Zeta Omicron Lambda Kicks-off the Alpha Leadership and Scholarship Fund, 9/19/09

•September 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Mission centered?  The men of Zeta Omicron Lambda officially launched its Alpha Leadership and Scholarship Fund at the Alpha House in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 19th.  Brother Gus Tolson, the Fund’s Chairman reflects on its purpose by saying “None of us stand where we are solely because of merit.”  The Fund serves to continue the chapter’s tradition of awarding scholarships for college and tuition for leadership training to deserving African American male high school students of diverse cultural and economic means.

The Fund is managed through the Philadelphia Foundation, a community foundation established in 1918 which maintains a pool of more than 775 charitable funds established by people and organizations who want to give something back to their community and who want to make their gifts more philanthropic.  It supports a wide range of efforts to improve the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

All contributions to the Alpha Leadership and Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.  Checks and money orders can be made payable to “The Philadelphia Foundation” for the ALPHA LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP FUND and mailed to The Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA  19107-3794.  Electronic contributions can be made also at www.philafound.org.

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Contact Brother Gus Tolson at (215) 878-1973 or thetols@verizon.net for more detailed information surrounding the Fund.


Brother Cedric Perry Publishes New Book, “Homecoming”

•July 7, 2009 • 1 Comment

Initiated through the Delta Pi chapter at Cheyney University Brother Cedric Perry recently published “Homecoming,” a coming of age narrative set within the context of an HBCU.  Malcolm Brown, the book’s protagonist, navigates the university’s academic and social curriculum while keeping his self-respect and dignity in check despite overwhelming influences from love interests and so-called friends.  More about “Homecoming” and the book’s rising star can be accessed at http://authortree.com/ceddyp/Home.

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ZOL’s Brother Charles Rainey Featured in Philadelphia Daily News

•June 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Fall 2006 initiate Brother Charles Rainey is featured in Elmer Smith’s Daily News article on Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The story is accessible at:



Zeta Theta Lambda Website Launch

•June 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The Brothers of Zeta Theta Lambda Chapter in Harrisburg, PA have taken the communications to the next level with the development and launch of their chapter website. The site, http://www.zthetalchapter.com, is still a work in progress but we are excited to have taken the first steps to get onto the world wide web. Check us out now and come back in the future as updates will be continuous.

Brother Charles “Chaz” Howard Appointed Chaplain

•June 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

Alpha Phi Alpha moves in one direction: forward.

Brother Charles “Chaz” Howard will assist in developing the PAAC as Chaplain during fraternal year 2009-10.  Brother Howard was initiated through Psi chapter at the University of Pennsylvania and presently serves his alma mater as the Chaplain.  He fills a huge void in our Association, and we will be greatly enriched by his presence and his passion for building the beloved community.

A small sample of his accomplishments can be read at http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v55/n01/Howard.html.



•May 31, 2009 • 1 Comment

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Association of Alpha Chapters’ weblog newsroom.  This place is a depository for news events of social affairs, community service activities, and critical issues campus and neighborhood communities are addressing with the support of Alpha chapters in Pennsylvania.  It also features the campus and city newspapers where chapters are seated.  A professionally styled website will be launched in the months to come to provide additional value to the Association’s communications effort.

Advancing Alpha Phi Alpha’s mission to develop leaders, promote Brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for their communities is ideally done in a concerted effort albeit chapter geographies, social, political, and economic conditions are differentially spread across the Commonwealth.   The hope is that each chapter will contribute to the development of this communication resource in order to help reduce knowledge gaps and expand community awareness, create solid partnerships, and replicate best practices.

In the words of Henry Lake Dickason, the Fraternity’s 6th General President, may each chapter “Think Alpha Phi Alpha, talk Alpha Phi Alpha, promote Alpha Phi Alpha, and labor for the broad principles of idealism for which Alpha Phi Alpha was created, so that humanity shall look on us as a body worthwhile.”

This weblog is respectfully dedicated to the chapters who march onward and upward toward the light.

Kindly fraternal,

Brother Mark Barnes

PAAC President and Director