Frater Jake Rooney was honored with the opportunity to be a staff member for SUSMUN 2011 this past weekend. SUSMUN is one of the three conferences that the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA) organizes every year. IMUNA is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) formally recognized by the UN which puts on Model UN conferences for high school students with college students as staff. IMUNA selects the best applicants from a variety of schools, and they all unite to put on the best conference possible. This year, Jake was selected as the director for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) covering the topics of Enforced Disappearances in Iraq and Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam. SUSMUN proved to be a huge success and we are proud of Frater Jake Rooney for his accomplishments.
The Xi-Lambda chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is excited to announce that fraters Hilton Huff, Luke Smith, and Nick Callies have been selected as representatives for the Freshman Greek Leaders. Similar to the Sophomore Leaders Circle, the Freshman Greek Leaders will meet once a week and hold various seminars and workshops relating to building a resume, successfully handling job interviews and much more. Seminars will also include guest speakers who discuss how they chose and started their career paths. Since the freshmen are the future of their respective chapters, their roles in the program will prove to be paramount. TKE has full confidence that the aforementioned fraters will represent the chapter well as we wish them good luck in the program.
November 5th, 2011 marked another great University of Georgia homecoming. The Bulldogs managed to blowout the visiting New Mexico State Aggies 63 to 16. Red and black faithful filled Sanford Stadium as distinguished alumni and students were honored throughout the game. Homecoming is always a big deal, especially for the greek community and the Xi-Lambda chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon did not disappoint.
TKE hosted a tailgate at the house which is conveniently located a short walk from the stadium. Alumni, parents, active brothers, and friends enjoyed the opportunity to meet and interact with one another, sharing their college experiences. After the decisive UGA victory everyone returned to the TKE house for a catered dinner courtesy of Plantation Buffet and live music by the Daniel Lee Band. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!
TKE again participated in the annual Trunk or Treat event sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. Each year fraternities and sororities come together around Halloween, dress up, and hand out candy to local area school children who may not get to celebrate Halloween. Malay Patel, Kareem Mahmoud, and David DeReus represented TKE well at this year’s event held at the Varsity. The event proved once again to be a great opportunity for TKE to give back to the community as well as gather with other Greek organizations for a worthy cause.
Five members of TKE participated and took 1st Place in the Gamma Sigma Sigma Charity Challenge Field Day on October 23rd. Brothers Hilton Huff, Nick Callies, Sam Katz, Luke Smith, and Keith Kanzler won $300 for TKE to donate to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, one of TKE’s International Philanthropy efforts.
Events included several relay races, a football toss accuracy challenge, a three-legged race, a grape eating contest, a ping pong bounce, and a final obstacle course. The obstacle course included a dizzy bat relay, tire pick-up, army crawl, rope ladder, puzzle challenge, and then a sprint to the finish.
Xi-Lambda is proud of its brothers for their outstanding effort and coming through with the 1st Place trophy. Frater Hilton Huff said “we just kept moving up each round and finally edged out the competition at the end. It was an all-around great achievement and day of fun for TKE.”