Alpha Tau Omega
Founded in 1865 at the Virginia Military Institute, Alpha Tau Omega prides itself on having a strong and open brotherhood. ATO is a leadership fraternity that gives you the tools for building a successful future. Stop by the house at any time and introduce yourself. We are always looking for eager men to join our brotherhood. A few events Alpha Tau Omega does each year are a camping trip, ski/snowboarding trip and our annual golf outing.
Local History and Chapter Facts
Founded at Marshall University on April 1, 1978 by three main founders: Dr. Pat Brown, Prof. At Marshall Med School and President of ATO national fraternity; A. Mervin Tyson retired Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Randy King a grad assistant and an ATO from Southern Illinois University.
- ATO was the first fraternity at Marshall to integrate in 1978.
- Newest house on the row, built in 1988.
- Created the philanthropy event ATO Goes Homeless, which is now duplicated by other ATO chapters nationwide
- While still students, 3 ATO’s sued the governor of WV and won over misuse of funds
- Members of Alpha Tau Omega, while still in college wrote the West Virginia anti-hazing law
- Won the True Merit Bowl (ATO’s highest honor) eight different times
- Six SGA presidents have been an ATO since 1978
- The chapter offers a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding new member
- The ATO new member education program is centered on teaching leadership skills, academic skills, and social skills. This is to create a centered man who will be able to contribute to Marshall University, Alpha Tau Omega and the greater community.
Association Fee: $100
Initiation Fee: $150
National Dues: $115
Local Dues: $160 in house or $220 out of house
Housing Requirements: Two semesters or two summers
GPA Requirements: 2.25 existing college GPA or not in the bottom third of HS GPA
Chapter Colors: Old Gold and Azure
Matthew Santer, President