Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.                                       Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP
GENERAL PRESIDENT                                           SURGEON GENERAL


The well-known fiber supplement Metamucil is teaming up with HBCUs and The Divine Nine to share the benefits of fiber on health and wellbeing called the "Metamucil Two-Week Challenge." Metamucil will be donating $65,000 in scholarships to organizations through the challenge.

Metamucil is a fiber laxative used to treat constipation or bowel irregularity. It may also help lower cholesterol when combined with a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Statistics show that African Americans are far more likely than other ethnicities to suffer from high cholesterol and diabetes. Many health officials say a leading method in beating these odds and not becoming a statistic is to stay healthy from the beginning starting with digestion.

General President Lonzer and Brother Dr. Sterling are encouraging Brothers to participate in the challenge and to be educated on the importance of gut health.

"Digestion is important because your body needs nutrients (e.g. proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water) from food and drink to function properly and stay healthy," said General President Lonzer. "A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi."

Through the HBCU and Divine 9 Challenge, Metamucil will donate up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to the schools and Greek organizations with the most sign-ups.

You can sign up for the challenge at:

Winners will be announced at the NAACP Image Awards on BET on March 27th.

For more information see the attached flyer below.


Willis L. Lonzer, PhD                                               Jeffery E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP
General President                                                   Surgeon General

Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP (AM ’82) appointed as Surgeon General of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP (AM ’82) appointed as Surgeon General of

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

February 4, 2021


When I campaigned for General President, I committed to bring forth a new paradigm focusing on the improvement of the health of our Brotherhood as well as an extension of that awareness to impact our fraternity programming and even our community partners. It is with great pleasure that I name the Brother who will function as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s first surgeon general.  Brother Jeffrey Emery Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP, a 1982 initiate of the Alpha Mu Chapter seated at Northwestern University, is currently affiliated with the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter in Fort Worth, TX.  Bro. Dr. Sterling received his medical training from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has also received executive education from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to his strong medical and public health background, Bro. Sterling also brings strong business and strategic acumen to this role as reflected through his leadership in several initiatives and businesses, including Sterling Initiatives, an international healthcare consulting and implementation firm that provides entities with clinical, operational, and financial best practices.  His unique mixture of medical practice, public health, and international healthcare business/consulting knowledge makes him an ideal fit for the strategic demands of this role.  Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.

As I close this announcement, I am requesting all Brothers who are trained in Medicine, Biomedicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Public Health, Dentistry, Mental Health, International/Tropical Medicine, Health Sciences, and related areas to contact the administration at with a short message describing your field/professional activities and your CV.  We will be communicating additional information surrounding the launch of the Surgeon General Initiative for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity soon.  Until then, please stay safe and healthy.


Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.
General President

Alpha Phi Alpha Fundraises for the V Foundation During Month-Long Initiative “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” Will Support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund

Alpha Phi Alpha Fundraises for the V Foundation During Month-Long Initiative

“Give and Go to Fight Cancer” Will Support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund


Cary, NC [December 4, 2020] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, alongside founding partner ESPN, announce Alpha Phi Alpha  will drive awareness and support for the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. The fundraising initiative kicks off on December 4, the anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha’s founding, and it wraps up on January 4, 2021, the anniversary of Stuart Scott’s passing. Scott, an Alpha Phi Alpha Brother, was committed to advancing cancer research. The month-long campaign called “Give and Go to Fight Cancer,” will encourage two important things: to give by making a donation to cancer research and to go schedule a cancer screening.

The V Foundation and ESPN established the Stuart Scott Fund in memory of celebrated ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott after he passed away in 2015. Stuart was a dedicated friend to the V Foundation and a champion for cancer research. He enrolled in a clinical trial during his own cancer journey and was especially driven to improve outcomes for African Americans and other minorities disproportionately affected by cancer. The V Foundation has awarded $10.5 million in grants through the Stuart Scott Fund, which supports minority scientists as well as research dedicated to cancer disparities experienced by minority populations.

“Alpha Phi Alpha is pleased to join the V Foundation in celebration of the legacy of our Brother Stuart Scott, who represented the defining qualities of an Alpha man,” said Brother General President Dr. Everett B. Ward. “His scholarship, leadership and service serves as a role model for all. Brother Scott’s courageous battle against cancer remains an inspirational call for us all. As the General President, I knew Brother Scott for many years, and I am honored to be a part of continuing his legacy as we help others. It is noteworthy that we are embarking on this journey together during the 114th Anniversary Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.“

The “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign encourages donations in multiples of $19.06, to highlight the 1906 establishment of Alpha Phi Alpha. Additionally, a special “Boo-yah” branded t-shirt is available to commemorate this collaboration, with $25 of every shirt sale benefiting the Stuart Scott Fund. T-shirts are available at

The funds raised through this initiative will support collaborative projects between scientists at National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"When we started the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund five years ago, we were intentional in our strategy to raise funds and awareness for disparities in communities of color," said Dereck Whittenburg, V Foundation Board Member and Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations and Student Support at NC State University. “We are off to a good start and will continue to work as a team to increase awareness for cancer disparities in our communities."

