Delta Sigma Epsilon (sorority)

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Delta Sigma Epsilon
FoundedSeptember 23, 1914; 105 years ago (1914-09-23)
Miami University, (Oxford, Ohio)
ColorsOlive green, cream
SymbolCornucopia, Friendship Circle
FlowerCream tea rose
PublicationThe Shield

Delta Sigma Epsilon (ΔΣΕ) was a national collegiate social sorority operating in the United States from 1914 to 1956. It was absorbed by Delta Zeta sorority.


The sorority was organized at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on September 23, 1914. Dean Harvey C. Minnich, of the College of Education, selected several young students to form this organization. He selected them based on their academic records and character. These seven ladies were Marie Cropper, Ruth Gabler, Josephine McIntire, Virginia Stark, Charlotte Stark, Opal Warning, and Louise Wolfe ( Miner, p. 148).

In 1917, the fifth chapter, Epsilon, was installed. The sorority was now admitted into the Association of Pedagogical Sororities. "From that date Delta Sigma Epsilon played a leading role in determining and perfecting the policies of that national association, later renamed Association of Education Sororities." (Miner, p. 148)

In 1941, Pi Delta Theta, a fellow associate sorority, merged with Delta Sigma Epsilon.[1] This was the first and only merger within the Association of Education Sororities (AES) (Miner, p. 148).

In 1947, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) granted membership to the six remaining members of the AES. The AES disbanded. ΔΣΕ was now part of the NPC.

By 1949, ΔΣΕ installed 46 chapters in "leading colleges throughout the United States" (Miner, p. 148).

In August 1956, at the conclave in New Orleans, the absorption of ΔΣΕ by Delta Zeta was announced. Several members of the ΔΣΕ Grand Council held position on their new sorority's grand council (Miner, p. 148).


(The Manual of Delta Sigma Epsilon, printed in the 1949 issue of The Shield)

I believe in Delta Sigma Epsilon and her power to develop character, scholarship, and leadership. I believe in the highest standards of womanhood which she maintains and the close friendship which she fosters. I believe in her power to give direction to the thoughts and lives of those women who are so fortunate as to be affiliated with her. (Miner, p. 149)

Coat of arms[edit]

"The coat of arms consisted of an olive green cream and shield with the mantle around the upper half. Seven stars, in honor of the founders, occupied the band across the shield, while the ring adorned the love green section and the Omega Phi is on the lower portion. Above the shield is the cornucopia. At the base a furled ribbon shows the inscription of Delta Sigma Epsilon in Greek letters." (Miner, p. 148)


"The official seal was affixed to national charters and to all legal documents. It was a circle within a circle. Between the circles is the open motto of the fraternity. In the inner circle is a seven-pointed shield bearing the Greek letters ΔΣΕ, the friendship circle, and the cornucopia." (Miner, p. 149).


(Florence Hood Miner's descriptions from her 1983 book, p. 149)

Membership pin: "The official plain or pearl badge was a gold pin, shield shaped, having seven points, the edge being of pearls or of gold. ΔΣΕ, the friendship circle, the cornucopia, and the secret motto in gold on a black background."

Pledge pin: "...a small silver cornucopia bearing the letters ΔΣΕ"

Patroness pin: " small gold friendship circle having the letters ΔΣΕ across the center"

Mothers pin: " enamel and shaped like a shield. It was set with one ruby and bore the letters ΔΣΕ across the center"

Recognition pin: "a small gold cornucopia bearing the letters ΔΣΕ"

Grand Council badge: " a gold circle set with diamond circumscribing the official pin. The gold circle denoted eternal friendship and the diamonds denoted the numbers of terms of service on the Council, the maximum number limited to seven in honor of the founders."


The cornucopia and the friendship circle were the most prominent symbols.

The letters Omega and Phi were part of the secret motto.

The official colors were olive green and cream.

The flower was the cream tea rose.

(Miner, pp. 148– 149)


Delta Sigma Epsilon was a member of the Association of Educational Sororities (AES). Its chapters were traditionally located on the campuses of normal schools or teachers' colleges.

Chapter Institution Location Date Chartered Notes
Alpha Miami University Oxford, Ohio September 23, 1914
Beta Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania
Gamma University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado
Delta Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma
Epsilon Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas
Zeta New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, New Mexico
Eta Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan
Theta Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas
Iota Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri
Kappa Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lambda Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia June 14, 1921
Mu Ohio University Athens, Ohio
Nu Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico
Xi Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma July 11, 1923
Omicron California State University, Chico Chico, California
Pi University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California May 23, 1925
Rho Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas October 3, 1925
Sigma Western State College of Colorado Gunnison, Colorado October 9, 1925
Tau Kent State University Kent, Ohio February 13, 1926
Arethusa Upsilon Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York March 4, 1926
Phi Northwestern State University Natchitoches, Louisiana March 26, 1926


  • Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (multiple volumes)
  • Miner, Florence Hood (1983). Delta Zeta Sorority 1902- 1982: Building on Yesterday, Reaching for Tomorrow. Delta Zeta Sorority, Compolith Graphics, and Maury Boyd and Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
  1. ^ State University College at Buffalo (1946). New York State Teachers College at Buffalo: A History, 1871-1946. p. 153.