"Our Cause Speeds On Its Way" .... We, the brothers of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. would like to congratulate the SPR' 13 Neophyte Class, of the Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Though their challenge is just at its beginning, the commitment that they have made is one that will continue in the growth of our prestigious fraternity. The Upsilon Chapter, Chartered in 1925, was the 20th established chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, @ Livingstone College. GOMAB to the good brothers and may all chapters of our organization be able to follow in their footsteps of continued growth and uplifting brotherhood.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated held a “Sigma Feeds the Homeless” cookout event at the Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, January 26. As a result, the Sigmas were able to feed up to two hundred people at the local homeless shelter. The “Sigmas Feed the Homeless” service project will now become an additional annual social action effort to promote the organization’s motto of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity” to help those in need and less fortunate. Because of their initiative, the Tau Sigma Chapter and the Jimmie Hale Mission have established a partnership to serve the homeless and to expand the outreach of community oriented support efforts. “Sigmas Feed the Homeless” also seeks to address the issue of homelessness throughout the city. With this new partnership, as well as support from the public, the Tau Sigma Chapter will be able to support and maintain various community service projects at the same level or greater than the previous year, despite the challenging fund-raising climate. The Tau Sigma Chapter has been proudly serving the Birmingham area since 1949 and looks forward to introducing new social action initiative programs in the near future to build even deeper relationships with the Birmingham community. “Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. recognizes that we are made up of many parts but we make up one community. It is to that end that we are dedicated to the community in which we live,” said Rod Wilkins, President of the Tau Sigma Chapter, Inc. To find out how you can support Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in this effort and other service projects, please visit the website at http://www.birminghamsigmas.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula raised $45,000 with its signature Bowl For Kids’ Sake events in February.
“This is the first year we have broken the $40,000 mark,” said CEO Ayanna A. King. “We would just like to take a moment and thank the community on behalf of the children we serve.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula has offered one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1979 in which a volunteer provides guidance and friendship to a child who needs a positive adult relationship outside of the child’s family. BBBSGVP offers its services to those in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Hampton and Newport News.
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted 186 bowling teams at both the Feb. 9 event in Hampton and the Feb. 23 event in Williamsburg.
Grand Prize winners were:
Kevin Lyles won the 42” television donated by Wal-Mart.
Chase Daknis won the overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge.
Joan Phillips won the overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Meredith Springer, who also is a Big Sister, won the 42” TV donated by Wal-Mart.
Everett Lee won the overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge.
Angie Brown won the overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Big Brothers Big Sisters thanked the following sponsors for making the event a success: United Way of Greater Williamsburg; William and Mary MBA; Wal-Mart #6088; Great Wolf Lodge; Coldwell Bank Traditions/Brook Real Estate; Chesapeake Bank; Union First Market Bank; Holiday Chevrolet-Cadillac; King’s Creek Plantation; Sentara Healthcare; BRG Strategy, Inc.; Dr. Wendell Orthodontics; Cullom Eye and Laser Center; Wells Fargo; Waller Mill Elementary School; Magruder Elementary School; Queens Lake Middle School; United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; Phi Beta Sigma of Hampton Roads; Newport News Sheriff’s Office; and the Hampton Sheriff’s Office.
All proceeds from the two Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be used to support existing programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Next year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be held on Feb. 8 and 22.
Atlanta custom embroidery clothing store, Zeus’ Closet, and its online sister website most widely known for elaborate fraternity and sorority apparel, S4G.com, have announced a partnership with local non-profit, Without Sole, to collect shoes for the needy.
About a year ago, Without Sole was started by 23 year-old Oluwatoyin Salami, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and 24 year-old Evan Eskridge, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Without Sole is a 30-day cause marketing campaign targeting influencers between the ages of 18-30 to collect thousands of shoes to benefit International Charity Soles4Souls®. Shoes collected will benefit thousands of people across the globe to help them attend school and provide footwear to those in need.
In year one, Without Sole successfully collected over 5,500 shoes. This campaign will challenge the city of Atlanta to collect 12K shoes between October 1-30 in various sites around the city. The latest addition to the list of sites is the Greek clothing store, Zeus’ Closet. Located at 1339 Marietta Blvd, in Atlanta. Shoes may be dropped off during the store’s hours of 11am until 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Tisean Simmons, customer service manager at stuff4GREEKS.com and Zeus’ Closet says that he was, “Inspired. When Oluwatoyin came to me with this idea, I instantly wanted to get involved and join the movement. The two of them stayed in contact and came up with a great idea to get the local Greek Fraternity and Sorority chapters involved.
