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ONU Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi Wins Governor’s Cup

Ohio Northern University's Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi garnered the prestigious "Governor's Cup" award at the North Central District Convention, held March 27-29 in Toledo, Ohio.

This the first time the Sigma chapter has won the Governor's Cup, the highest honor that Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity, gives to its chapters. It is awarded based on the strength of a presentation, plus the completeness of a binder and extensive questionnaire. ONU's Sigma chapter competed against 30 other district chapters to win the award.

Three Kappa Kappa Psi members, Chapter President Amanda Weaver of Mentor, Ohio; Melissa Else from Cambridge, Ill.; and Samantha Ludwig from Norwalk, Ohio, presented for the award. Their presentation, a five-minute overview of the chapter's accomplishments throughout the year, used a banana split metaphor to illustrate the virtues of the chapter's brotherhood. Visuals included two 6-foot pillow "bananas," three spoons representing service, sharing music and social virtues, and a cherry on top.

"I couldn't be more proud of these young men and women. Their many years of faith, hard work and dedication yielded a much-deserved recognition," said Dr. Charles N. Bates, professor of music, director of university bands, and chapter advisor. "This is such a tremendous accomplishment for a small college. To compete against major band powerhouses and emerge victorious speaks volumes about the mettle of the women and men of Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the quality of the bands at Ohio Northern University."

The Sigma chapter was commended by national and district officers for its progress and successful endeavors, including the "Spend a Day with the Marching Band" program for high school students, community concerts in Ada and Lima, and the commissioning of a musical piece to honor the late Dr. Edwin L. "Ed" Williams and Rosemary Z. "Rosie" Williams, both of whom were long-time supporters of Ohio Northern's music programs.

Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi is based on the premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve" the band, the department of music, the University, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities. Currently, Kappa Kappa Psi has chapters at more than 150 colleges and universities across the nation.