2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Goals and Action Items

Dear Brothers of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association,

We are very pleased to share with you our goals and action items for the 2017-2019 Biennium. During the 2017 National Convention in Orlando, the incoming and outgoing members of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors worked together to set forth a series of goals that would guide our continuing initiatives as our organization develops and grows. With the passing of our new KKPsi Alumni Association Constitution, this board has dedicated itself to increasing our transparency and fostering engagement among our membership.

Toward that end, we invite you to look over our Goals and Action Items, which can be found at https://goo.gl/GpHKz4

We look forward to hearing your feedback and remain incredibly excited to continue our work collaboratively designing a future for the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association.

AEA,
The 2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors

Call for Applications | Alumni Association Board of Directors Vacancy

Brothers,

In light of Nicholas Bratcher’s election as Kappa Kappa Psi National Vice President of Programs at the 2017 National Convention, there is currently a vacancy on the Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD).  If you are interested in applying to serve on the AABOD, we invite you to apply through the process specified in the document attached below.

The timeline for the search will proceed as follows:

  • 09/06/17: Call for Applications is Published
  • 09/20/17: Applications Are Due to AABOD
  • 09/27/17: AABOD Completes Screening of Applications Based on Defined Criteria
  • 10/08/17: AABOD Reviews Screened Applications and Votes to Select New AABOD Member

The AABOD will announce the new AABOD member after contacting her or him first.

New LAA Approved: Lambda Gamma Alumni Association

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that the Lambda Gamma Alumni Association has been recognized as an official Local Alumni Association. This is the KKPsiAA’s 60th Local Alumni Association, and the first approved for the 2017-2019 biennium. Congratulations, Lambda Gamma AA, and welcome!

Congratulations to Jennifer Costello, the Recipient of the 2017 Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award!

Named for Past National President Scott Stowell, the Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award was designed to recognize those alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi who continue to serve our fraternity through their devotion of time, energy, and spirit while volunteering as advisors, mentors, and role models, their professional advice and networking support to other members of our fraternity, and their encouragement of active brothers toward greater participation and growth in band programs and as members of Kappa Kappa Psi.  The service of these outstanding Brothers has often been unsung and overlooked, a situation that the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association seeks to remedy.

Awarded once each biennium, with recognition made at the National Convention of the Fraternity, previous recipients of the award are Michael Napolitano (2013, Kappa Upsilon) and Michelle Turenne (2015, Eta Omicron).

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Jennifer Costello of the Alpha Omega Chapter as the 2017 recipient of the Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award for her ongoing support and dedication.  We would like to share the following from the Alpha Omega chapter:

She serves as the volunteer videographer for the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band and as a mentor, advisor, and friend to the Alpha Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.  She is unbelievably kind and helpful to everyone that she meets and helps to create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for all members, new and old . . . .  Jen is the most dedicated, selfless, and caring alumni from the Alpha Omega chapter.  She truly embodies the pillars of the fraternity: musicianship, leadership, service, and brotherhood.  Her sense of fellowship and love for the fraternity is more than just “l love you,” it’s “no matter what.”

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association would also like to congratulate the other Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award nominees for 2017.  Your ongoing service to the Fraternity continues to be an inspiration:

  • Marc Bowers – Life Member, Beta Sigma (University of Houston)
  • Christopher Carpenter – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
  • Jennifer Costello – Life Member, Alpha Omega (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Dan Everard – Life Member, Eta Omicron (James Madison University)
  • Sarah Lambert Fitzgerald – Life Member, Iota Delta (Towson University)
  • Kelly Hooper Miller – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
  • Edward Savoy – Life Member, Eta Alpha / Eta Omicron (Lock Haven University / James Madison University)
  • Dr. Jessica Finlay-Schultz – Alumni Member, Alpha Iota (University of Colorado)

Finally, we would like to thank our selection committee for their work on the difficult task of choosing a single recipient.  Brent Cannon, KKPsiAA Outreach and Recognition Director, was assisted by Alexis Howell (Iota Pi), Daniel Ross (Iota), Carissa Vinovskis (Epsilon Omega), Reggie Wallace (Eta Gamma), and Michelle Wedster (Eta Delta).

 

AEA,

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors

2017 Scott Stowell Award Nominees Announced

The Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award recognizes the continued dedication and service to Kappa Kappa Psi by alumni brothers who are neither elected nor appointed members of the fraternity’s National Leadership. The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association seeks to recognize unsung heroes who exemplify the honor of service within our fraternity through their devotion of time, energy, and spirit while volunteering as advisors, mentors, and role models, their professional advice and networking support to other members of our fraternity, and their encouragement of active brothers toward greater participation and growth in band programs and as members of Kappa Kappa Psi. The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association confers the award to one recipient each biennium, with this recognition made at National Convention.

