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Why Alpha Tau Omega?

We believe that great chapters produce great men for the things that do not yet exist.

That's why we also believe the Alpha Tau Omega Expansion Program will benefit you and your campus. ATO has more than 135 chapters nationwide, more than 6,500 undergraduate members and 200,000 initiated members. Our undergraduate leadership development programs are unmatched nationally as ATO has earned the distinction of being America's Leadership Development Fraternity. 

The Fraternity was founded on September 11, 1865, to help heal the wounds of the North and South caused by the Civil War.

Today, the heritage of ATO, including The Creed of Alpha Tau Omega, and the Christian principles upon which ATO was founded are as relevant as ever.

With a number of programs from the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, an undergraduate member is offered an opportunity unlike anything else in the Greek world. As the creator of The LeaderShape Institute, our purpose was to improve campus leadership. Now as its own entity, The LeaderShape Institute serves young adults representing a wide variety of organizations throughout the United States. To date, over 20,000 participants from colleges, universities, and corporations from across the country have attended The LeaderShape Institute. ATO is also extending the reach of LeaderShape through the Chapter-Based LeaderShape initiative where more ATOs from one chapter will be able to participate.

Objective
Our goal is to establish at least eight substance-free expansion groups per academic year.
ATO wishes to expand to campuses where it can help host institutions have a positive impact on its students. ATO wants to add something to the Greek community at each of the institutions we're affiliated with. This will be accomplished through a commitment to scholarship, fellowship, and character.

Alpha Tau Omega is ready to offer a great opportunity to those men who want to experience lifelong friendships, take advantage of a worldwide network of Brothers and further develop oneself as a strong leader. True leaders choose a different path by creating traditions instead of living traditions.

Support
The key to expansion success relies heavily upon alumni support as well as National Fraternity guidance. Each of ATO's expansion groups will have a Board of Trustees established by the National Headquarters staff. In addition, the Expansion Department, consisting of three full-time staff members of the National Headquarters will assist each expansion group to ensure quality operations through onsite visits. To this end, a new group can expect multiple visits throughout the course of a year.

History

Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was founded on September 11, 1865 to help heal the wounds of the North and South caused by the Civil War. ATO now ranks among the top 10 national fraternities for number of chapters and total number of members. We have in excess of 245 active and inactive chapters with more than 196,000 members and over 6,500 undergraduate members. ATO was founded by Otis Allan Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross and Alfred Marshall at the Virginia Military Institute and was not established in imitation of or in opposition to any existing fraternity. ATO was founded upon brotherly love, with Christian principles, not Greek principles, as the cornerstones of the Fraternity.

 
Values

ATO is proud of and committed to its Christian based values. We welcome members of all faiths and administer no rituals that would conflict with their inner beliefs; but we proudly trace our heritage to the Christian concept of brotherly love. In helping to ensure these values are communicated to the undergraduates, ATO has a full-time staff member that deals only with assisting chapters in addressing these issues. We try to incorporate these values, especially in our new groups, in order to continue building on the ideals upon which we are founded. We also offer resources such as the ATO Devotional, the ATO Relevance Series, and the Brotherhood Book.


Recruitment
When starting a new group on campus we typically wait until after the Greek community has finished their formal recruitment process. This way, existing fraternities do not feel we are trying to compete for members. We are initially on campus for about four weeks to recruit an interest group of strong leaders, typically comprised of individuals who may have never been interested in Greek life. Colonization will occur once we have approximately 20-35 individuals who are committed to creating a strong chapter. We will then return for multiple visits to continue recruiting and assist the group in creating a solid infrastructure.

