Chapter Newsletter




    The Mississippi Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon would like to provide you with an update on our chapter.



              With the hard of work of our three rush chairmen: Tanner Case, Jordan Nations, and Tyler Seal, and the rest of the chapters help, we present to you the 2017 new member class.  At the end of fall recruitment, we were able to add, and initiate, 42 new members into our chapter. We now have 130 active members in our chapter. 


              This year we held our initiation ceremony at the historic Chapel of Memories. We were honored to have numerous alumni present to participate in our ritual and to pin several of the newest initiated members of our brotherhood. Our members always enjoy the opportunity to meet the alumni and parents who help make Mississippi Theta the outstanding chapter it is today. The new members will now learn the history and tradition of our chapter by the new member educators: Hayes Norris, Hunter Shows, and Jack Sims. 



              The Pro Council members for the Fall and Spring semesters hold positions that help benefit the chapter in helping raise money for our philanthropy, plan social events for our chapter, and many other ways.  They are listed as follows:

    Rush Chairmen: Tanner Case, Jordan Nations, & Tyler Seal

    Member Educators: Hayes Norris, Hunter Shows, & Jack Sims

    Social Chairmen: Lane Hynum & Gates Willson

    Philanthropy Chairmen: Nolan Ahlrich & Josh Jacobs

    Scholarship Chairman: Nathan Holtman

    Alumni Chairmen: Chandler Causey & Haven Cox

    Community Service Chairmen: Gaven Lefler & Alex Morris

    House Manager: Tanner Case





              This past spring we elected our new Eminent Archon, Clayton Converse. Clayton is a junior from Brownsville, TN. His mother, Hayden McWilliams Hooper, is originally from Indianola, MS and now lives in Brownsville, TN. Hayden was an SAE little sister and sweetheart as an undergrad. His father, Clark Converse, is originally from Jackson, MS and now lives in Brownsville, TN. Clark  is a Mississippi Theta alumnus, class of 1995. Clayton is a business administration major and plans to either pursue an MBA at Mississippi State or attend law school. He is currently weighing his options.




    Every year, our Housing Corporation sponsors many of our members to enable us to attend SAE national educational events. These events range from the Devotie Ritual Institute to the Eminent Archon Institute, located at SAE’s national headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. Last year, our chapter was able to attend every national event. This summer, our chapter had four representatives attend the 82nd Annual John O. Moseley Leadership School in Phoenix, Arizona. Those brothers are Tanner Case, Lane Hynum, Tyler Seal, and Jack Sims. Events like leadership school allow our brothers to gain a deeper understanding of leadership, and help to provide us with the tools to be successful throughout life. The information our attendees share with the chapter help to deepen every member’s understanding of what is means to be a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and to live by our creed, “The True Gentleman”.


    The alumni and parents luncheon will be held on October 21, 2017.  This is the Kentucky football weekend and the event will be held at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House from 11am-2pm. We hope to see you all there. This upcoming spring we are planning to do an alumni golf scramble.  We will give out more details in the Christmas newsletter. If you wish to participate, email us at either ( or ( Events like this would not be possible without the help from the mothers, fathers, and volunteers that help to orchestrate many of our chapter’s activities. One of our chapter’s most valuable resources are the parents that graciously volunteer their time and effort to make Sigma Alpha Epsilon the outstanding fraternity it is today. We appreciate you and your continued commitment to SAE. Our “parent’s club” sign-up sheet is located on our chapter’s website at: or by emailing

    One of our main goals as a chapter is to get our members involved with leadership organizations on campus and within our community. Throughout the year many members of our fraternity have joined many organizations and leadership roles throughout the university and we could not have been more proud of them. We hope to continue this trend this school year by influencing our new members to join these organizations.

    SAE places a high value on service and giving back to our communities. During the first week of classes, our chapter held a late night event where we sold cheese fries in order to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thanks to our philanthropy chairmen, Nolan Ahlrich and Josh Jacobs, the event was a huge success and allowed us to raise over $3,000.00. 

    This past spring we held our own worship night at the SAE house. Wade Wellborn, from Harrisburg Baptist Church, opened the night with worship in song and then our fellow member, Gates Willson, gave an incredible sermon. We hope to continue this tradition by hosting another worship night sometime this fall.


    Our Housing Corporation and alumni advisors are some of the main driving forces behind our success. They provide our chapter with priceless advice and resources that help make SAE the exceptional fraternity that it is today. If you would like to get involved with our Housing Corporation please contact Mr. Barry Bridgforth, HC President, at:  


    We have begun our recruitment process for the upcoming year. If you know of anyone that is going through rush this upcoming year, please contact one of our rush chairmen: Tanner Case (601-622-5451), Jordan Nations (601-320-2584), or Tyler Seal (601-750-1013). We value your recommendations and look forward to having one of the best new member classes on the row again next year. If you would like to help with MS Theta recruitment please contact Mr. Tom McElroy at: We are very thankful to all that help contribute to our rush campaigns.


    For all the latest news about MS Theta, please visit our website at: (The image to the right shows the homepage of our website) If you use social media our accounts are viewable via Twitter: SAE_MSUdawgs and Instagram: SAE_MSU_MSTHETA.




    We have recently created an alumni page on Facebook. “Like” our Alumni page by searching: “SAE Mississippi Theta Alumni” in your Facebook search bar or by using the link:  By “liking” our Facebook page, you will gain access to updates and events from our active chapter and Housing Corporation. (The image to the right shows our Alumni Facebook page)


    We want to thank you all for your support. Please feel free to forward our newsletter to anyone we may have missed, and if you know of anyone that would like to receive our newsletter please contact our alumni chairmen Chandler Causey ( or Haven Cox (


    Phi Alpha,

    Chandler Causey                                           Haven Cox                 

    Alumni Chairman                              Alumni Chairman





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    As another semester opens, we at Mississippi Theta wanted to give you a Chapter update.


