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KKPsi & TBSigma

Volume 13, Number 3
December 21, 2011

Editor: Nick Smith
Publications Manager

News from Headquarters

Happy Holidays

From all of us at Headquarters to all of our students and alumni across the country, we want to wish each of you Happy Holidays! No matter what, be sure to spend your holiday breaks with friends, family and spread the joy this season! Safe traveling, and we will see you soon for Convention Season!

Wishing you Happy Holidays,
Zac Humphrey, Evan Thompson, Nick Smith, Dale Croston, Aaron Moore, Debbie Morris, Di Spiva & Alan Bonner


Submissions for the Spring 2011 issue are officially due November 1st (That's TODAY). Be sure to start thinking now about what you wish to write about and have those articles, pictures and posts sent our way SOONER rather than later! Any questions? You can always e-mail our publications manager and ask.

Please send your articles and photos to:



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.



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



National Executive Director:
Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.)

HQ Office Manager & National Accountant:
Di Spiva

HQ Membership Services Coordinator:
Debbie Morris

Alumni, Chapter & Colony Affairs Coordinator:
Aaron Moore

Publications Manager/Multimedia Designer
Nick Smith

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Zac Humphrey

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Evan Thompson



KKPsi AA Encore Newsletter

Keynotes Online Magazine

Con Selmer Institute

Wind and Rhythm

Installation of the Nu Alpha Chapter of KKΨ
by Christine Beason, National Vice President for Colonization & Membership, KKΨ

Brothers and Sisters,
It is my pleasure to announce the installation of the Nu Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Georgia State University. The installation of our 313th  chapter occurred at Georgia State University on November 28, 2011 with National Vice President for Colonization and Membership Christine Beason serving as installing officer of 18 colonists. The Kappa Mu chapter served as the advising chapter, and Melanie Muldrow was the colony advisor. This is the 3rd chapter installation of the biennium.
The event was attended by brothers from Kappa Mu, Iota, Iota Tau, and Mu Iota.  Also in attendance were Director of Bands Dr. Robert Ambrose, Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Chester Phillips, Southeast District President Cedric Boyd, and Past Southeast District President David Smith.  The new chapter is off to a great start with many projects already completed, others planned, and tremendous support from the brothers and sisters of the Southeast District!

Congratulations to these new brothers:

Marina Pena - President
Shaun Evans - Vice President of Membership
Megan Glasscock – Vice President of Service
Elizabeth Hoadley – Recording Secretary
Cassie Trout – Corresponding Secretary
Sarah Gray - Treasurer
Michelle Parkos - Historian
Alex Inman – Parliamentarian
Nick Caputa
Jordan Crawford
Kendrick Fearn
Soleil Lee
Kyle Lucas
Katie Phillips
Zachary Stoddard
Nickolas Tanner
Ryan Tucker
Christopher Van Buskirkal

New Chapter & Colony Education Coordinator
by the National Headquarters Staff

Congratulations to Dale Croston, the Newest Member of the National Headquarters Staff!

Dale Croston is a life member of the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, an Honorary Member of the Alpha Chapter and the National Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and a 1993 Graduate of Oklahoma State University. Dale has attended several National Conventions and District Conventions since being intiated into the Fraternity and is a recipient of several national awards, including the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement, Stan Finck Memorial and A. Frank Martin awards.

Dale's new job title is "Chapter & Colony Education Coordinator", and he will be responsible for all aspects related to KKPsi & TBS Membership Education Programs & Initiatives. This new position will review MEP documents to ensure national standards, assist with programming initiatives for District and National Leadership Conferences and National Conventions, and track all National Council directed MEP revisions for chapters when necessary. Dale will also become the principal coordinator to manage all chapter investigations from scheduling investigations and correspondence to working with chapters to complete any sanctions imposed and maintaining all related chapter records.

The other broad area of responsibility will focus on coordinating all aspects of the Colonization process including reviewing & approving Petitioning Documents, Membership Education Programs, and Chapter Constitutions. This position will ensure timely pre-installation visits and coordinate the actual installation ceremonies as well.

Let's all congratulate Dale and be looking for more of his work as time goes by as well as working with him about your chapter's membership activities. If you would like to send a note of congratulations you may do so by sending him at note at his new official e-mail address,

Tau Beta Sigma Ritual Books
by the National Headquarters Staff

Hello Sisters and Brothers of Tau Beta Sigma!

