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May 20, 2014
Alumni, current members and friends will gather to celebrate 60 years of the Delta Nu chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Northwest Missouri State University with a reunion weekend May 29-31.
The weekend’s highlights will include the 19th Annual Delta Nu Memorial Scramble, a military appreciation ceremony and an evening banquet in addition to social events at the TKE house, located at 555 W. Ninth St.
More than 275 active TKE members and alumni, ranging in age from 18 to 85, are expected to attend, said Tony Dorrel, a 1986 alumnus who is coordinating the reunion.
“We are so proud to celebrate Tau Kappa Epsilon’s presence at Northwest for 60 years and recognize many TKEs who went on to hold esteemed positions within our University, the military, the business world and our local communities,” Dorrel said. “The TKE chapter at Northwest has had a role in preparing almost 1,700 men for success through leadership and the firsthand opportunity that being a member the fraternity and operating a house offers, while forming the bond of lifelong friendships. We’re excited for TKEs from all six decades to gather for this anniversary and celebrate together.”
The TKE 60th Reunion Banquet is set for 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Maryville Community Center. It will feature numerous TKE alumni and guest speakers, including Dr. B.D. Owens, who was a member of the fraternity and earned his bachelor's degree from Northwest in 1959 before returning to lead the University as its president from 1977 to 1984. Robert Foster III, a member of the fraternity, 1969 Northwest alumnus and son of the late Dr. Robert P. Foster, who preceded Owens as Northwest’s president from 1964 to 1977, also will address attendees.
The night’s emcees will be 1997 alumnus Ryan Stadlman and 1999 alumnus Chris Stigall. Additional remarks will be provided by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Fritz Jacobi of the fraternity’s international board of directors.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, the chapter will host a Military Awards Ceremony at its house to honor 81 members throughout the chapter’s history who have served in the military. The ceremony will conclude with taps and a gun salute by the American Legion’s James Edward Gray Post 100 of Maryville and a motorcycle procession.
The golf scramble is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville. The four-man scramble includes 18 holes with a cart, unlimited range balls, memorial mulligans, giveaways and prizes, and lunch and drink tickets.
The Delta Nu chapter was established May 15, 1954, with 37 members, making it the third fraternity at Northwest. In 1986, it was recognized as the youngest chapter to initiate 1,000 men – a number that stands at 1,632 today. The Delta Nu chapter’s roster consists of 56 active members.
The chapter’s rich history includes a devastating fire that destroyed its home at 222 W. Cooper on the night of Nov. 16, 1996. While no members were injured and the fire was ruled accidental, the chapter’s members and alumni banded together to build a new home adjacent to the Northwest campus. The home, which was the first built specifically to house a Northwest fraternity, was completed in 1999 and remains the chapter’s present location.
The TKE reunion events on Saturday, May 31, will be part of a busy day at Northwest that also includes the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts and the Robert & Virginia Foster Fitness Center dedication ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the facility formerly known as the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center.
For more information about the TKE 60th anniversary reunion, including registration and the weekend’s schedule, visit www.nwtke.com/60.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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