Andy yang | phi class
"Before college started, I was an extremely unmotivated and self-conscious individual who never strived to go out of his way to improve himself. I was content. Slightly happy. Just happy enough that I didn’t care but nowhere near a level where I would want to move forward with my life. It didn’t help that I had a small family from China. I had no cousins to be unconditional friends with, no brothers, no sisters. I was alone. And when I first came out to Rush, it was only for selfish reasons: I wanted to have pizza, I wanted to wear some cool “frat letters” at the time. Looking back on it now, coming out to rush was a taste of heaven on earth, what it’d be like to have a large, loving, and supportive family. Not that my parents didn’t love me, but that I never had a relationship so strong with someone my age. To have a family that I can always rely on and always know that they will be honest brothers to me. That is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Having this support taught me how to trust. How to love. How to appreciate people for who they are. But most importantly, it gave me the confidence to love myself."
Benjamin Depew | Chi Class
"I was scared to come to UC Davis. Living in SoCal for the first 18 years of my life did not prepare me for the little change in scenery, let alone gigantic change in lifestyle. I spent the majority of my first year lacking motivation and the habits to be a successful college student. I came out to Theta Tau’s rush events, not knowing what to expect. From the moment I stepped into the Info Night at Giedt 1003, I knew that I had to be a part of this extraordinary organization. The atmosphere created by 50 people, who were not family by relation, but brothers by choice, swept me off my feet. Theta Tau sent me into a state of infatuation. I knew coming into my second year at UC Davis, I wanted to make a change. But stumbling upon Theta Tau was more than I could have hoped for. This fraternity was the turning point of my collegiate and professional career. It has been a driving force in my life that pushes me to extend my horizons daily. Even more than that, it has become my home away from home, for a suburbanite much too far from his hometown. Since the day that I decided to be a part of it, Theta Tau has made a difference in not only who I am today, but most importantly who I am becoming tomorrow."
CHRISTIAN sETIAWAN | PSI CLASS
“From the beginning, I had a plan to become an electrical engineer, even if it meant spending two years in community college, juggling school and work, with my friends spread across the country. The transition from community college to a huge university, especially as a transfer student, made me realize just how hard you have to work just to get by as an electrical engineer, and how much more you have to put in if you want to really succeed. This realization put me on the path to Theta Tau, where I’ve gained both the professional growth and an incredible brotherhood that have set me up for success. The brothers here offer an unwavering support system, and our pool of knowledge across different fields of engineering create endless opportunities. I’ve gained so much in my short time with Theta Tau, from leadership experience as Vice Regent, a job opportunity from our wide alumni network, and lifelong friends that I will cherish forever. I find myself turning to them constantly, whether it is for career advice, lunch dates, or a study session. They’ve shaped me as an engineer and as a person, and I am proud to call them my brothers.”
ALEXA LABORETE | OMEGA CLASS
“Coming to UC Davis was a thrilling and nerve-wracking experience for me. Despite meeting many new faces in my first weeks in college, I still felt stranded amongst the thousands of people and I longed to find where I belonged on campus. Joining professional greek life had never crossed my mind, but I heard about Theta Tau and decided to give it a go. I was initially terrified to attend the first rush event, too anxious about such trivial things -- what to wear, what to say, how to act. It was my roommate who encouraged me to take the brave step forward, and the brothers who drew me into coming back the following days. The charisma and bright smiles of all the brothers made me feel welcomed and my nerves seemed to disappear. If I had stayed in my comfort zone and let my fears overcome my desires, I never would have developed all the close bonds I have now, bonds that I am confident will last for years to come. Although I have not been a brother for very long, Theta Tau has already provided me with more than I could imagine: friendship, family, and support in all aspects of life -- whether it be emotional, academic, or professional. This fraternity has helped me learn about myself and grow in ways that I never even knew were possible. On top of it all, the most important to me about Theta Tau is that it allowed me to begin my college journey with a family away from home; one that will stay my family forever.”
A fraternity or sorority is a national organization with Greek letters for its name. There are usually many chapters for each organization, meaning local groups at a particular college, each with its own name. We are the Omicron Gamma chapter of Theta Tau here at UC Davis.
Theta Tau is a co-ed professional engineering fraternity. The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship. We separate ourselves from being a social fraternity by encompassing a common, professional goal. We are also not an honors society, but do strive for academic excellence and keep a strict policy for active members to maintain above a 2.3 GPA each quarter. Despite this, we hold lots of social events, such as broomball and retreat.
Theta Tau will give you the opportunity to excel in a professional and business environment. You will take on responsibilities and learn skills not taught in the classroom, such as leadership, organization, time management, public speaking, and much more. Our alumni are always extending job opportunities from their respective companies to the brothers, and you will often have the chance to interact with them to gain perspective of the working world. Our common engineering backgrounds create a valuable resource to any brother in need of help with school.
To join Theta Tau, attend our rush week held at the beginning of every Fall and Spring quarter. Each potential member is chosen after being interviewed at the end of rush week, and must complete the pledge process once given a bid (a bid is an invitation to pledge for Theta Tau).
Rushing is a process where people can come and find out what our fraternity is all about, meet the brothers, and sign up for interviews if they are interested in joining. Our rush typically consists of an informational event, time to mingle one-on-one with the brothers, and a social night.
Pledging is a process in which a carefully selected group of eligible individuals must complete in order to become members of the fraternity. To be selected, you must sign up for an interview during rush week. The process usually lasts an entire quarter, and is meant to teach the pledge group how to become solid members of the fraternity, and life-long brothers. Pledging will require lots of time from your schedule, and should be treated like a 5 unit class. Again, we do not haze our pledges.
To be able to pledge Theta Tau, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be in an engineering major in the UC Davis College of Engineering.
- You must have a current overall GPA of 2.3 or above, and be in academic "Good Standing".
- You must have at least 6 months until your graduation date.
- You must have the potential to stay active for 2 quarters following your pledge quarter.
All brothers of Theta Tau are required of the following:
- Attend weekly meetings
- Pay quarterly dues of $110
- Complete at least 5 hours of community service and professional development per quarter
- Obey the laws and customs of the fraternity
Contact email@example.com if you have any general questions