Published by The Critograph on April 13, 2016
Katherine Graves, Staff Writer-
Lynchburg College’s Alpha Phi Alpha and Liberty University’s Kappa Alpha Psi, two historically African American, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities, held a dance party fundraiser to help the Jubilee Family Development Center last Saturday.
The proceeds for the event will be split between the fraternities, with 75 percent of Alpha Phi Alpha’s portion of the proceeds going to the Jubilee Center and the rest going to the fraternities’ planning budgets for next semester. Senior James Coleman, President of LC’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the only LC undergraduate member, said about 265 people attended the event, and raised around $600.
Coleman said the fraternities called the event “Ice Kream” to represent the cold, business-like demeanor of Alpha Phi Alpha and the smooth, business-like demeanor of Kappa Alpha Psi.
“We want the community to know that we are here and we are doing business. And we are doing it to better our community,” Coleman said.
Sterling Wilder, the founder and the Executive Director of the Jubilee Center, is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
“Any time he needs our help, we, as brothers, come and support him because that’s what brotherhood is,” Coleman said.
Coleman said Alpha Phi Alpha works with the Jubilee mentorship program every other Saturday. The fraternity also does community service work with the Beacon of Hope with E.C. Glass and Heritage High Schools, Teaching Young Men Success (TYMS) with Payne Elementary School and Dunbar Middle School and the Boys & Girls Club.
The Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities helped with a basketball tournament fundraiser at the Jubilee Center last fall.
“It’s basketball for a cause, and we play basketball with my fraternity versus Kappa Alpha Psi. And all the money that’s raised for that is going towards helping families during the holiday seasons,” Coleman said.
Annette Stadtherr, Director of Multicultural Services, said NHPC organizations provide multicultural and minority students with opportunities to be involved on campus.
“I hope that [this event] is going to help the NPHC organizations get some positive recognition on campus and some exposure so that our students will know, number one, that these organizations exist and, second, the good things that they do,” Stadtherr said.
Alpha Phi Alpha’s upcoming events include a basketball fundraiser with the Jubilee Center and a Masquerade Ball, both April 23. The Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities will play against each other at the basketball fundraiser, PHast Break for a Kause, to raise money and collect cans for families in need. The Masquerade Ball will be at Phase 2 at 7 p.m. to raise funds for a high school scholarship.
Coleman encourages students interested in joining Alpha Phi Alpha or any other NPHC fraternities and sororities to approach him and other members. Coleman said his fraternity holds recruitments in both the fall and the spring.
“If you’re interested, come to us; we want you to join. We want you to be a part of these great organizations that we have,” Coleman said.
Coleman said students hoping to join the fraternity can be of any race and must be full-time male students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5, have completed one full semester of college, and be registered to vote.
Any students who are interested in more information about Alpha Phi Alpha can go to the fraternity’s website or contact James Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.