Many brothers returned to Flint for a July weekend to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with a reception. They also toured the Kettering University campus, met with current students and visited potential students participating in the Academically Interested Minds (AIM) program.
Started in 1984, AIM is a free, five-week, residential precollege summer program for multicultural students in 11th grade who have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students enroll in college-level courses to develop their functional, quantitative and qualitative skills.
“Meeting the students was both interesting and enjoyable. They appeared to be both knowledgeable and inquisitive,” said Reggie Linebarger ’76. “We hope we were able to provide them with some insight that will be helpful in their futures.”
Pirtle also enjoyed meeting AIM students and the campus visit.
“We had a wonderful all-day visit that Friday. The campus was beautiful, much larger, more student-friendly with more excellent academic and athletic facilities than when I attended in the 1970s,” he said. “The University’s leadership was impressive and very accommodating. We also met some impressive current students and future students in the AIM program.”
Linebarger said the reception was his favorite part of the weekend. For Pirtle, it was the time spent with his brothers.
“I saw brothers I had not seen in decades! I also met new generations of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers,” he said. “The bonding and brotherhood was awesome! While many of us have taken various paths in life, we still share the common Kappa Alpha Psi bond of ‘achievement in every field of human endeavor.’”
Next, the group hopes to reestablish its presence at Kettering University.
“We will increase support to our undergraduate brothers in Kappa Alpha Psi-Eta Eta Chapter, which covers Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint,” Pirtle said. “We believe strongly that membership in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity helps young men succeed in undergraduate school, in their professions and in life overall.”