On September 11, 1865, Alpha Tau Omega was established by founders, Otis Alan Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross, and Alfred Marshall. These men formed ATO not in imitation or opposition to another institution, but in an effort to spread their own values of inclusion, opportunity, nonpartisanship, and – especially – love and respect. Unlike other fraternities, ATO is founded on Christian principles, emphasizing the love and respect that is vital to our brotherhood. Finally, Glazebrook, Ross, and Marshall founded ATO as a national -- not regional -- fraternity, reflecting its founders’ goal of reigniting brotherhood in a divided nation. This profoundly unique origin reflects ATO’s singular standing as America’s Leadership Development fraternity. As an organization dedicated to dissolving barriers and uniting men under common values, ATO strives to “know no North, no South, no East, no West; but to know man as man.”
LSU ATO also excels academically. In the Spring semester of 2019, the Epsilon Zeta chapter achieved the highest fraternity GPA on campus. Consistently maintaining a GPA ranking in the top two LSU Greek Life GPAs, ATO fosters a culture in which academics are prioritized. Our members pursue a wide variety of majors, ensuring that upperclassmen brothers can provide guidance to new members. Our Scholarship Committee provides resources and assistance to give our members the opportunity, encouragement, and motivation which is critical to academic success.
The members of LSU ATO solidify their fraternal bond through the chapter’s brotherhood and social events. Fall and Spring formal events, sorority exchanges, and our annual Viking Week celebrations – an ATO tradition – contribute to a full social calendar. Brotherhood and service retreats, spiritual meetings, and extracurricular outings bring the brothers of Epsilon Zeta closer together. As we strive to create connections across campus, LSU ATO is committed to strengthening our brothers’ internal relationship.
At Louisiana State University, the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega realizes these values in our culture. Epsilon Zeta, originally founded in 1940, was successfully reestablished as a colony in Spring 2017 with around 70 founding fathers. On March 24, 2018 the Epsilon Zeta chapter was chartered. Since then, the brothers of Epsilon Zeta have shown themselves to be leaders across campus, establishing ATO as one of the most successful and respected fraternities at LSU. Our members are involved in a diverse set of initiatives and LSU organizations, such as Student Government, LSU Ambassadors, Dance Marathon, and the Ogden Honors College. Through ATO’s network of brothers, we provide ample opportunities for campus leadership.
As ATO leads on campus, the members of Epsilon Zeta strive to give back through community service. By providing assistance to both local and national service organizations, ATOs become servant leaders actively engaged in their community. With nearly 4,000 total service hours, social service is one of ATO’s strongest programs. In 2017, Epsilon Zeta was awarded Best Philanthropy Event for the Restaurant Showcase, our annual event benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network. For this cause, the chapter has raised nearly $35,000 since 2017. Through our service work, LSU ATO sows the seeds of a lifelong commitment to philanthropy.
As a whole, the values, programs, and activities that make up LSU ATO are directed toward one goal: redefining the concept of the ‘fraternity man’ on campus. Our brothers are united by a common dedication to active leadership, academic excellence, respectful conduct, and community involvement. Alpha Tau Omega enriches the lives of its members, developing leaders who are committed to affecting positive change – now at LSU, and later in the larger world. Always growing, always contributing, always excelling, Alpha Tau Omega at Louisiana State University remains committed to the values established by its national founders in 1865.