2013 DC Interns Announced

The Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 E. Fleming Mason Memorial Interns, who will spend this summer in Washington, D.C. living together, working in the public and private sector, and gaining invaluable experience and knowledge. We’re proud of the men above who were selected through a length application and interview process. We wish them the best and hope their summer experience rivals those of the past many years.

Check out more about this internship program and what the KAOEF helps the Order to offer our undergraduate brothers!

The E. Fleming Mason Memorial Internship Program was created to provide deserving undergraduates with the desire to become better educated and informed on both the public and private sectors of our national government. In addition, this program will give undergraduates the opportunity to gain professional work experience while living in the Washington, D.C. area. The E. Fleming Mason Memorial Internship Program provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to any interested Kappa Alpha Order undergraduate. The internship, living and working in Washington, D.C., and interacting with other interns from across the country, provides an everlasting experience. If you have any questions, please contact Brent Fellows at the National Administrative Office either by phone, (540) 463-1865 or by e-mail, bfellows@ka-order.org.

2013 FCA Awards & Lyons elected to Board of Directors

REPORT FROM FCA

At the 2013 Annual Conference of the Fraternity Communications Association (FCA), Kappa Alpha Order was recognized with six (6) major awards for our efforts in communications and for the Kappa Alpha Journal, including being named the overall second best magazine in the social and professional Greek community for 2012.

The awards that Kappa Alpha Order received are listed below and the hyperlinks follow to the winning entry

To view the entire FCA power point presentation of all winner groups and entries, click here. To download the official memo, click here 2013 FCA Award and Board Memo.

Also at the same 2013 Annual Conference, Director of Communications and Editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal, Jesse S. Lyons (Delta Alpha – Western Carolina ’98), was slated and elected as the Association’s 2013-2014 Vice President of Operations. He iscompleting his second year in his first term on FCA’s Board of Directors.

Our recognition for our communications and Journal success are a direct result of the hard work in and support given to these areas of operations. We thank Jesse, as well as The Journal’s Creative Director, Bruce Tria of Tria Designs, along with our team at Aria Agency, our web design company.

 

 

Awards Won!

Second Place:  Critics’ Choice
Excellence is Their Aim (Zac Brown Cover, Spring 2012)

Attendees vote on their favorite submission at the Annual Conference.

First Place:  Best Online Magazine or Feature
The Journal Online (2012)
Includes our online magazine, website branding, and social media.

First Place:  Design – Feature Article
Gentleman Zac (Spring 2012)
 
Includes design on pages 14-23

Third Place:  National Website
www.KappaAlphaOrder.org

First Place:  Story Packaging – Feature Article
To Be a Leader: Chiefs of the Hill (Fall/Winter 2012)
Includes design, writing, and images on pages 14-25

Second Place:  Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence
The Kappa Alpha Journal
For all issues in 2012

 

FCA has over 60 member organizations and provides outstanding networking, educational, and recognition opportunities for its members. This year, FCA received 729 entries in four main categories and for 29 separate awards. Thirty-three different organizations were recognized. Over 40 judges, including professionals in their fields and even a design class, reviewed the submissions.

 

Additionally, we continue to encourage membership in The Loyal Order as a way to strengthen The Kappa Alpha Journal. Please consider joining if you have not yet done so.

 

 

America, the beautiful. Kappa Alpha, the grateful.

This weekend, while enjoying the onset of summer, remember why Memorial Day is a memorial. The college fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Order specifically, is a decidedly beautiful American institution. We are grateful for every opportunity we’ve been granted. To be born in Virginia, reared and grown early from sea to shining sea, and to today still be the moral compass for the modern gentlemen. From every mistake to every success; from and for our members, chapters, and collectively, we are grateful to our country and the United States military.

We as an Order, just like the US of A, were formed and still exist today due to our freedoms, liberties, and opportunities fought for, died for, and defended by our men and women in uniform. From KA’s Medal of Honor winners and highest Generals, to our youngest enlisted men and 2LTs, we honor you and ALL those who came before you.

Share your US Armed Forces service (noting chapter and college), along with those you know who have served, those we’ve lost, and those we remember. Because… we are grateful for this 3-day weekend not because of an act of Congress declaring it so, but because of those who aren’t here to enjoy it themselves. Don’t forget KA’s Military Division recognition society for these men either.