Each Atlanta area Fraternity and Sorority chapter willing to participate will collect as many shoes as possible for the remainder of October. Zeus’ Closet has agreed to provide a shiny piece of custom hardware to the winning chapter. The winning chapter will be announced at the SneakerBall – the Without Sole wrap-up event on November 2nd. The Sneaker Ball will be held at 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta Ga 30318. This is an event where attendees are encouraged to be expressive with their attire, but sneakers are required. For more about the Sneaker Ball, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once in a while, honor falls upon the right man at the right time.
For Richmond County’s Elijah Peterson, that perfect alignment was a rainy February night in Salisbury when many came from near and far to witness Livingstone College pay tribute to Peterson by inducting him into the college’s Hall of Fame.
A 1956 graduate of Livingstone College, Peterson is a former educator, child’s advocate, community leader and political activist. For the past 16 years, he has served as chairman of the board for Richmond County Community Support, which serves Richmond, Montgomery and Moore counties.
Peterson was among 14 distinguished recipients being honored at the 12th annual Celebration of Livingstone College Leaders Banquet under the theme, “Share Your Love,” benefiting the United Negro College Fund.
The tribute “recognizes successful leaders for their undying commitment and dedication to others,” said Jimmy Jenkins Sr., Livingstone College president. “This award is being bestowed upon individuals who have given tirelessly of themselves as they serve their communities and/or professions, and have demonstrated the qualities of a servant leader.”
Peterson’s recognition drew a large crowd of supporters to the Event Center in Salisbury including Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr., former school board chairman Bruce Stanback, and a team of Peterson’s students from Charles Drew High School in Madison, where he taught 52 years ago.
Carrie Peterson, his wife of 54 years; their three daughters, Clairice, Valerice and Laurice; and his brother, Robert; as well as other family members and friends were there to witness this special occasion in Peterson’s life. He was the only recipient to receive a standing ovation.
Prior to the event, Peterson was the guest of honor at a reception at a local hotel, where he was showered with kind and loving words.
The honoree gives credit to his parents, Mary and Pearlie Peterson, for instilling in him a moral obligation to serve others. “They also modeled their behavior in accordance with the belief that real servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises and complete their commitments,” he said. “They don’t leave a job half done, they don’t quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable.”
He also credits Livingstone College, where he entered as a freshman at age 16, for providing the foundation for his educational and professional life. After graduating from Livingstone College with a bachelor’s in mathematics, Peterson continued his education at North Carolina A&T State University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1961, and a Master of Arts degree in chemistry in 1965.
He was awarded a special certification in physics by the University of North Carolina in 1962 and was one of the first to be selected for certification to teach modern physics. This curriculum was designed to prepare students to understand research being performed by the NASA Space Program.
Every year during his 13 years of teaching physics, Peterson was invited to attend seminars in order to receive updates on the successes and failures of each space launch.
As an educator, Peterson served as a teacher and principal. He taught math, chemistry and physics in three different high schools including Peabody in Troy, Booker T. Washington in Reidsville and Charles Drew.
For 26 years, he served as principal of five different schools including Cameron Morrison State Training School for Boys in Hoffman and Samarkand Manor for Girls in Eagle Springs.
The accolades bestowed upon Peterson are as long as his distinguished career. Highlighting the list are Principal of the Year in 1986 and North Carolina Citizen of the Year in 2012 by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; although he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Additionally, many of his awards came through service appointments. In 1976, North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt appointed Peterson to his Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, where he served for 26 years. In 1989, Gov. Jim Martin appointed him chairman of the same and he held that position for eight years.
At that time, the Daily Journal wrote, “Pete Peterson believes in people and he believes in children. We commend Governor Martin for appointing him as North Carolina’s top child advocate.”
Under his leadership, Richmond County Community Support Center has funded services in excess of $8 million.
“We are elated that you are receiving honors befitting the great work that you have done in our community and communities throughout North Carolina,” wrote the executive board and staff of Richmond County Community Support Center to Peterson. “We, too … honor you and give you the highest recognition to all that you have accomplished.”
