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National Office Suspends KA Order's Charter

Brooke Burger
Managing Editor

   The National Administrative Office of the Kappa Alpha Order, located in Lexington, Va., suspended the University of Arkansas – Monticello KA Epsilon Chi chapter Monday, April 2. This decision was solely that of the national office and not UAM. 

   “This kind of suspension is necessary, on rare occasion, when a chapter fails to meet expectations of the national organization,” said Michael Wilson, director of chapter services for the national office, in a recent press release.  

   The national office informed administration of the decision, and the university is cooperating. However, the university does not have a full report from the national office at this time, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Clay Brown. 

   Executive Director of the KA Order national office and KA Order Educational Foundation Larry Wiese said, “This action was taken because of ongoing and severe operational difficulties by our chapter that included a deteriorating membership and failure to participate in required educational programs.”  

   According to Wiese, there is a possibility that they will revoke the charter in August. However, the KA Order’s national staff plans to review the chapter for reinstatement in a minimum of four years, as well as meeting with university officials to determine if reinstatement is best. 

   “We would like one day to have a strong chapter at Arkansas-Monticello,” Wiese said. 

   Wiese said if the university and national office decide the campus environment is favorable and the chapter could have a successful return, they would send staff to work with alumni to conduct recruitment activities and begin rebuilding the chapter. In order to achieve a charter and become an active chapter again, the group would need to recruit at least 15 members and complete other requirements.  

   The national office has placed current members on alumni status, which prohibits them from participating as individual members or as a chapter or organized unit of the national organization. If members participate in unauthorized chapter activity, they risk losing their membership if the chapter becomes active again. 

   According to Seth Glaze, president of the UAM chapter of KA Order, the alumni chapter advised members not to comment at this time. 

   Wiese said, “On behalf of Kappa Alpha Order, I would like to thank the administrators and university community at Arkansas-Monticello for their support of our chapter. We will look forward to returning to the campus.” 

   For more information, contact Wiese at 540-463-1865 (ext. 2001) or Wilson at 540-463-1865 (ext. 2006), or visit http://www.kappaalphaorder.org/.

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