MIAMI, January 29, 2020 – The Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity is pleased to welcome JP Winkel to the Central Office Staff, and to the newly created role of Programming and Communications Coordinator. Winkel will work out of the Central Office in Miami beginning on February 3.
Winkel is a native of Cedar Rapids, IA after being adopted from Busan, South Korea. They are a Spring 2018 initiate of the Psi Chapter (Iowa State) of the Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity Inc., the oldest APIDA-interest fraternity in the country. Winkel holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Education from Iowa State University specializing in Higher Education and Student Identity Development. Winkel most recently served as the Director of Education for Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. in North Liberty, IA.
In their spare time, Winkel commits time to programming for APIDA students through organizations like the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) and the United Vietnamese Students Association-Midwest.
This will mark the first time since 1996 that the Fraternity will have more than one director/coordinator. Winkel’s hire is the second change to Central Office Staffing in recent months, after Jim Gaffney joined Theta Tau as Executive Director on September 1, 2019. Gaffney took the reins from Michael Abraham, who retired after 27 years on the staff of Theta Tau, including 24 years as Executive Director.
“I’m excited for JP to join the team and I look forward to the wealth of programming, curriculum and event management experience that they bring with them,” said Executive Director Jim Gaffney. “With the addition of JP, the newly-expended CO staff will be well positioned to be of greater service to our chapters and to grow the size and quality of the programming that we deliver to our members.”
About Theta Tau:
Theta Tau is dedicated to ENGINEERING LEADERS for Service, Profession, and Brotherhood. From its founding by four mining engineering students nearly 114 years ago, Theta Tau has grown into the largest and oldest Fraternity for Engineers, with 90 chapters and colonies, more than 5,000 student members and more than 20,000 living alumni. The Fraternity is administered out of the Central Office, located in downtown Miami. Visit www.thetatau.org to learn more.