IFC Fall Rush at UT was very successful for Alpha Kappa as 35 new brothers were initiated into the chapter this semester.  31 young men were initiated in the chapter August 30 and another 4 on September 13.  This Fall’s new member group is the largest group of new men brought into AGR brotherhood in our chapter’s history.

    1. R. Bagley, AKSN-1388, VNR-Recruitment, and his committee were especially busy the weekend before Rush began August 18.  Monday, August 16, a hamburger and hot dog cook out was held at the house.  50+ PNM (potential new members) attended.  Rush began Wednesday night August 18 with virtual introductions and videos of each chapter.  Virtual house visits were held Thursday and Friday nights August 19 & 20 with groups of brothers giving visitors a more personal introduction to AGR.  House visits were held on Saturday and Sunday August 21 & 22.  350 PNMs were invited back for in-house visits Monday and Tuesday nights August 23 and 24. 

         Quality Control (QCs) interviews were held Wednesday night  August 24.  A QC interview is where collegiate brothers and alumni have a personal meeting with the PNM.  In the QC, the PNM is told about the benefits and responsibilities of becoming an Alpha Gamma Rho brother.  Those responsibilities include participating in chapter activities, paying dues properly, and general behavior fitting an AGR at the House, on campus and off campus.  The PNM is given the 



  •                          NOBLE RULER REPORT 

    Cooper McCreery, 2020 AGR Noble Ruler 

         SUMMER 2022   

         I hope everyone is having a great Summer. We had a very successful end of the 2022 spring semester and are looking forward to carrying that momentum into the fall semester. In April, we held our first Water Wars philanthropy event. Led by Bryce Jones, Alpha Kappa held a percentage night at Moe’s, a car wash at the AGR house (pictured above right), and Water Wars where twelve sororities competed. The ladies of Alpha Delta Pi (pictured below left) took home the trophy, and through the efforts of everyone, Alpha Kappa was able to raise over $11,000 dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis.

         In addition to this, we held our annual Parent/Founder’s Day in the Alumni Memorial Building where nearly $60,000 of scholarships and awards were presented. Twenty seniors graduated and officially became alumni of Alpha Kappa. While they might be physically leaving, their memories, lessons, and contributions will always be felt. As the summer days roll by and Alpha Kappa gets ready for a new school year, the executive council has already been discussing ideas, events, and actions for the fall semester. As always, Homecoming is circled in all of our calendars. We are busy preparing for and are expecting a winning effort. We continue to be grateful for the support that the alumni, family, and friends of Alpha Kappa always offer. As I enter the final semester in my time as Noble Ruler, I am proud of the work we have accomplished. However, there is still much more work to be done.

         Enjoy the rest of your summers, and always feel free to reach out.       

         Fraternally, Cooper McCreery, AKSN-1399

    SPRING 2022

    Brothers, families, friends, and supporters of Alpha Kappa, in an increasingly post-covid world, I am very happy and excited to see old traditions being brought back to AGR. We are back to having in-person meals and Chapter meetings, multiple brotherhood events, and will be bringing back Water Wars, a week-long philanthropic event benefitting St. Jude, for the first time since the Spring of 2019.

         While we are looking forward to these events being back, the members of Alpha Kappa are poised to maintain our success in academics, involvement on campus, and the cultivating of relationships within IFC, MGC, Panhellenic, National Panhellenic, and the University. In addition to this, with the conclusion of spring recruitment, we are welcoming sixteen new members to Alpha Kappa. We are very excited about the new member class of Spring ’22 and believe they all hold the values Alpha Kappa wants and needs. At the end of last December, Alpha Kappa was viewed as a Two-Star chapter by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and University, placing us well above the minimum expectations set forth by them; Three Stars was the highest ranking a chap. With the foundation set, I expect us to be a three-star chapter by the time my term concludes. 2022 has the potential to be a very fruitful and historic year for Alpha Kappa and through our brotherhood, we are going to see that potential fulfilled.            

    Fraternally, Cooper McCreery-AKSN 1399


  •           TWENTY FOUR AGRs GRADUATE IN 2021/2022!  

       24 Alpha Gamma Rho brothers graduated from the University of Tennessee during the 2021/2022 school year.  They are listed below.

         AGR saw five brothers graduate in December 2021.  We congratulate these five brothers.

         Chase Williams, AKSN 1309, Doylestown, PA graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Chase is moving to Nashville to work for Collabera Inc. as a recruiting agent.  In 2019, Chase served as AK Noble Ruler.

        Jim Roebuck, AKSN 1323, Brentwood, TN, graduated with a BS degree in Biosystems Engineering from the Herbert college of agriculture, minoring in environmental engineering and watershed management. While at UT, Jim was involved in ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers). His senior design team won a national design competition (AGCO ASABE design competition): Creating a way for Bush-hogs to conform to steep terrain automatically. He will be working in Nashville, Tennessee At LDA Engineering. An engineering consulting firm that specializes in civil and environmental engineering. Jim was the 2020 recipient of the Green Golden Gloves Scholarship.

         Skyler Hannifin, AKSN 1337, Memphis, TN, graduated with a BCMB major (biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology) with a double minor in business administration and classical civilization. Skyler was part of the first graduating class of UT’s 1794 Scholars

    Program, ASBMB, and MUC. His plan going forward is to work in medical research in Memphis prior to going to medical school. Skyler was the 2020 receipt of the Sandra Green Henry Scholarship. 

         Seth Sumrell, AKSN 1358, Marietta, GA, graduated fall 2021 with a bachelor of science in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Information Management. Upon graduation, Seth accepted a management position with JB Hunt, and he hopes to soon work on the ag transportation side of the company which is currently rapidly expanding. Seth is currently working back home in Marietta, Georgia but will likely be relocating elsewhere in the southeast in the coming months.

         Kennedy McLaurine, AKSN 1453, Nashville, TN. graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Kennedy was a student mentor for the Future program, and He is currently taking a gap year while applying to medical school.      

         AGR saw nineteen brothers graduate in May 2022 and one in August 2022  We congratulate these brothers and wish them the best in their future endeavors:  Alpha Kappa saw twenty five brothers graduate in the 2021/22 school year!    

         Zachery Patton, AKSN-1309, Lebanon, TN. Zachery graduated with a degree in Communications. During his time at UT Zach was involved in AGR, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Ducks Unlimited. In addition, he was also a manager for the Lady-Vols basketball team and ran their social media pages. Zach is pursuing a Masters of Communications degree beginning this Fall at UT.

         Sean Moran, AKSN-1329, Hermitage, TN. Sean graduated with his B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and is in the job market.

         Cody Crye, AKSN-1340 Brentwood, TN, Cody graduated with a degree in Business Management with a minor in International Business. He actively participated in the University’s Real Estate Club as well as being Alpha Gamma Rho’s Usher for two years. He will be returning to Nashville, TN post graduation to work for his family’s business, Crye-Leike Realtors.

         Hence Duncan, AKSN 1347, Decherd, TN. Hence graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics. While in school he was President of the Food and Agriculture business club, four-year member of the National-Agri Marketing Association team, named as an Outstanding Senior in 2022 in the Herbert College of Agriculture, was a student research assistant, had articles published in Agronomy Journal as well as UT Extension website, He was lead chef at AGR BBQ contest his senior year. After graduation Hence will be completing an internship in Lamesa, TX with Helena Agri Enterprises as a sales and agronomy intern. In the fall he will be returning to UTK to start his Masters in Agriculture and Resources Economics.

         Rhett Bowling, AKSN-1345, Andersonville, TN. Rhett graduated with a 3.0 in Wildlife and Fisheries biology. While at UT, he was involved in the UT Wildlife and Fisheries Society. He plans to attend graduate school in Fisheries Biology.  

         Wyatt Haley, AKSN-1348, Nolensville, TN.  Wyatt graduated with his degree in Animal Science with a minor in Food and Ag Business   from UT’s Herbert College of Agriculture.  He served AGR as VNR-Management in 2020.  In 2019, Wyatt was selected as the Outstanding Sophomore in the Department of Animal Science.  He was a member on the 2021 University of Tennessee Livestock Judging Team. Wyatt will be continuing his education at UT and pursing a Masters in Ag Economics. 

         Peyton Hampton, AKSN-1349, Alpharetta, GA. Peyton majored in Business Analytics with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management. Served as Philanthropy chair for AGR On campus, Peyton was a UT Student Ambassador, Football Student Video Assistant, and the Director of Homecoming for All Campus Events. In 2020, Peyton was selected for membership in the Order of Omega, the honor society for members of fraternities and sororities.  He will be working in Dallas, Texas as a Consultant for Infor.   

         Will Henley, AKSN-1353, Decherd, TN son of William Henley, ASKN-689.  He graduated with a degree in Environmental Soil Science with a minor in Watershed Management.  Will served as VNR-Activities in 2020.  Brother Henley is returning to the family farming operation in Franklin County, TN. 

         Sawyer Noel, AKSN-1358, Lawrenceburg, TN: Sawyer graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from UT. He is applying to PA school.

         Luke Petitt, AKSN-1359, Springfield, TN: Luke graduated with a degree in Accounting from Haslam College of Business. During his time at UT, Luke served Alpha Kappa as Assistant Finance in 2019, and then VNR-Finance from November 2019-November 2021. Luke was also a Smokey’s Handler for the 2020 and 2021 football seasons. In addition to his participation in Alpha Kappa, Luke was also a member of Beta Alpha Psi (the accounting honor society) and a Haslam network peer mentor. He will be attending UT in the Fall to get his Masters of Accountancy.

