Spring of 2016 proved to be a strong semester for our Tennessee Zeta chapter of SAE at Rhodes College. After two years of uncertainty and an incredible amount of hard work and support from our alumni commission, housing corporation, many other alumni, and current members, our chapter was removed from probation. The graduating seniors of 2015 and 2016 produced some of the best leaders on Rhodes campus, helping guide the chapter through all of the adjustments necessary for the removal of our probationary status. We can proudly say that the charter has been returned and we are again a chapter in good standing with Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national standards. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
We had an outstanding rush, adding seven new members, all of them competing in varsity athletics at Rhodes. Our new members include:
- Brenden Huie, soccer, Little Rock, AR;
- Daniel Hall Autrey, football, Greeenville, AL;
- Jack Skipper, football, Houston, TX;
- Corrie Kuehn, golf, Asheville, NC;
- Tej Suber, track and field, Atlanta, GA;
- Alex Chavez, football, Austin, TX; and,
- Hayden Fox, football, Dallas, TX.
The chapter sustained its academic improvements, again placing third in IFC GPA rankings with a 3.2 average for the spring semester. Every member in our senior class graduated this past spring. Six are pursuing masters in accounting, two are attending law school, one is in medical school, and the rest are employed and beginning their careers.
Intramural competition continued to be a strength for our chapter. Among other achievements, our chapter won the 5 v. 5 basketball championship.
Many of our members established themselves as leaders outside of the fraternity as well. Patrick West, Elliott Tostrud, and Brandon Box were named football captains, and Ben Bentley was named the IFC president.
The Rhodes Golf team, ranked eighth in NCAA Men’s D3, has nine SAEs among its its eleven team members. Joey Mayo won the SAA Golf Player of the Year award and was named First Team All-American. He is the second golfer in Rhodes College’s history to receive these honors. Chris Harris was named second team All-American, and Alec Davis received honorable mention All-American.
Looking ahead to the fall of 2016, we will not have the customary rush/recruitment in the fall. The Rhodes College administration decided to defer Greek rush to the spring semester. Although this fall semester will be vastly different from the past, we believe our chapter will continue to thrive. Spring recruitment will be critical, and we are prepared to recruit a high-caliber class when the time comes. Meanwhile, chapter members will continue to make great strides in their academic work, athletic and extra-curricular activities, and service in the Memphis community.