August 2016 Alpha News Update

August Alpha News Update

Brothers, it is with a heavy heart that we find ourselves at another moment where Louisiana suffers another tragedy of major flooding. We appreciate the offers of support and ongoing concern for the brothers of Louisiana.There have been many reports of displaced brothers made to the southwestern region vice president, but thankfully no deaths. However, we will continue to maintain contact with the Louisiana district director, Brother Keith Dillon, as well as the Baton Rouge area director, Brother Alvin Cavalier to determine the type of response or outreach needed. At this time, there have been no requests made for supplies as they are still assessing the damage. Our general president has also made contact with the local brothers to offer support.

Additionally, as this weather continues to make its way across this country into other regions, we will reach out to our regional vice presidents to decide whether our assistance is needed in a greater capacity. Please continue to be safe and remember that we are our brothers’ keepers.


Alpha’s General Office will be closed for the Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 2nd. The General Office will reopen Tuesday, September 6th. Thank you for your understanding.


The brothers have spoken and these two candidates ran an exemplary campaign. Both Brother Ward and Brother Crutison have shown that they are men of integrity and sustenance while representing Alpha as general presidential candidates,” General President Tillman said after the results were reported. “Now that we have counted the ballots, it’s time for Alpha men to move forward.


Brother Gregory Brown, a captain with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), has been selected as the new town of Leesburg chief of police, according to an announcement by Town Manager Kaj Dentler. Brown will begin his duties on October 3, 2016 after a swearing in ceremony expected for late September.

Currently commander of the LCSO’s Eastern Loudoun Station, Brown has been with the…


Smart. Intelligent. Articulate. Talented. Gifted. Confident. These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe recent graduates and college-bound 2016 Nu Omicron Lambda Foundation scholarship recipients: Makayla Hawkes, a graduate of Matoaca High School, who will be attending North Carolyn A&T University; Andrea Johnson, a graduate of Prince George High School, who will be attending


From there, a social media campaign in #RemoveRohini began, calling for her ouster from the SGA over the post. It picked up steam as a letter from the university’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter published on July 13 championed her removal stating, “When SGA allows its members to spew out thoughts and ideas rooted in bigotry, this divides and alienates our diverse Tier 1 University

Alpha South Leadership Institute Develops Area Youth

Henderson’s Rho Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity sponsored 21 area youths as they participated in the 2016 Alpha South Leadership Institute at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia.

The purpose of Leadership Development Citizenship Education Institute is rooted in the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha to “develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.” For more than 38 years, the institute has served as an incubator for future scholars, accomplished professionals, and community leaders. More than 150 student essays were submitted as part of the application process

Brother Pickard Joins WMU Board of Trustees

Brother Dr. William F. Pickard has over thirty years of experience as an entrepreneur. He is the CEO for the Regal Plastics Company, which manufactures the plastic parts for automotive companies, the owner/operator of several McDonald’s franchises, and the CEO of six other companies in the automotive industry

Remembering Brother Stuart Scott on His 51st Birthday

His unique style of blending hip hop with sports broadcasting changed the sports landscape forever.

Scott grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, although he was born in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in Chicago until he was 8 years old. In high school, Scott was captain of his football team, ran track, was student body vice president and was a part of the Key Club.

In 1987, Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelors of Arts degree in speech communication. Scott was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Early in Scott’s career, he worked as a news reporter and sports anchors for.

Brother Motley Enters Omega Chapter

Raymond Motley, [Gamma Phi ’60] 80 years old, died July 5.

There are hundreds and hundreds of people who owe their stature in life to Motley, fellow educator Steve Hand commented earlier this week. At one point in their careers both Hand and Motley served at the St. Augustine Technical Center, now First Coast Technical College

Brother Gibson Enters Omega Chapter

Rev. Malachi Gibson [Gamma Psi ’71], 65, husband of Sandra Scott Gibson of Charleston, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Dr. Holmes was dedicated to service, leadership, and excellence. A recipient of numerous local, regional and national awards, he began his transformation of the Jacksonville landscape as the





Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s A Voteless People is a Hopeless People (VPHP) Committee, in conjunction with the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s (NPHC) Get Out the Vote Social Action Task Force, has been working with the NAACP to focus on the 2016 election. The task force has created an events strategy, deliverables, reporting tool, and a way to submit photos of your election event(s). The following items will allow you to create your own individualized 2016 election strategy based on your state’s voter registration and Election Day requirements.

Please review the NPHC Getting Starting document and then use the link to the reporting tool and the photo submission site once the event has ended to properly document your activity in our communities. In using this reporting tool, we will be able to consolidate all of our activities and provide a single report to our communities of the combined efforts of the NPHC for this critical election.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016, which is right around the corner, so please follow your state’s voter registration deadline requirements as they vary by state. We are asking every college and alumni chapter to work with your local NPHC counterparts from now until Election Day to be engaged in our communities to register voters, host candidate forums, and help get people to the polls.

Brothers, please also view our VPHP information on our General Office’s websiteas we have now added VPHP logos and have also included a sample display board as a Word document, which is easily customizable for your chapter’s future VPHP community programs and events.

Moving forward, we must continue to educate our communities and encourage them to participate in every election so that their votes and voices are heard. As a community, we have better turnout during the presidential election but we have a noticeably smaller turnout for the mid-term and local elections in off-year presidential elections. Engaging our communities now during a high-turnout election helps us maintain momentum leading into the next few years of local and state elections.

Should you have any additional questions, please send them to the VPHP committee at


Mark S. Tillman

Omega Chapter Notice: Dr. Thomas Pawley

Omega Chapter Notice: Dr. Thomas Pawley

Past National Historian Dr. Thomas Pawley III [Beta Gamma, ‘34] has transitioned into Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha’s chapter of sweet rest.

Brother Pawley, 98, a noted playwright, author, actor, poet, university professor and community leader, born on August 5, 1917. In addition to his undergraduate fraternity service, Pawley served as vice president of the Jefferson City chapter from 1975-79, and as the national fraternity’s historian from 1993-96. As a Lincoln University professor, Pawley also served the university in various positions including English department head, Humanities and Fine Arts division chairman and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Omega Service
The Campus of Lincoln University
Richardson Fine Arts Center
Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium
710 E. Dunklin Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 10:00 am

Funeral Service
Grace Episcopal Church
217 Adams St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 2:00 pm
*In Leu of flowers, please support the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Please pray for the family of Brother Dr. Thomas Pawley. It is because of brothers like him advocating for our communities that we are in fact the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men.