Kappa Theta Psi

Kappa Kronicle

The First One

Posted by Walker Mask on March 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Hi All!

              Here's the Kick-off to the new Kappa Theta Psi Blog, named the Kappa Kronicle because as is outlined in the duties of the Master of Archives, he is to produce a Kappa Kronicle and instead of emailing and mailing out a publication, I thought this would be a much more efficient way of letting people know how the house is doing. We got some pretty great responses from the letters we sent out to alumni. It was very encouraging for us as a house to see the support that we still have from our Brothers. Learning more about the history of Kappa is very exciting for me and many of the other Brothers in the house. A couple of us went to Dunn Library to look at the Archives there to see what they had regarding Kappa, and it was amazing. They had diamonds dating back to 1910, pictures of the old house on Ashland, old copies of the Constitution, and so much more that has been lost from our personal archives. It was definitely an exciting thing to see.

              Other exciting things that have happened recently was gaining two new pledges, Alex Hook and Nathan Schwery. At this point last year, we were at 8 people part of Kappa Theta Psi, and now, we are at 16 even with three leaving in December. Our progress and momentum has been amazing and we don't have anyone graduating at the end of this year. We got lucky and recruited some great guys this year and those of us graduating next year have full faith in them to carry on the legacy of Kappa Theta Psi. We have fostered a great passion for this fraternity and its return to greatness. However, our goal isn't just to have great numbers because numbers doesn't make a brotherhood, it is the personality of the men within it.

               Our involvement within the Greek Community, Simpson College, and the Des Moines and Indianola Communities has increased greatly in the last year. Our Grand Master, Devin Sietstra, is also the IFC president, and Nick Smith, the Master of Archives, is also one of the Vice Presidents of Recruitment in IFC. We placed third in Greek Week last year and have even higher hopes for this year. Our members are involved in a variety of campus activities and our involvement in intramurals has been great, even though we haven't actually won any, but we play to have fun, not to win. We helped the South Suburban YMCA build a playground and we teamed up with Lambda Chi Alpha to put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the United Way of Central Iowa, both of these stories can be found on the details page under philanthropy. We have a lot more philanthropy events in the works and are also planning other events to once again have our name known on campus.

               Many might be wondering our current housing situation. Well, you are kind of in the same boat we are. We think we will be getting the entire current house we are in, 901 N E St, and also a section of the house on the corner, giving us a total of 24 spaces, which would give room for about 9 recruits for next year to move in. Now this isn't set in stone as we know circumstances might come up in which they have to move some students into the other house, but we are hoping we can get the extra space as it was difficult during formal recruitment to show half a house and tell everyone they couldn't move in even if they wanted to. Regardless, we will be in a much better situation than last year and I know we are going to have a great recruitment year.

Well, that's probably enough for now. Feel free to leave any comments.

Nick Smith

Master of Archives

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