Mu Omega Alumni March Madness Bracket Competition

Fraters, Our annual Mason March Madness bracket competition is up and running! This is always a big hit and we hope you can play again this year. Playing is FREE for everyone with one major catch, the only fraters eligible to win are those who have made an Annual Membership Endowment for 2015. So those of you who haven’t given by the first tipoff are in the hunt for bragging rights, but you can’t win the $200 prize money! Please use this page to make an Annual Member Endowment! Here’s the information:

Good luck to everyone in this crazy season! if anyone has any questions or problem signing up, just let me know. YITB Chris #645

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Homecoming But Were Afraid to Ask

Dear Tekes and Friends of TKE,

Homecoming is nearly here!  Below is a quick reference guide for the weekend:

All Weekend Long:  Starting tomorrow: Stop by the 29 Diner and dine normally and when you check comes, ask for a donation to be made to the TKE Alumni Association!  Ten percent of your check will come to us as a fundraiser.

Friday Afternoon:

Friday Night:

  • ·    The SOLD OUT 45th Anniversary Partyis happening at the Blenheim Interpretive Center from 7pm-11pm.  Tickets are indeed sold out, but we may have a few cancellations to get you in if you make a donation to the Alumni Association, so if you are interested in coming and have not bought your ticket, contact me immediately! (christopherlee.townsend at gmail dot com)
  • The event will have food and drinks, I’m calling it “heavy appetizers plus”, more than toast points, but perhaps not quite a full meal for us hungry folk.  We will also have some dessert on hand too!  Food is coming from several of partner organizations, Red Hot and Blue, Brion’s Grille and the 29 Diner.  Please take care of them for the rest of the year like they are taking care of us tomorrow!
  • ·         Suggested attire is Jacket and Tie/Cocktail attire.  While we won’t be turning people away, we’re going to have VIP guests there and be taking pictures to send to TKE HQ, GMU, and other outlets.  It will be standing room only, so wear comfortable shoes, but be prepared to dance and have a good time with everyone!
  • There will be a short formal program, where we pay homage to the past and look to the future, but for the most part just be ready for some fun.
  • We’re going to have some places at the venue to take photos and selfies with old and new friends.  Please share them widely!  Suggested hashtags for the event are: #masonTKE45, #since1970, and of course #IAMTKE

  •  We do need to depart Blenheim promptly at 11, but don’t worry, we have something planned for the after party if you’re up for it…

Saturday — Happy Valentine’s Day

  • Tickets are still available for the Homecoming game.  Follow this link and use TKE as the password to get in our group block.  This is only available until Friday night at midnight, after that you’ll have to get group tickets.
  • Tailgating starts at 1pm in K lot.  The Alumni Association has helped to provide some fine roasted pig in honor of the occasion and bring your own beverages or other meat to share.  _______  Look for the big TKE letters
  • The Game is at 4pm  GO MASON!
  • We’re not doing anything formal after the event, but we’d always recommend Brions (hosting an open event with a cover charge), Red Hot and Blue, or the 29 Diner (open all night) as a place to continue the party.


  • You still want more?  Go get brunch at the 29 Diner and try to recall events of the weekend as best you can, or review silly pictures from the reunion.  Remember that donation to TKE!

That’s it!  Who’s ready for a great weekend!

I love this Fraternity

Mu-Omega Honored by Fairfax City Council

Esteemed Fraters,

Tonight, through the coordinated efforts of the Alumni Association, Mu-Omega was honored for its 45 years of incorporation as a chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon.  Mayor Scott Silverthorne issued a proclamation citing their achievements, especially the recent efforts of the chapter and their recognition as a Top Teke Chapter. Video of the presentation can be viewed here (notable portion begins at 2:45)
I was privileged to accept the award on behalf of the Alumni Association and many men of the active chapter showed up on short notice to lend their support.  Some pictures are attached and the full text of the proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, The history of the Mu-Omega Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon of George Mason University began in 1968, as the group then known as the “Symposium”, and
Whereas, As Symposium became a colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, they took on the name “Symposium of TKE” and on February 21st 1970, the group was officially recognized by Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and was founded in the Mu-Omega Chapter, and
Whereas, As the first recognized Fraternity at GMU, Mu-Omega has been operated consistently for the past 45 years and has initiated over 850 men into the bond of Tau Kappa Epsilon; and
Whereas, Over the years, the chapter has completed many philanthropic efforts including support of the Special Olympics, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the for the past two years has held a TKE Week event to raise over $15,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in addition to conducting fundraising to benefit various local needs, and
Whereas, This past year, the collegiate members of GMU were recognized as top performers nationwide in all assessment areas including scholastic achievement, recruitment, philanthropy, chapter size, and alumni relations and TKE International will present them with the Top Teke Award at the 58th Biennial Conclave gathering to be held this upcoming August in New Orleans, Louisiana; and
Whereas, The TKE Mu-Omega Alumni Association was founded on September 29th, 2009 and is led by an executive board to provide mental, moral and social development opportunities for collegiate and alumni members.
Now therefore I, Scott Silverthorne, Mayor of the City of Fairfax, in concert with the City Council, do hereby proclaim February 21, 2015 as
Mu-Omega Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Day
In the City of Fairfax and invite the community to join us in congratulating the Mu-Omega Chapter on their 45th Anniversary at George Mason University.
On this 10 day of February 2015
(signed Scott Silverthorne, Mayor)
Please join us in extending congratulations to all Mu-Omega members who worked hard over the past 45 years!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion on Friday.  This proclamation, along with other bits of Mu-Omega history, will be on display.