Pictured below, from a 1965 edition of The Kappa Alpha Journal, is the KA War Memorial, upon original dedication during our Centennial Convention in 1965 at the George C. Marshall Research Library (now on post at Virginia Military Institute.) The inscription is as follows (and consider it amended, to include all conflicts post-Korean War)…

“Dedicated to George Catlett Marshall and to the other brothers who splendidly exemplified the noble ideals of their country by faithfully serving the cause of liberty and freedom during World War I, World War II and the Korean War – Kappa Alpha Order. Established 1865.”

KAOEF Announces 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

The Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide scholarships to 98 great young men on the basis of their academic record, their involvement with the Kappa Alpha Order and other campus activities. Congrats to these lucky gentlemen! For more information about KAOEF scholarships, other support provided by the Foundation to the Order, and ways you can give, pelase visit www.KAOEF.org.

 

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Alabama – Alpha Beta
Reid A. Harvey
W. E. Dunwody Province Scholarship

Nicholas M. Laskay
Robert E. Lee Scholarship

Erik A. Schatz
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Arizona – Gamma Epsilon
Clayton R. Lanham
Gamma Epsilon Scholarship

Arkansas – Alpha Omicron
Chris M. Plate
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Arkansas State – Delta Eta
Chris D. Easley
Samuel Z. Ammen Memorial Scholarship
The Cain Family Scholarship

Auburn – Nu
Eugene F. McManus
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

T. Graham Norwood
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Tyler D. Reynolds
Dr. Joseph G. Webster Scholarship
Stewart Turley Scholarship
Dick Wilson Scholarship

James C. Salter
Jack B. Carter II/Nu Scholarship

Austin Peay State – Zeta Tau
Daniel L. Bunger
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Thomas W. Carvell
John R. Berryman Scholarship
Fred W. Dismuke Scholarship
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Daniel N. Pitts
Hunter W. Henry Scholarship
Dr. Bolling S. DuBose Jr. Scholarship

Mark A. Travis Jr.
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

California – Alpha Xi
Tye A. Chait
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Davidson – Sigma
Scott C. Cauthen
Marshall James Donathan Jr. Scholarship
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Delaware – Beta Epsilon
Adam D. Reese
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Delta State – Delta Beta
Johnathan B. Bishop
Henry G. Tiller Jr. Scholarship
John W. Nowell Scholarship

Eastern Kentucky – Delta Mu
Kyle D. Brant
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Elon – Epsilon Mu
Davis W. Millans
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Emory – Epsilon
Hansol Lee
James H. Sammons M.D. Scholarship
Jesse and Lala Sammons Scholarship

Victor T. Warren
Mark Huntington Pruitt Scholarship
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Florida Gulf Coast – Zeta Pi
Nathan A. Gennara
Crawford Province Scholarship
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship
George O’Mara Memorial Scholarship

George Washington – Alpha Nu
Derek S. Lee
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

P. Varun Moktan
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Moose A. Naderpoor
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

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Georgetown – Beta Delta
Joshua T. Mahoney
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

William C. Yager
McCall Trust Scholarship

Georgia – Gamma
J. Chilton McKnight
KAOEF Scholarship

Peter B. Whatley
Michael B. Hargrove Memorial Scholarship
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Monroe “Bookie” Clark Scholarship

Georgia College – Epsilon Nu
Steven G. McElveen Jr.
Hart/Heath/Waters/Sims Memorial Scholarship
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Hampden-Sydney – Alpha Tau
James R. Foster
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Indiana State – Zeta Iota
Kyle N. Scheffel
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship
LCPL David Keith Fribley

Kentucky – Theta
Jackson H. Buchanon
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Louisiana State – Alpha Gamma
Wayne G. Zeringue III
Thomas C. Main Memorial Scholarship

McNeese State – Delta Xi
Patrick W. Brown
Col. David M. Buie Memorial Scholarship

Memphis – Gamma Gamma
Thomas P. Hall
Col. David R. Williams Scholarship
Julian Pardini Scholarship
Jay Claude Conrad Scholarship

Miami – Epsilon Lambda
George T. Dallman
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Taylor D. Dickey
Thomas G. Paulson II Scholarship
Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship
KAOEF Scholarship

Robert M. Yoder
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Middle Tennessee State – Delta Lambda
Christopher J. Davis
William C. Morrow Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Midwestern State – Gamma Omega
Jesse C. Brown
Robert E. Lee Scholarship