Time Commitment

The National Fraternity is dedicated to success of our colonies and has four full-time staff members dealing solely with these groups. An Associate Director of Expansion will be responsible for working with the colony leadership through the colony to chapter process and will aggressively visit campus on a multiple times before chartering. We also have a Spiritual Programs Consultant who helps with education and personal development. The rest of our expansion team is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Director of Member Services and Director of Alumni Services. We maintain weekly contact with our groups in order to assure that they are receiving the assistance and resources needed and to keep up with all of the colony’s activities. New groups need a tremendous amount of guidance. Thus, communication and hands on training are a priority for us. We do not provide a national staff representative full time to work with the group on campus because we want the group to create their own organization and traditions instead of having us create it for them. We typically visit each of our colonies every 3-5 weeks.


Timeline

Colony status usually exists for 9-12 months. During this time, the colony works on creating its infrastructure by developing programs in areas such as scholarship, community service, recruitment, alumni relations, brotherhood development, and risk management, just to name a few. The group also constructs a committee system governed by a set of bylaws. We work closely with groups assisting them in creating these programs and meeting benchmarks in order to charter within the timeline.

We usually charter a group after they have accomplished necessary requirements, submitted a petition for chartering and have at least 45 members in the colony.

Scholarship

We believe good scholarship begins with good recruitment. Recruiting members with strong academic histories will ensure scholastic success in the colony. We target students with a 3.0 GPA and higher and we feel it will set the precedent for future members. We also believe in a scholarship incentive program. We encourage our chapters to have study hour requirements, quiet hours, offer scholarships or other incentives, and even help find tutors for members. The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation provides nearly $600,000 annually in scholarships and grants to its members.

At the National level, 55 percent of our chapters are above the All-Men’s Average on their respective campuses. The National All-ATO average last year was a 2.87 GPA, with 38 chapters above a 3.0 GPA.

Community Service

ATO led the nation among National Fraternities in community service hours completed and money raised with over 187,277 service hours completed and over $1.2 million raised. By using a U.S. Census Bureau formula this equates to a monetary equivalent of over $3.89 million, of which benefits local communities. We will encourage the colony to participate in community service by requiring a community service project or event at least five times per semester, as well as providing them with ideas and means to do philanthropic events.

LeaderShape Institute The LeaderShape Institute is regarded as the foremost undergraduate leadership development program in the nation. It is a week-long program that stresses the importance of leading with integrity. Over 100 ATOs attend LeaderShape every summer at Allerton Park , just outside of Champaign , Ill. LeaderShape is also available through campus-based sessions. ATO began its Chapter-Based LeaderShape program in 1999. The purpose of both the campus and chapter-based programs is to involve more undergraduates with the LeaderShape experience from a particular chapter. Scholarships to select colonies are available to attend The LeaderShape Institute.

 

Emerging Leaders Conferences
Each year over 1,000 ATOs gather in nine different cities across the country to spend a day talking about leadership and making their chapters stronger. Each chapter and colony sends members to this event in order to learn more about leadership within and outside the chapter realm and leave with concrete ideas and goals to better themselves, their chapter or colony, and their community. Together with National Officers and alumni volunteers, the ATO National Staff hosts this daylong, audio-video interactive experience. The true value of ELC is it gives undergraduates a chance to learn from each other. With plenty of discussion time, ELC is less lecture and more collaboration. ELCs are held each year in the months of January and February. Colonies are required to send 10 members.

 

Altitude
Altitude is a small-group leadership development program that challenges participants on many levels. This five-day leadership experience takes students deep in the Rocky Mountains and challenges participants by addressing and focusing on issues of character, integrity, and faith.
 
Values
ATO is proud of and committed to its Christian based values. We welcome members of all faiths and administer no rituals that would conflict with their inner beliefs; but we proudly trace our heritage to the Christian concept of brotherly love. In helping to ensure these values are communicated to the undergraduates, ATO has a full-time staff member that deals only with assisting chapters in addressing these issues. We try to incorporate these values, especially in our new groups, in order to continue building on the ideals upon which we are founded.

