Huntsville Alumni Chapter History
The Huntsville Alumni Chapter is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. under the leadership of our 33rd Grand Polemarch, Brother Thomas L. Battles, Jr.. Our chapter is part of our Fraternity's Southern Province led by our Provincial Polemarch, Brother Bertram K. Orum. The Huntsville Alumni Chapter was chartered February 21, 1960.
The chapter strives to meet the expectations of the fraternity's fundamental purpose "Achievement". The charter members of the Huntsville Alumni Chapter are Brothers Thornton Stanley, Sr., Walter Mullins, Edwin Hill, Bennett Higgins, Nathaniel Jackson, Condredge Holloway, Thomas House, Jerry Davis, Lionel Crump, and Alfred Hill. They had the vision just as our Founders did to make a difference in their community. From its inception, every endeavor was directed toward providing service projects for the needy in the Huntsville community, leadership programs for our youth and providing positive social events. The Huntsville Alumni Chapter has hosted four Southern Province Council Meetings; 19th Province Council Meeting - 1969, 36th Province Council Meeting - 1986, 53rd Province Council Meeting - 2003, and the most recent 66th Province Council Meeting -2016.
The chapter has produced a Laurel Wreath Laureate, Brother GEN (Retired) Dennis L. Via, 18th Commanding General for Army Materiel Command (and the only four-star Signal Corps Officer), Southern Province Polemarch and Grand Board Member: Brother Robert T. Hughes (1951 Gamma Phi initiate - Chapter Invisible), current Southern Province Board Member Brother Jason Jones. Southern Province Chief of Operations - Brother Michael Miller, Southern Province Senior Kappa Chair - Brother Richard Showers, Sr. and Southern Province St. Jude's Chairman Brother Christopher J. Calhoun, Sr. The chapter is also the home of Alabama A&M University Presidents Dr. Carl H. Marbury (1955 Gamma Phi initiate) and Dr. John T. Gibson, Sr. (1968 Gamma Epsilon initiate). In 2000, the Huntsville Alumni Chapter held the distinct honor of being named Southern Province Medium Chapter of the Year. 2013 Southern Province Reclamation Chapter of the Year, and also in 2013 Southern Province Large Chapter of the year.
The Huntsville Alumni Chapter holds an annual Kappa Spiritual Event / Kappa Revival. From that event, our Kappa Choir has been requested to perform on several occasions at church events and other chapter Founders Day Ceremonies. The Chapter has a been very active in Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets, Senior Kappa Breakfast, Christmas Gift Wrap for the Huntsville Crisis Services of North Alabama, and Adopt-a-Mile Program with the Green Team-Huntsville. Our Guide Right Program (Kappa Knights and Kappa League) have participated in business etiquette workshops and Kappa League graduating seniors received over $200K in college scholarships. Our Golf Tournament continued to be a success, raising funds for the foundation to help scholarship for our local high school students. Lastly, we're still proud of the success we had in making the Alabama Kappa Alpha Psi License Plate Campaign a success. Our Chapter has been solid and firm, mainly due to the great leadership of each Polemarch that has led this Chapter.
The Brothers of the Huntsville Alumni Chapter are leaders and strive for achievement in every field of human endeavor. Our chapter is proud to count as active members of the bound brothers who are educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, men of faith, doctors, lawyers and public servants.