TKE News

05/28/2015 |

On May 28, 1915, Grand Prytanis Lyle Straight and other fraternity officers traveled to Ames and Iowa State University to install a group of men (organized as the Seminoles) as Epsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon. With the addition of the fifth Chapter (and the first Chapter outside of Illinois) TKE came of age by satisfying the National Interfraternity Council requirements for membership, thus becoming a nationally recognized fraternity.

Our alumni leadership and undergraduate members have been diligently working to bring together Fraters and friends for our celebration of our centennial event. It is with great pride that we take the time to recognize this momentous occasion of both Epsilon becoming the first chapter of TKE to reach 100 consecutive years of operation AND 100 years of Tau Kappa Epsilon being a national fraternity. The celebration will include:

Friday, September 4, 2015
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Chapter House tours and refreshments-224 Ash Avenue
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Reception, Hansen Pavilion, 2616 Mortensen Road Ames, Iowa
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Dinner and activities Hansen Pavilion

Saturday, September 5, 2015
8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Chapter House tours and refreshments-224 Ash Avenue
3 hours prior to kick off – Pregame tailgate tent-food, drinks, conversation- Jack Trice parking lot
Iowa State vs University of Northern Iowa Football game- kick-off TBA
Optional return to the Chapter House as time allows

Sunday, September 6, 2015
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Chapter House tours and refreshments-224 Ash Avenue
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Chapter House informal brunch and coffee,-224 Ash Avenue

No doubt this centennial celebration would be an excellent opportunity for you, your spouse, and family to revisit Epsilon Chapter and re-connect with fraternity brothers, pledge sons, classmates, and those who helped shape your life. This event can be an opportunity for you and your pledge class to re-connect and even have a mini-celebration before, during, or after the football game too.

We have partnered with the Iowa State Foundation to help with registration for the Friday night reception and dinner program. Please take a few moments to register at the following hyperlink: Reception and Dinner Program

Additionally, Frater Bill Schaphorst has once again reserved our tailgate tent and a large block of tickets for the football game on Saturday. Please visit the following hyperlink to reserve your spot today! Football Game and Tailgate Information

We appreciate your timeliness in registering as we finalize the plans for the weekend. We look forward to celebrating with you all.

If you have any questions regarding the centennial celebration, please contact:

Mike Beals E-2051
Co-Chairman Centennial Celebration Event

05/22/2015 |

Jeremiah Smith
Web Developer

INDIANAPOLIS - In the summer of 2010, a photographer named Brandon began taking photos of thousands of New Yorkers. His goal was to put a face to the image that people had of the different New York boroughs and its inhabitants. As if overnight, Humans of New York became a worldwide sensation.

We looked at the Humans of New York project and realized we faced a similar challenge. Many individuals outside of the Fraternity's immediate points of contact do not truly know who is answering the phone, posting on social media or handling various tasks at the organizational level. For that reason, we are excited to launch a new edition of "Staff of TKE." Every two weeks we will highlight a new individual on TKE's Professional Staff. Each post will include two photos and a candid conversation. Enjoy! 

Name: Jeremiah Smith

Position: Web Developer

Chapter: Offices of the Grand Chapter


Contact Jeremiah Smith for questions regarding technology, chapter websites, user names and passwords for, and how to act like you're from Kentucky. 

What did you think of the Avengers movie?
I haven't seen it.

Good start to the interview. Have you seen any good movies lately?
"Whiplash." It's about a jazz band drummer who is inspired to be the best in the world so he goes to a premier school to perfect his art. It's just a great movie with even better acting.

Is it you we have to thank for the website?
It was a dual project that Alex Baker and I both worked on so I can't take all the credit – only the things that are right with it. We've received a lot of great feedback and are happy to see so much traffic on the site.

You've been playing a lot of basketball lately. Are you ready to take on Willie Trill Cauley-Stein?
I would give it a shot. Of course, anybody coached by John Calipari is going to be a good player, but I'm always up for a challenge.

Have you recovered from Kentucky not making it to the National Championship?
When it comes down to it, basketball is just a game. It was a tough loss, but I'm excited to see how they rebound next year. I know they have a great recruitment process to replace the outgoing players. I'm just waiting to get called up to the big leagues of Kentucky basketball. 

Are you ready for Conclave 2015 in New Orleans?
This will be my first Conclave so I'm definitely ready. It will be great to experience all that the Fraternity's greatest event has to offer. And I've never been so New Orleans so that alone will be an experience in itself.

The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, June 5. 

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist

05/20/2015 |

INDIANAPOLIS – On May 12, 2015, the Epsilon-Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon celebrated its 59th anniversary on the Loyola University Chicago campus. The anniversary was accompanied with a great showing at the Sorority & Fraternity Life Awards Banquet during Loyola's Weekend of Excellence. The event was an honor of the Greek community's achievements and recognition of contributions by students, advisors and staff.

The Epsilon-Kappa chapter received the following awards from the Office of Student Activities and Greek Affairs:

  • IFC Chapter of the Year
  • Commitment to Chapter Management
  • Commitment to Academic Achievement
  • Commitment to Leadership and Membership Development
  • Commitment to Community Service and Philanthropy
  • Excellence in Community Service Hours
  • Most Improved Chapter GPA
  • Fraternity Man of the Year – Jay Patel, Chapter Epiprytanis

The Offices of the Grand Chapter is extremely proud of the Epsilon-Kappa chapter and the work they have accomplished over the past year. "They've come a long way in the span of a year," says Fraternal Services Specialist Gabe Espinosa. "I'm looking forward to seeing which awards they claim at Conclave in New Orleans this summer." 

Register for Conclave 2015 today:

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist