I am pleased to announce the installation of the Theta Tau Chapter (#211) at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. This is the third installation of the biennium!
Brothers from Iota Omicron at Appalachian State University served as the ritual chapter, and brothers and alumni from Iota Zeta, Eta Alpha, Eta Omicron, Zeta Sigma, Delta Iota and alumni from Theta Tau were present. Edward Savoy, Member of our Board of Trustees, served as the Installing Officer and served as our Colony Advisor and will continue to work with the chapter for the coming first year as a part of our Brotherhood.
Please send notes of congratulations to the Chapter President Bryan Flippin ( firstname.lastname@example.org )!
Congratulations to Theta Tau! Welcome to the brotherhood!
Marco A. Krcatovich II
National Vice President for Colonization and Membership
Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:
The District Governors are key members of the National Leadership Team. These professional volunteers serve as the administrative officers of their respective district and provide mentorship to the district and chapter officers. District Governors are expected to assist the district officers with the development of a vision for the district and build positive, professional connections with all students, directors, sponsors, alumni, and national leadership. District Governors also engage in work that supports the National Vision including activity reviews for the National Membership Education Program: The Road to Wisdom and promoting national programs.
There is an immediate opening for a third Southeast District Governor and a third Northeast District Governor. The National Council is looking for brothers of outstanding quality who will join the current District Governors of the SED and NED. Eligible applicants will complete the application requirements and submit using the appropriate JotForm link. All requirements must be included in order to submit a completed application.
Applications and materials should be submitted by Thursday, May 31, 2018 via JotForm.
- Must be at least twenty-five (25) years old
- Completed an undergraduate degree
- Possess outstanding business or professional ability
- Resident of district applying for
- Be a Life, Alumni, or Honorary member in good standing of Kappa Kappa Psi
Governor Application Requirements:
- Letter of Intent – Highlight fraternity, band, and professional experience
- Three Letters of Recommendation, one of which should be within the applicant’s profession
- JotForm Application:
Please submit completed applications via JotForm by Thursday, May 31, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact National President Evan Thompson (email@example.com).
Evan L. Thompson
Kappa Kappa Psi
The National Chapter Field Representative Program began in 1992 to provide a vital link between Active Members and the National Fraternity. For the last two years we have had two inspirational and transformational leaders serving on our staff and traveling to more than 200 chapters across the country. Please join me in sharing thanks and congratulations to Justin Chesak and Alaina Peters. Their work has been exceptional and the Fraternity is strengthened because of what they accomplished these last two years.
Kappa Kappa Psi solicited applications for their successors this spring and the responses back were incredible. Trying to cut down to finalists and ultimately those selected was incredibly difficult work and I thank all of the brothers who applied. Last weekend we interviewed five finalists in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It is my honor to formally introduce our two newest Chapter Field Representatives who will be joining our staff at National Headquarters and serving the Fraternity through spring of 2020.
Nicole Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida and was initiated into the Eta Sigma chapter in the fall of 2011. During her active membership she served as chapter Vice President and Projects Committee co-chair. In Spring of 2015 she became an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Central Florida (Zeta Psi chapter) after her graduation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Art with a minor in Art History where she graduated Cum Laude and she recently earned her Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy.
Justin Jensen (email@example.com) is finishing up his active career from Bowling Green State University as a member of Beta Kappa chapter, initiated Spring of 2014. As an active member he served as Chapter Parliamentarian and 2015 National Convention Delegate and was the 2016-17 NCD Vice President for Programs. An Eagle Scout and currently working at WGBU-TV, Justin is graduating this spring with a Bachelors in Film Production with a minor in Popular Culture.
Please feel free to send these individuals congratulatory messages. As they make their transition to Stillwater and become a part of the National Headquarters Professional Staff, more information will be shared regarding their upcoming chapter visits. A special thank you to National President Evan Thompson, National Executive Director Steve Nelson, National Accountant and Office Manager Di Spiva, the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi, and our entire National Headquarters Staff for all their work throughout the interview process.
Thank you Justin and Alaina and Congratulations Nicole and Justin!
Marco A. Krcatovich II
National Vice President for Colonization and Membership
I am pleased to announce the installation of the Nu Tau Chapter (#331) at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. This is the second installation of the biennium and the brothers at Nu Tau join a growing Southeast District of our Fraternity!
Brothers from Kappa Zeta at Wake Forest University and Iota Omicron at Appalachian State University served as the ritual chapters, and brothers from Kappa Zeta, Iota Zeta, Iota Omicron, Omicron, and Zeta Eta were present. Southeast District Governor Latrondrick Hunter served as the Installing Officer and Chris Carpenter served as our Colony Advisor and will continue to work with the chapter for the coming first year as a part of our Brotherhood.
Please send notes of congratulations to the Chapter President Carolina Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Nu Tau! Welcome to the brotherhood!
As we close out another school year, I want to share this friendly reminder with all of our outgoing and incoming chapter officers, active members, sponsors, and directors.
- Initiate Registration Form – Please complete and submit all fees and paperwork associated with your Initiate Registration Form. This should be submitted within 30 days of initiation. Late fees apply to chapters who do not submit within the appropriate time. Remember that this form cannot be processed if you do not submit a copy of the signed summary page along with payment. The signatures from the Candidate Registration & Risk Management Form required as part of the Road to Wisdom do not count as the signed summary page.