Clayton D. Brown
Dr. Idris R. Traylor Jr. Scholarship

Millsaps – Alpha Mu
Kirk K. Clark
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Garrett D. Coble
Vance E. Rule Scholarship

Joseph A. de Gruy
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Richard W. Huye III
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Weston M. Newman
Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship

Mississippi – Alpha Upsilon
William R. Boyles
Jim Hunter Scholarship
Emmett Lee Irwin Scholarship

W. Emmett Manning
Richard B. Wilson Scholarship
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

L. Tyler Williams
Irby Turner III Scholarship
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship
Col. David M. Buie Memorial Scholarship

North Texas – Gamma Lambda
J. Casey Burkhardt
John Paul Rector Scholarship
Charles W. McCrary Scholarship

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Oklahoma – Beta Eta
Matthew G. Brownlee
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Purdue – Epsilon Rho
Michael R. Genovese
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Southern Illinois – Zeta Sigma
Brock E. Kabat
William L. Meier Scholarship
Col. David M. Buie Memorial Scholarship

Tennessee – Pi
Will G. Hodge
Charlie R. Ashford Scholarship
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Justin T. McGee
Timothy K. Adams Scholarship

Owen C. Rockett
Founders Scholarship
Hugh Comer Scholarship

Grant T. Williamson
Robert E. Lee Scholarship

Texas-Arlington – Delta Iota
Thomas S. Seliga
James D. Roessler Scholarship

Valdosta State – Delta Rho
John W. Ledwitch IV
Knights of Arlington Scholarship

Virginia Tech – Epsilon Eta
Brandon L. Barr
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship

Wake Forest – Tau
Barron P. Jeter
Vernon & Marion Piper Scholarship
John L. Hall Scholarship

Andrew R. Nickle
John W. Nowell Scholarship

Washington & Lee – Alpha
Jacob C. Rudolph
Warren Frazier Scholarship

Western Kentucky – Epsilon Theta
Chase M. McNulty
Col. David M. Buie Memorial Scholarship

Jeffrey S. Moad
F. M. Stevenson Scholarship

William Jewell – Alpha Delta
Jake R. Hartley
Clyde E. Williams Scholarship
Jack R. Taylor Schoalrship

Wingate – Zeta Zeta
Addison P. McDowell
Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. Scholarship

Wofford – Delta
Graham S. Miller
E. Fleming Mason Scholarship
Robert E. Lee Scholarship

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Two Important Member Surveys

We need you to take ‘em both!

Two member surveys are being sent via email this week. Please take ‘em both!

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FIRST: RAP Index – Positions & influence networks with Congress.

Click here to begin: http://re.spon.se/QHtIPQ

This first survey involves the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee and the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition.

As professionals, voters, volunteers and contributors to the communities where we live and work, your voices and opinions are extremely influential. Through this brief survey you can provide information on the issues that are important to you, the stakeholders within your personal KA and fraternity/sorority network, and the level of advocacy you would be willing to undertake on our behalf.

Many members of national fraternities and sororities are taking this survey. Help KA lead the way.

We greatly appreciate your time and participation.  We would love for you to forward this email along to any fraternity or sorority member that you think would be interested in it.

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SECOND: Member Engagement & Experience.

Click here to have your email address added to the distribution list: www.cygresearch.com/greeksurvey

This second survey invites our alumni to participate in our national member engagement survey. Working alongside a dozen other fraternities this research will enable us to learn more from our members about how we can improve their fraternal experience after graduation, build greater relationships with members, and enhance the role of brothers within the fraternity.

All alumni for whom we have email addresses have been sent a personal invitation email to participate in the research.  If you did not receive a survey invitation but would like to be involved, you can add your email address to our distribution list at www.cygresearch.com/greeksurvey.

Everyone who participates in the survey will receive a brief summary of the findings at the end of the project.  We hope you will add your voice to this important research which promises to strengthen the fraternal experience for all brothers.

Thanks for your efforts, brothers!

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Contact communications@ka-order.org with any questions!

Party like it’s 1865

Having fun and living our values this spring

By Joel Buck (Epsilon Nu – Georgia College ’08)
Associate Director for Chapter Development

It’s that time of year again, midterms are out of the way and many of you are getting excited for your spring formal, as you should be. What a great way to spread the ideals of KA in a weekend or weeklong celebration. For some chapters, this means hosting philanthropic events, date nights, and oftentimes a weekend getaway with your brothers and their guests.

