Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Announces New Partnership with Black Tech-Based Cancer Charity, Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation

Contact: 

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications

/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

 

info@OraLee.org

November 25, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC., ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH BLACK TECH-BASED CANCER CHARITY, ORA LEE SMITH CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Collaboration Hopes to Raise Awareness and Critical Funds to Eradicate Cancer

BALTIMORE, MD – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation have partnered to raise awareness and critical funds for human trials for a new treatment to eradicate cancer for the 9 million people who die each year.

During Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s 95th General Convention in 2019, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to partner with the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Foundation, a Black tech-based cancer charity. Recently, Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, General President, executed and signed an MOU solidifying the new partnership.

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is committed to supporting the efforts of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation,” said General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III. “Everyone has a loved one, or knows someone, fighting this disease. We strongly believe that the Foundation’s research offers a promising opportunity to revolutionize the way cancer is treated, save lives, and improve the health outcomes for millions of cancer patients worldwide.”

Ora Lee Smith Founder, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an internationally-recognized cancer researcher and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has developed a new, revolutionary treatment using Laser-Activated Nano-Therapy (LANT) technology – specifically designed to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

“I thank the General President, the Board of Directors, and the members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., for joining our efforts,” said Dr. Green, who established the foundation to ensure her treatment is accessible and affordable “It takes a lot of courage to be the first and take action on a vision to go beyond hope. This is a testament to their leadership and commitment to our families, our community, and our future.”

To date, Dr. Green’s research with LANT technology has been proven to eliminate tumors in mice in just 15 days after one 10-minute treatment without any observable side effects and maintains the patient’s dignity. LANT, which is also a multi-cancer platform therapy, has implications for a variety of solid tumor types, including breast, colorectal, ovarian, skin, brain, anal, and prostate cancers.

Within the African American community, an estimated 224,080 new cancer cases and 73,680 cancer deaths were expected to occur in 2022.

Under the partnership, the Fraternity is planning a variety of activities to support the foundation, including:

 

  • November 28, 2022 - Partnership Launch Webinar at 7 PM EST - Streamed live on FB, YouTube, and Brotherhood Portal
  • November 29, 2022 - Giving Tuesday through December 6, 2022,
  • December - End of Year Appeal to the Brotherhood and their friends and family

 

To learn more and donate, visit: OraLee.org/Alphas.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.  The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke, and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit us at www.apa1906.net and follow us on all platforms @apa1906network.


The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Partners with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business

Contact: 

 

 

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications

/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

George Vlahakis

Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations

Indiana University Kelley

November 16, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Partners with the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

Effort seeks to increase more African American and Latinx enrollment in business and management graduate programs

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has partnered with the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business ensuring more of its members pursue graduate degrees in business and management.

As part of the partnership, Alpha Brothers receive application fee waivers and an opportunity for no less than three full tuition fellowships for those admitted to Kelley’s full-time, in-residence MBA program each year. Fellowship recipients may also receive support to attend the Fraternity’s Regional and General conventions.

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is renowned for its development of global leaders across every field, including business,” said General President Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D. “As the world’s first and leading intercollegiate Fraternity founded by African American men, the Fraternity is uniquely equipped to successfully partner with the Kelley School of Business and fully realize its goal of increasing African American and Latinx pursuit of business and management graduate degrees.”

Kelley’s MBA program, which is typically completed in 21 months, offers a strong focus on academics, professional development, career development, and experiential learning, including global learning and leadership development opportunities.

The Fraternity ensures at least 10 Alpha Brothers apply and three enroll each Fall semester in the Kelley MBA program. Program applicants, which are notified within 60 days, are reviewed based on prior academic performance, work experience, standardized test scores, English proficiency scores, essays, interviews, and leadership experience.

“We are proud of a heritage at Kelley that highlights the importance of developing leaders who reflect our increasingly diverse society, through a learning environment that is supportive for all,” said Ash Soni, interim dean of the Kelley School and The Sungkyunkwan Professor. “Alumni of Alpha Phi Alpha have included a Supreme Court justice, a UN ambassador, civil rights leaders and, of course, many successful businessmen. We hope this new partnership similarly will contribute to promoting greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

The program will also offer webinars and opportunities targeting the Fraternity’s College Brothers about business careers and graduate business education at Kelley as well as special sessions with Alumni Brothers to assist in the business school application process, the agreement stated.

The partnership ends June 30, 2026.

For more information, visit: https://blogs.iu.edu/kelleyschool/2022/11/16/new-partnership-with-alpha-phi-alpha-encourages-members-to-pursue-a-kelley-mba/

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.  The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit us at www.apa1906.net and follow us on all platforms @apa1906network.


