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Rolling Roses

SIG EP ROLLING ROSES FINAL WHITEIn 2013, the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Austin Peay State University began a philanthropy event to help raise money for an APSU alumnae, Katelyn Lister, who was battling stage four cancer. The event had fraternity brothers selling tickets and t-shirts for their new skating event. The fraternity raised $3,000 to help Katelyn and her family pay for medical expenses and help them through an excruciating time. Over the following year Katelyn went into remission from the cancer and is now doing well.

Moving into 2014 Sigma Phi Epsilon wanted to move its efforts to something even more close to home. One of its undergraduate members, Ethan Gibson, lives with cystic fibrosis (CF) and is very involved in SigEp. With help from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) in Clarksville, SigEp’s event was now a fund raiser for CFF in 2014. In its first year with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, SigEp raised $4,000 to go toward research that will help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. All proceeds raised by SigEp now go to CFF.

As 2015 planning began, the event needed a name that would better suit and identify its efforts. After long periods of thought and consultation with the foundation, SigEp coined the name Rolling Roses which plays off the phrase “65 Roses.” The term is used by younger patients to help them easily pronounce the name of their disease, cystic fibrosis…65 roses. Since their first initial contact with CFF in 2014, SigEp has been honored to work with such an amazingly motivated and hard working foundation.

SigEp is proud to announce that we raised $5,000 to benefit towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year. Thank you to our sponsors and fellow students who helped make this possible.



ADPi’s Grand Council and SigEp’s National Board of Directors have formed a partnership to continue a conversation about a topic we believe is vital to ensuring the health and safety of our membership—sexual assault prevention.

As members of fraternities and sororities, living our Oath is more than taking a photo and posting it on Facebook or Instagram—it should be a commitment to live that Oath daily. These conversations allow us to explore those opportunities further.

The TN Eta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Eta Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Pi had this conversation to prevent sexual assault and sexual misconduct on April 26 in the Morgan University Center Room 306. Student Body President and SigEp brother Zac Gillman and Panhellenic President and ADPi sister Carrie Taylor facilitated the conversation. Check out the pictures below.

SigEp Alumni Spotlight: Yousef Behbahani


Yousef Behbahani attended Austin Peay State University from 2007-2011. As a member of the chapter he served in several capacities such as VP of Member Development, Programming, and Recruitment. He was also active in Student Government Association, Governor’s Ambassadors, and President’s Emerging Leaders (PELP). After completing his undergraduate studies at APSU he continued his education at the University Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. During this time he has been active in his pharmacy fraternity, Kappa Psi. He serves as a regional officer on the executive committee, and as a national member of the Risk Management committee.

He will graduate from the University Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy on May 15th, 2015. Afterwards, he will be continuing his post graduate training as a resident at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Tennessee. During his yearlong training program he will be gaining wisdom is pediatric medicine (specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Nutrition). He will also be working part-time as a community pharmacist for K-Mart pharmacy in Memphis and Clarksville, TN.

If you are interested in pharmacy or are considering pursing a major in biology you can contact him at 931-249-6195 or e-mail him at

A Reflection: By Chapter Advisor Mike Dunn

mike dunn reflectionSince 2004 I’ve had the privilege to watch the young men of Sigma Phi Epsilon grow and mature into hardworking, caring, intelligent men. Tennessee Eta has been the fortunate recipient of future doctors, attorneys, pharmacist, etc, but most of all the young men who have walked through those red doors have been inspirations. I have been inspired the last 11 years by the kindness that has entered our house. The hard work these young men have done to help others. The immense intellect that has entertained the house is astounding in this day and age. We are fortunate for the young minds who have carried more than base conversations at the house.

Tennessee Eta is a blessed chapter and I am so proud to the faculty fellow. This chapter has blessed me beyond belief, I’m the luckiest man alive.

Mike Dunn was nominated and honored as the Austin Peay State University Advisor of the Year in 2013-14 at the annual Student Affairs Awards Reception.


Tragos Quest to Greece

Zac Gillman, of the TN Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Austin Peay State University was selected for a one-of-a-kind study abroad program through Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. The program, called the Tragos Quest to Greece, is a 10-day journey through Greece with fellow undergraduate members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, alumni mentors and university faculty. Gillman, was selected as one of the top 19 undergraduate members in the country, from a pool of over 15,000. Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) is the only national fraternity to offer a program like it. The Tragos Quest to Greece focuses on the ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, two of SigEp’s core practices. It epitomizes SigEp’s commitment to breaking stereotypes about Greek-letter organizations and carrying out its mission of building balanced men.

Each participant prepares for the trip by reading three books about ancient Greek philosophy and culture. The learning continues overseas, with daily discussions based on scholarly readings and personal experiences. The discussions are designed to challenge each scholar along his journey of introspection and transformation. During the Quest, scholars discuss the Socratic method of teaching in the Agora where Socrates taught, hold athletic competitions in the original Olympic stadium, and study the Fraternity’s Ritual in Delphi after learning about the Mysteries of Eleusis.

“The program provides an opportunity for self-discovery,” said Brain Warren, Executive Director of the Fraternity. “It challenges participants to see the world through a different lens and return to their respective campus ready to leave a lasting and positive legacy.”

The trip is funded by a grant from the SigEp Educational Foundation, which raises money for SigEp’s various local and national leadership programs. This experience is made possible through the generosity of William G. Tragos and his wife Lilli. Tragos is a co-founder of the TBWA worldwide advertising agency, and former Grand Chapter President of the Fraternity. Their endowment will benefit SigEp and its brothers for years to come.

Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in 1901, is one of the nation’s largest fraternities, with over 15,000 undergraduates on 240 campuses across the United States. Its mission is building balanced men, which is achieved through a continuous member development program that has contributed to a fraternity-wide GPA of over 3.0, a focus on the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body, and service learning efforts that allow members to develop leadership skills while giving back to the community.


The Big Event

Over 15 brothers participated in the first annual “The Big Event”, a day of community service for 500 Austin Peay State University Students.

This past March 21st, the Student Government Association sponsored Austin Peay’s “The Big Event.” Over 500 Students canvased the greater Clarksville community for three hours of community service as a way of showing their gratitude for the support received from Montgomery County and Fort Campbell communities over the years. With one of the highest participation percentages, we had more than fifteen members volunteer to help serve our community. Student Government Association President, and brother, Zac Gillman, brought the campaign to Austin Peay in hopes of making it a large annual event with other SGA traditions such as G.H.O.S.T and Mudbowl. The event was a great success with a turnout of over 500 students. Gillman stated that next year’s goal is to have over 750 students participate.