PsiAA Reading for Success June 2019

On June 5, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted the fourth and final “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School was conducted on June 5, 2019 and it was a huge success.  The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “What a Day” by Rena Korb.  The book tells the story of a young girl who volunteered at an animal shelter during a winter blizzard and how she helped calm the shelter dogs and rescued a lost dog.  Eight chapter brothers supported this effort and enjoyed the mentoring session as much as the students.  The highlight of this session was the appreciation personally expressed by the Principle Mr. Paul Basdekis.  He thanked us for our continued support and stated how important is for “The Sirs” to make a presence and impact the young readers.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 4,044 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to supporting this program in the coming school year this fall as we will enter our sixth year of supporting Riverside Elementary School.

PsiAA Scholarship Breakfast 2019

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On June 1, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held the fifth annual Scholarship and Community Recognition Breakfast; the event was underwritten by the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc.—a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Brother Eric Kelly, President of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, and Brother Richard Morris, President of Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc, long other chapter and foundation members greeted nearly 120 attendees.

The Foundation/Psi Alpha Alpha awarded $22,950 to 21 scholars for the 2019 Scholarship and Community Recognition Programs. The awards were presented in three groups of honorees and community recognitions: Students who apply to the Bernie L. Bates Foundation’s Scholarship Program are selected based on the scholarship committee’s selection criteria; the community recognitions are selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

In 2019, the selections were Scholarship Honorees ($18,000), University Recognitions ($2250), High School Recognitions ($200), and a Special Perseverance Award ($2,500). Of special note, the five highest awards were given in the names of prominent Omega men whom devoted their lives to the service of their communities and set the example of a selfless servant. Each had family members present to witness the honoring of their selflessness through scholarship

In addition to the mellow sounds of DJ Kool K, the Chapter’s first-place Talent Hunt contestant performed a rhythmic dance to the sounds of “Rise Up” by performing artist, Andra Day. The second-place contestant, Mr. Nicholas McCatty provided his wonderful vocals to the soulful classic “Everything Must Change” by Quincy Jones.  Both artist received standing ovations for their brilliant performances. In true Psi Alpha Alpha fashion, the chapter utilizes every opportunity to highlight the skills of our Talent Hunt winners and participants.

The event was highlighted with strong words of wisdom from the dynamic speaking of Brother Barrye Price, a retired Major General of the United States Army. His charge reminded the students that while in college, they must always remember what they came there for, not to lose sight of their own stuff, seek help before finding yourself underwater, and that there are no shortcuts, so do the work!

Mr. Shamaal Sheppard, a 2019 graduate of Columbia University with a Masters in Health Policy and Management; provided an excellent charge to the honorees. His final and most powerful point was to challenge the scholars to find the “why” in what they are doing. He described it as the passion that gets them up each morning. This is what keeps the fire burning and brings purpose to your being.

Over the past thirteen years, the Foundation and Psi Alpha Alpha have provided over $400,000 in support of the Fairfax County community; our programs include, but are not limited to- the Youth Aviation Program, Reading for Success Program, Gum Springs Community Center, New Hope Housing, Northern Virginia Urban League, Capital Area Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club and a myriad of other community support activities.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation will continue to support the community through the cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.

Relay for Life 2019

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On May 4, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the annual Relay for Life – Vienna Town Green in Vienna Va.  Each year, millions of people help raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement by: 1) celebrating cancer survivors and what they've overcome, 2) remembering those lost to the disease, and 3) honoring those who have successfully fought or are fighting cancer.

The PsiAA men raise and contributed $4,546.04 which contributed to the overall event total upwards of $50,000.00 to help the American Cancer Society continue to fund groundbreaking cancer research, free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

We also used this event as a joint venture to support our following efforts:

  • 5k walk as Relay for Life is an event that allows and encourages participants to walk the outlined area. Numerous laps was made by the men, family, and friends of the chapter.
  • Voter Registration table was setup to allow residents obtain information and register to vote for this coming election season.

PsiAA’s team members also took advantage of the 8 hours at the event by fellowshipping and enjoying their family and friends in this unique community setting.   At sunset, luminaries were lit to remember those that have been lost to cancer and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone.  As part of the closing ceremony, the last lap of the relay was walked in silence.

