Fraternity reinstated by national organization on campus

Brandon Hofstra, Staff Writer

The Lambda Chi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) has been fully reinstated at Wayne State College.

The reinstatement comes after the fraternity met with officials at Wayne State College to set a contract that ensured the college that members would meet and accomplish goals that were set.

“I think it was a very rewarding process for the fraternity,” TKE president and WSC Senior Jaydn Harding said. “It allowed us to rediscover our values and help us become a better fraternity than we once were.”

The goals of the contract entailed reestablishing a Board of Directors, Faculty Advisor, a minimum GPA of 3.0, the TKE house cannot have any alcohol and reestablishing a strong alumni connection.

In the midst of the recent reinstatement of the Lambda Chi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, four of the fraternities officers embarked on a trip to Indianapolis for a leadership summit.

Triangle Summit was held in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend. Workshops of different topics were held during the summit to teach the TKE’s about operational and professional skills. It was also a place where fraternity members could network with other members and alumni.

“The conference helped assure our newer members that TKE isn’t just a local thing. It’s a nationwide brotherhood,” Harding said. “It was especially beneficial for us after being reinstated and keeping those goals and that mindset of being leaders that this summit was instilling on us.”

One of the most vital sessions of the Triangle Summit was the St. Jude Dinner Banquet. Tau Kappa Epsilon is the biggest supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and has raised 1 Million Dollars in research in the past 4 years. In fact, one of Tau Kappa Epsilon’s members, Danny Thomas, was the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Lambda Chi Chapter at Wayne State College raised $1,085 in the month of November.

“It was very surprising just how much money we received in donations at WSC,” Harding said.

During the St. Jude Banquet Dinner, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Grand Council announced a $2.6 million, six-year commitment to St. Jude to name the Proton Therapy Synchrotron/Particle Accelerator, a state of the art radiation therapy machine that targets tumors with high precision while sparing nearby healthy tissue and organs.

The Grand Council told of the new commitment with more than 300 TKE’s at the Banquet. The fraternity is now apart in bringing the most cutting-edge treatment to some of the worlds sickest children.

Grand President Rod Talbot said during the announcement, “When deciding on the new commitment, we thought ‘What can we do to change lives for the families?’ We decided we needed to dream big and be on the cutting edge of technology and treatment. We are about to embark on the largest philanthropy project in the history of our fraternity.”

The Lambda Chi chapter is looking forward to the future, and right now has 12 members and is looking to expand the fraternity with quality men at Wayne State College. The fraternity initiated four new members last semester and has three new candidates this semester.

“Our next step is to capitalize each semester with recruitment and keep building the chapter up to considerable size to accommodate our future goals,” Harding said.