From the Desk of the National President: May 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

As April gives way to May, we find ourselves at a juncture of renewal and promise, an ideal moment to cultivate personal and communal growth. The very name of May derives from the Latin word maius, associated with growth and springtime. True to its definition, May invites us to foster new beginnings and to deepen our appreciation for the vibrant beauty within our fraternity and communities. This month, we observe and honor several significant cultural and social milestones: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, showing appreciation on Mother’s Day, and paying tribute to our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

As the cadence of the academic year slows down, we have a valuable opportunity to reflect on our recent achievements and reassess for the future. This period of reflection is not just a pause but a vital preparation for the rewards of tomorrow as we approach our Month of Celebration in June. Let’s use this time to rejuvenate our spirits, strengthen our bonds, and prepare ourselves for the joyful celebrations that lie ahead. With that said, please take the time to review the updates and highlights for this month. 

Together, let’s ensure this May is truly memorable!

MAY UPDATES

Update #1: Welcoming New Chapters

This semester, we have the great pleasure of welcoming four new chapters into our Fraternity. Each new chapter represents a fresh opportunity to expand our reach and influence, allowing more students to experience the profound impact of Kappa Kappa Psi and our Brotherhood. The installation ceremonies were moments of joy and pride, signaling continued growth and vitality within Kappa Kappa Psi. Congratulations to all members who have worked tirelessly to make these installations a success!

  • Theta Psi Chapter at Virginia Union University
    • Advisors: Michael Bradford-Calhoun from the Iota Zeta Chapter; Ed Savoy from the Eta Alpha Chapter; Ema Ashley from the Eta Sigma Chapter; Dr. William Lake from the Gamma Xi Chapter; and Franklin Nesmith from the Eta Omega Chapter
    • Ritual Gear provided by: Kappa Psi at Virginia Commonwealth University, Zeta Psi at Virginia State University, and Eta Omega at Howard University
  • Xi Eta Chapter at Austin Peay State University
    • Advisors: Hunter Moreland from the Kappa Mu Chapter; Jahkeem Grant from the Iota Xi Chapter; Miaka Kemp from the Kappa Mu Chapter; and Megan Lefever from the Lambda Delta Chapter
    • Ritual Gear provided by: Lambda Rho at Tennessee Technological University and Eta Sigma at the University of Central Florida
  • Eta Iota Chapter at Bethune Cookman University
    • Advisors: Anthony ‘Tony’ Shelton from the Nu Kappa Chapter; Hayden Elias-Rodriguez from the Gamma Nu Chapter; Jessica Needham from the Eta Sigma Chapter; Danielle Wade from the Mu Beta Chapter; and Benjamin Williams from the Delta Iota Chapter
    • Ritual Gear provided by: Delta Iota at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Mu Beta at Florida Atlantic University 
  • Kappa Pi Chapter at Claflin University
    • Advisors: Evan Thompson from the Zeta Chi Chapter; Dr. Donald Lee Jr. from the Zeta Eta Chapter; and Brittany Woodruff  from the Pi Chapter
    • Ritual Gear provided by: Zeta Chi Chapter at the University of South Carolina

Update #2: Reminder on Chapter Reports & Payments

As the school year draws to a close, please ensure timely submission of all required chapter reports and payments. These reports are crucial for evaluating chapters’ achievements and eligibility for the William Scroggs Founders’ Trophy at the 2025 National Convention. If you have any questions or need support, please reach out to our HQ staff at kkytbs@kkytbs.org. You can also submit a Chapter Assistance Request.

  • Membership Candidate Registration (MCR) Form: Due within 7 days following First Degree and before you can start the IRF.
  • Initiate Registration Form (IRF): Due within 30 days following Third Degree. After 30 days, a late fee will apply!  Initiation fees should be collected prior to performing Third Degree.
  • Officer & Chapter Update Form: Due as soon as after elections are finalized
  • Graduating Senior Report (GSR): Due within 30 days of graduation
  • Spring Activity Report (SAR): Due by June 1

To further support our chapters and chapter officers, the National Committee on Chapter Operations will be hosting a Chapter Officer Transition Workshop on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 PM CT. This workshop is open to ALL Active Brothers and is particularly crucial for current and aspiring chapter officers. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insights into effective chapter management and leadership transition strategies. Please use the link below to register and ensure that this information is shared with the rest of your chapter officer team.

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

Update #3: Celebrating Our Graduating Seniors

To our Spring graduating seniors, congratulations on reaching this significant milestone! Your academic and fraternal journeys have been a beacon of leadership, musicianship, and service. As you transition to alumni status, remember that your influence on our Fraternity endures and that your fraternal journey extends far beyond your Active years.

As a reminder, graduating seniors are granted complimentary provisional membership into the Alumni Association based on the time of year they graduate. May Graduates receive complimentary membership for one year, seven months (June 1 – December 31 of the next year). The chapter must submit a Graduating Senior Report for graduating seniors to receive their complimentary year. However, if they want full voting rights in the Alumni Association they will need to use the form below. 

GRADUATING SENIOR VOTING RIGHTS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Update #4: Recognizing Academic Excellence & Outstanding Student Leadership

In our continual pursuit of “Striving for the Highest,” we are thrilled to recognize the exceptional achievements of our members both in the classroom and through their impactful leadership. This commitment to excellence is brilliantly showcased by our AEA Scholarship and J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award recipients.

AEA Scholarship Spring 2024 Recipients

We are immensely proud of our AEA Scholarship recipients, who have demonstrated remarkable dedication to their academic pursuits. Congratulations to the following Distinguished Scholars for their outstanding academic excellence:

  • Victoria Ashley (Pi, Auburn University)
  • Claire Bawiec (Nu Gamma, Robert Morris University)
  • James May (Gamma Phi, Stephen F. Austin State University)
  • Sarah Narum (Delta, University of Oklahoma)
  • Alena Scott (Xi Beta, University of North Texas)
  • DaCarlos Street (Zeta Pi, Tennessee State University)

Their dedication not only exemplifies our commitment to academic achievement but also sets a shining example of excellence for all members.

J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award Recipients

Additionally, we honor those who have exemplified outstanding service and leadership within our Fraternity. The Spring 2024 semester has seen an incredible group of Brothers awarded the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award:

  • Cade Skuse (Nu Gamma, Robert Morris University)
  • Maddy Schafer (Nu Xi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Camryn Silk (Zeta Omicron, University of Akron)
  • Brooklyn Briles (Delta, University of Oklahoma)
  • Ethan Potts (Lambda, University of Arkansas)
  • Dusty Butler (Gamma Delta, Wayne State College)
  • Farhan Chowdhury (Epsilon Pi, Kansas State University)
  • Tim Doerges (Beta, Montana State University)
  • Sara Harnish (Gamma, University of Washington)

These individuals have not only excelled in their academic endeavors but have also been pillars of leadership and service within their chapters and the broader community. Congratulations to all our recipients! Your hard work and achievements are a beacon of inspiration, urging us all to continue striving for excellence in every aspect of our lives.

