From the Founders
“Student life in the Fraternity is but a period of apprenticeship and final control over traditions and the administration is a responsibility of the alumnus. The active chapter builds the foundation because it selects the future members. The alumni build the superstructure because… it is the reputation of the alumni which makes the reputation of the fraternity.”
– Erich J. Schrader at the installation
of Omega Chapter.
The growth, success, and stability of Theta Tau are due to the outstanding support given by our alumni members. Our alumni continue to carry out the purposes of the Fraternity and show their Theta Tau pride.
Theta Tau’s opportunities for involvement and participation are many. Among the most satisfying alumnus opportunities are mentoring student members, serving as advisers, assisting with recruitment, being a house corporation member and interacting at special occasions, all of which assist our student members and strengthen the chapter. Alumni can also be involved in alumni clubs and national committees. Alumni are not, however, involved in the day-to-day operation of the active student chapter.
Our alumni are appreciated for whatever contribution they are able to make to the Fraternity on formal or informal basis. Involvement may include contributions of time, talent or treasure. Founders’ Day celebrations, initiations, homecoming, Engineers Week, job fairs, and anniversary celebrations for chapters often bring alumni together with students, emphasizing that Theta Tau is truly for a lifetime.
As a member-driven organization, Theta Tau relies on alumni volunteers who manage, lead and direct the programs, operations, and vision for the Fraternity. Below are just some ways in which alumni volunteer:
A board of alumni motivates and advises each chapter in all areas of chapter operations. As part of a Chapter Advisory Team, chapter advisers enjoy a rewarding opportunity to mentor, guide and support our student members.
House Corporation Board Member
Alumni with talents in facility management, personnel management, rental property or finance are encouraged to serve on a House Corporation. House Corporation volunteers budget for the purchase or improvements of a chapter house and provide oversight for housing and meeting spaces.
Alumni Club Officer or Member
Alumni clubs allow members to remain actively involved with Theta Tau after college through professional development, community service, or brotherhood events. Theta Taus of all ages are encouraged to start or join an alumni club and become involved as members, officers and leaders.
Theta Tau appoints regional directors for each of its geographic regions, and together they provide support, guidance and oversight for our chapters and chapter advisory teams.
Members with specific skill-sets and experience are a strong asset for national committees as needed.
Serving on the Executive Council is one of the most revered and honored volunteer roles within our Fraternity. The Executive Council serves as the board of directors for Theta Tau and is charged with managing the strategic vision and oversight of the Fraternity. Voted into office by our membership at Convention, the members of Executive Council serve two-year terms.
Have questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact the Grand Scribe.