Chapter Programming

Positive Experience Guide

ATO has a true membership education program in the Positive Experience Guide, a new member program. We utilize this resource to help the group to understand Greek life as well as what it is to be an ATO. As membership education starts, the new members play a vital role not only in today's operations but also in the chapter's future. The goal is to give new members the opportunity to gain the knowledge they need to represent and uphold the ideals and principles of Alpha Tau Omega. In addition, they need to begin understanding the framework of an ATO chapter. The guide also focuses on programs are designed to take the ATO member through different stages of college and prepare him for the work force by helping him develop critical skills such as time management , resume building, interviewing, networking, along with other necessary skills that will prepare them for life.

Communication
We believe that communication is what holds the organization together. It is the cornerstone of our National Headquarters’ operations. ATO has a variety of ways that we communicate with undergraduates, alumni, and administrators such as through phone, e-mail, video and DVD presentations, and of course on site visits. Our expansion department is in constant communication with our colonies requiring monthly monitoring reports, phone and e-mail conversations at least twice weekly, and sending weekly meeting minutes.

 

ATO Leader
The ATO Leader is a bimonthly publication sent to chapter presidents, board of trustee's chairmen, chapter advisors, and Greek advisors. The newsletter shares important news, information, and due dates for our chapters and colonies.

 

ATO Palm
The ATO Palm is our award-winning, semi-annual magazine that is sent to alumni and undergraduates of ATO.

 

ATO.org
We recognize the importance of the Internet and have, in fact; been honored by the Smithsonian Awards Program for pioneering computer communications through CompuServe in 1995 for our Web site and the interactive ATO Forum. Today, our Web site continues to have a strong presence by providing information and resources for our alumni, chapters, and colonies.

 

ATO Roadshow
Roadshow is a program designed to spotlight individual and chapter successes. The Roadshow Crew travels the country and covers a wide variety of stories about ATOs and ATO chapters. The idea is to bring local stories and events to the national level. Roadshow is produced continually throughout the year. Stories are shot on video and posted online at www.atoroadshow.org. Web site visitors are allowed to vote on the location of the next show.

Alumni Support

We work with our local alumni to form a Board of Trustees (BOT) to assist the new chapter. The BOT is made up of alumni, faculty, parents, and community leaders to assist and guide the chapter. This group serves as mentors, advisors, and as a governing body for the chapter. They are given all the power of the National Fraternity for the local chapter in dealing with operations. This is a great asset to the chapter. The basic duties and responsibilities of the BOT are as follows:

•    Enhance all aspects of academic opportunities for the chapter
•    Monitor chapter finances
•    Develop and/or oversee four-year membership education program (not pledge education)
•    Create a local program of internships and career counseling
•    Oversee responsibilities for the critical skills program
•    Assist the chapter in membership recruitment
•    Create a chapter educational fund through the National Fraternity's Foundation
More information about our board of trustees is available in The Tower.

Risk Management Policies

Hazing Policy

ATO does not tolerate hazing in any way, shape or form. ATO is about leadership and brotherhood. We will act swiftly and decisively when dealing with risk management violations. We have a rating system to determine the severity of the incident and we will work with the school administration to implement sanctions upon the offending group. Charters have been revoked as a result of hazing activity.

 

Alcohol Policy
All of our new chapters are substance-free chapters. This means that there is no alcohol, drug, or tobacco use allowed on chapter property. This is a policy we have followed since the mid-1990s and it has been very successful for us. We currently have over 35 substance-free chapters and many substance-free colonies and interest groups. These groups attract students who are responsible, who are concerned about their academics, and have the drive to be active on and off campus while still enjoying the social atmosphere that Greek life provides.

 

Housing Policy
Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity does not provide housing for its members as most groups operate without a house for a period of time. However, our staff will work with local alumni and university officials to explore such options.

