About Theta Tau

Theta Tau was founded as the "Society of Hammer and Tongs," on October 15, 1904, by Erich J. Schrader, Elwin L. Vinal, William M. Lewis, and Isaac B. Hanks, mining engineering students at the University of Minnesota. They agreed that character qualifications should have top priority in membership selection.

In 1911, representatives of the three chapters and the alumni association met at the University of Minnesota for the first national Convention, the name was changed to Theta Tau, a revised Ritual approved, and the present badge adopted. Perhaps the most important for its future expansion, it was decided that Theta Tau would include all branches of engineering.

On June 5, 1995 Theta Tau Omega officially became the University of Florida's Theta Tau Colony. The goal of the colony was to become one of the finest engineering societies on campus and ultimately become a chapter of Theta Tau. During the colony period Theta Tau Omega experienced rapid growth and began several fraternity traditions including their annual St. Patrick's Day "Green Tongue Party". The colony also adopted a two-mile stretch of road in Gainesville and hosted several professional development events.

The members wanted to promote professional interest among its members, serve the community and create a strong fraternal bond among its members. On April 27, 1996 their goal was realized and the colony became the Zeta Gamma chapter of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity.

Zeta Gamma Executive Council

Regent Corresponding Secretary
Joshua D'Urso Blane Donahue
Vice Regent Housing Liaison
Alexandria Spinazzola Katie Hepburn
Marshal Inner Guard
Oyetunji Oyewole Josh Hartigan
Treasurer Outer Guard
Jack Zoldos Katelyn Dauson
Scribe BEC Sam
Margaret Bello Carter Mattox
Faculty Advisor
John Williams

Zeta Gamma Committee Chairs

Academic Alumni Relations
David Graniero, Alia Fareed, Chris Mickle Katherine Elenberger, Emily Scaletta, Jaideep Narendranath
Alumni Weekend Brotherhood
Blane Donahue, Emily Scaletta, Parth Soni Jack Zoldos, Marissa Giron, Malik Rigg
Campus Involvement Community Involvement
Kimberly McDow, Matteo Simeoni, Kayla Clements Alexie Nilo, Jonathan Vance, Cyan Perez
Dance Marathon Family Weekend
Janess Mederos, Melanie Hasbun, Alex Isaly Lana Light, Gabriela Abadia, Caroline Hobson
Food Service Coordinator Football Coordinator
Gregory Wadzinski, John Meisenheimer, Karan Aulakh Janess Mederos, Klaus Vollmer, Jonathan Vance
Gulf Region Liaison Health and Fitness
Alia Fareed Charles Baxter, Malik Rigg, Madison Carlton
Historian Housing Liaison Assistant
Katelyn Dauson, Valeria Torres, Daniel Kitts Chris Mickle
Merchandising Pledge Assistant
Kimberly McDow, Josh Hartigan, Arpit Patel Julie Silvers, Blane Donahue
Professional Development Recruitment
Bradley Soltis, David Graniero, Antonio Angelino Melanie Hasbun, Christina Yannette, Margaret Bello
Social The Funs
Kimberly McDow, Christina Yannette, Morgan Randle Will Marcantel, Margaret Bello
Kevin Asistores, Jack Zoldos, Parth Soni

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Theta Tau?
Theta Tau is a National, Professional, Co-Ed, Engineering Fraternity - engineering leaders for service, profession, and brotherhood. Although we do hold social events, our focus is professional development. First, we try to make you a better Engineer. Then we have a party. Theta Tau is a fraternity as opposed to an engineering society because membership is for life. To learn more about Theta Tau, visit the National Website at http://www.thetatau.org.
2. Is Theta Tau an honor society?
No. Although we strongly encourage academic achievement, the minimum required GPA for being initiated into Theta Tau is 2.0.
3. Can I be a member of both Theta Tau and another fraternity or sorority?
Yes, most of the time. You can be a member of Theta Tau and any social fraternity or sorority and/or any engineering societies currently at UF. However, there are some other professional fraternities we don't allow our members to join. If you have further questions please ask us.
4. How much time does Theta Tau require from me?
The more time you put into Theta Tau the more you can get out of it. As a pledge you will need to set at least an hour a week to come to your pledge meetings. It is also to your benefit to attend and help out with whatever events (whether they are professional or social) take place. Once you are a member, you are expected to attend weekly meetings held on the day that is most suitible for majority of the members. You should try to set aside at least an hour and a half for the meeting, but they usually last around one hour. You really do get as much out of Theta Tau as you put into it. If you don't show up for the meetings, don't go to the events, you get nothing out of it. Members who spend a lot of time with Theta Tau find that they get a lot out of it - friendship, leadership experience, connections within UF and elsewhere, and more.
5. Who do I contact if I have more questions?
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