         We had a good recruitment class this year. We initiated 42 new members last fall and 6 more this spring, giving us one of the largest Sigma Alpha Epsilon new member programs in the nation.  

          We also have the largest number of members seeking campus-wide leadership offices this Spring. 


         With your help, we can continue to recruit quality young men. If you know of anyone coming to Mississippi State who would be a good fit for our chapter, please contact Drew Ellis (731-267-2434,


           Last fall, we held our annual donation campaign for the Mississippi Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We exceeded our goal of $6,000 and were able to collect $8,567. Additionally, we held the fall installment of our biannual blood drive through Mississippi Blood Services. Between last spring’s and last fall’s blood drive, we collected enough blood to be named the 2014 Fraternity of the Year by Mississippi Blood Services.


          Furthermore, we held our 10th annual Paddy Murphy Dodgeball Tournament for the Palmer Home for Children. The Pi Beta Phi team took home first place in the women’s division, while our team swept away the competition in the men’s bracket. This year, we had a Cheese Fry Late Night at the house as part of the tournament. We served over 700 people. We also changed the format of our annual donation to the Palmer Home. Instead of simply donating the money we raised, we created an endowment fund through the University to fund the education of the children at the Palmer Home. At the end of the week, we raised $30,336.28 for the Palmer Home. If you would like to make a donation to the endowment fund, you can contact Patrick Smith (601-709-9615,


          Finally, the Chapter and the House Corporation will be hosting a Founder’s Day Banquet at the house on Saturday, March 21 to celebrate the 159th Anniversary of our great fraternity.   You will be receiving a separate invitation for the event. We hope to see you at the Founder's Day Celebration or during your next visit to MSU.





    August 2015


    As another year begins, we at Mississippi Theta wanted to give you a Chapter update.

    We would like to begin by talking about our recent achievements through rush. This year we continued to achieve one of the best new member classes on fraternity row. We signed over fifty new members through formal and summer recruitment. Our chapter was recognized on a national level from our previous ESA, brother Brad Cohen. Thank you to all that helped during the rush season. If you know of anyone that is going through rush this upcoming year please contact Will Eifling at (662) 820-5196.

    This summer the chapter house received over $65,000 in renovations from our Housing Corporation.


    The house received all new tiles in the rooms and new showers. We also were able to add new exterior lighting to the front of the house. Thank you to all that have helped to keep our house in good condition. Please contact Rodney Brantley at (662) 571-5869 If you would like to know more about the renovations.  

    We recently finished the restorations of the chapter room. We were able to refinish all the wood furnishings and add new seating for members during chapter meeting.

    This summer our Housing Corporation was able to send two members to the John O. Mosley 80th annual leadership school. The school allowed for members to gain valuable leadership skills that will be brought back to the chapter in the upcoming weeks.

    As another year begins, we want to thank you all for your support. We are looking forward to another great year. If you are in Starkville for a game this fall please feel free to stop by the house and meet some of the members. We are starting planning on our Founders Day for this year. Be on the lookout for our invitation. If you know of anyone that would like to receive our newsletter please contact Dalton Savell at



    April 2015


    As another year winds down, we at Mississippi Theta wanted to give you a Chapter update.

    This past March, we held a Founder’s Day Banquet at the house to celebrate the 159th Anniversary of our fraternity. We had a good turnout; over 70 alumni and 40 active members attended. We would like to thank all of those who helped make this event a reality and everyone who came out and supported our chapter.

    This spring, we were awarded the CommunityService Excellence and the Group Effort of the Year awards for 2015 by the Maroon Volunteer Center. Along with Phi Mu, we were the only major Greek-letter organizations to be recognized for community service. We completed over 550 community service hours as a whole over the past year. We are also competitively competing in other organizations’ philanthropies. This year we donated more children’s books to the Pi Beta Phi children’s book drive than any other

    fraternity or sorority. In addition to community service, our chapter GPA of 2.9 ties us for sixth out of 20 fraternities, second among fraternities larger than 100 members.

    We also drastically increased our Greek Week involvement this year. Greek Week is one week out ofthe year to promote Greek unity between all of the Greek-letter organizations on campus. It also offers many opportunities to give back to the community of Starkville. This year, we sponsored a booth at the Greek Week Carnival. Children from the Palmer Home, our major philanthropy, attended the event and seemed to have a great time. We also participated in various other Greek Week activities. We donated more blue jeans and tennis shoes to the Greek Week Shoes and Jeans Drive than many of the other fraternities and sororities combined. We got to have a little fun this spring as well, hosting our annual Paddy Murphy celebration at the house and spring formal in New Orleans. Recently, we ended the spring social calendar and kicked off summer rush with our Reds ‘N Deads and G.J. Faulkner celebrations. We look forward to recruiting our next pledge class over the summer and thank everyone who has helped with our rush efforts, through both donations and recommendations. If you know of anyone coming to Mississippi State who would be a good fit for our chapter, please contact Drew Ellis (731-267-2434,   With your help, we can continue to excel in recruitment and grow our chapter


    As another year comes to a close, we would like to thank all of you for your support. Our chapter could not be where it is today without the contributions of everyone that came before us and especially without the continued support of our alumni chapter. We look forward to picking up where we left off next fall, and we invite you to come visit and see the house when you are in town next football season. We hope you have a happy and safe summer.