The Kappa Alpha Journal - Summer 2016

Page 1

SUMMER 2016 INCLUDING: Keeping Our Troops Mission-Fit RUCKING FOR NAVY SEALS Response to Harvard Policy on Single-Gender Organizations 96-YEAR-OLD BADGE RECOVERED

Journey Refined After being catastrophically wounded in an IED blast, Army Staff Seargant Luke Murphy found himself influencing and being influenced by the Order.

Volume CXXIII | Number 1 | Published Since 1879

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 1

8/23/16 10:34 AM

Leave a Lasting Legacy with the 1865 Trust

What was your KA undergraduate experience like? I got to learn about KA through my older brother while I was in high school and preparing for college. It was a neat experience to have him play a role in my initiation and for the two of us to both be active in the chapter for a year. I was honored to serve in several officer positions and was very fortunate to attend multiple province councils as well as the 2009 convention in Washington, D.C. It was that convention that really opened my eyes to what KA was like outside of my own chapter bubble. Why do you continue to support the KAOEF? After seeing KA on a grander scale than just my own chapter experience, I realized the value of the programs that KAOEF puts on. One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had was being selected as an E. Fleming Mason Memorial Intern and getting to spend a summer working and living in our nation’s capital. That was a life-changing experience that would not have been possible without so many generous KAOEF donors. I knew that I needed to give back to make to ensure that these types of transformative programs continue for future members. William married Jordan Huntze, in Memphis, Tenn. on June 4th

William H. Walker (Beta Tau–Mississippi State ’07) hh Loyal Order #2825 hh Former E. Fleming Mason Memorial Intern hh Former Number I

What was important to you to become a member of the 1865 Trust and have the KAOEF in your estate plans? While I certainly hope that my gift takes a long time to mature, I know that it’s one of the best ways to make a lasting impact. Some people wonder if fraternities will still be around in generations to come, but I think future generations will find even more value in the fraternal experience than those of us that have already experienced it. I want to make sure that KA is always around to benefit future generations.

WHAT IS THE 1865 TRUST? The 1865 Trust recognizes the generosity and foresight of those who choose to embrace the vision of KA’s future by making a meaningful planned gift to the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF). Their entrance into the ranks of the 1865 Trust bears powerful testimony to the charitable expressions of their values, ideals, and commitment to Kappa Alpha Order’s future.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 2

Membership in the 1865 Trust recognizes those who have made provisions for a planned gift of $10,000 or more to the KAOEF. To date, 140 exceptional alumni have joined the 1865 Trust. Most of our alumni in the 1865 Trust will fulfill their gift through one of the most common and perhaps easiest ways of making a planned gift, by naming the KAOEF in their wills or as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or an IRA.

If you have any questions about the 1865 Trust, or if you wish to join the more than 140 KA brothers who have already become members, please contact Ben W. Satcher Jr., Chief Development Officer at the KAOEF, either by phone (540) 463-1865, or by e-mail,

8/23/16 10:34 AM

Table of Contents


Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project



16 | Blasted by Adversity

2 | Knight Commander’s Message


An Excerpt from Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior by Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy (Gamma Eta–Florida State ’09)

30 | On Campus

KAJ Interview with Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy

42 | Chapter Excellence

28 | Keeping Our Troops Mission-Fit


Three KA brothers have helped create a viable portable exercise option for members of the military in the field

29 | Rucking for the Navy Seals

54 | Sports Page 60 | Foundation Today 64 | Chapter Eternal

66 | From the Archives


68 | Remembering the Reason



Cover photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project


46 | Alumni News

65 | Housing

Brother completes a 100+-mile, 48-hour nonstop (as in—without sleep) walk with a 50-pound ruck on his back to raise funds and awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 1

4 | Connections 5 | Our Order

22 | “Life is Good”

3 | From the Editor


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Knight Commander’s Message Dear Brothers, Time flies when you’re having fun. As I write this message, we near one year since the Sesquicentennial Celebration and 76th Convention. There I was installed as your Knight Commander. I would like to give you an update on the Order’s priorities. I have appointed several task forces that have been diligently approaching their respective charges. The task forces are addressing the areas of province commander engagement, leadership education, ritual education, and housing. Much work has been done and much more will continue. As for sexual misconduct education and enforcement, I’m proud to share two points. First, the Order joined a coalition of partners in the fraternity and sorority world to develop and share an educational initiate named “Social Strengths Workshop.” This program was detailed in the fall 2015 edition of The Journal. Our field staff visited every single chapter last fall and presented this workshop during their time spent on campus. Secondly, this program was awarded the North American Interfraterity Conference’s (NIC) Laurel Wreath Award. This award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world. Finally, I’d like to recognize two men in particular for their service. One is ending, for now, and the other continues strong. Michael Wilson, assistant executive director for alumni affairs, is leaving KA staff after thirteen years. You may read more about his move to the NIC in the Our Order section of the magazine. Larry Wiese is in his twenty-first year as Executive Director. For over two decades now Larry has led the National Administrative Office and become a friend and mentor to many, and a true steward of our Order. The entire Executive Council and I are very pleased that he continues to keep KA at the forefront of our industry, safeguarding our reputation from assault, and that he ensures the experiences for our members are fresh and relevant. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Larry on his continuing service and leadership!


EDITOR Jesse S. Lyons ASSISTANT EDITOR Brent E. Buswell CREATIVE DESIGN Tria Designs Inc. CONTRIBUTORS Julie Bettinger Andrew Carr Jay Langhammer Kent McMichael Luke Murphy Rick Moore Tucker Radecki Emily Salmon Ben Satcher Dewey Wise EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Knight Commander Darren S. Kay Senior Councilor C. Douglas Simmons, III Councilors King V. Aiken, Jr. L. Blair Bailey David P. Barksdale Sam O. Leake, Jr. James M. Schmuck National Undergraduate Chairman C. Dominic Levings

Darren S. Kay Knight Commander

KA/KAOEF Executive Director Larry Stanton Wiese HOW TO CONTACT THE JOURNAL Editor, The Kappa Alpha Journal P.O. Box 1865 Lexington, VA 24450 (540) 463-1865 (540) 463-2140–fax email: TO CHANGE AN ADDRESS Fill out Alumnus Update on the website or send both your new and old address to Kristy Reed at the above mailing address or to:

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 2




8/23/16 10:32 AM

Letter from the Editor Dear Brothers,

The Kappa Alpha Journal (ISSN #0888-8868, USPS #014-747) is an educational journal published four times a year by Kappa Alpha Order, 115 Liberty Hall Rd., Lexington, Virginia. Periodicals postage paid at Lexington, Virginia, and additional mailing offices. The Kappa Alpha Journal seeks to reflect the Kappa Alpha experience by presenting news of active and alumni chapters, individual members, and the national organization; by addressing current issues facing the Greek system and the Order; by educating and entertaining those interested in the welfare of Kappa Alpha; and by serving as a historical record. The Kappa Alpha Journal has been published since 1879. From 1883 to 1885 it was known as The Magazine of Kappa Alpha. Kappa Alpha Order was founded in 1865 at Washington College (Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. Today, Kappa Alpha boasts 127 undergraduate chapters and more than 70 alumni chapters across the nation. Volume CXXIII, Number 1 Summer 2016 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Kappa Alpha Order, P.O. Box 1865 Lexington, VA 24450 Member of

Copyright © 2016 Kappa Alpha Order; KAPPA ALPHA® is a registered trademark of Kappa Alpha Order.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 3


Jesse S. Lyons Editor



THE KAPPA ALPHA JOURNAL 2016-17 SUBMISSION DATES: Issue 4/Winter—Dec. 8 Issue 1/ Spring—Feb. 1 Issue 2/Summer—May 1 Issue 3/Fall—Sept. 10

Kappa Alpha Order is military in organization and religious in feeling. That catchy phrase is well known to many modern initiates. We are not the military, however, nor are we a religion. So what does this mean? Let’s tackle the militaristic nature of our organization. The Knight Commander is our General (or Admiral, for you Navy men). He appoints Province Commanders. He, with the Executive Council, hires the Executive Director, who then leads the staff. He is the President of the Convention and the interpreter of our Kappa Alpha Laws. He presides when the Executive Council amends the Regulations and governs in between Conventions. Likewise, the Number I of each chapter is that chapter’s leader. He can dole out minor offenses of members, in a judicial sense, as judge, jury, and sometimes executioner—figuratively speaking. He alone meets with a member who might have an opposition ballot to a new member and determines if it is legitimate or not. He represents the Order, chapter, and members at all times. Now, in grand American fashion, we have plenty of democracy in KA. The Knight Commander must be elected. The Executive Council is elected. Our Constitution and Bylaws, generally, must be amended by the Convention. Our Number I’s are elected and held accountable locally and nationally. This military structure has bled into and influenced our feeling of pride and support for our own U.S. Armed Forces. Our chapters raise money for veteran causes and support “Homes For Our Troops” (see pg. 26). Our Military Division recognition society exists solely to honor our members who have served or are serving. At Mulberry Hill, the entire entryway is dedicated as a Veterans Memorial remembering Medal of Honor recipients, those who’ve served, and those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice. Additionally, I have little more to add about our military greats, including: Marshall, Patton, Byrd, Shepherd, and others. I can add that there are thousands more. They are generally unknown, unnamed, and honored not nearly enough. They are our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, and Airmen— officers and enlisted. They’ve left us; they’ve been affected physically and mentally. Many are back in society, finding their way, with some even joining KA. We are proud to have laws demanding strong leaders for the Order and our chapters. Their moral compasses have steered us through 151 years of history. We are proud of the emphasis the country places on our military members, and non-member men and women, who have preserved for enjoyment the freedoms of our Order. This is what it means to be military in structure. And it is one of the many reasons I’m proud to be a KA.



8/23/16 10:32 AM

Connections KappaAlphaOrder May 7, 2016

Congratulations to the 75 initiates of the Theta Commission at The Citadel! (203 Likes 16 Shares) CODY SIMPSON

Congratulations to all! Jeff Murrie, you represented Delta Tau well! GEORGE SPARKS Wow!

Sigma Beta Commission has something to look forward to. That's awesome! LEE TILLMAN Awesome

group!!!! Proud to be apart of something so great. KappaAlphaOrder @kappaalphaorder May 15, 2016

Instagram/ KappaAlphaOrder

Vitual Chapter Tour As you know, I have been confined to a hospital or rehabilitation facility since Dec. 6th following a nasty fall, breaking my right leg, then surgery and lots of time in bed. Luckily, I have had my laptop with me, so it has been good to still be able to communicate. One thing I have done during this recuperating time is to visit all the chapters in the Order. Yep, that’s right, I have taken a virtual tour of all the Order’s chapters. I cannot remember a more enjoyable time since being on staff at the national office. It was a real pleasure re-visiting many of the chapters I had once visited, and to visit the many new or reactivated ones. I would highly recommend to our undergraduates and alumni alike, to give it a try when you have a little time on you hands. It is one way to see what a great brotherhood and Order we have!

@kappaalphaorder April 26, 2016

Today we say farewell to Blake Berkbuegler who has served the Order as a Associate Director for Chapter Services for two years. Blake is taking a position with MHC Kenworth in their Management Training Program in Kansas City, Missouri. (155 Likes) @OKAYCHRISTOPHER

You done good @bberkbuegler @ANDREWWATERS12

Congratulations @bberkbuegler and good luck!

Richard A. “Dick” Barnes, Delta Lambda–Middle Tennessee State ‘69


Our chapter owes great thanks to you for all that you have done. Good luck! @bberkbuegler

Editor's Note: Brother Barnes was Executive Director of the Order from 1985 to 1995.


Thanks for everything Blake! @bberkbuegler Hopefully we will see you in Wichita Falls soon! Congrats to Senior Associate Director for Chapter Services Tullis Beasley for marrying his beautiful wife Jamie (6 retweets, 29 likes)

Thank You Thank you so very much for my beautiful wreath for my front door. You are all so kind and caring to make me still feel a part of KA! I have enjoyed all of you so much and will continue to do so for many years!


Blake, thank you for everything you gave to our chapter! We wish you the best in your endeavors!

Beverly Hanson


Editor's Note: Mrs. Hanson is the widow of Former Knight Commander Loren Q. Hanson.

Stud muffin MR. MOORE @EVANMOORE12

Brother Editor Having just finished reading The Kappa Alpha Journal, I returned to the Knight Commander's Message and Letter from the Editor to see what might be interesting.

Congrats my bratha

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 4



Congratulations to both you and Tracy for the birth of your daughter Annalee Estelle Lyons. My wife and I shared the Samuel Ammen Province Court of Honor Dinner with you and Tracy not long ago and were delighted to see you again and to meet Tracy. We know the pleasures of having a daughter and two granddaughters. Its wonderful! These joyful, happy thoughts were also saddened by your Dad's passing. We extend our sympathy and regrets to you and your family. May God bless and keep each of you. Tears of sadness will be replaced with tears of joy as you share family stories with Annalee. As a lifelong Marine and also a VFW Member, I greatly appreciate your Dad's service to the nation, especially in wartime. Forgive me for not writing a personal hand-written note. Our mail has been suspended because of the snowstorm. Continued success in all you do for Kappa Alpha Order. Don Gardner, Major General, USMC (Ret.), Gamma Gamma–Memphis '59

Editor’s Note: I received too many notes like this to publish. From my family to all of you, thank you. Correction I have one correction on the West Virginia chapter house story. The original Alpha Rho Manor House was at 670 N. High Street, having been purchased in 1908 from Professor Greene. It was transformed/replaced to/ by a Brick Manor House with Dutch Roof in 1927/1928. That one was demolished in March, 2005.
The current Manor House was completed in 2006. Daniel Girard, Alpha Rho– West Virginia ’78


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Leaders Among Men

NLI participants gather to begin their term as Number I CHAPTER PRESIDENTS FROM ALL 129

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 5

Eric Maddox, interrogator responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein spoke about teamwork, leadership, and perseverance in a cause.

included Zeta Pi Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast, Tau Chapter at Wake Forest University, and Zeta Rho Chapter at Arkansas-Fort Smith. Photos of the 2016 Number I’s Leadership Institute are on Kappa Alpha Order’s Facebook Page. This educational retreat was made possible



at no cost to the Number Is by generous donations to the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation. For more information on how you can support NLI or the KAOEF, visit For more, visit


chapters attended the Number I’s Leadership Institute, the Order’s premier educational conference, in Sophia, North Carolina. The weekend-long conference, located at the Caraway Conference Center, was full of large group facilitation and small group discussions that focused on educating and empowering chapter presidents to perform their duties and make the right and sometimes difficult decisions to ultimately to lead their chapter to excellence. The 2016 Number I’s Leader Leadership Lectures featured highpowered, energetic speakers who can relate to our undergraduate leaders and provide an inspiring dialogue. Speakers included Wilson Wong, President of Plaid, and Eric Maddox, interrogator responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein along with esteemed volunteers and staff of the National Administrative Office. Along with educational sessions, every Number I took his oath of office administered by Knight Commander Darren S. Kay. The top three chapters in total amount donated were recognized for their fundraising efforts to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Wilson Departs KA Staff after 13 Years

National Administrative Office Staff Updates

Becomes first KA on the new NIC staff as CFO After more than 13 years of service to the Order, Michael Wilson, Assistant Executive Director for Alumni Affairs, is departing the staff of the National Administrative Office. He has accepted a position as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) beginning July 15th. Michael joined the staff of the National Administrative Office as an educational and leadership consultant in June 2003, visiting chapters in Arkansas and Texas. In 2004, he was promoted as director of chapter services. He transitioned to the role of director of fraternity services, renamed later as director of operations to better define the job description. In an 2014 organizational restructuring, he was named assistant executive director for alumni affairs. In this role he led the alumni services and housing support initiatives of the Order and the Fraternity Housing Corporation. He created the Alumni College, and other alumni programs, helped to transition Leadership KA to a program conducted at the Number I’s Leadership Institute, and continued improvements to the grounds at Mulberry Hill. These include the installation of the Veterans Memorial and Entryway and installation of a brick paver driveway. Michael will be the first-ever Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the North-American Interfraternity Conference In this position, Wilson will lead the NIC’s accounting, as well as the implementation of a data warehouse—one of the five NIC 2.0 priorities.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 6






Dustin Brann (Alpha Omega–North Carolina State ’11), who most recently served as Director of Leadership Education departed the staff in June 2016. Blake Berkbuegler (Alpha Eta–Westminster ’11), Matthew Mandeville (Beta Rho–Roanoke ’12), and Brandon J. Steadman (Delta Lambda–Middle Tennessee ’11), who all served as Associate Directors for Chapter Services/ Development, departed the staff in May 2016.


Anthony Graziani (Zeta Pi–Florida Gulf Coast ’07), who had most previously served as Director of Chapter Development, was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of Chapter Services, succeeding Brent Fellows. Brent Fellows (Epsilon Theta–Western Kentucky ’98), who had most recently served as Assistant Executive Director for Chapter Services, was named as the Assistant Executive Director for Alumni Affairs, succeeding Michael Wilson. Brent’s staff tenure is sixteen years.





Samuel E. Mynhier (Zeta Tau–Austin Peay State ’11), who had most recently served as Senior Associate Director for Chapter Development, was promoted to Director of Chapter Development, succeeding Anthony Graziani. Jesse Lyons (Delta Alpha–Western Carolina ’98), Assistant Executive Director for Advancement and Editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal will remain in his current roll and take over management of the information technology and building and grounds of the National Administrative Office.


Blake Ball (Zeta Tau–Austin Peay State ’12) and Nicholas Kutz (Zeta Pi–Florida Gulf Coast ’12) were hired as Associate Director for Chapter Services, and Dorian Escobar (Gamma Tau–Sam Houston State ’16), Evan Stack (Zeta Chi–Kennesaw State ’15), and Tanner Gellinger (Zeta Omicron–Southern Indiana '12) were hired as Associate Directors for Chapter Development.

Tullis Beasley (Delta Rho–Valdosta State ’09), who had most recently served as Senior Associate Director for Chapter Services, has been named the Director of Leadership Education, effective June 16, succeeding Dustin Brann.




8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Interfraternal Organizations Respond to Harvard Policy on Single-Gender Organizations Officials from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the North-American Interfraternity Conference, (NIC), the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), and the Association of Fraternity/ Sorority Advisors (AFA), issued the following statements in response to the policy announced Friday, May 6, 2016, by Harvard University that would sanction students who are members of single-gender organizations, beginning with the class entering 2017. At Harvard, fraternities and sororities—which are private organizations—are not affiliated with the university. “While we understand “This policy not and share Harvard’s goals of creating a safe and equitable only violates environment for students, student rights, we are discouraged and it takes focus off disappointed by the policy announced Friday, as it real issues around mistakenly assumes the campus safety.” way to achieve those ends is to punish students for participating in single-gender organizations. We urge Harvard to reconsider this policy. Not only does it deny students the basic right of free association, it penalizes them for involvement in fraternities and sororities— experiences that foster leadership, personal growth and the very sense of engagement college is designed to create.” Additional Statement from Jud Horras, President and CEO of the NIC: “This policy not only violates student rights, it takes focus off real issues around campus safety. Our organizations and the university need to get back to the problem at hand— reducing violence. The NIC represents a diverse range of fraternities—including historically black, multicultural and emerging organizations—and our member groups stand ready to come to the table as willing partners to improve campus communities.” Additional statements were also issued by the NPC, NALFO, and AFA.

Our Cherished Heritage

Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Sealed DURING THE FINAL CELEBRATION ON DECEMBER 21, 2015, THE

leaders of the Order closed the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule, and, concluded the Sesquicentennial Celebration. Items included are letters of greeting, congratulations, and resolutions, from colleges and universities, states, and governors across the country; celebration coins and other souvenirs; letters from Former Knight Commanders, books, and various other paraphernalia from 2015. A few interesting artifacts from individual leaders of the Order may very well find their way in as well. Of note to be submitted are the handwritten notes from attendees at the Sesquicentennial Celebration and 76th Convention. We hope some of you are at the Bicentennial when it is opened. You can view the sealing at

Election of National Undergraduate Chairman and Vice Chairman

About the North-American Interfraternity Conference Founded in 1909, the NIC is the trade association that represents a diverse range of inter/national men's fraternities, including historically black, multicultural and emerging organizations. NIC's 69 member organizations boast more than 6,100 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 375,000 undergraduate members and nearly 4.2 million alumni.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 7






C. Dominic Levings (Gamma Eta– Florida State '13) and Elliott K. White (Zeta Pi–Florida Gulf Coast '13) were elected by their peers as the National Undergraduate Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, at the Number I’s Leadership Institute in Sophia, North Carolina. Levings will attend Executive Council meetings throughout the year and represent nearly 8,000 undergraduate men. White will serve in his absence. Dominic is a junior majoring in communication and political science and is member of the Honors program. Elliott is a junior studying biology and philosophy and is also in the Honors Program


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Chapters Restored at Sam Houston State and Old Dominion

Sam Houston State University Gamma Tau Chapter ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2016 CHAPTER MAIL:

Kappa Alpha Order Sam Houston State University 905 15th St. Huntsville, TX 77340 CURRENT NUMBER I:


I. Jeremy Villanueva II. Addison Arnold III. Sean Kellar IV. Noah Garcia V. Clayton Ellis VI. Alex Poradek VII. Brandon Davis VIII. Kenneth Justice IX. Ryan Cavel

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 8

at the Elkins Lake Country Club, Knight Commander Darren S. Kay (Alpha Eta– Westminster ’88) re-issued the Gamma Tau Charter to the gentlemen of the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Provisional Chapter. The SHSU provisional chapter received its provisional certificate on October 31, 2013, and since then the chapter has grown to 34 members and achieved a 2.79 GPA in the fall semester of 2015. The chapter completed over 430 hours of community service of which their volunteer projects include Adopt a Highway, washing fire trucks and cleaning


the station at the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department, assisting with the Texas 10 Series Marathon in Huntsville and working the annual

The chapter completed more than 430 hours of community service

SHSU Ring Ceremony. The SHSU Provisional Chapter also raised more than $2,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through their annual BBQ Cook-off and Scream on


the Green event where they show Halloween movies outside on the campus lawn. The chapter also organized a Toys’ for Tots drive which donated 550 toys. The chapter is also heavily involved on campus with members holding leadership positions as the SGA Chief of Public Relations, IFC Academics and Philanthropy Chairmen, Investment Club President, and Wakeboarding Club President. Members are also actively involved in ROTC, the criminal justice honor society Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Order of Omega, and many other honors societies, academic and sports clubs.


