Pi Sigma Epsilon prides itself as being the leading Sales and Marketing business fraternity here at Mizzou. While based out of Cornell Hall, we accept members from all majors and backgrounds. We need those interested in Marketing to help coordinate our sales projects, those interested in finance and accounting to help maintain to flow of money, and those with journalistic and design skills to communicate our objectives to the campus community.
Pi Sigma Epsilon holds a strong belief of building up our members. However, we don't just focus on resumes and interview skills. Some of the most important growth you can achieve is through giving back to others and donating your time to an important cause. We believe in the benefits that community service can provide, and make it mandatory for our members to participate in at least one service project per semester.
Perhaps the greatest benefit Pi Sigma Epsilon offers is access to professionals and recruiters in from the companies that you want to work for. These professionals donate their time to get to know our members, and to share some of their wisdom from working in the industry. Bringing these people into our weekly chapter meetings give our members opportunities for one-on-one interaction with these companies, helping them to stand out when they are interviewing for internships and full-time jobs after college.
In 1951, Lloyd L. Antle, an Ohio University graduate and Professor of Marketing at Georgia State University, conceived of the idea that the sales profession should have a professional fraternity of its own. After over a year of planning with the support of three of his colleagues, Pi Sigma Epsilon was established on May 14, 1952. All four men were members of the Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) association of Atlanta, Georgia, which continues to be a sponsor of Pi Sigma Epsilon to this day. Our four founders carefully chose the Greek letters of the Fraternity to represent the three groups of membership:
- Prospective Sales Executives (Collegiate Members)
- Preparers of Sales Executives (Educator Members)
- Professional Sales Executives (Professionals and Alumni Members)
Originally an all-male organization, which was characteristic of the sales profession at the time, Pi Sigma Epsilon became co-ed in 1974 after an amendment to the national constitution. Today women play key roles in all levels of the fraternity and in fact make up a slight majority of the membership in most chapters.
Another feature of Pi Sigma Epsilon is that the term "pledge" is not used, as it portrays a negative stereotype that goes against the ideals of the Fraternity. Hazing is strictly forbidden and all of those taking the steps to become full members are "prospective members" until initiation.