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There is something majestic about coming to Colorado for TKE Leadership Academy. It never gets old to me. Each year's routine comes back, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate staring through the grassy meadow, wet with the morning dew, looking above the tree line to the amazing view of Pikes Peak. That same morning, a storm starts brewing in the distance. As the afternoon progresses, you can see the giant mountain split the clouds in half. The storm was just one giant obstacle from unleashing its fury on the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. As it passes, the storm struggles to find its way back together. It starts to rain ever so briefly at Academy, just a glimmer of what it could have been. Luckily, for Tau Kappa Epsilon, life's Pikes Peak did not get in the way of our Vener- able Grand Prytanis. Unlike the storm, Frater Rod Talbot (Beta-Chi, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) used life's obstacles to build himself to be a better business leader, father, and Teke. Like our Founders, his southern Illinois roots led him to dream of suc- cess and his Midwestern working class drive helped him get there. In previous issues of THE TEKE, I have talked about the Fraternity's greats. Who knew, nearly 40 years ago, another one of them was in the making at a place he affec- tionately calls the "Harvard of the Midwest." As Frater Talbot took the stage at the end of Conclave 2015, holding the gavel high in the air, he took a deep breath, capturing the moment he had worked toward for decades. You could see on his face that he was fight- ing back tears of joy. In just a few short weeks, Frater Talbot will enter the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans to a thunderous crowd and will approach a familiar seat at the head of the triangle. He will pick up the gavel and feel the great responsibility of leadership of our beloved organization. As he raps his gavel, he will be presiding over the largest meeting of the Grand Chapter this biennium. Until then, Venerable Grand Prytanis, the Fraternity awaits your command. Yours in the Bond, Alex Baker Editor, THE TEKE Capturing the Moment Content Deadlines Spring December 1 / Summer March 1 / Fall June 1 / Winter September 1 THE TEKE (ISSN 1527-1331) is an educational 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. All alumni Fraters who donate $10 or more to the TKE Educational Foundation, Inc. will receive a one-year subscription to THE TEKE . Its our way of saying thank you and of keeping you informed regarding whats going on in your Fraternity today. MISSION STATEMENT VISION Tau Kappa Epsilon creates lifelong relationships that enhance educational, interpersonal, community and professional success. MISSION Our mission is to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life. PURPOSE TKE contributes to the advancement of society through the personal growth of our members, and service to others. POSTMASTER: send address changes to THE TEKE, 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765. THE FIRST WORD 2017 Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. 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. HOW TO 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: HOW TO SUBMIT STORIES/PHOTOS Send news & photographs for THE TEKE to the ad- dress above . Chapter news should contain information about events, community service projects, and other no- table achievements. Articles and photos can be emailed to Mail hard copies and prints to the Offices of the Grand Chapter. Digital photos should be at least 300 dpi in resolution or on a digital cameras highest-quality setting. Photos showing alcoholic bever- ages or members displaying inappropriate behavior will not be accepted. the teke THE TEKE STAFF Donald E. Aldrich, Chief Executive Officer Rho-Upsilon, Franklin College Alex Baker, Chief Information Officer and Editor Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Corey Krupa, Communications Specialist Zeta-Lambda, Bowling Green State University Garrott Thomas, Communications Specialist Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Daniel Klopfenstein, Contributing Writer Alpha-Gamma, Washington State University Katie Sayre, Production Manager 2015 - 2017 GRAND COUNCIL Rodney G. Talbot, Grand Prytanis Beta-Chi, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Christopher T. Hanson, Grand Epiprytanis Alpha-Pi, The George Washington University Ted Bereswill, Grand Grammateus Gamma-Upsilon, University of Texas at Austin Dr. James Hickey, Grand Crysophylos Zeta-Alpha, Wagner College Brian Montgomery, Grand Histor Gamma-Upsilon, University of Texas at Austin Fredrick T. Jacobi, Grand Hypophetes Lambda-Alpha, University of South Florida Ryan Vescio, Grand Pylortes Rho-Omega, University of South Carolina Anthony F. Clemens, Grand Hegemon Nu-Mu, University of South Alabama Rob J. Guarini, Grand Council At-Large Sigma-Nu, State University of New York at New Paltz Peter Sobich, Grand Council At-Large Chi, University of Washington Jonah Griego, Collegiate Advisory Committee Chair Tau-Psi, University of West Florida THE TEKE 2 SUMMER 17

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