For KA chapters, spring formal (manifested as Gentlemen’s Week, Old South, or Crimson & Gold Ball, among others) is a celebration of heritage and a chivalrous lifestyle that seems to be forgotten by most. Much like our founders, we strive to preserve these values in a world that so desperately needs them. Are we living up to our calling as KAs during an Old South week? Does our behavior reflect the ideals we seek to protect?

We claim Robert E. Lee as the spiritual founder of our organization, but what do you think Lee would think of the way things are done now? If you really wish to honor and claim the gentleman in Lee, and our founders, what better way than perpetuating the values for which they stood. These include reverence for God, duty, honor, character and gentlemanly conduct; these are central to who we are about as KA gentlemen and should be a focal point of the chapter at all times, especially during our formals.

Think about it from an outsider’s perspective. If non-members see a large group of young men (and women) walking the streets in 1860s period costumes with alcoholic beverages in hand, what kind of message does that send? Did you know Robert E. Lee would not let the students at Washington College wear any kind of confederate insignia on campus during his presidency? As evidenced in the earliest written minutes on record in our archives, we are a fraternity founded on the principles and ideas of chivalry. We can live, and yes socialize, that way today with a few aesthetic changes and an appropriate audit of our actions.

Take a second and think about how people perceive your chapter on campus, and off. Is this perception something to be proud of and what your chapter wants to be known for? It is important for your chapter members to be great representatives of your university and Kappa Alpha Order. Image is everything these days and that is something to definitely think about during your formal week or weekend events.

Just because you may go out of town for the weekend to have an Old South celebration does not mean the rules and regulations of KA and your university go out the window. You are just as responsible for your actions off campus as you are on campus. The Kappa Alpha Order Risk Management Policy is in place to protect you and your brothers. Who is to say you can’t have a party and live your values at the same time? Don’t be another statistic, don’t be a headline, or worse, don’t be the newest viral news video. Be safe, have fun, and most importantly be a gentleman!

Recruiting with Character

Four essential points to ensure long-term chapter success.

by E. Preston Prichett III (Nu – Auburn ’10), Associate Director for Chapter Services

Do you have the desire to recruit strong members who already represent the values we believe in as KAs? Then its important to make an immediate distinction, now, between “front line go-getters” and “back row quitters.” Where do you start? You should start at recruitment. What are some traits that you review when evaluating a potential new member for your chapter? Athletics? Grades? Involvement? None of these are wrong…  but there are others things to review.

Are you reviewing your potential member’s character? You should be. His character in recruitment and new member education are tell-tale signs to his character as a brother.

Here are four key points to ensuring your recruitment is successful:

  1. KA doesn’t try to create our morals in the minds of our new members, we seek out those potential new members who live out our ideals every day. We help them perpetuate and grow their understanding of these values. If potential new members are not reflective of our values and principles, then they should not become KAs. (are your brothers reflective of these or have they gotten a pass too?)
  2. All chapter recruitment events are to be completely dry. If you try to recruit brothers with booze, you’ll find all you have is guys who want to drink. Alcohol increases the riskiness of recruitment events, and can lead to potential injuries. Underage drinking doesn’t make you cool, it puts yourself and your chapter at risk. Being a role model, gaining respect of younger members, that will make you cool–if you chose to drink also then so be it.
  3. Potential new members are at your recruitment events because they want to become brothers–why else would they be there. Show them what they can aspire to be. Brothers that hold a good GPA and are active in other campus organizations look more appealing than “weekend warriors” in the long run. They will model themselves after your influence. Don’t get mad when they do live up to a standard you’ve set but not lived.
  4. Finally, nothing causes a chapter to lose its charter faster than drug violations. Illegal paraphernalia has no place in KA. Therefore it should NOT be associated with recruitment events. Humans tend to attract those similar to ourselves, so if you desire to have a Clean Chapter you need to recruit Clean Members.

Consider character. Model the way. Start right from the beginning and you’ll finish strong at the end.

Just how do I hold someone accountable? 

Accountability begins with #1 (and the Number I)

by Dave Westol, CEO of Limberlost Consulting, Inc.

Perhaps the biggest challenge chapter leaders face is accountability and specifically holding others accountable.  As I visit campuses and conduct consulting sessions with chapter leaders I am rarely surprised by the range of issues that they want to discuss…but it would be a surprise if accountability or its close friends “lack of motivation,” “fiscal irresponsibility,” and “behavior unbecoming” were not on the list of topics many of the leaders provide to me when they enter the room.

