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KKPsi & TBSigma

Volume 14, Number 3
Feburary 18, 2013

Editor: Nick Smith
Publications Manager

News from Headquarters

Welcome Back

To all Brothers & Sisters, from all of us at Stillwater Station, we hope that the new year brings you joy and a new focus as you finish your studies for the semester. Go headlong into this new semester with a positive attitude and good luck on all that you do this year!

Wishing you the best!
Yvonne Daye, Zeb Watkins, Dale Croston, Nick Smith, Aaron Moore, Debbie Morris, Di Spiva & Alan Bonner


Submissions for the Spring 2013 issue are officially due November 1st. 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!

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 Online as well as send in your moneis for initiation. 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

Chapter and Colony Education Coordinator:
Dale Croston

Alumni Historical and Development Coordinator:
Aaron Moore

Multimedia Designer/Publications Manager:
Nick Smith

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Zeb Watkins

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Yvonne Daye



National Convention 2013

National Intercollegiate Band



KKPsi AA Encore Newsletter

Keynotes Online Magazine

Con Selmer Institute

Wind and Rhythm

Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Finalists
by Adam Cantley, National President of Kappa Kappa Psi

It is a great privilege to announce the 2011-2013 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award recipients:

Delta - The University of Oklahoma
Omicron - West Virginia University
Pi - Auburn University
Psi - University of California, Los Angeles
Alpha Beta - Butler University
Alpha Nu - University of Wyoming
Beta Omicron - Arizona State University
Zeta Epsilon - Michigan State University
Zeta Eta - South Carolina State University
Theta Phi - Henderson State University
Iota Omega - Iowa State University
Kappa Alpha - University of Minnesota
Kappa Upsilon - Marist College
Kappa Psi - Virginia Commonwealth University
Mu Kappa - Grand Valley State University

This list of fifteen outstanding chapters includes a mix of first time finalists and long time finalists. These chapters throughout the biennium have made outstanding contributions to their band programs and maintained an extraordinary level of commitment to the purposes and values of Kappa Kappa Psi. They certainly have met the challenge to "Strive for the Highest" towards college band and Kappa Kappa Psi excellence! Each of these chapters will be asked to present more about their work this summer at National Convention during our Interactive Psi (iPsi) morning, and we encourage you to visit with all of these chapters while in Springfield so you can get ideas for your own chapter and band program.

Each of these chapters is eligible for the William Scroggs Founders Trophy, awarded to one of these chapters as the outstanding chapter in the nation. We are excited for these chapters and their band programs, as this is a moment of celebration for hard work and dedication to college band by our Brothers.

Thanks and congratulations to these chapters for their consistent high level of excellence throughout the biennium!

Tau Beta Sigma Chapter Leadership Finalists
by Dawn Farmer, National President of Tau Beta Sigma

The Tau Beta Sigma National Council is pleased to announce the Grace & A. Frank Martin Top Chapter Leadership Finalists for the 2011-2013 biennium. To be considered for the Top Chapter Award, a chapter must submit all paperwork to National Headquarters on-time, and fill out their paperwork completely and correctly. The National Council recognizes the manner in which chapters provide service to their bands, the membership growth within the chapter, community involvement, and also accounts for participation and involvement at the District & National level. The selected chapters' activities within their band, school, and community go above and beyond the required tasks of a Tau Beta Sigma chapter. These 13 chapters will be recognized and asked to present for the Grace and A. Frank Martin Top Chapter Award during the 2013 National Convention in Springfield, MA this July.

Please help the National Council in recognizing the 13 Chapters that are the finalists for the Grace & A. Frank Martin award:

Delta, University of Oklahoma
Lambda, University of Michigan
Omega, University of Arizona
Alpha Omicron, Sam Houston State University
Delta Kappa, Kansas State University
Epsilon Alpha, University of South Carolina
Epsilon Theta, Georgia Institute of Technology
Epsilon Iota, The University of Akron
Epsilon Kappa, University of California at Los Angeles
Zeta Alpha, Illinois State University
Zeta Omega, University of Missouri
Eta Alpha, Syracuse University
Eta Delta, Howard University

Congratulations again, and we look forward to seeing you all at National Convention!