          Will Rice, AKSN-1360: Will graduated with a B.S. in Food and Agricultural Business and B.A. in Political Science with an Economics minor. He was a Herbert College of Agriculture Student Ambassador 2019-2022, VNR-Planning in 2020, UT Interfraternity Council (IFC) Judicial Board Chairman in 2020, and IFC President 2021. Will was selected as AGR Big Man on Campus in 2021. Will served AGR as VNR-Planning in 2020.  In 2021, Will was selected for membership in the Order of Omega, the honor society for members of fraternities and sororities.  Post graduation, he plans to begin a career working at the intersection of public policy, agriculture, and rural communities. Will had the honor of being the student speaker for the May 2022 Herbert College of Agriculture Commencement Ceremony.

          Justin Scarlett, AKSN-1361, New Market, TN: Justin graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Communication Studies and a Minor in Agricultural Business. While at UT, he served two terms on Alpha Kappa Exec as the     VNR- Risk Management in 2019 and the VNR- Alumni Relations in 2020. Justin will be moving to Charleston, Missouri where he will be a Farm Marketing Consultant/Commodity Broker with Hurley and Associates. 

         Kelan Stepp, AKSN-1365, Calhoun, GA. Kelan graduated with a Degree in Business Analytics, While at UTK Kelan served as VNR- Recruitment for the 2020 calendar year. He will be working as a project manager for Pilot-Flying J.

              Charlie Vickrey, AKSN-1367, Clarksville, TN. Charlie graduated with a degree in Environmental Soil Science from the Herbert College of Agriculture. He was an undergraduate research assistant for 1 year assisting with soybeans. He will be going to work in Lafayette, Indiana as a Field Specialist for Advanced Agrilytics.

         Clayton Wilson, AKSN-1368, Cumming, GA. Clayton received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Haslam School of Business with his degree in Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management. 

         Trey Herrell, AKSN-1372, Clinton, TN. Trey graduated from UT in August with a Mechanical Engineering degree, and he plans on moving to St. Louis to work as a brewing engineer at Anheuser- Busch.

         Ryan Jernigan, AKSN-1373, Cowan, TN. Ryan completed a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in history.  During his time at UT, he was involved with All Campus Events, the Interfraternity Council Judicial Board, and he served as 2020 VNR- Scholarship for the chapter.  In 2020, Ryan was selected for membership in the Order of Omega, the honor society for members of fraternities and sororities.   2021, Ryan was selected by the Chapter as the Dr. J. K. Bletner “Man of the Year”. His post-grad plans are to pursue his J.D. at the UT College of Law this upcoming fall.

         David Niknejad, AKSN-1375, Ten Mile, TN: David graduated with a degree in Microbiology from UTK with a minor in German. While at UT, he was an undergraduate research assistant for 2 years and taught German to middle schoolers. In addition, David was the Standards of Fraternal Excellence (SOFE) Chairman for Alpha Kappa. He will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Microbiology at UT.          

         Joe Roebuck, AKSN-1412, Brentwood, TN:  Joe received the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service at the UT Chancellor’s Honors Banquet held in May.  He is a May 2022 UT Haslam College of Business graduate with his degree in Supply Chain Management major with a statistics minor.  Joe was a Haslam Scholar, Leadership Knoxville Scholar, and named a Supply Chain Scholar of Distinction. Roebuck served as the president of the first-ever Sustainable Procurement Group, president of the International Business Club, Haslam Student Advisory Council, Amachi mentor, and other organizations.

         Zack Patton was initiated in Fall 2017, Sean Moran was initiated in Spring 2018, Cody Crye, Hence Duncan, Rhett Bowling, Wyatt Haley, Peyton Hampton, Will Henley, Sawyer Noel, Luke Pettit, Will Rice, Justin Scarlett, Kelan Stepp, Charlie Vickery and Clayton Wilson were initiated in Fall 2018, Trey Harrel, Ryan Jernigan and David Niknejad in Spring 2019 and Joe Roebuck in Fall 2020. Congratulations Brothers!       


  •             2022 PARENTS-FOUNDERS WEEKEND                                          

         Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho held its annual Parents Founders Weekend April 30-May 1.  

         The annual Alumni Dinner was held April 30 at Green Meadows Country Club in Alcoa with an enthusiastic group of alumni, collegiate brothers and guests in attendance. 

         Alpha Kappa Chapter announced its annual Chapter Awards and Scholarship winners on Parents-Founders Day May 1, 2022 at the Alumni Memorial Building (old Alumni Gym).  Scholarships and awards to undergraduates totaled $59,700 this year!   Since the Campaign for AGR began in 2010, AGR scholarships have increased $45,800 from $13,900 to $59,300 because your generosity. 

        Dr. J. K. Bletner Man of the Year Award is selected by the entire chapter.  Morgan Remke, AKSN-1383, a junior Business Analytics and Supply Chain Management major from Nashville was selected by the chapter as “Man of the Year”.   Morgan served as AK Noble Ruler in 2021.  This award is voted on by the entire chapter, and is based on leadership (both campus-wide and within the fraternity), as well as accomplishments during the past year 

         The 2022 Prof Cole Leadership Award receipt is Justin Scarlett, AKSN-1361, a senior from New Market, TN. Justin graduated in May with a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Communication Studies and a Minor in Agricultural Business. The Prof Cole Leadership  Award is voted upon by graduating seniors.  The award is based on consistent leadership qualities demonstrated during an entire undergraduate career as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. 

         The Prof E. R. Lidvall Brotherhood Award is selected by the chapter to recognize a brother with less than four semesters at UT who demonstrates brotherhood, involvement in campus activities, and scholastic achievement  The 2022 receiptant is Brody Carmack, AKSN-1424, a Kingsport, TN Chemical Engineering major who joined AGR in September 2020.    

         Max Pfeifer, AKSN –1403, was selected by the chapter as the 2020 Big Man on Campus. Max is a Construction Science major from New Lenox, IL.  He currently serves as Executive Vice President of the UTK Interfraternity Council and is a three year Herbert College Ag Ambassador. 

         Gabe Patton, AKSN-1482, of Guilford, IN was selected as 2022 Athlete of the Year. This award is presented to a brother who demonstrates leadership, athletic ability, and sportsmanship on the intramural field. This award is voted on by the entire chapter. 

          The chapter also announced the two brothers who were names as outstanding new members for their new member classes.     

         The Spring 2021 New Member Award was Sloan Jacoby, AKSN-1454, Civil Engineering, Columbia, TN and the Fall 2021 New Member Award: Ethan Sholar,  AKSN-1463 Mt. Juliet, TN, Construction Science.

    Alpha Kappa’s Annual Parents-Founders Day Awards Ceremony was held May 1, 2022 at the Alumni Memorial Building.  Seven chapter awards were announced, as well as recognition of Alumnus of the Year and $59,700 in scholarships were awarded.  The scholarship winners are listed below: 

    · John Long Marks Scholarship $8,000: Timothy Ray

    · H. Charles Goan Scholarship $4,000: Max Pfeifer 

               Thomas Mingle, Morgan Remke, Warren Morelock

    · Joe Harrison Accountability Scholarship $2,500: Cole Oakey

    · Lucy Rhea Henry Memorial Scholarship $2,500: Gabriel Patton

    · Sandra Green Henry Scholarship $2,500: Parker Wyatt

    · Professional Promise Scholarship $2,000: Turner Rogers 

               Brock Garland, Brody Carmack, Colton Puett 

    · R. Dan Culp Leadership Scholarship $2,000: Cooper McCreery

    · John Dale Moss Scholarship $2,000: Eli Dotson

    · Newton “Friend of AGR” Scholarship $2,000 – Miller Hadley

    · Dr. J.K. Bletner Scholarship $2,000 Brock Pfeifer 

    · Hall – Estes Scholarship $2,000: Sloan Jacoby        

    · Prof. J.W. Cole Scholarship $1,700: Houston Williams

    · Charles E. Claybrook Scholarship $1,500 Luke Petitt

    · Larry and Judy Redden Scholarship $1,500: Caden Kelly

    · Prof. E.R. Lidvall Scholarship $1,500: Hence Duncan, Casey Vaughn 

    · H. David Hayes Scholarship  $1,000: Spencer Lowery

    · Caldwell, Kemp, Gregory Scholarship $500: Drew Ziebarth

    · AGR Alumni Scholarship $500: Tyler Phillips

    · AGR National Scholarship $500: Andrew Fuson


    Pictured above 2021 AGR Scholarship and Award winners.

         With UT’s opening up of Covid-19 restrictions, AGR was again eligible for having its annual Parents-Founders Weekend events. 

         A big crowd totaling 50 alumni (and wives) and actives (and girlfriends) were in attendance at the annual alumni dinner held annually at Green Meadows Country Club outside Alcoa on April 17, 2021.  Alpha Kappa alumni present at the dinner were Ken Alley, Joe Harrison, Phil Baggett, Doug Craig, David Hayes, Andrew Remke, Evan Beech, Kirk Huddleston, Charlie Goan, Pete Markovich, Jerry Estes, Tom Looney, Austin Ford, and Mike Mayfield.

         The annual meeting of the Alpha Kappa Alumni Association was held Sunday morning April 18.  Kirk Huddleston presided at the meeting which had alumni in attendance both virtually as well as physically.

         Chef Norman Willis again provided an excellent meal for the annual banquet, this year held at Alumni Gym; Hollingsworth Auditorium on the Ag Campus has been torn down and will be replaced.  A big crowd of 150 AGRs, parents, and AGR friends was in attendance.  $53,500 was given to twenty collegiate brothers and two young ladies in scholarships.   Eleven brothers were recognized with leadership and scholarship awards.  Brother Kirk Huddleston, AKSN-537, was selected as Alumnus of the Year by the chapter Year and we would like to thank and congratulate him on this achievement.  

    2021 AGR Executitive Council with Tracey Binkley, AGR South Central Regional VP (5th from left), Doug Craig (6th from left) and AGR National Staff Member Carol Johnson (5th from right).     

