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Sigma Alpha Epsilon celebrates 100 years

By Bryan Richardson

K-State’s oldest fraternity had a 100th anniversary celebration this weekend.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which was founded Jan. 25, 1913, held events Friday and Saturday to welcome back alumni for the celebration.

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Richard Myers and former Kansas State president Milton Eisenhower are among the notable alumni.

Steve Lacy, who was initiated in 1972 and helped organize the event, said the fraternity has a wonderful legacy. Lacy is the CEO of Meredith Corporation, a media company serving American women based in Des Moines, Iowa.

A welcome party was held at the K-State Alumni Center on Friday.

K-State football coach Bill Snyder spoke at a luncheon at the stadium named after him Saturday. A dinner dance was held Saturday evening at the Manhattan Conference Center.

Chapter advisor Charlie Hostetler, initiated in 1957, said it’s fitting that so many alumni came back to celebrate the anniversary. Hostetler is the president of Charlson and Wilson Insurance Agency.

“Our alumni have been instrumental in adding and furthering the ideals of K-State,” he said.

Although he lives in Iowa, Lacy said he comes back to football games and spends time with his fellow SAE brothers and their families.

“It’s really the place where I’ve made my best friends, and we’ve continued to be best friends for the last 40 years,” he said.

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