New Choir Fraternity Approved
Around Campus Editor
|Photo by Eric
Alpha Psi Gamma founders pose for a picture after the choir
concert. Front row (left to right): Lauren Bollinger, Ashley
Couch, Regina Vaughn and Janay Kolen. Back row: John Gladden,
Robert Webb, Brandon Simmons, Drew Gladden, Cody Pierce and
new choir and theater service fraternity became official
Wednesday, Nov. 28, when the University of
Arkansas-Monticello Board of Directors approved it.
The 10 founding members of Alpha Psi Gamma comprise Lauren
Bollinger, Ashley Couch, Drew Gladden, John Gladden,
Janay Kolen, Cody Pierce, Brandon Simmons, David Vaughn,
Regina Vaughn and Robert Webb.
John Gladden, president of Alpha Psi Gamma, said they started the
fraternity for brotherhood.
“(The founding members) were looking for brotherhood that was
lacking in the choir,” John said.
Drew Gladden, chaplain of Alpha Psi Gamma, said choir and theater
students expressed interest in a fraternity the past few
“(The founders) thought ‘why not?’ We need (a choir and theater
fraternity),” Drew Gladden said. “We can provide a lot
of service to the choral department.”
David Vaughn, vice president, said he thought starting the
fraternity was a good idea but did not have access to
the same resources John did.
“(Alpha Psi Gamma) took on a life of its own when John took over,”
David Vaughn said.
The founders started the long paper work process for the new
organization Oct. 5. John Gladden said they took their
idea to the music department for approval. Then they
asked Kent Skinner, director of choral activities, to
advise the new organization. After he accepted, they
wrote out their constitution and bylaws. After
completing the bylaws and constitution, the Student
Affairs Committee approved the fraternity before the
matter went before the Board of Directors.
John Gladden said the members used basic guidelines for creating
the constitution and bylaws, and added rules specific to
the organization including dues and elections.
During the planning stages for Alpha Psi Gamma, John Gladden said
some of the founders thought about trying to recolonize
Phi Mu Alpha. Phi Mu Alpha, a social fraternity for male
musicians, used to have a chapter at UAM, but closed.
“We kicked around the idea of bringing (Phi Mu Alpha) back to
campus, but decided not to since it’s a social
organization,” John Gladden said.
John Gladden said the founders wanted to make sure that women could
be included in the new fraternity.
“We wanted to incorporate all into one group,” John Gladden said.
The founding members chose the Greek letter designation Alpha Psi
Gamma for musical reasons. John said the “A” in Alpha
and the “G” in Gamma signify musical notes. Music notes
start with A and end with G. The Psi signifies the
musical staff, horizontal lines music notes are written
Drew said two officer positions unique to the fraternity include
the chaplain and the magister. The chaplain closes each
meeting in short prayer and offers any spiritual
guidance that may be needed. The magister, which is
Latin for teacher, educates the new members.
The founders are creating a badge and shield for the fraternity.
The group chose black, Kelly green and silver as the
club colors. John Gladden said he is working on writing
the ritual for the fraternity and it will be completely
original. Webb wrote the fraternity hymn.
John said Alpha Psi Gamma will hold its first formal interest
meeting and start a new member class no later than the
third week of January.
The requirements for joining Alpha Psi Gamma include maintaining a
2.5 cumulative grade point average and must participate
in choir or theater. John said the new member education
period lasts six-eight weeks.
“Prospective members must show character, brotherhood and
education,” John Gladden said.
Drew Gladden said they hope that by creating this fraternity, they
will promote choral and theatrical arts, improve
brotherhood in the choir and give better exposure to the
David Vaughn said, “I hope (Alpha Psi Gamma) is here forever.”
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