    We were also visited by National Staff Members Carol Johnson – Chief Development Officer and Tracey Binkley – Regional Vice President. They both expressed their admiration for the work we had accomplished and the perseverance displayed through the trials we have faced. I look forward to finishing out my term this year in a normal setting and hope we can accomplish many things together. I would like to express to all of you that the support from the Alumni and Friends of Alpha Kappa does not go unnoticed and we would not be half the chapter we are today without it. From all of us at Alpha Kappa, thank you.     



    Twenty-two UT AGR brothers completed their college careers graduating from UT in November and May.  We recognize and congratulate these brothers and wish them much success in their  future endeavors.

         Austin Wilson, AKSN-1295, of Elizabethton, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Austin plans on managing a fish hatchery and was initiated into AGR in the Spring 2016.  Austin graduated in November 2020.

         Mason McNabb,  AKSN-1297, of Loudon, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. Mason will be working full time at Harrison Dairy Inc. for AGR Alumni Steve Harrison AKSN-526 in Loudon. Mason was initiated into AGR in the Fall of 2016.

         Bricen Pentecost, AKSN-1302, of Greenfield, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. Bricen plans to work for Farm Bureau or a marketing firm. He will also be attending Real Estate School for Rural farmland in the Spring. Bricen was initiated into AGR in the Fall of 2017.  Austin graduated in November 2020.

          Kaden Bowden, AKSN-1351, of Columbia, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a degree in Plant Sciences. Kade plans to start his own business in Sports Field Construction. Kade was initiated into AGR in the Fall of 2018.  Austin graduated in November 2020.

         Mike McDowell, AKSN-1283, Lebanon, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with his degree in Construction Science and Ag. Systems.  Mike was “was drafted by Holder Construction in the second round”. He will starting out as an Office Engineer, and is moving to Huntsville, Alabama to work on a data center for Facebook.  Mike graduated in May 2021. 

         Houston Cooksey, AKSN-1296, Cedar Hill, TN, will graduate this Summer from UTK with his B.S. in Marketing with Collateral in Supply Chain Management.  His goals are have a career in professional sales or logistics. Houston served AGR as VNR-Alumni in 2019 and VNR-Management in 2020.  Brother Cooksey was also a Smokey’s Handler for 2019 and 2020. Houston was a 2020 receiptant of an AGR Professional Promise scholarship.  Houston graduates in August 2021. 

         Garrett Gephart, AKSN-1300, Franklin, TN received his degree in Supply Chain Management from the Haslam College of Business in May.  He has taken a job with RHM Staffing Solutions in Franklin as an incoming recruiter specializing in Engineering and Manufacturing talent.  Garrett graduated in May 2021. 

         Jack Jenkins, AKSN-1303, Franklin, Massachusetts graduated from the Haslam College of Business with his degree in Economics.  Jack is moving to Nashville to seek employment.  Jack was a receiptant of the 2020 J. K. Bletner Memorial Scholarship.  In 2019, Jack was awarded the Lucy Rhea Henry Scholarship.  Jack graduated in May 2021. 

          Davis Lovell, AKSN-1305, Nashville, TN graduated with his degree in Supply Chain Management. Davis served as VNR-Activities in 2019.  He will be working at Philips as a Service Contracts Administrator reviewing contracts for healthcare products in the middle TN area. Davis will be working remotely so I will not be a stranger to Knoxville and the Alpha Kappa chapter.   Davis graduated in May 2021.    

         Ethan Niles, AKSN-1308, Loudon, TN earned his degree in Animal Science from UT’s Herbert College of Agriculture.  Ethan has accepted a position with Harrison Dairy, Inc., owned by fellow AK AGR Steve Harrison.  He also plans to expand his beef cattle herd and farm.  Ethan graduated in May 2021.    

         Matt Reeder, AKSN-1311, Ashland City, TN majored in Food Science and received his diploma from the UT Herbert College of Agriculture.  His plans are to attend graduate school at UT to pursue a Master’s Degree in Food Science with a concentration in carbohydrate chemistry.  Matt graduated in May 2021.      

         Jack Remke, AKSN-1312, Nashville, TN received his degree from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a major Animal Science Pre-Vet.  He has been accepted into the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the Class of 2025.  In 2019, Jack served AGR as VNR-Membership.  He was a receiptant in 2020 of a H. Charles Goan Scholarship.  Jack graduated in May 2021.     

         Cale Ricketts, AKSN-1313, Watertown, TN  received his degree in Food and Agricultural Business from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a focus in Finance and Risk Management.  He was VNR-Management in 2019 and a member of the Ag Business Club.  Cale was receiptant of the 2020 Joe Harrison Accountability Award.   Cale is actively applying for jobs and open to employment. Cale graduated in May 2021.     

         Leo Spadafino, AKSN-1319, Nashville, TN graduated with his degree in Animal Science from the Herbert College of Agriculture.  Leo will be taking a year off while applying to UT Vet School and gaining experience at Mobley Veterinary Clinic in Nashville.  Leo served AGR as Noble Ruler in 2020 and VNR-Scholarship in 2019.  He was a Herbert College of Agriculture Ag Ambassador from to 2019-2021.  Leo was selected by the chapter in 2020 as the Dr. J. K. Bletner Man of the Year and the 2019 Prof Lidvall Brotherhood Award. In 2020 Leo was selected as the Interfraternity Councils’ Outstanding Emerging Leader. In 2020 Brother Spadafino was the receiptant of AGR’s largest scholarship award ($7,500), the John Marks Scholarship, for his outstanding leadership and excellent scholarship.  In 2019 Leo received a Prof Lidvall Memorial Scholarship.   In 2020, Leo was initiated into the Order of Omega, an honor society for members of Greek organizations. Leo graduated in May 2021.     

         Jacob Eicher, AKSN-1328, Hendersonville, TN with his BS in Agricultural Economics from the UT Herbert College of Agriculture.  While at UT, Jacob was a Farm Credit Scholar. Jacob was a receiptant in 2020 of a H. Charles Goan Scholarship.  In  2020, Jacob was named as an Outstanding Junior in the Herbert College of Agriculture. Jacob will be attending graduate school at UTK seeking his Masters in Agriculture and Resource Economics.  Jacob graduated in May 2021.    

         Hunter Broughton, AKSN-1330, Signal Mountain, TN  received his degree in Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering.  He is working at Fresenius Medical Care in Knoxville as a chemistry/microbiology lab technician.  Hunter graduated in May 2021.    

         Siggy Boehm, AKSN-1331, Kingsport, TN graduated from the Herbert College of Agriculture with a degree in Animal Science.  He is currently completing the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing Program @ UTK where he will graduate in May 2022.. Future plans are to pursue CRNA school and get a doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia.  Siggy was selected by the chapter as the 2020 Big Man on Campus.  Siggy was a Herbert College of Agriculture Ag Ambassador from 2019-2021 and served as the group’s President in 2020. Siggy was a receiptant of a Prof E. R. Lidvall scholarship in 2020. Siggy graduated in May 2021.       

         Colton Ragsdale, AKSN-1333, Lebanon, TN graduated in May with his degree in History.  He will be attending University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. program beginning this August.  He was named as winner of the distinguished 2020 JP & Gladys Maples Award.  This award was established to recognize a worthy History major working in any field. Colton graduated in May 2021.       

         Josh La Touche, AKSN-1336, Memphis, TN received his degree from UT’s Haslam College of Business in May with a minor in Hispanic Studies.  While at UT, Josh served as IFC delegate for AGR in 2019, was an IFC Recruitment Captain in 2019.  He was named as the 2019 Big Man on Campus.  Josh plans to move to New York and find a job in the financial sector.  Josh graduated in May 2021.     

         Kyle Bartels, AKSN-1342, Nashville, TN with a degree in History with a Business Administration minor. His plans are to return to Nashville and find a job until he can attend law school in the future. Kyle graduated in May 2021.  Kyle graduated in May 2021.        

         Eric Hawkins, AKSN-1352, Madisonville, TN graduated with his degree in Sports Management with minor in Business.  While at UT, Eric worked with UT Athletics Communications for three years.  His future plans are to move the Nashville and work as a technical staffing recruiter.  Eric graduated in May 2021.    

         Royce Piscitello, AKSN-1391, Arlington Heights, IL graduated in May from the Haslam College of Business with degree in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Business Analytics.  Royce will begin his Masters of Science in Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Royce graduated in May 2021.    

        Austin was initiated into AGR Spring Semester 2016. Mike and Mason were initiated into AGR Fall Semester 2016.

    Houston, Garrett, Bricen, Davis, Ethan, Matt, Jack, Cale, & Leo were initiated into AGR Fall Semester 2017.  Jacob, Hunter, Siggy Colton, Josh were all initiated in Spring 2018.  Kyle, Kaden, and Eric were initiated in Fall 2018.  Royce was initiated in Fall 2019.


    Senior Alpha Gamma Rho chapter Advisor Doug Craig, AKSN-280, has been selected as the 2021 Outstanding Fraternity Advisor by the University of Tennessee Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Doug has served as Chapter Advisor for Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma since 2012.




    Will Rice, AKSN-1362, has been elected President of the University of Tennessee Infraternity Council for 2021.  As the IFC President, he will serve as the primary liason between UT fraternities and UT. 

         Will is a Political Science & Food and Agricultural Business major from Knoxville, TN.  Brother Rice is the third AGR to serve as IFC President in the past decade following Hunter Jones in 2017 and Evan Smith in 2014. 



    Pictured above Spring 2021 new member class


         Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) at the University of Tennessee (UT) had another successful year in the recruitment of new brothers as 41 UT students were initiated into the Chapter during the 2020/21 academic year.  The Fall Rush netted 30 new brothers and Spring Rush added another 11 brothers; 2020/21 recruitment was just one shy of the chapter record of 42 new collegiate initiations set in the 2018/19 school year.  AGR faced a number of challenges in recruitment this year and not only succeeded but excelled. 

         AGR is a no hazing fraternity; there is no pledging.  New members have the same rights and privileges as current members.  

