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Wick Moorman, Norfolk-Southern CEO, speaks at TKE Beta-Pi

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Frater Wick Moorman and the Summer 2012 Chapter

Frater Wick Moorman and the Summer 2012 Chapter

Frater Charles “Wick” Moorman (BCE 1975) is living out his lifelong passion for railroads as the current CEO of Norfolk Southern Railroad and he shared some of his experience and advice with the undergraduates Monday night 3/5/2012 at TKE at Georgia Tech.Almost the entire summer chapter, along with trustees and advisers John Reagan, David Adcock and Michael Smith showed up at the House to hear him speak.

Wick amused everyone with a few stories of his younger days in the TKE House and as a co-op with the railroad before framing up some of the keys to his success. Among many pieces of good advise, a few stuck out:

  • Make good grades. Although this might be considered a bromide, it was meaningful to hear it from the CEO of a company that recruits–a man who also has an MBA from Harvard.
  • Get really good at something–good enough to be noticed. Whatever job your at, even if it’s not the one you want to keep, do it well enough to be noticed. Later, an opportunity may arise that has little in common with what you are doing now but people will remember that, whatever you were doing, you did it well. That’s how you move up.
  • Recognize that, as an undergrad at Georgia Tech, you are part of the .001% in the world before you even graduate–and that a large part of that is luck. Much of success is luck–being in the right place at the right time. When you are successful, don’t make the mistake of thinking it was all due simply to your work. Give away some of your gains because it wasn’t all your effort that got you there.

Wick fielded questions from the audience on several topics including the prospects for passenger rail (as opposed to freight rail) and on the future of the railroad industry in general.  He was especially eloquent at describing the financial and environmental advantages of  shipping by rail. After, he remained to speak individually with several undergraduates.

“Wick’s talk was both informative and entertaining,” prytanis Michael Costner said. “Its great to see such a successful alumnus come back and share his experiences with all of the undergrads.”

Frater Moorman’s talk was the latest in TKE Beta-Pi’s ongoing series of alumni dinner talks designed to help the undergrads understand the qualities and paths that lead to success in life and to give the alumni a way to share their experience with an interested and appreciate audience.  This was the last talk scheduled for the current academic year.  More talks will be scheduled soon for the 2012-2013 year.

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Collegiate members need your support in their St. Baldrick’s Event

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This year, the Georgia Tech chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is participating in a nationwide philanthropy event sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization, second only to the government. Last year, the Beta Pi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Georgia Tech participated in this event and raised $15,845.

The event is simple. Volunteers have their heads shaved to show support for kids who usually lose their hair due to cancer treatments, and each “shavee” receives donations to support their dedication. This year, Tau Kappa Epsilon is looking to be the top team at our event and raise over $18,000

If you’d like to donate money:
2. On the right you’ll see 3 TKE members’ names, above that click “View All Team Members”
3. You’ll see a list of all the members shaving their heads. To the right of each name you’ll see a black box titled “Donate”, click any of those boxes to the right of any name and you can handle it from there!
Click on to donate to the entire team (and not an individual member on our team).
Feel free to look at all the other pages describing the foundation and the event that we are participating in. We’d really appreciate your help if you are willing to donate or not. Please forward this message to your friends, co-workers, and family!

Again, thank you for supporting our entire fraternity in this philanthropic event!

Also, note that this can be used as a tax write-off for individuals and entire companies!

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TKE Beta-Pi Initiates Twenty-Six

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Last Wednesday, the collegiate members initiated twenty-six candidates into the fraternity. This is one of the largest initiations of the last few decades and indicates recent success in the program to build up membership in to support our programming ambitions and the facilities-to-come.

Since the early 1960s, being a large fraternity and a residential experience have been essential and non-negotiable elements of the Teke experience at Georgia Tech. They are part of what sets us apart from other fraternities at Tech. These elements have been confirmed several times over the decades, most recently in the decision of the trustees to embark on the major dormitory revision. These fellows are certainly going to see a lot of changes in the next few years!

Let’s wish these guys the best as they initiate their journeys as Tekes – the choice to belong, the challenge to become.

TKE Beta-Pi December 2011 Initiates


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Undergrad Recruiting Results for 2011 Fall

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

TKE Beta-Pi 2011 Fall Candidate Class

The undergrads report that 33 young men have pledged to TKE Beta-Pi as of last night.  When they are initiated, chapter membership will exceed 100. That is one fierce sea of khaki.

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TKE Tug of War

Friday, July 8th, 2011

In the last half of the 1990s, the only force on campus that could stop TKE Beta-Pi was the Chapter itself.  With lots of members, good financial control, a new social quarters, a refurbished dormitory, and a hell-yeah attitude, the Tekes at Georgia Tech excelled. It was a time of tremendous energy, confidence and, not surprising, accomplishment and fun.

Nothing exemplifies the feel of those days better than the Chapter’s dominance at Greek Week Tug of War, here accurately depicted in its “We are going to take all of your rope” glory on the back of a t-shirt from the day.

TKE Tug of War - Don't Make Them Angry

Those are Pat Bartlett, Chadwick Smith and Brandon Melton displaying their angry faces at another hapless opponent during 2000 spring.

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