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Chapter Creation Update  Baylor University The Baylor University Provisional Chapter, formerly Delta Omega Chapter, received its provisional certificate on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at the Bill Daniel Student Center, inducting twenty-nine men.

Old Dominion University Delta Gamma Chapter ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 29,

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 9

the ODU Provisional Chapter participated in the local MDA Muscle Walk, volunteered for the annual Barbour Lights Half Marathon and ODU Day, a college outreach event at Richard Bowling Elementary. The chapter is also heavily involved on campus with members actively involved and holding leadership positions with the Order of Omega, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Young Life, ROTC, Pre-Law Club and more than 20 additional honor societies, academic clubs, and sport teams. The outgoing Number I, Andrew Houston-Floyd, was also voted by the student body president to serve on the 2015 Homecoming Court.



Kappa Alpha Order Old Dominion University 5115 Hampton Boulveard Norfolk, VA 23529 CURRENT NUMBER I:




Logan Meeks Aaron Lyons Austin Rogers Tyler Roosma Robbie Bradshaw Joseph Roman Peter Cowper James Pindell Nick Valentine

Recommendations? To recommend anyone to join at any of these campuses, or to get involved as an alumnus, please contact: Sam Mynhier Director of Chapter Development 540-460-8380


2016 at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, Knight Commander Darren S. Kay (Alpha Eta–Westminster ’88) re-issued the Delta Gamma Charter to the gentlemen of the Old Dominion University (ODU) Provisional Chapter, the same location of their initial chartering ceremony in 1965. The ceremony and banquet was well attended by more than 30 alumni. The ODU provisional chapter received its provisional certificate on October 26, 2014, and since then the chapter has grown to 37 members and achieved a 2.84 GPA in the spring semester of 2015. Along with completing more than 410 hours of community service,

 Arkansas Tech The Arkansas Tech University Provisional Chapter, formerly Epsilon Zeta Chapter, received its provisional certificate on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, inducting nineteen men.


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Welcome New Deputy Chief Alumnus and His KA Legacy


Nevada Greek Advisor Recognized by the Order Mathew R. Holloman (Gamma Rho– East Carolina ’03) was appointed as Deputy Chief Alumnus by Knight Commander Darren S. Kay on April 25, 2016. Matthew graduated from East Carolina University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Matthew founded the Charlottesville Area (VA) Alumni Chapter in 2013 and has served since then as president. He is a member of the Samuel Zenas Ammen Court of Honor, a participant in Forever KA, and is a member of the Loyal Order. Professionally, he is a Project Manager for Kjellstrom and Lee, Inc., a Richmond-based construction firm working with the company since 2007. Matthew is a LEED-Accredited Professional and serves on the East Carolina University Construction Management Alumni Advisory Board. He is a member of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matthew, and his wife Megan, have a daughter, Mary McDonald, and son, Henry James, who was born on June 6, 2016, (see Brothers Around the Order). They reside in Crozet, Virginia. The vacancy in the position of Deputy Chief Alumnus was created when former Chief Alumnus Darron E. Franta (Gamma Tau–Sam Houston State ’90) was appointed as Ammen Province Commander and, subsequently, then-Deputy Chief Alumnus, Doug Harris (Delta Sigma– Houston Baptist ’73), became Chief Alumnus.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 10


of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Nevada, was named the Order’s Greek Life Professional of the Year at the Sesquicentennial Celebration and 76th Convention, last year. Campbell, a Sigma Nu initiate, has been instrumental in fostering Greek Life at Nevada, assisting with the restoration of our own Zeta Delta

Chapter, and, in helping host three province councils on his campus. He has now been hired as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Kent State University in Ohio. The Editor regrets leaving out this recognition from a previous edition of The Journal of a fine Triad “brother” and friend of the Order.

Forester Province Commander Named to ODK National Advisory Council

Smith Province Commander Named Legal Volunteer of the Year

Gregory R. Singleton (Gamma Gamma– Memphis ‘82) has been appointed by the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society to the 2016-18 National Advisory Council. Singleton, a longtime ODK faculty officer, was confirmed in his appointment this June at the Society’s national convention. Singleton is the Order’s Province Commander for William E. Forester Province in eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee, and, is the National Scholarship Officer. Professionally, he is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Having been founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, ODK’s national headquarters is located in Lexington, Virginia.

Robert H. Wall (Tau–Wake Forest ’95) of WinstonSalem has been named CLE Volunteer of the Year by the NCBA Foundation's Continuing Legal Education Committee. He practices with Spilman Thomas & Battle and has been a tireless and dedicated volunteer with the Tax Section and the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section.
Wall has been Province Commander for the Ed Chambers Smith Province in North Carolina since 2015.




8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order


KA Leads in Fraternity Communications

Above: (left to right) Brent Buswell, Tracy Lyons, Jesse Lyons, Dr. Dawn Wiese, and Executive Director Larry Stanton Wiese hold KA’s awards from 2016 FCA Annual Conference


Communications Association (FCA) in Washington, D.C., Kappa Alpha Order was recognized with five major awards for efforts in communications and for The Kappa Alpha Journal:


1st Place: Design–Feature Article

“ Golden Opportunities from an Orange Duffel Bag” from the Winter 2015 Journal

1st Place: Design–Single Page Cover of the Fall 2015 Journal


3rd Place: Multimedia– General Presentation


Biennial Report of the Knight Commander video, 76th Convention

3rd Place: Inter/National Website


3rd Place, Story Packaging (Design & Writing)


“Our Impact on Campus” from the Fall 2015 Journal

The following men have been expelled from Kappa Alpha Order and a period of 90 days for appeal has lapsed.

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 11

University of South Alabama Epsilon Alpha Willliam D. Andreoli, 5/11/16 Justin M. Howse, 5/11/16 John C. Shannon, 5/11/16


Arkansas-Monticello Epsilon Chi Jordan H. Davis, 5/17/16 Justin R. Hamilton, 5/17/16 Chance M. Levengood, 5/17/16 Chance D. Richards, 5/17/16 Evan D. Strickland, 6/6/16 Larry D. Wilcox, 5/17/16 11

George Mason Epsilon Phi Jae Wook Sean Choi, 6/1/16 All expelled records are kept on file at the National Administrative Office.



KA would like to thank our contributors to these award-winning projects: The Journal’s Creative Director, Bruce Tria of Tria Designs; The Atkins Group, our web development firm; Rick Moore, contracted writer; and, Michele Wojciechowski, writer of “Golden Opportunities from and Orange Duffel Bag.” In addition, Jesse S. Lyons (Delta Alpha–Western Carolina ’98), Assistant Executive Director for Advancement & Editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal, was re-elected to the FCA Board of Directors to serve a second year as President, and Brent Buswell (Beta Eta– Oklahoma ’09), Director of Communications, was appointed by the FCA Board as the Membership Chair.


8/23/16 10:32 AM

Our Order

Brothers Around The Order

1. KA connections at Carolina Premier Bank in Charlotte: Seated (L-R): Robert J. Maccubbin, Jr., director (Delta Psi–Appalachian State), Lynne Tatum Little (wife of Nevan Little), director (Delta Psi–Appalachian State), and F. Douglas Banks, director (Delta Psi–Appalachian State). Standing (L-R): Timothy C. Key, chief banking office (Epsilon Psi–NC-Wilmington), David P. Barksdale, chief executive officer (Tau–Wake Forest), and C. Hunter Widener (Delta Psi–Appalachian State), executive director of Carolina Premier Center for Business Strategies. 2. Former and current College of Charleston Board of Trustees all Beta Gamma chapter KAs from left to right are David Mikell Hay, George Lee Mikell, and John Beale Wood. 3. Convivium in Delaware at the Beta Epsilon Chapter house, known as The KAstle. Forty alumni from the 70s to 2014 were in attendance with the Active Chapter. Dr. Steven E. Hastings delivered the toast. 4. William & Mary brothers hosted their annual alumni travel gathering at Mulberry Hill. 5. Ryan Finley (Delta Alpha–Western Carolina ’98) is a regular extra on the television series, Hawaii 5-0. 2

1 4



KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 12




8/23/16 10:33 AM

Our Order

6. Shane Bekian (Gamma Epsilon–Arizona ’14) studying in Spain this summer. Here he is on a weekend trip to Capri, Italy. 7. Brothers Cannon Griffith ’14, John Speed ’13, and Mason Wolfe ’14 of Beta Pi Chapter at Presbyterian College in London, England. 8. Bethany College brothers enjoy a reunion at the 2015 Bethany College Homecoming. Back Row (L-R): Bob Sipprell, Jerry Rutherford, Ken Fidali, Ed Pappas. Front Row: Dick Birkins, Jim Davis, David Smith, Larry Branch, Jim Forbes. 9. Brothers Mason Wolfe ’14, Cannon Griffith ’14, and John Speed ’13 of Beta Pi Chapter at Presbyterian College in the Lake District in England. 10. Jared C. Nicholas (Zeta Sigma–Southern Illinois ’15) studying abroad in Europe this summer, showing off the KA flag in Venice, Italy. 11. Number I Logan Hilderbrand (Zeta Rho– Arkansas-Fort Smith) studying abroad in Ireland. 12. LTJG Caulin D. Collier (Sigma Beta Commission–USNA ’14) on USS ANZIO CG-68, completing a 8 month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Strike Group with operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. 6




10 11

KAJ_Sum2016_C1-C2_01-13_P4.indd 13






8/23/16 10:33 AM

Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 14




8/23/16 10:51 AM

Luke Murphy is the Man. This phrase is tossed around these days. A favorite athlete might be “the man” when he makes the winning shot, or you might hear “thanks for helping me out, you’re ‘the man.’” These don’t count anymore. Because Luke Murphy is the Man. Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy (Ret.) (Gamma Eta-Florida State ’09) served two tours of duty with the United States Army’s storied 101st Airborne Division. He was medically retired in 2007 after being catastrophically wounded in an IED blast. Post injury, he joined Kappa Alpha Order, graduated from college, competed in marathons and continues to help veterans enjoy hunting and fishing. Luke is a keynote speaker and frequently gives talks on overcoming adversity. He recently spoke for the first time at a major KA event when he was featured at the Order’s Emerging Leaders Academy in Lexington, Virginia. He also wrote the book: Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior. “Luke Murphy’s story starts where most war movies end—in the smoking aftermath of battle. Not for the faint of heart, it is an infantry sergeant’s tale of his journey to combat, and the long road back. Don’t look for tragedy. Read it to experience combat, courage, camaraderie, pain, and recovery. Your view of soldiers will forever change.” These are the words of General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, former Commander, US and International Forces in Afghanistan. Fine company to keep.

And he has provided a new voice to KA brothers, both who have served previously and those who provide support.

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 15




Blasted by Adversity documents the incredible ascendance of Luke who survived an IED blast, amputating his right leg and severing his left, and emerged as a key public advocate for wounded veterans. Luke’s injury was the beginning of his remarkable journey that took him from hopelessness in a hospital room to skiing black diamonds in Aspen, catching tuna on Jimmy Buffet’s boat and speaking to thousands at the Pentagon. The book gives voice to a new generation of wounded service members.


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Blasted by Adversity An Excerpt from Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior by Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy (Ret.) (Gamma Eta–Florida State ’09)

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 16




8/23/16 10:51 AM


After his first fire-fight during his first tour of duty, Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy (Ret.) (Gamma Eta-Florida State '09) was thrown from the back of a truck loaded down with soldiers. He barely escaped the pursuing enemy by climbing on the hood of a Humvee through the help of Army Sgt. Troy Jenkins.


KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 17

suddenly I heard an explosion about eight feet away ... I remember kind of waking up dazed, like after being knocked out ... I looked down and saw fragments of flesh and blood on me. have to go back that same distance. We were approaching this intersection and a gentleman, an Iraqi, came up to me, trying to tell me something. I said, “Hey, I’m not in charge. Go talk to someone else.” So he went over to the interpreter, and I heard them talking to the squad leader in English. I scanned my area as I listened, because that’s about the only way you could ever know what’s going on. I heard the translator relaying the Iraqi’s message: “You’re not welcome here. Don’t come here.” He was trying to drive us away from that part of town. Of course, we were not going to turn around and go away. That’s not how it works. I remained alert; things just didn’t feel right. My head was on a swivel, as I scanned windows and rooftops, and suddenly I heard an explosion about



eight feet away on Jenkins’s side of the road. I remember kind of waking up dazed, like after being knocked out, but I was still on my feet, wobbly. I looked down and saw fragments of flesh and blood on me. I was still trying to understand what had happened when I finally recovered enough to realize I needed to take cover. I had to pull security until I figured out what was going on. As I turned to run, these zip ties on my body armor, used to take prisoners, caught on a roadside stand, and I thought someone had a hold of me—I was so out of it—and I just started striking this thing with my weapon. I demolished that wooden stand before I figured out the only thing holding me back were the zip ties. I took a knee on this little piece of Bermuda grass. It’s so weird the things you think of in combat, but I remember thinking how beautiful it was to have this little piece of grass I could take a knee on rather than concrete or rocks. I looked back at the road and saw half of our squad lying there. In that brief moment, we had just gone down to about fifty percent in firepower. The civilians were screaming and running in all different directions. It was chaos. That was when my training kicked in. Stay calm, stay focused. I knew the steps: secure the perimeter, treat the wounded and call medevac, then get the hell out of there. I didn’t know it at the time, but a little girl had walked up to Jenkins with an explosive. There are different versions


bout eight weeks after my wild ride on the Humvee, on Saturday, April 19, 2003, we were doing daily patrols in the city. There are a few million people living in Baghdad and hundreds of thousands of visitors coming in daily. The area we were patrolling had threeand four-story block buildings on both sides of the street. It was a fairly busy marketplace, mostly a walking village. There weren’t many cars on the street where we were patrolling. With a squad of about ten, I was on the right side of the road, and that same Sergeant Jenkins who saved my life was on the left side. We could see a couple of troops in the front and a couple of troops in the back, so we were about in the center. In the infantry you know every single guy. You know how they walk, you know how they talk, you know where they’re from, you know where they keep their letters from home and how many times they read them when they arrive. You know everything. I mean, even if you see them in night vision, you’ll know this one’s bowlegged and that guy has a little swag when he moves; you’ll know who it is. All that knowledge helps when you’re patrolling the streets like we were that day. As we moved through Baghdad, it was like the circus had come to town. The kids had never seen anything like us and gathered to watch like at a parade. As much as we wanted to keep them away, in case something happened, there was nothing we could do. There were thousands of them. I saw some of the local civilians beating children, trying to keep them back. But they were excited and kept running through us, almost swarming. We had been on our feet the whole day, walking probably ten miles: take a left at this block, a right at that block. My back hurt, my legs hurt. I started thinking about how we were going to get out of the city. How far had we gone, anyway? We would obviously


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Blasted by adversity of the story, because there were no eyewitnesses, but the one I’ve heard most is that the seven-year-old tried to hand the explosive to him. She dropped it and he made a split-second decision: he threw his body on it, like a good Marine would do. But at this point, I didn’t know what had happened. I just saw Jenkins lying there; he was paper white because of the massive blood loss. He was conscious and in a lot of pain and had a look of confusion. He was reaching up in the air, and I could see he was missing a few of his fingers. Another soldier and our medic, Pete Tenario, were beside him. Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. This was one of the biggest, strongest guys in our company, a guy everybody respected, and now he was lying there, hurt. There was nothing I could do. It was up to me to pull security on this huge area. I looked back and saw one of our other men, a guy from Puerto Rico. He had taken a piece of shrapnel in the mouth and it had broken his teeth and lodged under his tongue. He was bleeding all down the front of his body. I yelled, “Are you all right?” He said, “I’m fine. I think I just bit my lip.” It was clear to me that it was way worse than that, but the adrenaline made him feel like he was okay. In front of him was another young man who had been clipped in the legs. I saw our radio operator, Specialist Day, had been hit in the calf. He was on the ground, grimacing in pain, but I heard him calling in the details of the incident, calmly and even toned as if nothing unusual had happened. Despite being wounded, those who could were still doing their jobs. I kept thinking, How the heck are we going to get out of here? We had no vehicles. I was exhausted, but even if I wasn’t, there was no way I could carry even one of the guys ten miles back to the FOB. The plan for evacuation wasn’t up to me, anyway. I wasn’t in charge. There was a squad leader and

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 18

The rest of my first tour was full of similar situations. people got killed. Sometimes our boys got hurt ... I can remember how it smelled. an E6 who was about to be a platoon sergeant who would call the shots. But it didn’t stop me from thinking through the steps. Specialist Day called for the medevac but was told they didn’t want to send a helicopter since we were in the middle of the city and they didn’t know if it was a hot landing zone (“hot” meaning it would be under fire). We didn’t need another Black Hawk Down, so they sent Humvees instead. The explosive had taken a piece of meat out of Jenkins’s hip; there was no way to tourniquet it. Doc Tenario was very focused, working so feverishly to save Jenkins’s life. He pulled a strap



off a truck and tied it in a way that put pressure on the wound. Anything to try to stop the bleeding. I looked over and saw a huge Iraqi man run up and grab the little girl; her dress was draped across his arms. A staff sergeant started yelling at him to bring her back; he wanted to make sure she got evacuated and treated, too. But the Iraqi man probably didn’t understand English. We were later told that she died en route to the Iraqi hospital. When the Humvees arrived forty-five minutes later, another squad came over to secure the perimeter while we loaded the four wounded. We sped through the city, hopping medians and hitting curbs so hard I nearly launched off the top of the vehicle. We got the wounded to the forward operating base, where a chopper could land. The bird took Jenkins to Baghdad ER first, then to Landstuhl Medical in Germany. I went back to the cramped area where I kept my bedroll and tried to decompress. There were two letters from home—a rarity—and I read them trying not to think about what had just happened. Later, the Iraqis tried to make us look bad by saying Jenkins was wearing a grenade and that the little girl had innocently pulled the pin. But I’m sure it wasn’t one of our grenades. Two or three days before the blast, the Army had collected them, because President George W. Bush had declared that we’d won, the war was over. So it wasn’t a grenade, but she handed him something, I am positive of that, and it was an explosive. There was also a question over whether an Iraqi put the girl up to it with the intention of blowing us up. That’s a possibility, as there have been other cases where children were used that way. And I felt the tension after hearing that Iraqi tell our team leader through the interpreter that we were not welcome. The investigation later concluded, based on the ground marks, that the


8/23/16 10:51 AM

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 19

to sleep in a building that doesn’t have a leaky roof, and you’re showered and wearing clean clothes, not camouflage. It’s kind of overwhelming. I remember thinking I wanted to just go to a place with a lot of people and sit and watch, to slowly assimilate back into the world. I didn’t want to talk and answer questions. But I did anyway, for everyone else. When I look back at photos from the day I returned, I see a different person in the picture. He was a sober kid, hollow eyed. Even though I am smiling, I was numb inside, a small piece of me had died. I received a lot of slaps on the back for some of the things I did in

that 2003 invasion, but I was just doing my job. It left me with some emotional baggage I’ll have to carry the rest of my life. The tour’s over, but it’s never really over.


y one o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, our twelve-man reconnaissance team had been working twenty-three hours straight without sleep; there were no set shifts with this job. Earlier in the day, we had been on a joint mission in the slums of Sadr City, Baghdad, guarding FBI and CIA agents



When I look back at photos from the day I returned, I see a different person in the picture. He was a sober kid, hollow eyed. Even though I am smiling, I was numb inside, a small piece of me had died.


explosion was not intentional and that the little girl had probably handed him an unexploded submunition of a cluster bomb. Because none of us saw it—we were too busy doing our jobs, flushing the enemy out of the city—we’ll never know for sure what happened or how it happened. Five days later, on April 24, Jenkins died at Landstuhl Regional Medical in Germany. It was tough. He was gone. He was a very important part of us. He was probably the strongest guy in the company, and now he was gone. It was time to move on, even though we mourned heavily. Guys who were the closest to him took it the worst. But it was just something we were going to have to live with, to deal with, so we did. I found out later that Sergeant Troy David Jenkins was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the soldier’s medal for heroism; and the Purple Heart. Our medic, Pete Tenario, received a Bronze Star for his role that day in Baghdad, and he deserved it. I saw him work. The rest of my first tour was full of similar situations. Firefights, ambushes. Sometimes innocent people got killed. Sometimes our boys got hurt. I can see every one of their faces. I can remember how it smelled, I know how the temperature felt and can still hear that weird call to prayer that blasted over the loudspeakers of the mosques throughout the day. I remember too much. Finally, in February 2004 it was time to go home. They flew us into Fort Campbell in Kentucky, the same hangar we’d departed from. There was a band and we marched in. My mom, dad, and younger brother Dylan were there, and so was my girlfriend, Kristine. They gave us about two minutes to see our families before loading us up on buses to take us back to the battalion company area. We secured our weapons and were released about four hours later to spend time with family. We were allowed to come in late the next day and then went home on leave for two weeks. It was hard. You go from working a twenty-hour day in the most rigorous conditions to having family ask, “Hey, can we have lunch tomorrow?” You get


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Blasted by adversity while they tried to identify mass graves as evidence against Saddam Hussein. We were part of a company of a hundred, but we were grossly outnumbered. The population of the city was about two million with about forty thousand men in the opposition, mostly the Mahdi militia. It was exhausting work. After the joint mission in Sadr City, we managed to make it back to the base and were trying to wind down when we got the bad news: You’ve got to go back into the city. The brass wanted us to escort a vehicle that had to be out that night, an unusual mission for the Rakkasans. We made it through the city and headed back to the forward operating base, driving in a convoy. I was the truck commander—the front right passenger—in the second Humvee, and my gunner Adam Jefferson was in the turret behind a .50-caliber machine gun. Neither of us saw the infrared laser. It was attached to the deadliest form of roadside bomb—an explosively formed penetrating (EFP) improvised explosive device (IED), known for its power to pierce almost any type of armored vehicle. It detonated on my side, immediately engulfing us in flames. The blast threw Jefferson’s head into the side of the turret, knocking him out temporarily in spite of his helmet; it also mutilated his leg. I felt a huge fireball at the back of my neck. I gulped for air, but toxic fumes burned my esophagus; I had to stop breathing or die. Heat from the fire ignited chains of ammo that fed into the machine gun from inside the Humvee, causing random explosions. Boom . . . boom . . . boom. With nine grenades in the vehicle, it was only a matter of time before an even bigger explosion. My M4 rifle, similar to an AR-15, was blown in half. I looked down and lifted my right leg, but my boot stayed on the ground; shrapnel had ripped my leg off at the knee. My left leg was up near my face, blown in half at the calf but still attached by skin. Not good. The vehicle was still moving, so I ordered the driver to crash into a wall.

