Kappa Chapter Celebrates 150 Years of Excellence at Mercer University

group photo of KAs in front of Newton Chapel

The Kappa Chapter at Mercer University celebrated its 150th anniversary over the weekend of November 10 and 11, 2023.

On Friday evening, after a welcome from J. Douglas “Doug” Dunwody ’77, more than 360 brothers and guests celebrated with cocktails, live music by Anita and the Party Life Band, and a silent auction at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon, Georgia.

On Saturday, a program at Newton Chapel was held with more than 200 attendees. Number I Tysen Reece Dougherty ’20 welcomed everyone and gave an update on the chapter. Proclamations were presented to Kappa Chapter on behalf of Mercer University and the city of Macon. Finally, Executive Director Larry Stanton Wiese (Gamma Omega–Midwestern State ’87) introduced Knight Commander King V. Aiken, Jr. (Kappa–Mercer ’83) who gave a state of the Order address and bestowed the Knight Commander’s Accolade upon Lee P. Oliver III (Kappa–Mercer ’86).

Following the program of events, a tour of the old chapter room was given, and more than 400 people enjoyed a tailgate before the Mercer vs. Samford Homecoming Football Game.

It was announced that the “Dunwody/Aiken Chapter Endowment Fund” was established through the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation to provide funding for scholarship and leadership education, and a Kappa Chapter Sustainability Fund reached $38,000 with donations from the weekend to help support recruitment efforts.

View all photos on KA’s Facebook page.

Sesquicentennial Planning Committee

  • J. Douglas “Doug” Dunwody ’77, Chairman
  •  Dell Bunker ’84
  • Joe Chapple ’79
  • Drew Elrod ’03
  • Charlie Heidmann ’21
  • Ed Magruder ’80
  • Alan Smith ’82
  • William Smith ’19
  • Kevin Tolbert ’82
  • Thad Warren ’83
  • Edmond H. “Eddie” Wilson (Delta Theta–Georgia Southern ’80), Hardeman Province Commander