Fraters, friends and family,
As final exams wrap up and the semester comes to a close, Tekes everywhere are feeling a sense of relief and excitement knowing that the long awaited winter break is FINALLY here. Chapter houses are being closed down, textbooks are being sold back, and members are heading home for a well deserved break from the demanding life as a college student. But mixed in with that sense of relief and excitement, it is very common for college students to also be experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety this time of the year.
The month of December can be one of the most demanding times of the year for our members. This is due to the immense amount of pressure they are put under from varying parts of their lives. Aided by Redbull and coffee, members have endured the stress of pulling all nighters to get through final exams, all while having to pack a suitcase to move home for a few weeks. At this point, anxiety is going through the roof; members wonder how they did on their final exams, and on top of all that, how the money they saved all summer has run dry before being able to go shopping for the holidays. This is all in addition to their normal routine of balancing their social life and finishing any TKE related tasks before the break starts.
With all of this taking place at once, and mental health issues becoming further prevalent on college campuses, it is very important for each member of Tau Kappa Epsilon to utilize the time given during winter break to recharge their batteries and ensure that they are in a good place mentally before the spring semester starts. Throughout the break, members should be making sure to give themselves plenty of time to rest, have some fun and get back on a normal sleep schedule. As brothers in Tau Kappa Epsilon, we should remember to be our brother's keeper during the holiday season and check in on each other throughout the break to make sure we are taking care of ourselves.
From TKE's Compliance Team, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, a relaxing break, and a safe and happy New Year.
Pat Gleason & Greg Halloran
TKE Compliance Team
If you believe you or a friend are struggling with a mental health issue, make sure you reach out and get the appropriate help needed by a trained professional.
Here are some resources on Mental Health Illness if you would like to know more:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
INDIANAPOLIS - In the midst of the holiday season, we have taken the opportunity to make your shopping that much easier. Last fall, the Offices of the Grand Chapter teamed up with Frater Nick Dagostino (Upsilon-Gamma), and the staff at Advantage Emblem, to present Fraters, friends and family the best TKE Gear available. Whether you're looking for a shirt, polo, or jacket, you can find the essentials at GreekAdvantage.com.
Greek Advantage Emblem gear is extremely affordable and maintains a superior level of quality in every one of its products.
The purpose of Tau Kappa Epsilon's partnership with Greek Advantage Emblem is to provide collegiate and alumni members classic, quality gear that can be worn on campus and in the community. These shirts are great for gifts, recruitment activities, alumni gatherings, philanthropy events and more.
Shirts are available for individual and bulk purchase orders. With bulk orders, t-shirts start as low at $6.65 per shirt. This exclusive TKE Gear includes Tau Kappa Epsilon's 'Better Men for a Better World' t-shirt, an embroidered dri-fit polo with TKE's house plate and a stitched jacket with the Fraternity Coat-Of-Arms.
These shirts, polos and jackets are great for any event and serve as a meaningful gift. The Offices of the Grand Chapter will continue working to add designs throughout the year.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Last month, the Offices of the Grand Chapter unveiled the 2014 Midyear KRA Rankings. We were pleased to see that a number of chapters and colonies took the time to accurately report their activity in the Chapter Module. It is because of their diligence that we are able to properly promote and recognize groups as the epitome of Tau Kappa Epsilon. To the chapters/colonies who believe that their current standing is not a proper indication of the work done this semester, please take a moment to report your group's activity by visiting the Chapter Module Dashboard.
Through the key focuses of our fraternity, chapter success is measured through a metric based system known as Key Result Areas (KRAs). On the Chapter Module Dashboard, a KRA scorecard is presented to show groups where they stand in achieving their goals. There is still time to change your group's overall score and climb the ranks in TKE Nation.
See the definitions to the KRA Scorecards for 2014-2015 fiscal year below.
Initiates – Number of paid-in-full ($300), initiated members.
Risk Management Education – Completion of eCompliance training by 100% of chapter/colony of chapter/colony candidates, plus Prytanis.
St. Jude – Number of dollars raised for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as reported by St. Jude. Note: To ensure all chapters/colonies receive proper credit, we recommend groups send checks to the Offices of the Grand Chapter, ATTN: St. Jude, 7439 Woodland Dr Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
Finances – A $0 chapter/colony statement balance with the Offices of the Grand Chapter.
PEC Attendance - Number of attendees at Province Educational Conferences that have already happened this fall.
Alumni Attendees – Host an alumni event and submit an attendee roster to the Offices of the Grand Chapter.
Blueprint – Chapter or colony's active participation and application of the Blueprint development program.
Service – Number of service hours performed for an organization other than Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Philanthropy – Number of dollars raised for philanthropic organizations.
Annual Report – Whether the chapter/colony has completed the Annual Report (Available April, 2015).
The KRA total is a way to measure how active and engaged your group is with reaching your group goals. Your chapter/colony dashboard will also show a live poll of where your group ranks in your region, your province, and in TKE nation. See where your group ranks by viewing the live KRA total poll today.
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