         Fall Rush 2020 was unlike any other. AGR faced challenges stemming from COVID-19 and the restrictions that were in place. Nevertheless, we attacked the adversity head on and came out on top with a fall class of 30 new members.  Due to UT and IFC restrictions and guidelines, no personal visits were allowed during the summer as well as no Summer Orientation to meet incoming students and/or the opportunity for them to at least see/visit the recently remodeled and expanded chapter house. 

         One thing that made this rushing process different from years past is that each round we had to make cuts. This proved to be difficult at times given there was a maximum number that we were allowed to invite to the next round each day. AGR had 100% returns on the Potential New Members (PNMs) that we invited back in all but the last Round.

         The first day of rush was virtual and consisted of PNMs viewing a video that was created by the chapter.  An alumnus who is a videographer was a great resource in producing the recruitment video.  The video that we played resonated strongly with the PNMs and we received great feedback. We felt that it was necessary to emphasize the importance of this video as it would be the first impression that we got to make. 

         The second and third days of rush were also virtual on Zoom. In these rounds, PNMs were sent to breakout rooms to have conversations with brothers. In these rounds, we tried to strategically place brothers and PNMs in the same breakout room based on major and hometown to give some easy talking points.   

         On Day 4 of Rush, we set up a tent in the park on Fraternity Row and were able to meet the PNMs in person for the first time. This was a refreshing change of events from the previous days of only being able to communicate virtually under strict time restrictions.

          On the last day of Rush, PNMs were invited to see the house and were given QC (Quality Control) interviews. We were also fortunate to have several alumni come to the house to be part of the interview teams.  The chapter handled this unique Rush very well by adapting the things that we normally do. Alpha is very proud of the work that was put in during this week by the chapter. 

         For Spring Rush 2021, it was a little different than normal due to the complications of Covid-19. Rather than the normal 7-10 days for Spring recruitment, Rush Spring 2021 lasted from February 1 to February 24.  This version of new member recruitment required quite a bit of communication with the University in getting our events approved. The PNMs were not allowed to enter the house, so the Rush Committee had to think of new ways to get to know the PNM’s. We held various events during the week of February 8-12. Activities included a dinner at a local restaurant, a bowling night, and concluded with a burgers and basketball event on our court out behind the Chapter House.

         Seventeen PNMs were invited back for QC’s, and 14 bids were issued, 11 of which were accepted.  Area alumni joined collegiate members in conducting PMN interviews.

         Recruitment for the 2020/21 School year exceeded all expectations with 41 new brothers initiated.  New member recruitment at AGR has been a major focus for the chapter the past 15 years and that attention and hard work by the not only the collegiate chapter but all the Alumni Association has paid results.  The AGR Alpha Kappa Alumni Association offers two $1,000 recruitment scholarships to attract new members but also assists in contacting incoming UT students as well as offering referrals.  AGR also offers a cash stipend to its Vice Noble Ruler-Recruitment for the time and effort he puts into recruitment.  Alpha Kappa has an alumnus Chief Recruitment Officer (CRO) for the past 14 years.  This continuity and leadership has been a big asset to Alpha Kappa recruitment.                                                                        


    Fall 2020 new member class (pictured above & below)


         The AGR National Convention was held the week of July 20-23, 2020, virtually.  It was originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, WI, but moved to a virtual platform because of COVID-19 concerns. 

         Alpha Kappa received top honors at both the Chapter and Individual levels at this year’s National Convention. AK was recognized as Runners-up for the Maynard H. Coe Chapter Efficiency Award, signifying AK is at the top of Alpha Gamma Rho chapters!  The Coe Award is given biennially to a  chapter that maintains a high level of consistent operations!  Congratulations the active chapter, its advisors, and the Alumni Board and Alumni Association!

         Capturing the highest honor for a collegiate member was John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-1273.  John Calvin was receiptant of the 2020 Fraternal Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate.  

         Alpha Kappa was again awarded Gold Chapter, again, for its activities and participation in Academics, Lifelong Membership Development, Committed Alumni Development, Crescents, Recruitment Excellence, Communications, Living the Promise and Values, Housemother Activities & Cultural & Social Development, Undergraduate Activities, Advisor Involvement, & Committed Alumni Corporation.

         Former University of Tennessee Vice President for Agriculture, Dr. Jack Britt, a Western Kentucky AGR, was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of Fame. Jack is a member of the AGR National Fraternity Board of Directors. 

         On-line seminars were held during the late afternoon/early evening for topics such as Recruitment, Chapter Success, and Employment.  AK Alum Dipal Chaudhari served as monitor for a Recruitment seminar, John Tarpley, AGR Legal Counsel was monitor for the Business Session and Tracey Binkley, Regional Vice President was Master of Ceremonies for the Chapter Awards Ceremony. Alpha Kappa was well represented at the AGR National Convention!

         In other fraternity business, AGR voted to install the colony at the State University of New York-Cobleskill to be Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho.



      Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho took top honors in January at the Greek Awards Program, sponsored by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. AGR was named top Interfraternity Council chapter for the second time in three years. Leo Spadafino, 2020 Noble Ruler. was selected as the Emerging Leader of the Year. This was awarded to AK because of the many members we regularly have on the Dean’s list for excellent grades, our participation in activities, our community service, and philanthropy. AK was named IFC Chapter of the Year in 2016.

         Pictured at IFC Banquet (L to R): Leo Spadafino, Doug Craig, Chase Williams, Eli Palmer, and Housemother Anne Ricci.

         Congratulations Alpha Kappa!



    John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-1273, (pictured above in Orange shirt) has been selected a 2020 UT Torchbearer, the highest honor an University of Tennessee student can be awarded. 

         John Calvin, a senior in Food Technology and Science from Lawrenceburg, TN,  will be graduating in May from the Hebert College of Agriculture.  John Calvin was surprised at the February meeting of the Herbert College of Agriculture Ambassadors meeting where he serves as President by UTK President Donte Plowman and Dean Cayla Beyl with the announcement along with his parents.

         Congratulations John Calvin!



         Twenty Alpha Gamma Rho brothers completed their undergraduate careers in May 2020 when they received their diplomas from UT.  Congratulations Brothers and good luck in your future endeavors! This is on top of four brothers who received their degrees in Deccember 2019. (In the past two school years, 50 AGRs have received their dipolmas from the University of Tennessee!)

         Andy Swafford, AKSN-1243, Pikeville, TN, a fall 2015 AGR Initiate, graduated with his degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Plant Genetics and Biotechnology with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  Andy Served AGR as VNR-Scholarship in 2018 as well as Historian and Technology Chair.  Andy received the H. Charles Goan Scholarship in 2018, the 2017 H. Charles Goan Scholarship, and the 2016 AGR Alumni Scholarship.  UTK Leadership included: Vice President of the Plant Sciences Club, Collegiate FFA Treasurer, Treasurer of the Clay Target Team Club, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ambassador. In  2018, Andy was selected as an Outstanding Junior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.  Andy also was the 2019 ACUI National Collegiate International Skeet Shoot-off Champion, 2019 UT Haslam Business College Graves Business Plan Competition Winner, 2019 Vol Court Pitch Winner, and 2019 NSSA Collegiate State Skeet 3rd Place Winner.  He was a 2019 Haslam College of Business Korpman Scholar.  At the 2018 National FFA Convention, Andy received his American Farmer Degree.   Andy currently operates three companies: Andy’s Beekeeping, LLC; Four Aims Forestry, LLC; and Andy’s Industries, LLC.

         Jordan Pruitt, AKSN-1261, Spring Hill, TN graduated with his degree in Mechanical Engineering  Jordan served AGR as VNR-Membership Development in 2018.  Jordan was initiated into AGR in Winter 2016

         Jesse Head, AKSN 1273, of Cedar Hill, TN gradated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Brother Head, the 2020 winner of the J. W> “Prof” Cole Leadership Award was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as the VNR- Risk Management in 2018. In addition, he was one of Smokey’s Handlers in 2018 and 2019. He will be working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville, TN.  Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from UT in May.  He is the son of Terry Head, AKSN-479. Jesse received the AGR Professional Promise Scholarship in 2018 and the J. W. “Prof” Cole Memorial Scholarship in 2019.

         Tyler Millsaps, AKSN 1274, of Philadelphia, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He did an internship with Tennessee Farmers Coop in 2019. Brother Millsaps was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He is working as an Insurance Agent with Bankers Life.

         John Calvin Bryant, AKSN 1275, from Lawrenceburg, TN graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Food Science. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. During his undergraduate time at UT Brother Bryant served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR-Recruitment n 2018 and VNR- Membership Development. While VNR-Recruitment, John Calvin was responsible for recruiting and initiating 42 men into Alpha Kappa.  John Calvin was recognized this past spring as a recipient of the Torchbearer award, UT’s highest undergraduate honor. Bro. Bryant was selected as an Outstanding Sophomore in 2018, an Outstanding Junior in 2019  & an Outstanding Senior in 2020 in the Herbert College of Agriculture.  In 2019, John Calvin was elected as the Dr. J. K. Bletner “Man of the Year” and awarded the John Marks Long Scholarship.  In 2018, John Calvin was elected Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council. He plans to attend Medical School in the Fall of 2021.

         Dallas Bush, AKSN 1276, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Public Relations. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as VNR- Planning in 2018. Dallas was a UT Campus Ambassador 2017-2020.  He will be working for E&J Gallo Winery as a Sales Marketing Representative.

         Cody Hunter, AKSN 1277, of Paris, TN graduated with a degree in Biosystems Engineering. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He was very active in Boxing Weekend during his undergraduate time at Alpha Kappa, and he won his weight class twice . Brother Hunter will be working for Engineering and Testing Solutions in Knoxville, TN.

         Christian Calleja, AKSN 1278, of Louisville, KY gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Microbiology. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016.

    While a student at UT, Christian was a Senior Student Research Assistant studying toxopasmosis  and in 2018 an UT Summer Medical Explorations Intern. Brother Calleja plans in attending either Graduate or Medical School in the future. Christian received 2017 AGR Alumni Scholarship.

