Fall Rush 2019
Take the Leap with Theta Tau!
Whether you want to build connections, develop professional skills, or just come for the free pizza, there are plenty of reasons to rush Theta Tau. For many engineering students here at Davis, Theta Tau is the defining part of their college experience. As the oldest and largest co-ed engineering fraternity in the nation, joining Theta Tau can open up a whole world of possibilities to the aspiring engineer. We hope to see you all at the following rush events this spring!
Monday (9/30): Info Night | 8:00PM - 10:00PM | Science Lecture Hall
Tuesday (10/1): Alumni Panel | 7:30PM - 9:30PM | Kemper 1127
Wednesday (10/2): Social Night | 7:30PM - 9:30PM | Kemper Courtyard
Thursday (10/3): Philanthropy | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | Lazi Cow
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.”
Robin nguyen | Delta BETA CLASS
“Coming into college, I had the expectation that it was going to be freaking amazing. However, it was far from amazing. During the first two years, I found myself spiraling down a deep dark hole, battling with internal struggles that only left me with a bunch of scars. At some point, I was able to find some confidence and motivation to try new things. Right before my third year, I met a fellow brother of Theta Tau who encouraged me to rush. I was hesitant, but knowing that I wanted to try something new, I went out to rush last minute. It was very spontaneous, but it was a decision that I will never regret. During info night, I will never forget the lasting impression the brothers had on me. As someone who did not have a sense of community or belonging prior, I immediately recognized that the brothers of Theta Tau were able to help fill that hole by making me feel welcomed, valued, and worthy. Their genuine kindness was more than I could have every asked for at the moment, and I am grateful to have been given the chance to continue being a part of this community. As a brother, I’m never worried about feeling alone. There was always someone there to help me through the toughest times, whether it be academic or personal. Although I wouldn’t consider myself to be the best version of myself, I can always trust the wonderful brothers to give me the wisdom, time, and space to grow.”
Amy Phan | Epsilon BETA CLASS
"The transition from high school to college was a rough one for me, both academically and socially. I was floundering about during my first year at UC Davis, trying to see where I fit in. I did not know much about Greek life before coming to Davis, but the Theta Tau booth at one of the Welcome Week events caught my eye, so I decided to go check it out. I came out to fall rush curious and hungry—I left feeling satisfied and excited because I had found an incredible organization that gave me the sense of belonging I had been missing. Ultimately, I decided fall quarter of freshman year was not the right time for me to join Theta Tau. However, as spring came around the corner, I was certain I wanted to rush again because of the fantastic impression all the brothers had left on me. I can honestly say it was the best decision I have made thus far in my college career. Through Theta Tau, I have developed as a young professional, as I have gained insight from older brothers and alumni who have shared their experiences with me. I am so grateful to have met so many brilliant engineers that I can study with and also just hang out or de-stress with. Above all, Theta Tau has given me a tight-knit community of people that are not only there for the good times, but are there through the tough times as well—and I couldn’t be happier."
Saint Yoojaroen | Zeta Beta CLASS
“UC Davis was never my first choice for college. I had low expectations about coming here until I found out about Theta Tau. I decided to come out to rush because I knew a lot of brothers at the time. They were really welcoming and their friendships amazed me. After I rushed for Theta Tau, I learned that this fraternity is more than just an organization. They are a family to me. We are a professional fraternity that seeks to better ourselves through professionalism, community service, and most importantly, brotherhood. Whenever I need help, brothers will always be there to provide the sympathy and support I need. In fact, I am always overwhelmed by how much brothers are willing to go out of their way to find a solution to my problems. Even though I have been in this fraternity for a short amount of time compares to other brothers, I have made so many memories that I can talk about them for all day long. Overall, my experiences as a brother of Theta Tau have allowed me to become a better person - professionally, socially, and personally. As a brother once said to me, ‘Once you become a brother, you are a brother for life!’. I am grateful to be part of something that has changed my life 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 or a computer science major in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.
- 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 dues of $170 per term
- Complete at least 5 hours of community service and professional development per quarter
- Obey the laws and customs of the fraternity
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any general questions