What’s up guys, I’m Tom, and I plan all the fun stuff that KKPSI does! Between late night Steak N’ Shake or Taco Bell runs, video games nights just playing some Smash Bros., or the hours of over-competitive Catan, we try and make sure to get together at least one night a week to just relax and hang out with our brothers outside of meetings or service events. I feel this is important to everything else we do as an organization, because it allows us to really connect on a personal level with those in our chapter and makes our other musical endeavors so much more fulfilling. If you do things with people that are as close to you as your own family, your motivation to be present in both body and mind improves and productivity skyrockets.
It was a goal of mine this year to get us together more and have us feel like a brotherhood, rather than just another student organization to put on our resume. So far it’s been one heck of a journey, with more adventures and great memories to come! With trips to the Columbus Zoo Lights and Happy Horrordays at the Scaretorium coming up, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year has in store!
Keeping it funky fresh since 95’,Tom Lindic
Marching band is winding down with the football season, which means that our still fledgling New member education program will soon be undergoing tweaking and adjustment.
This blog is not about that though, so I will just say here and now that the program will not see many changes from last year to this year and instead discuss our rushing efforts and the new doctrine which I believe will drive our membership rates and retention up in coming years.
It involves changing the way we think about service, musicianship, brotherhood, rushing and leadership in one distinct way: it's all connected.
That's right, by realizing that service to the band can also mean brotherhood or that brotherhood can also mean musicianship, we begin to evolve our understanding of just what it is we are here to do.
For me, it's simple. The band program at Otterbein loves our monetary support, but doesn't necessarily need it. It appreciates us taking the initiative to clean the band room carpet and fix chairs, but it doesn't always need it and it certainly benefits from our leadership, though it doesn't often openly ask for it.
Of course, we will continue to do all of these things but one thing that we haven't done nearly enough of that is purpose related and would fill an enormous void in the college band experience: socialization.
The band program lacks a level of closeness and socialization that is present and powerful in countless collegiate band programs across the country- I know this because I have seen many!
Therefore, recognizing that the greatest service we can give to the bands is entirely social and by organizing social gatherings and functions for it, we can enrich the band program, raise morale and most importantly for us: gain valuable, worthy and enthusiastic recruits.
Changing the way we view our role in the program changes everything and that's what we are striving to do.
For instance, we are hosting open brotherhood events; inviting band members to our functions not as prospectives, but as band member. We are shifting that vernacular so that we are considering everyone and so that what we do and say reflects that our primary goal is to promote fantastic social atmosphere.
To do this, all of the committee chairs are working together where their duties cross and their purposes are sympathetic, meaning that planning and execution for a single event crosses multiple desks before completion.
From there, I don't think it is too difficult to see how this might affect our recruitment and I'll be giving another blog in the spring to tell you all just how much.
As this years service chair I'd like to let you know a little bit about what's been going on with our service projects. This year, we've organized the percussion closet and cleaned and put away all of the items that didn't belong. We also created a system of keeping the correct number of chairs and stands in each room that requires little work on our part, but makes everything easier on us. We have also continued to provide water bottles for the football games making sure the band stays hydrated. In the near future we're looking forward to help out with different concerts and hope to get the potential new members involved with some service projects as well! We're constantly looking for new possible service ideas so please contact me if you have any at Julia.email@example.com.
I am Shane Barnovsky and I am the musicianship chair for the 2015-2016 school. This is a fairly new chair, but I am doing my best to come up with new ideas to help promote musicianship here in the music department at Otterbein University.
We have many ideas planned for this year and one of them is a reading band that is happening on November 11, 2015. I hope that this event gets a big attendance so that students can enjoy music, have fun, and partake in an enjoyable social experience. The reading band will be open to band students at Otterbein and also alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi.
My goal for this year is to further the musicianship chair with events like the reading band. I also plan on putting together listening parties, mock recitals, talents shows and other ways to promote musicianship here at Otterbein University.
Hello to all alumni, current Gamma Omicron members, members from other chapters, and any other readers of the blog! My name is Andrew Kovaleski, and I am this year’s President of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. This year, as any other, has been filled with many challenges and opportunities, but the chapter is making the best of it.
This year is particularly a strange one due to the sudden absence of our advisors for the semester. Dr. Margaret Underwood, former director of bands, received and accepted a job offer at Western Carolina University in late July, leaving the Otterbein Music Department without a permanent DoB. Our interim director, Dr. Daniel King, is doing a fine job of heading the department in the lapse between Dr. Underwood’s departure and the hiring of a new faculty member. As if that weren’t enough to put the department in flux, this semester is also Dr. Michael Yonchak’s sabbatical term, leaving the direction of the Cardinal Marching Band to Dr. Joel Shonkwiler.
Despite the lack of our historic advisors, this term has been successful. We have welcomed Dr. Shonkwiler as the new interim advisor of our chapter, until staffing decisions are made in the Spring semester. Shonkwiler is ecstatic to become a part of the chapter and to help where he can with our chapter activities.
This semester’s focus, regardless of the advisor situation, has been on motivating our members to strive for the highest with their roles in the chapter. Our chapter has about ten officer positions which need to be filled, but our numbers have shrunk to 14 for this semester. As you can see, this means that each person must be held personally accountable for each of their duties and must be individually motivated to accomplish the things that we set out to do as a chapter. In order to help instill these values in our members, we have had membership education workshops which focus on event planning, discussed the creation of SMART goals, and put an emphasis on committee work as being essential to the life of the chapter. Each committee has a weekly meeting time, during which they meet and produce a report to be read and presented at the chapter meeting. This reduces time that needs to be spent discussing specifics as a whole group, increasing efficiency and decreasing the workload of each individual in the chapter.