         Parker Breuel, AKSN 1279, of Jonesborough, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he is working for National Land Reality facilitating land brokerage across Eastern Tennessee. Parker received the 2019 Prof. E. R. Lidvall Memorial Scholarship 

         Matthew Glenn, AKSN 1281, from Orange, CA graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. While at UT, Matthew was and Intermural Official and served internships with Tennessee Farmers Coop and Smithfield Farms. He was initiated in Fall of 2016. Brother Glenn has accepted an Associate Operations position with Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, TN.

        Alex Vargas, AKSN-1286, New Orleans, graduated with his degree in Supply Chain Management.  Alex served as 2018 VNR-Kitchen Management.  He was Fall 2016 AGR initiate.

         Zachary Petitt, AKSN 1290, of Springfield, TN graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR- Finance in 2018. He has accepted a position at the Dollar General Corporation in Goodlettsville, TN as a Demand Chain Management Analyst.

         Chase Cardoza, AKSN 1291, of Gallatin, TN graduated with a degree in Marketing. Brother Cardoza was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he was a Smokey’s Handler in 2018 and 2019. While at UT, Chase was an Athletics Communications Student Intern and a member of the UT Bass Fishing Team. He plans on returning to Middle Tennessee to help run his family’s business, Car Cosmetics.

         Austin Ford, AKSN 1292, of Mt. Airy, MD graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Finance in 2019. He will be working as a Nuclear Security Engineer.

          Stephen Lee, AKSN-1305, Frog Jump, TN, graduated with his degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017. 

         Nick Chaudhari, AKSN-1311, Cleveland, TN graduated with a degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology.  He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.         

         Zach Shelton, AKSN 1317, of Maryville, TN gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology. Brother Shelton was initiated in the Fall of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Planning in 2019. He plans on applying to Medical School.  He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.

         Luke de Avila, AKSN-1318, of San Clemente, CA  graduated with a degree in Communications Studies.  He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017. Before coming to UT, Luke attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA.  Luke is returning to southern California to begin a career in sales.

          Cody Conerly, AKSN 1335, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. He was initiated in the Spring of 2018. Brother Conerly will be joining the United States Marine Corps as a Pilot.

         Brett Jackson, AKSN 1374, from Union City, TN graduated with a degree in Chemistry. He was initiated in the Spring of 2019. Brother Jackson hopes to work in Forensics in the future.



         Fellow brothers and alumni of Alpha Kappa, my name is Ryan Jernigan and I am excited to serve as VNR Scholarship.

         AGR’s Spring Semester 2020 GPA soared above to what is believed to be our highest GPA ever: 3.42, new member GPA right behind the whole chapter at 3.31.

         Over one half, 55 brothers, of the chapter made the Dean’s list and over 75% other chapter made a 3.0 or higher Spring Semester.  Fourteen (14) brothers achieved a GPA of 4.0!

         AGR excelled in the classroom/on-line this past semester.

         Congratulations Brothers!


         Ryan Jernigan AKSN 1373


    Summa Cum Laude 3.80-4.00

    4.0 GPA

    Chase Cardoza                                             David Payne

    Cody Conerly                                               Everette Pettigrew

    Austin Ford                                                  Luke Pettit

    Peyton Hampton                                          Zach Pettit

    Robert Herrel                                               Zach Promushkin

    Ryan Jernigan                                              Colton Ragsdale  

    Griffin Johnson                                             Seth Sumrell

    3.80-3.99 GPA

    Nichols Beninati                                           John C. Bryant

    Zachary Petitt                                              Hence Duncan

    Jacob Eicher                                                John Gehring

    Garrett Gephart                                           Eric Hawkins

    Thomas Mingle                                            Morgan Remke

    Cale Ricketts                                               Justin Scarlett

    Zach Shelton                                               Taylor Stafford

    Leo Spadafino

    Magna Cum Laude 3.65-3.79

    Parker Breuel                                              Christian Calleja

    Nick Chaudhari                                            Will Henley

    John Jenkins                                               David Niknejad

    Noel Sawyer                                               Cole Oakley

    James Palmer                                             Jackson Remke

    Turner Rogers                                             Charlie Vickery

    Clayton Wilson

    Cum Laude 3.50-3.64

    JR Bagley                                                   Kyle Bartels

    Dallas Bush                                                Thomas Crye

    Andrew Fuson                                             Peyton Hampton

    Jesse Head                                                 Stephen Lee

    Tyler Millsaps                                              Allen Moncier

    Max Pfefier                                                 Royce Piscitello

    Jordan Pruitt                                              John Winecoff 



         It was another year and another win for Alpha Gamma Rho in the annual homecoming competition. This year, the Alpha Kappa chapter teamed up with Alpha Chi Omega and the pair could not have been more dynamic. The homecoming theme for the year was “Light The Way” to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the University of Tennessee. This proved to be a rather demanding theme that required much creativity to excel. The week was filled with hard work on the parade float and the infamous pomping.

         The week came and went by fast. There were highs and lows, and victories and defeats. Through it all, the brothers of AGR held strong and saw the competition through to the end. Things like the parade float being seen on ESPN was just one of the events that made all of the hard work pay off. The week ended on Saturday night during the halftime presentation of the trophies. The AGR section sat still, waiting for the final results. The announcement of our victory brought about great celebration and a plethora of flying cowboy hats inside Neyland Stadium, letting everybody know that we were the champions. 



        Four Alpha Kappa brothers completed their undergraduate careers in December when they received their diplomas from UT.  Congratulations Brothers and good luck in your future endeavors! 

         Stephen Anderson, AKSN-1263, Jackson, TN, graduated from the Tickle College of Engineering with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He will be moving to Nashville to work for Hoar Construction.  Stephen was initiated into AGR in January 2016.

         Weston Sharp, AKSN-1271, LaFollette, TN, graduated from the Haslam College of Business with a degree in Business Analytics.  He is applying to the MBA program at UTK, and is doing an internship with TVA. Weston was initiated into AGR in September 2016.

         Paden Lowe, AKSN-1298, Blaine, TN, graduated from the Hebert College of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, major in Plant Science. He planning to return the family farm in Grainger County. 

         Luke Tucker, AKSN-1300, Adams, TN, graduated with a degree in Sports Management.  While @ UT, Luke served as VNR-Recruitment in 2019. Future plans include attending graduate school in the Fall at UTK and continuing to work with the football team.

         Paden and Luke were both initiated in Fall 2017.  



     FALL RUSH 2019

         After working effectively all summer at rush events and orientations it was time to begin fall rush from August 22nd to 27th. 536 men signed up for formal recruitment with The Interfraternity Council of The University of Tennessee. Since Fall Rush is formal now, there are many rules that we must obey to be able to participate in Rush Week. For formal night 8 alumni were able to help us with our quality control interview process and later that night we voted on giving out a total of 36 bids. On Bid Day we were able to achieve 22 new members for the 2019 fall new member class, with 8 of them being Agriculture majors.

    • Morgan Remke, AKSN-1383, Bus. Analytics, Nashville, TN
    • Andrew Kivioja, AKSN-1384, Construction Sc., Glenelg, MD
    • Timothy Ray, AKSN-1385 Ag Business Erwin, TN
    • Everett Pettigrew, AKSN-1386, Nursing, Brownsville, TN
    • Casey Vaughn AKSN-1387, Mechanical Eng., Franklin, TN
    • Andrew Fuson, AKSN-1388 Aerospace Eng., Smithville, TN
    • JR Bagley, AKSN-1389, Accounting , Fayetteville, TN
    • Bryce Jones, AKSN-1390 Accounting, Springfield, TN
    • Murray Stokes, AKSN-1391, Chemistry, Hendersonville, TN
    • Royce Piscitello, AKSN-1392, Supply Chain Mgt, Arlington Heights, IL
    • Jack Vander Wiele, AKSN-1393, Ag Communications, Dunwoody, GA
    • Connor Stein, AKSN-1394, Animal Science, Greenville, SC
    • Zak Prosmushkin, AKSN-1395, Finance, Philadelphia, PA
    • Mathew Harley, AKSN-1396, Biology, Nashville, TN
    • Justin South, AKSN-1397, Construction Sc., Columbia, TN
    • Caden Kelly, AKSN-1398, Business Analytics, Marietta, GA
    • Cooper McCreery, AKSN-1399, Supply Chain Mgt , Collierville, TN
    • Cole Oakey, AKSN-1400, Animal Science, Fairfax, VA
    • Alex Sejas, AKSN-1401, Aerospace engineering, Memphis, TN
    • Max Pfeifer, AKSN-1403, Construction Science, New Lenox, IL
    • Baylor Winecoff, AKSN-1402, Kinesiology, Nashville, TN
    • Eli Robinson, AKSN-1404, Natural Resource Econ., Columbia, TN

        These new members possess impressive resumés. Five of the Fall New Members are Eagle Scouts: Matthew Harley, Bryce Jones, Everette Pettigrew, Royce Piscitello, and Jack Vander Wiele, and three of them are legacies, including John Robert Bagley, Morgan Remke, and Eli Robinson.

    SPRING 2020 

          Rush this Semester was a success to say the least. The weather during the week was not fantastic but there was still a great turnout. We initiated five new brothers into the chapter that come from four different states. The Spring class of 2020 has very impressive academic and leadership resumes that will lead to a great future for Alpha Gamma Rho. The quality of the newly initiated members is very high and gives us great hope that the trend will continue in the Fall. I look forward to staying in Knoxville over the summer to recruit potential new members and work closely with the Herbert College of Agriculture.


