(MARYVILLE, Mo.)- Northwest Missouri State University has reinstated its Delta Nu chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and resumed its recognition of the chapter as a student organization at the University.
The reinstatement is the result of the collaborative work of Northwest and TKE alumni who dedicated themselves to rebuilding the chapter and ensuring its success. Additionally, Northwest continues work to implement a “Greek Life Vision” developed to ensure Greek Life is a positive and successful part of the Northwest experience.
“Northwest is thankful for all the alumni who worked hard to rebuild the chapter, have taken the time to understand the issues facing today’s fraternities and are ensuring the chapter has a strong culture moving forward,” Northwest Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker said. “The recolonization of TKE is a testament to many Bearcat alumni who worked to sustain and refocus the chapter over the past two and a half years to ensure the chapter is open for future generations of Bearcats.”
Nathan Meeker, the acting president of the Delta Nu chapter, said the reorganized fraternity is focused on academics, leadership development, community service and personal character development.
“The alumni have been very supportive of our direction and have stepped up to fund significant scholarship money for high academic performers,” said Meeker, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, who is majoring in interactive digital media with a computer science emphasis. “Without the help and support of the alumni and community, we would not be so lucky to have this new beginning, and I am ecstatic to be a part of it. I sincerely look forward to showing everyone a dedicated chapter, represented by hard-working men, in the upcoming academic year and the years to follow."
Northwest revoked its institutional recognition of the Delta Nu chapter in November 2015, citing violations of Greek Life risk management policies. After an appeal process, the University agreed to allow reinstatement of the chapter during the fall 2018 trimester.
In preparation for its reinstatement, alumni of Northwest’s TKE chapter met with city and University leaders, including the city manager, public safety director and Nodaway County prosecutor to discuss the chapter’s past and form a partnership to support the chapter in its return.
The Delta Nu chapter was founded at Northwest in 1954, and alumni of the chapter own the TKE house at 555 West Ninth St.
Northwest also launched a Greek Life visioning process in 2015, and the University is continuing its work toward enhancing its Greek Life program based on the findings of that process. Key recommendations to come out of the visioning process centered on community, accountability, performance, and communication and transparency.
For more information about Greek Life at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/greek/.