TKE is the largest international fraternity with more than 360 chapters in the United States and Canada. It was founded at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1899 with the avowed purpose of encouraging men in mental, moral, and social development. Above all else, TKE stands for men, not wealth, rank, or honor, but for personal worth and character. As of 1989, TKE became one of the first fraternities to eliminate the pledge program. Wagner's local fraternity, Omicron Pi Theta, became an affiliate of Tau Kappa Epsilon on May 26, 1957 installed as Zeta Alpha Chapter.
6 reasons why you should be interested in joining TKE-
Tau Kappa Epsilon expects serous attention to academic performance. A strong academic record not only prepares members for success after graduation, but it also helps them strengthen their mind to the world. TKE will help its members excel in their academic life and assist in their pursuits afterward.
TKE teaches the basic principles of effective living such as integrity, honesty and patience, which are core values in Tau Kappa Epsilon. Generations of men have become successful in life through their experiences in Tau Kappa Epsilon.
TKE offers your men the opportunity to develop as leaders and prepares them to use those leadership skills during their lifetime. Tekes are encouraged to take an active leadership role in community, campus, and chapter activities.
Tau Kappa Epsilon believes that the backbone of a successful team is based on building relationships, and developing strong interpersonal ties. TKE helps our members reach their full potential, and achieve a level of excellence in every activity in which they engage.
TKE is committed to instilling a sense of responsibility and contribution in all of our members. The Fraternity encourages members to provide service to their campus and community through philanthropic activities.
In Tau Kappa Epsilon more than 250,000 men have established solid friendships that last a lifetime. Tekes around the world act as a network of friends, which can be very beneficial both personally and professionally to our members.
Some of the TKE's Famous Alumni-
Ronald Reagan- 40th President of the United States
Conrad Hilton- Founder of Hilton Hotels (Paris' Grandfather)
Elvis Presley- Musician/ Actor
Ron Jeremy - "Actor"
George Halas- Founder of the NFL
Phil Simms- NFL Quarterback
Terry Bradshaw- NFL Quarterback
Willie Nelson- Musician
Ed Droste- Co- Founder of Hooters
Marv Levy- Former NFL coach
Merv Griffen- TV personality
Les Paul- Inventor of the electric guitar
Robert Wuhl- Actor
Gerald P. Carr- NASA Astronaut