Delta Sigma Epsilon (sorority)
|Delta Sigma Epsilon|
|Founded||September 23, 1914|
Miami University, (Oxford, Ohio)
|Colors||Olive green, cream|
|Symbol||Cornucopia, Friendship Circle|
|Flower||Cream tea rose|
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 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
"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: "...black 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 official colors were olive green and cream.
The flower was the cream tea rose.
(Miner, pp. 148– 149)
- 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.
- State University College at Buffalo (1946). New York State Teachers College at Buffalo: A History, 1871-1946. p. 153.