The Chapter

The Epsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was first established at Mississippi State University on April 20, 1923, by thirteen members of the Famous Maroon Band. These men founded the chapter in defiance of a state law, called the Zellar Bill, which made fraternities illegal in the state of Mississippi. Due to this fact the first Epsilon chapter became known as the Blank Chapter because all mention of Mississippi State University, and the names of the men who founded Epsilon were blacked out on all documents pertaining to the chapter. Because of these difficult circumstances, the chapter was unable to survive for very long, and folded within three years. The Blank Chapter is also noted for its "unknown member," a man by the name of George P. Woodward Jr. of whom no record exists of his ever having attended Mississippi State University, or having ever been a member of the Famous Maroon Band. It has since been discovered that Woodward was an alias used by Henry E. Wamsley, who directed the Famous Maroon Band from 1922-1952. A second attempt to found a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Mississippi State was made in 1928, and even though the Zellar Bill was no longer in enforcement, the chapter was only able to survive until 1934. There were two major factors which led to the decline of the second incarnation of the Epsilon Chapter, the Great Depression and the outbreak of World War II.

The Epsilon Chapter as it now exists was founded April 20, 1994, on the 71st anniversary of the chapter's first founding. The chapter was founded with the help of then Director of Bands and Chapter Sponsor, Dr. Allen Kent Sills, and was installed with 29 charter members. The chapter got off to a fast start, when in its first year of re-establishment, Epsilon won the President's Award, elected its first Southeast District Officer, and hosted Southeast District President's Conference. At the 1997 Southeast District Convention, Epsilon received the district's Most Improved Chapter Award, and in 1998 was selected as a finalist for the Chapter Leadership Award. The Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has a long and storied history, filled with tradition and pride. The goals and ideals of the Epsilon Chapter may be best described in the words of one of our founding fathers:
"Man was made improvable, not perfect, so strive for the highest."
--James C. Floyd Founding Member of Epsilon Chapter 1923 Captain of the Famous Maroon Band, 1924

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