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 20



When we stopped, I pushed on the door with my shoulder. It was caved in from the blast and was now blocked by a ten-foot brick wall. I kept slamming my shoulder into it, until I made enough space to crawl out. The driver came around to my side and started beating back the flames, thinking I was still inside. I could see him dodging rounds from the machine gun as the heat set off explosions. Boom . . . boom . . . boom. I tried to yell to him, but nothing came out; my throat was singed. Finally, he looked over and saw me charred and black, lying in a pool of blood, helmet off and clutching my destroyed weapon. I was surrounded by large chunks of the wall that marked the boundary of Sadr City.

I looked down and lifted my right leg, but my boot stayed on the ground; shrapnel had ripped my leg off at the knee. I could hear the yelling, the orders, the mass chaos. This time, I wasn’t part of it. I could feel myself going to sleep. I knew I was on the way out; I was dying. I started drifting into what felt like an unbelievably great sleep, until I saw an image of my mom. She was wearing a black veil. It looked antique, like the ones I’d seen at my grandma’s funeral. She was crying uncontrollably and holding my girlfriend, Kristine. I remember thinking, I can’t do this to my mom. Those who have been to war can tell you that oftentimes the last thing a dying soldier will do is scream out for his mom. I guess you get in that vulnerable spot, like you’re a kid again. For me, it was a little different. I just remember thinking, Don’t die and do this to your mom. So I fought to stay awake, to stay conscious. . . As they loaded me onto a stretcher, I heard someone making a medevac request to meet us at the forward operating base. Our drivers sped so fast on the dark city roads that we made it to the base


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Louie Frosch is a friend from Luke's home town who had also served in the military. He influenced Luke’s decision to return to college postinjury and also introduced him to his fiancé, Stephanie.


KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 21

Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior is available through your favorite bookseller, Amazon, or through the publisher, Inkshares.




ouie kind of became my mentor in college. When I called to ask what he was doing one night and mentioned everything that was going on, he told me he was staying home to study. He added, “I don’t go out every night. You can’t.” It made me realize that maybe I had some studying to do, too. Louie helped impress upon me that what I was doing was important, and I started looking at things differently. I took it more seriously and ended up making As and Bs. Louie was only there for a semester with me, and then he graduated and went off to med school, but he set the tone: Get your business done first, and then party. After Louie left, I didn’t know anybody and missed the camaraderie of the military. I met other guys—an Army Ranger and a Marine sniper. But I kept feeling like I was missing the full college experience. I didn’t want to reach out and be friends with just any eighteenyear-old. I’d been told about fraternities and how they were the kids that came from good families and the kids who would probably end up going to good jobs, and I thought, Man, if John Pierson were here, he would tell me to meet those kids and stay friends with them through the years. My first summer in college, I was dating this girl and was around her younger brother and some of his friends. I thought for younger guys they were dressed correctly, not punks, and they

said they were KAs. I said, “What’s a Kappa Alpha?” They said they were a fraternity known around campus as southern gentlemen. That piqued my interest. A guy was at my house that August and told me fraternity rush was going on the next night. I said I’d thought about that, but felt I was too old. He said, “If you did go, you’d probably be a good KA. You’re really conservative.” I thought, I’m only going to college once. I’m here and I don’t know anybody. Nobody’s judging me. Let’s get the full experience. Sure, I didn’t have parents to pay for everything, but I had enough from the Army retirement, plus my school was covered through a benefit I optioned my first year of service. I knew I wasn’t going to rage and funnel beers every night, but I could be one of them. I went to the rush party and saw the guys I’d met from summer, and a group of them immediately pulled me aside. They said, “If you want to be one of us, we’d love to have you.” I thought I was just showing up to hear a pitch. I was sucked in before I knew it. But I went for it and pledged. I learned a lot from those young men. I was very impressed. There were eighteen-yearolds who held Bible studies, seemed wise, and treated girls right. They were mature, goal oriented, and came from good families. It was a good decision for me. Since I graduated, the KA alumni have called me to come talk to the guys. I had wanted to tap their connections, but I see now it works both ways. When I got my Homes for Our Troops house, one of the KA alums, Bruce Hagan, spoke at the ceremony, and a bunch of alumni pitched in and bought the furniture for it. I didn’t ask for a thing. Bruce told the audience that a number of my fraternity brothers joined the military and said they would never have thought about it before meeting me. I know many who didn’t get DUIs because I was there. The brothers have adopted philanthropies for homeless vets. Somehow, I changed their lives by just being me, maybe putting things in perspective. And they unlocked a lot of doors for me that were previously closed. Influence works both ways.

Photo courtesy of Homes for Our Troops

in eighteen minutes…When the vehicle stopped, the pain from all the jostling was almost unbearable, maybe an eight on a scale of ten for me. As soon as they started to move me out of the vehicle, it shot to a twelve. I knew all the medics coming into the tent to meet us; they had worked with us in the past. Now the one who’d gotten a Bronze Star for helping my buddy who was blown up by the little girl was working on me. I was angry. Our company had dodged some major rounds, and finally our luck was out. But it was never supposed to be me.


8/23/16 10:51 AM

“LIFE is GOOD.” The Journal’s interview with Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy, U.S. Army (Ret.) NAME: Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy, U.S. Army (Ret.) CHAPTER: Gamma EtaFlorida State AGE: 34 HOMETOWN: Tallahassee, Florida Profession: Co-Owner, Southern Land Realty; Author; Motivational Speaker; Homes for Our Troops advocate

KAPPA ALPHA JOURNAL: What were your tours overseas, where did you do basic, and were there any other bases where you were stationed? LUKE MURPHY: I served two tours in Iraq. I actually did basic training twice—first at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 2000 for the National Guard. Then I reclassed and went active duty Infantry, so that meant I had to go back to basic training because their training was five weeks longer. I was stationed at Fort Campbell during most of my service, but spent time at several other bases for training including Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

KAJ: Describe your toughest day— or days—in the service. LM: Basic training, or boot camp, is the toughest because it’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life up to that point. It’s seven days a week and you’re constantly getting screamed at, and it’s not like you go home after football practice. Later, the toughest days were

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 22



when we lost guys and the days when I got blown up.

KAJ: Why did you join the U.S. Army? LM: I felt like it was something I was always meant to do. I always felt patriotic, like I should do something for my country. So many others in my family had done it, and I thought I should do it, too. My dad was a Marine. My great-uncle Larry was a Marine during World War I. My grandmother’s brother fought with Patton in Africa and Italy and made it all the way to the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. I had other relatives who served, and heard their stories as I was growing up. I just always wanted to be somebody who would stand up for what’s right. I wanted to be part of that club.

KAJ: Where are you from, and what was your life like growing up? LM: I grew up with three brothers and we lived in a rural part of Martin County, Florida. We didn’t have video games, so we spent a lot of time outdoors, playing


8/23/16 10:51 AM

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 23

Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project




Luke Sergeant (Gamma Eta-Florida State '09) and his wife Stephanie at home in Tallahassee. SUMMER 2016

8/23/16 10:51 AM


The Journal's interview with Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy, U.S. Army (Ret.)

sports and running wild. I especially liked fishing and hunting. I’m still a little bit rugged. I grew up bass fishing, then graduated to snook and snapper. I eventually made friends with people who could take me out on larger boats to do offshore. We hunted a lot of deer, too, and used to chase wild hogs with our dogs. We’d remove them from ranches and orange groves. Imagine a 140-pound high schooler catching a 300-pound hog with his bare hands. It usually took a couple of us. It was a way to stay out of trouble.

“Being a part of KA solidified relationships. It gave me more things to do and gave me a more well rounded experience. It helped me better network and be part of the team again. It offered camaraderie.”

KAJ: What was your most rewarding or memorable time in the service? LM: I guess any time I completed any kind of a school or mission was rewarding. Or when I came home from a tour and wasn’t hurt. That was a good time—it meant I went to war for the country and came home okay and was still wearing my uniform. Being able to help some folks overseas was always rewarding. Taking out bad guys was rewarding and so was taking care of my guys. That was very rewarding. And I have to say that getting out of the military was a helluva good day.

KAJ: Explain coming back home and going through rehabilitation after your injury.

Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project

LM: Coming back home on a stretcher was not as rewarding as it would have been coming home on two feet. You don’t get the closure. I was in a lot of pain for many, many months. And you just feel like you’ve been forgotten. It was tough mentally and physically at first. I had four months of nothing but bad news—things just kept getting worse after the blast and during recovery at Walter Reed. I couldn’t get better; I just seemed to keep losing weight. I knew I needed to get stronger and finally did after they temporarily cured the infection. Then it was a matter of taking baby steps—like learning how to pee again standing up. I had to focus on getting better at things I could do and not worry about the things I couldn’t control. I did enjoy being taken out for Friday night steak dinners with ambassadors and meeting congressmen while at Walter

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 24




8/23/16 10:51 AM

Reed Medical Hospital. You would never be able to meet those kinds of people otherwise. I just had to focus on my physical therapy, keep taking those baby steps and enjoy whatever opportunities came my way.

KAJ : Explain your decision to go to FSU and what that was like. LM: My dad went to Florida State and I was a lifelong Seminole football fan. After the hospital stay and a breakup with my long time girlfriend, I decided to go to the only place I would have considered if I went back to college. And that was Florida State. Deciding I was going to do that, to go back to school after 10 years, to be around younger kids and try to re-learn things, was a turning point. It just seemed like such a far reach for someone like me, but it turned out to be one of the best times of my life. Probably the best. I think that’s because I had the perspective. I had been places the younger guys could not even imagine. I didn’t take the experience lightly; I didn’t take it for granted.

KAJ: Explain how you learned about and joined KA. LM: I was on a date and met some guys my date knew at the restaurant. They were younger than her and I was surprised at how they conducted themselves, how they dressed. I thought they were older than they appeared by their actions. She told me they were KAs. When rush came around, I felt there was only one fraternity I could be a part of and that was KA. I found a lot of guys—good and respectful guys—there and I knew I wanted to join.

KAJ: Who was the first KA you met?

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 25

When I came through rush, he was there and he vouched for me, even though he’d already graduated. When it was time to pick big brothers, they decided to let him be mine, so I had an alum as a big brother. We became good friends.

KAJ: Are there some KAs who made a great impression on you, both in school and out? LM: There are too many to list, the good students, the ones who had their whole life planned out and were doing what it takes, while everyone else was out partying. Guys who were good with the ladies, who treated them with respect. The ones who came from good families. Our alums are very involved—they go to meetings and help us rush. They help when guys get into trouble. It’s like they’re answering a higher calling as modern-day southern gentlemen. The ones who hold you to a good standard when the norm is not to be a gentleman, especially on college campuses.

KAJ: Tell us about a great interaction while you were an active member of KA. LM: There are so many. The time when we stepped up and did an extra philanthropy on top of the normal ones, raising $8,000 for local homeless



veterans. It felt good, we got good press, and the guys got recognized. There were smaller things, like the girls we helped when they had flat tires. And there were a lot of guys who joined the military after we met—some I even tried to talk out of it, but it didn’t work. It only further solidified what they wanted to do.

KAJ: How did KA play a role in your success at FSU? What did it mean to you personally to be a member? LM: I had been part of the largest fraternity in the country – the US Army. I had those friends, but I needed to meet different kinds of guys. And I didn’t have a lot of buddies my age at FSU. I was happy they accepted me as an older wounded warrior soldier and I became a silent leader among them. The KAs were my buddies, and we held each other to standards. We always tried to make good grades in the chapter, so we could look good in national’s eyes. We were always trying to bring up the chapter’s GPA. Being a part of KA solidified relationships. It gave me more things to do and gave me a more well rounded experience. It helped me better network and be part of the team again. It offered camaraderie.


LM: The first KA I met ended up becoming my big brother. I didn’t put it all together when I met Jake Howse (Gamma Eta–Florida State ‘05) at first. We were at a social function that wasn’t Greek related. He noticed something I did for a girl that was my date and it must have made an impression on him.

Luke spoke to the 2016 Emerging Leaders Academy in Lexington, Virginia.


8/23/16 10:51 AM


The Journal's interview with Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Photo courtesy of Homes for Our Troops

KAJ: Can you describe the correlation between values/tenets of the U.S. Army and KA?

Homes For Our Troops Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds mortgagefree, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post—9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since 2004, HFOT has built 216 specially adapted homes nationwide. Our goal is to build a home for every Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted homes. In November of last year, the Executive Council voted to encourage our chapters to support Homes for our Troops through either donations or volunteerism. Brother Luke Murphy is a spokesman for this organization and benefitted directly from this support. Members of his Gamma Eta Chapter at Florida State University participated in the build and fundraising. Learn more and engage with this initiative at

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 26

LM: Many of the values in the Army came from soldiers in past generations, like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Values like honor, integrity, selfless service, chivalry. A lot of things the Army teaches are exactly what KA teaches. The rest of the country may have forgotten them. KA seems kind of old school, as most guys don’t act like that. KA promotes what a gentleman should look like. When someone’s got pride, honor, and integrity, they’ll go the extra mile—they’ll be by your side in battle. Respect is huge. It’s that secret sauce that other countries don’t have. A lot of values are expected of southern gentlemen.

KAJ: How has KA played a role in your success after graduation? LM: KA helped me grow as a businessman and as a man. Our community has a lot of successful KAs. I took a job working under a KA and we ended up starting our own company. He introduced me to KAs from decades earlier, so I meet all his friends who are also successful. I now know 40 years’ worth of KAs. Sometimes I’ll be up at the governor’s mansion and someone will say, “I heard you were a KA.” It’s a door opener. I worked for Florida CFO Jeff Atwater (Beta Zeta–Florida ‘78) when he was a state senator and had no idea he was a KA. I saw him at a KA alumni event and he yelled, “Luke!” I said, “I didn’t know you were a KA.” It helped solidify our friendship. We were already friends, but now we’re also brothers.

KAJ: Tell us about your involvement with Homes For Troops … LM: Homes for Our Troops completely re-built my life when they gave me a handicapped accessible home. I’ve had the privilege of recovering from two major surgeries in that home since it was built and it has made my life so much easier. Not to mention that it has financially changed my life, too. I SUMMER 2016


don’t have to worry about paying rent or a mortgage. It’s given me the ability to look at life and maneuver and have options because I have a comfortable place to go home at night and that means I work better during the day. It gave me a grounded feeling which makes it easier to commit to a woman and maybe have children. I know I can help care for them in our home. I didn’t want to take this gift for granted, so I volunteered to help other guys have what I have. I now volunteer my time traveling around the country and meeting with companies who can support it—Kohler, CertainTeed, Insulate America, Armstrong Flooring. I’ve given speeches at high-end private golf courses and raised close to $2 million for them just last year in sponsored homes and other funding. And I continue to do it just by telling my story, telling how the home they gave me changed my life.

KAJ: How can KAs assist with Homes for Troops? LM: Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) builds home across America in all 50 states. That’s not something that any building contractor can say. There are universities and KA chapters all over the U.S. I would suggest finding out if there’s an upcoming event or opportunity to help build a house for a veteran. Maybe lay the sod. Or just show up and honor the veteran. Homes for Our Troops is helping those with the worst injuries—the amputees, the paralyzed, the blind. And these service members are often about the same age as our younger brothers. KA is a national organization and our former brothers are now successful. Our founder served in the Civil War, so we should be closely tied to the people who serve our country. These men fell for our country. I think we can help mentor and help build more homes. To raise money to help build more homes.

KAJ: How is your life today? LM: Life today is busy. And busy is good. I’m speaking all over the country,


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project

“Homes for Our Troops completely re-built my life when they gave me a handicapped accessible home ... I didn’t want to take this gift for granted, so I volunteered to help other guys have what I have.”

campaigning and giving talks for HFOTs, other nonprofits and my own motivational speaking business. This past year, I published a book, Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior. It won a gold medal from the Florida Author’s and Publishers Association last year, so I’m now an award-winning author and that’s helping my speaking business.

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 27

I’m also getting married in March, which will be a highlight of my life. And, as of this writing, I’ve been 15 months without a surgery. I’ve had 32 of them, so that’s a pretty good run. Life’s good. Luke was married in March and in June, he spoke to 200 KA undergraduates at the Emerging Leaders Academy in Lexington, Virginia.




I’m giving back by working with other wounded service members, taking them hunting and helping them enjoy the outdoors. I’m also helping my KA business partner build a successful real

estate company, Southern Land Realty. We specialize in large acre tracts within 100 miles of Tallahassee—North Florida and South Georgia.


8/23/16 10:51 AM

Far left: Scott Dulany in action with the Mobell Kit. At left: Ross Rosenstein (left) and Michael Humenansky in the Lyons Brown Incubator workshop at UVA they made their first Mobell prototypes kits.

Keeping Our Troops Mission-Fit Three KA brothers have helped create a viable portable exercise option for members of the military in the field. By Rick Moore FEW PEOPLE HAVE JOBS AS PHYSICALLY

demanding as those of our men and women on active duty in the U.S. military. Yet, when our soldiers are in the field, finding a way to keep in shape for their often-grueling, even physically punishing, deployments can be challenging. Calisthenics can only go so far, and there are no Gold’s Gyms in the mountains of Afghanistan or the Iraqi desert. Recognizing the need of our nation’s defenders to maintain the best physical conditioning possible, three KA brothers have helped create a company to provide a viable portable exercise option for members of the military in the field. MoBell Muscle, in the words of their website, is a company whose role is to “design, develop and distribute weighttraining equipment for tactical athletes.” With the direction and suggestions of military field-testers, including members

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 28

of the U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Army Special Forces groups, and MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) units, among others, the company’s owners have developed the MoBell Muscle Kit, the first-ever truly portable weight-training and functional fitness product. The company is the brainchild of KA brothers Michael E. Humenansky (Epsilon Lambda–Miami ’06), Stephen C. Mack (Epsilon Lambda–Miami ’07), and Ross J. Rosenstein (Sigma–Davidson ’04), as well as some military veterans from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and other investors. These people all saw a need that not only could be filled, but also needed to be filled, and not just for the military, but for consumers in general who might be seeking a mobile weight-training option. The MoBell Muscle Kit is a mobile barbell system that can be carried and set up by one person, and simultaneously SUMMER 2016


used by 1 to 4 operators for a full workout. It can be used as an Olympic bar or a curl bar with patented bags that are filled with sand at the time of use, and which can be used on the bar as weights or individually. The unit’s portable carrying case doubles as a bench. Designed for modularity, durability, and portability, it was designed and tested in the harshest environments and is proudly built in the USA. The company’s motto is “Move Weight. Travel Light. Lift Heavy”, reflecting that the gear travels light; the weight of the “gym” is transformed from 70 pounds empty for transport to more than 300 pounds with the full weights (the filled bags). Humenansky says that the inspiration for the MoBell Muscle Kit came from the U.S. military veteran partners who are involved in the company, men who came home to America after military deployments and training missions


8/23/16 10:51 AM

that had little to no infrastructures. Their units needed to maintain fitness at all times to be operationally ready, but they had no access to gym facilities. After dealing with the monotony of push-ups, sit-ups, and running, and constructing makeshift gym equipment out of whatever materials were available (tires, sandbags, etc.), they realized there was a need for a better fitness option to keep our troops in fighting shape. They saw the potential for a collapsible, portable weight-training system, and from this “a-ha moment” the MoBell Muscle Kit was born. A training page on the company’s website offers information about exercise tricks, competitions, and more. A MoBell Muscle app is in the works, which will allow an operator to enter the length of their training cycle, days to train, exercise and scheme priorities, and more, with all of that information built into a custom workout calendar so the user’s workout routine is routinely different. The app will have every timer a fitness athlete could need, including EMOTM and AMRAP, and an interval timer that will allow the athlete to set rounds, and the amount of work time and rest time.

Constructing makeshift gym equipment out of whatever materials were available (tires, sandbags, etc.), they realized there was a need for a better fitness option to keep our troops in fighting shape.

For more information about MoBell Muscle, go to

KAJ_Sum2016_14-29_P4.indd 29


our military, but few actually do much of anything to back up those words. One KA brother has gone to great lengths to show that each of us can have an impact if we will only man up and act on our beliefs. For the second year in a row, Vic Wise (Zeta Theta–James Madison ’04) has completed a 100+-mile, 48-hour nonstop (as in without sleep) walk with a 50-pound ruck on his back to support our military. On January 12th, in the pouring rain in temperatures in the low 40s, he finished his trek from the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, VA, to Arlington National Cemetery with 18 minutes of the 48 hours to spare. In doing so, Wise raised more than $3,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation in Virginia Beach, which provides support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families. While Wise is admittedly an athletic type, one has to be deeply dedicated to a cause to undertake such a grueling project. “I come from a military family, so I know the sacrifices that members of the military, and their families as well make for our country,” he said. “So



I wanted to do something that could help service members and their families. Something that I could challenge myself with as well, and maybe help alleviate the burden those families deal with. I came up with Freedom Ruck, asked for donations of $10 for every pound I had in my bag, and walked roughly 103 miles from memorial to memorial, in hopes that people would be inspired by it.” Wise is quick to give credit to his years with Zeta Theta at James Madison for helping him develop the fortitude to undertake such a daunting task. “The reason I’m able to do this is definitely because of KA,” he says emphatically. “I was introverted before, was actually anti-fraternity coming into college. Then I learned how together, how philanthropic, what a great bunch of guys were in the fraternity. The values that KA looks for in its men are spoton with how I was raised—work hard, play hard, gentlemanly conduct, treat everyone with respect, honor those who deserve honor. I can’t imagine being able to do this otherwise.” For more information about Vic Wise and Freedom Ruck, go to


In addition to having gained the approval of veterans and active members of the service alike, prestigious Men’s Health magazine has named the MoBell Muscle Kit the “2016 Product of the Year.” Humenansky says that government sales are on the upswing, and the group recently launched a campaign on Kickstarter after three years of development. He believes that the company has a product that can only improve the quality of life for our troops, in addition to helping them maintain the type of physical conditioning they need to accomplish their missions and survive in hostile situations. And not only does this innovative workout system promote peak fitness, it can also help promote camaraderie in the field, and relieve boredom in times of little action. MoBell Muscle is just one more way in which the brothers of Kappa Alpha Order are showing their support for the men and women who are defending our liberty, while exercising the skills of leadership, innovation, and determination to succeed that are the hallmarks of the Order.

Vic Wise displays the American flag as he walks more than 100 miles in support of the Navy SEALS.


8/23/16 10:51 AM

On Campus

Editor's Note: Chapter updates are printed if received by the deadline. If your chapter is active and not listed, please urge them to submit an update for the next issue.


