Alpha Tau Omega
The Kappa Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was chartered at James Madison University on May 6th 2007. Started by a group of 54 opportunistic men, ATO is now a strong organization that excels in everything from academics to athletics. Although ATO is a social fraternity, leadership development is of the upmost importance. Continuing education in topics such as relational leadership, are a cornerstone throughout membership. The Kappa Zeta Chapter also offers a $1,000 annual scholarship to an outstanding freshman who shows leadership qualities, community involvement and a strong GPA. Aside from building leaders, members participate in a wide variety of community service and philanthropy events. In fall 2007, ATO hosted its first philanthropy event, Rock for R.A.K. (Random Acts of Kindness). The brothers of the Kappa Zeta were able to sell over 500 tickets and donate $1,150 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Alpha Tau Omega also has a rich national history. Founded in 1865 by three VMI Cadets, Otis Alan Glazebrook, Alfred Marshall and Erskine Mayo Ross, ATO was the first fraternity to be started after the Civil War. Our foundersÃ purpose was to reunite men from the North and the South and to heal a divided country. Along these lines, ATO was not established in opposition to any existing fraternity. This vision stands strong and today there are more than 130 chapters in 39 states. Nationally, ATO is consistently ranked among the top fraternities and provides a vast network of graduate members for job opportunities after college.
This tradition of acceptance and brotherhood, laid out by our founders, continues here at James Madison University. Kappa Zeta is a diverse group of men from many different parts of the county who share the common vision of becoming men of true character. Through strong campus and community involvement, brotherhood and service, the men of ATO work toward this goal every day.
The Creed of Alpha Tau Omega
To bind men together in a brotherhood based upon eternal and immutable principles, with a bond as strong as right itself and as lasting as humanity; to know no North, no South,no East, no West, but to know man as man, to teach that true men the world over should stand together and contend for supremacy of good over evil; to teach, not politics, but morals; to foster, not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world: these are the thoughts and hopes uppermost in the minds of the founders of the Alpha Tau OmegaFraternity.