Chapter Eternal Memorial


Below is a message from Frater Joe Kennedy about an old friend and a new initiative. We hope you can take the time to read it and help us create something great for the future.–YITB  Chris Townsend


In 1984 we lost a special Frater.  Mike Turley pledged a year after I did.  He was a classic TKE – smart, good looking and won way too many dance contests late in the evenings at the local pubs.  He even rode his bike (not motorcycle, his bike) to one of our annual treks to Myrtle Beach.  I won’t go into all the stories (there will be many to tell at the reunion).  As Mike was nearly completing his time at GMU he was feeling exhausted and noticed sores in his mouth.  His girlfriend immediately sent him to be checked up.  After meeting with medical staff he was immediately sent home and told they would contact him.

Needless to say he didn’t go directly home, he stopped by to see the guys at the cage (an aptly named apartment on campus) to have a beer and hang out.  He never finished the beer.  When he arrived home his parents were waiting for him.  He went right to the hospital and never left it.  Leukemia.

This was a very traumatic time for the members.  We had all rallied to help him, donating blood and raising funds and awareness.  Back then, I was told by some alumni that they had a similar experience when Gene Barnes died.  There are others that have died, maybe shortly after their school term ended and others after many years away.

Why do I bring this up?  The membership dedicated a plaque in Mike’s honor and planted a tree.  This past semester I took one of my children to tour GMU.  As we walked the campus I slowly steered her over to that place near Robinson and the Library that I had not visited in years.  It was gone.  Billy Reilly quickly located it.  Lightning had hit and killed the tree.  The grounds crew cut down the remainder of the tree and put the plaque in storage.  Obviously this is just wrong.  But we have something we can do.

With your help we can plant a new tree, replace that plaque and add a new plaque for all our members (past and in the future) who enter Chapter Eternal.  Please consider donating to the Alumni Association to make this happen.  We need your yearly endowment to keep the Alumni Association viable.  We also need you to donate in the name of a deceased Frater so we can make this a reality.

As of now I have been able to identify sixteen Fraters who have entered Chapter Eternal.

Please help us remember:

56       Gene W. Barnes

86       Douglas E. Beaman

95       Thomas E. Nachazel

119     Lawrence B. Emerson

134     Douglas A. Berliner

168     Alan D. Weggeland

170     Michael A. Aiken

178     Ralph D. Day

187     Robert P. Lehrman

215     Michael K. Colgan

352     Mike Turley

400     Glenn T. Milich

404     Eric W. Clement

492     Alan R. Ahalt

564     Kenneth M Caputo

742     Christopher McCarthy


Yours in the Bond,

Joe Kennedy


Homecoming Basketball – TKE Block Tickets

After the big 45th event on Friday Evening Feb 13th, we will also be supporting the GMU Men’s Basketball team at the annual Homecoming Game at the Patriot Center on Saturday, February 14th.

The Alumni Association has reserved a block of tickets for our membership and guests at a deep discount but supply is limited, so act fast to get yours! Don’t forget to join us before the game at the tailgate!

password: tke

45th Anniversary Party

–Ticket Sales for the 45th Anniversary Event have been closed as we have reached capacity for the venue.–


Come on out to the 45th Anniversary party of Mu-Omega! The event will be held at Historic Blenheim (3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030) on Friday Feb 13th, from 7pm to 11pm. We will have food, drinks,  music and a few surprises on the way.

We are privileged to be hosting several special guests from TKE International HQ and the Grand Council. Also Blenheim, the venue for the event,  is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. As such, the dress for the reunion is jacket and tie suggested attire for the event.
Can’t make the event? You can still show your support by contributing to the Chapter Eternal Memorial or making an Annual Member Endowment!

In memory of Frater Kenneth Caputo

KC564We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of one of our fellow brothers, Frater Kenneth Caputo, Mu Omega Scroll #564. He will be greatly missed as he carries the Teke spirit on into the Chapter Eternal.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at the Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD

Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 11am at his family’s church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase, MD (A reception will follow in the parish hall.)

For those wishing to honor Kenneth, donations may be made to these two organizations:

Lt. Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation

Both foundations represent Kenneth’s great love of country, service, compassion, and education.