Chasing a second consecutive National Championship isn't the only thing exciting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this fall. The Omicron-Xi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon has been approved by the Grand Council to return to the University of Alabama and became a colony. Currently there are more than 20 young men that are working to rebuild Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Alabama.
Though the colony has only been official for a week, the members of the colony are already learning about the fraternity by utilizing the Blueprint program, learning how to use the chapter module, setting goals for themselves and their colony, deciding on the leadership that will lead the colony forward, and plan to hold an initiation for their first group of re-founding members by the end of the fall semester.
They have set their sights high, and it has been decided by the group that their goal will be to meet all of the requirements to be approved for having their chartering installation in April 2013 and then join the rest of TKE Nation in Washington DC, at Conclave to receive their Charter.
Members of the group have been working to reach this goal of colonizing for more than six months. For many of the members, the inspiration for restarting Omicron-Xi came from wanting to start something new, others wanted the chance to create a legacy, and for some it was family related. The entire group has come together and is working toward the goal of creating something new and exciting on their campus.
Omicron-Xi became TKE's 350th chapter when it was officially installed on September 27, 1975. Omicron-Xi has had more than 400 men initiated into their chapter. Their original house was located directly adjacent Bryant-Denny Stadium. In the late 1970s, the chapter wrote the following message to describe TKE to potential new members:
"TKE as a whole, and Omicron Xi specifically, is made up of people who are sincerely concerned for one another. A brother never loses his individuality because his unique qualities are always honored, but he shares a common bond with the other men: the BOND of Tau Kappa Epsilon."
Please join the Offices of the Grand Chapter in congratulating the men of Omicron-Xi and wishing them the best of luck moving forward.