TKE News

07/24/2014 |

Indianapolis – Tau Kappa Epsilon announces restructuring of several positions within the TKE Professional Staff. Effective immediately, the position of Associate Regional Director (ARD) will be realigned and referred to as Fraternal Services Specialist (FSS), Frater Todd Farmer will be taking on a new role as Director of Alumni Engagement and Frater Jeremiah Smith will assume the position of Web Developer.

TKE has redesigned our organization model to optimize resources more efficiently, and aligns staff more effectively with the support of regional, provincial and chapter needs.

Fraternal Services Specialists

Each of the Fraternal Services Specialists will serve in all of Tau Kappa Epsilon's four regions – eliminating the boundaries recently associated with ARDs. In this role, Fraternal Services Specialists will be better suited to serve specific needs of chapters across the nation, while continuing to engage chapters in recruitment, compliance, service, philanthropy and leadership.

The Offices of the Grand Chapter is committed to providing the best support and guidance to Fraters on every campus. With Fraternal Services Specialists ability to travel into each of TKE's four regions, TKE will be better equipped to aid in the development and growth of chapters and colonies. This new structure will also allow FSSs greater control in calculating budget expenses – cutting unnecessary expenses and traveling time.

Fraters Kyle Erdman (Alpha-Gamma, Washington State University), Gabe Espinosa (Beta-Xi, Arizona State University), Cory Martin (Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI), and Travis Skodack (Nu-Eta, Boise State University) will each serve as Fraternal Services Specialists.

Kyle Erdman

Gabe Espinosa

Cory Martin

Travis Skodack

"With a constantly evolving landscape surrounding Greek Communities across the United States and Canada, I'm excited to be in a position to engage and better serve our collegiate members," said new Fraternal Services Specialist Kyle Erdman.

Additional Staff Announcements

Newly appointed Director of Alumni Engagement, Frater Todd Farmer (Xi-Theta, University of West Georgia) has served the Fraternity for over 20 years in several capacities. "I'm excited to identify and engage the thousands of alumni where TKE has been missing from their life," says Farmer. Todd will be attending and hosting alumni events across the country in an effort to attract new volunteers and increase alumni involvement in key areas.  

Frater Jeremiah Smith (Grand Chapter) in his new role of Web Developer will be tasked with the responsibility of designing, coding and modifying the website from layout to function. "Programming has always been a childhood dream of mine. I’ve always wanted this opportunity. To see what we can accomplish and how we can further engage collegiate and alumni members is very exciting to me," said Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute and Kentucky native.

The position of Regional Director will continue to operate in its current role. Please join us in congratulating these Fraters on their new roles, and congratulating the entire team on a job well done in 2013-2014.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Baker
Chief Information Officer

07/22/2014 |

Welcome to Tau Kappa Epsilon's new #TekeTuesday series. During the course of Teke Tuesday, we will be highlighting chapter and individual success throughout TKE Nation. In the first of our series of articles, we sat down with two men who have been making an impact in their community - alumni Fraters Walter Rapetski and Stanley Wyllie.

Frater Walter Rapetski

Frater Walter Rapetski is a 1982 initiate of the Xi-Upsilon chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology. Walter is well known throughout the hospitality industry for his kindness and passion to help others. 

On Saturday, May 17th, Frater Walter Rapetski received the Teacher of the Year award from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C. Walter has been a Hospitality Instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Tech since 1998 – teaching culinary classes on the side. Walter was nominated by one of his students because of the impact that has made in the classroom. Frater Rapetski said, "My passion has always been helping students learn and grow, to help them receive jobs, and ensuring their continual success. It's the best thing I've ever done."

Because of his selection as Teacher of the Year, he is also being considered for Community College Teacher of the Year for North Carolina. Walter contributes his success to the Fraters around him. "The network from TKE has made my career. I don't know where I'd be without the friendships and contacts I made," said Rapetski. 