Let’s break accountability down into 11 parts.

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1)    Is this a one-time event or a macro-issue?

I met with the president of a men’s fraternity chapter during a campus visit last spring.  He noted that a brother was prone to engage in destructive behavior directed toward the chapter house when he drank.  I asked how many times this had occurred.  The president replied, “Just about every week”…and this had been going on since September of 2011.  I asked the president if there was a larger issue here than behavior.  The president paused and then said, “Yeah, maybe…”

I told him, “No ‘maybe’ about it.  This brother has a larger issue with drinking alcohol to excess” The president reluctantly agreed.  I told him, “It is never easy to confront someone about behavior but when we take a knee during our respective Rituals we commit to doing the right things, no matter how difficult that may be”

When you evaluate an accountability situation, ask yourself—micro or macro?

2)    Define the issue.

In a sentence or a few words.  “You are not paying your bills…you have missed a number of meetings…you aren’t doing your job as an officer” Be specific here.

3)    Do it now.  Don’t delay. 

Few of us enjoy these conversations.  I don’t.  But a situation, problem or issue will usually not improve over time without intervention—in fact, quite the opposite.

4)    Pick a day, time and venue. 

Part 3 and Part 4 are interchangeable.  Find at least an hour of time…make it time when you won’t be preoccupied or distracted by other things…find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.  I usually advise against using a room in the chapter house.  There are plenty of places on campus where you can have privacy.  At some point you must reach out to the member and ask him for a good day/date/time.

5)    Invite the member to the meeting.

Give him a sense of the purpose of the meeting but do not allow the invitation to become the meeting.  “We need to talk…I will buy lunch…I’m thinking an hour…this is about __________…our discussion will be confidential” Keep in mind that some guys will try to start the conversation then rather than wait.  Be calm, be patient…but be firm.

6)    Be early for the meeting.  Be prepared.  Be open and candid. 

Rather than say, “You are an embarrassment to The Order” or “Dude, you have to pay your bills or you’ll be suspended” frame the issue(s) as that or those make you feel.  “When you drink and act like that you make me feel embarrassed that I am #1” When you frame the issue in terms of how it makes you feel, the person cannot argue about that.

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7)    Be prepared for a range of defenses.

Most people will react defensively if you criticize their behavior.  They will attempt to rationalize or justify what occurred or to shift blame to others.  In fact, they will often attempt to redirect the conversation to what happened and why instead of what will occur in the future.

Be prepared for the sympathy defense—that things are not going well for the member…that issues, troubles and problems have driven him to the point of doing negative things.
Be prepared for the “No big deal” defense or the pointed finger defense—“Hey, don’t tell me YOU didn’t do these things last year!”
Be prepared for the, “Why are you singling me out? __________ does the same stuff!”

8)    Agree upon the issue(s). 

This is not easy.   If a brother has a drug problem, for example, it will be difficult for him to admit or acknowledge that.  However, if you fail to define the issue then the expected change will fail.  See (2) as a reminder.

9)    Find a resolution or a change in behavior or “better”. 

Your time invested in the meeting will be wasted unless a specific outcome is found.  And remember, “specific”.  Phrases such as, “I’ll try to do better…I won’t drink so much…I’ll show up from now on” are not specific.  And those are exactly what a member who is creating issues will try to use because they work or because they have worked for him since he was five or six years old.

A question for you: What does “better” look like?  Not “perfect” or “Zero tolerance”.  Just better.  Have that thought in hand before the meeting.  For the meeting I referenced at the beginning of the article, the president and I agreed that “Better” meant the member agreeing in writing that he would not damage the chapter house or engage in negative behavior…and if he did, there would be consequences including suspension and counseling.

Do your best to work with the member.  Finding common ground is never easy especially when it is apparent that the member does not want to change his behavior.  Be the bigger man but don’t walk away without a specific agreement for “better”.

10) Have consequences in hand.

Some members will thank you for working with them.  Some will thank you years later for working with them.  And some will say, “You’re right” and then two weeks later repeat the negative behavior.  Have specific consequences and be prepared to implement those immediately.

11) You have many resources.

There are many people you can call upon for assistance including your excellent Headquarters staff, volunteers, advisors, your Fraternity/Sorority Advisor, the good folks in the campus counseling center.  Use your resources.  Being a #1 does not mean standing alone.