       Jackson Hackney, AKSN-1407, Wake Forest, NC- Marketing

       Turner Rogers, AKSN-1408, Knoxville, TN- Supply Chain Mgt

       Taylor Stafford, AKSN-1409, Houston, TX- Finance

       Luke Busch, AKSN-1410, Hendersonville, TN- Supply Chain Mgt

       Will Jordan, AKSN-1411, Glenelg, MD- Business Analytics



    AGR has a long tradition of representing UT on the Ag Campus.  In 2019/20, four brothers served as Hebert College of Agriculture Ambassadors.  Pictured L-R: Will Rice, John Calvin Bryant, Siggy Boehm, and Leo Spandafino.

         Serving as Ambassador President is John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-127, Food Science, Lawrenceburg, TN. Other AGRs are Leo Spandafino, AKSN-1321, Nashville, TN, Siggy Boehm, AKSN-1331, Animal Science, Kingsport, TN, & Will Rice, AKSN-1362, Ag Business, Knoxville, TN.



    The leaders of the Alpha Kappa Chapter spent February 7th and 8th in St. Louis, MO at the Alpha Gamma Rho Leadership Seminar.  Those in attendance included advisor Doug Craig and Alumni President Kirk Huddleston. Others in attendance included Leo Spadafino (Noble Ruler), Houston Cooksey (VNR- Membership Development), Justin Scarlett (VNR- Alumni Relations), Will Rice (VNR- Planning), Kelan Stepp (VNR- Recruitment), Will Henley (VNR- Activities), Wyatt Haley (VNR- Management and Operations), Zach Day (VNR- Kitchen Manager), Gordon Moncier (VNR- Risk Management), Max Pfeifer, and Eli Palmer. Also, AK Alum and AGR Legal Counsel John Tarpley was in attendance.

         These brothers attended many educational meetings, and they were able to connect with other AGR chapters from across the country. These meetings gave attendees opportunities to explore and learn about what makes effective leaders as well as learning about the ways to combat issues that individual chapters and fraternities as a whole encounter. Also, the members were able to establish relationships with those that keep AGR running. This included hearing AGR CEO Rex Martin speak on the state of the fraternity nationally. This weekend was extremely beneficial for our chapter officers, as it gives them many valuable ideas and experiences to take back to Alpha Kappa.


    Pictured above, Top (L to R): Kirk Huddleston, Houston Cooksey, Max Pfeifer, Will Rice, Will Henley, Eli Palmer. Bottom: Doug Craig, Zach Day, Kelan Stepp, Leo Spadafino, Wyatt Haley, Gordon Moncier, Justin Scarlett



         As always, AGR had a large number of brothers recognized for receiving Hebert College of Agriculture Scholarships at the annual Scholarship Banquet held last November.

         Pictured above, Back (L to R): Siggy Boehm, John Calvin Bryant, Thomas Mingle, Jack Remke. Front: Tyler Millsaps, Hence Duncan, Will Rice, Leo Spadafino, Ethan Niles.





         On November 12, 2019, Dr. Charles Hatcher, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture was initiated into Alpha Kappa in a ceremony at the Chapter House.

         Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Charles, AKSN-1405, served ten years as State Veterinarian. He was a practicing Vet before becoming State Veterinarian.  His family operates Hatcher Family Dairy in College Grove, TN.

         Brother Hatcher is MTSU graduate and graduated from  the UT Vet school.

        Pictured with Brother Hatcher are Jacob Eicher, Evan Beech, Tom Looney, Jimmy Burton, Chuck Yoest (his son-in-law, & AGR Big Brother), Brother Hatcher, Chase Williams, Houston Cooksey, Eli Palmer, Doug Craig and Austin Ford


         The brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho won the All Campus Events Cup for the second year in a row, which was awarded to the on-campus organization which had ACE CUP the highest average placement over the span of Homecoming, Carnicus, and All-Sing. Prior to last year, a fraternity had not won the ACE Cup in over 20 years. Winning this award in consecutive years was an important goal for the chapter this year, and it was achieved by our brothers putting in countless hours of effort. We would like to thank the ladies of Delta Gamma and Alpha Omicron Pi for their part in our success.



         Alpha Gamma Rho was well represented at the 2019 Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Banquet. 

         Brothers receiving awards, pictured left to right: Wyatt Haley, AKSN-1340, Nolensville, TN  - Outstanding Sophomore of the Year in Animal Science, Charles Harrison, AKSN1270, Philadelphia, TN - Outstanding Senior of the Year in Food and Agricultural Business, and John Calvin Bryant, Food Science & Technology, Lawrenceburg, TN - Herbert College of Agriculture Outstanding

    Junior of the Year.   Congratulations Brothers!



         Six Alpha Kappa brothers graduated from  the University of Tennessee in December of 2018.  We congratulate them on their graduation and wish them the best in their new careers.  These six brothers and their short Bios are listed below: 

         Ryan Lewis, AKSN-1211, Lebanon, TN, Bachelors of Arts in Communication.  Ryan was initiated in Fall 2014 and is in the job market currently.    

         Ryan Pickett, AKSN-1229, Pulaski, TN, Bachelor of Arts (History).  Ryan was initiated into AGR in Fall 2014.  He has accepted a position with Aflac Business in Sales. 

          Patrick Fagan, AKSN-1246, Paris, TN, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Political Science.  Patrick was initiated into AGR in Fall 2015.  He served as VNR-Membership in 2017. Patrick is planning on attending law school in the fall @ Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville.

         Austen Burk, AKSN-1248, Murfreesboro, TN, Biosystems Engineering.  Austin was initiated into AGR in Fall 2015.  He is an OSB Mill Plant Engineer for Louisiana Pacific.

         Nathan Seidner, AKSN-1266, Knoxville, TN. Communication Studies.

    Nathan was initiated into AGR in Spring 2016. He is in the landscaping business.

         Christian Cardona, AKSN-1269, Queens, New York, Plant Sciences Landscape Design.  Christian was initiated into AGR in Spring 2016.  He is currently working in sales for AG Heins Construction Co. and is Designer for McReynolds Horticulture and Design. 


    Alpha Kappa was named IFC Chapter of the Year at the annual Greek Awards Banquet on February 8th, 2017. President JR Clay filled out the application in early December, giving the committee a list of our accomplishments and a description of our values. The committee was especially impressed with our philosophy of making better men and our campus involvement. We were also nominated for Best President (Mason Hodge), Best New Member (Thomas Adams), and Outstanding Advisor (Doug Craig). We are proud to bring home this award and only see improvement in the future.

         Pictured above: Doug Craig, Tyler Doss, Sam Daniel, JR Clay, Jordan Pruitt, Hunter Jones.






         Alpha Kappa chapter was honored to initiate Dr. Tim Cross (pictured center above), Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) into our Brotherhood in April.

         Brother Cross’ almost 23-year career at UT includes serving as Intern Chancellor of UTIA, Dean of UT Extension (2008 to 2016), Assistant Dean (2001 to 2006) and as Professor of Agricultural Economics for seven years.

         Brother Cross earned his BS and MS degrees in Ag Economics from Oklahoma State University and doctoral degree in agricultural and resources economics from Oregon State University.


         Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean of the UT College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been honored with AGR’s Outstanding Faculty Award for her many contributions to the chapter. 

    Pictured with Dean Beyl are (L-R) Stephen Anderson, Dr. Beyl, J R Clay, and Jacob Harrison.




    Fall 2016 Rush at UT produced another great set of young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho.  The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Percy McReynolds paid off as 19 outstanding UT students signed bid cards following IFC Rush.  Headlining the group are three Alpha Kappa legacies: Jesse Head, son of Terry Head, AKSN-479 (and brother of Clint Head, AKSN-93 and Clay Head, AKSN-1019), Charles Harrison, son of John Harrison, AKSN-547, and grandson of Charles Harrison, AKSN-72, and Tyler Doss, son of Barry Doss, AKSN-621.       

          Winter 2017 Rush at UT produced another great set of six young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho.  The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Addison Jones.      

    Winter 2017 Rush at UT produced another great set of young men wanting to be brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho.  The hard work and effort put forth by VNR-Recruitment Addison Jones.  New brothers pictured above: Will Lovell, Michael Aleman, Austin Ford, Chase Cardoza, and Zach Petitt. Austin Wilson not pictured.






         Alpha Kappa chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho was represented (16 alums, 18 undergraduates) at the annual Alpha Gamma Rho/ Sigma Alpha leadership conference in Nashville, Tennessee February 3-4 and was themed as the “Total Leader Challenge.” Brothers developed their leadership skills by participating in group activities & breakout sessions. 

         The weekend culminated with the Alpha Upsilon chapter initiating Joe DiPietro, President of the University of Tennessee System into AGR.  We would like to thank headquarters for putting on an excellent conference and are looking forward to next year’s event. Alpha Kappa alumni in attendance included Stratton Bone, Waymon Hickman, Doug Craig, Ken Alley, Hale Moss, Larry McCraney, Jerry Estes, Mike Estes, Mark Wilson, Don Miller, Louis Buck, Reuben Buck, Keith Harrison, Tracey Binkley, Evan Smith, and Evan Beech.


      AGR brings home its 8th Homecoming trophy in the past 11 years.


    Brother Isaac Britt pictured posing with AGR/AXO’s 2015 Homecoming trophy.

          On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, the University of Tennessee Volunteers triumphed with a 24-0 romping over the North Texas “Mean Green” . Prior to Saturday’s game, however, the actives of Alpha Kappa were busy competing in the All-Campus Events’ Home- coming Challenge. We are happy to report that the overall Homecoming 

    Champion trophy has returned to its home at 1840! This year we partnered with the lovely ladies of Alpha Chi Omega under the theme of “Let the Games Begin!”

    While a sold-out Neyland Stadium and an SEC Network audience watched Tennessee dominate on the field, we received the great news that AGR/AXO won 1st place in Bed Races, Lawn Display, Window Display, Large Float, Smokey’s Howl, Tower of Cans, and placed 2nd in Large Banner. With Brother Isaac Britt leading the Homecoming Committee this year and with the dedicated work of many brothers, Alpha Kappa was well represented to the Volunteer community. As a chapter, we are very proud of our accomplishments and look forward to a successful Homecoming next year with the ladies of Delta Zeta.


