Kappa Alpha Psi as a fraternity came to Baldwin-Wallace Fall Quarter 1977. The chapter was officially organized on May 26, 1978. The purpose of this social fraternity is to promote brotherhood among the men of Baldwin-Wallace.
During the academic year, the Kappas volunteered time to work with boys from the Methodist Children's Home. Paper drives were held to aid the Methodist Boys Home.
Officers were Larry Pope, President; Lamont Graham, Vice President; Darrel Mapson, Secretary; and Mark Jones, Treasurer.
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity came to Baldwin-Wallace in the fall of 1977 and the local chapter was formally chartered as part of the national fraternity on January 12, 1979. Kappa Alpha Psi is a social fraternity whose purpose is to promote brotherhood among the men of Baldwin-Wallace and to strive for achievement in all areas of human endeavor. In an effort to fulfill these commitments and to serve the community, the members of Kappa Alpha Psi began a Big Brother program with the Methodist Children's Home in which they talk with and share with the boys at this institution. At the end of the second year on campus, Kappa Alpha Psi has fourteen members.
Kappa Alpha Psi believes in achievement in every field of human endeavor. Established at B-W during the past year, the black fraternity strives for unity and brotherhood through the fraternity, vows to serve the interests of the college and university, and tries to inspire each other for service in public interest.
Twelve active brothers comprise Kappa Alpha Psi. Officers in the 1979- 1980 school year were: Robert Conwell, President and Clifford Burns, Vice-President.
The Kappa Alpha Psi organization was founded in 1911 at Indiana, University in Bloomington, Illinois. Ten aspiring young college men came together to form the initial arm which has spawned to over 70,000 men since. Nu Chapter here at Baldwin-Wallace operated in the spirit of the fraternity's motto: "strive for the greatest achievement in every field of human endeavor ... " The chapter's president, Clifford E. Burns, states, "The members of Nu Chapter are a unique few capable of making world changes." The chapter encourages assisting college and university. Community services are one of it's main priorities. Kappa Alpha Psi is proud that it does not discriminate on race, creed, religion, or national origin. The fraternity teaches acceptance of brotherhood through humility. The pledge lines one sees represents an acceptance of something unchosen to teach qualities needed for one to operate in such a real world environment. The brotherhood is garnered by the pledges all learning together. Most tasks are often considered trivial but the rewards to the fraternity are large.
The organization is the national honorary for men who demonstrate outstanding band membership. It serves to advance the cause of bands and band music, particularly within the group itself. The membership is open to any qualified member of the college band. The major social activity of the year was a party welcoming the freshman into the organization. The Faculty Advisor is Dr. Kenneth Snapp.
Membership in Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, is determined on the basis of achievement in mathematics and overall scholarship. This year, in addition to the presentation of papers submitted by the members, the organization has sponsored guest speakers and visited N.A.S.A. The officers of the group arc Susan Hubbard, President; Elaine Westervelt, Vice-President; Nancy Plumb, Secretary; Terry Furman, Treasurer; and Dr. Annear, Adviser.
The Baldwin-Wallace branch of Kappa Phi is just one group of the nationally known Christian women's group. All groups are under the national theme of "One Nation Under God". The main concerns of this organization are serving fellow students in the areas of friendship and fellowship, and the giving of oneself in service. Lead by their president, Liese Schirch, and their vice president, Diane Kilpatrick, the Baldwin-Wallace Kappa Phi's have fulfilled all of the standards they set for themselves.
During Fall 1977, they presented a program at Lindsay Crossman Chapel featuring the One Way Singers as well as the Baldwin-Wallace Gospel Choir. This was their way to meet the fellowship challenge. But it did not stop there. They are also service oriented, traveling to a number of homes for children and the elderly to serve them in ways which were helpful.
Friendship was the most valuable goal. Kappa Phi welcomes members of the College community to the meetings held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the United Methodist Church building. This year, Kappa Phi made an even greater effort at friendship as each member made it a point to try to bring someone new to each meeting. This furthers the fellowship concept as well as exposing the visitor to the functions of Kappa Phi.