Update #5: District Conventions Recap

This Spring, our District Conventions were nothing short of spectacular, drawing over 2,000 Brothers and Sisters together to celebrate both organizations’ missions and purposes. I am proud to share the remarkable attendance at each event: 

  • Northeast District Convention – 482 attendees
  • Southeast District Convention –  566 attendees
  • North Central District Convention – 316 attendees
  • Southwest District Convention – 424 attendees
  • Midwest District Convention – 219 attendees
  • Western District Convention – 123 attendees

Each convention was filled with robust discussions, enriching workshops, and spirited fellowship. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the district leadership teams for their hard work and dedication. Their efforts not only facilitated successful events but also helped create lifelong memories and connections that span the country. Thank you for your part in strengthening our Brotherhood and inspiring all of us to elevate our commitment to our ideals and mission!

Update #6: June – National Month of Celebration

Looking ahead, June is designated as our National Month of Celebration. This special month is an opportunity for all chapters and members to celebrate our achievements, honor our history, and reinforce the ties that bind us. Please plan to participate in activities that highlight the joy, the commitment, and the vibrant spirit of our fraternity. Be on the lookout for more details at the end of this month!

In closing, I would like to express how incredibly proud I am of all our Brothers, both Active and Alumni. Throughout this biennium, you have all demonstrated unwavering dedication and a steadfast commitment to our fraternal values. Managing the changes and challenges of leading our national organization, alongside my personal commitments, has been a profound journey of growth and inspiration, largely due to your influence. Your support and guidance have been invaluable to me, and I am truly a better person because of your love and encouragement. Every call, message, interaction, and point of connection has been a source of strength for me. It’s your support that has carried me through to this day. 

With your continued engagement and support, I remain committed to leading Kappa Kappa Psi toward a brighter future and upholding the standards that make us all proud to be part of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey

Thank you and AEA.

 

 

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Important Update on the Application Process for National Vice President for Student Affairs

Brothers –

The National Council and Board of Trustees are thrilled to identify our next National Vice President for Student Affairs, and your participation is key to our success! Per the National Constitution (Section 3.214), the Board of Trustees, upon the National Council’s recommendation, shall appoint a National Vice President for Student Affairs to fill the vacancy. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 23 years of age, have completed at least two years of college, and be a member in good standing of Kappa Kappa Psi.

The National Vice President for Student Affairs plays a vital role in our organization, representing the active and associate student members of the Fraternity at all times. Responsibilities include attending all National Council meetings and sending a summary of actions and meetings to district officers at least twice a year (Section 3.208). In addition, the NPVSA will also serve as an advisor for the National Committee on Communications and Chairperson of the National Student Advisory Committee.

Additional qualifications and responsibilities of the NVPSA are described in detail in Sections 3.208, 3.401, 3.711, and 3.715 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024. We invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration using the link below! 

SUBMIT YOUR NVPSA APPLICATION HERE

To learn more about the position and application process, we encourage you to attend our NVPSA Informational Call with Immediate Past President Jessica Lee on April 17th at 7:00 pm CST via Zoom. Register for the call here: https://bit.ly/NVPSAInfoCall

For our Active Brothers who are not eligible to apply, we value your input. Please share your thoughts and feedback on what qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next NVPSA. Your input will be crucial in our decision-making process. Submit your feedback here: https://bit.ly/NVPSAInputForm

Thank you for your radiant dedication to Kappa Kappa Psi!

 

 

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From the Desk of the National President: April 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

As we transition from the excitement of “March Madness” to our April Month of Brotherhood, I hope we find ourselves immersed in the spirit of unity and fellowship that defines our organization. This month, we not only celebrate the bonds that unite us but also reflect on the importance of cultivating and strengthening our Brotherhood.

Brotherhood is not just a concept; it’s a living, breathing testament to the dedication and passion of our members. From past contributions to present initiatives, we continue to build upon a legacy of excellence and service. We honor this legacy by actively engaging with the updates and programming offered this month. Your participation, enthusiasm, and dedication are crucial as we navigate the path forward. Together, let’s embrace the opportunities before us, strengthen our bonds of brotherhood, and chart a course toward an even brighter future for Kappa Kappa Psi. 

Please take a moment to carefully review the updates and highlights in this newsletter. Your engagement and support are key to our continued success as a fraternity. Together, let’s make this April a month to remember!

APRIL UPDATES

Update #1: Kicking Off our Month of Brotherhood

This April, we’re diving deep into what Brotherhood means in Kappa Kappa Psi. Brotherhood isn’t just a word; it’s a concept that evolves as we grow and learn together. The essence of Brotherhood transcends mere words as it embodies a profound connection built on shared values, experiences, and aspirations. This Month of Brotherhood presents an opportunity for each member to reflect and redefine what Brotherhood means within the context of our fraternity. Here are some guiding questions to kickstart your reflections:

  1. What is the definition of Brotherhood? Is it simple or difficult to develop a concrete definition? Why?
  2. Discuss how your chapter demonstrates Brotherhood. Can your chapter improve? How?
  3. How does the Fifth purpose connect to the core value of Brotherhood?
  4. What or how do you promote belonging in your chapter?

Update #2: Announcing our Next Chapter Field Representatives

We’re thrilled to introduce Mason Thomas from the Lambda Chapter at the University of Arkansas and Ari Wright from the Nu Chapter at the University of Michigan as our newest CFRs. They’ll be officially joining us on June 3, 2024, with Jake and Kennedy assisting in their transition throughout May. Look out for updates on their Office Hours over the summer and join us in welcoming Mason and Ari to our National Leadership Team! To get to know a little bit more about our newest members, please see their bios below:

Mason Thomas: Mason is a 2022 graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. He graduated with a B.M. in Music Education. Mason was a member of the Razorback Marching Band, Hogwild Band, and UA Concert Bands. He was initiated into the Lambda Chapter in the Spring of 2019. As an active member, Mason served as Corresponding Secretary and Chapter President. He has also served as the SWD Secretary/Treasurer and as a member of the National Ritual Performance and Education Committee.

Ari Wright: Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ari is a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan and the Nu Chapter, having graduated in December 2022 with a double major in Communications & Film. In the Michigan Marching and Hockey bands, they played trumpet from 2018 to 2023. After being inducted into the Nu Chapter in Spring 2019, they served as Vice President of Recruitment from 2020-2022. Ari joins us with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, and looks forward to fostering brotherhood over the next biennium!

Update #3: Call for Applications for National Vice President for Student Affairs

We warmly invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration. The qualifications and responsibilities of the National Vice President for Student Affairs are described in Section 3.208, Section 3.401, and Section 3.711 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024

National Vice President for Student Affairs Application Form

Additionally, the National Council invites all Active Brothers to share your thoughts and feedback on what qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next National Vice President for Student Affairs (NVPSA). Your input will play a crucial role in informing our decision-making process.

Input & Feedback Form for Ideal NVPSA Candidate

Update #4: Updates on District Conventions

Congratulations to the Northeast and Southeast Districts on their successful conventions! With record attendance since the pandemic, these events showcased our members’ dedication and enthusiasm. The newly elected leaders in the NED and SED are poised to lead their districts with passion and vision. As we move forward, we have exciting double-convention weekends ahead, providing opportunities for networking, learning, and celebrating our fraternity’s spirit. Register now for upcoming conventions and be part of this dynamic experience.

