Mu Kappa History
The KKP Colony at Grand Valley was started in the fall semester of 2007 through the efforts of President Kyan Kiogima, and Director of Athletic Bands Kevin York. Mr. York is a honorary member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Texas Tech University and the Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, also at Texas Tech, and an alumni of Grand Valley State University.
Preliminary meetings for the colony occurred in October of 2007, with over 30 prospective members. Early activities included a bottle drive, and regular cleanup of the Performing Arts Center beyond what was provided by custodial staff. The colony went through its first degree ceremony, presided over by the Zeta Epsilon Chapter from Michigan State University, on December 7th, 2007.
Over the next few months, the colony worked to move towards completion of the documentation necessary to become a full chapter, including assembly of a committee for the completion of the Membership Education Plan headed by Vice President Katie Chapman, and a committee for the completion of the Petitioning Document headed by former Secretary and Colony member Logan Merkey before being turned over to Historian Brandon Warzybok. Both of these committees were ultimately responsible for the completion of their tasks.
One of the key events in the history of the colony was its participation in the North Central District convention in Indianapolis Indiana on April 4-6, 2008. It was the colony's first experience with other chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the reception was most memorable. Members of 8 chapters pledged to be in attendance for the eventual installation of the colony. President Kyan Kiogima was granted right to sit on the executive board for the District (albeit without voting powers). Members were able to meet privately with KKP President Dr. Malinda Matney and Colonization director Derrick Mills, both of whom were immensely influential and helpful in answering our questions. The ongoing controversy attached to the question of hazing within Kappa Kappa Psi highlighted to the colony a need for efficient leadership and strong morality, which is at the heart of what it means to be a brother in Kappa Kappa Psi. Most importantly, the District Convention offered the colony a needed boost of confidence and encouragement that came with our warm reception.
On April 20th, 2008, the GVSU Colony was initiated with its second degree ceremony by our brothers and friends in the Zeta Epsilon Chapter. With this event, the end was coming into sight for the colonization period. Sadly the end of the school year and the many different directions of colony members put a general halt to the progress of the colony.
The first weeks of the new school year represented a low ebb for the colony. Two officers were lost, one resigning entirely while the other was declared invalid for failure to adhere to national standards. In the last week of October 2008, members of the GVSU colony traveled to Michigan State University to visit Zeta Epsilon members for advice and encouragement. Members returned with a renewed sense of direction and resolve.
The Mu Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, was installed at Grand Valley State University on April 18th, 2009. After two long years of preparing documents, holding meetings, raising money, and performing service projects, the GVSU colony finally became a chapter. In the beginning the colony had thirty members. Yet as the seasons changed and time went by, membership dwindled until there were fifteen; all dedicated to seeing the process to the end and becoming active members of the fraternity. The installation was only possible with the help of Kappa Kappa Psi National President Dr. Malinda Matney, Past National President & ZE Sponsor Mr. Mike Osborn, Marc Renaud, Katie Ghyra, and the rest of the Zeta Epsilon Chapter at Michigan State University. The colony was led by Founding Fathers President Kyan Kiogima and Vice President Katie Chapman, and Secretary Nichole Race, Treasurer Keith Brown, and Historian Brandon "Chiefumz" Warzybok. Our sponsor, Grand Valley Director of Bands Barry Martin, the Voice of the Laker Marching Band, Tom Yackish, and Kevin York were also invaluable to the completion of the colonization process.
The Mu Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, was founded at Grand Valley State University on April 18th, 2009. It is our purpose to serve the Grand Valley Bands in any way possible. We strive to make our Music Department the best that it can be.