TKE is Open for 2020-2021 School YearMay 19, 2020

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
University of Southern California

May 19, 2020

Dear TKE Members and Parents,

TKE Fraternity at USC will be open and operational for the 2020-2021 academic school year regardless of how USC conducts classes and learning.  If USC decides not to open the campus and holds all classes online, TKE will still offer housing, food service, cleaning service, live-in management and most importantly a place where college aged men can be together, in person, sharing life and having fun as brothers in a fraternal bond.

Our Chapter Leadership and Alumni Board of Advisors are planning on how TKE will stay open safely.  Our plan includes the following:

  1. Oversight of all operations and protocols by our live-in House Director. Lee Snider is the only fraternity House Director at USC and has been instrumental in establishing and refining our cleaning and safety procedures for eight years.
  2. A deep cleaning and sanitization of all rooms, kitchen and common areas during our 14 day shutdown period between summer move out on August 5, 2020 and the Fall move-in date of August 19, 2020. During this period all members and personal items are removed from the houses.
  3. Continuation of our five day a week cleaning and sanitization service for the entire 2020-2021 school year. We are the only fraternity that uses professional cleaning services every day and have already developed detailed protocols for sanitizing door handles, bathrooms and other highly trafficked areas.
  4. Working closely with our catering company to develop a detailed food service safety plan.
  5. Providing important supplies such as soap, hand-sanitizer, paper towels, and toilet paper to our members in common areas.
  6. Working closely with USC to understand and identify important services available to our members. USC will continue student health care services and provide isolated housing for students that might be infected this next school year.  That means that if one of our members does get infected, they will be removed from the property and moved into USC isolated housing which as of today is the USC Hotel.

TKE believes that we are uniquely positioned to operate safely during this period due to our policies, procedures, systems and support that we have developed over the last decade.  We also believe that fraternity is an equally important and equally valuable part of the college experience for our members.  And our decision to remain open is substantially based on our desire to not deprive our members of this once in a lifetime experience that has a profound effect on the rest of their lives.

We will continue to develop our plans and share them as they progress.

YITB and Fight On!

Undergraduate Executive Board and the Alumni Board of Advisors
Beta-Sigma Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
University of Southern California

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Introducing Golden Landis Von Jones aka 24kGoldnOctober 23, 2019

24kGoldn TKE USC Beta-Sigma Chapter Golden Landis Von Jones

Meet Golden Landis Von Jones, our next potential superstar, who has been signed to Columbia Records and as of this post has the #43 single on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart.  24kGoldn is a Spring 2019 Beta-Sigma Chapter initiate who has taken a leave from USC to tour full time.   TKE Fraternity at USC seems to be a magnet for talented musicians like Mark Watters, Robby Hauldren of Louis the Child, and Steven ZHU.  You can read more about Frater 24kGoldn at this Daily Trojan interview and listen to his single Valentino here.

John Nelson RIPSeptember 30, 2019


We are very sorry to report that Frater John Nelson, Beta-Sigma #392 passed away on Thursday, September 26th.  John joined TKE in 1961 and served on the Board of Advisors for the chapter for more than 30 years.  His dedication, hard work, and expertise will be greatly missed.  Our hearts go out to his wife Hoa and daughter Cynthia.  His funeral service and reception to celebrate his life will be this coming Saturday, October 5th, at St. Dorothy Catholic Church in Glendora, California, at 10:00 am, with the reception to immediately follow in the Church hall. The Church is located at 241 S. Valley Center Avenue, Glendora, CA 91741. His family welcomes everyone who can attend with open arms and much appreciation. In an email received from John’s daughter Cynthia she said, “My Dad would have wanted to personally wish you all well, with thanks and gratitude for your friendship, advice, good humor, care, and kind words over the years. With deepest sincerity, Hoa and I send this to you on his and our behalf. We also send special appreciation to all of his physicians, who undoubtedly helped extend his life for as long as possible”

Frater Nicholas Maloof Tours TKE HQAugust 23, 2019

Frater Nick Maloof is a legend who started the TKE philanthropic partnership with St. Jude in 1972, secured the Miller High Life national sponsorship for the TKE Keg Roll, and poured his creative talent into the Beta-Sigma Chapter from 1975 to 1977.  Initiated at the Epsilon-Alpha Chapter at St. Louis University in 1969, Nick was elected Prytanis of the Gamma-Kappa Chapter at Indiana University when he transferred in 1971.  In 1975 Nick moved to Los Angeles and connected with the Beta-Sigma Chapter where he was the first guest performer in the history of USC Songfest.  He teamed up with six-time Emmy award winning composer Mark Watters.  Together, they co-wrote the TKE Songfest skit “Welcome to Our World.”

Frater Nick recently visited TKE HQ in Indianapolis where he met the movers and shakers of TKE Staff including Donnie Aldrich, Alex Baker and Nathan Lehman. During his visit Frater Nick said he, “wanted to meet key TKE Personnel, and relive some of the highlights of my TKE experience and my presentation before the TKE Grand Council in 1972, which resulted in the TKE / St. Jude philanthropic partnership.”  And his creativity is still flowing.  He pitched TKE on a PR initiative for the TKE / St. Jude 50th Anniversary partnership and proposed a St. Jude Museum.  Beta-Sigma is proud to claim TKE legend Frater Nick Maloof as one of its own.

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