President's Letter



I would like to welcome you all to the ETA RHO chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated on the campus of Western Kentucky University. As the 369th house we do not take lightly upholding the aims of our fraternity: Manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. Our future goals consist of bettering WKU’s campus, achieving academic excellence, bettering our communities and striving onward and upward towards the light. It bring me great pleasure to welcome you to our website.



Kanaan J.P. Lightsy , President of the Eta Rho Chapter



It all started when with the a.

The Eta Rho “Cold & Cocky” Chapter was charted on March 25, 1972 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky by Gamma Epsilon Lambda and Alpha Lambda Chapters. The Chapter was founded by Brother Ricardo Sisney and Brother Jimmy Stewart. During the time the chapter was founded, Brother Sisney was working for WKU when he was approached by Edward Willis.  The Dean of Student Life stated that there were two other black fraternities on campus and that should meet the needs of all the black men on campus, however if there were more students interested in having a Alpha chapter at the university, it would be considered. Willis went out and found twelve other men who were interested in becoming Alpha men. 

The charter line included:  Napoleon Avery, Joseph Ellison, William Fox, Edward Givens, Reginald Glass, Gilbert Kelly, George E. Kendrick, Byron Kirkwood, Ernest Mathis, James McWhorter, Eddie Wills Jr., Hugh L. Winstead Jr. and David Woodard.