Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The Fraternity’s fundamental purpose is achievement.
Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its 1st Chapter on the University’s campus.
The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined.
Fashioning achievement as it’s purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
The History of Fayetteville Arkansas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated
The Fayetteville Arkansas alumni chapter was chartered on December 14, 1996.
The first official but informal, meeting, of the Brothers was held at the home of Brother Curtis Smith on July 13th at 3:00pm. Those in attendance included:
Brothers Eplurivus West, Gary Peterson, Errol Conner, Curtiss Smith Greg Young, Gary Johnson, Andre Valley, Casy Parham (Polemarch-Iota Tau) and Donald Bland.
The agenda included a challenge to identify Kappas living in the northwest Arkansas area that should be informed that we were preparing to charter an Alumni chapter.
Each Brother was asked to share his vision of the proposed Chapters objectives and how we should begin the process of chartering the organization.
Suggestions included cultivating the social culture, involvement with youth and their development, influencing the political make up of the area, and participating in the development, guidance and leadership of the Iota Tau chapter.
We also discussed finances and the commitment required in both time and monetary support to launch a successful chapter.
The next meeting was scheduled for Saturday, July 27th at the home of Brother Don Bland. We planned to invite the current province Polemarch, Brother William Burnett and the Province Keeper of Records and Exchequer, Brother Charles W (Ceedy) Morgan III to provide guidance on counsel in establishing the chapter.
The second meeting was held as scheduled with our distinguished province leadership.
Additional Brothers who attended Coleman Peterson, Vincent Henderson, Excel Lafayette and Charles Lewis. Gary Johnson, Gerald Jordan and Andre Valley were unable to attend. A great deal of discussion centered on the state of undergraduate chapters throughout the country especially with regard to the death of a Missouri University due to hazing.
This discussion resulted in the Brothers establishing as our main focus and objective to build rapport with the Iota Tau chapter.
Other business included an election of interim officers:
Curtis Smith Acting Polemarch
Acting Vice Polemarch
Keeper of Records
Keeper of Exchequer
It was agreed that the meetings would continue as the Province Officers gave their approval for us to proceed with preparations to form a chapter. Our regular meetings were established on Saturdays at 3:00pm every two weeks. At subsequent meetings in the Brothers homes we discussed a formal budget, fund raisers, by laws and appointed committees.
Social / Civic. Scholarship
Reclamation Coleman Peterson, Errol Connor
Greg Young, Gary Johnson
Don Bland, Errol Coner
Eplurivus West, Gerald Jordan
Gary Peterson, Excell Lafayette, Gary Johnson
Excell Lafayette, Curtis Smith, Eplurivus West
Plans for the Chartering ceremony continued pending final approval from Brother Reuben Shelton who had just been appointed as Province Polemarch. Two dates were selected; November 30 or December 14, 1996. Plans were made to invite members of neighboring chapters to participate in the ceremony.
A skeleton budget was approved at the November 16th meeting at the home of Brother Ossie Campbell. The budget was based on a membership of 15 Brothers paying $26.00 per month for 10 months resulting in revenue of $3900 annually and expenditures of $3535.00.
Brother Bland called a meeting at his home on December 2, 1996 to finalize the Chartering Ceremony which had been finally approved by the Province.
The ceremony would be held at the home of Brother Coleman Peterson commencing at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 14th, 1996 at 3:00pm CST.
Fourteen Brothers were declared as charter members of the newly formed Fayetteville, AR Alumni Chapter.
Donald C. Bland
Ossie Campbell III
Excell Lafayette Jr
In early December, Brother Bland was asked by his company (Wal-Mart) to become Chief Operating Officer for its Canadian operations. Although no longer living in the country Brother Bland vowed to continue his financial support of the Chapter and would attend meetings and functions when ever possible.
The nominating committee met and selected the following slate of officers (attached) for its new Chapter effective December 14th.
The Fayetteville, AR alumni chapter continues to grow and achieve. During the 2009 fraternal year, the Chapter had 45 financial/active Brothers registered. Also during that year, the chapter received Middle Western Medium Size Chapter of the Year Award.
During the 79th conclave in Washington, DC, Brother Donald Bland received the Elder Watson Diggs award. This award is the 2nd highest award to be given to anyone in the fraternity.