Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
About Alpha Tau Omega
Alpha Tau Omega has a storied history as a member of the Lexington Triad — three collegiate fraternities (Alpha Tau Omega (1865), Kappa Alpha Order (1865), and Sigma Nu (1869)) founded in Lexington, Virginia at Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute, during Reconstruction following the American Civil War. Alpha Tau Omega was founded to unite the North and South after the Civil War.
We are known as the America’s Leadership Development Fraternity that annually ranks among the top ten national fraternities for number of chapters and total number of members. We have more than 250 active and inactive chapters, more than 205,000 initiates, over 7,200 active undergraduate members, and more than 140,000 living alumni. The ATO Foundation provides more than $150,000 in annual scholarships to members including scholarships to attend the LeaderShape Institute, Inc. Alpha Tau Omega prides itself in supporting other organizations within the fraternity and sorority community.
In 1926, Delta Theta Omega, the first local fraternity at San José State College, was founded. On October 28, 1950, Delta Theta Omega went national and became the California Epsilon Chi Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Since then, we have built up a strong history of producing leaders who come back as supportive alumni who give the undergraduates leadership and networking skills as well as real life experiences and responsibilities. Our fraternity house, the James E. Thompson Chapter House, at 202 S. 11th Street was built and designed specifically for the Epsilon Chi Chapter in 1963; it is a two-story house that includes a basement for ritual meetings with the brothers. We own our property, which allows funds to be reinvested into the active chapter.
Learn more about our chapter house.
- Designation: California Epsilon Chi Chapter
- President: Stephen Tyler Watson
- Websites: National and Twitter (@alphatauomegasj)
- SJSU Founding: 1926 as Delta Theta Omega; October 28, 1950 affiliated with Alpha Tau Omega; rechartered November 20, 2010
- National Founding: September 11, 1865 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington VA (part of the Lexington Triad)
- Scholarship: Spring 2016 - 2.91, Fall 2015–2.98
- Colors: Azure and Old Gold
- Flower: White Tea Rose
- Symbol: Heraldic Cross pattée
- Motto: "America's Leadership Development Fraternity"
- Nicknames: ATOs, Taus, or Alpha Taus
- Famous Alumni: Rod Perth '65 (entertainment executive (CBS, USA Network, Sci-Fi Channel, Marvel Enterprises)), Terry Donahue '63 (former UCLA head football coach and 49ers Director of Player Personnel), Jim Thompson '61 (founder and former CEO, Crown Worldwide Group), Guy Fieri (celebrity chef), Bugs Bunny (cartoon character inducted at the University of Kentucky), and Don Ryan (started the Financial Aid Program at SJSU)
- Annual Events: Alumni Homecoming Football Tailgate, Haunted House benefiting the Lucille
Packard Children's Hospital, Brotherhood Thanksgiving Dinner, San Tau benefiting the
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, The LeaderShape Institute, Ping Pong-a-Thon,
and Mini Hoop for Kids
Awards and Recognition (2014–15)
- 2015 Fraternity of the Year
- 2015 Best in Council (IFC)
- Gold Laurel Chapter (2015 Standards of Excellence)