Local History

In the Fall of 1967, two men, Fred Brananski & Bob Grimm, were changing a tire in front of Prentiss-Lucas Hall. Dave "Beaver" Kulas happened to walk by and stopped to help. While changing the tire, Fred and Bob told Dave that they were going to start a new fraternity on the WSU campus. They asked him if he was interested. These men then recruited 2 more members - Ron Grimm and David Jones and they contacted Tau Kappa Epsilon International to obtain colony status. These 5 men then went out and recruited 31 more members for the group.  After 3 years as a colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the day of formal Installation of Nu Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilong, arrived.  On May 16, 1970, Nu Kappa Colony was installed at Winona State University.  Nu Kappa chapter was a success from the beginning. It quickly became the strongest fraternity on campus, being the most active of the four fraternities. After five and a half years, the chapter started to bottom out in many of its activities and forgot the importance of recruitment to the fraternity. With such short lived success these fraters did not have alumni backing to help them out in times of need and support the chapter dwindled to nothing. 

On April 26, 1991, four men residing at 368 Johnson street were looking in the attic of their apartment when they stumbled on something that intrigued them. They had found a collection of old TKE articles from nearly 20 years earlier. With their interest in Tau Kappa Epsilon sparked, the men decided to investigate the fraternity to find out what it was all about. They were so inspired by what they had learned about TKE, they revived Nu Kappa Colony. In the spring, however, many members graduated and transferred to other schools. Unfortunately for the fraternity, its rebirth was not long-lived. After being open for only a year, the chapter was once again closed.

In 1996, three members of the recently dormant TKE Colony returned from other schools, joining the one remaining frater at WSU. With only a year of college ahead, these four men would make an important decision. Tony Gross, Andros Brkic, Brian Sitcowitz, and Chris McQuaid decided that they would not let the spirit of TKE wither at Winona State University. After a year of strong recruiting, on a campus with a  then predominantly anti-Greek attitude, Nu Kappa recruited enough candidates to have their colony status reestablished. TKE had been revived for the third and final time.

Currently the Nu Kappa chapter has had 3 years of strong recruitment and community involvement. Working hard to better the view of greek life on the Winona State campus. Currently on our longest streak of 20 active years on campus and looking forward to even better improvement. On our way to possibly being TKE voted most improved chapter we look forward to many more years of success on campus as "Better men, for a better world."

The Nu-Kappa Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Winona State University was installed as a chapter on May 16, 1970.

Since 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon has never had an exclusionary clause for membership. TKE does not judge men on their wealth, rank or honor, but instead on their personal worth and character.

Our mission is to "to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life." In essence, we build Better Men for a Better World.