The Alpha Phi Alpha Give and Go to Fight Cancer campaign will be announced December 4 on ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin,” with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti as hosts.

“This initiative is a natural fit with Stuart Scott being the common denominator, and it’s an honor and privilege to do this in his name,” said Jay Harris, an ESPN “SportsCenter” Anchor. “We miss him every day, but we know this work, and the opportunity to help save others, is what he’d want us to do.”

Overall, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds 10 consecutive 4-star (highest) ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 2% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.

For more information about the V Foundation and the “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign with Alpha Phi Alpha, or to make a donation, please visit

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded more than $250 million in game-changing cancer research grants nationwide through a competitive process strictly supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee. Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover administrative expenses, 100% of direct donations is awarded to cancer research and programs.  The V team is committed to accelerating Victory Over Cancer®. To learn more, visit

ESPN Corporate Citizenship

ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to

About Alpha Phi Alpha:

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, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.

Methodologies to Prevent Unnecessary COVID-19 Exposure for Black People

March 26, 2020

Dear Brothers:

On behalf of General President Everett B. Ward, I greet you in the unwavering spirit of God’s everlasting love. In my dual role as chairman of the A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper National Program and cochairman of our National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, it is imperative for me, as your Brother, to provide you with unmitigated information about this virus. Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of our senior and vulnerable Brothers, widows, Alpha families, and the communities we serve.

Because we do not currently have immunity or a vaccination developed to combat COVID-19, most virologists believe it will be a year or more until this virus runs its course. Consequently, we, as Alpha men, will have to use innovative strategies more than ever to operationalize serving as our brother’s keeper. Together, our brotherhood will continue to provide brotherly love to its members, families, and the communities it serves.

A mass number of young men and women who attended spring break activities are now diagnosed with COVID-19. Although people over 60 years old and people with preexisting medical conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19-related mortality, no race, age, or sex is exempt from death as a result of contracting this disease. As Surgeon General Jerome Adams stated, “Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. Test or no test, we need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home.”

Below are some innovative actions that you can take within your district, chapter, or individually. You can serve as your brother’s keeper by utilizing some of the suggestions while avoiding unnecessarily exposing Brothers, Alpha families, communities, or yourself to COVID-19.

Fraternal Communication and Needs Assessments

1. Please consider making calls to all inactive and active college and alumni Brothers, Alpha widows, and family members of our dear Brothers who are in the Omega chapter. The purpose of the calls is to maintain fellowship with those in social isolation and to conduct an informal needs assessment of their overall wellness and their access to food, clean water, utilities, and so on. Although all Brothers should be called, priority should be given to Brothers age 60 and over, Alpha widows, and Brothers with preexisting conditions.

Acquiring Health Care Thorough Telemedicine

2. If individuals need health care intervention, please encourage them to contact their health care provider or local hospital via telephone and make an appointment to be evaluated and/or diagnosed remotely via telemedicine. If they do not understand or do not have access to the internet, provide them or a family member with information about how telemedicine is utilized while supporting their privacy rights. In addition, please request that they either pick up their medicines from a pharmacy drive-through or receive them by mail.

Alternative Methods for Procuring Groceries and Living Essentials

3. If individuals need help with online grocery shopping, please offer to do so because this will minimize their unneeded possible exposure to COVID-19. Some of the best online shopping sites are Instacart, Boxed, and Walmart. In addition, most local grocery stores offer home delivery or pick-up services through which customers can order online and pick up their groceries in a designated area of the store’s parking lot.

Recommended Safety Protocol to Minimize COVID-19 Home Contamination

4. According to a new and unpublished study supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (van Doremalen et al., 2020), COVID-19 has a surface stability of 4 hours to 3 days (4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel). In addition, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Moriarty et al. (2020) on the spread of the COVID-19 on the infamous Diamond Princess cruise ship revealed traces of this virus “on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated.” Therefore, contrary to some reports circulating through traditional and multi-media sources, it is recommended that when receiving items in your home such as mail, groceries, and packages, you should take precautions to protect yourself and your family by taking the safety measures recommended below.

