The Teke E Edition Fall 2018 Page 2

I write to you today aboard an airplane to Atlanta, just a few days before the new year. 2018 has taught me a lot about myself. It taught me about resilience, execution, and selflessness. It taught me that things can always be worse and conversely, always be better. It taught me the value of true friendships and reconnecting with those from your past. It showed me if you help people grow and improve, theyll repay the generosity in spades. It reminded me that brothers arent for four years-they are for a lifetime. During ups and downs, personal struggles or celebrations, if you ask, they show up in droves. These important life lessons of 2018 have me focused on improvement for 2019, focused on taking a step back from the daily grind, to be there in the moment ... paying attention to the real things that matter rather than whats the latest post in my Facebook feed. Though sometimes, Facebook is what connects us. A seemingly random post in a Facebook group is what connected us to our Sitdown for this issue, Jas Krdzalic (Alpha-Delta, Idaho). Without it, Frater Jass inspiring story of self-evaluation, growth and ultimate success would not have been possible. His focus on his physical health, changing lives and becoming our best selves would not have been shared with you. Other times, being able to focus on your mental health and wellness is of utmost importance. Frater Halgins (Epsilon-Delta, Massachusetts Amherst) advice on how to take better care of ourselves in a stressful environment could not be timelier as we all strive to make the most of 2019. Take time to look inward and assess yourself. Are you forging strength and well-being or are you burning yourself out? Whatever your lessons from 2018 were, focus on them. Build a better you for 2019. That is the ideology that has kept TKE thriving for the last 120 years. Over that time, we have seen our share of ups and downs, but through it all, we have always sought to be better. When we felt the pressures of the economy as we did in the 80s, we looked inward and asked how can we do better. When we faced poor membership numbers in the 90s, we looked to the future and asked what can we do better. In the Fraternity as in life, every generation will have challenges to overcome. Our legacy is that we face them with ambition and ingenuity. Our heritage is to seize opportunity where others might find defeat. In this issue, as you read through the prominent moments of the last several decades of TKE history, start making plans for how you will face challenges yet to come. As the Fraternity begins to celebrate our 120th anniversary as the greatest Fraternity in the world, the leadership of the Fraternity is focused on the lessons we have learned so we can drive ourselves forward-to becoming stronger, more focused on our mission and building a better TKE. We look forward to celebrating our 120th anniversary with an improved you at the 60th Conclave in August! Yours in the Bond, Alex Baker Editor THE TEKE THE TEKE is the official publication of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity. TKE was founded on January 10, 1899, at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. THE TEKE (ISSN 1527-1331) is an educa- tional journal published quarterly in spring, summer, fall and winter by Tau Kappa Epsilon (a fraternal society), 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765. Periodicals Class postage paid at Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to THE TEKE, 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765. THE TEKE STAFF Donald E. Aldrich, Chief Executive Officer Rho-Upsilon, Franklin College Alex Baker, Chief Information Officer and Editor Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Garrett Thomas, Communications Specialist Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Katie Sayre, Production Manager 2017 - 2019 GRAND COUNCIL Christopher T. Hanson, Grand Prytanis Alpha-Pi, The George Washington University Dr. James Hickey, Grand Epiprytanis Zeta-Alpha, Wagner College Ted Bereswill, Grand Grammateus Gamma-Upsilon, University of Texas at Austin Ryan J. Vescio, Esq., Grand Crysophylos Rho-Omega, University of South Carolina MG Charles Whittington, Jr., Grand Histor Pi-Psi, University of Southern Mississippi Anthony F. Clemens, Grand Hypophetes Nu-Mu, University of South Alabama Rob J. Guarini, Grand Pylortes Sigma-Nu, State University of New York at New Paltz John K. Fabsits, Grand Hegemon Xi-Eta, Missouri Western State University Michael Beals, Grand Council At-Large Epsilon, Iowa State University Michael McEvilly, Grand Council At-Large Beta-Eta, Missouri S&T / University of Missouri-Rolla Zain Islam, Collegiate Advisory Committee Chair Upsilon-Mu, NYIT-Manhattan CONTACT THE TEKE Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765 Tel: 317-872-6533 Fax: 317-875-8353 Email: Website: 2019 Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. the teke A COMMON RESOLUTION

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