Update #5: Reminder on Chapter Reports & Payments

As the school year draws to a close, please ensure timely submission of all required chapter reports and payments. These reports are crucial for evaluating chapters’ achievements and eligibility for the William Scroggs Founders’ Trophy at the 2025 National Convention. If you have any questions or need support, please reach out to our HQ staff at kkytbs@kkytbs.org. You can also submit a Chapter Assistance Request.

  • Membership Candidate Registration (MCR) Form: Due within 7 days following First Degree and before you can start the IRF.
  • Initiate Registration Form (IRF): Due within 30 days following Third Degree. After 30 days, a late fee will apply!  Initiation fees should be collected prior to performing Third Degree.
  • Officer & Chapter Update Form: Due as soon as after elections are finalized
  • Graduating Senior Report (GSR): Due within 30 days of graduation
  • Spring Activity Report (SAR): Due by June 1

As the school year draws to a close, life can become busier and more demanding. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to take a step back from Kappa Kappa Psi when needed, and always remember that you’re not alone. Reach out to your Brothers and loved ones for support if you’re feeling overwhelmed. While we value Kappa Kappa Psi as a significant part of your priorities, we understand that it may not always be the top priority, and that’s perfectly fine. Your well-being matters above all else. As we navigate these next few months, let’s also embrace the Path of Connection, nurturing meaningful relationships and collaborations that enrich our collective experience. Let’s continue strengthening the bonds of our Brotherhood, a cornerstone of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey.

 

 

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From the Desk of the National President: March 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

As we embark on the month of March, we stand at the threshold of a significant and inspiring time: Women’s History Month. This is a moment for us to reflect on and celebrate the invaluable contributions of women to our Fraternity, our lives, and the broader tapestry of history.

Throughout The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, women have played a pivotal role, leaving an indelible mark on every facet of our organization. Reflecting on our history and the profound impact of numerous female-identifying Brothers on our fraternity, such as Wava Banes, Deb Eakins, Marie Burleigh, Dr. Malinda Matney, Dr. Christine Beason, Jessica Lee, the Sisters of the Sigma Chapter of TBS, and countless others, I am inspired to carry forward their fraternal legacy by empowering our members to become better leaders and strengthening our service to college and university bands. This month holds special significance as we commemorate the founding of Tau Beta Sigma on March 26th, 1946. This milestone underscores the deep bond and collaborative spirit that exists between our organizations. Together, we stand united in our mission to serve collegiate bands and promote a deeper appreciation of music.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I encourage each and every one of you to fully engage with our updates and programming this month. Through active participation and thoughtful consideration of the opportunities presented to us, we have the opportunity to amplify our collective impact as leaders and fortify the bonds of brotherhood and service. Together, let us embrace the rich tapestry of Women’s History Month and draw strength from the extraordinary legacy of women in Kappa Kappa Psi who have shaped our past, illuminate our present, and inspire our future.

Please take a moment to carefully review the important updates and highlights in this newsletter. These insights offer a window into the progress we’ve made and continue to make for our fraternity. Your active participation and thoughtful consideration of these updates are vital as we navigate the path forward together. Let’s seize this opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, address challenges, and chart a course toward an even brighter future for Kappa Kappa Psi.

MARCH UPDATES

Update #1: Announcing our 2024 Spring Petitioning Groups

On behalf of the National Council, Dr. Rorrer and I are thrilled to announce these groups and their advising teams who will guide them through this transformative journey. Let’s give a warm welcome to our 2024 Spring Petitioning Groups:

Bethune Cookman

  • Lead Advisor: Anthony ‘Tony’ Shelton – Nu Kappa
  • Hayden Elias-Rodriguez – Gamma Nu
  • Jessica Needham – Eta Sigma
  • Danielle Wade – Mu Beta
  • Benjamin Williams – Delta Iota

Virginia Union

  • Lead: Michael Bradford-Calhoun – Iota Zeta
  • Co-Lead: Ed Savoy – Eta Alpha
  • Ema Ashley – Eta Sigma
  • Dr. Lake – Gamma Xi
  • Franklin Nesmith – Eta Omega

Austin Peay

  • Lead Advisor: Hunter Moreland – Kappa Mu
  • Jahkeem Grant – Iota Xi
  • Miaka Kemp – Kappa Mu
  • Megan Lefever – Lambda Delta

Claflin

  • Lead Advisor: Franklin Johnson-Norwood – Zeta Psi
  • Dr. Donald Lee Jr. – Zeta Eta
  • Evan Thompson – Zeta Chi
  • Brittany Woodruff – Pi

You can read the full statement here: www.kkpsi.org/spring-2024-petitioning-group-announcement/

Update #2: #OurJourneyToDistrictConvention

Get ready for #OurJourneyToDistrictConvention! These gatherings are more than just events; they are opportunities for Brothers, both Active and Alumni, to forge lasting connections, build a strong sense of community, and actively participate in meaningful work on the district level. Our dedicated district councils and district alumni associations have spared no effort in ensuring that these conventions will be filled with engaging activities and valuable networking opportunities. Mark your calendars for the upcoming district conventions:

Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY

Southeast District Convention: March 22-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC

North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN

Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX

Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA

Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA

We can’t wait to see you there and make these conventions a memorable chapter in our shared journey. Let’s embark on this exciting adventure together!

Update #3: Call for Applications for National Vice President for Student Affairs

After a vacancy in the position of National Vice President for Student Affairs spanning several months, the National Council and Board of Trustees are thrilled to initiate the application process to identify our next NVPSA! Per the National Constitution, the Board of Trustees, upon the National Council’s recommendation, shall appoint a National Vice President for Student Affairs to fill the vacancy. (Section 3.214).

National Vice President for Student Affairs Application Form

We warmly invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration. The qualifications and responsibilities of the National Vice President for Student Affairs are described in Section 3.208, Section 3.401, and Section 3.711 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024.

Update #4: Upcoming Workshops in March

Get ready to dive into a world of learning and development with our upcoming virtual workshops hosted by some of our national committees! These workshops are designed to provide valuable education and training on the impactful work they’ve been diligently pursuing this biennium. Whether you’re an Active Brother or an Alumni, these sessions are open to all, offering a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and deepen your understanding of our tools and resources to strengthen your fraternal journey. 

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following virtual sessions:

But that’s not all! Keep an eye out for more information on additional sessions by the National Committees on Chapter Operations and Programs. We encourage you to spread the word and share this exciting opportunity with your chapter members. Remember, registration is required to attend these sessions, so don’t forget to secure your spot and be part of these enriching experiences.

Special Note: April is designated as our Month of Brotherhood, and we’re calling upon all members to contribute their ideas on how we can effectively highlight the essence and examples of Brotherhood within Kappa Kappa Psi. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your suggestions and inspirations to make this celebration memorable!

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Month of Leadership Programming

Our Month of Leadership in February was a resounding success with insightful virtual sessions. We kicked off with a compelling panel discussion featuring members of the Founders’ Circle Task Force: Dr. Kirk Randazzo, Jessica Lee, Molly Kuchan, Dr. Nicholas Rorrer, and Jason Ortiz. Following this, Jessica Lee led a thought-provoking discussion with Active and Alumni members on the value of leadership development, and how we can cultivate these moments in our lives. For those who missed or want a revisit, session recordings are available below.

