Kappa Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc. has been
reestablished within The University of Southern Mississippi's Greek
Life system. The chapter initiated 17 new members in October of
objectives are to assist in the aims and purposes of the university,
including promoting social awareness and unity with other student
organizations at Southern Miss and becoming involved in community
service projects. Only a month after the chapter was reestablished,
the fraternity won two first place trophies during the 52nd annual
Chi Omega Songfest last November.
chapter participates in the "Keep America Beautiful, Adopt-a-Highway"
campaign by picking up litter along its assigned stretch of highway
on U.S. 98. Several individual fraternity members are involved with
mentoring programs at Mary Bethune Alternative School, Big Brothers/Big
Sisters, D.R.E.A.M. of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg's Boys and Girls
Club, and the Forrest County District 4 Board of Supervisors' after-school
community volunteer program.
also recently hosted an educational program on campus titled "Graduation:
Mission Impossible," which addressed attrition rates and graduation
trends of African-American students. Vrita Delaine, assistant to
the vice president for student affairs at Southern Miss, was the
guest speaker for the program and shared information and statistics
with the Hattiesburg alumni chapter, the Kappa Iota chapter celebrated
the fraternity's 93rd birthday during its annual Founders Day Program
Jan. 18. During the program, male high school seniors from Hattiesburg,
Laurel, Wiggins, Petal and Bassfield were honored for their achievements
in academics, athletics, and the arts. Kappa Iota assists the alumni
chapter with the coordination of the Kappa League Leadership Development
Program, the fraternity's national Guide Right initiative, incorporating
the theme "Helping a Boy Become a Man."
For more information
about Kappa Alpha Psi, contact the Southern Miss Office of Greek
Life at (601) 266-4823 or Andre Heath at (601) 266-6593, or visit