A brief history

Virginia Omicron at the University of Virginia was founded on December 19, 1857, by Junius B. French.

“The Phoenix holds a prominent place in the symbolism of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Like the Phoenix of antiquity the Fraternity rose out of the ashes.” When John Bagby of Washington City Rho and Robert Atkinson of Virginia Kappa enrolled at the University of Virginia, they reorganized the Virginia Omicron chapter and SAE resumed like a phoenix rising.


Chapter portrait from circa 1880s.

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The True Gentleman

-John Walter Wayland (Virginia, 1899)

A University of Virginia student and esteemed honorary member of Virginia Omicron crafted a poem that embodies the core values and ideals of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

For generations, SAE members have reverently recited “The True Gentleman,” embodying the “perfecting objective of the Fraternity”.

Isaac “Ike” Curry

Eminent Hoss

The history of Virginia Omicron would be incomplete without acknowledging the remarkable contributions of the Eminent Hoss Ike Curry. With his warm hospitality and uplifting spirit, Ike has been an integral part of the brotherhood for decades, leaving a lasting impact through his years of dedicated service..

In honor of his memory, the chapter’s alumni established a Jefferson Scholarship, ensuring that his legacy at the University of Virginia endures by providing support to upcoming generations of scholars.