    2016 Winter New Member Class:

         Left to right: Back Row: Eric Carter, Andrew Remke, Beck Ensign, Eric Wilkowski, Front Row: Christian Cardona, Hunter Sandidge, Lee Gore, Kyle McMullen, Stephen Anderson, Jordan Pruitt, Nathan Seidner, and Ashton Smith,

          Winter 2016 recruitment netted AGR another outstanding class of 12 new brothers.  VNR-Recruitment Percy McReynolds, his assistants and the chapter are responsible for a diverse class of new men we are proud to call Brothers.  Months of hard work in contacting and meeting incoming students paid off with yet another top flight class of 12.  22 UT students were invited back for interviews, 14 given bids, and 12 accepted.

         AGR continues to be on the lookout for quality men who would benefit Alpha Gamma Rho. 

         Part of the success for Rush comes from your Annual Alumni Dues.  Your dues help support the Rush budget with two Rush scholarships, a stipend for the VNR-Recruitment and funds to support recruitment activities.


    Left to right: Front row: Andrew Swafford, Parker Keith, Jacob Harrison, Mike Gruden, Brian Greene, Dylan McBride, Sam Daniel

    Middle Row left to right: Hunter Foote, Jake Seeley, Austen Burk, Andrew Raffanti, Drew Maudlin, Jake Bartow, Tyler Chumney, Dalton Teel.

    Back Row left to right: Nathan Rogers, Patrick Fagan, Ryan Watson, Addison Jones, Garrett Brock

         Fall 2015 recruitment netted AGR another outstanding class of 20 new brothers.  VNR-Recruitment Dane Brunson, his assistants and the chapter are responsible for a diverse class of new men we are proud to call Brothers.  Months of hard work in contacting and meeting incoming students paid off with yet another top flight class of 20.  47 UT students were invited back for interviews, 30 given bids, and 20 accepted.

         In this group are three AGR

    legacies.  Will Seeley, AKSN-1238, is the son of Billy Seeley, AKSN-679 and younger brother of Will Seeley, AKSN-1140.  Jacob Harrison, AKSN-1242, is the son of Keith Harrison, AKSN-619, and younger brother of Jonathan Harrison, AKSN-1077.

         Addison Jones, AKSN-1249, is the younger brother of Spencer Jones, AKSN-1183.

         Even with the conclusion of formal Fall IFC  Rush, the chapter continues to be on the lookout for quality men who would benefit Alpha Gamma Rho. 




  • AGR AT AG DAY 2015

    AGR was well represented at AG Day October 3, 2015. Pictured: Front: Sam Koeshall, Sam Daniel, Zack Fox, Jonathan Ray, Andrew Stafford.  Back: Doug Craig, Mike Estes, Keith Barber, Charlie Goan, Greg Hensley, Adam Hensley, Bobby Simpson, Dale Woods, Larry Arrington, Kyle Hensley.





         Alpha Kappa had the honor of hosting all three AGR National Foundation boards in Knoxville on Nov 12, 2015.  The boards were here for one of their annual meetings but we were lucky to have the Housing Resource Trust board visit us.  We had the opportunity to let them see what we are planning for the house addition/renovation and capital campaign.  This is important because they could back a loan for us in the amount of $300K to $400K.  This might allow us to start construction in the spring of 2016.   We will have a meeting with UT in early December and then can go back to the Housing Board to see if they will help.  Members of the National Board 

    are pictured above visiting the chapter house during their visit to  (Knoxville and UT.  

         We picked part of the boards at 8:15 at the downtown Crown Plaza hotel and brought them to the house.  We had a presentation by Dean Beyl, Chancellor of CASNR.  We then had a presentation by a UT facility member form Fraternity/Sorority affairs.   Both spoke highly of AGR.  This was followed by a tour of the main and AG campuses.   Lunch was provided at the Fraternity house before taking the board back to hotel.   On that night, Alpha Kappa hosted a reception at the Crown Plaza hotel where we provided the food and a cash bar.  To say the least, the boards were very impressed by the participation of our undergraduates in all the activities on campus.  I would say that we are currently among the top chapters nationwide but we must keep up the good work of our undergraduates and the support that the alumni provide in order to remain in the top tier.  

         AGR National Board members attending were Cal Willemssen, National Board Grand President and retired VP of First National Bank of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jack Britt, National Director and former VP of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee and consultant, Keith Bjerke, National Director and a retired VP for University Relations at North Dakota State University, Bernie Staller, National Director and former Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA; Donald Steed, National Director and co-owner of Thompson, Steed LLC, Gene Lemon, Alpha Gamma Rho Legal Counsel and President of J & CL, Inc., Tracey Binkley, National Director and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley; Jared Biciolis, National Board Undergraduate Director and Noble Ruler of Alpha Pi Chapter, and Phil Josephson, Executive Director of Alpha Gamma Rho

      Alpha Kappa alums attending the reception  were  Doug Craig, Charlie Goan, Dwane Bell, Bill Coley, Bond Jones, Keith Barber, Ken Alley, and Kirk Huddleston.






         Alpha Kappa was well represented at the 63rd AGR National Convention in Indianapolis on July 31 – August 3, 2014.  In attendance were actives Noble Ruler Josh Thompson, AKSN-1134, Sam Koeshall, AKSN-1190, and John Edwards, AKSN-1192, Alumni President Ken Alley, AKSN-296, Advisors Joe Harrison, AKSN-111, and Doug Craig, AKSN-280, Regional Vice President Tracey Binkley, AKSN-736, and alumni Larry McCraney, AKSN-353, and Thomas White, AKSN-725.

         Advisor Joe Harrison received the Highest Honor – Advisors Awards as the top advisor in the nation, and Alpha Kappa received the Sleeter Bull Award as the most improved chapter in the nation.  Furthermore, Alpha Kappa received Gold Chapter Status overall and received Highest Honor for Crescents – Series. 

         Brother Harrison has served as an AGR advisor at Tennessee since 2002 and will retire as Senior Chapter Advisor at the end of 2014. 

         Tracey Binkley served as Master of Ceremonies for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony where David Van Wert (Iowa State), Keith Bjerke (North Dakota State) and Ole Meland (Cal Poly-SLO) were inducted into the AGR Hall of Fame.  Cal Wilhemmson (South Dakota State) was inducted as the new National Grand President, and Sam Houston State was voted in as AGR’s 71st chapter (Gamma Epsilon).  Dr. Dwight Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA Organization, was initiated into the fraternity.


      A big crowd was on hand Sunday April 6, 2014 for AGR’s Annual Parents-Founders Day Banquet.  

         Ethan Gossett, AKSN-1102, was selected by the graduating seniors has receiptant of the Prof Cole Leadership Award and the Chapter as the Dr. J. K. Bletner Man of the Year Award.  Sam Koeshall, AKSN-1190, was selected as receiptant of the Prof Lidvall Brotherhood Award.  Evan Smith, AKSN-1126, was selected as AGR Big Man on Campus. 

    2014 Parents-Day Founders Scholarship Winners

    Back Row Left to Right: Sam Koeshall, Tanner Pritchett, Casey Goins, Reid McCullough, Brandon Adkins, Mathew McDurmon, and Bryan Agee.     


    2014 Parents-Day Founders Awards Winners

    From left to right: Hayden Kelly (Most improved GPA), Sam Koeshall (Prof Lidvall), Evan Smith (Big Man on Campus), Ethan Gossett (Dr. Bletner and Prof Cole), Evan Willis (Highest new guy GPA and New Member award), Jay Robinson (Most improved GPA)


    Scholarship Winners are listed below:

    AGR Professional Promise: Kevin Coggin, Douglas Wong and Bryan Agee                                                          

    Prof. Lidvall Alpha Gamma Rho Endowment: Billy Rochelle, Tanner Pritchett, Samuel Koeshall, Scott Adkins

    AGR Alumni Scholarship: Spencer Jones

    AGR National Scholarship: Emery Chaple

    H. Charles Goan Endowment: J. Elliott B. Reynolds

    John Dale Moss Endowment: Tyler Fuqua, Evan Smith

    Dr. J. K. Bletner Alpha Gamma Rho Endowment: Forrest Duncan 

    R. Dan Culp AGR Leadership: Josh Thompson

    Hall-Estes Scholarship: Casey Goins

    Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Fund (in memory of Steve Hamblen)Reid McCullough

    John Marks Scholarship: Robert Gipson

    Lucy R. Henry Memorial Scholarship: Matthew McDurmon        




    Front Row: Alec Groome, Andrew Futrell, Mathew Shih, Vincent Ruggeri, Colton Smith, and Zach Fox.

    Middle Row: Zack Duncan, Andrew Dulac, Anderson Taylor, Matt Hotsinpiller, and Chase McGhee.

    Back Row: Robin Ferguson, John Edwards, Landon Donkin, Andrew Morris, and Jared Bruhin.

          Winter Rush at AGR exceeded all expectations with 16 UT students signing bids.  The recruitment plan VNR-Recruitment Conner Villas and his assistants put into place netted the largest group of new AGRs for Winter Rush ever, and possibly the largest New Member Class for a fraternity at UT during Winter Semester Rush.

          Conner and the chapter followed the AGR Recruitment Textbook page-by-page by inviting potential AGRs to the house before Rush started January 14 to watch football and basketball games, hang out with brothers and a group was taken out to dinner one night.  Conner and his assistants utilized  “brick-by-brick” recruitment foundation that has been in place at 1840 for a number of years that emphasizes inviting guys over during the semester and building friendships and relationships.  (For example, AGR initiated 13 brothers in Winter 2013 and 11 brothers in 2011.)

         AGR continues to recruit quality young men during the Semester, building on the foundation already in place at 1840. 

