Greek life organizations can be found on almost every college campus in the United States and Auburn University is no different. At Auburn though, there is one chapter that sits distinguished among the others.
Meet Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is the first black Greek letter organization in the country. The fraternity was founded in 1906 and the aims of Alpha are manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.
“Alpha Phi Alpha is a fraternity of brothers dedicated to serving our community, building life-long bonds with each other, and recognizing the needs of our community while being the vocal and prominent leaders for black students specifically on the campus of Auburn University,” said Michael White, president of the Omicron Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.
The Omicron Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha can be found at Auburn University. Alpha seeks to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for their communities.
The 29 current members of Alpha at Auburn University can be found across campus and the surrounding community.
“Well since we do run the yard. You can find Alphas all over campus. You can find us in the Student Center at Chick-Fil-A socializing and hanging with students. You can find us in the library and other respective major buildings until late at night, because “we party hard, we stay up late, but most of all we graduate”. We hold lots of service events and partner with other organizations to hold community service events or to promote causes on the concourse as well,” said Cody Bass, a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Vice President of Athletics for the War Eagles and Plainsmen.
Members of alpha can be found in various campus organizations and majors. Christian Elom, a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, is the current National Pan-Hellenic Council President. Jonathon Blanding, a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, is the current Black Student Union President and Plainsmen. Justin Smith, the brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, is the current Student Government Association Vice President. Members can be found conducting research in the Shelby Center for engineering as well as organizing a peaceful protest on campus. Members can also be found working in Samford Hall in the Board of Trustees office or performing in a step-show outside of the Student Center.
“Alpha has never let me settle for anything less than my best, under any circumstance. If you’re being represented, you must give your full effort,” said Eddie Washington, Alpha’s community service chair.
Along with campus involvement and scholastic achievement, Alpha can be found volunteering countless hours with IAMBK, Inc., I Am My Brother's Keeper, or raising money for their national philanthropy, March of Dimes and Project Alpha.
“You should know that Alpha puts others and service first, above all else. We joined this fraternity to do the work of Alpha first and other things will follow,” said Bass.
The strong bond of brotherhood and comradery between members stands out as one of the best parts of Alpha, according to White. Additionally, representing positive black role models in all areas of life is Bass’s favorite part of Alpha.
“Alpha Phi Alpha has taught me so many amazing things, but most importantly how important our roles as community leaders really are. I believe not only in my fraternity, but in all Greek life are the leaders of the next generation. As those leaders, we all owe a debt to our communities to make them better through our service and advocacy,” said White.
Alpha Phi Alpha is a standout group of men, who look to make a positive impact wherever they are. Next time you are in the Student Center Chick-Fil-A or at a campus meeting, look for an Alpha!