The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Launches New Job Board in Partnership with Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

 

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications

/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

Mina Olivas

Partnership Engagment Liaison

PDN

molivas@ipdnusa.com

(630) 215-7797

 

November XX, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Launches New Job Board in Partnership with Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

BALTIMORE, MD – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the world’s first and largest intercollegiate Fraternity founded by African American men, collaborated with Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (PDN), one of the largest diverse networks in the nation, to launch an easy-to-access job board for its more than 85,000 current alumni members.

The new fully integrated job board https://apajobs.com/ is located at the Fraternity’s website.

“The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of its fully integrated job board in collaboration with Professional Diversity Network, Inc.,” said General President Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D. “This pivotal resource is long overdue and helps fulfill and enhance our mission of developing leaders and promoting academic excellence through establishing a direct path to career planning and success for our members.”

The Fraternity, which has initiated more than 200,000 members with over 8,000 active College Brothers and more than 85,000 Alumni Brothers.

“Alpha Phi Alpha is one of the great historically Black Fraternities," said Mike Hall, Executive Vice President of PDN. “Their global membership is composed of college educated men who are highly engaged in their local communities. PDN welcomes APA as a highly valued partner.”

PDN’s focuses is to provide access to networking, training, educational, and employment opportunities.

Through an online platform and our relationship recruitment affinity groups, PDN provides their employer clients a means to identify and acquire diverse talent and assist them with their efforts to recruit diverse employees. Their mission is to utilize the collective strength of our affiliate companies, members, partners, and unique proprietary platform to be the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT, and disabled persons globally.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.  The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit us at www.apa1906.net and follow us on all platforms @apa1906network.

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (PDN) is a developer and operator of online and in-person networks that provides access to networking, training, educational and employment opportunities for diverse professionals. Through an online platform and our relationship recruitment affinity groups, we provide our employer clients a means to identify and acquire diverse talent and assist them with their efforts to recruit diverse employees. Our mission is to utilize the collective strength of our affiliate companies, members, partners, and unique proprietary platform to be the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT, and disabled persons globally. For more information about PDN, please visit: www.prodivnet.com


The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Congratulates Brother Wes Moore on Historic Maryland Gubernatorial Election Win

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications

/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

November 9, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Congratulates Brother Wes Moore on Historic Maryland Gubernatorial Election Win

Brother Moore First African American Governor-Elect of Maryland

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. congratulates Brother Wes Moore on his historic Maryland Gubernatorial Election win yesterday to become the first African American Governor-Elect of the state.

Brother Moore, a 2000 Sigma Sigma Chapter initiate at John Hopkins University and a member of Delta Lambda Chapter in Baltimore, is an investment banker and television producer, who has also authored five books, including The Other Wes Moore and The Work.

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. congratulates Brother Wes Moore on his historic Maryland Gubernatorial Election win last night,” said General President Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D. “As Maryland’s first African American governor, Brother Moore continues the Fraternity’s unparalleled legacy of leadership and firsts. He joins the list of Alpha’s other men of distinction in public service, who are US senators and congressmen, mayors, state representatives and senators, city councilmen, and others, who proudly serve the United States as a nation, states, cities, and communities. We look forward to the progressive and thoughtful leadership he will provide to the state of Maryland and the example he offers to the people of the United States of America.”

Brother Moore, who graduated from Hopkins, received a master’s degree from Wolfson College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He also proudly served several years in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve.  In addition, Brother Moore, the former CEO of The Robin Hood Foundation – one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations, was the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as the executive producer and writer for Coming Back With Wes Moore on PBS.

In July, Winfrey, endorsed Brother Moore through a campaign advertisement, calling him a “transformational leader.”

“This moment that we’re in demands of different type of leader,” said Winfrey. “For governor in Maryland, you have one in my friend, Wes Moore.”

Brother Moore, who is married with two children, lives in the Guilford community in north Baltimore.

“With the Fraternity’s General Office headquartered in Baltimore, MD, we are especially excited and proud to have a fellow Alpha Brother leading the state, who lives in the city and has led a life of dedicated public and community service,” said Brother Sean L. McCaskill, the Fraternity’s executive director. “We are committed to providing our support to him in the state as well as fostering further opportunities to provide service to our communities.”

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.  The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit us at www.apa1906.net and follow us on all platforms @apa1906network.

