Wildcat Comeback – the Order returns to Arizona (Gamma Epsilon)
After almost a four-year absence, the Order has returned to the University of Arizona! The long road to restoring Gamma Epsilon (founded in 1949) began with national staff and alumni recruiting on campus. The alumni advisory committee was rebuilt, housing plans were laid out to set a timeline for the chapter to move back into the house owned by the local housing corporation, and a public relations campaign was instituted to educate the student body on Kappa Alpha Order.
Recruitment started cold this fall but staff and alumni soon found a wanting group of young men ready for a Kappa Alpha experience! The provisional chapter was installed and inducted 23 new members. In addition to the members, Induction was attended by parents, university staff, the IFC president, alumni, a number of sorority women, and even a couple of guys who couldn’t join the chapter because of grades.
The new provisional chapter is a very special group of guys; more than half of the members are enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Honors College, members hold leadership positions, as resident advisors, in the ROTC, Rugby Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Roller Hockey Club, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and other organizations, and lastly the chapter even brags to possibly be the best ultimate Frisbee team in the Order. The chapter is also comprised of brothers from all over the country, with members hailing from Arizona, California, Washington, DC, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. The University of Arizona’s Provisional Chapter has begun its journey as a chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order in a fantastic way and should have many excellent years to come.
The Order continues to be successful in restoring chapters previously closed. Contact Nick Palmer, Director of Chapter Development, for any questions. Click here to view the new chapter’s facebook page.