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 the first 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: Travis Skodack
Position: Fraternal Services Specialist
Chapter: Boise State (Nu-Eta)
Contact Travis for questions regarding expansion efforts, ritual, chapter and colony growth, bona fide suspender tips and bearded conversations.
Easy question first. What's your favorite type of coffee?
#1: Black. No cream. No sugar.
#2: Caramel macchiato.
Why one over the other?
I don't like the extra stuff. The taste helps me wake up, but a caramel macchiato is like a ritual in Starbucks.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I watch a lot of sports; NFL, NBA, college football and everything Boise State. That's probably about it in terms of sports. I recently picked up reading anything fiction or professional development.
What are you reading right now?
The last thing I read was "Andrew's Brain" by E.L. Doctorow. It was a look inside the mind of someone with a mental disorder. The main character told his story through his personal point of view. It gave me a good perspective of what it would be like to a condition like that, which was interesting. When I'm not reading, I love to see live music, mostly hard rock and metal, but growing up in Atlanta, I love rap.
You grew up in Atlanta, but attended Boise State. Explain that.
I wanted to get as far away from home as possible. Boise had a great football team and I loved the city. It was half an hour from the ski hill and a completely different part of the country from what I had seen before. Looking back at my college years, I felt like I had the perfect experience.
You travel a lot to say the least. What do you like to do on the road?
I love finding something outdoorsy that I had never experienced before: seeing Mount Rushmore; taking a trip to the Minnehaha Park in the Twin Cities; walking down Wrightsville beach in Wilmington, NC. Going on hikes and seeing outdoors stuff, I'll always go out of my way to check out new scenery.
Do you have a favorite region of the country?
Thanks to my travels with TKE I've seen 40 states. I can't say there is anything that's my "favorite." It's all amazing.
Do you collect anything on your travels?
I don't collect anything tangible, but I definitely collect memories.
So you're telling me I have to think about the future?
The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, February 6.
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Offices of the Grand Chapter is requesting recommendations to keep the Fraternity moving in the right direction. At the 2015 Conclave in New Orleans (August 6-9), changes to the Black Book will be voted on and we would like to receive your input.
Black Book Changes
This memorandum serves as notice that proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation, International Constitution, and International Bylaws & Traditions (the Black Book) will be considered at Conclave 2015 in New Orleans.
Any collegiate chapter, chartered alumni association, member of the Grand Council, international TKE committee, or Past Grand Prytanis may propose amendments to any section of the Black Book, provided that the amendment(s) is received by the Offices of the Grand Chapter no later than January 31, 2015. The Grand Council will meet this spring to review all proposals.
Please format proposals with the article and section in question, current language, and proposed change. This will expedite the process and allow for easier organization to ensure all suggestions are reviewed properly. For example:
Article I, Section 1: The name of the corporation is Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
Proposed Change: The name of the corporation is Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity.
Reason for Change: We believe that the Fraternity should recognize and celebrate our international presence.
If you are qualified to propose legislation and wish to have that legislation considered at the 2015 Conclave, please send your written proposal to:
Donald E. Aldrich
Chief Executive Officer
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 875-8353 fax
Proposed legislation must be received by Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich no later than January 31, 2015.
All chapters and colonies are required to be present at Conclave and must have a representative attend the Grand Chapter meeting to elect the Grand Council for 2015-2017, as well as vote on the proposed amendments to the Black Book. Make your plans now to attend Conclave in New Orleans August 6-9, 2015. This year's Conclave is set to be one of the most successful in the Fraternity's history.
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The Offices of the Grand Chapter will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
For more information, or for immediate contact, please contact:
317.872.6533 Ext. 252