TKE Coat-of-Arms

Gules, on a bend argent, five equilateral triangles, bendwise, at the first, voided. Crest- Above a peer's helm, a death's head, three-quarters profile, proper. Mantling- Gules doubled argent. Motto- pi alpha omega epsilon alpha.

The TKE coat of arms consists of a shield of the Norman form, upon which is a bend with five equilateral triangles, surmounting a scroll bearing the initial letters of a secret motto in Greek, and surmounted by a skull, or death's head, three-quarters profile. This assemblage is done in the official colors, cherry and gray, properly mantled. Its connotation, or meaning, is also revealed by the initiation ritual. The Coat-of-Arms may be used only by official members of the fraternity on stationery, jewelry, and other personal effects. It is used by the fraternity upon its official stationery, membership certificates, and other documents. Distinctive and beautiful, the TKE Coat-of-Arms is vastly unique to that employed by any other fraternity. Modified slightly several times during the early years of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the present Coat-of-Arms, adopted in 1926, was designed by Dr. Carlton B. Pierce and Ms. Emily Butterfield.

The Flower

The official flower of the fraternity is the red carnation. From the red carnation is derived the color for our Coat-of-Arms, flag, banner, and many other symbols. The official flower is worn during initiations and at TKE banquets. It is also represented by the Red Carnation Ball, a banquet and dance celebrated by most TKE chapters each year.
TKE's Greek Patron Apollo

The mythological ideal or patron of Tau Kappa Epsilon is Apollo, one of the most important of Olympian divinities. The Grecian god of music and culture, of light and the ideals toward which all Tekes must constantly be striving. Typifying the finest development of manhood, the selection of Apollo is most appropriate.
The TKE Badge

The official membership badge, made of either white or Roman gold and adorned with three white pearls, is by far the most important item of TKE insignia in general use. Only this badge may be worn by undergraduate members. Jeweled badges, crown set with pearls, diamonds, rubies or emeralds, according to choice, may be worn by alumni members. Frequently the standard membership badge is used as a token of engagement. Miniature badges are also available for mothers, sisters, or for engagement purposes. The TKE 'badge of gold', unique in its design and distinctiveness, has never been changed since its adoption. The meaning and connotations of the badge are revealed to members during initiation.
The Equilateral Triangle

The primary symbol of the fraternity is the equilateral triangle. It appears proudly upon the fraternity's badge, upon it's Coat-of-Arms, and upon the fraternity flag. Equal-sided, representing the striving toward a full and equal development of mind, body, and heart, it means much within ranks of our fraternity. It serves as a reminder, too, of the early days of the fraternity and the traditions established by it's founders, since the first three chapters of Tau Kappa Epsilon, which supplied the foundations for its growth, formed an equilateral triangle in their geographical relationship.
The TKE Flag

The present design of the TKE flag, as adopted at the 1961 Conclave, features five voided triangles, in cherry red, on a gray bend surmounting a red field. Due to it's patterning after the shield of the fraternity Coat-of-Arms, the flag is readily associated with Tau Kappa Epsilon. Individual chapters may also purchase and use pennants and wall banners of various designs. These usually employ the name or Greek letters of the fraternity and chapter, and may incorporate the basic TKE insignia.
The Horse Shoe

A symbol of faith, friendship, and good fortune within the fraternity is the horseshoe. It's fascinating story dates back to 1921 when a group of men from a local fraternity at Ohio State University left for the TKE Conclave in Madison, Wisconsin, to petition for a charter. As they left, one of the them picked up a cast-off horseshoe, old and rusty, bent and full of nails, as a good luck token. They carried it along with them to the Conclave and when their petition was granted, the horseshoe was elevated to a position of importance. A horseshoe is presented to each chapter at the time of installation.
Founder's Day

On the cold night of January 10, 1899, students of Illinois Wesleyan University in the small midwestern town of Bloomington had just returned from the Christmas holidays when Joseph L. Settles went to the room occupied by James C. McNutt and Clarence A. Mayer at 504 East Locust Street to propound organization of a new society on campus. Joined immediately by Owen I. Truitt and Roy C.Atkinson, these five men then drew up the first set of regulations for the Knights of Classic Lore, a society whose avowed purpose was "to aid college men in mental, moral, and social development." This organization would eventually become Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and has grown into the world's largest social fraternity.

On or near January 10th of each year, undergraduate and alumni chapters of the fraternity celebrate the founding of Tau Kappa Epsilon and honor the five Founders.

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