Iota Iota College Signing Day 2018
The brothers of the Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina held their 3rd Annual College Signing Day on May 5, 2018. The program was held at the Wake Tech Northern Campus. Eighteen kids from various high schools came to declare their respective college or university they will be attending in the fall. The National College Signing Day was started by former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of the Reach Higher Initiative. The purpose is to inspire students to pursue and complete a post-secondary degree. Whether through a four-year college, two-year college or industry recognized program.
The basis of our program is to encourage the high school seniors on the next phase of their academics, but also give them insight into what campus life will be like and what to expect. The program began with video interview of Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaking about College Signing Day and education. There were also performances by the Phoenix Elite Dancers and brothers of Delta Psi Chapter of Shaw University. Undergraduate speakers from UNC-Chapel Hill, St. Augustine’s University and Miss Shaw University/ Miss CIAA spoke about their experiences on campus and importance of being focused on studies and immersed in activities. Keynote Speaker for the event was Rev. Dr. Jeffrey B. Robinson, Sr. of Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church. To give the participants a head start on college, the brothers of Iota Iota Chapter raffled off tablets and gift cards.
Raleigh Area Sigmas Day of Service, March 17
On Saturday the Sigma’s partnered with Zaxby’s and the NC Central and Eastern Food Banks. The gave away over 10,000 lbs of food as a service to the community. Student and Alumni chapters were in attendance, as well as their sister organization, the Zetas.
Pitts Joins St. Aug University Faculty
Thirty years ago, Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) officially signed on WAUG-AM and WAUG-TV, gaining the distinction as one of the few universities in the country, and the only university in North Carolina, to own a commercial radio and television station.
In an effort to continue to provide industry-leading training for SAU’s broadcast journalism students, SAU President Dr. Everett B. Ward announces that ABC anchor Byron Pitts will serve as Scholar-in-Residence beginning this semester.
Pitts was named co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” in 2014. He has covered national news stories and in-depth features for the network, reporting across the news division, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “This Week” and “20/20.”
Pitts is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist and news veteran with over 20 years of experience. Pitts has reported live from Baltimore, Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., during each city’s recent riots and protests.
During the 2016 election, Pitts was an integral part of the network’s coverage, from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the first presidential debates, to seven hours of live election night coverage.
Pitts is no stranger to the Raleigh-Durham area, having interned at WTVD-TV, under the tutelage of the late ABC 11 anchor Larry Stogner. Pitts is a native of Baltimore and currently lives in New York City.
Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a leaning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Donate Additional $107,000; Gifts Total $3.6 Million, Making Educational Dreams Come True
HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Dr. and Mrs. William R. Harvey have donated another six-figure gift to their “Home by the Sea,” making educational dreams come true for generations to come. The Harvey’s personal generosity to Hampton University now totals more than $3.6 million.
Their most recent contribution of $106,685 ensures two new funds will be endowed, enriching the lives of dozens of future scholars.
The first gift starts the Norma B. Harvey Student Stipend Fund, which will pay 12 annual stipends to students who receive internships at service-related non-profit organizations.
The second gift endows the Laron Clark, Jr. Scholarship Fund for First Generation College Students. Named for the long-serving Vice President for Development at Hampton University who died late last year, the Laron Clark, Jr. Scholarship Fund recognizes a man known for his selfless service to Hampton University faculty, staff and students. His trademark was personally delivering scholarship awards to students.
“I am pleased to endow the scholarship that bears the name of my longtime colleague and friend Laron Clark, Jr.,” Dr. Harvey said. “It is a happy moment indeed to remember the man who gave so much of his life and his energy to ensure the success of our Home By The Sea.”