He has also served as chairperson of the Eighth Congressional District of the N.C. Democratic Party; state chairman of the Black Leadership Caucus; on the board of trustees for Montgomery Community College; is a life member of the NAACP; and trustee board chairman for Mt. Zion United Church of Christ.
In his unselfish and humble nature, Peterson did not accept full credit for his accomplishments. “I am extraordinarily grateful for all the encouragement and support I have received from the wide range of individuals I interacted with while carrying out my life’s work. In the words of the English poet, John Donne, ‘No man is an island.’”
We've all seen the movies and stereotypes in the media about students who join fraternities or sororities during their time in college. But given the millions of students who have "gone Greek" over the years, there must be some benefits, right?
Despite the negative images of college Greek life, many Greek organizations have quite a lot to offer, both during and after your time in school. If you're thinking of joining a fraternity or sorority, consider the following benefits as you decide if "going Greek" is right for you:
9 Benefits of Going Greek in College
1. The high level of camaraderie with fellow members. The friendships you build through a fraternity or sorority often have a different "feel" to them than other friendships you make during your time in school. Perhaps it's because of your shared values or your shared experience as members of your Greek organization. Regardless, you're likely to make strong, personal friendships that can last well past graduation day.
2. Lots of community service opportunities. Many Greek organizations are heavily involved in community service. Your Greek house may require a certain amount of volunteering each semester or may have an annual event that raises funds for a community non-profit. If you're interested in giving back during your time in school, a fraternity or sorority can offer you a lot of different options for doing so.
3. An academic support network. Even the newest college student knows to ask around when it comes to getting the skinny on classes, professors, and majors. And with the wide range of students that are members of a fraternity or sorority, you instantly have access to all kinds of knowledge about which professors, classes, and departments are the best. Additionally, if you're struggling in a class, your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters can be a great resource for tutoring and other academic advice.
4. A professional network after graduation. Many, if not most, Greek organizations offer networking opportunities to their members long after their college years. You can tap into alumni networks and make professional connections that might not have been available otherwise.
5. A wide range of leadership opportunities. Fraternities and sororities require a lot of work given their high levels of involvement and programs. Because of this, there are often multiple leadership opportunities available each year. Even if you've never held a leadership position before, testing out your leadership skills within your Greek house can be a great way to develop some skills and give back.
6. An endless stream of learning opportunities. One of the best benefits of going Greek is the wide range of learning opportunities you'll be presented with. You'll meet all kinds of new people; you'll participate in all kinds of new experiences; you'll be presented with all kinds of new ideas. From formal, structured events to casual conversations in the house kitchen, fraternities and sororities are always challenging their members to do, learn, and act more.
7. There are often scholarships available. If you're a member of certain Greek organizations, you may be eligible for scholarships or other financial aid. Additionally, if you're worried about the cost of joining a fraternity or sorority, many have scholarships available to members who have trouble paying annual dues.
8. Becoming a part of a long-standing tradition. If you're on an older campus, your membership in a historic Greek fraternity or sorority might make you part of a very old, long-standing tradition. And if you're on a new campus or joining a new(er) fraternity or sorority, you're lucky enough to be at the start of something great. Either way, there's something to be said for having a role in a tradition that has -- or that hopefully will -- stand the test of time.
9. The chance to prove stereotypes wrong. The way fraternity and sorority members are portrayed in society is unfortunate, especially given the amazing things these students do each and every day. Your role as a fraternity or sorority member gives you a great opportunity to prove these stereotypes wrong. The friendships you make, community you build, volunteer work you do, and programs you put on can be part of a great college experience that embodies all that going Greek has to offer.
PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY INCORPORATED 99 years. G.O.M.A.B
99 Years a go on this day, January 9, 1914 the founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. conceived an idea to create an organization that educated and delivered services to under represented communities . The Founders felt a great sense of purpose in investing in the communities they came from, while creating an organization of international leaders.
Throughout the years, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.'s presence has remained constant and is reflected in our motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity."
In order to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the fraternity's founding the Alpha Delta chapter has made it our mission to continue living up to our beloved brotherhood's principles. We will continue to exemplify and maintain a strong commitment to our ideals of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service.
With that said, we would like to wish all of our brothers a Happy Founders Day and hope that we all have a very successful fraternity year!