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History

The Epsilon Kappa Chapter of ATO was chartered at BGSU on April 10th, 1943, Alpha Tau Omega’s rich local history traces back to its roots deeply embedded on 228 E Court Street. Under the visionary leadership of its founding members, including President Gailord Braithwaite, Vice President Tom Bowlus, Secretary Ralph Klein, and Treasurer Howard Katterheinrich, the fraternity initially bore the moniker of the Delhi Fraternity. Also notable at the time was the role that Alpha Tau Omega played a pivotal role in shaping the school’s spirit and camaraderie around campus as some of the original founders of SICSIC the esteemed secret society spirit squad. However, the journey wasn’t without its trials; in 1963, the fraternity faced a setback when its cherished bell “Old Alpha”, a symbol of unity and tradition exclusive to the local chapter, was stolen. Despite efforts to recover it, the bell remained lost for decades, only resurfacing after 20 to 30 years. The challenges continued with a significant setback in 1952, when the old chapter house was engulfed in flames, though swift action prevented irreparable damage. However, the most significant blow came in the spring of 1975 when declining membership led to the loss of the chapter house. Despite these trials, Alpha Tau Omega remains steadfast, rooted in its values of brotherhood and resilience, continuing to leave an indelible mark on the community it serves, and through it all, Alpha Tau Omega remains a testament to brotherhood’s enduring spirit—a story of highs and lows, laughter and tears, but above all, lifelong bonds that stand the test of time. Now the Epsilon Kappa chapter is one of the biggest and most impactful chapters within the Greek Life community here at Bowling Green State University.

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