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When I have spoken at your Number Is Leadership Institute on accountability I often ask the Number Is why they wanted to serve as presidents.  The answers, as you may guess, are consistently positive.  No one has EVER told me, “Dave, I wanted to be Number I so I could hammer certain brothers for their behavior.”

Yet, accountability is a part of your job.  My advice?  Define the issue, act quickly, agree upon “better” and put the ball squarely in the court of the member.

Dave Westol is Owner & CEO of Limberlost Consulting, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana.  He has spoken at a number of Kappa Alpha Order leadership events on hazing, risk management and accountability and has worked with seven Kappa Alpha chapters.  He has served as a football official for 27 seasons and is the administrator for FIPG.  His website is: Limberlostconsulting.com and he can be reached at:  David.Westol@gmail.com

Staff Updates

Staff Updates

Transitions, Promotions, & One Moving On…

Much is happening in Lexington, Virginia at the National Administrative Office at Mulberry Hill. In an effort to keep our Official Family and key stakeholders better informed and engaged, we are testing the use of digital e-newsletters for information delivery.

We feel that important information may be better digested in this format. However, for archival purposes and your files, we will still include memos with this information.

[Official Memos regarding Staff Transitions]

Every fall, we begin compiling our list of potential candidates to join the National Administrative Staff as Associate Directors for Chapter Services and for Chapter Development.  These young men are directly responsible for working and interacting with our 121 active chapters and four provisional chapters.  The search and hiring process was concluded this January, and the new Associate Directors accepted offers to start work with Kappa Alpha Order, June 1, 2013.

Help us welcome the new staff, familiarize yourself with the transitions, and congratulate and wish well our own Brother Showalter!

 

Promoted – Director of Chapter Services

Daniel R. “Dan” Amato (Gamma Eta – Florida State ’07) has been named the Director of Chapter Services effective May 1, 2013. Currently an Associate Director for Chapter Services, Brother Amato will now be responsible for the direction of all chapter services, supervising the associate directors for chapter services, and assisting the Executive Director in risk management matters. [Contact Dan]

 

Promoted – Director of Alumni Engagement

William H. Walker (Beta Tau – Mississippi State ’07) has been named Director of Alumni Engagement.  William currently serves as an Associate Director of Chapter Services and will remain in that role until April 1.

As Director of Alumni Engagement William will manage, promote and provide support to all alumni activities of the Order. He will cultivate local volunteers, oversee the development of alumni advisory committees for every chapter and will be the primary contact for alumni chapters, courts of honor and commissions. He will oversee alumni training and certification for advisors at Province Councils and LeadershipKA, which encompasses volunteer education and recognition. He also will provide additional training for alumni advisory committees through webinars, online training and chapter visitations. He also will assist with the Loyal Order program and Forever KA. Finally, he will support chapters as they execute their alumni relations programs. [contact William]


Switching Over – Directors of Development

Stuart Whetsell (Delta Psi – Appalachian State ’08), above, and Andrew Phillip Carr (Epsilon Iota – Texas State ’00), below, have been named Directors of Development for the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF). Stuart comes to the Foundation following three years as Director of Chapter Services for the Order and a year as an associate director for chapter services. Andrew comes to the Foundation following a return to the Order’s staff including three years as an associate director for chapter development. [contact Stuart]

Stuart and Andrew’s primary responsibilities will be the cultivation and solicitation of mid-level gifts (primarily for the Crimson and Gold Society and Forever KA programs) in assigned geographic areas. They will also assist the Executive Director and staff in all areas of operation in accordance with the KAOEF bylaws. [contact Andrew]

 

Onward and Upward! – Leaving Staff

Erik T. Showalter, Chief Development Officer, will be leaving staff effective March 1, 2013. A transition has been ongoing since February 4, when Erik was offered and accepted the position of Director of Finance for Congressman Robert M. Pittenger (Omicron – Texas ’67) and for the Free Markets Political Action Committee (PAC), of which Congressman Pittenger is chairman. [for more read this blog post.]

Erik has served the National Administrative Office since he was hired as an Educational and Leadership Consultant in January, 2005, and has been with the Foundation since 2006. Erik was an integral part of the KAOEF and helped complete KA’s largest comprehensive capital campaign to-date, helped to create Forever KA and the Foundation Chapter program, was the architect of the re-launch of the Crimson & Gold Society and made the 1865 Trust an award winning planned giving program three years in a row.