Tau Beta Sigma Call For Nominations
by Dawn Farmer, National President of Tau Beta Sigma

Call for Nominations
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority
National Council & Board of Trustees Positions

Interested & Qualified Candidates may submit their application to the National President & National Headquarters
Deadline May 1, 2013

National Council
Interested individuals running for the National Council should meet the following basic qualifications:

  • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 25 years of age.
  • Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma.
  • Completed an undergraduate degree program.
  • Shall possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the Sorority under all ordinary conditions.
  • Able to serve a two-year term once elected.
  • Interview with Nominations Committee at National Convention

More info of this process can be found in 3.203, 3.204 & 3.205 in The National Constitution

Board of Trustees
Interested individuals running for the Board of Trustees should meet the following basic qualifications:

  • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 30 years of age.
  • Shall possess outstanding business or professional ability and shall be capable representing the corporation and Sorority under all circumstances.
  • Interview with the National Council (Nominations Committee for Board of Trustees)

More info of this process can be found in 2.105, 2.106 & 2.107 in The National Constitution

Interested Individuals May Submit Their Information No Later Than May 1, 2013

Materials Requested:

  • Letter of intent which identifies the position being sought, why it is being sought, what contributions you can make in that office, and information detailing how you meet the above basic qualifications. Highlight band and sorority experience. Limit: 1 page.
  • Résumé/Vita, inclusive of both Sorority and professional experiences. Limit: one 2-page document or two 1-page documents that separate the two categories.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be within the applicant’s profession.
  • One photograph, suitable for publication.

Questions may be addressed to National President: Dawn Farmer,

Submit Applications to the National President through e-mail at
or to National Headquarters via the postal service at
National Headquarters, PO Box 849, Stillwater, OK 74076
attn: Tau Beta Sigma Nominations

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Tau Beta Sigma National President's Essay Contest
by Dawn Farmer, National President of Tau Beta Sigma

Our Past, a History Bold; Today’s Opportunities We Find Unfolding
In 1000 words or less, describe the opportunities we have unfolding for us as Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, and how our past plays a role in those events. 

Deadline: June 15th to Dawn Farmer,

Winner will be announced at National Convention and must be present to win. This challenge is intended for Active members who are currently enrolled in school or will be recent 2013 graduates of their university. The winner will receive $200 and read the winning entry to the TBS National Delegation during National Convention.

2013 Conn-Selmer Institute
by Alan Bonner, National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma

2013 Conn-Selmer Institute
June 9-12, 2013 - Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana

Activate Your Professional Passion!
2013 Tuition Includes
Nationally recognized Educators/Clinicians - Concert by Canadian Brass
on campus meals throughout the event
Hal Leonard Reading Band sponsored by JW Pepper & Son

College Student Tuition $99.00
Tuition includes CSI attendance and on campus meals;
on campus housing additional*
Educator/Teacher Tuition $199.00
Tuition includes CSI attendance and on campus meals;
on campus housing additional*
*Optional 3 Nights Double Occupancy Dorm Housing add $99.00

To register visit!

GEICO School Spirit Championship
by Matthew Bennet, GEICO Representative for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma

From February 19th through April 1st, GEICO will be hosting the GEICO School Spirit Championship through the GEICO Facebook fan page, and we would love to have your help. Your members will be able to enter a picture of themselves showing their best school spirit for their alma mater or favorite college/university for a chance to win cash prizes!

We would greatly appreciate your help in promoting this contest to your members. Promotion of this fun contest will also create additional exposure of our special partnership and the discount your members are eligible for. Increased exposure should help generate more auto rate inquiries, and that could mean additional non-dues revenue for your organization! Also, it will be a lot of fun for your members! Please feel free to post the important dates and contest links on your Facebook and Twitter pages. If you would like a separate image of the logo to place on your social media pages or website, please let me know and I will get it to you.

We have attached an announcement for you to share with your members via email or Facebook to promote the contest and our partnership. If you have any questions about the contest, please let me know. Thanks for your help in promoting the GEICO School Spirit Championship and our special partnership!

Matt Bennett
GEICO Sponsorship Marketing
Special Audience Marketing Coordinator

Here's the Link for Kappa Kappa Psi

Here's the Link for Tau Beta Sigma

Editor's Note: Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigmahave been Corporate Partners with GEICO for several years, and the partnership has proven to be very beneficial for us! Every time any individual uses the following links to request an insurance quote, we receive a small financial reward, just for asking:

Kappa Kappa Psi's GEICO Partnership Page

Tau Beta Sigma's GEICO Partnership Page

Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters

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