Looking ahead, we’re committed to integrating these learnings into our National Membership Education Program, The Road to Wisdom, and expanding leadership-based programming throughout the year. Your participation in these initiatives strengthens our fraternity, guiding us toward a future defined by excellence. Don’t forget to catch these speakers at our upcoming district conventions, where they’ll present workshops and keynotes on crucial leadership topics!

Highlight #2: TMEA, MMEA, & The Super Bowl

We’re thrilled to share updates from our recent attendance at the 2024 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, and the 2024 Maryland Music Educators Association Conference in Baltimore, MD. These conferences provided invaluable opportunities for networking, learning, and showcasing the impactful work of our alumni and our chapters. As we look ahead, we’re actively exploring other state conferences to attend and welcome your suggestions and assistance. Currently, we’re considering attending conferences in Florida and Virginia, so please reach out with any recommendations or offers of support. A heartfelt thank you to all the Brothers who stopped by our booth at these conferences – your presence and engagement were truly appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

In addition to our conference attendance, we’re excited to share that Kappa Kappa Psi was represented in this year’s NFL Super Bowl by the Eta Eta Chapter and Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South. It was an electrifying moment that left us all in awe, as we witnessed their remarkable display of musicality, energy, and pride. Congratulations to the entire program for this unforgettable and unique achievement – your performance truly captured the spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi and showcased the power of music to unite and inspire. AEA!

Highlight #3: Share Your Kappa Kappa Psi Journey Story

Over the years, the National Committee on Communications has been dedicated to showcasing both current and historical members and moments in honor of Women’s History Month. While we aim to elevate these invaluable narratives, we also understand the importance of providing platforms for Brothers to share their own stories in their own voices. In line with the biennium’s theme of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, we extend an invitation to Brothers to share their fraternal journey story and their experiences as female-identifying Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. We recognize the power of these personal accounts in connecting us to our values and seeing how they manifest in everyday actions. Here are some prompts to help you get started:

  • What is your KKPsi Journey? How did you get started in KKPsi?
  • Why is KKPsi special to you? Was there a special moment that sticks out to you?
  • Why are you still involved? How does it align with your KKWhy?
  • What would you tell someone questioning their KKPsi Journey (Active or Alumni) or unsure that they should join KKPsi? What words of advice or affirmation can you share?

Submit Your Story to be Highlighted

We encourage Brothers to share their Kappa Kappa Psi Journey stories with us in various formats, whether written, visual (such as images), or through video or audio clips. These submissions can be made using the link above. Questions or concerns can be emailed to the National Committee on Communications at communications@kkpsi.org

Highlight #4: Spring Informational Mailer

I’m excited to share details about our 2024 Spring Informational Mailer, a valuable resource designed to support our chapters as they embark on the new semester. Similar to the Fall Mailer that we send out each year, we recognized the need for continued guidance and updates for our chapters after the holiday break. To address this, an email with this resource was sent to all our members on January 24th.

2024 Spring Informational Mailer

Within this resource, members will discover updates and guidance on various topics including upcoming programming, chapter reporting via OPUS, awards and grants, and much more. This resource aims to equip our chapters and officers with the necessary tools to kickstart the semester on a positive note. The flexibility of this digital format allows for seamless updates as new information and inquiries arise, ensuring its ongoing relevance and usefulness. Access this helpful resource using the above and empower your chapter’s success this semester!

As we look to the horizon of the future, let us carry with us the wisdom gleaned from our experiences this biennium. Each step forward is an opportunity to learn, to evolve, and to embody the values of Kappa Kappa Psi. Let us embrace the journey with open hearts and steadfast determination, knowing that together, we are capable of achieving greatness. The road ahead is filled with endless possibilities, and I am eager to witness the remarkable achievements that await us. Let us continue to strive for excellence, guided by the principles and purposes. Together, let us shape a future that honors our past, celebrates our present, and inspires generations to come. AEA.

 

 

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Spring 2024 Petitioning Group Announcement

Brothers – 

On behalf of the National Council, we are excited to announce that we have approved four petitioning groups for the Spring 2024 semester. 

In the Northeast District, we are excited to welcome back the Theta Psi Chapter at Virginia Union University. Under the direction of Professor Fayesha L. Cousins,

the Virginia Union band program is home to the ‘Ambassadors of Sound.’ To learn more about the Morehouse College music program, please visit their website. Notes of congratulations can be sent to Prof. Cousins at: flcousins@vuu.edu 

The Theta Psi Petitioning Group will be advised by members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative and includes:

  • Michael Bradford-Calhoun from the Iota Zeta Chapter
  • Ed Savoy from the Eta Alpha Chapter
  • Ema Ashley from the Eta Sigma Chapter
  • Dr. William Lake from the Gamma Xi Chapter
  • Franklin Nesmith from the Eta Omega

In our Southeast District, we are welcoming three Petitioning Groups this semester at Austin Peay State University, Bethune Cookman University, and Claflin University. 

Our Petitioning Group at Austin Peay is our only brand new Charter this semester; thus, upon the completion of the Petitioning Group process, they will be the Xi Eta Chapter. 

Austin Peay State University is under the guidance of Director of Bands Dr. Wolynec and is home to numerous ensembles including the ‘Governors Own Marching Band.’ More information about their music program can be found here and notes of congratulations can be sent to WolynecG@apsu.edu. Akin to our other groups, this Petitioning Group is  advised by members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative and includes:

  • Hunter Moreland from the Kappa Mu Chapter
  • Jahkeem Grant from the Iota Xi Chapter
  • Miaka Kemp from the Kappa Mu Chapter
  • Megan Lefever from the Lambda Delta Chapter

We are also excited to be returning back to the Eta Iota Chapter at Bethune Cookman University. Bethune Cookman is home to the Marching Wildcats, often known as “The Pride.” Under the direction of Dr. Wells, the Bethune Cookman band program and more information can be found on their website while notes of congratulations can be sent to wellsd@cookman.edu. The members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative who are advising this group include:

  • Anthony ‘Tony’ Shelton from the Nu Kappa Chapter
  • Hayden Elias-Rodriguez from the Gamma Nu Chapter
  • Jessica Needham from the Eta Sigma Chapter
  • Danielle Wade from the Mu Beta Chapter
  • Benjamin Williams from the Delta Iota Chapter

Last but not least on our list is a recharter of the Kappa Pi Chapter at Claflin University. Under the direction of Prof. Thomas Hollins, the Panther Pep Band and various ensembles aim to provide a flexible career-oriented education to accommodate students’ career options. More information can be found on their website and congratulations can be sent to tdhollins@claflin.edu. The members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative who is advising this group include

  • Franklin Johnson-Norwood from the Zeta Psi Chapter
  • Dr. Donald Lee Jr. from the Zeta Eta Chapter
  • Evan Thompson from the Zeta Chi Chapter
  • Brittany Woodruff  from the Pi Chapter

To learn more about Kappa Kappa Psi’s Petitioning Process and how to start a chapter, please visit the Expansion page on our National website. For further inquiries, please email our National Vice President for Membership and Expansion, Dr. Nicholas Rorrer, at nic@kkpsi.org.