 

Insurance
Colonies and chapters alike can apply for risk management rebates. Many chapters have adopted policies or are engaged in behavior that actively reduces risk. Because of this the following discounts are used to actively encourage continued risk reduction and to recognize situations where our exposure is limited.
Discounts are in the form of a rebate back to the chapter or colony at the end of the academic year and will not be reflected in a member's bill. Rebates are prorated depending on length of membership in regards to the current year.

 

We work hands on with the colony to help them develop an operating budget. This ensures that their dues are used appropriately.
Expansion is an exciting opportunity for any campus. It allows for another organization to help strengthen the Greek community as a whole while reaching out to a different segment of the student population with something different.

 

Contact Us
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Bobby Grangie, Director of Expansion at 317-684-1865.
 

Expansion Phases
The Alpha Tau Omega expansion process consists of the following phases:

Interest Group Criteria
Members of the Interest Group must be full-time students in good standing with your respective college or university.
Members of the Interest Group may not be a member of another North-American Interfraternity Conference recognized fraternity.
This phase typically lasts two weeks to one month.

Colony Criteria
To become a Colony an Interest Group must:
•    Recruit a minimum of 20 members with at least a 2.5 GPA or greater.
•    Each member must submit a Colony Petition.
•    Each member must pay a one-time $25 colony fee to the National Headquarters.
•    The Interest Group as a whole must participate in a one-day Colony Retreat to be facilitated by the Director of Expansion.
•    Become recognized by the college or university Interfraternity Council as an ATO Colony.
This phase typically lasts 9 to 12 months.

Chapter Criteria
To become a Chapter the Colony must:
•    Recruit a minimum of 45 members with at least a 2.5 GPA or greater.
•    The Colony as a whole should be above the campus all-men's average.
•    Implement Chapter programming and operations based on our expansion model.
•    Complete several brotherhood events throughout the semester including one brotherhood retreat per term
•    Complete at least five documented social service events each semester.
•    Construct a documented and approved recruitment and membership education program.
•    Complete Charter Petition with full documentation.
•    Have an established and functioning Board of Trustees.

Timeline
During each of these phases, the expansion group must fulfill specific criteria. ATO's experience indicates that the average time of the entire expansion process is roughly 9-12 months. However, this depends solely upon the progress of the individual group. ATO is more interested in the accomplishments the group has made as a whole rather than the pace of the expansion process.

Expansion Definitions

Interest Group — any group of men that ATO communicates to with the intent to colonize and eventually charter. See Interest Group Criteria.
Colony — after the interest group phase, it is the recognition as an official ATO group. However, the members, individually and as a whole, must meet certain criteria before being a chartered chapter. See Colony Criteria.
Chapter — after a colony has met its requirements for programming and membership. A chapter name is given to the group and members are initiated into the Fraternity. See Chapter Criteria.
NIC — North-American Interfraternity Conference. A federation of 67 men's national and international fraternities. Its purpose is to advocate the needs of fraternities through the enrichment of the Greek experience.

Determining Expansion Sites
The Expansion process is started by one of four ways:
1.    National Fraternity
2.    Undergratuate Interest
3.    Alumni
4.    University

National Fraternity, University, and/or Alumni Interest in Expansion

Survey Potential School
It is necessary to have adequate information on a prospective school to better understand the likelihood of ATO having the ability not only to survive but also prosper. This will be done by the Director of Expansion with such results being presented to the expansion team for review and consideration.

Target Schools
Based on:
•    School classification
•    Size
•    Student background
•    University support
•    Greek system:
o    Size
o    Current Greek organizations
o    Age of the system
o    Stability
o    Quality

Alumni Support
•    Quality of alumni
•    Quantity of alumni
•    Area alumni
•    Board of trustees prospects

Send an Expansion Information Packet to the Greek Advisor
Contact Greek Advisor
•    Answer questions
•    Talk about timeline
•    Set-up initial meeting
Target Alumni
•    Send out mailings
•    Host an informational meeting to create a board of trustees

Expansion Department Consideration and Decision
Presentation to University Expansion Committee (if applicable)