This goal-setting has resulted in efficient planning of our large chapter events - the Annual Band Banquet, scheduled for November 1, is nearly completely finished with planning. This is the most ahead that we have been in planning for this event in the three years in which it has occurred. Our brotherhood is becoming stronger as the year progresses, which has been helped by our weekly brotherhood events on Wednesday nights. We are encouraging participation in chapter activities with a points system for keeping track of personal and chapter participation. We are even returning to the emphasis on district involvement which was present in the chapter two years ago, when almost the entire chapter attended NCD convention. Five of our members attended this year’s Fall Workshop at Ohio Northern University, and we are already making plans for this year’s NCD convention.
That’s the skinny on how our chapter is doing this year - if you have any questions about any of our activities this year, or just want to have a conversation, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I would post my phone number, but my mom told me not to put my phone number next to my name on the internet.
Andrew KovaleskiPresident, Gamma Omicron of Kappa Kappa Psi
This year we have decided to reformat and revise the chapter constitution! The new layout will closely resemble the format of the United States Constitution. While this differs from the format of the national constitution, we believe that this will simplify and make the constitution more legible and easier to read and understand. This will be an ongoing process this semester, with a finished product to be presented towards the end of the semester.
We have also changed the format of the minutes. All of the minutes are being recorded on Google Docs, instead of word documents. This allows brothers to place their reports directly into the minutes. This is to keep the minutes as accurate and concise as possible. If any alumni want access to view the minutes, please email us at email@example.com.
This year we are planning some new types of fundraisers! The fundraising committee has come up with a plan for three events this semester and we are so excited!! We’re not getting rid of old events but coming up with some new ideas to sprinkle in has been a lot of fun! We are planning on having a Chicken & Waffles Sale (which has become one of our trademark events). We are also planning on teaming up with Wendy’s to do a Burger Bash.
We have also had some fun talking about new ideas to try. We are planning a Piano Smash event for the middle of November. This event is actually going to be open to the rest of the campus which should be a lot of fun! We are also working on talking out some other ideas that we may or may not try out this year, such as a Professor’s Night Out where we offer to babysit for our professors for an evening.
We’re hoping to continue to expand our fundraising repertoire over the course of this year. Our goal is to continue to fundraise for the bands but to find some new ideas to keep people guessing what may be coming next! I’m looking forward to a great year!
As Gamma Omicron's Historian I have a few goals set for this year. My next goal for this year as Historian is to maintain this website and see that it is updated throughout the year. This website began a few years ago, then fell into disuse as other priorities came up to the chapter. I would like to see this website flourish in the next few years and be used to share information with other chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi. I am very excited for this website to grow during my year as Historian.
My next goal is to have the rest of the chapter involved in the Chapter Blog portion of the website. I have set a schedule for blog posts to be updated by all areas of leadership, and each member knows their due dates for these blogs. You will be seeing these every week! Keep checking this page for the latest insight and information from the leadership of Gamma Omicron. We are very excited to be able to communicate with you in this way!
My final goal for this year is to produce a year in review video by the end of the school year. With this video, Gamma Omicron will gather together at the end of the year to look back on our successes, brotherhood, and fun memories. I am hoping this will provide a final opportunity for brotherhood as the year comes to a close. The graduating members will receive copies of this video so they can take these fond memories with them as they begin their lives after undergraduate studies. I am hoping to be able to post this year in review on the website as well, so look forward to that!
Hello, Brothers! I am so excited to announce that the Gamma Omicron of Kappa Kappa Psi website is officially up-to-date and fully functioning once again. It will be continuously updated throughout this school year by not only myself but many other members of this chapter. We hope you enjoy the update and explore the many pages the site has to offer.
My goal for this feature of the website is to create a space any member can share information in. Committee heads can let everyone know their plans being put into effect in detail. Members can share information about music or their experiences in Kappa Kappa Psi. Our vice president can share the successes of the CMEP and new member programs. This is designed to be a space where information can be shared from all aspects of the chapter. Hopefully with the cooperation of the current members, the chapter blog will be well-developed as the year progresses. Make sure you check this page frequently for in-depth updates on Gamma Omicron!
As the '15-'16 Historian of Gamma Omicron I am focusing on not only keeping this website running, but also on filling in the gaps in our history. I would like to encourage our growing alumni population to visit our family tree and chapter history. If you have any missing information, suggestions, comments, or just want to find ways to reconnect with Gamma Omicron, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, I am very excited to re-introduce you to the official Gamma Omicron of Kappa Kappa Psi website! Have fun exploring and reconnecting.
Even though the month is coming to a close, I still want to take the time to wish you all a very Happy Musicianship Month. This year, I personally feel that the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has done a lot to improve our own standards for musicianship, and our hopes for others. In the beginning of the month, our newly appointment musicianship chair, and my favorite little Miranda planned a mock recital. Although I was unable to attend the event because I had to work, I heard nothing but good things about the event. As brothers, we sat down and listened to each other, and other musicians perform and gave helpful advice. Personally, I believe that this kind of event was needed as the music majors prepare for the various performances that they have.
Last year, when I acted as the Vice President as the Gamma Omicron chapter, I had the active brothers make a small poster with a favorite quote about music, or what they loved about music. These posters still hang on the bulletin board in the band room, and I made it my duty to read one each time I was in the band room. Music speaks for us when words fail. I do believe that music speaks for us in ways that words cannot.
So as National Musicianship Month comes to a close, as Active brothers we should continue to concentrate on our musicianship, and help each other grow as musicians.