Kappa Kappa Psi Attends National Convention
September 18, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Iota Lambda chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary band fraternity, attended the 2015 Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention and won the “Most Improved Chapter Award” over the summer.
Mount Union’s Iota Lambda chapter was founded on campus in 1990. Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn and develop themselves and their band programs. Serving the students, it helps them gain service and leadership recognition by assisting the Director of Bands. They assist by motivating the band and being leaders on and off the field.
“My entire Kappa Kappa Psi experience has changed my life forever. My leadership and professionalism have grown more than I thought was ever possible. I’ve met my best friends and discovered my passion of serving the band program,” president Michelle Banis said.
The 2015 Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention is held every two years and was held in Lexington, Kentucky from July 28 – August 2. Mount Union student attendees this year included senior Michelle Banis, senior Jordan Fitch, sophomore Alex Krutkiewicz, junior Paula Kyser, junior Tyler Perkins, senior Zack Shankle, sophomore Nadya Stratton and senior Elizabeth Wamsley.
During this convention, members are able to meet brothers and sisters from across the nation, participate in workshops and serve on committees. During this time, the Iota Lambda chapter received the Kenneth M. Corbett “Most Improved Chapter Award.” By re-writing and evaluating their constitution, membership and functionality of their chapter, the organization began holding new events. With their first Annual Band Day and Annual TUBACHRISTMAS, along with numerous other events, the organization pulled together and made a change, thus earning this prestigious award.
“Receiving this award signifies a noteworthy changing point for the brothers in our chapter. More importantly, it’s motivated younger members to serve and work for the band as the older members that came before them did. Together, we’re always ‘Striving for the Highest,’ whether it be on the field, in the rehearsal hall, or in the classrooms,” Banis said.
Winning this award is only a stepping stone for the chapter. The chapter plans to continue to grow by “Striving for the Highest” to help the brotherhood, musicianship, service and leadership of the Mount Union Band Program.