Chapter Profile

  • The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) was chartered at the University of Tennessee in 1951 by a group of individuals with a common interest in agriculture and brotherhood.  Since our chartering in 1951, 1454 men have been initiated into our chapter at UT.  Active chapter membership (Spring 2021) totaled 118 brothers, making the UT AGR chapter one of the largest AGR chapters in the country. 
         Alpha Gamma Rho is the only professional and social fraternity at UT that stands true to its history of excellence in academics, activities, and campus leadership. The chapter consistently ranks near the top of academics each semester by concentrating on the GPA. AGR's overall GPA for Fall Semester 2020 was 2.92 with 35 brothers having a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester! Spring 2021 GPA was a record 3.26 with 39 brothers making the UT Dean's List and 7 AGRs having a perfect 4.0 GPA. Besides academics, the brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho are very involved with the university by participating in activities such as Intramural Sports, Homecoming, All Sing, Carnicus, Greek Week, Student Government and IFC.

         The development of leadership skills is an important part of the training members receive from AGR. Within the chapter there are 11 Executive Board positions and 23 secondary officer positions. Each position has a detailed job description that is designed to maximize leadership skills and develop Over 85 percent of the members are involved in extra-curricular activities on campus and also off campus.

         In 2018 and 2020, an Alpha Gamma Rho brother was selected to receive UT'as highest honor: Torchbearer.  The receiptant of the Torchbearer honor is based upon the UT senior's academic, leadership and campus involvement.      

         In recent years, 2 UT AGR’s have served as national FFA officers. During this same time frame, two AGRs have been elected president of the Interfraternity Council.  One AGR has been elected President of the Student Government Association and two have been elected as  Director of Student Services. AGRs have also been consistently involved with the Ambassador program on both the Ag Campus and the Main Campus.  One AGR serves as UT Ambassadors and three more as UT College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CASNR) Ag Ambassadors.  In 2016, an AGR was selected as the National Chief of Boy Scouts of America.  

         Alpha Gamma Rho won UT Homecoming from 2005-2009 and again in 2011, 2013,  2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  During each semester, various social activities are scheduled, such as mixers with various sororities.
         Our chapter's philanthropy project, AGR Water Wars, is held each spring. It is a day long water balloon tournament played by various sororities. Since beginning Water Wars, AGR has raised over $100,000 for our philanthropy, St. Jude's Children's Hospital. AGR also particpated in Greek Week activities, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house. 
         A long-standing tradition in our chapter is the training of the UT mascot, "Smokey." Since 1977, our brothers have selected to care for the dog both on and off the playing field.
         Another strength of our chapter is the strong relationship with the chapter's Alumni Association. We involve our alumni in many chapter functions, including Homecoming Day each fall and Parent-Founder's Day in the spring. $53,500 in awards and scholarships were given to Alpha Gamma Rho members at the 2021 Banquet in April.

         Alpha Gamma Rho currently resides in its recently renovated chapter house on Fraternity Row. 

         Alpha Gamma Rho is one of the few fraternities at UT which offers a new member education program. Alpha Gamma Rho is a non-hazing fraternity.  In 1992 Alpha Gamma Rho eliminated the traditional pledging program that it had and many fraternities currently have. Through strong membership standards, Alpha Gamma Rho provides a fulfilling and meaningful experience for college men.


    2019/20: SUCCESSFUL


        AGR had another successful year at the University of Tennessee in 2019/20.  First, Fall Rush netted 22 new brothers followed by an equally successful Spring Rush saw five more UT students be initiated in the chapter.  Membership for 2019/20 totaled 114 brothers.  In between, Dr. Charles Hatcher, DVM, Commissioner of Agricultures was initiated in Alpha Kappa in November.  Since Alpha Kappa’s founding in 1951, 1,411 men have been initiated into the chapter!

         October 4 marked the 1st Annual AGR Chili/Grilled Cheese Dinner at Sweetwater Valley Farms outside Loudon, TN. The 2nd Annual AGR Chili/Grilled Cheese Dinner will be October 2, 2020, the evening before UT’s Ag day and UT-Missouri football game.  Look for more details in the Fall Crescent about the 2020 event.

        The weekend of Oct. 11/12 the UT Athletics Department held a reunion for past Smokey’s Handlers.  AGR hosted a get-together at 1840 on Friday night October 11 with food prepared by Chef Norman Willis.  On football Saturday, UT hosted a tailgate before the game and the past & present Handlers were recognized on Shield-Watkins Field. 

        Alpha Kappa continued it’s winning tradition in UT Homecoming with another win, AGR’s third straight win and 13th in the past 21 years.  

        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.

          AGR excelled academically in 2019/20. Fall Semester AGR’s GPA was 2.97 & a whopping 3.47 Spring Semester with 55 brothers making the Spring Dean’s List.

         John Calvin Bryant, AKSN-1273, was selected as a UT Torchbearer for 2020.  He is the second AGR in three years to receive this honor and recognition.    

         Two AGRs were selected as Outstanding students by the Herbert College of Agriculture for 2020: John Calvin Bryant as an Outstanding Senior and Jacob Eicher as an Outstanding Junior.    

         Twenty four (24) collegiate brothers received their undergraduate degrees from UT during 2019/20 school year.  Four Alpha Kappa men graduated in December while 20 received their sheepskins in May.  This is in addition to 26 AGRs who graduated UT in 2018/19. AGR has graduated 50 brothers in 2018/19 & 2019/20.

         To conclude a COVID-19 influenced year on an extremely high note, Alpha Kappa Chapter was named as one of two AGR chapters to receive Alpha Gamma Rho’s highest and most  prestigious honor: the Maynard H. Coe Chapter Efficiency Award.  The Coe Award is  given biennially to a  chapter that maintains a high level of consistent operations. John Calvin Bryant was receiptant of the 2020 Fraternal Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate. 

          Outstanding Chapter Award & Outstanding Member Award: No other AGR Chapter took such honors at the AGR National Convention!