High Point Chapter helps Veteran with “Operation KARE” THE MEN OF ZETA PHI AND THEIR PHILANTHROPIC

work on behalf of one of our nation’s defenders attracted national television attention with the brothers’ project to raise funds for a track chair—essentially an allterrain wheelchair—for Mike Verardo, a U.S. Army veteran who lost a leg while on active duty in Afghanistan. Zeta Phi’s successful four-month campaign, called “Operation KARE,” raised a total of $26,000, $16,000 of which was used to purchase Verardo’s track chair. Zeta Phi’s fundraising campaign was featured on television news outlets in several states, as well on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. The remainder of the funds raised were donated to The Independence Fund, which supports our injured and wounded veterans. “This Track Chair is going to help me get back to doing the things that I want to do

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 30

like hiking and fishing,” said Verardo. “I have two small children, so I will be able to play with them in the backyard and it will help me as far as mobility. It really means a lot that the younger generation is coming out and helping veterans. It is really heartwarming to see that.” “For us, it’s a matter of perspective. We are young men aged 18-22,” said Michael Esposito, Number I of Zeta Phi chapter. “While we are in the library cramming for a midterm or spending time with our friends on a Saturday night, there are men and women around the world—the same age as us—serving this country. We want to do a humble service for a wounded veteran who has fought to keep us safe and free.”



Brothers gather around U.S. Army Veteran Michael Verardo in his new TrackChair.

”... there are men and women around the world—the same age as us—serving this country. We want to do a humble service for a wounded veteran who has fought to keep us safe and free.”


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus Arizona State Epsilon Omega Epsilon Omega is pleased to have initiated 16 new members this spring. In addition, at the 2016 Greek Awards Ceremony, Epsilon Omega was named the IFC Chapter of the Year. Tyler Pollard ’14 was recognized as ASU’s Emerging Leader of the Year, and David Roberts, the current IFC president, was named a finalist for Greek Man of the Year. – Jeremy Errico, I; David Roberts

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 31

Auburn: The Nu chapter participated in the 2016 MDA Muscle Walk and raised $930 for muscular dystrophy research, ALS and other related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Arkansas-Fort Smith Zeta Rho The Zeta Rho chapter presented a check for more than $2,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raised through a dodge ball tournament. Arkansas-Monticello Epsilon Chi Principal Julie Amstutz of DeWitt Elementary School in DeWitt, Arkansas, wrote to Kappa Alpha Order National Headquarters to express her appreciation for the work of the men of Epsilon Chi in their service project to help beautify her school’s grounds. “I asked the young men if they would be interested in helping DES trim bushes, weed and lay new mulch,” she said. “The answer was an overwhelming yes! Yes, they would be honored to give back to a community and especially a building enhancing the lives of over 500 PreK through 5th grade students … these young men were certainly modeling their KA principles of Reverence, Gentility, Service, Leadership, Knowledge, Perseverance and Excellence. The men pulled in promptly at 10:30 and worked nonstop … they trimmed, weeded and laid 130 bags of mulch. Reverence and Gentility were shown in the way the respected the institution of learning and the manners they showed to me. Service of course was exemplified in their



overwhelming commitment to give back to this community … What a great group of young men to represent UAM.” Way to go, Epsilon Chi brothers! Austin Peay State Zeta Tau Seven members of Zeta Tau were recently inducted into the Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Dominik Shannon, former Number I, currently serves as the Vice President of the Circle, and Forester Province Commander Greg Singleton serves as the Circle Faculty Secretary. With the induction of these seven men, KA has more members of ODK than any other fraternity on campus. Ryan Honea and Dylan Kellogg have been elected as the SGA President and SGA Vice President, respectively. This marks the second time in the chapter’s history that the SGA President and Vice President are KA brothers. Ryan previously served as both Number IV and Number V, and Dylan currently serves as the Number IX of the chapter. The Park Manager of Dunbar Cave State Natural Area sent a letter of appreciation for the chapter’s service to the 110-acre Tennessee state park. “I would like to thank APSU and the gentlemen of Kappa Alpha for all their hard work at Dunbar Cave this past weekend,” said Park Manager Allen


Arkansas Alpha Omicron Cole A. Anthony was named a “Student to Watch” by The Division of Student Affairs. Anthony, a junior studying finance and accounting, is the President of the Interfraternity Council, a senator of the Associated Student Government, Campus Chairman for the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and President of the Walton College Finance Club. Anthony is also a former Number I of the Alpha Omicron Chapter. Blake E. Griffin as selected as president of the Student Alumni Board (SAB) Executive Team of the Arkansas Alumni Association. Griffin, a junior from Mountain Home majoring in biology/pre-med, currently serves Alpha Omicron Chapter as Number V and is vice president of SOOIE, Student Organization Outreach and Involvement Experience. Taylor Howe ’14 returned home to Plano, Texas, during spring break with a growing sickness. About a week later in the emergency room, Howe received a diagnosis for acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer known as AML commonly found in older people. Upon hearing the gut-wrenching news, his chapter brothers asked how they could help and began sending hundreds of text messages, dozens of letters, KA flag , and donations to Howe. In April, the chapter raised $600 for the American Cancer Society and $815 for Howe’s treatment by selling the opportunity to shave a brother’s head. After numerous treatments and sessions of chemotherapy, Howe had a bone marrow biopsy on April 28 and was released from the hospital later that day. The results did not find a y cancer cells. Howe begins consolidation treatment, which includes three rounds of weaker chemotherapy.


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

Brothers of Alpha Omega chapter volunteering as “buddies” at the Miracle League of the Triangle.

North Carolina State Chapter teams up with Miracle Legue THIS PAST YEAR, THE ALPHA OMEGA CHAPTER FROM NORTH Carolina State University partnered with the Miracle League of the Triangle on two occasions. Miracle League is a non-profit organization that seeks to give children and adults with special needs a fun-filled experience through baseball. Around 20 members of the chapter acted as a “buddy” for a child during a baseball game. They helped them swing the bat, run the bases, play the field, and better understand the game. This experience showed the brothers not to take the simple things in life for granted. Seeing kids with special needs live life so carefree and

constantly smiling while playing a simple game was truly eye opening for the chapter. The greatest part of volunteering for them was seeing how thankful the families and the organization were after the game. At the end of it all, the brothers said the kids taught them more about life than they could ever hope to teach them about baseball. The Miracle League even wrote them a personal letter to show their appreciation. Alpha Omega is hoping to continue to partner with the Miracle League of the Triangle in the future. — Gavin Russell, VII

Fenoseff. “It’s groups like them who help us accomplish things that we would not be able to do in a timely manner.” Zeta Tau also recently made a significant contribution to M A from their most recent fundraising event. Zeta Tau was recognized as the Greek Organization of the Year and also awarded the Excellence is Brotherhood Development Award, Excellence in Scholastic Endeavors Award, and the President’s Cup for the highest cumulative GPA of all chapters in the Interfraternity Council.

Autin Peay State: Seven proud Zeta Tau brothers were inducted into the Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 32



Baylor Baylor Provisional Joseph Mabbitt, a senior Russian major and Baylor Air Force ROTC student, earned a highly coveted internship at the Pentagon this summer. He’ll be working in the Secretary of the Air Force/


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus International Affairs office. Mabbitt, who will be joining the Air Force after graduation, was one of just nine students nationwide to receive this Pentagon internship. Davidson Sigma Sigma’s members volunteered for the annual Relay for Life, with four different fundraising teams. The chapter raised over $11,000 dollars, placing among the top four teams. The chapter also partnered with the tennis team and Connor House for the annual Jay Chitty Tennis Tournament in honor of Jay Chitty, a KA and tennis player who died in a plane crash with three family members in 2006. The tournament benefitting the Jay Chitty Memorial tennis scholarship, was a big success with over 120 participants and around $1,700 raised. – Mac Speed, V Delta State Delta Beta Delta Beta was recognized by Mississippi Blood Services as the 2015 Fraternity of the Year during the MBS Annual Meeting. This recognition is to recognize those who go that extra mile throughout the year to increase the number of units collected, and ensure their communities have an ample supply of blood.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 33

Arizona chapter’s Nick Loper named IFC President of the Year Nick Loper was named as the 2015 IFC President of the Year at the University of Arizona. He also serves as the Interfraternity Council President.

Indiana State’s Greene elected Order of the Arrow Logan M. Greene ’14 was elected by section chiefs as the 2016 Central Region Chief of the Order of the Arrow at the 2015 National Planning Meeting. The Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society, recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

competition after his father was diagnosed with stage 3 adenocarcinoma cancer earlier this year. – Colin Duffy, V Furman Iota The men of Iota are confident that we will continue to maintain positive relationships with the Furman community and effectively execute philanthropy events in the coming months. Our house garden has yielded ample quantities of fresh produce, with collard greens, peppers, squash, carrots, tomatoes, and spinach from the garden, which is maintained each season by a group of upperclassman brothers. The members of Iota send their well wishes



James Madison’s Cracovaner is Man of the Year Dan Cracovaner ’13 was recognized as the Fraternity Man of the Year at the 2016 Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Awards Ceremony. Cracovaner has served Zeta Theta as Number I, Number VI, Number VIII, and Pledge Class President.

East Carolina’s Weaver elected President of Intrafraternity Council Former Number I George “Dallas” Weaver was elected President of the Interfraternity Council. He is the first KA brother to hold this position at ECU in three decades. – Bill Johnson ‘65

and prayers to our brothers and their chapters around the country in 2016. – Chadwick Rollins, V George Washington Alpha Nu The Alpha Nu chapter hosted their annual “Muscle Week” on campus with various events including a dodgeball tournament, a restaurant fundraiser at Sweetgreen, “charity rides” at local indoor cycling facilities, SoulCycle and FlyWheel, and two penny wars on campus. Typically, the money is raised on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but, this year, Alpha Nu has decided to honor the memory of Nicholas Upton ’14. Nick was studying abroad in Africa when he went missing for 5 days. After last being seen swimming, his body was found


Duke Alpha Phi A major player in this success of the Duke football program was brother Max McCaffrey. The senior wide receiver led the Blue Devils with an impressive 52 receptions totaling 643 yards, averaging 12.4 yards per reception, and five touchdowns. His career at Duke finished with the thrilling overtime victory in Yankee Stadium versus Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl, with Max completing four receptions for a total of 44 yards. He has since signed with the Oakland Raiders. His contributions, along with the efforts of brothers Jake Kite (safety), Kyle Wellner (safety), and Colin Duffy (long snapper), have helped Duke football reach new heights. Alex Carbonelli ’15 launched a campuswide competition with an impressive goal to raise $30,000 for the Duke Children’s Hospital as part of the Jim Valvano Kids Klassic. Alex organized the fundraising

Individual Accomplishments


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

Kennesaw State’s Lousbury on a mission trip in Belize

Midwestern State: The Gamma Omega Chapter, along with the local Alpha Phi sorority, hosted a cookout to raised $1,100 for women’s cardiac health and to send children with muscular dystrophy to summer camp. Donald James and Austin Hicks (Gamma Omega–Midwestern State ’14) playing corn hole at the cookout.

Conor Lounsbury ’15 was able to crowdfund nearly $2,000 for a missions trip this summer. He will be working with Project 82, a missions organization based in Kenya, from helping orphanages and day cares to manual labor.

Georgia Southern Delta Theta Win Lee ’12 was an instrumental organizer of a community worship night on the campus of Georgia Southern University. The service, “One Night; One Peace; One Purpose: Jesus,” was held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 on the GSU Recreation Activity Center fields.

off the coast of New London, South Africa, in August of 2015. Nick was full of life, competing on the university rowing team and always able to make people laugh. The loss of Nick “was felt across campus. You saw how many people were at the vigil and I can’t imagine that all those people knew Nick personally,” said Aaron Goodtree ’13. “It was such an outpouring of support.” “He led by example. He didn’t dictate. He was more like a subtle leader,” his father Jim said about Nick. “And that was really gratifying, that he was able to inspire people just by his own actions.” The chapter is raising funds to dedicate a bench and tree on campus, and additional funds will be donated to Safe Kids Worldwide, a charity that supports water and drowning safety awareness.

Indiana State Zeta Iota The brothers of the Zeta Iota Chapter participated in the annual Spring Donaghy Day of service. Several of the brothers helped to clean, repair, and landscape at the Central Presbyterian Church. “It feels good to become involved and leave the legacy that Donaghy Day brings to Indiana State,” said Nick Spencer ’12, a senior business management major from Fishers.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 34

Jacksonville State Delta Phi On Saturday, March 5th, the Delta Phi Chapter hosted its 2nd annual Muscle March 5K throughout campus finishing on the 50-yard line of the football field. The chapter was able to raise over $600 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association SUMMER 2016


from 35 participants. The Delta Phi chapter hopes to continue to build upon the success of the event next year. “As philanthropy chairman I always remind our guys how there are people out there who aren’t as fortunate as we are and not to take things for granted. Events like the Muscle March help us come together and help others while allowing brothers to be involved fi st hand.” – Jared Shake Louisiana-Monroe Gamma Nu Brothers volunteered at the Warrior Deopocalypse event by assisting combat-wounded veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq (and their families) by acting as "gophers." The weekend event, hosted by Warrior Hunts, consisted of thirty bow-hunts across three Louisiana parishes, harvested twenty does in 48 hours, and benefitted Hunters4Hungry. Louisiana Tech Gamma Alpha We initiated 24 new men into the Order, with brothers from Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Louisiana. We received a number of very generous


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus donations from alumni last year, and that money was put toward a very necessary project: dealing with water intrusion and drainage issues at the house. The generous donations we received allowed us to have the foundation fixed. Financial support of parents and alumni has also helped us make such improvements as redoing and furnishing the office upstairs, redoing the entry foyer and stairwell, and fixing some of the older damaged composites and hanging them. We appreciate everyone’s continued support that makes these improvements possible! The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce selected the designs of Patrick Ferrell (Gamma Alpha-Louisiana Tech ’13) as the artwork for the annual Louisiana Peach Festival. – Cord Simmons, V Maryland Beta Kappa Beta Kappa’s members have made great strides in raising funds for breast cancer research, with our Annual Breastfest of Champions with the women of Zeta Tau Alpha on the front lawn of the Beta Kappa chapter house. We have so far raised an amazing $57,222.97, and would like to thank everyone for their gracious donations! – Joseph Piscitelli, V McNeese State Delta Xi The Delta Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at McNeese State University hosted, with Phi Mu sorority, their third annual “Project Save Christmas.” Members of the two organizations acted as temporary “bigs” and celebrated Christmas with about 30 children of the Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 35

Steven Wronkoski ’12, shooting guard for the Men’s Basketball team, was recognized as Silver Medalist for the Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Wronkoski, a senior studying exercise science, has given his time over his career as a Ragin’ Cajun volunteering with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Reading in Red, and the Special Olympics. He also holds the UL men’s basketball record as the all-time leader in games played (136).

semester in a row, we had the highest GPA on the row at a 3.091 with many members initiated into the numerous honorary societies on campus. – Jacob Mardick, V Mississippi Alpha Upsilon Cole Putman, our philanthropy chair, organized a KA Blood Drive resulting in over 100 people donating. We also participated in Pi Phi Wing Night, benefitting the Pi Beta Phi foundation, Phi Mu's Next Top Model, and Mane Man - ADPI's philanthropy benefitting Ronald McDonald House. Brother Rod Bridges was inducted into the University of Mississippi’s 2015-2016 Hall of Fame, one of the university’s highest honors. Bridges was one of 10 students who were so honored, and, along with 150 other Ole Miss seniors, was also recognized for inclusion in the Who’s Who Among Students in American



Universities and Colleges 2016 edition. Bridges, a public policy leadership major, has been president of the ASB, a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and a Trent Lott Institute scholar. He has been Alpha Upsilon’s Number V and received the UM Outstanding Student Higher Education Award for 2016, as well as other awards. William F. “Will” Walker (Alpha Upsilon-Mississippi ’14) was elected as 2016-2017 president of the Interfraternity Council at the University of Mississippi. – Jeffrey Holt, V; Jon Turner Missouri S&T Beta Alpha Members of the Beta Alpha chapter volunteered at the Mound Ridge Retreat Center, doing a variety of maintenance chores as part of their community service program. “The Beta Alpha Chapter has been volunteering at the Mound Ridge


Millsaps Alpha Mu The Alpha Mu brothers continue to show our leadership on campus with three brothers serving as SBA senators, three representing IFC (the president and two vice presidents), six Millsaps Foundations Leaders (with one being the director), one Millsaps Challenge Leader, two Resident Assistants, four members of the SAA student athlete advisory council, and many team leaders among almost every athletic team and club involved on campus. For the fifth

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Wronkoski recognized as Male Student Athlete of the Year


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

Mu Chapter volunteering at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Tulsa makes goal of 1,000 community service hours this semester THE MEN OF MU SORTED AND PACKAGED 5,000 POUNDS OF food while volunteering in February at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, as a part of a greater effort to fulfill our goal of 1,000 community service hours for the semester. We take part in a large-group community service event each month. Our chapter was also one of the top teams in the University of Tulsa’s Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society in 2015. With the help of parents and alumni, we raised more than $1,000 in this

Retreat Center for about 10 years, and we volunteer there one day out of each semester,” said Jack Conroy, the chapter’s Corresponding Secretary. “Our Chapter puts a lot of emphasis on community service. We do a lot of community service work around our local communities, but Mound Ridge is easily our favorite.” Last year, the chapter helped to build a wooden platform on the entrance of the retreat’s zip line to allow children with disabilities to use the zip line and an outpost at the top of the hill that serves like a lifeguard stand over the retreat

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 36

event, and also raised money for MDA. We are excited to give back to our city and continue our community service efforts throughout the Tulsa area. We are also excited to see what the new men we have welcomed into the fold will bring to Mu. Furthermore, Bryce Cason ’11, Patrick Flam ’11, and Parker Malone ’11 were three of the four students from the Collins College of Business honored as Jess Chouteau Outstanding Seniors. — Kristopher Hildebrand; Tim Witham, V

center. This year, the chapter cleared walking trails and painted several cabins. Nevada Zeta Delta The Zeta Delta chapter initiated 25 new members into the Order. We volunteered for the Nevada Veterans Memorial by laying wreaths on tombstones this past winter for the holidays. Moreover, we also raised about $400 for breast cancer research this past winter by selling coffee and hot chocolate in honor of the mother of one of our brothers. We were also able to have a social with the women of Alpha Omicron Pi this



past semester, and participated in their philanthropic week for arthritis. – Robert E. Lee, V Editor’s Note: To clarify, the author’s name is indeed Robert E. Lee—but he is not the fifth generation of our Spiritual Founder. This REL is the Number V of the chapter. Newberry Delta Epsilon The men of Delta Epsilon recently celebrated the chapter’s 50th anniversary, as the original charter was granted on May 13th, 1966. The Delta Epsilon chapter also is happy to say that


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus we are looking forward to a successful Rush in the fall. – Daniel Hales, V

Sam Houston State: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the chapter collaborated with the Exceptional Men of the Talented Tenth Inc., Omega Delta Phi, and Theta Chi for an event called Dreams Day. The organizations invited SHSU students to come together in fellowship and march in unity. The event brought out upwards of 200 guests.

the mortgage on the House in the Woods has been paid off. – Tyler Hook, I North Carolina Upsilon Upsilon recently adopted one of the main stretches of UNC's main entrance, Martin Luther King Blvd., as a stretch of road to keep cleaned. As new and returning students enter campus, they drive on Upsilon’s stretch of the road. We use our highway clean-up dates as brotherhood events that allow us to gather and give back to our town of Chapel Hill and our school, while also forming stronger bonds of brotherhood through service. – McKinley Pollock, V Northern Arizona Epsilon Tau The men of Epsilon Tau have been working diligently on increasing fraternity relations throughout campus. Early in the semester we joined FIJI in a joint philanthropy event to raise more than $4,000 for MDA as well as the USO. – Nick Montgomery, V

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 37

Presbyterian Beta Pi The Beta Pi Chapter hosted their MDA Clay Shoot at the NWTF Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, South Carolina. Attendees enjoyed a luncheon followed by shooting and a silent auction, and yeti raffle. Through their fundraising efforts, the chapter was able to donate $7,837.36 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Roanoke Beta Rho Beta Rho has had an exciting year inducting new members, and enjoying the KA Reunion hosted by Dale C. Sargeant ‘74 and Stephen F. Rhodes ‘74. We are also proud to support the ongoing fundraising toward the President’s Fund at Roanoke College, where a portion of the donations will be dedicated to a new rose garden at the president’s home. The rose garden, being developed over the next year, celebrates the roses of our chapter throughout the decades. Beta Rho is continuing to work toward planning more philanthropy events and achieving our academic goals, and



San Diego State Gamma Iota The gentlemen of Gamma Iota participated in a beach cleanup community service event for SURFRIDER Foundation at Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego. We collected 10 pounds of trash and afterwards took advantage of the pristine park by hiking among the beautiful native trees and enjoying the beach on a sunny 80-degree day. – David Downs, V South Alabama Epsilon Alpha The brothers of Epsilon Alpha have had the highest GPA on campus two semesters in a row, and had the highest GPA in the Dunwody Province. In fundraising, we raised more than $1,800 in our Order of Inca floatloading philanthropy event. – Dallas Colby Lyons, V Stanford Alpha Pi Overall, the men of Alpha Pi have been a very busy group. The athletic brothers of the chapter have been hard at work, with five of the men training in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. Jackson Kimbell,


Oklahoma Beta Eta Earlier in the year the brothers of Beta Eta raised money in our local community to fight muscular dystrophy through the MDA’s letter campaign. By sending out letters to local businesses, we raised money that went toward our national philanthropy. Recently we

have been sponsored by Apollo Med Flight, PayneMitchell Law Group, and various individuals, with the funds going to MDA for fighting and researching the condition, as well as to a summer camp for children afflicted by muscular dystrophy. – Joshua Uhunmwangho, V

Sam Houston State Gamma Tau The newly re-chartered Gamma Tau chapter captured six awards - three chapter and three individual. Number I Jeremy Villanueva won the Socrates award for the Most Intelligent Greek and also emceed the event. Former Number IV Dorian Escobar garnered the Hercules award for Most Athletic Greek, and Number VIII Esteban Torres scooped the People's Choice Award, which was an award fellow Greeks voted on leading up to the award show. Gamma Tau received the 5-STAR Excellence in Organizational Involvement and Leadership Development award, and the 5-STAR Excellence in Organizational Management and Development award. The chapter was also one of just two IFC fraternities awarded with the 4-STAR full accreditation honors. – Jeremy Villanueva, I


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

Old Dominion’s Walker Featured in Mace & Gown Student Newspaper Jared Walker ’16 was featured in the Mace & Crown, Old Dominion University’s student newspaper, in support of ODU’s being ranked as second for best veterans programs. Walker’s selfless acts of exceptional bravery in Afghanistan on April 27, 2011 earned him the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Jesse Sheldon (Zeta Mu-Washington ’14) and his mother at his award presentation.

