UWP's Tau Kappa Epsilon - Mu Nu Chapter receives state and national awards

May 23, 2006

PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville fraternity, Mu Nu chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), has been awarded the Most Improved Chapter in the nation in 2005 and the best TKE fraternity in Wisconsin in 2006. TKE was founded in 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Currently, the fraternity has initiated over 200,000 men in over 271 active chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Phi Delta Chi, the forerunner to the Mu Nu chapter of TKE at UWP, was formed in 1965 by Tom Wurtz in Wilgus Hall on campus and has grown from a small fraternity of 12, when it began, to a current membership of several hundred.

In 1969, Phi Delta Chi was installed as the Mu Nu chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, becoming the "lucky 13" chapter in the "lucky horseshoe" region of Wisconsin. Striving to remain a valuable chapter in the TKE organization, the UWP Mu Nu chapter has gone through several rough patches, including being placed on probation for low membership in 1974 through the early 1980s. Fortunately, the organization was able to get back on its feet and was even awarded the "Lucky 13, Horse Shoe Rush Award" in 2000 for the highest rush members in 1999. While the Mu Nu chapter at UWP has had difficult times in the past ensuring the success of the organization, its current membership numbers and activity on campus proves that they are deserving of the awards.

The Top Wisconsin TKE Chapter Award is chosen by a volunteer staff member of the Horse Shoe Province in Wisconsin. The Grand Province Advisor is responsible for presenting the award to the most well-rounded chapter at the annual conference. The award is given to the TKE chapter in Wisconsin with the highest score on the standards profile, which is designed to evaluate all chapters throughout the country. In addition to the regional accomplishment, the UWP Mu Nu chapter also made its mark on the national landscape. The Most Improved TKE Chapter is an award given by the International Headquarters at a semiannual National Conclave. The award recognizes TKE chapters with the greatest improvements in academics, recruitment, philanthropy, community service, athletics and well-rounded membership in the last year. Against over 250 chapters internationally, UW-Platteville's TKE was among the best of the best in receiving this award, tying with the University of Florida and the University of Missouri-Rolla. "We are a social fraternity with the principles of love, charity and esteem," says Matt Hunt, the UWP TKE public relations contact. "We pride ourselves in being involved heavily with philanthropy and being a diverse fraternity that can co-exist even with the many different views and backgrounds of our members." "It was an absolute honor to receive and accept the awards that we have been presented during the past school year," relays Scott Anderson, TKE Mu Nu Chapter president in the 2005 school year. "The award was made possible by the selfless, hard work of many past officer groups and the never ending dedication of the UWP fraters. Both the Mu Nu alumni and actives are extremely proud of our accomplishments, mostly because we didn't ask for them ... we won those awards by simply being us, by being brothers."

With several lofty accomplishments already achieved, the next step for the Mu Nu Chapter is to compete for the nation's top TKE Chapter. While this will involve a lot of hard work, since winning the awards the fraternity has been more involved in university activities and the leadership of the organization has also grown exponentially. "We are very close to accomplishing this goal too," declares Anderson, "but it's not about winning awards; it's about having fun and helping others. The chapter is confident that we can obtain this honor as well, but it will come when it is ready."

Contact: Matthew Hunt, Tau Kappa Epsilon public relations coordinator, huntmat@uwplatt.edu

Prepared by: Marsha Pauly, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,paulym@uwplatt.edu

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