 


Hiring Graphic Designer - Digital Content Creator

Graphic Designer – Digital Content Creator for
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Job Title: Graphic Designer and Digital Content Creator
Location: Baltimore, MD
Status: Full Time/Salary
Salary: Consummate with Qualifications + Company Benefits
Job Category: Administrative Professional 1

Position Overview
The Fraternity’s General Office is in Baltimore, Maryland and has responsibility for managing
the daily operational and programmatic functions of the fraternity; which include budget and
finance administration, membership services engagement and support, public relations,
marketing and communications, event and program coordination, vendor and partner relations,
and board and national officer management and administrative support. The Graphic Designer
and Digital Content Creator is a part of the Communications Department and provides graphic
design assistance that is consistent with the image and brand of the fraternity. The Graphic
Designer and Digital Content Creator also supports the graphic and printing needs of the
general office departments, and collaborates with General committee chairs and programs in
maintaining approved print and digital imagery. In addition, the Graphic Designer and Digital
Content Creator has responsibility for maintaining online communication tools and manages
access, coordination, and approval to various project management platforms. This function also
includes serving as the departments dedicated project manager and involves ensuring the
adherence to set timelines and project related goals. The Graphic Designer and Digital Content
Creator also has responsibility for managing regular updates to the fraternity’s
website and oversees the development, implementation, and management of new technology
platforms. The individual is this role will also support the media and software related IT needs
of the general office. In addition, the Graphic Designer and Digital Content Creator will support
communications tools including the development of presentations, online newsletters, and
other forms of online communications. In collaboration with the Director of Communications
and Editor-of-The Sphinx, the Graphic Designer and Digital Content Creator will also assist in
coordinating the fraternity’s vendor licensing and brand protection strategy. The Graphic
Designer and Digital Content Creator is a full-time position and will be based in Baltimore,
Maryland at the fraternity’s General Office.

 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
The Graphic Designer and Digital Content Creator performs a wide range of duties including
some or all the following:

Graphic Design and Digital Content Creation
• Creates visual aspects of marketing materials, websites, and other media, including
infographics, logos, social media graphics, etc.
• Creates and edit short videos or animated graphics for social media, etc.
• Organizes elements of a design, such as the icons, photographs, and other components
necessary
• Oversees editing and voice-overs to assure quality production
• Other duties as assigned

Project Management
• Archives and curates all creative content libraries, i.e. photos, videos, etc.
• Consults with clients to create cohesive designs that reflects the fraternity’s brand and overall
goals
• Simultaneously manages on multiple projects based on current client workload
• Other duties as assigned

Technology
• Monitors and update websites, marketing activities and member benefit programs for
continuous improvement
• Support software related IT needs of the General Office
• Coordinates the development, implementation, and management of new technology
platforms
• Develops and coordinates multimedia packages—letters, brochures, video, point-of-purchase
displays
• Other duties as assigned

Brand & License Management
• Assists in the development of new fraternal marketing, communication, and branding policies
and procedures
• Assists in the management brand protection efforts
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Required Skills
A candidate who is successful in the graphic designer and technology position will have the
following skills, competencies, and qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree in fine art design, computer science, marketing, communications, or a
related field required
• 3-5 years in professional commercial and graphic design with a non-profit or creative
marketing agency, etc.

• Knowledge of non-profit and volunteer-driven organizations
• Skilled at computer web software and their graphic applications
• Previous experience in production and design procedures for graphic material (both print and
online)
• Experience working with WordPress, Mailchimp, Drupal, and other communication platforms
templates
• Extensive experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, specifically with mockups,
web design and multimedia presentation
• Working knowledge of Coding, CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript
• Adaptive design eye and skill
• Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers and clients
• Proven project management skills; implementing collaborative objectives
• Relevant background in media business development
• Web Coding and development experience
• Knowledge of new web and print media technologies and software
• Expert in managing time and completing given tasks with the defined timeframe
• Ability to solve complex problems
• Strong attention to detail; excellent organizational skills; ability to manage multiple priorities
and meet deadlines
• Strong ability to incorporate feedback for immediate improvement
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to timely deliver on
commitments
• Demonstrated experience working in a team-based environment
• Strong ability to balance long-range strategic planning and short-term positive progress
• Expert listening skills and ability to interact with people, at all levels, effectively
• Effective judgement and decision-making skills
• Proven experience in identifying and implementing process improvements/needs

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About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-
Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who

recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this
country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur
Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison
Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced
racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early
leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles
of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Alpha Phi Alpha
chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically Black
institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in
1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also
recognized the need to help correct the educational,

economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long
stood at the forefront of the African American community's fight for civil rights through leaders
such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its
form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, three to five professional references, as well as
provide a graphic design samples, or a link to a graphic design portfolio to:


Hiring Communications & Public Relations Manager

Hiring Communications & Public Relations Manager for
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

 