Suggested Precautions Before Bringing Packages, Boxes, or Objects Possibly Exposed to COVID-19 into Your Home

(Please do steps B to F Outside of your Home)

A. Prior to unpacking received items, open all doors and/or garbage receptacles that will be used to discard packaging.

B. Wearing disposable gloves, wipe down the outside of each package thoroughly with a solution of 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water. The solution may be applied using a disposable paper towel. If the outside packaging is a plastic bag, toss it into a garbage receptacle. If you do not have disposable gloves, lather your hands with the solution before wiping down the package.

C. Toss any used paper towels in a trash receptable.

D. Wipe down your gloves or hands thoroughly with the aforementioned bleach and water solution.

E. Obtain a new paper towel and clean any additional items, repeating steps B through D.

F. Once all items are out of their packaging, wipe them down with the solution.

G. Wipe down surfaces that were exposed to the potentially contaminated contents, throw away the disposable gloves, wash your hands thoroughly, and bring the belongings into your home.

NOTE: Do not allow items to touch your body until the unpackaging process is complete. These recommended safety precautions can be easily modified to decontaminate all items that may have been exposed to COVID-19 during transit: cars, items of clothing, credit cards, wallets, keys, etc.


Methodologies for Virtual Socialization and Spiritual Upliftment


5. Please consider initiating virtual brotherhood through prayer services for Brothers and the people we lead and serve. This can be accomplished by organizing gatherings via teleconferencing applications such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. In addition, for Brothers who enjoy videogaming, we recommend organizing friendly eSports competitions (on games such as Fortnite) among districts, chapters, Alpha families, and/or college and alumni contemporaries (Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, student government members, faculty, academic societies, etc.).


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. serves as a vehicle for intellectual expression and innovation. With that said, please share the creative methodologies that your district, chapter, or you personally utilize to be your brother’s keeper on social media for all of humankind to model for the well-being of others.

In closing, my personal belief is that “there is a paradise in every storm; you just need to see it.” Under the stewardship of our leader, General President Ward, our paradise is fulfilled as we operationalize our mission statement and continue our legacy of being a beacon of hope to our Brothers, Alpha families, and the communities we serve. We are our “Brother’s Keeper”! We are at are best when we are called to lead, model, serve, and fight!



Brother Dr. Ronald “Pepper” Peters
Chairman, A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper National Program
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.









1. Moriarty LF et al. (2020). Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise

Ships— Worldwide, February–March 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 69:347- 352.DOI:


2. van Doremalen, et al. (2020). Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

compared to SARS-CV-1. New England Journal of Medicine. Ahead of Print.

Corporate Headquarters Limited Hours of Operation During Coronavirus Pandemic

Corporate Headquarters Limited Hours of Operation

During Coronavirus Pandemic


Dear Brothers:

To ensure the health and safety of our valued staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the corporate headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will have limited physical hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. until further notice.

All tours are also suspended until further notice.

During this time, some staff members will telecommute, but will still provide services during our regular business hours. These measures are in accordance with federal, state, and local government efforts.

The headquarters office can be reached at (410) 554-0040. For specific issues, concerns, or problems pertaining to various departments, staff members can be reached directly via their cell phones or emails at:

Department First Name Last Name Email Address Extension Direct Dial
Administrative Sean McCaskill 115 443-923-3115
Administrative John Johnston 106 410-949-0899
Administrative Sophia Burris  116 443-923-3116
Receptionist Chanta Davis  100 155-231-0100
Finance and Accounting Stanley Wright  123 443-488-1245
Finance and Accounting Bernice Meadows 113 443-923-3113
Finance and Accounting Nichae Alston 110 443-923-3110
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Denny Johnson 104 443-923-3104
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Delores Diggs  103 443-923-3103
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Terrence Byerson 118 443-923-3118
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Christina Grimes 120 443-923-3120
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Kemmi Kilson-Smith 138 443-923-3138
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement LaTonya Truesdale 139 443-923-3139
Human Resources and Information Technology Stanley Ray 105 443-651-9183
Marketing and Public Relations Eric Webb 112 443-923-3112
Marketing and Public Relations Malik Whatley 117 443-923-3117
Marketing and Public Relations Nehemiah Bester 126 443-923-3126

Thank you for your consideration and understanding during this time of crisis to help ensure the health and safety of our staff.






March 14, 2020

My Brothers of Alpha,

Your health and the health of your families, as well as the communities we serve, is the top priority of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  The Fraternity, like the rest of the nation and the world, is faced with the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Fraternity’s Board of Directors met Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, 2020 and enacted several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of the brotherhood, your families, and candidates.

Each Alpha region was represented by their Regional Vice President and Assistant Regional Vice President, along with elected general officers, appointed officials, and candidates for General President. Our actions also were informed by our Fraternity’s Medical Task Force, with whom we are in regular contact, and are consistent with those of government and public health agencies.

