The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. made history on August 18th when they chartered their first international undergraduate chapter in The Bahamas.
After 107 years of existence, the organization which was founded in Indiana in 1911 officially established its presence on a college/university campus outside of the United States through the Rho Mu Chapter located at the University of The Bahamas.
Thomas L Battles Jr., the fraternity’s Grand Polemarch flew in along with other leaders in the fraternity to celebrate the occasion. “It’s great for the fraternity and I think it’s great for the community and the university to have Kappa Alpha Psi on campus,” a press release issued by the Bahamas Alumni Chapter quotes him saying.
“This is history, our first international undergraduate chapter. It’s a good season for us where we’re stepping up to ensure undergraduates have a voice on campus, through Greek life.”
According to the press release, Dominic Parker, a University of The Bahamas Finance Major will head the chapter on the campus as Polemarch. “It’s been a long time coming and we feel great, because we worked really hard to make this a reality,” he said.
“We have a lot we want to do in the community, from a scholarship program to just helping to direct the younger generation of Bahamians along the path to success.”
According to the press release, “The fraternity has functioned in The Bahamas since 1973 through its Bahamas Alumni Chapter, now lead by Quinton C. Lightbourne, who said he’s happy to see history made for the fraternity in The Bahamas.”
“This is most definitely one of my biggest accomplishments as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi,” he said. “With the hard work, dedication and support from all of the brothers in The Bahamas we made this dream a reality. As we continue pushing ahead we plan on expanding and doing our part to make communities better throughout The Bahamas.”
Christopher Cross serves as a Junior Grand Vice-Polemarch for the organization and flew to Nassau for the ceremony, held in the library of The University of The Bahamas.
“This is great,” he said. “The vision for this chapter started many decades ago and to see it finally get to here is amazing. There are a lot of great brothers here in The Bahamas and I’m glad that Kappa Alpha Psi now has an undergraduate presence in this country to be a presence among black Greek organizations on the islands.
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