Theta Tau is first and foremost a brotherhood of engineers. Being a brother of Theta Tau means that you have a community of brilliant men AND women not only on campus, but across the country that will see you as family. Being a brother means you hold a strong connection to a broad network of other engineers - a network that permeates through your academic, professional, and social life.
This network is a support structure that you can rely on in the face of struggles that you will face in your college career. Being a brother means being part of a community that you can depend on beyond the campus and throughout your life. Being a brother means building deep relationships with a diverse group of people who hold vast reservoir of insight and experience in many areas of life. The wealth of these experiences enrich your life and teach you lessons that you can't learn from the classroom or even a job. Being a brother means building a college experience that is incredibly unique and valuable.
Fraternities and Sororities are what many people refer to "Greek Life" — societies that induct members for lifetime membership. Sororities are all-female Greek Organizations, while Fraternities can be both all-male and co-ed Organizations. Each organization has certain rules and values that make each one unique; however, they are often considered either "Social" or "Professional" groups. Professional Greek Organizations have strong focus on developing their members professionally as well as creating a strong Brotherhood or Sisterhood.
Theta Tau is a Co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity. This makes us a "Professional" fraternity, which means we value the professional development and conduct of our members more than a social fraternity might. We are also composed of members that have an interest in Engineering, which unites us as another common focus. Finally, we are co-ed, and accept members of all genders.
Rushing is an interesting term to describe the first interactions you have with Greek organization. Theta Tau's Rush week is designed to introduce you to the Fraternity and it's members. You don't have to be an Engineer to attend Theta Tau rush events, and you are allowed to Rush other Greek fraternities and sororities while rushing Theta Tau.
Theta Tau is Professional fraternity, and we absolutely do not tolerate hazing. For that matter, we are also a "dry" fraternity, and do not spend money on alcohol nor do we permit alcohol at our events, including Rush Events. We uphold a strict Risk Management policy to protect the reputation of the Fraternity and protect our interest in maintaining professionalism.
We do not require you to be an Engineer to rush with us. And once you are brother, you won't lose your membership if you decide to leave the College of Engineering or pursue another major. The only condition we do require is that you are in the College of Engineering at the time of your initiation. This means if you are in the process of applying to the College, you shouldn't count yourself out!
Honor societies are great for being around people that share an academic interest with you. These are excellent groups for furthering your interests in a topic, but the benefits often stop there. Because Theta Tau is a brotherhood, you will a join a group of people that take friendships beyond the classroom and even the campus, and treat you like part of a family. You will connect with a group of people that have a diverse range of interests, which helps you diversify the kinds of contacts you make, and opens up opportunities beyond your major. And yet, Theta Tau will provide you will some of the greatest memories in college, 4 years that you don't want to just spend stuck in a textbook.
Joining Theta Tau itself is a great experience. First, attend our Rush events. There, you'll get to introduce yourself to our Brothers and get a feel for what the fraternity is like. Our rush events are typically low-stress, and simple activities that provide ample opportunity to hang out with Brothers. Then, you will be given a bid, which is an invitation to become a pledge with the Fraternity. After accepting your bid, you will become a pledge and start the process to becoming a brother!
Rush is typically at the beginning of the academic semester. Rush events are low-stress, simple activities that are designed to help get exposure to the fraternity, and for Brothers to meet you. Our first rush events are typically Information Sessions where our Rush chairs will give you a in-depth explanation of the process to becoming a Brother of Theta Tau. Other Rush events will be a mix of fun and professional events that vary from Semester to Semester. You definitely want to introduce yourself to as many brothers and other Rushees as you can at every Rush event. This is the best way to show your interest in the fraternity. Relax and have fun! Many rushees walk away from Rush with some unexpected but important friendships.
Rush is intended to be low time commitment activity, and usually only about 4-6 hours per week (this is about the same as 1 credit class). Once you move further in the process and become a pledge, more commitment will be expected of you. Your time commitment may average closer to 8-10 hours, however your time will be well spent developing meaningful relationships with brothers and fellow pledges. Note that Rushing and Pledging are more rewarding the more time you invest in them. It is ultimately up to you to manage your time in a way to make the proper time commitment to the fraternity.
As a quick checklist, you are eligible to join Theta Tau as long as long you can meet the following criteria at the time of your initiation:
THAY-Ta TAH. Notice the pronunciation of "Tau" differs from the typical pronunciation you might hear in a Math class. This is not by mistake, but rather a Greek Grammatical rule.
Have even more questions? Email our rush chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.