To some it is unknown, to others it is just another college town, but to Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, Stillwater Oklahoma is home. Our organizations have been headquartered in the home of Grace and A. Frank Martin, the Oklahoma State University campus, and since 1991, the old Stillwater Santa Fe railroad station. Stillwater has a special meaning to everyone in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and the week of July 21, 2014 it was buzzing with activity.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, had not hosted a major event in Stillwater since 2004. This summer our national and district leaders came for meetings, our District Leadership Conference, and to celebrate the legacy of our organizations. The highlight of the weekend was the dedication of the Kappa Kappa Psi Caboose and the Wava Memorial Garden. The event welcomed over 180 brothers and sisters, including 12 of our national presidents:
- Frank Stubbs, Alpha Xi (1985-1987)
- Kenneth Corbett, Zeta Chi (1989-991)
- Melvin Miles Jr., Eta Gamma (1993-1995)
- Timothy Greenwell, Eta Zeta (1995-1997)
- Scott Stowell, Alpha Eta (1997-1999)
- Dr. Michael Golemo, Zeta Omicron (1999-2001)
- Michael Osborn, Epsilon Zeta (2003-2005)
- Dr. Rod Chesnutt, Gamma Nu (2005-2007)
- Dr. Malinda Matney, Nu (2007-2009)
- Derrick Mills, Eta (2009-2011)
- Adam Cantley, Omicron (2011-2013)
- Christine Beason, Eta Delta (2013-2015)
The Caboose project began in 2004 and thanks to the generous donations of brothers and sisters, notable Al and Gladys Wright, Kappa Kappa Psi was thrilled to open it on July 26, 2014 for everyone to enjoy. This space it meant to be place where brothers can learn about our history and celebrate the legacy of Kappa Kappa Psi. The organizations also had the extreme pleasure of dedicating the Wava Memorial Garden in honor of the founder of Tau Beta Sigma. With sisters, the family of Wava Banes Turner Henry, and our brothers, the sorority formally dedicated a space to celebrate Wava and what she has done not only for Tau Beta Sigma, but for all us and college bands.
Kappa Kappa Psi would like thank all of you who visited Stillwater for these events. We encourage all of our members to visit our organization headquarters. It is a memorable experience and connects us to the founding of our organization.
For more information about Stillwater Station or to schedule a visit to headquarters, please contact our National Headquarters Staff (405-372-2333).
Founded in 1919 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kappa Kappa Psi is the leading fraternity solely dedicated to supporting and developing college and university band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi has affiliation with over 210 college and university campuses across the United States of America. Guided by our values, mission and ritual, Kappa Kappa Psi is purposefully working towards our vision; With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations. Collectively, Kappa Kappa Psi members are inspiring one another and all college band members to Strive for the Highest.
Adam D. Cantley
University of Delaware
University Student Centers
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life
226 Trabant University Center
Newark, DE 19716