As it has been said many times, Chuck Hagar planted the seed that would become the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi when he transferred to Towson in the fall of 1977 after interrupting his education to serve in the military. Chuck pledged in the spring of 1972 through the Epsilon Iota chapter at the University of Evansville.
In the spring of 1978 Keith Stith became the first scroller to pledge on Towson’s campus when he went on-line through Theta Chi of UMBC.
In the fall of 1978 came Nate Scott and Ron Johnson through Theta Chi.
In the spring of 1979 the brothers at Towson doubled when Karlton Dunlap, Rodney Stevenson, Terry Gloster, and Marvin Bryant pledged through Theta Chi.
In the fall of 1979 came Larry Ball and Gregory Harrison through Theta Chi.
In the spring of 1980 came Kyle Anderson and Brian Powell through Theta Chi.
During the time that Towson did not have a chapter on campus, the brothers were active members of Theta Chi. Additionally, the brothers at Towson were operating as a colony on Towson’s campus. Keith Stith was the colony’s Polemarch up until fall 1980. At that time Ron Johnson became the colony’s Polemarch.
In the fall of 1980, we petitioned to National Headquarters for our own chapter. At the same time, Dwayne Purnell, Joseph Burgess, Charles LeGrande, and Kevin Briscoe were initiated. Our petition was not approved. Had it been approved, this line would have been our charter line. Since it wasn’t approved, this line also came through Theta Chi.
In 1981 Brian Powell became the colony’s Polemarch. We submitted another petition to National for a chapter. In November of that year we received a letter from National informing us that the petition had been approved.
On February 27, 1982 all 16 members of the Towson Colony, along with many of the brothers from Theta Chi, Alpha Iota, and Zeta Gamma, were present at the Kappa House on Liberty Heights Ave. for the presentation of the charter of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. As Polemarch Brian Powell accepted the charter from Province Polemarch Clarence Nelson, a check for $500 was presented to be applied toward the National Headquarters’ Fund in the name of the newly born Lambda Zeta Chapter.
-Brother Kyle Anderson
Lambda Zeta Past Keeper of Records 1980 –1982