Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. holds Konklave in Philadelphia

The Alpha Theta Chapter at Tennessee Sate University received their 3rd consecutive Edward G. Irvin Chapter of the Year Award at the 84th Grand Chapter Meeting in Philadelphia. Pictured (L to R): Dr. Gregory Clark (Alpha Theta ’78), South Central Province Polemarch Leonard Clemons, Deandre Conley, Alpha Theta Polemarch Jeremias Elston, Alpha Theta Chapter Advisor Dr. John Cade, and National Chaplain Rev. Dr. Tony Evans (Alpha Theta ’74). photo by Tony Smith, Keeper of Records, Nashville (TN) Alumni Chapter. (photo by Tony Smith, Keeper of Records, Nashville (TN) Alumni)

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held its 84th Grand Chapter Meeting, affectionately known as the Kappa Konklave, at the Pennsylvania Conve-ntion Center. There are more than 150,000 Kappa men around the world in more than 700 active (undergraduate) and alumni chapters, and hundreds of Brothers with local ties were there. The Fraternity was founded in 1911 at Indiana University. The Fraternity’s International Headquarters (IHQ) is located there at 2322-24 North Broad Street. The Kappas, or Nupes as they are also called, donated $75,000 to the School District of Philadelphia and are projected to have spent close to three million dollars in restaurants, hotels and social engagements in Philadelphia during the long weekend.

Nashville and the Nashville area Nupes have a major presence in the Fraternity and members from the middle Tennessee area, who either live here or pledged the Fraternity here, were very active during the Grand Chapter Meeting, winning awards and making impacts.

The Alpha Theta chapter of the Fraternity, founded at Tennessee State University in May 1931, has a long-standing tradition of excellence and engagement in the Fraternity’s national affairs. Alpha Theta members and alumni have served in various national capacities throughout the history of the chapter. Currently, Brother Rev. Dr. Tony C. Evans, Sr. (1974) serves as the Fraternity’s National Chaplain.

The chapter was lauded as it again won the Edward Giles Irvin Chapter of the Year (Large) Award for exemplary service to the community, and for the third consecutive Konklave took the award. The chapter can thank Dr. John Cade in part, as he won the Advisor of the Year (Large) award.

The Nashville Alumni Chapter (NAC) of the Fraternity (founded April 1926) and its members also earned awards. NAC Brother Avery Patton earned Mentor of the Year for his work with their Guide Right program. Guide Right is the Fraternity’s national youth development program. As previously mentioned NAC member Brother John Cade nabbed Advisor of the Year honors.

South Central Province Past Pole-march Brother Robert Scales of the Murfreesboro Alumni Chapter received the 111th Elder Watson Diggs Award at the 84th Grand Chapter Conclave in Philly. The Diggs Award is the 2nd highest award given nationally by the Fraternity for meritorious achieve-ment, second only to the Laurel Wreath Award.

The Hendersonville Alumni Chapter won Grand Chapter Reclamation Award, Percentage Reclaimed, Medium Chapter.

Brother Frank E. Burns, Jr. received the 89th Guy Levis Grant Award for meritorious achievement. Frank was initiated into the Theta Beta chapter of the Fraternity at Austin Peay State University in the Fall of 2016 and is currently affiliated with the Hopkinsville Fort-Campbell Alumni chapter.

Editor’s Note: Three Alpha Theta Fall 1973 initiates were elected to national offices of the Fraternity in December 1974 and served from 1974-1976. Two are members of the PRIDE editorial staff — William Robinson served on the Grand Board of Directors and Cass Teague served as Grand Strategus; additionally, DeWayne Armstrong served as Grand Lieutenant Strategus.

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