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AHHH Important Things!


Hello Brothers,
Let me start by saying what we’re all thinking…. “April is hecking busy!!!”
It feels like we haven’t seen each other in weeks, and that is because we haven’t! Due to the strangeness of April scheduling this year, we haven’t had a regularly scheduled meeting since before spring break and this is a problem as we still have much to cover before the year’s end. To remedy this, the next meeting on Sunday, April 23rd, will be 2 hours from 4pm – 6pm. I know that this is not ideal and that some may have conflicts, but we need to do this. Therefore, please do you absolute best to plan ahead and to be there for all of it. This email will preview what we will cover so that you can be prepared. If you cannot make it to the whole thing, please let K. Lu know in advance as this is very important.
This Sunday’s meeting will follow this agenda, more or less:
  • Quick re-introduction of everyone and our new brothers and their preferred pronouns
  • Nominations!
  • A lengthy discussion on a project for next year
    • Hosting district convention?
    • Commissioning a new piece?
    • Re-colonizing CSU?
    • Or none of the above?
  • National Convention
  • Reminders
    • Recital
    • Elections (bring your clickers or borrow a friend’s!)
    • Update your contact info on KKY portal
  • And possibly a brief workshop on strategic planning (if time allows)
Nominations (read me! even if you’re not interested in running):
We will be accepting nominations for elections (which will be held the following Sunday from noon-6pm). How nominations will work is we will open the floor for nominations of each position. The order of these positions will be called in order of election. This order is as follows:
  • President (everyone is eligible except for members of the Epsilon Zeta class)
  • Vice President (everyone except for Epsilon Zeta)
  • Secretary (everyone is eligible)
  • Treasurer (everyone is eligible)
  • Historian (everyone is eligible)
  • Music Chair (everyone is eligible)
  • Service Chair (everyone is eligible)
  • Brotherhood Chair (everyone is eligible)
You may nominate yourself or someone else may nominate you. You must be present to be nominated or you must notify Kristina if you wish to be nominated for a position beforehand if you cannot be there. The rules are #JustAcceptIt – meaning if you are nominated, we highly encourage you to accept the nomination even if you are not interested or on the fence; you will have a chance to decline the nomination again at the elections meeting.
If you are nominated, I will send you an email with detailed instructions on how to run a platform and how to prepare. If you are thinking of running for a position, talk to current or past holders of that chair or position and learn all that you can starting now. The more you learn from others beforehand, the stronger your platform will be and the transition to executive committee will be much easier for you and the chapter.
Again, elections will be held April 30th from noon to 6pm, please bring your clicker or borrow a friend’s. It is not likely that it will take the full six hours, but this meeting is crucial and can be lengthy; please block of your afternoon for this as it is MANDATORY. In order to even open the floor for elections, we must have quorum (which means 75% of the chapter present). You absolutely must get schedules adjusted so you can be there for the chapter, this has been on the calendar since the start of the semester, so no excuses such as work or prior commitments will be accepted.
Potential Project for Next Year!
For those of you who were not at retreat or convention, there are some awesome opportunities on the horizon for our chapter, if we choose to pursue them! These opportunities include hosting next year’s district convention, commissioning a new piece at CU, or re-colonizing the Kappa chapter at CSU (which has since been inactive). We talked at length about the pros and cons of these ideas at retreat; here are the minutes from our meeting at retreat about the discussion. The short pros and cons list is as follows, be prepared to discuss more at the meeting so we can decided before the year is over.
Hosting 2018 MWD Convention:
  • We could bring more district interaction out West!
  • We have two members of the district council (Tate and Ahnika) that will be excellent liaisons
  • The district counselors can provide excellent guidance to help us
  • Will be cost neutral (district will reimburse)
  • Would be a year-long planning effort (would assign a standing committee whose members would meet each week, sometimes twice a week)
  • Our chapter is relatively inexperienced (Kristina is the only member to have been to more than one convention)
Commissioning a New Piece
  • Leave another lasting impact on the CU College of Music
  • Will require a lot of fundraising (we went in the red financially when we commissioned American Elegy)
Re-colonizing CSU
  • Relatively low effort (Nationals does most of the administrative work, we act as mentors)
  • Growing the number of Kappa chapters in the West and expanding our district interaction
  • We are not 100% sure that there is interest there in re-colonization
These are ideas that have been tossed around at convention and retreat; we by no means have to do any of the above. Be thinking about these ideas this week and come prepared with thoughts and questions. The goal will be to have chosen a project (or none) by the end of this meeting so we can aptly prepare as some are time-sensitive.
National Convention
Deadline to RSVP to go with Alpha Iota will be May 13th (this date has been pushed back from May 1st). See this post for more information.
Don’t forget to be practicing for recital on April 29th! Invite your friends and family! Facebook event page coming soon.
Update your contact info on the KKY portal! Please make sure that your info is up to date.
Phew! That was a lot! Deep breath and be thinking of these things over the next week. Let K. Lu know of any conflicts you have or any questions. See you next week!