Washington’s Jesse Sheldon named Entrepreneur of the Year OUR OFFICER RETREAT TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY, WHERE WE HAD A GREAT TIME

Drew Holland, Brett Bonnani, and Tony Azevedo are in training for the water polo competition, and diver Kristian Ipsen is hoping to add to his collection of awards, having already won Olympic bronze. Brothers Brian Nana-Sinkam and Ty Thompson helped Stanford secure a Division 1 National Championship in soccer. Justin Roberto spent the quarter in Washington, D.C. working for house majority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Brother Johnny Lowe (son of actor Rob Lowe) landed a role in the Fox network’s television show The Grinder. Brothers Luke Thompson and Max Savage held positions on the Stanford Finance Board. And as a chapter, the men participated in a building project for Habitat for Humanity in South San Francisco, cooked and served breakfast weekly for the homeless community of Palo Alto, and hosted a speaker series on mental health. – Sam Sunde, I

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 38

in Vancouver, Canada. Later that month, brother Jesse Sheldon took home a great honor, as he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Spokane. In terms of academics, last quarter we placed 7th among all UW fraternities with a chapter GPA of 3.37! Also, Sheldon was also recognized as the 2015 Young Philanthropist of the Year by the city of Spokane, Washington for his efforts as the founder of Inland NW Baby, an organization that provides basic necessities of diapers, new and gently used clothing, and hygiene items to those in need. — Kenno Hayashi, V

Tennessee Pi We’re happy to continue our strong relationship with Bearden Methodist Church, where each semester we landscape and frequently attend as a chapter, and are very thankful they let us use their church for initiation rituals. We have continued our philanthropy with brothers volunteering at many events, such as Bleakhouse Cleanup,



the Salvation Army, and numerous charitable events. – Federico Da Pieve, V Texas A&M Epsilon Delta During the 68th Session of the Student Senate of Texas A&M University, Clark Finney ’14 was elected and installed as the Community Relations Chair after serving as Director of Marketing since April 2015. Clark, a sophomore studying finance from San Antonio, Texas, is


8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

Arizona State: The brothers of Epsilon Omega wished the Order Merry Christmas in Tempe-style last December.

also currently serving the Epsilon Delta Chapter as Number II.

marathon benefitting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Vanderbilt Provisional Vanderbilt Vanderbilt’s Provisional Chapter is proud to have won the 2016 Chancellor Heard Outstanding Alumni Relations Award in April. As a chapter, we also recognize our outstanding chapter advisors and house directors. – Blake Insel, I

West Virginia Alpha Rho The men of Alpha Rho took part in Delta Gamma sorority’s philanthropy to help raise money by playing in Delta Gamma’s Anchor Bowl, playing friendly games of flag football against other fraternities for a donation of $250.00. We finished third, unfortunately, but it was a lot of fun and a great thing to do for the philanthropy. – Yale Smith, V William Jewell Alpha Delta In 2015 we brought in a big recruiting class with outstanding individuals, establishing ourselves as the most productive fraternity on campus, and ending up with a GPA that was among the best. We have put in many hours into our philanthropies, giving back to the community that supports us. We also won championships in basketball and softball, and most of our house consists of guys who play varsity sports, and who are very dedicated student-athletes. – Michael David McCuaig, Jr., V

Wake Forest Tau The Tau chapter raised $11,025 for the 2016 Wake ‘N Shake, a 12-hour dance

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 39



Mississippi: Rod Bridges (Alpha UpsilonMississippi ’13) escorts the 2015 Homecoming Queen, Heather Neilson.


Virginia Tech Epsilon Eta Brother Liam Garrity received the “Iron Mike” award, a nationally recognized award that goes to the top Army ROTC cadet in his respective company. Nick Rea and Mike Greenwood were selected for Virginia Tech SEED, a student-managed endowment fund that provides real world experience in investing, networking, and more. SEED is completely run by undergraduate students, and ending fiscal year 2013 with $6.3 million assets under management, was the largest such fund in the nation. Alex Glasson took over as Director of Scholarship for IFC. – Nathan Underwood, V


8/23/16 10:53 AM

In the Nation, exclusive discounts are just the beginning.

With Nationwide®, you get great protection for you, your loved ones and all you’ve worked for in life. All from a company that’s been strong and stable for more

Doesn’t it feel great to belong? You wouldn’t be involved with Kappa Alpha Order if you weren’t passionate about being part of a group that shares your values. We understand that feeling, because we treat customers like members. It’s one of the things that make us a different kind of insurance company.

than 80 years. Kappa Alpha Order members are rewarded. As a member of Kappa Alpha Order, you can save with special discounts on Nationwide ® auto insurance. In addition, when you add rewards like Vanishing Deductible® ,* you can take $100 off your deductible for every year of safe driving, for up to $500 in savings.

Call 1-866-238-1426 or visit for a quote today!

Nationwide may make a financial contribution to this organization in return for the opportunity to market products and services to its members or customers. Products Underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, OH 43215. Not all Nationwide affiliated companies are mutual companies, and not all Nationwide members are insured by a mutual company. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review, and approval. *Vanishing Deductible is an optional feature. Annual credits subject to eligibility requirements. Max. credit: $500. Details and availability vary by state. Products and discounts not available to all persons in all states. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle design and Vanishing Deductible are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2016 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. AFC-0139AO.1 (02/16)

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 40

8/23/16 10:53 AM

On Campus

KAPPA ALPHA ORDER RISK MANAGEMENT POLICY The Risk Management Policy of Kappa Alpha Order, adopted by the Executive Council pursuant to R16-118, mirrors that of FIPG, Inc. and shall apply to all entities and all levels of fraternity membership. It includes the following provisions: ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 1. The possession, sale, use and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on chapter premises, or during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education, and must comply with either BYOB or Third Party Vendor guide-lines. 2. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name or on behalf of the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common sources of such alcoholic beverage, for example kegs, or cases are prohibited. 3. Open parties, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present are prohibited. Open parties have been defined as those functions at which the guest to member ratio exceeds three-to-one. 4. No chapter members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under the legal “drinking age”). 5. The possession, sale and/or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances at any chapter house, sponsored event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity, is strictly prohibited. 6. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with a distributor of alcohol, charitable organization or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of its annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at, or on the property of tavern, as defined above, for the purposes of fundraising. However, a chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern, as defined above, for an event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list. 7. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.

3. All chapters shall comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company or municipal authorities. 4. The possession and/or use of firearms, archery equipment, incendiary devices such as fireworks or explosive devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house are prohibited. 5. Pets are not permitted in any chapter house, lodge or facility. 6. Permanent or make-shift pools are not permitted at any chapter house, lodge or facility.

SPECIAL EVENTS Special events are defined as any event/function (1) where alcohol will be present, and the guest to member ration exceeds three-to-one; (2) involving athletic events or competitions; or (3) that involves any activity that is deemed to be potentially hazardous by the Alumnus Adviser, the Alumni Advisory Committee, the Province Commander, the Executive Director, or the Order’s insurance broker. Any chapter wishing to host a special event must do the following: 1. Complete a comprehensive, written description of the event and forward it to the Province Commander and the Executive Director for review and approval. This information must be received by the Executive Director at least 60 days prior to the event; and 2. Secure a Special Events Insurance Policy (“Policy”) or pay a risk management assessment fee in an amount to be determined by the Order’s insurance broker. If the Policy option is selected, the Pol-icy shall be in the amount of $1,000,000 available through the Order’s insurance broker and shall name Kappa Alpha Order, a Virginia Corporation, as an additional insured.

EDUCATION Each student member, associate member and pledge shall be instructed annually on the Kappa Alpha Order Risk Management Policy. A copy of the Risk Management Policy shall be available on the fraternity website.

8. All recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor as defined in this policy. 9. No member or pledge/associate/new member/novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games”. 10. No alcohol shall be present at any member awaiting initiation/pledge/new member program or activity of the chapter. This includes, but is not limited to, activities associated with “bid night”, “big brothers - little brother” events or activities, “family” events or activities and initiation.

HAZING No chapter, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. Hazing activities are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; use of pledge books or signature books, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.”

The fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions, activities or events, whether on chapter premises or an off-site location which is demeaning to women or men, including but not limited to verbal harassment and sexual assault by individuals or members acting together. The employment or use of strippers, exotic dancers or similar, whether professional or amateur, at a fraternity event as defined in this policy is prohibited.

FIRE, HEALTH, AND SAFETY 1. All chapter houses shall, prior to, during and following occupancy, meet all local fire and health codes and standards. 2. All chapters must have posted by common phones and in other locations emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should have posted evacuation routes on the back of the door of each sleeping room.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 41





Nearly 2,000 college students die from alcohol-related injuries every year.



8/23/16 10:53 AM

Chapter Excellence

*based on 2015 year applications

2015 National Awards

for Chapter Excellence

AWARDS FOR CHAPTER EXCELLENCE This spring, hundreds of undergraduate officers and future leaders of their respective chapters met at one of eight regional Province Councils throughout the months of February and March. Along with educational programming on scholarship, risk management, sexual misconduct, Ritual, and other areas of chapter operations, chapters were recognized for their achievements for the previous calendar year. Chapters are recognized for excellence in finances, recruitment and chapter growth, communications, Project Outreach, Operation Crimson Gift, and overall chapter excellence. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a chapter is the George C. Marshall Award of Chapter Excellence. This award is presented annually to the top one to three chapters in the Order in recognition for their superior operations and performance. Every year the top 10 percent of KA Chapters are recognized with the Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for chapter excellence. This award takes all areas of chapter operations into consideration and recognizes those chapters achieving a high level of excellence. Lastly, the Carl Albert Award for Chapter Improvement is given to the one or two chapters who show the most overall improvement from the previous calendar year. Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners! *

George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence

Westminster College–Alpha Eta

Austin Peay State University–Zeta Tau Key accomplishments:

Key accomplishments:

Academic Excellence–achieved a 3.15 GPA and a 3.33 GPA this academic year, which earned them a Scholastic Excellence Award. Membership Education–was awarded the Excellence in Educational Programming award for organizing and/or attending leadership seminars on numerous topics from multiple distinguished alumni and campus professionals. Project Outreach–volunteered nearly 1,600 hours of service, Gentleman’s Week helped to raise $8,000 for MDA, $200 per brother; was a member of the Operation Crimson Gift Century Society. Leadership–100% of the chapter is involved in at least one other organization on campus, many holding leadership roles.

Academic Excellence–achieved a 3.314 GPA and a 3.18 GPA in the fall and spring semesters of the 2015 academic year. Membership Education–was awarded the Excellence in Educational Programming award for continuing numerous leadership seminars and workshops that were well participated in the chapter including topics on campus involvement, bullying, social media, risk management, and sexual assault. Project Outreach–was awarded the Outstanding Service Hours per Man award for their efforts in serving 2,018 hours and dontaing 53 pints of blood in their Operation Crimson Gift blood drive. Ritual–with more than 20 ritual practices, the chapter has 90% of the initiation ceremony memorized; all members have completed the Council of Honor program. Leadership–nearly 100% of the membership is involved in a different activity on campus and many brothers hold executive positions; nearly every athletic team boasts a KA captain including golf, soccer, football, basketball, and baseball.

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 42




8/23/16 10:53 AM

Chapter Excellence The Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence is awarded to chapters that are in the top 15-20% in the Order based on the applications received. It is named for Samuel Zenas Ammen, Kappa Alpha Order’s practical founder. Ammen committed his time as a member of Kappa Alpha Order to improving, fi st the ritual and operations of our very fi st chapter at Washington College, and later to the chapters across the nation as he served as Knight Commander for two terms, totaling nine years. Much like our practical founder, the Ammen award-winning chapters exhibit a commitment to excellence. They strive to be the best on campus and in the nation in every aspect of chapter operations.

Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence

Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau

California–Alpha Xi

Florida Gulf Coast–Zeta Pi

Louisiana Tech–Gamma Alpha

Midwestern State– Gamma Omega

Millsaps–Alpha Mu

Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha

Tennessee-Chattanooga– Zeta Upsilon

Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu

Washington College– Beta Omega

Westminster–Alpha Eta

William Jewell–Alpha Delta

Carl Albert Award for Chapter Improvement

Francis Marion–Delta Tau

Southern Illinois–Zeta Sigma

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 43




The Carl Albert Award for Chapter Improvement is named for Carl Albert, an alumnus of Beta Eta Chapter at the University of Oklahoma. His life accomplishments are amazing; coming from a very poor family rising to become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the highest elected offic ever achieved by a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He is not only an honored and historical figur , but also a man whose life exemplifie the very concept of substantial improvement—starting with many disadvantages and still rising to notable success. It is fitting that chapter that accomplishes the same feat would receive an award named in his honor.


8/23/16 10:53 AM

Chapter Excellence

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Academic Excellence has been a priority of many Knight Commanders. Through the work of our chapters, and elevated standards from the Executive Council, we continue to see a rising national GPA and successful brothers on campus. We recognize them here as such.

Scholarship Trophy for Exceptional Scholastic Achievement This trophy, housed in the national administrative offic , is awarded to the chapter that achieves the highest combined GPA for the year.

Princeton–Zeta Beta Fall 2014 3.61 Spring 2015 3.34 COMBINED AVG.


Scholastic Excellence Awards The following chapters achieved a 3.25 semester GPA during the fall 2013 and/or spring 2014 semester(s). Chapters meeting this criteria exhibit excellence and will not receive any lower scholastic awards. Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Fall 2014 Only

Spring 2015 Only

Duke–Alpha Phi Furman–Iota Georgia–Gamma Richmond–Eta Stanford–Alpha Pi Tulane–Psi Washington & Lee–Alpha William Jewell–Alpha Delta

Davidson–Sigma North Carolina–Upsilon

Arkansas–Alpha Omicron Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau California–Alpha Xi George Washington–Alpha Nu Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha South Alabama–Epsilon Alpha Tennessee–Pi

Southern Methodist–Beta Lambda Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu Westminster–Alpha Eta Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu Virginia–Lambda Westminster–Alpha Eta

Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards Chapters qualify by achieving one of the following: 1) have a collective GPA average higher than both the all men’s and all fraternity average; 2) be academically ranked in the top 25% of fraternities on their campus; or 3) achieve a 3.0 GPA for both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Arkansas-Monticello–Epsilon Chi Auburn–Nu Delaware–Beta Epsilon Drury–Beta Iota Florida–Beta Zeta Georgetown–Beta Delta Georgia College–Epsilon Nu

Georgia Tech–Alpha Sigma Jacksonville State–Delta Phi James Madison–Zeta Theta Louisiana Tech–Gamma Alpha Maryland–Beta Kappa Miami–Epsilon Lambda Midwestern State–Gamma Omega

Millsaps–Alpha Mu Mississippi–Alpha Upsilon Nevada–Zeta Delta Roanoke–Beta Rho Southwestern–Xi South Carolina–Rho Texas–Omicron

Texas Wesleyan–Zeta Xi Transylvania–Alpha Theta Tulsa–Mu Wake Forest–Tau Washington College–Beta Omega William & Mary–Alpha Zeta

Semester Scholastic Achievement Awards Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Fall 2014 Only

Spring 2015 Only

Arizona State–Epsilon Omega Francis Marion–Delta Tau Kentucky–Theta Louisiana State–Alpha Gamma Oklahoma State–Beta Xi Presbyterian–Beta Pi Rhodes–Alpha Epsilon Texas A&M–Epsilon Delta Virginia Tech–Epsilon Eta Wingate–Zeta Zeta Wofford–Delta

Arkansas State–Delta Eta High Point–Zeta Phi Kennesaw State–Zeta Chi San Diego State–Gamma Iota Univ. of the South–Alpha Alpha West Virginia Wesleyan–Beta Chi

Alabama–Alpha Beta Campbell Provisional Clemson–Delta Omicron Eastern Kentucky–Delta Mu Florida Gulf Coast–Zeta Pi Florida State–Gamma Eta George Mason–Epsilon Phi Hampden-Sydney–Alpha Tau Memphis–Gamma Gamma Newberry–Delta Epsilon Nicholls State–Epsilon Beta North Florida–Zeta Nu Oklahoma–Beta Eta Tennessee-Chattanooga–Zeta Upsilon Texas A&M Commerce–Gamma Upsilon West Texas A&M–Gamma Sigma

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 44




8/23/16 10:53 AM

Chapter Excellence

CHAPTER OPERATIONS AWARDS Overall Excellence in Recruitment & Chapter Growth

Excellence in Campus and Community Communication

This chapter demonstrates a superb commitment to year-round recruitment, unique events, branding and marketing, and an overall strategic approach to growth. Further they must show a significant percentage increase in their membership.

This chapter shows effective communication and promotion of the interfraternal spirit on their campus, connection to the faculty, staff, and administration and promotion of their efforts to the surrounding community.

Midwestern State–Gamma Omega

Outstanding Recruitment & Chapter Growth These chapters must also show the coordination of a year-round approach to recruitment, using the Order’s values and chapter’s accomplishments effectively to recruit and retain new members. California–Alpha Xi James Madison–Zeta Theta Newberry–Delta Epsilon Southern Illinois–Zeta Sigma Westminster–Alpha Eta

Excellence in Chapter Finances These chapters should have submitted all national reports on time and maintained generally a zero balance with the national administrative office. They also maintain great records, utilize the tools of OmegaFi for record keeping, budgeting, and collecting, as well as maintaining a minimum accounts receivable from their membership dues. Overall Excellence in Chapter Finances Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi Excellence in Chapter Finances Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau

Overall Excellence in Communication This chapter demonstrates and documents their efforts in print, digital, and other formats effectively to connect and communicate with all constituencies and stakeholders for their chapter, including other KA chapters, their campus and surrounding communities.

PROJECT OUTREACH AWARDS Project Outreach is KA’s umbrella initiate to encourage our chapters to engage in philanthropic fundraising, service, and volunteerism in various facets. From raising money for our national philanthropy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, to local worthy causes and from volunteering to giving blood, KA’s make a difference in our community. We are indeed bound to do so by our ritual.

Cross & Rose Award

Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau

The Cross & Rose award is the highest recognition given by the Order for community service. It awards a chapter program that excels in all aspects of service and community impact, hours and dollars donated, the potential ease of continuing the program, interaction with other groups and individuals, percent of the chapter involved, and the adaptability of the program to other communities.

Excellence in Event Communication This chapter showed effective communication and promotion of an individual event or series of events, either to increase exposure, enhance a philanthropy event, or even recruitment. They used social, print, and online media to complete their plan.

Maryland–Beta Kappa

Most & Outstanding Community Hours Chapters must log and complete an outstanding amount of hours relative to the number of men in their chapter through their Project Outreach efforts. This may include MDA events, local philanthropy work, participation in interfraternal service events, or community service and volunteerism.

James Madison–Zeta Theta

Excellence in Social Media Communication

Most Community Services Hours Per Man

This chapter utilizes many forms of new media in a frequent, values-centric way, continually sharing news about their chapter on various outlets, throughout the year.

Outstanding Services Hours Per Man

Washington College–Beta Omega

Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu Louisiana Tech–Gamma Alpha Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha

Southern Illinois–Zeta Sigma

Most & Outstanding Community Service Dollars Raised

Excellence in Educational Programming

Chapters must log and donate an outstanding contribution relative to the number of men in their chapter though their Project Outreach efforts. They may raise money for any worthy cause, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

These chapters must schedule speakers and/or workshops, attend opportunities on campus, and lead an overall educational approach to membership education, which might include Council of Honor, The Crusade, and other areas of leadership and values education.

Most Dollars Donated Per Man Maryland–Beta Kappa Outstanding Dollars Per Man Arizona State–Epsilon Omega Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau Florida Gulf Coast–Zeta Pi James Madison–Zeta Theta

Overall Excellence in Educational Programming Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha Excellence in Educational Programming Westminster–Alpha Eta Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau Millsaps–Alpha Mu

This annual award recognizes the active chapter that displays the most-outstanding participation in Operation Crimson Gift–The Order’s yearlong, nationwide blood drive effort. Tennessee-Chattanooga–Zeta Upsilon

Operation Crimson Gift Century Society North Florida–Zeta Nu Florida Gulf Coast –Zeta Pi Oklahoma–Beta Eta Univ. of Washington–Zeta Mu Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau

This chapter shows effective communication and promotion of fraternal brotherhood amongst other KA chapters, to include newly chartered chapters and those winning national awards. Louisiana Tech–Gamma Alpha



California–Alpha Xi Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha


Excellence in Fraternal Communication

KAJ_Sum16_30-45_P4.indd 45

Millsaps–Alpha Mu North Florida–Zeta Nu Richmond–Eta Tennessee-Chattanooga–Zeta Upsilon

Operation Crimson Gift– Knight Commander’s Cup

Missouri S&T–Beta Alpha

James Madison–Zeta Theta Austin Peay State–Zeta Tau


8/23/16 10:53 AM

Alumni News

Epsilon Zeta-Arkansas Tech’s Bacon Promoted to

Brigadier General THE ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD’S Gregory C. Bacon (Epsilon Zeta - Arkansas Tech ’87) was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General during a ceremony at Camp Robinson. Bacon began his career in the Arkansas National Guard in 1985. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1990, where he was recognized as the Honor Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate. Bacon has held multiple positions during his service, including Battery Commander, Recruiting and Retention Commander, and the Chief of Staff. He has deployed with the 142nd Fires Brigade during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as the IED-Defeat Cell Chief.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 46




8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Arizona Gamma Epsilon Gabriel Majalca ’09, and U.S. Army Captain Mark Evans, president of Better Direct LLC, inspired by trust and transparency, are pleased to announce that they have been selected for contract award of NASA’s SEWP V Category A/Group A-VARs & OEM; Category B/ Group B-HUBZone. “We’re very excited about this opportunity because only a fraction of small businesses get a chance to work on a contract of this magnitude,” says Majalca. Out of over 3,100 small businesses that submitted proposals for this contract only 12 including Better Direct were chosen for Category B, Group B-HUBZone. Better Direct is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business located in a HUBZone. Innovation often arises from our unique differences and the HUBZone Program (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) was designed to strengthen communities & encourage economic vitality by seeking woman, disabled, and minority-owned business enterprises who represent the communities they serve. $2.4 billion in federal IT spending filtered through SEWP IV and a percentage of SEWP V monies will soon be brought back to the Valley of the Sun. Mark Evans founded Better Direct in 2006.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 47

Delta State Delta Beta John C. Cox ’93 was one of four Delta State University alumni honored for their contributions to the university by being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame during the 2015 Homecoming Alumni Awards Gala. Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Delta State University Alumni Association. East Carolina Gamma Rho James B. “Jim” Kirkland, Jr. ’60 was recognized by Lions Club International recently for 50 years of service with the civic organization. Kirkland was presented with a plaque commemorating the membership milestone during a banquet at the Lumberton, North Carolina Lions Clubhouse.