Dr. Nicholas Rorrer
National Vice President for Membership & Expansion (2023-2025)

From the Desk of the National President: February 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

Our journey together continues as we turn the page on January and set our sights on the month of February. After an eventful start to the new year and a productive Winter Council Meeting, I am excited to bring you insights into the strides we made back in January and what you can expect from us this month.

As we step into February, it’s important to recognize the significance of the time that we are in. This month marks Black History Month, serving as an important reminder for us to delve into our complete history, recognizing that understanding our past is key to shaping our future. This month, as we honor Black History Month within the framework of our fraternity, let’s pay homage to the profound history, legacy, and influence of our Black Brothers throughout our 104-year journey. Thanks to the leadership and contributions of numerous Black Brothers, sponsors, and directors, our fraternity stands stronger and more vibrant today. In addition, it’s crucial to acknowledge that the music and band community we cherish owes its existence not only to the well-known icons who we celebrate but also to the countless Black and African American artists, music educators, and community members who have spread the joy of music across generations.

In recognition of this significant celebration of our shared experiences and diversity, the National Council designates February as our Month of Leadership. As one of the fundamental pillars of Kappa Kappa Psi, we have intentionally set aside this time for all Brothers to continue their “Leadership Journey” of (un)learning, (re)discovery, and growth. Reflecting on the journey of Kappa Kappa Psi and the profound impact of numerous Black Brothers on our fraternity, such as L. Allen Pyke, Marshall M. Penn, Dr. Lemuel Berry, Jr., Dr. Melvin Miles, Derrick Mills, Danny George, Dr. Nicholas Bratcher, and countless others, I am inspired to carry forward their fraternal legacy by empowering our members to become better leaders and strengthening our service to college and university bands.

In the spirit of leadership and celebration of Black History Month, I encourage each and every one of you to fully engage with our updates and programming this month. Through active participation and thoughtful consideration of the opportunities presented to us, we have the opportunity to amplify our collective impact as leaders and fortify the bonds of brotherhood and service that bind us together.

 

FEBRUARY UPDATES

Update #1: Share Your Kappa Kappa Psi Journey Story

Over the years, the National Committee on Communications has been dedicated to showcasing both current and historical members and moments in honor of Black History Month. While we aim to elevate these invaluable narratives, we also understand the importance of providing platforms for Brothers to share their own stories in their own voices. In line with the biennium’s theme of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, we extend an invitation to Brothers to share their fraternal journey story and their experiences as Black Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. We recognize the power of these personal accounts in connecting us to our values and seeing how they manifest in everyday actions. Here are some prompts to help you get started:

  • What is your KKPsi Journey? How did you get started in KKPsi?
  • Why is KKPsi special to you? Was there a special moment that sticks out to you?
  • Why are you still involved? How does it align with your KKWhy?
  • What would you tell someone questioning their KKPsi Journey (Active or Alumni) or unsure that they should join KKPsi? What words of advice or affirmation can you share?

Submit Your Story to be Highlighted

We encourage Brothers to share their Kappa Kappa Psi Journey stories with us in various formats, whether written, visual (such as images), or through video or audio clips. These submissions can be made using the link above. Questions or concerns can be emailed to the National Committee on Communications at communications@kkpsi.org

Update #2: Month of Leadership Engagement Opportunities

Since its inception in 2019, The Founders’ Circle has remained one of the Fraternity’s best-kept secrets! While attendees of district or national conventions in recent years may have caught wind of its purpose, for the majority of our members, it remains just another name and logo. As someone deeply passionate about this program, I am committed to reintroducing its value as a leadership development initiative to our students. Leadership stands as a cornerstone of our organization, defining the essence of what we bring to our programs and communities. However, leadership isn’t innate; it’s a skill we must cultivate, practice, and refine as we delve deeper into our understanding of ourselves and each other.

To mark the beginning of our Month of Leadership, we’re thrilled to announce a series of virtual panel discussions and workshops scheduled throughout February. Stay tuned for further details, but for now, here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:

  • Panel Discussion on The Founders’ Circle (Wednesday, February 7, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Molly Kuchan (Thursday, February 15, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Dr. Rorrer (Tuesday, February 20, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Jessica Lee (Wednesday, February 28, 2024)

To ensure accessibility, these sessions will be streamed live on our Facebook page and subsequently shared on our LinkedIn and Instagram accounts for those who may have missed them. Additionally, I’m pleased to announce that Immediate Past President Jessica Lee has been appointed as the Chair, with Molly Kuchan serving as the Vice Chair of the task force dedicated to relaunching The Founders’ Circle. Their expertise and dedication will undoubtedly steer us toward success in this endeavor. Should you have any inquiries about the program or wish to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to founderscircle@kkpsi.org. Your engagement and support are integral to the success of this initiative. Let’s embark on this journey of leadership together!

Update #3: Call for Applications for National Vice President for Student Affairs

After a vacancy in the position of National Vice President for Student Affairs spanning several months, the National Council and Board of Trustees are thrilled to initiate the application process to identify our next NVPSA! Per the National Constitution, the Board of Trustees, upon the National Council’s recommendation, shall appoint a National Vice President for Student Affairs to fill the vacancy. (Section 3.214).

National Vice President for Student Affairs Application Form

We warmly invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration. The qualifications and responsibilities of the National Vice President for Student Affairs are described in Section 3.208, Section 3.401, and Section 3.711 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024.

Update #4: Texas Music Educator Association Conference and More!

We are excited to continue our participation and representation of Kappa Kappa Psi at the upcoming 2024 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Conference in San Antonio from February 7 to 10. This invaluable event provides us with the opportunity to showcase the essence of our fraternity to a diverse audience. If you plan to attend this conference, we extend a warm invitation to stop by our booth. Connect with our National Leadership Team members, sign in to stay updated, and grab your exclusive FREE sticker as a token of appreciation. We look forward to engaging with you and sharing the spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi at this prominent event. See you in San Antonio!

In addition to our participation at TMEA, we are eagerly expanding our reach to other state Music Educators Association conferences. We’re excited to announce our official attendance at the upcoming Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference in Baltimore, MD, scheduled for February 23-25. Representing Kappa Kappa Psi at this event will be Dr. Lake and me. Furthermore, we are actively exploring opportunities to connect with directors, students, and alumni in our Western District. To this end, I will be attending the 2024 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference from March 27 to 30, 2024, hosted at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.

Your input is invaluable to us. If you know of events or conferences where Kappa Kappa Psi’s presence would be beneficial to promote our work and explore expansion opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at president@kkpsi.org. Your suggestions and insights play a crucial role in shaping our fraternity’s engagement and outreach efforts. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to strengthen our presence across various platforms and regions.

 

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Spring Informational Mailer

I’m excited to share details about our 2024 Spring Informational Mailer, a valuable resource designed to support our chapters as they embark on the new semester. Similar to the Fall Mailer that we send out each year, we recognized the need for continued guidance and updates for our chapters after the holiday break. To address this, an email with this resource was sent to all our members on January 24th.

