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Released March 4, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The 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 last year.

The chapter's 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.

Monthly, the 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.

The fraternity 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 participants.

Collaborating 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


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