Marshall and Austin Peay State: Second Lieutenants Joshua D. Spence (Beta Upsilon–Marshall ’01) and Daniel N. Pitts (Zeta Tau–Austin Peay State ’12) graduated from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. Both brothers are former Number Is of their respective chapters.

Citadel’s Buchanan named to Faculty Team Dr. Scott Buchanan ’12 was named to the inaugural All-Southern Conference Faculty Team along with 9 other representatives, one

LTC Jeff Parks ’82, U.S. Army (ret.) recently appeared on CNN to discuss international threats of terrorism.

from each of the other schools in the conference. Dr. Buchanan

Eastern Kentucky Delta Mu Tyler Carver ’04 has been named the Generation

and elections. He is frequently interviewed by the national media


is an associate professor of political science and the Executive Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. He teaches Southern politics, state and local government, political institutions, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR, as well as a variety of state and regional media outlets.



Bowling Green State Zeta Lambda Jon Mundorf ’98 received the University of Florida College of Education’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, one of 23 Gator alumni across campus who were honored as leaders in their professions at a ceremony at Emerson Alumni Hall.

Colorado Zeta Alpha Matt Campbell ’97 is making a name for himself as a traditional country singer/ songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to appearing regularly in live music locations, Campbell also performs throughout the country, sometimes solo and sometimes with a full band. A Chicago resident before moving to Nashville, Campbell was profiled in American Songwriter magazine’s online article, “5 Chicago Songwriters You Need To Hear.”


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Former Kappa Alpha Order Staff Awarded Baltimore Law Fellowship GREG WATERWORTH (BETA KAPPA–MARYLAND ’10) WAS THE RECIPIENT WINNER OF THE SILVER

man|Thompson|Slutkin|White Fellowship. Greg, a first-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, was selected for the fellowship by the UB Law Career Development Office out of 18 applications on the basis of first-semester grade point average and other indicia of academic excellence and professionalism. The Fellowship for first year law students will provide Greg with a $5,000 stipend for a clerkship at the Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White law firm this summer and a $10,000 scholarship during his 2L year. Greg, a candidate for a J.D. in 2018, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and served the Order as an Associate Director for Chapter Services for two years before working as an intern in the Harford County District Court Clerk’s Office and attending law school. He is currently the 1L representative to the Student Bar Association, a student member of the Faculty Appointments Committee and a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

Dayton Featured Professional of the Month for March. Carver is manager of accounting and CFO services for Brixey & Meyer. In addition to Generation Dayton, he is finance chair and board member for Child Care Services of YMCA of Greater Dayton. Georgetown Beta Delta Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Adam M. Meier ’02 as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. Meier, Class of 2005, is a northern Kentucky attorney and graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law. Georgia College Epsilon Nu Matthew Bolden ’11 married Ashley Daniel last fall in White Plains, Georgia. Alumni and brothers of Epsilon Nu were proud to be present for the ceremony. Our best wishes to the bride and groom!

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 48

Georgia Tech Alpha Sigma The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation has unanimously selected VADM Richard H. Truly ‘56, USN (Ret.), as the 2016 recipient of its highest honor —the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. Houston Baptist Delta Sigma Dr. Chris Sawyer ’75, professor at Texas Christian University, is currently ranked among the top 100 most published scholars in the field of Communication Studies. James Madison Zeta Theta Nick Langridge ’97 became James Madison University’s vice president for advancement at age 33 while completing his M.B.A. and Ph.D. at JMU.


Kentucky Theta Hon. David Williams ’72 resigned his Kentucky State Senate seat in 2012 to take a seat on Kentucky’s 40th Circuit Court as judge and has begun visiting inmates in the county jails to pray with and for them. Memphis Gamma Gamma Chad Cardwell ‘00, principal attorney with The Cardwell Firm, PLLC, has been named an Accredited Estate Planner Designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Middle Tennessee State Delta Lambda Chris Davis ’12, a news anchor with WTVFNewsChannel 5, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee, was nominated for 30th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards as a Producer in the category of “Best Morning Newscast” for his work on team coverage of a major snow storm in Middle Tennessee, last February.


The Inaugural TeVrucht Scholarship Fund Golf Event was held on April 1, 2016 at the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tennessee. The tournament was organized in honor of Michael Scott TeVrucht ’88, who passed away on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at the age 46 after a heroic two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mississippi Alpha Upsilon Scott Coopwood ’82 is the Editor of the Mississippi Delta Magazine and owner of the Delta Business Journal. Sam Houston State Gamma Tau Ronny Snow ’87, principal of Malakoff Elementary in Malakoff, Texas, led his school to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. Sergeant Travis Lacox ’00 with the College Station Police Department received the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for his actions


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Transylvania: Transylvania baseball head coach, Chris Campbell ‘97, has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 2016 Coach of the Year. Chris is also president and founder of the Kentucky Railway Museum, which is spearheading a campaign to bring former C&O steam locomotive #2716 back to life.

Scholarship Established in Memory of East Carolina Advisor RANDOLPH REID (GAMMA RHO–EAST CAROLINA ’71)

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 49



Wedding Guest (1974). Doc, a recipient of KA’s Distinguished Achievement Award, was also the recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the highest recognition given to a faculty member in the UNC system. He also taught from 1956 to 1976, but remained active on campus and within Gamma Rho chapter until his death in 1989.


and his wife, Betty Minton, have made provisions in their wills to endow at least three ECU Scholar Awards in honor of Dr. Ovid W. Pierce Jr. (Alpha Phi–Duke ’29). “Doc” Pierce, who was the faculty advisor for the Gamma Rho chapter for mroe than 30 years, was a best-selling novelist and was the author of popular titles including On a Lonesome Porch (1960), The Devil’s Half (1968), and The


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Scholarship Established in Memory of South Carolina Sheriff Deputy THE FAMILY OF JOSEPH C. ANTWINE

(Theta Commission–Citadel ’12) has established a Citadel Foundation scholarship in his memory. On November 22, 2013 Deputy Antwine, of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, was responding to a call for backup from a fellow deputy when he was involved in a car accident. He passed away as a result of his injuries a week later at the age of 23. During his time at the Citadel, Joseph was involved in multiple organizations including the Honor Committee, the Criminal Justice Society, where he served two terms as president, and the Reenactment Society. He was initiated into Kappa Alpha Order on May, 5, 2012 upon graduation. “Joseph held the institution, what it stands for, and the values it instills in very high regard,” commented Joseph’s mother, Maibritt Tunstall. “We deduced that establishing a scholarship to help those in need, who have similar aspirations to his, would be the most beneficial way of aiding our endeavor.” The Deputy Joseph C. Antwine Memorial Scholarship will provide financial aid for cadets majoring in criminal justice. Joseph’s family has raised the $2,500 annual amount through various fundraisers, but is hoping to raise the $50,000 to endow the scholarship. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, please contact the Citadel Foundation at (843) 953-5297.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 50

HampdenSydney’s Foster takes on new role at YMCA

Joseph C. Antwine (Theta Commission–Citadel ’12)

Cadets of Mike Company say a prayer before the funeral of Joseph C. Antwine (Theta Commission–Citadel ’12)



James R. “Rusty” Foster (Alpha Tau–Hampden Sydney ’06) was named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Loudoun County. He will lead the overall strategic direction, fundraising, and advocacy efforts for the nonprofit in Loudoun County. He is president of Bow Tie Strategies — a boutique public relations firm located in Leesburg, Virginia which was recently named Best Home-Based Business for 2015 by the Town of Leesburg. Rusty was also named to the 2015 Northern Virginians of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine.


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Wake Forest: Cousins Lawton Pearson ’96 and Will McGehee ’96, are fifth-generation operators of Pearson Farm, a family peach and pecan farm in Fort Valley, Georgia, and were featured in Wake Forest Magazine. Out front are sixth-generation children Cort Pearson, Sutton Pearson and Sammy McGehee. Back row (left to right) are Bill and Ann Pearson McGehee, Lawton and Lanier Defnall Pearson, Al and Mary McLennan Pearson and Will and Shannon Leonard McGehee.

during the Fidelity Street mass shooting in August 2012. Chris Lusti ‘93, a successful actor, appeared in one of Wal-Mart’s holiday commercials. Tennessee-Martin Delta Upsilon Chris Benne '10 was named the new Head Baseball Coach for the Northwest High School Vikings. Benne will also be returning to his alma mater as a member of the faculty teaching World History and Government.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 51

Virginia Tech Epsilon Eta The new Pearson Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech was dedicated in honor of James Pearson ’86. Western Carolina Delta Alpha KA won the 2015 Catamount Club Greek Challenge in fundraising for the Club including first place in total giving. Six brothers were recognized on the field, a KA banner was unveiled, and Clevie Luckadoo represented KA for the coin toss.


Westminster Alpha Eta At the age of 33, Bryan York ’02 is a senior vice president for the Bank of Oklahoma, where he manages the Oklahoma treasury division and is the youngest member on the bank’s leadership committee. York previously worked for UMB Financial Corporation for a total of 10 years, where he rose to vice president of Treasury Management and managed $100 million to $6 billion clients. West Virginia Alpha Rho Joe Cluster ’99, who took over as executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party in 2013, led the Party to the most successful election in its history, picking up seven Maryland House seats,


two Maryland Senate seats, more than twenty more local seats, and the Governor’s race. Wofford Delta E. Ragland “Rags” Coxe ’11 was a guest lecturer for a career preparation program at Francis Marion University, an initiative led by Dr. Ronald E. Miller, Jr. (Delta Tau–Francis Marion ’11), who is the Director of Career Development at Francis Marion.


Virginia Military Institute Beta Commission Jay Williams ’16 coached his son’s all-star baseball team to the District 4 championship and the Babe Ruth League state finals despite facing cardiac surgery. He also led

his staff to raise $17,888, matching every dollar with five more, for the Chamber and Fire Department relief fund after tornadoes ripped though the local area. The one-week campaign was the single-largest donation.


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

Courts of Honor Horace H. White Province Court of Honor Induction

John L. Hardeman Province Court of Honor

Gammon with his KA legacy son, Wayne, and his wife.

Horace H. White Ceremony at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Court’s Induction Ceremony was held twice to accommodate two regions of the province. On May 5, 2016, at the Bocage Racquet Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the following were inducted: • Richard Briseno (Epsilon Kappa–Southeastern Louisiana ’04) • SSG Gerard Martin Laborde (Epsilon Kappa– Southeastern Louisiana ’06) • William F. Biossat Jr. (Alpha Gamma–Louisiana State ’98) • Dr. Adam A. Elam (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09)

Manning and his wife.

The Court’s Induction Ceremony was held on April 16, 2016. Inductees: • W. Wright Gammon, Jr. (Kappa–Mercer ’80) • Ray S. Smith III (Upsilon–North Carolina ’79) • John Wood Cox, Jr. (Delta Theta–Georgia Southern ’73) • Christopher E. Chapman (Theta Commission–Citadel ’12) • William Lawrence Manning Knox Jr. (Gamma–Georgia ’65)

William B. Crawford Province Court of Honor

Horace H. White Ceremony at Shreveport, Louisiana.

Then on May 6, 2016 at the Shreveport Club in Shreveport, Louisiana, the following were inducted: • Hershel Floyd (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09) • Gary Williams (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09) • D. Brook Sebren (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09) • Richard D. Liles (Alpha Iota–Centenary ’80) • Tommy Scurria (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09) • Ryan A. Richardson (Gamma Nu–Louisiana-Monroe ’09) • Matthew D. O’Neal (Gamma Alpha–Louisiana Tech ’06) not pictured but inducted

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 52


Province Commander Mike Ruff, Cline, Merrill, Wilson, and Councilor Blair Bailey.

The Court’s Induction Ceremony was held during Province Council at the Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center outside of Panama City, Florida on February 6, 2016. Inductees: • M. Blake Cline (Zeta Nu–North Florida ’07) • David C. Merrill (Zeta Pi–Florida Gulf Coast ’08) • Michael P. Wilson (Alpha Theta–Transylvania ’00)



8/23/16 10:35 AM

Alumni News

William Sprigg Hamilton Province Court of Honor

Stephen F. Austin State: In early 2016, tornadoes ripped through Rockwall, Texas. Area alumnus Ted Crawford (right), challenged his company’s employees to donate for relief—with the caveat he’d match their donations five to one. Here he presents a check for $17,888 to the local Chamber of Commerce and fire department. It was the single largest donation. Hamilton Province’s (from left to right) Brann, Carr, Wllington, McConnell, Swartzwelder, Owen, and Ransbottom stand together at Moody Hall.

The Court’s Induction Ceremony was held after Province Council at Moody Hall on post at the Virginia Military Institute on February 20, 2016. Inductees: • Dustin G. Brann (Alpha Omega–North Carolina State ’10) • Andrew P. Carr (Epsilon Iota–Texas State ’00) • Dr. David A. Ellington (Beta Commission–VMI ’71) • COL Franklin J. McConnell Jr. (Beta Commission–VMI ’06) • CPT John W. Swartzwelder Jr. (Alpha Rho–West Virginia ’69) • Joseph M. Owen Jr. (Beta Chi–West Virginia Wesleyan ’70) • James M. Ransbottom (Alpha Rho–West Virginia ’99) Hampden-Sydney: Covington attorney William T. “Bill” Wilson ’57 was presented the Champion of Justice award at the annual meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). This award, presented by national ABOTA president, Joel Collins, recognized Wilson’s service, not only to the Virginia ABOTA Chapter, but also his service to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; the Virginia State Bar and his community.

Alumni Chapter Update Macon, Georgia Alumni Chapter Convivium

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 53


Arizona: Gabe Majolica ‘09 (right) and business partner CPT Mark Evans manage a service-disabled veteran-owned IT firm based in Tempe, Arizona.



The Macon, Georgia Alumni Chapter held Convivium Saturday, February 27th. Brothers from Kappa, Delta Theta, Gamma, Alpha Sigma, Epsilon Nu, Beta Lambda, Iota, Delta and many more were in attendance with their dates (including a few KA Roses). Tim Adams gave the toast to Robert E. Lee, Derry Burns led a moment of silence for brothers who have passed, and Bert Thompson led us in prayer. Following our program, Josh Carson & Maggie Renfroe entertained us with live music! We also launched a new website, maconareaka. com, to help provide information to brothers.


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Sports Page

Sports Review

by Jay Langhammer







Paxton Dixon ’15, Guard

Alex Gerchow ’12, Forward 184 points, 7.1 avg, 122 rebounds

Michael Humphrey ’15, Forward 310 points, 10.3 per game; 191 rebounds, 6.4 per game

Andy Teasdale ’12, punter 67 punts for 39.5 avg, best of 57 yards, 23 inside the 20

Brandon Young ’13, Guard

Logan Mancuso ’14, Forward


Jacob Spence ’15, Forward

Kellen Brondel ‘13, Center SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team


Steven Wronkoski ’12, Guard 157 points, 4.6 avg.



Max McCaffrey ’14, wide receiver led with 52 receptions for 643 yards, six TDs All-ACC Academic Team

Mason Spease ’14, Guard 167 points, 5.6 per game

Tanner Cochran ‘15 Guard 262 points, 9.4 per game


Tanner Gentges ‘15, Forward 120 points, 4.4 per game

Mike LeBlanc ’14, forward

Jake Kite ’15, safety 11 games Colin Duffy ’15, deep snapper

PRESBYTERIAN-BETA PI Harrison Burton ’15, Guard Charlie Inclan ’13, Guard

Kyle Wellner ’14, safety

MISSISSIPPI-ALPHA UPSILON (SUGAR BOWL) Nathan Noble ’13, kickoff specialist 94 kickoffs, 64.1 avg, 54 touchbacks Ryan Buchanan ’14, QB & kick holder 13 games ALABAMA-ALPHA BETA (COTTON BOWL, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) Nolan Boatner ’15, offensive lineman ARKANSAS-ALPHA OMICRON (LIBERTY BOWL) Jackson Hannah ’15, offensive lineman Connor Kuremsky

FLORIDA STATE-GAMMA ETA (CHICK-FIL-A BOWL) Christian Griffith ’15, wide receiver played in one game Lucas Clark ’12, quarterback CALIFORNIA-ALPHA XI (ARMED FORCES BOWL) Andrew Black ’15, quarterback

A full listing and recap of 2015-16 fall sports, including statistics, is available at Michael Humphrey

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 54


Pat Elliott



8/24/16 10:27 AM

Sports Page

SWIMMING STANFORD-ALPHA PI Connor Kuremsky ‘12, Diver 2nd in 3-meter event & 6th in 1-meter event at Pac-12 meet 18th in 1-meter at NCAA meet SOUTHWESTERN-XI Simon Gersib ‘14 swam 100 & 200 breaststroke events at SCAC meet Zachary Kline ‘14 swam in 3 events at SCAC meet Joshua Van Houten ‘13 competed in several SCAC events WASHINGTON COLLEGE-BETA OMEGA D. J. Bradshaw ‘14 winner of team’s Sho’men Club Award

Pat Elliott ‘15 team MVP; All-Conference in 3 events; won the Centennial Conference 200 freestyle

BASEBALL CENTENARY-ALPHA IOTA Colten Maples ‘15 Shortstop All-SCAC 2nd team; hit .306 (44 of 144)

Barrett Kaul ‘15, Pitcher 12 games, 3.80 ERA, 1 win, 1 save Jacob Mardick ‘14, Pitcher 13 games

Finny Dorsch ‘15 competed in multiple Centennial events

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY-ALAPH TAU Aaron Kurz ‘15, Pitcher

Joseph Stearns ‘13, Infielder 23 games, hit .250

Danny Furman ‘14

Matt Hinson ‘13, Pitcher

Bubba White ‘14, Pitcher

Charlie Logan ‘13 placed in top 8 in his Centennial events

Austin Stephan ‘l4, Catcher/1B hit .276 (16 of 58) in 19 games

Hayden Williams ‘15, Pitcher

Kevin Mackenzie ‘15 placed 4th in Centennial 100 breaststroke

MILLSAPS-ALPHA MU Zac Borne ‘14, pitcher Cavan Breland ‘14, infielder hit .286 (40 of 140), 13 stolen bases

Jason Mercando ‘14 placed 18th in Centennial 200 freestyle

Connor Woodall ‘15, Infielder hit .313 (20 of 64) in 25 games MISSISSIPPI-ALPHA UPSILON

Sean Connelly ‘14, Infielder

Matt Denny ‘13, Pitcher pitched 9 games for 43-19 team

Jimmy Fondren ‘15, infielder


Daniel Gallarno ‘13, Pitcher

Billly Arendt ‘14, Third Base All-Ivy League 1st team; hit .277(40 of 155); 4 home runs and 30 runs scored

Ty Brown ‘14, Catcher

Cody Weiler ‘15 placed 2nd in Centennial 100 backstroke; won team Most Improved Swimmer award

John Wiltshire ‘14, Pitcher pitched in 13 games, 2-2 record

Nathan Gatlin ‘15, Pitcher

Danny Baer ‘15, Outfielder Zack Belski ‘14, First Baseman All-Ivy League 1st team; hit .253 (36 of 147); 3 home runs and 28 RBI

D. J. Bradshaw

Nick Hernandez ‘14, Infielder All-Ivy League 2nd team; hit .288 (49 of 170); 3 home runs and 28 RBI Danny Hoy ‘13, Second Baseman All-Ivy League 1st team; hit .322 (55 of 171); team highs of 41 runs, 11 2B, and 5 home runs

Connor Hager

Andres Larramendi ‘14, Catcher Paul Tupper ‘15, Outfielder scored 15 runs and had 17 RBI SOUTHWESTERN-XI Noah Clark ‘14, Pitcher TRANSYLVANIA-ALPHA THETA Jakob Hamilton, Catcher Justin Warren ‘14, Infielder

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 55




Bryce Crater ‘14, Pitcher


8/23/16 10:35 AM

Sports Page

Sports Review

Noah West UNIV. OF THE SOUTHALPHA ALPHA Tony Dykes ‘14, Outfielder hit .252 (32 of 127) in 39 games WASHINGTON COLLEGEBETA OMEGA Chase Thomas ‘13, Pitcher WASHINGTON & LEE-ALPHA Kyle Ruedisili ‘15, Outfielder In 40 games, hit .294 (with team highs of 47 hits, 160 at bats and 9 stolen bases


A. J. Crouch Tyler Branneky ‘13, Infielder All-SLIAC 2nd team; hit .301 with 12 2B & 10 HRs Connor Hager ‘15, Infielder hit .342 (50 of 146) with 7 HRs, 37 runs, 44 RBI Blake Strebler ‘15, Infielder/ Outfielder hit .314 (44 of 140) with 11 2b and 28 RBI



Nick Bohlmann ’14, Outfielder hit .344 (53 of 154) with 45 runs, 32 RBi and 5 triples

Max Greyserman ‘15 over 26 rounds, averaged 73.20 with a low of 65 and 2nd place tie in Princeton Invitational (134)

Tanner Branneky ‘14, Outfielder/Pitcher All-SLIAC 1st team; Central All-Region 2nd team; hit .343 with 14 2B & 10 HRs; 2-2 with 5 saves

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 56

A. J. Hopkins ‘14 Over 24 rounds, averaged 79.13 with a low of 72 (224) at the Coca-Cola Invitational

*Over the winter, Maguire turned pro and joined the tour FURMAN-IOTA Clayte Hubbard ‘15 averaged 78.2 for 6 rounds with a low of 72 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY-ALPHA TAU


Hill Donihe ‘15 placed 19th (147) at the Virginia State meet

Miles Adiddel ‘16 tied for 22nd at the Lindenwood Invitational SUMMER 2016

A. J. Crouch ‘13 averaged 74.08 with a low round of 68; tied for 12th at the Sun Trust Gator Meet and Focus Classic; 38 birdies & 2 eagles Jack Maguire ‘15 Over 12 fall rounds, he averaged 70.25, tied for 4th at the Fighting Illini meet; tied for 5th at Dick’s Collegiate; and tied for 6th at the Jerry Pate National