2024 Spring Informational Mailer

Within this resource, members will discover updates and guidance on various topics including upcoming programming, chapter reporting via OPUS, awards and grants, and much more. This resource aims to equip our chapters and officers with the necessary tools to kickstart the semester on a positive note. The flexibility of this digital format allows for seamless updates as new information and inquiries arise, ensuring its ongoing relevance and usefulness. Access this helpful resource using the above and empower your chapter’s success this semester!

Highlight #2: Chapter Field Representative Program Schedule

On January 22, 2024, Dr. Rorrer disseminated an email containing updates regarding the Chapter Field Representative (CFR) Program. It’s worth noting that Jake and Kennedy have commenced their journey as they hit the road for their chapter visits, marking their final official trip as CFRs. Access to their schedules is provided below:

Jake’s Spring 2024 Schedule | Kennedy’s Spring 2024 Schedule

If your chapter finds itself on their visitation list, kindly ensure timely responses to their emails and submission of your visit schedule well in advance of their arrival on campus. For those interested, you can follow their travels across the nation via their Instagram account (@cfr_kkpsi). To delve deeper into the Chapter Field Representative Program, please visit www.kkpsi.org/cfr/. Your cooperation and engagement are greatly appreciated in making these visits fruitful and beneficial for all involved.

Highlight #3: National Executive Director Job Description

The search for our next National Executive Director is in full swing with the release of the new and comprehensive job description. This document outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations for this integral position. Your engagement is crucial in spreading the word about this exciting opportunity. We invite each of you to share the job description within your networks, communities, and among those who may possess the unique qualities to lead our Headquarters staff and operations.

National Executive Director Job Description

You can access the National Executive Director Job Description using the link above. We encourage you to explore it thoroughly and, if possible, share it with individuals who align with the ideals and values of our organizations.

Highlight #4: Convention Dates and Locations

Save the dates and mark your calendars for our 2024 District Conventions and our 2025 National Convention! Stay tuned for detailed information on registration, schedules, and special events that will make these conventions memorable milestones in our fraternal journey.

  • Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Southeast District Convention: March 22-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC
  • North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN
  • Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX
  • Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA
  • Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA
  • National Convention: July 15-18, 2025 | Lexington, KY

If you have not had a chance to read the full announcement yet, please take a moment to review it here: https://www.kkpsi.org/natcon25/

As we navigate the month of February, I urge each Brother to embrace a moment of personal reflection and celebrate the strides taken in this biennium. Amidst the steady rhythm of leadership, service, and action, let’s not overlook the transformative power of intentional rest and reflection. Like guiding stars in the night sky, our past experiences illuminate our path forward, shaping our growth and guiding our decisions. As we step into the future, let’s carry the insights gleaned from our individual journeys, knowing that they enrich our collective pursuit of excellence. The promise of tomorrow brims with untapped potential, and I am eagerly anticipating the unfolding chapters of growth and achievement that await us all! Continue to strive for the highest. AEA.

Yours in Brotherhood & Service,

 

 

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Welcoming the New Semester & Important Spring Updates!

January 24, 2024

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, Chapter Sponsors, and Directors of Bands – 

I hope this message finds you well and refreshed, ready for the opportunities and experiences the new semester will bring!

As you return to your respective campus, I am thrilled to share with you the immense excitement and anticipation resonating within our National Council. The National Officers met in Stillwater earlier this month to chart our course for the rest of this semester. It was a productive gathering where we discussed strategies and plans to ensure the success of Kappa Kappa Psi in the coming months. 

To kick off this semester with clarity and guidance, I am delighted to share the 2024 SPRING INFORMATIONAL MAILER, which contains essential guidance and updates for your chapter members, including Sponsors and Directors. It’s imperative that each member thoroughly reviews this information, as it will provide crucial insights and details that will set the tone for the biennium. Your proactive engagement early on will play a vital role in ensuring a seamless and strong start to 2024.

May our biennium be marked by outstanding musicianship, authentic leadership, dedicated service, and an enduring sense of brotherhood. Here’s to the continuation of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey and our shared successes!

With Love,

 

 

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From the Desk of the National President: January 2024 Updates

Brothers –

As we step boldly into the start of 2024, I extend warm New Year wishes to each of you on behalf of the National Council and Leadership Team. The journey of this biennium has been akin to a spirited march, with its share of highs and lows, yet made all the more remarkable by the unwavering support of a resilient and engaged team. It’s easy to become overly fixated on the successes and failures, when the focus should be on the broader journey, emphasizing progress and growth. This is a path where preparation is key, but acknowledging the unpredictability and lack of control remains equally vital. As I reflect on our first quarter together, I am reminded of our fraternity’s 104-year journey and how the themes of purpose, persistence, and perseverance are as relevant today as they were throughout our organization’s history.

In the spirit of shared reflection, I am excited to share updates and highlights that pave the way for an inspiring 2024. While I understand the constraints of time, these monthly statements are crafted with the sole purpose of keeping you informed. The engagement, as always, is yours to embrace. 

Update #1: “Friend & Advocate” Initiative
Last month, we introduced the Friend and Advocate Initiative, a program designed to provide personalized support to our chapters, regardless of their status. This initiative will equip Alumni members with the latest insights into Kappa Kappa Psi practices, utilizing resources like the Road to Wisdom and our Chapter Operations Resources to support and strengthen our chapters across the country.

Friend and Advocate Initiative Application Form

If you haven’t already, we extend a warm invitation to our Alumni members to apply for the ‘Alpha Cohort’ of the Friend and Advocate Initiative. The application window remains open until January 10th, 2024, and cohort training is set to start in mid-February. To qualify for this program, membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is required. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Nicholas Rorrer at nic@kkpsi.org.

Update #2: National Executive Director Job Description

The search for our next National Executive Director is in full swing with the release of the new and comprehensive job description. This document outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations for this integral position. Your engagement is crucial in spreading the word about this exciting opportunity. We invite each of you to share the job description within your networks, communities, and among those who may possess the unique qualities to lead our Headquarters staff and operations.

National Executive Director Job Description

You can access the National Executive Director Job Description using the link above. We encourage you to explore it thoroughly and, if possible, share it with individuals who align with the ideals and values of our organizations.

Update #3: National Winter Council Meeting
Every January, our National Council gathers for our annual National Winter Council Meeting, where we discuss and decide on important matters that shape our fraternity. One key focus is reviewing the status of chapters based on their reports and dues/fees. If your chapter hasn’t completed these submissions, we kindly ask you to do so promptly. If you encounter any issues with OPUS or need assistance with your report/funds submission, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our HQ at kkytbs@kkytbs.org.

Our National Winter Council Meeting is scheduled to take place between January 11-14, 2024, with Dr. Rorrer and me conducting the final round of interviews for our Chapter Field Representative search just days before. As we’ll be deep in meetings, please excuse any delay in responses during this period. For urgent matters, feel free to reach out to HQ.

Update #4: Upcoming Virtual Workshops
As highlighted in my communication from September 2023, our national committees will be actively engaged in providing a series of impactful virtual workshops, tailored to enhance the journey of each Active member. These sessions are designed to equip our members with practical skills and knowledge that will foster success within Kappa Kappa Psi, in their academic pursuits, and their future endeavors.