Everything you need to know about NatCon!



Orlando, Florida (Right across from Disney Springs – formerly known as Downtown Disney)


July 18-22, 2017

Cost: $140 for registration + transportation + food



In order to go as a group (whether it be flying or driving), we
need to know numbers as quickly as possible so that we can apply for a travel grant from Nationals and book hotel rooms. Deadline to commit (i.e. you cannot back out) will be May 13st. RSVP to KLu.

Plane tickets are currently anywhere from $105 to $240. Booking earlier is better than later.

Click here to register after talking to Kristina

Basic Schedule:

  • Sunday-Tuesday – NIB rehearsals
  • Tuesday – Convention Begins
  • Wednesday – Convention All Day
  • Thursday – off! Go to Disney! Including DISCOUNT TICKETS!!
  • Friday – Convention All Day
  • Saturday – Convention All Day

How to be Involved:

National Intercollegiate Band (DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, extensions may apply): 

  • If you make the NIB, you will arrive the Sunday before at noon for chair auditions, and have rehearsals Monday and Tuesday with the concert kicking-off Convention that evening!
  • If you make the NIB, your rooms will be covered for the first two days (Sunday and Monday night).
  • You must provide your own transportation (if you are selected, we can talk about helping you get there)
  • The NIB will be premiering a newly commissioned piece by Steven Bryant
  • The conductor will be Dr. Richard Clary from Florida State.
  • Audition Information: You must submit a hard-copy CD and mail it. It must be post-marked by April 15th. 
  • More information here: Audition Information – NIB

Solo Competition (DEADLINE IS APRIL 15):

  • Accompaniments are okay
  • Online submission, submitted by April 15.
  • Finalists will be selected to compete at National Convention for $500 and/or a Life Membership!
  • Audition Information – Solo Competition

Keynote Speaker Opportunity (DEADLINE IS APRIL 15):

  • Topic: Why does Kappa Kappa Psi matter?
  • Submit an audio recording or your speech online
  • Must be 7-10 minutes in length
  • If you are selected, you will also get FREE REGISTRATION!! ($140 value)
  • Audition Information – Keynote Speaker

Scott Stoll Award (Deadline is MAY 15):

  • We can nominate an Alpha Iota alum for this award
  • Elegibility:
    • Nominee cannot have been active status in the past 5 years
    • Not a member of the district council
  • More information to come, but if you have a nominee in mind, let KLu know!

Ritual Revisions! 

  • The 10-year long moratorium on Ritual is ending this year! This means, Ritual is going to change.
  • This means that we need to go through every aspect of the ritual book and make edits (no matter how minute) and submit them before convention here.
  • These suggested edits will be reviewed by the Ritual and Regalia committee (which you can serve on if you’d like) at National Convention.
  • These changes will remain in effect for the next ten years – great way to leave your mark on Kappa on a National level!

Other fun ways to serve!:

  • Nationals has written a standardized MEP curriculum, which is available for viewing now. (Find it here)
  • If interested, you can serve on the member education committee (which would entail making edits to the new curriculum based on the feedback from the chapters that piloted it this past year).

Main website: http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com