December 18, 2018

Grand Chapter 2018 Award Winners

Tau Epsilon Phi is pleased to announce and share the recipients of awards from our 2018 Grand Chapter and Convention in Chicago, IL:

The first to be established was The Plume Trophy in 1928. Charles Tobias, Alpha 109, then editor of The Plume, established an award given annually to the chapter which, in the minds of the editor and editorial board of The Plume of Tau Epsilon Phi, had shown the greatest interest in the publication of the magazine and has offered the greatest cooperation in chapter news, outside write ups, alumni news and pictures. This is based on the two issues during the immediate preceding year. Awarded to our Epsilon Iota Chapter at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The John Kleinberger Scholarship Award is presented annually to the outstanding chapter scholastically in Tau Epsilon Phi. Mrs. John Kleinberger and their two sons, Alfred, Delta 58 and Irving, Gamma 206, in John Kleinberger’s memory, established the award in 1930. It is intended to serve as an incentive to members to take the fullest advantage of the educational benefits he was unable to secure. It is awarded on the basis of the comparative ratings of the National Interfraternity Conference Scholarship Committee. These ratings place the chapters on an equal footing, as the scholastic standing of all universities is equalized by the committee’s report. – Awarded to our Rho Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The Charles M. Driesen Memorial Award established and awarded by the Grand Chapter in 1932, is in memory of one of the founders, Charles M. Driesen, who had passed away during the previous year. This award is based on seven fields of endeavor: scholastic standing, financial condition, both accounts receivable and payable, extra-curricular activity of the chapter as a whole, each counting 20%, the appearance of the chapter house, the general prestige of the chapter and its members upon its campus, intramural participation, and cooperation with the Central Office, each counting 10%. Through an accurate system of grading, and through reports of the Executive Director and Field Staff the most efficient chapter is chosen. – Awarded to our Nu Chapter at the University of Georgia. 

The Board of Trustees Trophy for Chapter Improvement was set-up in 1933 by the Board of Trustees. In 1952, in memory of Past Consul Louis S. Lebenthal who had just passed away, the award was renamed “The Louis S. Lebenthal Memorial Trophy.” It is awarded annually to the chapter showing the most improvement in the same seven fields of endeavor as used to choose the winner of the Driesen Award. Each chapter is graded annually on these seven fields, and the chapter showing the greatest improvement is given the award. The Grand Council makes the award decision. – Awarded to our Alpha Tau Chapter at Rowan University. 

The Tau Epsilon Phi Chapter of Merit Award established in 1938 is given annually to that chapter which stands out in every respect among our chain and also upon its own campus. The Grand Council gives the award. This award is now known as, the Irving Golembe Memorial Trophy to the Chapter of Merit. – Awarded to our Omega Alpha Chapter at Johnson & Wales University.

The Louis Fein Grand Chaplain Trophy established in 1948 is given to that chapter that has, for the year previous accomplished the most to foster interfaith and interracial good-will on its campus or community, or for community service. – Awarded to our Phi Chi Chapter at the City College of New York.

The Samuel J. Lefrak Campus Achievement Trophy established in 1954, donated annually by Brother Samuel J. Lefrak of Tau Beta, is given to the Chapter that has attained the best extra-curricular and intramural record in the fraternity for the year. – Awarded to our Tau Beta Chapter at the University of Maryland.

The Colony of the Year Award – Awarded to our Epsilon Phi Colony at the Pennsylvania State University.  

The Lowell Roseman Award was established in 1977 by the Rho Delta Rho (Illinois Tech) Alumni Association when they offered to endow a new award biennially in honor of Brother Lowell Roseman ’63, one of its most active workers. This award, in the form a plaque, would be in the control of the Grand Council and would be issued to an alumnus “who had performed long-standing, extraordinary service on behalf of his respective chapter.” – Awarded to Ted Panczyszyn – Lambda Phi Epsilon Chapter at the Clarkson University. 

An award that is based on fraternity service, which may be given to an alumnus, is called the Meritorious Service Award in the form of a key with the Greek letters TEΦ cut out in gold on top of each other. It may be awarded by the Grand Council or by the individual chapters to brothers who have performed meritorious service. It may be awarded at any time. – This years recipients are David Cass, Jr. from the Epsilon Iota Chapter at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  and Brian Meyer from the Nu Chapter at the University of Georgia.

The most sought after fraternity service award is the Michael C. C. Lilienfeld – Distinguished Alumnus Award. This distinction is based strictly on extraordinary service to the fraternity or its chapters over a meaningful period of time. It is in the form of a handsome plaque and is presented to a Laureate every two years at the Honors and Awards Banquet of the International Conventions. – Awarded to Timothy A. Smith – Epsilon Iota Chapter at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The most prestigious individual award is the Sidney S. Suntag – TEP Man of the Year, which is awarded to an alumnus each Convention year who has distinguished himself in his chosen field of endeavor and/or has performed Service to this community that is memorable. Fraternity service is not an element in this selection, although it may influence the decision of the Honors and Awards Committee. – Awarded to Kirill Reznik – Beta Delta Chapter at Florida International University. 

Executive Director Search

The Grand Council is happy to announce that we are hiring an Executive Director to run Tau Epsilon Phi’s day-to-day operations.

If you know anyone interested, please refer them to the following link: Executive Director Search.

New Grand Council Elected

Tau Epsilon Phi would like to announce the election of a new Grand Council following the fraternity’s recent Grand Chapter and Convention in Chicago, IL. The new board will serve until the next biennial Grand Chapter meeting in 2020. For details on the newly elected team, please go to:

We wish the new team all the best and want to thank the immediate prior Grand Council for their dedicated service these past two years!

NIC and Member Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol

Please proceed to the following link for a press release from the North American Interfraternity Conference. Its 66 member fraternities have recently passed a new policy banning hard alcohol from chapter houses and events.

NIC Alcohol Policy Update


Summer 2018 Plume

On behalf of the entire Grand Council, I’m happy to share with you the latest version of the TEP Plume. Thank you to Dave Cass our Senior Editor for all his hard work and dedication to making this happen. I hope you enjoy.

Grand Chapter 2018

We’re excited to report that registration is now open for Grand Chapter 2018. Please head over to: Grand Chapter 2018 to get details and to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

Two New Chapters

On behalf of our Consul and the entire Grand Council, I’m pleased to report that Tau Epsilon Phi has two new chartered chapters. On Saturday, July 14, the Grand Council voted to approve the chartering requests for the Tau Beta chapter at the University of Maryland and for the Alpha Phi chapter at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. We would like to congratulate both groups for achieving this major milestone. We look forward to your continued success!

Alumni Survey

To all our alumni members, we’d appreciate it if you took a moment to complete the following survey so we can better understand how TEΦ National can best serve you.

Alumni Survey

Winter 2018 Plume

On behalf of the entire Grand Council, I’m happy to share with you the latest version of the TEP Plume. Thank you to Dave Cass and everyone who helped with edition. I hope you enjoy.


I am excited to report that Tau Epsilon Phi has partnered with Memberplanet to handle all our communication and database needs. We started this process with our undergraduate chapters this past fall and are now looking to increase communication with our alumni members as well. Unfortunately we are missing a lot of contact information for many of our members, especially email addresses. For those of you who have shared your information with us over the past few years, you should receive an invitation to update your contact information. We strongly encourage you do so. We are hoping to send our latest version of the Plume via this system in the near future. That is currently being finalized. It is our hope an goal to be able to be able to find our lost members and also make this available to our chapters and alumni clubs. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Consul, Tim Smith at We plan to share more about this system in the coming weeks and months as we work to rebuild the contact details for all our members.

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