Member Spotlights

Spring 2019

March 2019: Ed Mueller

Meet Ed Mueller, our Member of the Month for March. Ed has served as Hypophetes, Junior Rush Chair, and as head of a number of committees, in addition to being the first active St. Pat's board representative TKE has had in years.

Ed got his start in TKE leadership as chair of the philanthropy/community service committee, during which time he organized weekly highway clean-ups. He also began getting TKE involved in helping at the local Community Resale shop and at the local animal shelter in order to give back to the community. Over the summer of 2017, he served as Junior Rush Chairman where he worked alongside the rush committee to recruit a class of 32 people - a position he enjoyed as it allowed him to meet the incoming new members and develop a relationship with them even before the school year started. Having previously struggled in school and wanting to aid others with their grades, Ed became Hypophetes - the academic officer of the house - and during his time, he expanded the entirety of the academics committee to include someone from each scholastic department on campus. 

St. Pat's board has also been a major focus of Ed's time in Rolla. As a Junior Rep, he was the head of the Float and Parade committee, which historically has been the committee for TKEs. He's also served as Green Shepard where he organized bar nights for the board and helped the entire group continue to build their brotherhood. As a Senior Representative, he held the prestigious office of secretary where he kept minutes and improved the organization structure of the board during the 2018-2019 year. Finally, during his court week, he had the honor of being Trumpeter, and was the first TKE on Court since 2015!

His favorite activities, both at TKE and at Pat's are when he gets the chance to relax and spend time with his brothers, be it in the TKE party room or at a bar with the rest of the board. Congrats, Ed, and thanks for all you've done for the house!

February 2019: Jared Buese

Meet Jared Buese, our member spotlight for the month of February 2019! Jared is currently a sophomore studying electrical engineering, and he’s both our Activities and St. Pat’s committee head. Some of his interests include building useful things, physical or otherwise - in fact, he even used an Arduino to build a Quiz-Bowl button system.

As activities head, his main goal has been to help increase the brotherhood within the chapter and to create and plan fun events for all members of the chapter. Keeping with a “Game Night” theme, some of the activities he’s planned include a Jeprody-style game and Bowling marathon. Jared has also been planning our biannual brotherhood retreat, taking advice from our former Prytanis Michael Taylor. Ultimately, he’s been active in bringing together the interests of members of the chapter and helping to get people together for fun brotherhood-building events.

Thanks to his initiative as chair of St Pat’s - Overall committee, TKE is currently in first place for St. Pat’s 2019! Similar to his goals as activities chair, Buese has been bringing together the house with the common goal of winning St. Pat’s. He always wanted to see strong house participation in all manner of St. Pat’s events - and since we’re all working towards a common goal, he’s helped strengthen our brotherhood as well. So far, TKE has performed in every Green Friday, gotten first place in Trivia, aced the shamrock hunt, and gathered plentiful shallegilies to gather snake heads with. We’ve even been recommended to build the Queen’s Float!

Jared has also been active with Parent’s Club. During his freshmen year, he enjoyed seeing the parents have a good time and see what our brotherhood is like. His own parents have even given a number of suggestions for increasing participation on Parents’ Days, which he’s started to help implement.

Jared’s favorite memories of TKE are when the whole house gets together for an event. During our first Green Friday this semester, he noted “it was so good to see so many of us participating and having fun - one of the St. Pat’s Board members even commended on how high energy we were!”. He can’t wait for our upcoming TKE Trivia Night to see all of our brothers working together to raise money for St. Jude.

The Beta-Eta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Missouri University of Science and Technology was installed as a chapter on March 8, 1947.

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.