TKE News

07/25/2014 |

Indianapolis – Each academic year, to ensure the success of colonies and chapters throughout TKE Nation, Tau Kappa Epsilon sets metrics for each group called Key Result Areas (KRAs). These measurements were established to keep TKE chapters and colonies accountable. The Key Result Areas ensure that future generations will have a solid foundation for years to come.

You can find your chapter or colony's KRAs by visiting the Chapter Module. The Chapter Module allows you to view, track, and manage your group's activity. To ensure your group is in sync with the Offices of the Grand Chapter records, it's important you visit the module frequently.

Below are a few key additions & new definitions to the KRA Scorecards for 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Initiates – Number of paid-in-full, initiated members. View the 2014-2015 fee structure here.

Risk Management Education – We will be launching an eCompliance system next month that the chapter/colony Prytanis and each candidate must complete. It is comprised of three videos, totaling about 15 minutes, discussing TKE's Risk Management Guidelines. After the videos, there is a short assessment. 

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.

Finances – A $0 chapter/colony statement balance with the Offices of the Grand Chapter.

PEC Attendance - Number of attendees at Province Educational Conferences. With over 30 PECs already schedule for this fall, we aim to reach over 1,300 members in attendance.

Alumni Attendees – Chapter/colonies that 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).

KRAs were established to ensure TKE continues to build Better Men for a Better World. Your efforts will make the 2014-2015 fiscal year another great success! 

For more information, please contact:

Alex Baker
Chief Information Officer
317.872.6533
tkeogc@tke.org

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
kerdman@tke.org

Gabe Espinosa
gespinosa@tke.org

Cory Martin
cmartin@tke.org

Travis Skodack
tskodack@tke.org

"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 TKE.org 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
317.872.6533
tkeogc@tke.org

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 tkeogc@tke.org

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Klopfenstein
Communications Specialist
317.872.6533 Ext. 252
DKlopfenstein@tke.org

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