Job Title: Communications & Public Relations Manager
Location: Baltimore, MD Status: Full Time/Salary
Salary: Consummate with Qualifications and Company Benefits
Job Category: Mid-Level Project Management
Reports to: Director of Communications / Editor of The Sphinx

Position Overview

The Fraternity’s General Office is in Baltimore, Maryland and has responsibility for managing the daily
operational and programmatic functions of the fraternity, which includes budget and finance
administration, membership services engagement and support, public relations, marketing and
communications, event and program coordination, vendor, and partner relations, and board and
national officer management and administrative support. The Communications & Public Relations
Manager reports to the Director of Communications / Editor of The Sphinx. As part of the
Communications department, the Communications & Public Relations Manager has responsibility for
developing and writing all printed collateral as well as web and social media content.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Communications & Public Relations Manager performs duties as assigned, in addition to the
following:

Writing and Performance
• Assists with the solicitation, compilation, writing, and editing of all publications, including The Sphinx.
• Conducts interviews and research for the development of Communications content
• Writes social media verbiage, polished speeches, presentations, press releases, op-eds, letters,
proclamations/resolutions, stories, as well as event and video scripts, etc.
• Tracks and complies communications performance and completion data for
proclamations/resolutions, etc.
• Assists with the production of podcasts and videos, including web and social media content that
engages the media, general public, and Brotherhood across the Fraternity’s various platforms, i.e. APA’s
website, social media, email, Sphinx Radio podcast, Sphinx TV, and Sphinx magazine
• Provides a full range of editorial and marketing skills to meet the goals of Communications department
and the Fraternity, as a whole
• Provides weekly communications and public relations activity report to Director of Communications.

Media Relations
• Co-manages local and national press contacts list through selected distribution and media
management platform
• Performs media monitoring of organizational news coverage as well as coordinates media distributions
through the usage of various platforms, i.e. Cision, Meltwater, MailChimp, Google alerts, etc., including
report generation.
• Assists in co-managing media inquiries and coordinating interview requests
• Participates in and supports weekend media rotation duty

Public Relations
• Assists in managing all public relations efforts, including serving as a primary communications liaison
to our corporate partners as well as provides strategy recommendations on overall communications
engagement plan
• Assists in developing new collaborative relationships with key community organizations and local
government
• Identifies new and innovative opportunities for the Fraternity to highlight achievements at all levels of
the organization

Qualifications & Required Skills
A candidate who is successful in the Communications & Public Relations Manager position will have the
following skills, competencies, and qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications, political science, or related
field required; Master’s degree in similar and/or related field preferred;
• At least three-to-five years of writing and communications/media experience, preferably in the media,
public relations, advertising, and brand storytelling
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
• Thorough knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style and other communications and public relations
best practices
• Deadline-driven
• Highly organized with an ability to manage multiple writing and communications projects
• An attention to detail in both written and visual contexts as well as an “always-on” newsroom sense of
urgency, dependability, and accessibility
• A keen understanding of audience needs and expectations.
• Photography skills a plus, but not required.
• A gift for collaborating on storytelling for diverse media channels (e.g. written word, video, social
media).
• Intermediate level of experience using Google Suite (Docs, Gmail, Sheets, Slides)
• Intermediate level experience with MailChimp
• Strong knowledge of technology and new media; including in-depth experience with various social
media platforms
• In-depth understanding of current community landscape and its ramifications for the Fraternity
• In-depth understanding of current fraternity structure and focus areas and its relation to the
community
• A track record for working successfully in cross-discipline, collaborative settings
• Ability to relocate to Baltimore, MD
• Ability to travel for regional conventions, national conventions, board meetings or other Fraternal
events or functions
• A duly initiated and financially active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans, was
founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a
strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known
as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones,
George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial
prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the
Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship,
fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.

Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically
black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in 1911.
While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to
help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha
Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African American community's fight for civil rights
through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King,
Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as
the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945. The Fraternity’s Corporate Office is
in Baltimore, Maryland and has responsibility for managing the daily operational and programmatic
functions of the fraternity; which include budget and finance administration, membership services, and
support, marketing and communications, event and program coordination, and board and national
officer management.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Stands with Brother, Condemns the Oakland Police Department's Conduct and Violent Arrest Captured in Viral Video

Contact: 

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications

/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

July 22, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. condemns the Oakland Police Department's conduct and violent arrest of Alpha Brother and motorist Brandon Calloway captured in a now viral video in Oakland, Tennessee last Saturday.

 

Within 24 hours of the incident, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer contacted Brother Calloway, a 2016 initiate of the Eta Phi Chapter and graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN. While we do not know all the facts, the incident is disturbing, and we stand with our Brother Calloway and his family.