CENTENARY-ALPHA IOTA Chris Cates ‘14 placed 16th (156) at the SCAC meet




Matt Wasson ‘14, Outfielder hit .258 (25 of 97) with 18 runs and 11 RBI



MILLSAPS-ALPHA MU Ryan Henry ‘12 tied for 12th (219) at the SAA meet Nick Ingles ‘13 Tyler Kastner ‘13 tied for 17th (223) at the SAA meet Ed Kirby ‘14 Ryan Martin ‘13 tied for 27th (227) at the SAA meet MISSISSIPPI-ALPHA UPSILON Noah West ‘13 played in all 11 tournaments and averaged 73.42, with four top 20 finishes; career best 4th place tie (216) was at the Old Waverly Collegiate meet


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Sports Page

Wyatt Devine

Conrad Kaminski

Ross Bell ‘15 led team with 74.7 average over 27 rounds; tied for 12th (216) at the Shoal Creek meet and tied for 17th (218) at the Mobile Invitational


WESTMINSTER-ALPHA ETA Drew Biscan ‘14 Pete Gable ‘13 Blake Stonecipher ‘13 played in the SLIAC meet and was 28th WOFFORD-DELTA Patrick Langdon ‘12 averaged 76.11 for 9 rounds; low of 73


caused 35 turnovers; 2nd with 75 ground balls

Rob Rhea ‘14, defense 16 games, 39 ground balls

Reid Maxmin ‘13, mid-field 5 games

Zack Riggs ‘14, mid-field 16 games, 25 goals, 53 ground balls

Rowland Pettit ‘13, defenseman 9 games

Ben Rogers ‘12, mid-fleld 16 games, 34 ground balls


Joe Ryan ‘15, attack

Jared Arntzen ‘14, defense 60 ground balls, won 66.7% of faceoffs

Joe Shermock ‘15, mid-field 15 games, 14 ground balls

Wyatt Devine ‘13, goalie All-American honorable mention; led OAC with .584 save % and goals against average (7.48) Will Douthat ‘13 20 games, posted 22 ground balls Keith Havermann ‘15, mid-field

Triston Stegall ‘15, defense

Brock Slater ‘14, defense 16 games, 15 ground balls

Jonathan Henry ‘14, mid-field 18 games, scored 12 points


Scottie Southall ‘15, mid-field

Parker Rankin ‘15, mid-field 15 games, 7 goals, 28 ground balls

Brendan Thompson ‘14, mid-field 15 games, 9 points

Max Hutson ‘13, mid-field 15 games


Evan Wright ‘12, mid-field 15 games, 14 points

Nick Bailey ‘5, attack Kaz Blackwell ‘12, mid-field Ethan Borkowski ‘15, mid-field Gus Burge, 12’, mid-field

Clay Douthat ‘12, attack Jackson Fields ‘15, mid-field Brandon Heller ’14, mid-fleld 13 games

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 57

James Veith ‘15, attack 17 games

Tanner Wright ‘14 mid-field I4 games, 36 goals




Conley Street ‘13, mid-field co-captain, 8 games

Kyle Dagostino ‘15

WASHINGTON & LEE-ALPHA NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS Buck Armstrong ‘13, defense All-American 1st team, played in North-South All-Star game;


Evan Enriquez ‘13 All-American 1st team, led MPSF in digs per set (2.53); game career high (18) Madison Hayden ‘13 All-MPSF 2nd team; 12th in


nation with 10.12 assists per set; led team with 312 kills; career high 24 Clay Jones ‘14 Conrad Kaminski ‘13 won Ryan Miller Award as best middle attacker in nation; All-American 3rd team; 2nd in nation with 1.49 blocks per game; 2nd in nation; Academic All-American 1st team Colin McCall ‘14 Kevin Rakestraw ‘14 All-MPSF honorable mention; 121 blocks


Alex Cherry ‘15, mid-field 7 goals

Joe Perrella ‘14, mid-field 20 games, 20 goals, 33 ground balls

Madison Hayden


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Sports Page

Sports Review

Evan Enriquez


James Shaw ‘13 All-American 1st team; MPSF Player of Year; led team with 941 assists; 12th in nation with 10.21 assists per set Alex Stephanus ‘13 Gabriel Vega ‘13 AVCA National Player of Week in February; 2nd on team with 255 kills

Jordan Hart ‘14

Samuel Hodgson ‘15

Ricks Saad ‘14

Zachary Meikle ‘12 played in HCAC tournament

FURMAN-IOTA Ben Horst ‘13 11-11 in singles & 14-9 in doubles Ryan Massinople ‘15 Stefan Rhodes ‘15 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY-ALPHA TAU

TENNIS BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN-PHI Patrick Hire, 12 All-SAA 1st team; 16-5 in singles & 15-7 in doubles play Alex Makarenko ‘13 All-SAA 1st team; 15-7 in singles and doubles play Jason Weinacker ‘13 All-SAA 2nd team; 16-4 in singles and 17-4 in doubles DAVIDSON-SIGMA J. B. Gough ‘14 9-8 in singles & 8-5 in doubles

Nathan Horvit ‘15

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN-PHI Connor Wright ‘13 Second in 400 hurdles (57.64) at SAA outdoor meet STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATEDELTA KAPPA


Derek Orlando,’15 placed 5th in the hammer throw (173’11”) & 7th in the shot (51’11.75) at Southland Conference meet

Matthew Williams, 14



Clay Martin ‘15

Tom Colautti ‘15 All-Ivy League 2nd team in singles 19-13; 19-18 in doubles



Alexander Day ‘15 All-Ivy League 2nd team in doubles (24-16); singles record was 21-14 SOUTHWESTERN-XI Will Ellis, 15 16-8 in doubles play A. J. Garcia ‘15 Rod Khansari ‘15 17-5 in doubles play Neik Khansari ‘15 7-3 in singles play Sam McCready ‘14 14-9 in doubles play

Derek Orlando


Jarod Metz ‘12 WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYANBETA CHI Gabe Garrison ‘15 Mitch Kuiper ‘14 Alex Moss ‘15 At the MEC meet, placed 3rd in the javelin and 10th in the discus Desmond Sivels ‘14 At the MEC meet, placed 3rd with the 400 relay; tied for 3rd in the long jump; and was fifth in the 100 (11.19) Lamar Thompson ‘14 placed 9th in the triple jump at MEC meet

Nickoloz Snovely ‘14 13-4 in singles &16-3 in doubles


David Strong ‘15 6-1 in singles &5-2 in doubles

Douglas Guyett ‘14, Princeton rowing squad

TRANSYLVANIA-ALPHA THETA Robert Albrecht ‘12 played in HCAC tournament Joshua Buckman ‘12 played in HCAC tournament

Bobak Shadpoor ‘15, Duke fencing team

Will La Dow ‘15, Stanford sailing squad Sam Ezratty ‘14, Princeton Squash team

Estaban Favetto ‘14 Reza Haider ‘12 played in HCAC tournament

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 58




8/23/16 10:36 AM

Our Legacy

Carrying the Tradition Recent happenings with legacies of Former Knight Commanders Former Knight Commander Dreyer’s Grandson Initated Former Knight Commander William E. Dreyer (Alpha Delta–William Jewell ’57) was a proud grandfather this past year. His two twin grandsons from KA sonin-law Thomas Edwin “Ed” Norris (Alpha Delta–William Jewell ’80) were both initiated. And, he was there for each of them. Pictured are William E. Norris (Alpha Delta–William Jewell ’16), left, and James D. “J. D.” Norris (Delta Omicron– Clemson ’15), and their father, Ed, after William’s initiation.

Proud Father of Air Force Instructor Pilot Former Knight Commander J. Michael Duncan (Delta Kappa–Stephen F. Austin State ’69) is pictured with his son Chris (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’02) at Luke Air Force Base, in Phoenix, Arizona. Chris is a Major in the United States Air Force and a F35 instructor pilot, hence, the F35 in the background.

Warren Presents Son with KA Sword

Do you have a new or old legacy story? Send them in to the Editor, Jesse S. Lyons, at

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 59




Former Knight Commander Hon. David M. “Dink” Warren (Tau–Wake Forest ’78) presented his son McLean M. Warren (Epsilon Mu–Elon ’14) with an ornate Kappa Alpha Sword for his twenty-first birthday. The photo here was taken in Warren’s chambers. Warren is a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in North Carolina.


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Foundation Today




capitalize on the broadest alumni engagement effort in the Order’s history, the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF) hosted “KA Gives,” an inaugural day of giving, on December 21, 2015. This was a serious endeavor as the KAOEF had never hosted a Day of Giving and December is certainly a timeframe near Christmas that might keep members off their computers. The Day of Giving was organized by the KAOEF to reach as many KAs as possible on the actual day of KA’s 150th anniversary. The goal was to get as many KA alumni to give some amount before and on December 21. This was achieved in many ways: First, a national website was created to host information and take online gifts from individuals. It was on this website that alumni and non-members could track real-time donations. Second, chapters and even alumni, were able to create a “giving page” and “crowd-fund” by emailing and soliciting their own alumni, parents, and stake-holders. Chapters were organized through a series of webinars and conference calls

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 60


Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Day of Giving

that taught them the right approach through messaging and marketing. These chapters were then able to compete against one-another for two different leaderboards: most dollars raised and the most donors per chapter. Third, throughout the fall, emails to all alumni were sent to alert them that a Day of Giving would be held. Along with the emails, a direct mail campaign was utilized in November to allow donors to send in an offline gift to be counted t ward the Day of Giving and toward their chapter’s fundraising efforts. Finally, on the actual date, KA staff set up a phone bank and called as many of our donors from the past fiscal ear to thank them for their support and ask them to make a gift on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Order. Additionally, eleven matching challenge gifts, were announced throughout the day. These were sent via email to every alumnus in KA’s national database. Every matching challenge, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, were met or exceeded that day. Kappa Alpha Order, the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation, and future KAs everywhere thank you for your support.



8/23/16 10:36 AM

Foundation Today

Donor Appreciation Winners Each of these members received a copy of Excelsior: The History of Kappa Alpha Order • 50th Donation: Russell Williams (Sigma–Davidson) •1 00th Donation: Michael McDowell (Gamma Sigma–West Texas A&M) • 150th Donation: Carroll Hart (Alpha Sigma–Georgia Tech) • 200th Donation: John W. Downs (Beta Commission–VMI) •2 50th Donation: Stephen E. Foster (Beta Chi–West Virginia Wesleyan • 300th Donation: Littleton Maxwell (Zeta–Randolph-Macon) • 350th Donation: Sam Cole (Alpha Mu–Millsaps) • 400th Donation: William Emery (Gamma Alpha–Louisiana Tech)

TOP FUNDRAISING CHAPTERS The following chapters excelled in their support and fundraising for the KAOEF! The top four chapters each received a grant to attend the Emerging Leaders Academy. TOP FUNDRAISING CHAPTERS BY DOLLAR AMOUNT:

Funds Raised Support Undergraduate Scholarships and Leadership Programs

1. Alpha Delta–William Jewell.............$17,967.20 2. Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi................... $14,526.85 3. Beta Zeta–Florida.............................. $12,517.85 4. Alpha Pi–Stanford...............................$6,850.00 5. Nu–Auburn........................................$6,385.27 TOP FUNDRAISING CHAPTERS BY TOTAL DONORS: 1. Gamma Eta–Florida State.................. 72 Donors 2. Alpha Delta–William Jewell................... 41 Donors 3. Alpha Eta–Westminster......................... 41 Donors 4. Beta Alpha–Missouri S&T...................... 26 Donors 5. Delta Omicron–Clemson........................ 23 Donors

Nearly all of the funds raised throough KA’s Innagural “Day of Giving” were unrestricted, meaning they would go to support the most worthy causes and needs of the KAOEF. The hundreds who made contributions have helped to impact future KAs through scholarships & leadership education programs: 

Number I’s Leadership Institute,

Province Council,

Emerging Leaders Academy, and

T he E. Fleming Mason Memorial D.C. Internship.

HOURLY OLD GOLDEN TICKET WINNERS Chapters with the most money raised online during the following hours receive recognition in the KA Journal and a certificate.

These programs are all designed to help our brothers be better prepared to face the challenges within their chapter, as well as provide skills that will be transferable beyond their time in college. Day of Giving Success Stats:

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 61

Delta Omicron–Clemson Alpha Delta–William Jewell Alpha Eta–Westminster Beta Rho–Roanoke

878 Total Individual Donors | 576 Online Donors | 934 total donations | $182,884.93 raised for KAOEF




9-10am: 11am-Noon: 3-4pm: 7-8pm:


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Foundation Today Donation In Memory of:

Cliff Y. Davis by Gregory R. Singleton

The Hon. Alfred H. Adams by T he Hon. Thomas E. Cauthorn III

Lionel T. Davis by L TC Thomas Ray Murray USA (Ret)

Randall C. Aldrich by William J. Rapp III Dr. Paul J. Andrisani by Eugene M. Julian Todd R. Angle by Marcus E. Angle Jr.

James D. Hunter by B urton A. Richards III William A. Jenkins by Frank W. Podpechan

Deceased Delta Omega Chapter Alumni by K even Brelsford Caldarera Augustine D. Edwards Jr. by Jonathan E. Dorough

Sonya Rebecca Jordan by L TC Horace R. Jordan USA (Ret.) Walter Carlisle Kannaday III by Lloyd M. Knapp Jr.

Norman Richard Metz by Avis J. Metz Jerry L. Milligan by Pat Matthews Albert G. Moncla by Marvin L. Moncla Dr. Thomas H. Moseley by R. Clay Moseley by D r. Thomas H. Moseley Jr.

Jacob West Summers IV by Ben W. Satcher Jr. by J. West Summers III

Larry A. Ledsome by T. Michael Cobb

Dr. Douglas Daniels Ashley by S GT John Jacob R. Moock Jr.

Philip F. Foster by J. West Summers III

Dr. John P. LeMaster by Alex L. Hassinger

Christie L. Patterson, Jr. by T he Hon. W. Gus Elliott

W. Julian Foy by John Michael Moore

John Baylies Baker by Sheldon Burleson by Helen Motion by Judy H. Wood

Joseph Ray Gill by William E. Dreyer by Larry S. Wiese

John C. Lindner by K even Brelsford Caldarera

Thomas G. Paulson II by M. Tom Faircloth by Dr. Garry L. Nall

Dr. J. Allen Lowman Jr. by T he Hon. William M. Acker Jr.

Dr. Ovid W. Pierce Jr. by Joseph W. Pegram

Fredrick J. Beasley by Roy O. Rodwell Jr. Amanda M. Bell by Gustavous H. Bell Arthur Rikard Best Jr. by Lindsay B. Bratun by Ben W. Satcher Jr. Jackson E. Bolinger by M AJ R. J. MacDowell USAF (Ret.) Rivers H. Buford Jr. by D aniel Richard Amato Jr. Presnall G. Cage by Matthew M. Bell by H arold N. Hopkins III by Joseph Lucas Hanna William Parks Cole by Timothy K. Adams David C. Conner by F all 1976 Pledge Class of Delta Xi

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 62

Timothy J. Harle by K even Brelsford Caldarera

Wayford Lyons by C PT Ronald C. Plunkett Quentin L. Mantooth by Frank W. Podpechan Thomas Eugene Martin by M iles Racey Orndorff Jr. Thomas E. Martin by D r. Cleveland H. Porter Jr.

Adam P. Heslep Jr. by Joe F. Mills Robert C. Hickman by Dr. H. Tom Williams by Jerry D. Carlisle Angus T. Hinson by D r. Philip Bates Bailey MD

E. Fleming Mason by Lee S. Dixon George W. McCall Jr. by Larry S. Wiese Richard A. McClure by C MDR James R. McClure USN (Ret.)

Carroll F. Hoffman by T. Michael Cobb Dr. Robert L. Houston Jr. by William J. Houston

James F. McKenzie by L TC Horace R. Jordan USA (Ret.) Don Melton by C. Alan Melton



David Dwight Stone by Buffalo Creek Boys

Giles H. O'Neal by Timothy K. Adams

Donald N. Fowler by Anonymous

David K. Bassore by Robert E. Petty

Buel E. Stalls Jr. by Louis C. Smith Jr. by Larry S. Wiese

Douglas C. Stone by Betty B. Stone

Dennis A. Finn by John W. Simpson

Loren Que Hanson by Timothy K. Adams by Richard A. Barnes by Andrew P. Carr by D r. William G. Coleman by M. Tom Faircloth by Dr. Garry L. Nall by Jack R. Taylor

Julie Smith by LTC George T. Smith

Linton D. North by Dr. Darden H. North

Dr. James Jefferson Kennedy III by James M. Croley

Thomas A. Archibald by L TC Walter David Archibald (Ret.) by Sam O. Leake Jr.

Sylvia Sherill by G uy Brannon Scott IV

Dr. William L. Poteat by R obert James Ramseur John D. Rather IV by Dr. Edwin P. Rather Edwin L. Reeves by R andolph D. Royall Sr. Dr. James C. Reynolds by G raves Province Court of Honor by Gretta Robb Mark A. Robb by Eric A. Robb Hubel Robins Jr. by Mary Ann Robins Joe L. Seacat by M AJ Charles A. Bertalot by Joe F. Mills William D. Settlemire by Charles C. Dawson Mrs. Henry I. Siegling by G EN Henry I. Seigling

Thomas R. Tedcastle by E dward G. Sullivan Esq. W. Jefferson Thomas by B . Sandford Birdsey III William A. Travis Jr. by COL Walter Middelton Fitts Sr. L. Glynn Tubbs by Robert E. Canterbury Irby Turner III by Jon Crosby Turner by Stanley J. Viner Nick Alexander Upton by Larry S. Wiese Tim Pieter Hendrik Vorenkamp by Larry S. Wiese Sydney L. Wade by Timothy K. Adams by Dianne C. Bailey by Julie C. Burkhard by Brent E. Buswell by Andrew P. Carr by Alfred Diaz Jr. by William E. Dreyer by Jim Ewbank by Julie L. Johnson by Kappa Delta Sorority by Gordon L. Kinne by Sam O. Leake Jr.


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Foundation Today by Jesse S. Lyons by Durward W. Owen by Nicholas S. Palmer by David N. Price by Ben W. Satcher Jr. by S. Todd Shelton by Gregory R. Singleton by Mark E. Timmes by Dr. Idris R. Traylor Jr. by Karen Hughes White by Eddie S. Wilson by Susan S. Zabriskie

Delta Beta ChapterDelta State University by William H. Everitt

Gary D. Widmer by C OL Henry Lee Van Brederode USA (Ret.)

Zachary Allen Diamond by Andrew P. Carr

David T. Martineau V by Andrew P. Carr SGM E. Kent McMichael by David A. Ellington

Delta Iota ChapterUniversity of TexasArlington by Alfred Diaz Jr.

Omicron Chapter-University of Texas at Austin by Norman Charles George

Delta Rho Pledge Class of 1972 by Mark F. Johnson

Harrison Alden Robb by Eric A. Robb John K Roberts Jr. by John K. Roberts

Ken A. Crill by Dan H. Aken Rev. George B. Cunningham by Leonard J. Maranto

Robert H. Yeatman by James E. Sylvanus

William E. Dreyer by Daniel R. Amato Jr. by G. Patterson Apperson III by Dr. John H. Brunner, MD by Dr. Burnell Landers

Stephen Nicholas Zalopany by Robert A. Pugh

MAJ Chris & Amy Duncan by J. Michael Duncan

Donation In Honor of:

Epsilon Delta ChapterTexas A&M University by Ben J. Raymond

Phillip K. Weimer by Timothy N. Weimer

William Hand Allen by Andrew P. Carr Richard A. Barnes by H. Lynn Greer Jr. Blake E. Benney by Andrew P. Carr Beta Commission-Virginia Military Institute by Joseph M. Spivey III Beta Upsilon ChapterMarshall University by Dr. William T. Cohee Beta Zeta ChapterUniversity of Florida by Gregory B. Adams Robert P. Black by C OL Malcolm S. Underwood Jr. (Ret.) Ethan J. Bush by D. Mitchell Sheaffer Brent E. Buswell by Jesse S. Lyons

Jay D. Chamberlain IV by Andrew P. Carr

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 63

Ben W. Satcher Jr. by Wayne E. Dawson Erik T. Showalter by Jesse S. Lyons William H. Skipper Jr. by John W. Beauchamp J. Michael Stephenson by H. Lynn Greer Jr. L. Don Stricklin by Andrew P. Carr Michael E. Tibbs by Jeremy E. Tibbs

Kyle R. Fleischmann by Robert S. Pollock

Ken D. Tidwell by Andrew P. Carr

Gamma Chi Chapter– Texas Tech University by E. Powell Thompson

J. Murray Underwood Jr. by James N. C. Moffat III

Brad R. Greer by H. Lynn Greer Jr.

Gordon S. Varnedoe by LT James M. Tallman MD

Hamilton Province Court of Honor by Dr. Walter D. Shields Jr.

VMA-223 USMC by Warren R. Pollard James H. Webb by Jesse S. Lyons

Bryan C. Heck by Ross W. Newberry

Johnson L. Webster by George A. Webster

Matthew R. Hollomom by Jesse S. Lyons

Lyles B. Webster by George A. Webster

Darren S. Kay by Daniel R. Amato Jr.

Larry S. Wiese by David L. Westol by Timothy K. Adams

David E. Kihyet by H. Mark Purdy Steve C. Knight by 1LT David O. Beal

LTC William Earl Wray Jr., USA (Ret.) by Andrew P. Carr

Clifford F. Loader by Andrew P. Carr

Ryan T. Young by Andrew P. Carr

SGT Clevie C. Luckadoo Jr. by Jesse S. Lyons

Larry F. Robb by Eric A. Robb

Joseph W. Lyman III by Robert E. Canterbury


Travis L. Sartain by Andrew P. Carr


Palmer returns, Masey hired NICK PALMER (DELTA

Lambda–Middle Tennessee State ’07), former director of chapter development for Kappa Alpha Order, joined the staff of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation effective November 16, 2015. He is a director of development tasked with raising funds for the benefit of the Order. Aaron D. Masey has been hired as the director of annual giving and stewardship. In this role, he will be primarily responsible for developing the strategic execution of the KA Leadership Fund annual fundraising campaign to include Bid for Brotherhood and the Day of Giving, along with related development work to increase donor support and maintain retention. Aaron graduated cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a focus in business information technology. Aaron has spent the past 12 years working in the real estate business as a title and escrow processor. His wife, Katie, and son, James, reside in Lexington, Virginia.