Rebuilding Together April 2019

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PSI Alpha Alpha Omega Men 

On April 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize a home in Alexandria, VA., for this year’s project.  The chapter brothers have invested hundreds of hours in sweat equity in similar rebuilding projects during each of the past 31 years. This year’s project continues the spirit of providing excellent community service by way of Omega men volunteering their time, talent,  physical and skilled labor to improve the homes and living conditions of low-income families (some with physical limitations) and non-profit organizations that house and serve a vulnerable population in the chapter’s community.  Individuals who enjoy the benefits of this effort over the years through the national Rebuilding Together project now have safer, healthier and more comfortable places to live.

This year’s event involved an end unit of a two-story townhouse, requiring the entire interior to be painted; walls, ceilings and all trim work. The house consists of three (3) bedrooms, one and a half (1 1/2) baths, a kitchen and a living room.  The inside stairway walls and ceiling were also painted.  Other services provided included replacement of two toilet seats, installation of two smoke/CO detectors with 10-year batteries, and replacement of dryer flexible duct.

This year’s Psi Alpha Alpha volunteers included Barney Barnwell, Jason Barnwell, Calvin Beidleman, Joe Briggs, Ken Cain, Brad Caldwell, Marvin Chisolm, Richard Garvin, Brandon Grooms, Ben Floyd, Eric Kelly, Myron McDaniels, Richard Morris, Hector Sheppard, Craig Spraggins, Tony Wells, Kevin Williams, W.J. Williams, and Ken Younger.  Other volunteers included Chris Anderson, Eric Carter, Sanford Crenshaw, PJ Drayton, Earl Higgins, Eric Holland, Jose R. Lacayo, Dante Marshall, and Delane Rouse.  Two young volunteers, Marvin Chisolm, Jr. and Eric Kelly Jr. (both related to chapter members), supported the project. Total volunteer attendance was 31.


Third District Meeting 2019

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PsiAA Chapter Brothers and Award Winners

On April 12, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met with other Third District chapters and visiting brothers, during our annual Third District meeting in Herndon, Virginia.

The Third District meeting was well attended by the Grand Officers (Grand Basileus, First vice Grand Basileus, Grand Keeper of Records and Seal, Grand Keeper of Finance, and Immediate Past Grand Basileus), IHQ leadership and staff, and brotherhood. Additionally, Grand Basileus Marion provided a very informative message outlining the current state and priorities of the fraternity.

The Third District Representative conducted a well-organized and productive meeting. He provided an informative speech regarding the state and future of the Third District. District chairmen presented the committee reports accordingly. District achievement awards were presented. Psi Alpha Alpha chapter and brothers had the honor of receiving the following awards:

  • Social Action Chapter of the Year – 3rd Place
  • Founders Lifetime Achievement – Marion Barnwell
  • Coronel Charles Young Military Leadership – Chester Keller
  • Omega Man of the Year – Mike Frazier

Other Award winners:

  • Omega Man of the Year (Undergraduate) – Elisha Howard
  • Chapter of the Year (Undergraduate) – Beta Delta Delta
  • Graduate Chapter of the Year (Small) – Tau Rho
  • Graduate Chapter of the Year (Large) – Delta Omega
  • Superior Service – Ahmad Andrews – Pi Lambda Lambda
  • Basileus of the Year – Jay Allen – Phi Phi
  • Youth Mentoring Program Chapter of the Year – Pi Lanbda Lambda

This was a first class event hosted by Sigma Mu Mu chapter. A great time was expressed by numerous brothers and they enjoyed the fellowship.

James T. George School of Business – Hampton University


Bro. James T George ⇑

On April 11, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. would like to congratulate their chapter brother Col (Ret) James T. George for having the Hampton University School of Business in Hampton, Va. named in his honor.

The Hampton University School of Business was officially renamed the James T. George School of Business in a special naming ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The School is named after James T. George, a Hampton University alumnus and Board of Trustee member.

“Trustee James T. George truly believes in reinvesting back into his alma mater and I am just pleased that I could recommend to the Board of Trustees that we name the School of Business in his honor,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Over the years, Trustee George has given Hampton University his time and skill while serving on our board. He has also given a significant financial gift back to his ‘Home by the Sea.’ This world-class institution is honored by his continued support.”

