Kappa Xi Was the First Fraternity at Angelo State!

KXi shieldKappa Xi was founded on November 6, 1966 when 13 students at then-Angelo State College met one evening and created the first local fraternity on the college campus.

Tim Gette had working with Dr. Ollie Cauthen, Dean of Students,  and Dr. Sid Stevenson, Dean of Men, to facilitate the creation of this group.  They had met with then ASC President Dr. Raymond Cavness and received his support for the concept of a social fraternity on the new college campus.  This first group of 12 students plus Gette had been hand-selected by Cauthen, Stevenson and Gette based on their involvement in the campus and representing each of the four classes.

This first group that would become the 13 founding fathers and active members included:  Tim Gette, Chane Bishop, Gerald Breeding, Gus Clemens, Paul Cormier, Tommy Ewing, Kent Flanagan, Steve Fullerton, Rick Huckabee, Chuck Oelkers, Bobby Rutherford, Loye Tankersley and James Thomas.

They set about developing a constitution, logo and ritual for the new fraternity based on what Gette had seen when visiting fraternities at the University of Texas and Texas Christian University.  This initial group of 13 added seven new members in December including: Dennis Coyan, Ronny Harrison, Wayne Lennefelt, Richard McQuiston, Roger Richards, Curt Steib and Bruce Sweatmon.

One of the early goals of Kappa Xi was to become affiliated with a national fraternity and feelers were put out to several through friends at other college campuses.  There were a number of responses but there seemed to be a strong kinship with the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha and after several visits to the University of Texas and University of North Texas campuses, Kappa Xi became a colony of Lambda Chi Alpha on May 10, 1968 and a chapter in  1970.

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