Fraternity chapter to celebrate 100 years at KU

Members of a Kansas University fraternity chapter who can count former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Ford CEO Alan Mulally as former members will celebrate their 100th anniversary at KU this month.

The Kappa Sigma chapter officially started at KU on May 18, 1912, but the celebration is happening in the fall, said Dustan Boleski, a Topeka senior who is serving as the chapter’s president this year.

“We’ve been here 100 years,” he said. “That’s a big thing, and you hope to be able to continue that legacy for another 100.”

The celebration will be Sept. 21 and 22. Former members will be invited to tour the fraternity’s house at 1045 Emery Road that has served as the its home since 1934. The house was renovated and modernized in 1998, at a cost of more than $3 million, according to the fraternity’s website, and can accommodate 76 men.

In addition to Dole and Mulally, other prominent chapter alumni include Robert Eaton, the former chairman for the Chrysler Corp. for whom KU’s Eaton Hall is named, and former KU basketball All-American Howard Engleman.

The chapter has several other events planned to commemorate the anniversary, including a tour of the Dole Institute of Politics, a barbecue at the chapter house and a banquet at the Adams Alumni Center, an event expected to draw between 150 and 200 people, Boleski said.

He said the chapter members were excited to welcome back the chapter’s alumni.

“It was their house once, just as much as it is ours now,” he said.