Below is a summary of the measures approved by the Board of Directors:

  • All remaining regional conventions will be postponed or cancelled until further notice. While the Southern Region has already rescheduled their convention for July 17-19, 2020, possible dates or locales for other conventions have not yet been determined.  This information will be communicated as soon as it is available.
  • All pending IMDP activities are being adjusted or modified fraternity wide. The Midwestern Region has postponed all IMDP activities until April 3, 2020. Adjustments for other districts and regions will be communicated by your Regional Vice President.
  • Chapters should cancel or postpone all in-person meetings, public events, and social gatherings, per the directive of universities and governmental agencies, until further notice. Guidelines will be provided for virtual chapter meetings to ensure that the business of the fraternity can be conducted during this period.
  • Candidates for General President have been asked to cancel travel during this time. The Committee on Elections will provide the Brotherhood with the approved methods of candidate interactions.

Chapters and Brothers are encouraged to be our Brothers’ Keepers now more than ever. Please check on the well-being and health status of our elderly Brothers as well as our Alpha widows. Those individuals 60 years old or older affected by pre-existing health conditions face the greatest threat from the coronavirus.

In addition, below are links to various websites where you can find additional information.

CDC Recommendations for People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions)

CDC Recommendations for People Who Sick, Suspected to Be Sick, or Caring for Sick or Suspected Sick from COVID-19

World Health Organization Detailed Questions and Answers Concerning COVID-19

Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and unprecedented times. If you have any further questions, please contact your Regional Vice President.

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President



Brothers and Chapter Officers,

The Fraternity’s Risk Management Committee has recently developed a “Frequently Asked Questions” Fact Sheet to help you navigate the recent changes in our insurance policy. Please access via the link below or in the Forms & Documents section of the Fraternity’s website.

F.A.Q.s Fact Sheet


Brother Gregory Phillips

The Digital Version of The Sphinx Magazine 2019 Winter Edition Is Here

The Digital Version of The Sphinx Magazine

2019 Winter Edition Is Here

This edition of the Sphinx magazine examines various health and wellness issues affecting African Americans as well as what we can do to improve our quality of life.
Feature Highlights Include:

Health Crisis: What You Don’t Know Might Be Killing You!

Brotherhood Bikers: Alphas Pursue Motorcycling & Alpha Round-Up For Comradery, Community Service, And Personal Wellness

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General Convention Revisited

Outstanding College and Alumni Brothers of the Year

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Interim Editor-of-the-Sphinx

Call to submissions




The upcoming Spring edition of the SPHINX magazine will be a special edition exploring various aspects of political thought and representative government. Special Guest Editors include Brothers Councilman Dr. John Bullock, a Baltimore City Councilman, representing the 9th District, and Professor Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). We are requesting Brothers submit well-researched, third-person, multi-sourced articles on the following topics, including, but not limited to: Political Philosophy/Theory, Voting, Political Representation, Advocacy, Civic Engagement, and the 2020 U.S. Census. Articles should be between 750 and 1,500 words in length. Brothers on the Move and Chapter News relevant to the topics will also be included in the edition.

Please submit all articles to no later than Friday, March 6, 2020.


Our insurance policy has dramatically changed and that necessitates a change in operational procedures for how we manage and approve insurance requests.  Starting Tuesday, January 21st there will be a new Special Events Checklist form posted to the fraternal website. Any event that takes place on or after March 15, 2020 will be required to use this form to obtain insurance approvals. Even if you already have confirmation and a certificate issued you will need to reapply for insurance coverage.  There are no exceptions!

For events taking place prior to March 15th, the Corporate Risk Management, Education and Prevention Committee along with the appropriate Corporate Staff Members will conduct a risk assessment of your activity. You may be required to obtain additional insurance in order for the event to be approved.  

Additionally, moving forward insurance submissions must be made THIRTY (30) days in advance of the date of the event. Any requests inside that window will not only incur the $100 penalty but they will also need to be approved by your Regional Risk Management Officer (RMO) or the Chair of the Corporate Risk Management, Education and Prevention Committee.  Regional Risk Management officers can require additional conditions be met prior to the approval of your event.  The contact information for your Regional RMO's has been posted on the fraternal website.  Additionally, if you have questions about best practices as it relates to specific types of activities, the committee chairs have been made available to you as resources for consultation.

Brothers, we realize that this is a difficult and abrupt transition but the risk is literally too high for us to ignore the potential consequences. We must change the way we operate to meet the requirements of our insurance carrier. That change starts now. Please know that we are available to you to answer questions and address concerns.  As always, we are operating with the best of intentions as the preservation of our organization is at stake.  Let us know how we can help you be successful during this transition.