About Gamma Epsilon Tau
Gamma Epsilon Tau (GET) is a national co-ed collegiate printing fraternity. GET was organized in 1953 in New York City at the Annual Conference on Printing Education sponsored by the International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA). The printing students of Xi Omicron Pi fraternity from the University of California at Santa Barbara collaborated with another group of printing students on the East Coast to make up what would eventually be known as Gamma Epsilon Tau.
The name came from the ancient Greek word which represent the purposes and ideals of the Fraternity. Translated, Gamma means letter, literature, or alphabet; Epsilon means science or knowledge; and Tau means art of craft. Hence, Gamma Epsilon Tau stands for "The science or knowledge of the art and craft of letters."
The first three chapters were organized simultaneously on the Pacific and Atlantic seaboards. The Alpha Chapter was located at Santa Barbara. The Beta Chapter was located at Harbor Junior College, Los Angeles, CA; and the Gamma Chapter was located at the New York City Community College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn, NY. Of these three founding chapters, only Gamma Chapter is in existence.
GET is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Graphic Communications programs of many colleges, technical institutes, and universities. These students by virtue of their commitment to excellence in the Graphic Arts merit admission into the Fraternity. The candidates must be of good moral character, sincerity of purpose, and be willing to participate in the activities of the chapter. Achievement of academic excellence is one of the many goals the fraternity strives for.
The National Headquarters of Gamma Epsilon Tau is housed at the Zeta Chapter located at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.