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KKPsi & TBSigma

Volume 11, Number 4
March 9, 2010

Editor: Aaron Moore
Alumni, Chapter, & Colony Affairs Coordinator

News from Headquarters


When you complete your Initiate Classes, please remember that you have 30 days following Third Degree to submit the Initiate Registration Form. An additional fee of 25% is applied to all forms that are late.



Submissions for the Fall 2010 issue are due June 1st. Please remember, if sending photos, we can only use higher resolution (300 dpi) files.

Please send your articles and photos to:



To all District Officers and Chapter Presidents:

Please ensure the widest possible distribution of this newsletter to the chapters, colonies and members in your district.

The purpose of this newsletter is to quickly and efficiently send information to each member.

District Leaders should ensure that this newsletter is forwarded to every Chapter President in their district.

Issues of the NewsNotes can also be found on the Headquarters website at

Many thanks,
Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, USAF (ret)
National Executive Director

Stance on Branding/Scarification

by Derrick Mills and Dollie O'Neill, National Presidents

The National Councils of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have adopted an addendum to the Hazing/Risk Management Policy dealing with the subject of branding/scarification.

Branding/Scarification is the modification of the human body through burning, cutting or other types of abrasion to the human skin and other areas. Branding/Scarification has increased risk of infection, slow healing third degree burns, internal injury, unintended permanent disfiguring deformities, and other medical issues. It is seen as causing “physical harm and discomfort” or providing a “physical shock” as outlined in the above policy.

The practice of Branding/Scarification or other forms of body modification that are associated with Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma in an unlicensed environment are “not consistent with academic or musical achievement; Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma law, ritual or policy; or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, band program, or applicable state law.”

Consequently, those who engage in the act of branding/scarification or other forms of modification in relation to Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma could be found in violation of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma policy and are subject to action from the National Council. This includes forced or coerced body modification at licensed establishments.

The Stance on Branding/Scarification is available for download by clicking HERE.


"Early Bird" Award Winners!
by Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, Executive Director

The Headquarters is pleased to announce a record number of chapters who submitted their Chapter Fee and Member Dues before September 15th. These are our "Early Bird" Award winners!


Midwest District

Midwest District
Gamma Delta
Delta Xi
Delta Eta
Zeta Nu
Eta Zeta
Theta Mu
Eta Pi
Theta Xi
Iota Psi
Iota Omega
North Central District
North Central District
Theta Epsilon
Northeast District
Theta Zeta
Gamma Omega
Mu Kappa
Delta Delta
Delta Omega
Northeast District
Epsilon Epsilon
Zeta Mu
Epsilon Rho
Eta Alpha
Epsilon Omega
Eta Beta
Zeta Omicron
Iota Xi
Zeta Upsilon
Kappa Rho
Eta Gamma
Eta Delta
Southeast District
Iota Alpha
Iota Kappa
Alpha Eta
Delta Iota
Southeast District
Zeta Phi
Gamma Epsilon
Zeta Chi
Delta Theta
Kappa Beta
Epsilon Alpha
Mu Beta
Epsilon Theta
Zeta Beta
Southwest District
Theta Zeta
Theta Lambda
Beta Sigma
Theta Upsilon
Delta Sigma
Iota Lambda
Zeta Beta
Theta Kappa
Southwest District
Theta Nu
Lambda Epsilon
Lambda Pi
Beta Delta
Gamma Tau
Western District
Epsilon Beta
Epsilon Psi
Theta Theta
Gamma Kappa
Western District
Alpha Chi



Iota Omicron - Benedict College

by Dawn Farmer, National VPCM

Dear Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma,
It my pleasure to welcome our newest chapter to the bond. Welcome to the Iota Omicron Chapter, #231, at Benedict College in Columbia, SC.
The Installation took place on Friday, January 29, 2010. The Installing
Officer was Sara Cox Lowery, Colony Advisor and past SED President. The
following guests were present at the event:

