By Wilbur Young
SWOSU fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, better known as TKE, was established Jan. 10, 1899, at Illinois Wesleyan University.
The fraternity has more than 250 active chapters and colonies in the United States and Canada. Ever since TKE was founded, they have been driving to create a brotherhood that believes in the honest convictions of love, charity, and esteem.
SWOSU TKE was founded May 5, 1956. The fraternity meets weekly every Sunday to discuss fraternal affairs throughout the year.
TKE also hosts a variety of events throughout the year like the Jump-athon and fundraisers for different causes.
Every fall semester, the fraternity hosts a fund raiser to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Due to COVID-19, the fraternity was forced to limit its exposure on campus to keep SWOSU as safe as possible.
"This year, TKE raised $523 and is hoping to have more events similar in the near future," Zane Everett, TKE chair of fundraising, said.
For 30 years, TKE has joined the fight against childhood cancer after a member called out for his brothers help.
TKE has also made commitments to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, raising $1 million in five years and $2.6 million toward the naming of the proton therapy synchrotron accelerator.
By supporting, it will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to lead the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
All money raised by TKE nation helps ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for any type of treatment, travel, housing, or food.