Undergraduate Interest in Expansion (Local or Interest Group)
Send Expansion Information Packet to the interested student(s)
Send Expansion Information Packet to the Greek Advisor

Contact Greek Advisor
•    Talk about the existing group
•    Discuss school and Greek system

Survey Potential School

It is necessary to have adequate information on a prospective school to better understand the likelihood of ATO having the ability not only to survive but also prosper. This will be done by the Director of Expansion with such results being presented to the expansion team for review and consideration.
Evaluate School

Based on:
•    School classification
•    Size
•    Student background
•    University support
•    Greek system:
o    Size
o    Current Greek organizations
o    Age of the system
o    Stability
o    Quality

Alumni Support
•    Quality of alumni
•    Quantity of alumni
•    Area alumni
•    Board of trustees prospects

Second Contact to Greek Advisor
•    Answer questions
•    Talk about timeline
•    Set-up initial meeting

Target Alumni
•    Send out mailings
•    Host an informational meeting to create a board of trustees
Expansion Department Consideration and Decision
Presentation to University Expansion Committee (if applicable)

Decision Process
The following are key areas that will be used when determining the expansion timeline:

University
•    Size and ratio of student body
•    Demographics
•    Support
•    Location
•    Reputation

Greek System
•    Size of chapters and membership
•    Reputation of system
•    Recruitment opportunities and statistics
•    Retention of chapters and members

Alumni
•    Number in the community
•    Support
•    Interest
•    Ability to create and sustain an active board of trustees
Note: The above areas are not ranked in order of importance.

Contact Us
Are you interested in starting a new chapter of ATO, or do you have questions about ATO Expansion or Redevelopment? Please fill out and submit the Expansion Interest Form.

Welcome! Alpha Tau Omega is aggressively expanding, looking for high caliber men to start new chapters across the country. ATO diligently seeks to expand at quality colleges and universities where we have had active chapters in the past and on new campuses that would benefit from the presence of Alpha Tau Omega. If you are interested in starting a new ATO chapter or already have an interest group of quality men wanting to become ATOs, please take the time to fill out the information form below. Please be as thorough and detailed as possible. Any information you include will be helpful. You'll receive a reply as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in Alpha Tau Omega!

Bobby Grangier
Director of Expansion
317-684-1865
bgrangier@ato.org

Colony Petition
Everyone in the Interest Group needs to fill out a colony petition and submit it to ATO National Headquarters. For a sample colony petition contact ATO National Headquarters.

Charter Petition
When you are ready to apply for your charter, your petition will have to be approved by the National Board of Directors. For a sample Charter Petition contact ATO National Headquarters.
Sample Bylaws and Minutes
Chapter Bylaws, as well as Chapter Minutes and Executive Board Minutes are your starting point. This is where the organizational structure of your colony begins to take form. If you would like a sample of any of this material, contact ATO National Headquarters.



Expansion and Redevelopment
Welcome to Alpha Tau Omega Expansion and Redevelopment. ATO is aggressively expanding as we believe we have a unique product to offer. This page was created to provide information to those interested in starting a new chapter and as a resource for existing interest groups and colonies.
To learn more about Alpha Tau Omega click HERE.
To acquaint yourself with some of our famous alumni click HERE.
To learn more about Alpha Tau Omega's history and accomplishments click HERE.

Recruitment Recommendations
If you know of a student who is attending one of our current expansion schools and you think they would make a great ATO please fill out a Recruitment Recommendation Form.

Build Tomorrow's Brotherhood Today
If you know of a promising young man who fits the ideals and principles of Alpha Tau Omega, and will be entering a college or university where there is an undergraduate chapter, or currently attends a college or university, but has yet to become affiliated with a greek organization, please let us know. The National Headquarters will assist and forward rush recommendations to respected chapters. Your rush recommendations will help chapters identify those young men who have the potential to accept and apply the principles of Alpha Tau Omega.

 
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