         Plans are being made for Summer recruitment. If you have the name of a potential AGR, please contact Conner Villas at 1-704-421-1635 or  Referring a young for AGR membership is a big, big plus in recruitment.

         The Winter New Member Class:

    AKSN-1191    Anderson Taylor; Paris, TN; Computer Science

    AKSN-1192    John Edwards; Speedwell, TN; Animal Science

    AKSN-1193    Colton Smith; McNairy, TN; Chemistry

    AKSN-1194    Landon Donkin; Springfield, TN; Construction Science

    AKSN-1195    Andrew Dulac; Queenstown, MD; Animal Science

    AKSN-1196    Robin Ferguson; Fort Mill, SC; Logistics

    AKSN-1197    Jared Bruhin; Sevierville, TN; Animal Science. Jared is the nephew of Louis Buck, AKSN-558.                

    AKSN-1198    Andrew Futrell;  Harriman, TN; Civil Engineering    

    AKSN-1199    Matthew Shih; Knoxville, TN; Food Science

    AKSN-1200    Vincent Ruggeri; Westchester, PA; Natural Resources and Environmental Economics

    AKSN-1201    Zach Fox; Knoxville, TN; Plant & Soil Sciences

    AKSN-1202    Matt Hotsinpiller; Mt. Juliet, TN; Business

    AKSN-1203    Zack Duncan; Mt. Juliet, TN; Political Science

    AKSN-1204    Alec Groome; Mt. Juliet, TN; Kinesiology

    AKSN-1205    Andrew Morris; Lexington, TN; Plant Sciences. Andrew is the son of UTM AGR Mark Morris

    AKSN-1206    Chase McGhee; Sevierville, TN; Kinesiology



    On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, the University of Tennessee Volunteers struggled with an unfortunate 55-23 loss to the Auburn Tigers. Prior to Saturday’s game, however, the actives of Alpha Kappa were busy competing in the All-Campus Events’ Homecoming Challenge. We are happy to report that the overall Homecoming Champion trophy has returned to its home at 1840! This year we partnered with the lovely ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha under the theme of “Cirque de Rocky Top.”

         While a sold-out Neyland Stadium and an ESPN audience watched the homecoming results, we received the great news that AGR/ZTA won 1st place in Soap Box Derby, Lawn Display and Window Display, and 2nd place in Large Float and Large Banner. With Brother Will Batey leading the Homecoming Committee this year and with the dedicated work of many brothers, Alpha Kappa was well represented to the Volunteer community.

    As a chapter, we are very proud of our accomplishments and look forward to a successful Homecoming next year with the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi.             


    2013 New Guys:

    Front Row (L-R): Evan Willis, Emory Chaple, Austin Lockhart, Percy McReynolds, Phillip Bagsby, Seth Martin

    Back Row (L-R): Blake French, Spencer Jones, Tanner Pritchett, Ben Jelks, Casey Anderson, David Howard, Oscar Riley-Smith, Casey Anderson, Jonah Smith, Sam Koeshall, Santiago Arbelaez

    Fall Rush netted the signatures of seventeen University of Tennessee students to join Alpha Gamma Rho.  The chapter is very proud to welcome these men into AGR.  Recruitment continues at UT with several more outstanding young men considering AGR for their fraternity.  

    Austin Lockhart-Communications-Brentwood, TN-Fr.

    Emory Chaple-Economics-Tampa, FL-Soph.

    Sam Koeshall-Plant Science, Biotech-Philadelphia, TN-Fr.

    Phillip Bagsby-Plant Science, Turfgrass-Franklin, TN-Fr.

    Seth Martin-Nuclear Engineering-Seymour, TN-Fr.

    Casey Anderson-Civil Engineering-Thompson Station, TN-Soph.

    Evan Willis-Plant Science-Hillsboro, TN-Soph.

    Tanner Pritchett-Food and AG Business-Pleasant View, TN-Fr.

    Casey Goins-AG Business, Hendersonville, TN-Fr.

    Oscar Riley-Smith-Sports Management-Oundle, United Kingdom-Fr.

    Jonah Smith-Food and AG Business-Franklin, TN-Fr.

    Percy McReynolds-Plant Science, Horticulture-Knoxville, TN-Fr.

    Blake French-Kinesiology-Paris, TN-Soph.

    Spencer Jones-Business Mangament-Franklin,TN-Soph

    Santiago Arbelaez-Biology-Hermitage, TN-Fr.

    Ben Jelks-Marketing-Paris, TN-Fr.

    David Hunter-Undecided-Nashville, TN-Fr


    Winter recruitment netted eleven new brothers for Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho with initiation for 11 new brothers was held on January 28, 2013.  Joe Harrison stated that these eleven young men were among the top groups he had had the privilege to sit in on QC interviews.  Another young man signed a bid in February and he was initiated February 18, 2013.

    Front (left to right): Sheridan Brewer, Collin Gatlin, Tyler Ballard, Andrew Howe, Josh Schueller

    Back (left to right): Christian Burfield, Bryan Agee, Reid McCullough, Will Freeman, Andy Hickman, Ryan Brown.  Not Pictured: Dane Brunson.

    • AKSN-1162 Josh Schueller; Bethel Springs, TN; Biology
    • AKSN-1163 Andy Hickman; LaFollette, TN;  Accounting.  Andy is the grandson of Waymon Hickman, AKSN-116.
    • AKSN-1164 Sheridan Brewer; Hohenwald, TN; Microbiology
    • AKSN-1165 Reid McCullough; Hendersonville, TN; Chemistry
    • AKSN-1166 Ryan Brown; Hendersonville, TN; Ag Communications
    • AKSN-1167 Collin Gatlin; Mt Juliet, TN, Undecided
    • AKSN-1168 Christian Burfield; Mt Juliet, TN; Ag Business
    • AKSN-1169 Bryan Agee; Mt Juliet, TN; Civil Engineering
    • AKSN-1170 Will Freeman; Portland, TN; Ag Communications
    • AKSN-1171 Andrew Howe; Old Hickory, TN; Accounting
    • AKSN-1172 Dane Brunson; Seymour, TN. Kinesiology

      VNR-Recruitment Elliot Reynolds and the chapter did an outstanding job coordinating Winter Rush and AGR continues to seek quality and qualified men for membership.


    We have had an excellent year so far in recruitment.  We initiated two young men towards the end of the spring semester and sixteen men at the beginning of this fall.  Fall rush this year was quite different than in previous years. Fraternity rush was on the same week as sorority rush this year.  It was also during welcome week.  This proposed an unusual obstacle this year, due to the fact that there was not the usual two weeks of school before bid day.  This cut down a lot of the guys that went through rush and their time going to see all the fraternities.  We were able to get through this obstacle with a very active summer recruitment and hard work from all the brothers during rush week.  We could have not done as well without the whole Fraternity’s help, and I thank them for that.  I also would like to thank the alumni for their help and recommendations.

         The group of young men we got this fall, I believe, has the utmost potential to keep this Fraternity at the level it is running at today.  I see in them the motivation and drive to grow the Alpha Gamma Rho name across both campuses.  They come from all over the state of Tennessee and from Colorado to Georgia.  This group has already been active in helping me recruit more young men for next spring and mid semester this year.  Due to their efforts and other brothers in the Fraternity, I believe a group of four or five mid semester initiations is possible. 

         Formal rush may be over, but as an Alpha Gamma Rho brother, you know that recruitment never stops.  We continue to recruit potential brothers year round, as this is the key to fill our brotherhood with the highest quality members.  If any alumni, or anyone else, have any potential recruits or recommendations for me, then please send me their contact information. 

         Please feel free to contact me anytime. 

    Kevin Coggin (931) 309-040

       Our 18 new brothers are

         Late Spring:

    L-R: Ethan Masaro, Cameron Beasley

    • AKSN-1143 Cameron Beasley, Kinesiology, Hohenwald, Tn.
    • AKSN-1144 Ethan Massaro, Accounting, Maryville, Tn.


    Fall 2012 Initiates: Standing: Trent Bibee, Hayden Bliss, Isaac Britt, Brandon Adkins, Kolton Huckaby, Jake Sproul, Corey Powell, Jay Robinson, Forrest Duncan, Joshua Goode, Brennan Lytle, Billy Rochelle.

     Seated: Connor Villas, Alex Killebrew, Ryan Daniel, Mitch Baker

          The Fall initiates are:

    • AKSN-1145 Hayden Bliss; Freshman; Soddy Daisy, Tn.; Economics
    • AKSN-1146 Connor Villas; Freshman; Charlotte, N.C.; Marketing
    • AKSN-1147 Brandon Adkins; Freshman; Cedar Hill, Tn.; Accounting; brother of Scott & Glen Adkins
    • AKSN-1148 Trent Bibee; Freshman; Cedar Hill, Tn.; Business
    • AKSN-1149 Ryan Daniel; Junior; Bolivar, Tn.; Transfer from Jackson State CC; Biology
    • AKSN-1150 Kolton Huckaby; Freshman; Columbia, Tn.; Animal Science.  Brother of Christian Greene
    • AKSN-1151 Isaac Britt; Freshman; Columbia, Tn.; Accounting
    • AKSN-1152 Alex Killebrew; Freshman; Atlanta; Undecided
    • AKSN-1153 Jay Robinson; Freshman; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Marketing
    • AKSN-1154 Joshua Goode; Junior; Polk County, Tn.; Political Science
    • AKSN-1155 Jake Sproul; Freshman; Santa Fe, TN; Undecided
    • AKSN-1156 Brennan Lytle; Freshman; McMinnville, Tn.; Mechanical Engineering
    • AKSN-1157 Forrest Duncan; Freshman; Decherd, Tn.; Ag Business
    • AKSN-1158 Billy Rochelle; Freshman; Centerville, Tn.; Food and Ag Business
    • AKSN-1159 Corey Powell; Freshman; Loudon, Tn.; Turfgrass Management
    • AKSN-1160 Mitchell Baker; Freshman, Cookeville, Ag Communications