When John Eash ’75, BH536 decided to join Tau Kappa Epsilon, he based his decision on the friends he made through weekly recruitment events, the Chapter’s history of success, and leadership roles Beta Eta held on campus. The friendships he formed throughout his undergraduate years still last today and served as motivation for him to contribute to the Chapter’s capital campaign.
“Donating is the single most important thing alumni can do to sustain the Chapter and give back to the organization that helped us,” he said. “I think about what the fraternity meant to me as an undergraduate and what donating can do for the future.”
Since graduating, John has stayed involved with Beta Eta on a fairly regular basis. He has served as president of the Miner Alumni Association, is president of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers, and works on campus at Missouri S&T. John is the executive director of corporate relations for the university and manages relationships between the institution and its corporate partners. He also serves as the one-stop shop to make it easy for companies to do business with the university.
“The social and leadership skills developed through TKE helped me understand that my career strengths were in leading people and teams versus a technical path,” he said.
During his undergraduate years, John’s favorite memories included winning Top TKE in 1979, making lifelong friends across campus, and contributing to the Chapter’s many successes, such as Greek Week, IFC Sing, and Homecoming. At the time, the Chapter House could hold 72 Fraters, and although the Chapter is smaller today, John see’s great potential in the current and future Chapter leadership.
“Academics are the top priority; we have lost too many brothers due to poor grades. Every member needs to take responsibility for the Chapter’s ongoing success—including active participation in Chapter events and projects, taking on leadership roles, and paying bills on time,” he said.
John is a part of one of Beta Eta’s most active alumni pledge classes. The Fraters regularly get together and participate in various alumni golf tournaments throughout the year. In his free time, he enjoys social events with Fraters, golfing, and fishing.
“Tau Kappa Epsilon helped me develop friendships and gave me an opportunity to develop my leadership skills,” he said. “But mostly it gave me lifelong friends who are there to support me through the good times and the bad.”
John and his wife, Marie, live in Rolla during the week and also maintain their home in Weldon Springs, Missouri. John can be reached at email@example.com.