Frater Stanley Wyllie

Frater Stanley Wyllie is a 1966 initiate from the Delta-Xi chapter at Miami University. Stanley has served on the Board of Advisors for Xi-Mu (University of Dayton) from 1993 to 2003, and is a regular supporter of the TKE Educational Foundation. In 1991, Stanley was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Florida Southern College.

On April 26th, Frater Wyllie returned to Tampa, FL for his high school's 60th reunion picnic. During his reunion, Stanley was inducted into his high school's Alumni Hall of Fame at Hillsborough High School. Hillsborough High School honored Frater Wyllie with this award out of respect for his citizenship and staunch uprightness. Stanley has held many positions in his community, which include:

  • President of Dayton Elks
  • President of the Riverside Seniors – Riverside City Senior Club
  • President of the Sons of the Revolution in Indiana
  • President of the Lions
  • President of the local AARP chapter

Congratulations to Fraters Rapetski and Wyllie. These men exemplify Better Men for a Better World because of their work to serve their communities.

Do you have a chapter or individual success story to share? Send it to

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist
317.872.6533 Ext. 252

07/16/2014 |

Brett Widner
Chief Financial Officer

Indianapolis - Continuing our "What Does Headquarters Actually Do?" series, the Offices of the Grand Chapter is pleased to present the financial management of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Every year, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer work with the Finance Committee of the Grand Council to establish an expense budget based on prior years expenditures and current trends. With an established expense budget, Frater Brett Widner, Chief Financial Officer of Tau Kappa Epsilon, is primarily responsible for the planning, implementation and management for all financially related activities of TKE and the TKE Educational Foundation (TEF).

How does TKE Headquarters collect and use money?

As you can see in the charts below, Tau Kappa Epsilon generates and expends funds in a number of different ways. Further below you will find a detailed breakdown of each chart. At the end of the day, Tau Kappa Epsilon is focused on one common theme: building Better Men for a Better World.




Initiate & Membership Fees—New men to TKE pay a Candidate and Initiation Fee. Initiated members pay an Annual Membership Fee (AMF). These fees account for a large portion of revenue that we use to keep TKE running at the highest level.

Risk Management—In addition to the Annual Membership Fee are risk management and insurance expenses through James R. Favor and Company. This is necessary to offset the cost of various legal expenses.

Programming— These fees help offset the cost associated with hosting Province Educational Conferences (PECs), Regional Leadership Conferences (RLCs), Alumni Volunteer Academy (AVA), Regional Planning Conferences (RPCs), the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Leadership Academy and Conclave.

Foundation Grant & Support—Money from the TKE Educational Foundation (TEF) helps support the educational programs of the Fraternity. Dollars granted help lower registration fees that attendees pay. 

Founders Housing Fund Fee—This fee helps to secure, maintain, improve and re-establish housing at active chapters.

Other—Miscellaneous revenues, which include licensing and trademark revenue, ritual supply purchases, finance charges/penalty fees, and tenant revenue from the International Headquarters building in Indianapolis.


Administration—These organizational expenses include salaries, building costs, technological improvements and investments, shipping costs, awards and other various operational expenses.

Fraternal & Member Services— Professional Staff members are dedicated toward making TKE success on every campus throughout the United States and Canada - fraternal service expenses allow our staff to do just that. This aspect covers traveling expenses as well as supplies including TEKE Guides, candidate pins, membership certificates and badges, and recruitment supplies.

Risk Management—These expenses cover attorney and court fees, insurance premiums, and risk claims.

Programming—In order to maintain the growth and development of Fraters on campuses across the United States and Canada, TKE continues to invest finances back into events such as RLCs, PECs, RPCs, AVAs, Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Leadership Academy and Conclave.

Communications & Volunteer Support—To keep you in the know, TKE uses funds to cover website and social media management, and most importantly, the delivery of THE TEKE magazine.

We hope this gives you an overview of how the Offices of the Grand Chapter works to support our chapters and members in order to continue producing Better Men for a Better World. If you would like help assessing your own chapter budget and dues assessment follow the link: HERE

For more information, please contact:

Brett Widner
Chief Financial Officer
317.872.6533 Ext. 282