TKE News

10/09/2015 |

Tanner Shelton
Operations Specialist - Membership

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: Tanner Shelton

Position: Operations Specialist - Membership

Chapter: Missouri Western State (Xi-Eta)

Instagram: @Tanner_Shelton


Contact Tanner for questions regarding recruitment, event planning, philanthropy and pointers on cow tongue football.

We have to start the conversation by talking about the Royals in the playoffs.  
Last night's loss was a tough one, but we're going to come back and win the series. I have a good feeling that once we take care of the Astros, we'll continue our streak to the World Series. Of course, I expect us to win this year now that the Giants are already home.

Who is your college football team?
Oh, Mizzou, of course! They've had a tough start to the season, but like the Astros, they'll come back with a strong finish. Drew Lock, our redshirt freshman quarterback, is coming out of the gates firing. He's the real deal. The rest of the SEC should be worried, except Leonard Fournette from LSU. He's okay.

Have you read any good books lately?
Funny you ask. I started the Art of War by Sun Tzu the other day. I've been wanting to read it for a while and I just got my hands on a copy. Now I'll have something to read between chapter visits this month, although my schedule for October is packed.

What does your calendar look like for October?
I'll be flying to Oklahoma next week and then heading to the Gateway Province Forum, which is being held at the Beta-Theta chapter house at the University of Missouri. After that, I'll be making twelve chapter visits throughout Texas.

How has the semester been up to this point?
It's been great. I've had a lot of great visits and positive interactions with chapters and colonies throughout the Midwest. I'm extremely excited to see the work of our members and how they continue to better themselves and their communities every day.

What are you looking forward to this year?
I'm looking forward to making an impact on TKE Nation by improving membership numbers, boosting KRA scores and having my chapters dominate their respective campus.

What's the last word?
I'd be remorse if I didn't make a mention of the the Official TKE App that I purposely placed on my computer during this photoshoot. I also encourage all the readers out there to follow me on Instagram at @Tanner_Shelton. I'll be sharing photos from my adventures daily. Finally, I'm looking forward to working with chapters and colonies as we continue to better our Fraternity.

The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, October 23.

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist

10/05/2015 |

INDIANAPOLIS - The constitution and bylaws of the North-American Interfraternity Conference serve as a benchmark for fraternal organizations to develop policies aimed to meet minimum standards for chapters and associated members.

As a leader in the Greek community, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Grand Council took the initiative last March to include the following minimum standards for each chapter in TKE Nation:

  • Every chapter should have at least 20 men, and colonies should require at least 35 men to charter.
  • All chapters should be current (less than 90 days A/R) on financials to the Fraternity.
  • All chapters should achieve at least 60% of their Key Result Area goals on the TKE Chapter Module.

In addition, the Offices of the Grand Chapter has established the following requirements for each chapter and colony in TKE Nation.

Chapter Measurement   TKE Minimum Standard
Academics   2.3 GPA for incoming freshmen to join, 2.25 for those with college grades. Chapter maintains a 2.5 GPA for the active chapter.
Risk Management   All Tekes are expected to comply with TKE's Risk Management Guidelines. No chapter may have little sister programs, all must have comprehensive liability insurance, and all recruitment & new member activities must be alcohol free.
Values Communication   All chapters are expected to conduct a formal ritual meeting once per month during the academic year.
Educational Programming   TKE provides quality educational programming through Province Forums, Triangle Summits, Leadership Academy, and Conclave. All Tekes are encouraged to participate.
Volunteer Support   Every TKE chapter should have at least one Chapter Advisor and a functional Board of Advisors.
Manpower   Every TKE chapter should have at least 20 active members. Colonies require at least 35 members to charter.
Finances   Every TKE chapter, colony, and member is expected to be current on all financial obligations to the Fraternity.

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist

10/05/2015 |

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 5, 2015) – Ohio University presented Art Stellar with The Medal of Merit for his work as a national educational leadership visionary and superintendent. Stellar, who received three consecutive degrees from Ohio University, will accept the prestigious award on Oct. 9 at the Alumni Awards Gala.

"These skilled, ambitious and devoted awardees make me feel proud to be a part of the Bobcat family," said Jennifer Neubauer, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations and executive director of the Alumni Association. "The time, talent and treasure that they give to Ohio University each year is astonishing, and we are delighted to be able to recognize their steadfast support to alma mater during Homecoming."

As Vice President of National Education Foundation and its subsidiary CyberLearning, Art Stellar has helped public schools across the country acquire $110 million and establish new online learning academies. He has authored over 500 publications and is a four-time Fulbright Scholar.

Stellar is recognized for his leadership in transforming school systems into productive organizations generating higher performance, including turning around finances and educational results. He won a landmark school desegregation case at the U.S. Supreme Court that validated reduction in achievement gap between African American and white students.

Stellar has served on the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors, is co-founder and president of Central Ohio Chapter and served two terms as president of the Massachusetts Serving New England Chapter. He was a part of The Promise Lives Campaign Steering Committee for the College of Education and the Dean's Circle of Engagement.

Stellar is a recipient of 100+ recognitions for educational leadership, service, and excellence, and has served on many national professional and civic boards throughout his career, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Horace Mann League, and NY State PTA.

"I truly appreciate the work of Dr. Stellar not only as a leader in education, but also as an advocate for the principles of excellence established by the Alumni Association," said Renee A. Middleton, dean of the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. "In many ways he exceeds the requirements and expectations for this award. Dr. Stellar's ambition and intelligence are truly notable."

To learn more about each of Ohio University's Alumni Award recipients, please visit


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For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist