Saint Louis University
Epsilon-Alpha Chapter

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

  • Founded on January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
  • 250,000 members as of August 6, 2009.
  • 274 active chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Governed by its Grand Chapter, which meets in biennial Conclaves to elect a Grand Council and revise or amend The Black Book (the International Constitution and Bylaws). The Grand Chapter is primarily made up of undergraduates.
  • The Grand Council governs the Fraternity between Conclaves.
  • 30 full-time employees on the professional Fraternity Staff. Thousands volunteer as unpaid staff.
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon publishes a quarterly magazine titled The Teke.

Services Provided by the Fraternity

  • The Offices of the Grand Chapter (International Headquarters), located in Indianapolis, Indiana, produces, collects, maintains and distributes a vast library of resources to chapters and colonies.
  • The Regional Servicing Team (paid and unpaid staff) provides visitation and support to chapters and colonies. Over 500 consulting visits are conducted each year.
  • The Director of Chapter Development, along with the Regional Servicing Team are dedicated to assisting chapters that want assistance with membership recruitment (fraternity rush).
  • The two Assistant Directors of Chapter Services provide specialized service in expansion, interest groups, discipline and finances.

Conferences and Conventions

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon holds its Conclave every two years; each collegiate chapter and colony is required to have at least one representative in attendance.
  • In the spring, TKE conducts Regional Leadership Conferences. Four are planned for next year.
  • The TKE Leadership Academy is a week-long leadership training conference held in the summer.
  • The Fraternity conducts four Regional Servicing Team Planning Conferences in late summer.


  • Two full-time paid staff members are dedicated to starting colonies. These staff members are on-site for six to eight weeks of the expansion process.

TKE Educational Foundation

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