We wish Erik all the best; he will be sorely missed. If you would like to stay in contact with Erik, contact him here.

 

New Associate Directors

Jeremy D. Duke (Delta Lambda – Middle Tennessee State ’09) graduates in May 2013, with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, Jeremy has served as homecoming chair, recruitment chair, Number V, Number II, and Number I of his chapter. In his free time he enjoys tennis, reading, boating, as well as playing piano, bass, and trumpet. Jeremy has also been a Mock Chapter Advisor for the Emerging Leaders Academy, attended Feller Province Council, and has lead the Model Initiation team for the Feller Province Council this spring.

David C. Merrill (Zeta Pi – Florida Gulf Coast ’08) graduates in May, 2013, with a degree in Legal Studies.  From Englewood, Florida, David served his chapter as the social chair, Number VIII, Number VI, and Number I. David also served as a Mock Chapter Advisor at the 2012 Emerging Leaders Academy as well as a facilitator for the 2013 Number I’s Leadership Institute. Furthermore, David was elected as a student government senator in the summer of 2012. In his free time he enjoys fishing, sports, traveling, and cooking.

Kevin P. Moritz (Alpha Eta – Westminster ’10) graduates in May 2013, with a degree in Biology.  During his time at Westminster, Kevin played Varsity Baseball, being named Captain his junior and senior year.  Kevin is a member of Tri-Beta (Biology Honors Society), Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, and Chi Alpha Sigma – a national student athlete honor society.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kevin has served as Number VI, Phase 4 Commander, and Number I.  While Number I, his chapter was awarded the George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence, as the top KA chapter in the nation.

Gregory L. “Greg” Waterworth (Beta Kappa – Maryland ’10) graduates in May 2013, with a degree in Government and Politics.  Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Greg has served his chapter as Number V and Number I, served as the IFC VP of Administrative Affairs from 2010-11, and as the Greek representative in the student government.  In 2012, Greg was honored to be named by the North American Interfraternity Conference, as the Undergraduate Fraternity Man of the Year with the undergraduate recipient of the “Award for Distinction.”  In addition, Greg served as his chapter’s philanthropy chairman, where he oversaw the raising of over $30,000 for breast cancer research initiatives. He is a member of the Order of Omega and in his free time enjoys movies, reading, outdoors, and traveling.

These men will be joining E. Preston Pritchett III (Nu – Auburn ’10), Joel Buck (Epsilon Nu – Georgia College ’08) and Dustin Brann (Alpha Omega – North Carolina State ’10) as members of the Associate Director team at the National Administrative Office.

We also express our sincere gratitude to Thomas D. Grimes, Jr.  (Delta Alpha – Western Carolina ’10) and the work he has done serving the National Administrative Staff.  As he finishes up this semester, we wish him a hearty farewell, and know that the Order is better for having him serve as a representative.

For all members of the staff, check out the staff calendar. 

Showalter to leave staff, work with Congressman

Erik T. Showalter, Chief Development Officer, will be leaving staff effective March 1, 2013. A transition has been ongoing since February 4, when Erik was offered and accepted the position of Director of Finance for Congressman Robert M. Pittenger (Omicron – Texas ’67) and for the Free Markets Political Action Committee (PAC), of which Congressman Pittenger is chairman. Congressman Pittenger was elected to his first term as a United States Congressman for North Carolina’s 9th District in November 2012. Erik (center) is pictured here, with Senator Marco Rubio (left) and Congressman Pittenger (right). The picture, and Congressman Pittenger, were highlighted in the most recent edition of The Kappa Alpha Journal

Erik has served the National Administrative Office since he was hired as an Educational and Leadership Consultant in January, 2005, and has been with the Foundation since 2006. Erik was an integral part of the KAOEF and helped complete KA’s largest comprehensive capital campaign to-date, helped to create Forever KA and the Foundation Chapter program, was the architect of the re-launch of the Crimson & Gold Society and made the 1865 Trust an award winning planned giving program three years in a row.

When Executive Director Larry Stanton Wiese asked Erik about what he was most proud, he characteristically stated that he was proud of having the opportunity to represent the Order and to be an ambassador for KA and KAOEF.

We wish Erik all the best; he will be sorely missed. If you would like to stay in contact with Erik, his information is below:

Erik Showalter
erik.showalter@gmail.com

Ben W. Satcher, Jr. will assume the position of Chief Development Officer on March 1.