George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University, where he was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. George went on to be one of the first African-Americans to receive an MBA from the University of Arizona. He also holds an Advanced Management Certificate from Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

“It’s wonderful to leave a legacy, but what is more important here is that the students get the highest quality education possible to enable them to lead in corporate America and someday lead their own businesses,” said George. “The Hampton School of Business instills business ethics in its graduates. That is one of the reasons that I am so pleased, no – thrilled, to have my name associated with this visionary and innovative school of business. But even in super competitive environments, there is still a need for business ethics. It begins with simply telling the truth. My hope is that more graduates of this great institution will think of themselves as employers and entrepreneurs, rather than employees only.”

George founded MSTI, a small business, in 1990 after serving for 27 years as an active duty Army officer. Retiring as a Colonel, he served in a variety of infantry and comptroller positions both overseas and in the United States, including two tours in Vietnam and tours in Korea and Europe. As Assistant Comptroller of the Army for Financial Planning at the Pentagon, he led the development of the initial concept for an information system to integrate the Army's programming and budgeting process. He concurrently served as a member of the board of directors of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for three years while serving as comptroller of Fort Devens, MA and subsequently, while at the Pentagon. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hampton University.

MSTI was established as a management consulting company. Its current focus is information technology solutions and management solutions. The company has grown from one person to its present strength of approximately 300 employees.  Mr. George continues in the role as chairman, but has now relinquished day-to-day operations to the present CEO, Mr. Norris Middleton, who is also a Hampton alumnus.

George and his wife, Juliette, a retired Fairfax County secondary school teacher, have been married for over 50 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Fairfax Station, VA.

Adopt A Highway April 26, 2019

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Psi Alpha Alpha Omega Men ⇑

On April 6, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met to perform our first Adopt-A- Highway event of the year. Over the past several years, our chapter has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to help clean up litter along Alban Road in Springfield, VA.  Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. The state of Virginia estimates that our assistance contributes to saving the commonwealth over $1.34 million that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads.

Saturday’s cleanup was extensive, as over 15 brothers with 5 civilian volunteers came out to support this important initiative. All told, we collected 25 bags of trash and debris. Based on the county’s calculation methodology of (Hours X participants), this equates to 50 work hours of community service. Additionally, this year’s April event was significant in that it coincided with Earth Day, which happens during the month of April. As the chairperson, I want to thank all that came out to support. Lastly, as a chapter, we hope that our efforts to uplift the community through the support of this important community initiative, continues to have a lasting and positive impact on our community as a whole.

PsiAA & Washington Lee HS – Blood Drive

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On April 3, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. co-sponsored and provided operational assistance to Washington-Lee High School. This marks the second time that the chapter collaborated with Washington-Lee high school staff and students in support of this worthy and impactful event. The chapter brothers volunteered, supplied wrist band, and provided assistance wherever needed to ensure a successful event. This event serves as first of the many Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter blood drives this year to commemorate the work and spirit of our brother, the Honorable Charles Drew.

This yearly blood drive continue to be very important in the community, as it provided the students, staff, and any other volunteers an opportunity to donate blood via the INOVA Health System blood donation team for patients in need throughout the community. This service was provided free of charge and was open to the public.

This was a successful event as noted by approximately 60 donors. There were initially 70 plus student consent forms and about 10-15 teachers/staff who volunteered, in addition two PsiAA brother donating blood for an initial anticipated 70 - 80 participants.  The collected results consisted of approximately 75 blood products. The efforts will benefit an estimated 225 patients.

The organizer (Ms. Timica Shivers) of the Washington-Lee High School continues to demonstrate great leadership and tremendous enthusiasm during the event. She voiced her appreciation to the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Participating Psi Alpha Alpha brothers for this event: Leroy Latten, Kenneth Younger, Craig Spraggins, and Calvin Beidleman

PsiAA Reading for Success – March 2019

On March 13, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as a part of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School, the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter conducted their Third Read-Aloud session. The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “Joanie’s House Becomes a Home” by Donna Latham for the reading.  The book tells the story of a young girl whose family moves from San Francisco, California to Boston, Massachusetts.  The book is told from Joanie’s point of view and explains what makes a home. Thirteen chapter brothers supported this effort and made it a success.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 3,821 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to our fourth and final reading session on June 5, 2019.