and Magnolia drives in University Circle.
A big check awaits junior Antonio Orsini, recipient of an SAE scholarship awarded by John Pesec ’82.