|Delta Sigma Epsilon|
|Founded||September 23, 1914|
Miami University, (Oxford, Ohio)
|Colors||Olive green, cream|
|Symbol||Cornucopia, Friendship Circle|
|Flower||Cream tea rose|
Delta Sigma Epsilon (ΔΣΕ) was a national collegiate social sorority founded at Miami University, operating in the United States from 1914 to 1956. It was originally a member of the Association of Education Sororities (AES) before the AES's merger with the National Panhellenic Conference, and most of its chapters were located at teaching colleges. The sorority was absorbed by Delta Zeta sorority in 1956.
Delta Sigma Epsilon 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.
Throughout the next few decades, the sorority added chapters and joined an umbrella organization. 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." Local chapters absorbed included the Zeta chapter of Arethusa/Sigma Gamma Phi at University at Buffalo in 1926. In 1941, Pi Delta Theta, a fellow associate sorority, merged with Delta Sigma Epsilon. This was the first and only merger within the Association of Education Sororities (AES).
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."
(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.
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.
"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."
"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."
According to Florence Hood Miner's descriptions from her 1983 book, Delta Sigma Epsilon had the following pins and badges:
|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|