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On Saturday February 21, 2015 the Delta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Order celebrated its 40th Anniversary Convivium & the Sesquicentennial of the Order at the Teton Trek Lodge located within the Memphis Zoo. Upon arrival each guest received a 150th anniversary coin and lapel pin, a 40th anniversary koozie, and a Southern Proper tie of their choice. With over four hundred guests in attendance, this Convivium celebration was the largest reunion the chapter has ever seen. All five Chapter Founders, thirteen original charter members, and forty-five alumni brothers were recognized for their twenty-five year plus membership in Kappa Alpha Order. These men are a living testament to the enduring quality of Kappa Alpha brotherhood. Throughout the ceremony several awards were presented honoring brothers for various achievements: seventeen members were recognized for their service in the military with three active brothers being enrolled in the Military Division of Kappa Alpha Order and were awarded the Maltese Cross Pin.  Fourteen active brothers were recognized in many areas from outstanding academic performance to dedication to the Kappa Alpha ritual. Many speeches were given by prominent alumni and an especially moving talk by Delta Upsilon alumni brother Brad Hoover about his son’s battle with cancer and how Kappa Alpha helped support him and his family during that time. Former Knight Commander Ben Satcher was in attendance and presented a moving account on the Sesquicentennial Celebration and the State of the Order.  As the dinner finished up and the night commenced brothers & guests watched the slide show made up of dozens of photos from the Delta Upsilon chapter over the years. Snapshots showing young men and women in the prime of their lives flashed across the screen almost always with KA letters on shirts or in the background. A look around the room revealed that these men had become fathers and husbands, while many of those women pictured were now mothers and wives. But one aspect of those photos which hadn’t changed over time was the look on their faces. The joy that they knew in their time with KA was just as real and present as it ever had been now that they had grown older. It made all of us hopeful for the future and was a reminder that we are not just a fraternity; we are a family.

Recorded by:

Chase Manley Delta Upsilon 10’
Ryan Smith Delta Upsilon 03’

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