  1. Social Media Best Practices Workshop: Explore effective social media strategies for recruitment and service promotion led by our National Committee on Communications. Gain skills to enhance your online presence and strengthen fraternity bonds.
  2. DEIA Workshop for Chapters: Join the National Committee on DEIA for a workshop on fundamental concepts and practices. Deepen your understanding and implement impactful strategies as we enter the new year.

Stay tuned for more details on specific dates, times, and registration instructions. These workshops are tailored to empower you with practical knowledge and skills, fostering both personal and collective growth within our fraternity. Your engagement in these sessions will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of Kappa Kappa Psi.

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Midwest Clinic
We were thrilled to return to Chicago for the 2023 Midwest Clinic, and delighted to share a booth with Tau Beta Sigma. Despite the absence of some affiliate organizations at the conference, we valued the opportunity to showcase our joint presence and programs alongside Tau Beta Sigma. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. William Lake, KKPsi VP for Professional Relations, and Dr. LaToya Webb, TBSigma VP for Professional Relations, for orchestrating the engaging group activity, The Goosechase, which added an extra layer of excitement (and competitiveness) to the event.

Throughout the conference, we experienced the joy of reconnecting with numerous alumni members, cherishing the chance to catch up and share memories. In a move towards financial responsibility, we made the decision not to host an alumni/director reception this year. While we understand that this news brought disappointment to many alumni and directors, we are eagerly exploring more cost-effective ways to foster a space for alumni to come together, celebrate, and strengthen the bonds of our fraternity. Please stay tuned for updates on the 2024 Midwest Clinic and other conferences. 

Highlight #2: Congratulations to the Bands of the Year
The first annual Historically Black College and University Band of the Year national championship, held on December 15, 2023, at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, showcased the incredible talents of Division I and Division II HBCU bands. This inaugural event not only crowns season-long champions but also elevates the significance of halftime performances, making every show a vital part of the college football experience.

We extend heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Band of the Year, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine (North Carolina A&T), and the ROAR Marching Band (Florida Memorial)! The dedication and artistry displayed by both of these programs reflect the impact and prowess of HBCU band programs across the country. We commend these programs for their exceptional musicality, showmanship, and overall brilliance. We take immense pride in having chapters at both institutions, and their achievements underscore the dedication and excellence that our fraternity represents. Bravi tutti!

Highlight #3: AEA Scholarship Recipients
In our unwavering commitment to “Striving for the Highest,” we recognize that excellence extends beyond the realm of service to others; it is also deeply rooted in our members’ success in the classroom and their academic achievement. We take immense pride in congratulating our outstanding AEA Scholarship Recipients who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their academic pursuits. 

Distinguished Scholars

  • Jessica Alcorn
  • Megan Ledgerwood
  • Cade Skuse
  • Ashley Swanson

Honored Scholar

  • Christopher Allen

Their achievements stand as a testament to the multifaceted nature of our commitment to excellence, encompassing both service to others and personal academic growth. As they continue to inspire with their accomplishments, we celebrate their academic prowess and look forward to witnessing the positive impact they will undoubtedly make on the world. Congratulations to these bright minds, and may their success serve as a beacon for others to follow in their pursuit of excellence!

Highlight #4: Convention Dates and Locations
Save the dates and mark your calendars for our 2024 District Conventions and our 2025 National Convention! Stay tuned for detailed information on registration, schedules, and special events that will make these conventions memorable milestones in our fraternal journey.

  • Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Southeast District Convention: March 21-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC
  • North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN
  • Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX
  • Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA
  • Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA
  • National Convention: July 15-18, 2025 | Lexington, KY

If you have not had a chance to read the full announcement yet, please take a moment to review it here: https://www.kkpsi.org/natcon25/

As we embark on this new year, I invite each Brother to pause, reflect, and celebrate their own personal journey through the past year. In the rhythm of leadership, service, and action, it’s easy to overlook the importance of intentional reflection. Like a compass pointing us forward, we must carry the lessons of yesterday as we march into the future. Our tools and knowledge may guide us, but the wisdom gleaned from our experiences is equally crucial. I am excited about the journey ahead and the opportunities for growth and excellence that await us in 2024!

Yours in Brotherhood & Service,

Bang T. Co
National President, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity
Life Member, Alpha Zeta Chapter at Indiana University

From the Desk of the National President: December 2023 Updates

Brothers –

As we bid farewell to November and embrace the festive spirit of December, I extend warm greetings to each of you on behalf of the National Council and Leadership Team. This past month has been filled with many moments to be grateful for, and I’m proud to share the latest updates as we collectively steer Kappa Kappa Psi along this journey. Let’s dive into the latest updates and look forward to the exciting developments awaiting us in the coming month!

December Updates

Update #1: “Friend & Advocate” Initiative

On behalf of Dr. Rorrer, I am excited to introduce to you one of his key endeavors this biennium, the “Friend and Advocate Initiative,” which is a program designed to offer personalized support to our chapters, whether they are well-established, newly petitioning, or undergoing the “ReCharge” process. The initiative aims to empower Alumni members with the latest insights into Kappa Kappa Psi practices, including the Road to Wisdom and Chapter Operations (CHOPS) resources. Our goal is to equip Alumni members to provide valuable support to our Chapters.

Today, we invite our Alumni members to apply for the ‘Alpha Cohort’ of the “Friend and Advocate Initiative”. Members of this cohort will play a crucial role as advisors to Petitioning and Recharge Groups, with their lessons tailored to align with the material taught to these groups. Join us in this exciting endeavor to strengthen the bonds within our fraternity and support the growth of our Chapters.

Friend and Advocate Initiative Application Form

The application will be open till January 10th, 2023 and the cohort training will begin mid-February. To be eligible for this program, you must be a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Dr. Nic Rorrer (nic@kkpsi.org). 

Update #2: Important Deadlines

Brothers, a friendly reminder that December 1st marks the deadline for several important items:

  1. Fall Activity Report (FAR): the FAR is required of each chapter and must be approved by your Sponsor & Director of Bands in OPUS no later than December 1st of each year.
  2. Chapter Field Representative (CFR) Application: Interested in shaping the future of Kappa Kappa Psi? Don’t miss the December 1st deadline to apply for the 2024-2026 CFR term.
  3. Submissions for The Podium (Spring 2024): Share your unique experiences and insights with the Kappa Kappa Psi community by submitting content for The Podium’s Spring 2024 edition. The deadline is December 1st.
  4. Graduating Senior Report (GSR): Reminder that Graduating Senior Reports are due within 30 days of graduation and require Sponsor & Director of Bands approval.

Update #3: End-of-Year Giving

As we approach the end of the year, consider participating in one of our giving programs. Your end-of-year giving contributes to the continued success of our Fraternity, our mission, and our overall impact on college/university bands across the country.

  • Kappa Kappa Psi Giving Program: The Giving Program is a donation program designed for those who find monthly contributions to Kappa Kappa Psi more manageable than an annual donation.
  • Max Mitchell Grant: The Max Mitchell Grant Program is designed to help support the members of the National Intercollegiate Band (NIB).
  • Stanley G. Finck Fund: One of the most exciting contributions made to the work of collegiate music during the last 70 years has been the National Intercollegiate Band program of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
  • Do you have an interest that isn’t listed here? Ask Dr. Malinda Matney, Board Chair, to talk with you about what you have in mind. Email her at mmatney@umich.edu.  

