Kappa Alpha Order (known as “KA” or “the Order”), a national men’s collegiate social fraternity, founded in 1865, is proud to celebrate the milestone of 150,000 total initiates. Earlier this year, national staff of KA confirmed that on November 20, 2009, Drury student Steven R. Blackshear was initiated by the Beta Iota Chapter of KA launching his lifetime membership in fraternity.
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Jesse S. Lyons, Director of Chapter Development
November 3, 2010
Kappa Alpha Order surpasses 150,000 initiates in history
...outstanding young gentleman at Drury University identified
Kappa Alpha Order (known as "KA" or "the Order"), a national men's collegiate social fraternity, founded in 1865, is proud to celebrate the milestone of 150,000 total initiates. Earlier this year, national staff of KA confirmed that on November 20, 2009, Drury student Steven R. Blackshear was initiated by the Beta Iota Chapter of KA launching his lifetime membership in fraternity.
Upon review of records in Lexington, Virginia, at the Kappa Alpha Order National Administrative Office, a timeline of specific initiation dates of all members in the fall of 2009 was established. By tracking "badge numbers" issued to each initiate and used to identify membership, Blackshear was identified as the 150,000th initiate according to his badge number, O-5005.
Blackshear is from Springfield, Missouri. He is a Pre-Med major, now a sophomore, with a 3.48 cumulative grade point average and he serves his chapter as an appointed officer with the dual role of Corresponding Secretary and Recruitment Chairman. He also is involved with the Drury Interfraternity Council. Andrea Battaglia, Director of Greek Life & Student Involvement at Drury praised Blackshear saying, "he is an essential member of our IFC on campus and we hope that he moves into major leadership roles in the chapter and Greek community in the near future."
A reception will be held, at the local KA chapter house at 6pm on November 9, 2010 in Steven's honor. Presiding at the reception will be the Knight Commander (or national president) of KA, J. Michael Duncan. Duncan will be traveling from Arlington, Texas to bestow upon Steven a replica of an original badge that the founders of the fraternity wore in the 1860s. Each member of the initiation class that joined KA with Steven will also receive a special enlarged gold KA badge. Knight Commander Duncan will also present Steven and the Chapter with a framed proclamation designating their roles in initiating the 150,000th member.
Kappa Alpha Order and its first chapter were founded upon the knightly principles of gentlemanly conduct and with excellence as their aim, at what is now Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Those values remain the focus of the Order today. It has grown to 124 chapters in 26 states with more than 6,100 undergraduate members and over 117,000, living initiated members, and of course, over 150,000 initiates in history. More information about Kappa Alpha Order is available online, at kappaalphaorder.org.