This is another reminder about the new Ritual Books for TBΣ. The completion of a newly revised ritual book following National Convention this summer the National Council voted to include one copy for each chapter to use this biennium with their membership cards. Most chapters received these (or will receive these) in the next few weeks.

The new ritual book is not mandatory, but includes those changes to text and sections voted on in Colorado as well as a new layout and design. If you find that you would like more than one copy you can order more using the ritual book order form located at: Book Order Form.pdf

The ritual books are $15.00 a piece and can only be ordered by a chapter president or sponsor.

If you have any questions about the new ritual books or have a problem with anything else in this packet feel free to call HQ at 405.372.2333. We hope you and your chapters are having a wonderful year! Take care, and we look forward to seeing you all at district conventions this Spring.

KKΨ & TBΣ Represent at Midwest Clinic
by National Headquarters Staff

Brothers and Sisters,

You'll be excited to know that your presence was again felt at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. As part of our mission at HQ to spread KKΨ and TBΣ we make sure to have representation each year at many major conferences in the country, and Midwest is THE conference to go to for musicians, clinicians, music educators and musical organizations.

To represent the fraternity and sorority at Midwest were members of both National Councils and Boards of Trustees, the National CFRs for Kappa Kappa Psi and LtCol Alan Bonner, our National Executive Director.

If you have any questions about what all our groups do at this conference or any of the other conferences we're representated at feel free to send an e-mail to one of our National Representatives.

City of Chicago

Our Booth (and National Presidents) at Midwest

Official Statement on Florida A&M University
from Adam Cantley, National President, KKΨ

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,

The recent situation at Florida A&M University and the loss of Robert Champion is truly a tragedy. Kappa Kappa Psi has released an official statement on this situation and it is publicly posted on

As members of Kappa Kappa Psi, we must do our best to respect this situation and investigation that is taking place. All members should cease and desist all comment on Social Media and other forums. Given the current information we have been able to access, Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity is not involved with Mr. Champion's death.

At this time, there remain more questions than answers. We ask you to join us in sending our thoughts and condolences to Mr. Champion's family over their loss. We will provide more information to you in the future as appropriate.

New Board of Trustee & TBΣAA Council Appointment
from Kelly Eidson, Chair, TBΣ Board of Trustees

Tau Beta Sigma Sisters, Brothers, Alumni Association Members & Friends,

It is my pleasure first to introduce Kris Wright as Tau Beta Sigma's appointed Trustee for the 2011-2015 term.Currently Kris is the Programs Coordinator for Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ. A member of Tau Beta Sigma since 1992, Kris has been active in Sorority leadership at the local, district and national levels. Her experience includes 9 years as Counselor for the Western District, author of the National Memorial Ceremony of TBS, and presenter of workshops on various topics to district and local chapter members. She was initiated into the Omega Chapter at the University of Arizona.

Kris brings a talent for data organization and idea development to the Board of Trustees. Her background in marketing design and advertising as well as creating operational procedures for groups will be strong additions to the skill set of the Board team. She looks forward to helping shape the direction of the BOT over the next 4 years, and interacting with students and alumni in this role.

Also, in November Chris Vanacore stepped down from the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association Executive Council. Chris has been an integral part of the TBSAA since its inception in 2007 and her passion for the alumni and supporters of our Sorority came through in her activities and goals for the TBSAA.

Per the TBΣAA Constitution, the Board of Trustees has appointed Leslie Twite to fill the remaining term on the TBΣAA Executive Council. Leslie was initiated at the Zeta Nu chapter at the University of Northern Iowa. Since graduating with a music education degree in 2007, Leslie has been teaching music to students of all ages and instilling in them a love for music; currently she is the K-8 Music Director in Gilman, Iowa. She has served the sorority in a variety of positions since graduation, including the Midwest District Alumni Association President. Please welcome Leslie to the TBΣAA Executive Council.

The TBΣAA Executive Council also recently had elections. The TΣSAA Executive Council is pleased to announce that Sue Robash Carr has been elected as the Chair and Meg Burke has been re-elected as the Vice Chair.

These changes set the stage for an exciting biennium for all alumni and supporters for Tau Beta Sigma. If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership for 2012, I invited you to do so and support Tau Beta Sigma For Greater Bands.

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