The original founders of Tau Kappa Epsilon: Joseph L. Settles, James C. McNutt, Clarence A. Mayer, Owen I. Truitt and C. Roy Atkinson
Tau Kappa Epsilon is a UW-Madison Tradition
Lambda Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was founded at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on December 15, 1917 – the same year that Camp Randall Stadium was built. The current TKE house has been the location of Lambda Chapter since the year 1968. It is located in the heart of UW’s Greek community and is one of the largest and most unique fraternity houses on Langdon, featuring a 300 square-foot roof overlooking Lake Mendota and the Wisconsin State Capitol building. We have thrived for over 98 years with an exceptional alumni network, and look forward to our centennial celebration in 2017.
Lambda Chapter started as a group of men who called themselves the Akela Club. The group of Lowe, Wolf, Fiedler, Burns and Arzberger took their club and made it into the 11th chapter of the national Fraternity of Tau Kappa Epsilon, which had its inception 18 years prior.
Tau Kappa Epsilon was started at Illinois Wesleyan University by a group of men who called themselves the Knights of Classic Lore. After multiple failed petitions to be adopted into the Fraternity Phi Delta Theta, they set off on creating their own Fraternity. Joseph L. Settles, James C. McNutt, Clarence A. Mayer, Owen I. Truitt and C. Roy Atkinson founded the last Fraternity of the 19th century on January 10, 1899.