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is proud to announce the nominees for the 2017 Scott Stowell Award:

  • Marc Bowers – Life Member, Beta Sigma (University of Houston)
  • Christopher Carpenter – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
  • Jennifer Costello – Life Member, Alpha Omega (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Dan Everard – Life Member, Eta Omicron (James Madison University)
  • Sarah Lambert Fitzgerald – Life Member, Iota Delta (Towson University)
  • Kelly Hooper Miller – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
  • Edward Savoy – Life Member, Eta Alpha / Eta Omicron (Lock Haven University / James Madison University)
  • Dr. Jessica Finlay-Schultz – Alumni Member, Alpha Iota (University of Colorado)

We would like to thank each of these Brothers for their continued service to the Fraternity and our collegiate bands, and look forward to recognizing the 2017 Scott Stowell Award recipient in Orlando this July.

New LAA Approved: Alpha Eta Alumni Association

The KKPsiAA is pleased to announce that the Alpha Eta Alumni Association has become an official Local Alumni Association. The Alpha Eta Alumni Association has become active again following a hiatus, and it is our 17th approved in the 2015-17 biennium. We are pleased to have them join our ranks!

2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors Appointed

The Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors. They are as follows:

  • Daniel Miller, chair
  • Nicholas Bratcher
  • Brent Cannon
  • Erin Cooper
  • Kelly Nellis
  • Nic Rorrer
  • Jennifer Taylor
  • Bret Zawilski

Please join us in congratulating and thanking these brothers as they continue to build on the great work done by the current AABOD. Also, join us in expressing our appreciation to the 2015-2017 AABOD for their service to our fraternity. The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is in a very good place and it is exciting see what the future holds for our Alumni brothers.
AEA
Rod Chesnutt, Chair
Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees

Have you reported your 2016-2017 Graduating Seniors?

Dear Brother President,

Before the end of the semester completely takes over your remaining available brain cells, I wanted to make sure that you were up to speed with what the Fraternity and the KKPsi Alumni Association (KKPsiAA) needs from you in regards to your end of year reporting of Graduating Seniors.

First off, each Graduating Senior MUST log into the OMRS and confirm that the contact information in their profile is accurate.  Combined with the Graduating Senior Report, this update is what is functionally the membership form for their complimentary year of KKPsiAA Membership.  No paper form is needed.  We highly recommend that Brothers use their professional email address, and not the student email address established by the college or university. We need to be able to contact you for years to come.  A school based email address isn’t reliable, and may be shut down by the school with no notice to the Alumni.

Next, I want to review which forms to use for reporting status changes to Alumni.

Each chapter with Graduating Seniors MUST complete the Graduating Seniors Report (GSR) at least twice an academic year. Submit as many of the GSRs in an academic year as you need to!  For Spring and Summer 2017 graduates, please submit the GSRs immediately.  If you have not submitted a GSR reflecting your Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 graduates, please do so ASAP!  If any of your Graduating Seniors are currently listed as officers in the OMRS, you will need to complete an Officer & Chapter Update before the GSR can be processed.

If a member terminates their affiliation with the College/University without graduating, please submit a Chapter Personnel Update (CPU) to report status changes to Alumni status.  Per the National Constitution, Alumni members of the Fraternity shall be those Active, Associate or Conditional members of the Fraternity who have completed their education or who have terminated their affiliation with their college or university. This report can also be submitted as often as necessary throughout the year.

If a Brother currently holds Inactive status, they cannot be submitted for Alumni status on either form.  There is a separate process for Inactive Reinstatement that is not associated with these forms.

From reviewing all of the reported Alumni to-date in the 2016-17 KKPsiAA membership year, we have 25% of those Brothers with the strong likelihood of having been incorrectly reported in the OMRS.  Almost 300 Brothers have potentially missed out on their complimentary first year membership in the KKPsiAA because the Graduating Seniors Report was not used.

One last point – get the Graduating Seniors Report under the noses of your Sponsor and/or Director of Bands at least two weeks BEFORE finals week.  If they have no reason to be on campus but for a final or two, checking their campus email account may be the least of their priorities. Don’t get your report stuck in approval limbo until late August!  The longer it takes for the report to clear all the necessary approvals, the longer it is until your future Alumni are marked correctly in the OMRS.  If they aren’t listed as Alumni, they are not granted membership in the KKPsiAA, are not permitted to join any Local Alumni Associations, and may not be eligible to become Life Members.  Also, incomplete Graduating Seniors Reports can affect the Annual Reports that each Local Alumni Association completes in the Spring. It isn’t fair to your Alumni to neglect or delay the submission of this report!

Thank you very much for tending to these important tasks this week.  Your Brothers deserve it.

Fraternally yours,

 

Alison M. S. Beidler
Chair/Membership Director
Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association
alison@kkpsi.org

 

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The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting the Fraternity. Recognizing that the college band experience should continue after graduation, the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association will focus its efforts on connecting and enriching members from the past, present, and future of college and university bands; promoting lifelong involvement with band; and enhancing the long-term growth and financial viability of Kappa Kappa Psi.