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New fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, establishes at APSU; Greek life growing on campus

The number of students joining social fraternities and sororities has grown to an all-time high at Austin Peay State University, and the increase will become larger with the addition of a new fraternity on campus.

Kappa Alpha Order has begun recruitment at APSU to start a provisional chapter. KA Order was approved to create a new chapter in early 2009 at the University.

Throughout 2010, APSUs KA Order establishment will be chartered as a permanent active chapter, becoming the 10th chapter in the state.
The number of students joining social fraternities and sororities has grown to an all-time high at Austin Peay State University, and the increase will become larger with the addition of a new fraternity on campus.

Kappa Alpha Order has begun recruitment at APSU to start a provisional chapter. KA Order was approved to create a new chapter in early 2009 at the University.

Throughout 2010, APSU's KA Order establishment will be chartered as a permanent active chapter, becoming the 10th chapter in the state.

The addition of KA Order at APSU will help increase its already booming Greek community, nearing 500 students in social fraternities and sororities.

“With the addition of KA Order to our campus, our fraternity and sorority community is now the largest it's ever been in our institutional history, having grown by 56 percent over the last two and a half years,” said Greg Singleton, dean of students. “Our fraternity membership numbers also have increased by 77 percent within the same time frame. We are experiencing outstanding growth on campus.”

Brianna Lombardozzi, coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs, said the University's recent enrollment gains contribute to the increase in Greek membership.

“As I tell my student leaders, if the University is increasing, there is no reason why your membership should not as well,” she said.

Throughout the spring semester, KA Order's national administrative staff members Jesse S. Lyons and Chris Woods are working with KA Order alumni in the area and new members to organize the fraternity on campus.

Andy Kean, director of University Facilities at APSU, is a KA Order alumnus from the University of Tennessee-Martin and is serving as chair of the KA Order alumni advisory committee, which will serve as a mentoring and oversight board for the new members.

Anecdotally, former Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay, the University's namesake, was an alumnus of KA Order. He was initiated into the fraternity at Centre College in Danville, Ky. In addition, the KA Order also has strong ties to two well-known Army generals, George Marshall and George S. Patton, both of whom were KA Order alumni.

Kappa Alpha Order was founded in 1865 at Washington College, now Washington and Lee University. The organization has 126 active and provisional chapters across the U.S. as well as 140,000 alumni.

For more information, visit http://www.kappaalphaorder.org or http://www.KAapsu.org. -- Melony Shemberger