- Officer & Chapter Update – If you have held elections that have not been reported, please complete this form as soon as possible so that National Headquarters has accurate contact information for your chapter leadership. If you have not yet started your Chapter Summary Report, please check that you officers are listed correctly before beginning the CSR. This form will also need to be completed prior to submitting a Graduating Senior Report if any of your currently listed officers are graduating.
- Chapter Summary Report – This report is due by June 1st. Please begin working on this document now and remember to give time for sponsor and director approval prior to the deadline. We recommend completing this form prior to the end of finals week.
- Graduating Senior Report – This report allows us to document graduating seniors and provide recognition to them for their service to college bands. Graduating Seniors receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association if the chapter submits this form. This report should be completed alongside the Chapter Summary Report.
- Officer Transition Meeting – The National Council encourages all chapters to hold a transition meeting between outgoing and incoming officers. Many discipline issues occur as a result of a lack of institutional knowledge of the larger fraternal responsibilities of the active chapter including reports and dues. Outgoing officers please take time to review these responsibilities with your successor. Set your chapter up success in the coming year.
- National Awards/Programs – The National Council encourages all chapters and members to review the national awards and scholarships which can be found at kkpsi.org under the Programs tab. Due date for applications and nominations is July 1st. If you have specific questions, contact Vice President Bratcher at email@example.com.
- Vice Presidents of Membership Joining Edmodo – All Vice Presidents of Membership for the 2018-2019 school year should join the Learning Community at Edmodo.com. Edmodo contains all of the updated documents and forms associated with The Road to Wisdom. All previous VPMs will be removed at the end of the school year. If you have questions about joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For each of the forms submitted in the OMRS, please make sure you are following up directly with your Sponsor and Director of Bands when forms are ready to be approved. Do not rely on email notifications from the OMRS as your only means of follow-up.
If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Evan L. Thompson
Congratulations to Dennis Zeisler on receiving The Distinguished Service to Music Medal in the area of Conducting! Professor Zeisler has been exceptional in his field, and that work has had a positive impact on Kappa Kappa Psi and the college band movement. He has served as Director of Bands and Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Old Dominion University for over three decades. Zeisler is an elected member and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and serves on the Board of Directors for The Midwest Clinic. Northeast District Governor Michael Napolitano and Curriculum Committee Chair Yvonne Daye presented the award on behalf of the National Council and the National Chapter.
The Distinguished Service to Music Medal is the highest honor awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi. The award, founded at the 1963 National Convention, recognizes those who have contributed “above and beyond” of themselves and their talents to help bands and band music grow in both performance and purpose. Past recipients include Morton Gould, W. Francis McBeth, William Revelli, Jerry Junkin, and Julie Giroux. The National Council is pleased to recognize Professor Dennis Zeisler for his contributions and leadership in the band field.
Copies of the newly revised Ritual and Ceremonies of Kappa Kappa Psi began being shipped to your chapter’s physical address listed in OMRS on Friday, March 16th. You should expect them to arrive over the next two weeks. Please be on the lookout for them! If you are on Spring Break, please make a note to look for them when you return to campus.
As National Vice President for Programs, it is my duty to work with the National Council to not only bolster our current programs and initiatives, but to develop new programs that will help our chapters thrive, flourish, and renew. After the 2018 Winter Council Meeting held in San Diego, California, the National Council has approved the Chapter Development Grant. This award, the first of its type, was created to promote leadership and chapter operations training for the brothers and band programs where chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi are located. This promotes the mission of the Fraternity by providing funds to bring one or more presenters to appropriate chapter events.
Chapter Development Grants can be used for topics inclusive of, but not limited to:
- Fiscal Operations (i.e. Budgeting, Managing Finances, Long and Short Range Planning, etc.)
- Officer Development Training (i.e. OMRS, Chapter Paperwork, etc.)
- Chapter and Membership Development (i.e. Brotherhood and Chapter Bonding, Meeting Etiquette, Building Relationships with Directors and Sponsors, Small Chapter Issues and Solutions, etc.)
- Membership (i.e. Recruitment and Retention, “Road to Wisdom”, Post Membership Education)
Another key component of the award is the reach and inclusion of chapters. The grants are awarded to events that utilize multiple chapter attendance from nearby areas in order to make the most of resources. For example, a chapter requesting a grant will need to make every effort to invite other nearby chapters (i.e. 150-mile radius) to attend. Each grant can be awarded for an amount equaling up to $1000.
It is our hope that chapters will take advantage of this grant in order to strengthen their foundations, bolster networking within their surrounding areas, and reinvigorate their membership. Please check the Kappa Kappa Psi website at www.kkpsi.org after March 15, 2018 for the application and more information under the PROGRAMS tab.
Dr. Nicholas Bratcher
National Vice President for Programs
Kappa Kappa Psi
Ball State University (Indiana – North Central)
Advisor: Dee Hibbard
Fayetteville State University (North Carolina – Southeast)
Advisor: Ed Savoy
High Point University (North Carolina – Southeast)
Advisor: Chris Carpenter