  • Epsilon Alpha (Advising Chapter)-University of South Carolina
  • Iota Xi-Elon University
  • Beta Xi-University of Florida
  • Eta Omicron-Johnson C. Smith University
  • Epsilon Chi-South Carolina State University
  • Benedict College KKY Colony Members
  • Other Friends
  • District Officers:
    • Stephen Burt-SED President
    • Charlotte Manes-SED Vice President of Membership
    On behalf of the National Council of Tau Beta Sigma, I welcome the Iota
    Omicron Sisters to the Bond. I also express sincere thanks to those who
    traveled to be a part of their Installation, and to those who were a
    constant source of support and help to these students. Thank you especially to Sarah, Lacey, Epsilon Alpha, and the SED Council and Counselors.

    Notes of welcome can be sent to the Colony President,
    Natosha Biggs,

    Please welcome them to the Sisterhood. What a remarkable time of growth for Tau Beta Sigma.



    Mu Pi - University of Oregon

    by Michael Osborn, Board of Trustees, Chair

    I am very proud to announce the installation of the MU PI chapter #304 at the University of Oregon. The installation took place on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, February 14th. It was my pleasure to serve as the Installing Officer for this newest addition to our Fraternity.

    Many thanks to the Iota Kappa (Boise State) Chapter for serving as the advising chapter for the former colony and to Dr. Chris Chapman for his work as the advising person. The Fraternity is indebted to you for your service.

    The Installation Ceremony was attended by many guests including, parents, faculty members, potential future Brothers and current Brothers from chapters including, Theta (Oregon State) Gamma (University of Washington) and an alumni member from Iota Zeta (North Carolina A&T). 

    Congratulations, welcomes and greetings can be sent to the Mu Pi Chapter through their President, Matt Takimoto at _takimoto23x@gmail.com_ .

    The installation of the Mu Pi Chapter is the third chapter installation of the biennium. 

    Rho - Tulane University

    by Malinda Matney, Immediate Past National President


    I am proud to announce the installation of the Rho Chapter, Chapter #17, at Tulane University. The installation took place on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, 20 February 2010.

    Many thanks to the Beta Gamma Chapter (Louisiana State University) for serving as the advising chapter for the now Rho Chapter and to Burt Daigle for his work as the advising person. The Fraternity appreciates your substantial support of Rho Chapter, as well your work with previous colonies.

    The Installation Ceremony was attended by many guests including parents, faculty members, potential future Brothers and current Brothers from chapters including Beta Gamma (Louisiana State), Lambda Xi (Southeastern Louisiana), Theta Phi (Henderson State) and Iota Upsilon (McNeese State).

    Congratulations, welcomes and greetings can be sent to the Rho Chapter through their President, Allison Feibus (

    Rho Chapter is the fourth chapter installed in the 2009-2011 biennium.

    It was my pleasure to serve as the Installing Officer for this newest addition to our Fraternity, and I look forward to their contributions to the Brotherhood over the years to come.



    CBDNA Music Symposium
    by Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, National Executive Director

    The CBDNA Music Education Committee was formed one year ago to address the challenge of developing and leading initiatives promoting the core values of musical artistry and creativity in school band programs. One of the Committees specific recommendations was to develop a series of Summer Music Education Symposium in collaboration with institutions of higher education.

    These symposia would serve as an artistic and creative resources for public school band programs, provide a forum for exploring and defining our educational priorities, and assisting in offering experiences that will develop the skills in important areas of instruction such as repertoire selection, score study, rehearsal techniques, instrumental pedagogy, and use of technology. The CBDNA Board has approved funding to support this initiative for the next three summers.

    The inaugural symposium, The Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium, will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from July 25-29, 2010. In addition to a track for experienced music educators, The CBDNA Music Education Committee has developed a reduced tuition Fellowship Program for gifted senior Music Education Majors. Participants in this portion of the program will network with experienced teachers and attend special sessions that address the complex issues facing first-year music educators.

    Please visit the following link for specific information:


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