Update #4: Renew Your Alumni Association Membership

Memberships in the Alumni Association run on a calendar year, meaning membership expires on December 31st of each year and must be renewed in order to attend any district or national conventions or participate in any LAA-related activities.

  1. Graduating Seniors: Graduating seniors are granted complimentary provisional membership into the Alumni Association based on the time of year they graduate.  May Graduates receive complimentary membership for one year, seven months (June 1 – December 31 of the next year).  December Graduates receive complimentary membership for one year (January 1 – December 31).   The chapter must submit a Graduating Senior Report for graduating seniors to receive their complimentary year. However, if they want full voting rights in the Alumni Association they will need to use this form.
  2. Non-Life Members: Non-Life members can either join the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association at either the $50 full-membership tier or the $15 Local Alumni Association-only tier. Full membership includes additional benefits like access to conventions, the ability to vote in KKΨAA business, access to KKΨAA programming, the ability to serve on committees, and access to our newsletters. The limited tier LAA-only membership is a new constitutional requirement of the KKΨAA, voted on by our membership to aid the fraternity in risk management and offset the organizational costs of supporting LAAs. All LAA members will be required to join the KKPsiAA at one of the two tiers by the June 1, 2024, annual report deadline for LAAs.
  3. Life Members: All current AA memberships will expire as of 12/31/2023 if you do not renew your membership. You can still renew past this deadline, but you will not be an AA Member until your renewal form has been submitted and your dues have been paid. The membership year will run from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2024. Please note: the AA does not prorate dues to account for later form submissions. Life members currently pay $0 in annual dues. 

November HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Convention Dates and Locations

Save the dates and mark your calendars for our 2024 District Conventions and our 2025 National Convention! Stay tuned for detailed information on registration, schedules, and special events that will make these conventions memorable milestones in our fraternal journey.

  • Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Southeast District Convention: March 21-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC
  • North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN
  • Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX
  • Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA
  • Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA
  • National Convention: July 15-18, 2025 | Lexington, KY

If you have not had a chance to read the full announcement yet, please take a moment to review here: https://www.kkpsi.org/natcon25/

Highlight #2: NIB Conductor & Composer

We are thrilled to announce that the 2025 National Intercollegiate Band (NIB) will be conducted by Jason Fettig, a distinguished conductor renowned for his musical prowess who previously served as the 28th director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and is the incoming Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. Additionally, we are honored to feature the talents of Composer Kevin Day, one of the leading young voices in the world of music composition today, who currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. We look forward to their partnership as they craft this vision into a reality for our members and performers!

If you missed our “Meet the 2025 NIB Conductor and Composer” Livestream, you can view it here: https://fb.watch/oEHa05SJv2/

Highlight #3: 104th Founders’ Day

Our 104th Founders’ Day on November 27th was a momentous occasion filled with reflection, camaraderie, and pride in our shared history. I extend heartfelt gratitude to all Brothers who actively participated, shared their personal Kappa Kappa Psi stories, and posted memorable pictures using the hashtags #KKPsiFoundersDay and #104YearsofKKPsi. Your contributions made this celebration truly special, emphasizing the enduring impact of our fraternity!

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the special message, please take a moment to view it here: https://youtu.be/_EhQAXTriGs

Special Note: Steve Nelson’s Retirement

On November 29th, we sent out an email to announce the retirement of Steve Nelson from his position as National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Steve’s dedicated service to our organizations has spanned nine years, leaving an indelible mark on both KKPsi and TBSigma. Steve’s journey with Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma has been remarkable. His unwavering commitment to our shared values of leadership, musicianship, and service for greater bands has been an inspiration to us all. Before and throughout his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in advancing the missions of both organizations, ensuring their continued growth and success.

Please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Steve Nelson for his leadership and service. We will be forever thankful for his passion, guidance, and commitment to our membership, and look forward to the ways that he will continue to contribute and be involved in the future. If you would like to send a personal message or share your thoughts with Steve as he embarks on this new chapter, please feel free to do so at nelson@kkytbs.org.

In the coming weeks, we will begin the search for a new National Executive Director who will build upon the important work of both organizations. We are committed to finding an individual who shares our values and dedication to the mission of our organizations. Thank you, Steve, for your exceptional service, and we wish you a retirement filled with joy, fulfillment, and continued success in all your endeavors!

As we approach the close of 2023, let’s carry the spirit of unity, dedication, and celebration into the new year. Your commitment to Kappa Kappa Psi is the driving force behind our collective success. I am excited about the journey ahead and the opportunities for growth and excellence that await us in 2024!

Yours in Brotherhood & Service,

 

 

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National President & Ex-Officio Board of Trustees Member,
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc.

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Retirement Announcement of Steve Nelson, National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma

Dear Members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma:

We hope this message finds you well. Today, it is our duty to announce the retirement of Steve Nelson from his position as National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Steve’s dedicated service to our organizations has spanned nine years, leaving an indelible mark on both KKPsi and TBSigma.

Steve’s journey with Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma has been remarkable. His unwavering commitment to our shared values of leadership, musicianship, and service for greater bands has been an inspiration to us all. Before and throughout his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in advancing the missions of both organizations, ensuring their continued growth and success.

Under Steve’s leadership as National Executive Director, we have witnessed significant achievements and milestones that have strengthened our Fraternity and Sorority: celebrating the Centennial of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Diamond Anniversary of Tau Beta Sigma; expanding our National Headquarters property; purchasing a new facility to support our staff; and developing increasingly sophisticated technical tools to support members and leaders in their ongoing work. Steve’s passion for the arts and education has been a driving force behind numerous initiatives that have enhanced the collegiate band experience for students across the nation. His passion for honorary organizations such as ours led to his recent presidency of the Professional Fraternity Association. Steve’s legacy will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, serving as a source of inspiration for generations to come. Steve himself will continue to be an important Brother and Sister, and he will cherish this opportunity to experience the organizations without the day-to-day responsibilities that our National Headquarters has.

Steve has shared these thoughts: “I have deep gratitude for my time as National Executive Director and I am very thankful for the many wonderful people that I met and worked with. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the organizations and I hope we can continue with the best spirits of brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Steve Nelson for his leadership and service. We will be forever thankful for his passion, guidance, and commitment to our membership, and look forward to the ways that he will continue to contribute and be involved in the future. If you would like to send a personal message or share your thoughts with Steve as he embarks on this new chapter, please feel free to do so at nelson@kkytbs.org.

In the coming weeks, we will begin the search for a new National Executive Director who will build upon the important work of both organizations. We are committed to finding an individual who shares our values and dedication to the mission of our organizations.

Thank you, Steve, for your exceptional service, and we wish you a retirement filled with joy, fulfillment, and continued success in all your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Bang T. Co, Kappa Kappa Psi National President
Siobhan Wilkes Bratcher, Tau Beta Sigma National President
Dr. Malinda Matney, Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees Chairperson
Rosalyn McDonald, Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees Chairperson