 

Currently, the Fraternity demands a fair and transparent investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other authorities. Incidents like these further highlight law enforcement's perceived disparity in its treatment of people of color and lack of professionalism seen in the viral video of the incident.

 

We also urge the Oakland Police Department and all law enforcement to revisit their engagement and usage of force practices and procedures.

 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. refuses to remain silent when people of color, particularly members of our fraternity, are treated unfairly and brutalized.

 

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and communicate appropriate actions.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Brother Dr. Zollie J.A. Stevenson, Jr., 24th Executive Director, Enters Omega Chapter

  Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

July 8, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brother Dr. Zollie J.A. Stevenson, Jr., 24th Executive Director, Enters Omega Chapter

It is with deep sadness that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. shares the news of the transition of Brother Dr. Zollie J.A. Stevenson, Jr., the 24th Executive Director of the Fraternity, to Omega Chapter on Friday, July 8.

Brother Stevenson, who was a 1983 Kappa Lambda Chapter initiate and member of both Pi Upsilon Lambda and Omicron Eta Lambda Chapters, served as Executive Director of the Fraternity from 2000 to 2001 during both the Wallace and Johnson administrations.

Since January 2020, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Education. Prior to teaching at Howard University, he served in several positions at Philander Smith College, including Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor (Tenured), and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also previously taught at Howard as Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Studies and at Bowie State University as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.

In addition, he served in numerous positions with the U.S. Department of Education for over 10 years, including: Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Deputy Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, and Education Programs Specialist. He also worked with the Baltimore City Schools as Director of Assessment and Evaluation and District of Columbia Public Schools as Director of Research and Evaluation/Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Education Support Services. He also served previously served as Regional Research and Testing Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Brother Dr. Stevenson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of North Carolina Asheville, a master’s degree in education and school counseling and guidance services with additional graduate studies in education psychology from Howard.

In 1984, he received his doctorate degree in educational psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as all those who knew and loved him.

Farewell dear Brother, Transcendent art thou.

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Board of Directors Appoints Brother Sean L. McCaskill As Its Executive Director

  Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

July 8, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Baltimore, MD – Today, after an extensive international search, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Brother Sean L. McCaskill as the Executive Director of the Fraternity. Brother McCaskill, who has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since March 1, 2021, assumes the official role at the General Office, effective, today, Friday, July 8.

Brother McCaskill, who was initiated at Xi Sigma Chapter on April 7, 1990, is no stranger to Alpha Leadership having served as both the District Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Alpha Chapters and the 26th Eastern Regional Vice President. He is a Life Member and currently an active member of the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The Board of Directors and I are excited to appoint Brother McCaskill as the Executive Director for the Fraternity’s General Office,” said General President Brother Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III. “Brother McCaskill has done an exceptional job in both motivating and empowering staff, which has ensured the stability in the operations of the General Office. His appointment provides consistency in our operations as well as ensures the high level of customer service we offer our Brotherhood. These challenging times will require dynamic leadership from Alpha, and Brother McCaskill provides the Board and I the best partnership to meet the ambitions we have in developing Alpha men into leaders needed to provide superior advocacy and service in our communities.”

Brother McCaskill attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on a football scholarship, where he was a four-year letterman in football and two-year letterman in track and field as well as earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degrees in sociology.

For more than 20 years, Brother McCaskill, who also serves as an educational consultant, leadership coach, and entrepreneur, has successfully worked in the social service field gaining experience in individual and family therapy, treatment plan design, prevention, as well as team building and organizational leadership development.

“I am honored to accept this appointment and to be able to continue to do the work of Alpha in this capacity,” said Brother McCaskill. “I am also appreciative and incredibly proud of the General Office staff who have come to work every day over the last year with a shared commitment to improving systems and serving this Brotherhood at the highest level. I continue to be inspired by the work Brothers are doing across the country in their communities and will work to ensure the staff at your General Office is able to support that work in a meaningful way.”

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Statement of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on U.S. Supreme Court Landmark Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Renews Call for Advocacy

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

June 24, 2022

For Immediate Release

 

The late Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Today’s ruling by a 5 – 4 majority of the United States Supreme Court to overturn the near 50-year-old precedent in Roe v. Wade should alarm us all because it sets the stage to undermine other constitutionally recognized individual freedoms, returning us eerily close to the days when so-called states’ rights limited freedom for so many Black and other marginalized communities.

We must not be silent on these significant matters. Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to develop our Brothers to be advocates and leaders on the most pressing issues facing the communities we serve.  Elections have consequences.  This is why Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will continue to develop it's Brotherhood to be directly engaged in all levels with the upcoming midterm elections.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.