Kappa Alpha Order was originally founded as Phi Kappa Chi on December 21, 1865, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. James Ward Wood, William Archibald Walsh, and brothers William Nelson Scott and Stanhope McClelland Scott are the founders of the fraternity. Soon after the founding, the local Virginia Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Psi protested the name “Phi Kappa Chi”, due to the similarity of the names, leading Wood to change the name of the fraternity to K.A. by April 1866.
The chapter was founded on March 28th, 1936. Beta Omega has won many different awards including: The Samuel Zenas Ammen Chapter Excellence Award, the Carl Albert Chapter Improvement Award, and the George C. Marshall Award for the most Outstanding Chapter in the Nation.
Our colors, crimson and old gold, represent the blood and treasure spent by our forefathers defending our country. Our flowers are the rose and magnolia. The rose represents love, masculine might, and moral and physical incorruptibility. The magnolia represents purity. These are just the most basic symbols of our Order.
Other Chapters in our Province
- Princeton (Zeta Beta chapter)
- Maryland (Beta Kappa chapter)
- Delaware (Beta Epsilon chapter)
- George Washington (Alpha Nu chapter)