MIAMI – The Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity is pleased to announce the certification of two new Candidate Chapters; California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Both Candidate Chapters were certified in virtual ceremonies on Saturday, November 7, 2020.  Grand Regent Jamey Vann presided over the certifications.

“I’m so happy to have presided over our first two virtual Candidate Chapter certifications earlier this month,” said Jamey Vann, Grant Regent of Theta Tau.  “It’s amazing that, in a time of social distancing and remote learning, these groups have shown the drive to grow their local organizations and advance toward the next step in brotherhood. I look forward to seeing what these groups will do in the future and hope they serve as a model in the months to come.”

Members of the two new Candidate Chapters participating in a meeting during the event on Saturday, November 7, 2020 // Cred: Jim Gaffney

“Over the past two years, I have seen members grow as individuals, together as brothers, and become the amazing leaders that helped us achieve Candidate Chapter status,” said Alira Coffman, president of the UNLV Candidate Chapter.  “We are all excited that our work was able to be celebrated through a virtual get together. I cannot wait to see how our Candidate Chapter grows and changes as we work toward our next goal: chapter status!”

“We are thankful to have achieved Candidate Chapter status during this pandemic and would like to thank all of our mentors from other chapters as well as the national officers,” said Jean Choi, Cal Poly Slo Candidate Chapter President.  “We are proud to have achieved this milestone after six months of hard work, and we will use the status of a Candidate Chapter to continue to work hard and build Theta Tau SLO, through the core values of the organization.”

“The Central Office is very excited about these two new Candidate Chapters joining the rolls of Theta Tau, and this occasion is especially exciting as these groups both grew and flourished during the lockdowns and operational changes brought on by COVID-19,” said Executive Director Jim Gaffney.  “This is proof-positive that the Greek Community will not be held back by this pandemic.”

Both Candidate Chapters enrolled 21 members, and both will join the Southwest Region.  Letters of congratulations for the new Candidate Chapters can be sent to the Central Office to be forwarded.


The Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity is the oldest, largest and foremost fraternity for professional engineers in the United States.  Enrolling more than 30,000 living members and nearly 5,000 student members on nearly 100 campuses, Theta Tau is dedicated to engineering leaders for service, profession and brotherhood.  The Central Office can be reached at 512-472-1904.