Richard L. Burke by Andrew P. Carr

Patrick G. Ryan MD by Andrew P. Carr



8/23/16 10:36 AM

Chapter Eternal

Chapter Eternal as reported to Kappa Alpha Order through March 18, 2016.

The Official Badge of the Order is shown as worn on a “hatchment” (a crepe of piece of black ribbon 1/2" wide and 3/4" long). Brothers are to wear this arrangement during a period of mourning as set forth in the Kappa Alpha Laws (App. 103).” Alabama Alpha Bet2a

Georgia Gamma

Oklahoma Beta Eta

Southwestern Xi

Tulsa Mu

Dr. J. Allen Lowman, Jr. 1949, 12/18/2015

Giles H. O'Neal 1956, 03/05/2016

Robert B. Portwood 1959, 04/16/2013

Arkansas Alpha Omicron

Georgia Tech Alpha Sigma

Donald R. Butts 1957, 04/14/2015 Lt Col Thomas Charles Sanders USA (Ret.) 1954, 10/29/2015

Robert M. Gill 1946, 08/22/2015

Jim V. Adams 1940, 04/17/2013 Everett J. Athens 1938, 05/05/1993 Neal P. Barrett 1949, 01/12/2014 Robert G. Barry 1950, 10/30/2011 E. Wilson Bentley, Jr. 1939, 08/03/2006 Pierce M. Broach 1930, 01/13/1989 Frank E. Brown 1929, 03/07/2008 Robert O. Bruton 1948, 03/17/2012 Dr. Alfred H. Bungardt 1932, 03/19/2002 Dan K. Clark 1957, 09/07/2014 James Robert McDonald Jr. 1949, 02/10/2016 Jerry L. Milligan 1950, 02/18/2016

Hon. Jack Luther Lively 1952, 07/12/2014 Robert L. McGoffin 1960, 01/19/2015 Thomas E. Means 1955, 02/26/2014 Joe Lamberson Seacat 1960, 12/01/2015 Louis M. Shea 1952 09/15/2015 LeRoy Alston Shoemaker 1944, 07/12/2014 Richard M. Widdows 1948, 04/06/2014

Auburn Nu Stephen A. Kruse 1981, 01/23/2016

Baylor Delta Omega Timothy J. Harle 1985, 06/24/2008

Birmingham-Southern Phi Frank W. Davies Jr. 1943, 03/24/2014 Jerry D. Grissom , 08/05/2014

William & Mary Alpha Zeta Thomas E. Martin 1958, 07/19/2015 Raiford L. Whitfield, Jr. 1953, 09/27/2014

Davidson Sigma Dr. Richard L. Coppedge 1939, 06/20/2015 Lawrence W. McIntosh 1953, 05/09/2015

Delaware Beta Epsilon Edward F. LaFond, Jr. 1957, 06/24/2015

East Tennessee State Delta Delta John R. Rothgeb Jr. 1967, 12/02/2015

Emory Epsilon Dr. Robert F. Crawford 1948, 04/28/2014 Dr. Wade Prichard Huie Jr. 1940, 05/30/2015

Florida Beta Zeta Stuart L. Bentler 1963, 05/20/2011 Rivers H. Buford, Jr. 1947, 01/03/2016 Jerry A. Devane 1951, 12/16/1995

Florida State Gamma Eta Ariel B. Matocan 1986, 02/07/2016 Frank J. Vrenna 1951, 01/25/2015

Furman Iota William Boyd Reeves 1951, 01/18/2016

George Washington Alpha Nu Nick Upton 2014, 08/30/2015

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 64

Georgia Southern Delta Theta Marvin L. Gordon 1970, 05/16/2006

Johns Hopkins Alpha Lambda Taft Renshaw Phoebus Sr. 1949, 11/17/2015 Robert H. Reynolds 1936, 11/27/2015 David A. Scott 1941, 03/22/2009

Lamar Gamma Xi Marc Joseph Cram 2015, 03/13/2016

Louisiana State Alpha Gamma Charles M. Prentice 1979, 11/17/2015

Louisville Beta Omicron Dr. William B. Kelly 1947, 08/27/2015

Mercer Kappa D. Mark Baxter 1974, 10/22/2015

Millsaps Alpha Mu James G. Chastain III 1941, 10/17/2014 Dr. William F. Lynch Jr. 1953, 02/01/2015 Joe B. Sills 1946, 06/23/2015

Mississippi State Beta Tau R. Peter Hairston 1947, 03/13/2015 Robert C. Hickman 1966, 09/05/2015 Frank L. O'Keefe 1958, 02/15/2016

Missouri Alpha Kappa Kenneth H. Reid 1941, 01/07/2016

Missouri State Gamma Beta Bill G. Revis 1948, 08/25/2015 Joe E. Revis 1948, 09/19/2003 William A. Ryan 1949, 09/17/2013

North Carolina Upsilon Thomas C. Ballenger 1945, 02/18/2015

Northwestern State Gamma Psi Randy T. Richard 1976, 01/31/2016

Oklahoma City Gamma Kappa

Stephen F. Austin State Delta Kappa Jack D. Hirmon 1980, 03/06/2016 Justin Lenderman 2015, 02/12/2016

Tennessee Pi Harold G. Clayton 1955, 07/22/2015 Gideon W. Fryer 1940, 12/13/2014 Bryan S. Manley Jr. 1942, 01/27/2015 COL John B. McKinney 1940, 10/09/2013 Charles A. Osborne, Jr. 1943, 02/08/2015 Gordon T. Scott 1989, 10/15/2014 Paul Winston Walker 1958, 07/22/2015

Tennessee-Martin Delta Upsilon

Dr. Gorst H. Duplessis 1961, 04/18/2015

Jonathan L. Bird 1985, 04/15/2015

Oklahoma State Beta Xi Donald N. Fowler 1947, 08/09/2015 Dale W. Osborn 1957, 11/09/2015

Texas Omicron

Coleman D. Figg 1953, 02/15/2016 George William McCall Jr. 1948, 12/22/2015

John B. Baker 1955, 10/30/2015 Robert R. Biechlin 1945, 05/27/2015 Hon. John A. Brookshire III 1959, 08/28/2013 George H. Covert Sr. 1940, 06/07/2015 William R. Ellwood III 1955, 01/26/2015 Kenneth R. Johnson 1943, 12/31/2014 Dr. J. Fred Kramer 1956, 01/09/2015

Rollins Alpha Psi

Texas A&M-Commerce Gamma Upsilon

Arthur R. Best Jr. 2009, 11/10/2015 Richard F. Colabella 1951, 03/19/2012 William J. Duffy Jr. 1980, 02/14/2016 Frampton W. Toole 1941, 07/10/2011

Harold Gordon Allen 1972, 12/07/2014

Presbyterian Beta Pi James C. Kincaid, Jr. 1989, 03/15/2015

Richmond Eta

Southeastern Louisiana Epsilon Kappa Christopher C. Champagne 1998, 03/09/2016

Texas-Arlington Delta Iota Dr. Larry W. Bailey 1972, 01/06/2013 SN Al R. Barbosa 1982, 11/09/2014 Mark S. Oliver 1978, 02/11/2015

Texas State Epsilon Iota Ronald R. Morgan 1979, 12/01/2014

Southern California Beta Sigma

Texas Tech Gamma Chi

Bruce R. Byers 1972, 02/20/2009

Bruce W. Blinn 1965, 06/11/2015

Southern Methodist Beta Lambda John D. Batts 1973, 11/30/2014 William L. White 1940,

Transylvania Alpha Theta

Southern Mississippi Gamma Zeta

Rev. John Shelley Akers III 1952, 04/17/2014 Christopher M. Martin 1992, 05/19/2015

James F. McKenzie 1950, 07/17/2015

Tulane Psi Jordan G. McFaull 2008, 08/10/2015



Vanderbilt Chi Dr. Paul W. Auston, Jr. 1961, 08/14/2007 Dr. Robert S. Francis 1963, 03/29/2014 Dr. Scott A. Pastor 1979, 11/09/2015

Virginia Lambda Dr. Burton Ailes Fleming MD 1945, 05/11/2015 Echol S. Marshall Jr. 1950, 01/30/2016 Warner Moore III 1944, 04/28/2015 Dr. Harry R. Yates Jr. 1944, 06/02/2015

VMI Beta Commission Brian H.M. Bowen 1943, 10/16/2014 Richard C. Coupland Jr. 1991, 02/18/2009 LTC John S. Daniel Jr. 1954, 06/26/2014 Dr. Martin D. Delaney III 1966, 02/03/2008 LTC John D. P. Fuller Jr. 1954, 01/04/2015 Robert S. Jeffries Jr. 1949, 11/16/2015 Richard R. Martinez Jr. 1968, 05/17/2014 Edward L. Oast Jr. 1950, 06/13/2014 BG Ran Larenzo Phillips II, MD 1954, 09/24/2014 COL J. W. Peyton Robertson USMC (Ret.) 1971, 09/10/2014 COL Ronald W. Williams 1992, 03/21/2011 GEN Sam S. Walker (Ret.) 1982, 08/08/2015

Wake Forest Tau Thomas D. Bunn, Jr. 1971, 01/17/2015 Lewis A. Cheek 1971, 06/16/2015 Dr. Carlton M. Harris 1943, 05/24/2003 Richard G. McGimsey, Jr. 1983, 08/21/2013 Clifton Geno Parker, Jr. 1941, 10/18/2014

Washington Univ. Beta Theta Jerry L. Cary 1949, 01/06/2015

Vance C. Lischer Jr. 1952, 01/17/2015 James E. Russell 1947, 08/29/2015 Clyde A. Walker, Jr. 1939, 10/28/2000

Washington College Beta Omega Ernest S. Cookerly 1947, 09/20/2010 George T. Cromwell Jr. 1952, 07/16/2015 Dr. Harry C. Rhodes Ph.D. 1936, 07/14/2014

Washington & Lee Alpha M. Allen Dickson 1940, 10/17/2014 Jesse N. McLane Jr. 1953, 04/05/2013 David R. Murphey III 1951, 07/02/2015 Charles Lane Sartor 1939, 09/24/2014 Damon G Yerkes Jr. 1946, 08/23/2015

West Texas A&M Gamma Sigma James D. Grimsley 1969, 10/31/2015 David K. Gantz 1959, 08/31/2014 Phillip R. Stone 1965, 06/23/2004 Gary L. Thedford 1974, 01/14/2015 Richard D. Weston 1971, 10/10/2014

West Virginia Alpha Rho William J. Anderson 1953, 11/23/2013 Jimmy T. Daniels 1950, 01/17/1996 Alexander A. Fischback III 1954, 03/30/2014 CDR Joseph R. Hawvermale 1942, 12/15/1995 George Joanou 1955, 03/05/2012 Ross G. Jones 1935, 09/02/2003 Robert E. Lavelle Sr. 1960, 01/24/2014 Paul Lloyd Orazi 2010, 05/04/2015 Richard L. Walley 1959, 11/28/2008

West Virginia Wesleyan Beta Chi Dr. Walter L. Brown 1938, 04/04/2015 Jan L. Cook 1949, 07/19/2013 Wallace E. Knight 1947, 09/25/2014

Westminster Alpha Eta John James Auld Jr. 1951, 03/24/2014 Albert A. Cross 1949, 05/05/2015 James B. Nutter 1954, 04/24/2015 George C. Phelps 1954, 04/08/2014


8/23/16 10:36 AM


David L. Turner 1946, 06/19/2015 Jim H. West 1956, 11/08/2013

William & Mary Alpha Zeta Robert C. Elliott II 1968, 10/13/2013 Hon. William T. Prince 1954, 12/15/2014

William Jewell Alpha Delta David K. Bassore 1974, 04/03/2006 George E. Bolenbaugh 1965, 10/17/2006 Raymond William Bowman 1958, 05/26/2014 Russell L. Creason 1942, 10/04/2014 Richard A. Harris 1959, 03/12/2015 David N. Moore 1950, 02/11/2015 Charles B. Paisley 1934, 01/19/2010 Frank W. Ross 1966, 03/07/2014 Robert Byron Taylor 1960, 05/16/2013 John F. Truex 1942, 02/25/2015


Renovations at Oklahoma Chapter House near Completion with FHC Support

Wofford Delta William P. Baskin III 1954, 10/12/2015 Alvis J. Bynum 1956, 04/19/2015 Henry C. Bynum 1951, 05/07/2015 Rev. Philip O. Garland 1950, 07/23/2014 Walter C. Kannaday III 1990, 01/15/2015 Jacob West Summers 2011, 11/15/2015

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 65


with the Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) to complete a three-phase renovation to the Beta Eta Chapter house on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The first two phases, which took place during the 2015 and 2016 summer breaks, included relocation of the bathroom, complete renovation of the showers, bedrooms, living and game rooms, installation of new interior and exterior doors,



replacement of outdoor basketball court, and a renovation of the kitchen and dining room. Phase three is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2017. To discuss options for your chapter, chapter house, or chapter house corporation, contact Brent W. Fellows, assistant executive director for alumni affairs, at


The Journal would also like to acknowledge the passing of Gretta Hogan Robb, widow of the late Larry F. Robb (Gamma Lambda–North Texas ’63). Survivors include her son Eric Robb and wife Jane of Wichita Falls, Texas, and their two KA grandsons, Harrison (Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi ’13) and Mixon (Alpha Omicron– Arkansas ’14), and granddaughter Leigh.


8/23/16 10:36 AM

From the Archives


KA Badge


The badge of John Perryclear Scoville, clandestinely initiated by Beta Gamma as a Citadel cadet—it was this badge that was found nearly a century later and given to his son, Scoville, Jr., upon his alumnus initiation by the Theta Commission.

By Thomas D. Wise (Theta Commission–Citadel ’12)

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 66




8/23/16 10:36 AM


KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 67

made him a hero to the Corps of Cadets. Perhaps that is why, just six months later he was invited to join Kappa Alpha Order. Between 1883 and 1890, Theta Chapter of KA operated clandestinely at The Citadel. In 1890, the college’s governing board strictly banned all social fraternities and Theta Chapter went out of existence. Thirty years later, in 1920, Beta Gamma chapter at the College of Charleston initiated a select, small group of Citadel cadets into the Order. Scoville was one of seven cadets initiated on May 7, 1920. He was awarded a KA badge with the number 4652 engraved on it and he and the other initiated men were registered by the Order as part of the old Theta Chapter. Cadet Scoville would likely have been expelled from The Citadel had the school learned he had joined a social fraternity, so he kept it a secret. In 1921, he graduated from The Citadel, worked for several road contractors as an asphalt chemist, and later became Maintenance Superintendent for the South Carolina Highway department in Barnwell County. He married Annie Mabry from Abbeville, S.C. The KA badge was locked in a safe deposit box and over the years he never discussed with his wife or children his link to Kappa Alpha. His two sons later graduated from The Citadel. Both were totally unaware of their father’s relationship with Kappa Alpha Order. When Scoville died on April 18, 1967, his wife took control of the safe deposit box. Upon her death on February 15, 1999, the contents of the box were given to the oldest son, John Perryclear Scoville, Jr., a 1960 Citadel graduate. He noticed the small KA badge, but did not know what it was or what his father’s connection was to it. It was some years later, in 2014, that he learned about the Theta Commission, its history and the significance of badge 4652. Scoville, Jr. is now a proud member of Theta Commission, the lineal descendant of Theta Chapter to which his father belonged. Today, some 96 years after its issuance, efforts are underway to create a permanent, public display of this badge at The Citadel. This historic badge represents a material link between the athletic courage of a scrappy young man, and the storied traditions of Kappa Alpha Order and The Citadel.



The elder John Perryclear Scoville taken in 1967. 1967, is exactly halfway between Scoville, Sr.’s initiation (1920) and Scoville, Jr.’s initiation (2014).

He was awarded a KA badge with the number 4652 engraved on it and he and the other initiated men were registered by the Order as part of the old Theta Chapter. Cadet Scoville would likely have been expelled from The Citadel had the school learned he had joined a social fraternity, so he kept it a secret. KAPPAALPHAORDER.ORG

the Kappa Alpha Order. John Perryclear Scoville and his badge are highlights in an interesting chapter of our lore. The story begins in the fall of 1917, when John Perryclear Scoville of Orangeburg, South Carolina enrolled at The Citadel. John was a slight young man, five foot six inches tall and weighing 135 lbs., but he took to the rigorous cadet life and even made it onto The Citadel football and baseball teams. By the fall of 1919, John Scoville was a junior cadet majoring in physics and playing second string right end on the varsity football squad. On November 27, 1919, the squad traveled to Columbia to play the vaunted University of South Carolina in what had become an intense, annual, Thanksgiving rivalry. Since their first game in 1907, the two schools had played each other 12 times, with USC winning seven times, and The Citadel winning three times and there were two tied games. In those days, football was mostly a game of “three yards and a cloud of dust”. Pass plays were rare and there was no such thing as a “wide receiver.” Most games were boring affairs with low scores. Such was the game played on November 27, 1919, and near the end of the third quarter, the game was tied at 7–7. Spratt Moore was The Citadel quarterback. The Citadel had a huge player by the name of Captain Crouch, who played both fullback and first string right end. Because of his size, Crouch did most of the Citadel scoring with the help of Moore. Crouch and Moore, taking turns running the ball, got it down to the USC 20-yard line. There they were stopped by the strong Carolina defense. Two running plays yielded only three yards, so it was third down and seven on the Carolina 13. It was crunch time. On the next play, the five-foot, six-inch Scoville slipped behind the USC backfield and quarterback Moore threw a desperation “Hail Mary” pass to him on the one-yard line. Scoville caught it and galloped into the end zone to score. His touchdown gave the Citadel the win, 14–7. The State newspaper the next day carried the headline, “Old Man Jinx was wearing a Citadel Uniform.” Scoville got credit for winning the game and his skill in catching the pass and beating the mighty “Gamecocks”


8/23/16 10:36 AM

Remembering the Reason

Honoring Our Own By Tucker Radecki (Alpha Nu–George Washington ’13)

This semester marks the end of a very trying time for the Brothers of Alpha Nu. Our Brother Nicholas Upton passed away on August 30th, 2015, after being pulled out to sea by a riptide while studying abroad in South Africa, and our chapter has been in mourning since. Thankfully, we were able to end the semester on a series of profound victories. First, our philanthropy events, dedicated to Nick, raised nearly $10,000. Part of the proceeds will pay for a monument to Nick on GW’s campus in the form of a dedicated tree and bench, and the remainder will be split between his parents’ upcoming scholarship fund in his name, and the water safety charity Safe Kids Worldwide. In addition to this achievement, our chapter moved to select Nick Upton’s girlfriend, Sarah James, as our KA Rose, in honor of all Nick did for us. We at Alpha Nu are all very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our friends and family, our gracious alumni, and KA chapter’s across the nation during these trying times.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 68




8/23/16 10:36 AM

Kappa Alpha Order and the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation are proud to announce the 2016 Day of Giving will take place on December 21.



2016’S DAY OF GIVING WILL INCLUDE:  Chapter competitions — raise the most in honor of your chapter  Prizes for undergraduates  Recognition for alumni

Support for the Order. Check back at KAdayofgiving. org for more information. Mark your calendar now and show your support for the successful future of KA brothers across the country.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 3

8/23/16 10:38 AM

Why did these brothers join the Loyal Order? “The reason why I decided to join the Loyal Order was that after I volunteered at a Province Council this past year, I felt I could do more to help support KA, which I hold dear in my heart.” — Alan Bryant (Gamma Zeta–Southern Mississippi ’10)

“Joining the Loyal Order is an expression of gratitude for a lifetime of brotherhood. Kappa Alpha Order is not simply a membership: it is my identity.” — Dr. Ronald Miller (Delta Tau–Francis Marion ’11)

Why should you join? STAY CONNECTED



T he Loyal Order is an elite group of KA brothers committed to a lifetime experience in our Order.

ifetime subscription to L The Kappa Alpha Journal

 Our purpose is to endow

The Kappa Alpha Journal and redirect undergraduate dues to support and services for undergraduates.

 Handsome Loyal Order exclusive items  Members-only discounts

Welcome to our Newest Members

Join the brothers listed below and strengthen our future! Alabama-Alpha Beta

Florida-Beta Zeta


Old Dominion-Delta Gamma

W. Jackson Britton #3413

Fletcher G. Davidson #3396

William G. Dayton #3163

Mr O.V. Gillikin Jr. #3402

Appalachian State-Delta Psi

Francis Marion-Delta Tau

Midwestern State-Gamma Omega

Purdue-Epsilon Rho

D. Michael Williams #3343

Dr. Ronald E. Miller, Jr. #3411

Stanton S. Sweeney #3394

Scott T. Clifford #3412

Austin Peay State-Zeta Tau

George Washington-Alpha Nu

Mississippi-Alpha Upsilon


John Michael Mills #3407

Wayne E. Chen #3392

Chad W. Franks #3166

California-Alpha Xi

Georgetown-Beta Delta

Missouri State-Gamma Beta

COL Michael G. Comeau USA (Ret.) #3403

David A. Vas #3210

M. Brent Drury #3400

John Murrell #3405

The Citadel-Theta Commission

Louisiana Tech-Gamma Alpha

North Carolina State-Alpha Omega

COL Leo A. Mercado, USMC (Ret) #3146

Jeremy D. Smith #3414

Cody L. Evans #3409

Maryland - Park-Beta Kappa

Oklahoma-Beta Eta

Drury-Beta Iota

Peter G. Hanan #3393

James M. Kruger #3408

Hunter James Allen #3041

Southern Mississippi-Gamma Zeta

Alan M. Bryant #3406 Southwestern-Xi

Texas A&M-CommerceGamma Upsilon

Mr S. Kyle Lowe #3399 Valdosta State-Delta Rho

Alfred E. Aguero #3395 Lawson L. Patten II #3401 Washington & Lee-Alpha

John G. Fitzgibbons #3391 West Virginia Wesleyan-Beta Chi

Brian C. Gorges #3397

Andrew B. Mullinax #3398

Western Carolina-Delta Alpha

Stephen F. Austin StateDelta Kappa

Westminster-Alpha Eta

Jackson Cunningham #3390

James H. Webb #3410 Erik K. Lescher #3404

Sign up at! Did you know you could now join the Loyal Order when you become Forever KA? If you are interested in supporting the Order, KAOEF, and YOUR chapter, then go to and keep the connection for life.

KAJ_Sum2016_46-68_C3-C4_P4.indd 4

8/23/16 10:39 AM