Khadijah Forrest, The Black Bear – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated is a black Greek-lettered organization that was nationally founded January 5, 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
The fraternity’s motto is “achievement in every field of human endeavor.”
The Mu Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was chartered at Southwest Missouri State University May 4, 1984. This makes the chapter the first out of the other eight National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations to be chartered on the campus.
“We like to think of ourselves as renaissance men, achieving in academics and also extra-curricular activities. Giving the campus events to go to and other things that can extend the college experience to much more than just academics,” said Jakobi Connor, general business major.
The chapter recently was recognized as the 2016 Smallest Most Outstanding Chapter in the Middle Western Province.
The chapter ended the spring semester off with their annual Kappa Week April 24 through April 30.
Sam Mahone, a computer information systems major, said their week consisted of aspects of academic forums about certain social topics that may be happening in the United States or within the community.
On Monday, Mahone said, “We did our annual clean the streets which is our community
service event where we would clean our street and pick up trash.”
Following clean the streets, Connor explained the debate forum the chapter hosted later that evening.
“We opened the floor up to everybody and debated on many issues from politics to things like the best cereal,” Connor said.
Tuesday, the members hosted a professional massage therapy event as an appreciation for the women on the Missouri State campus.
Wednesday’s event was speed dating which Connor said was also a networking opportunity for students.
“If you didn’t want to find a date, you could just meet new people and that’s unifying our community just being able to meet new people that you would not normally say hi to or have a conversation with,” said Connor.
Thursday, the men hosted “Hoop with the Nupes” which was targeted for the men on campus to show out their basketball skills. The team that won was a fellow black Greek-lettered organization, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
They ended the week off with social events like “Shimmy Like A Nupe” which showcased the women of Missouri State’s rhythmic talents reflecting the men of Kappa Alpha Psi, and a free barbeque at Silver Springs Park.
Connor gave some advice to men interested in becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, saying the best thing to do is “to talk to us, express your interest in a discrete way. Don’t come in the middle of the PSU or at a event or something. Pull us aside and tell us if you’re really interested in the fraternity, here’s the reason why, and we’ll have that conversation from there.”
The members also say to look out for future educational, community service, and social events this upcoming fall semester.