Upsilon Nu Supports Adopt-A-Street

RICHMOND, Virginia, Upsilon Nu conducted it’s quarterly Adopt-A-Street clean-up program in downtown Richmond. Upsilon Nu has been conducting this program for over ten years.

The Adopt-A-Street is designed to help clean up Richmond. Individuals, organizations and businesses adopt a street, intersection, lot, park, most anywhere. The participants agree to keep the area cleared of litter for at least two years. The program is a partnership between the city of Richmond and it’s merchants, organizations and residents.  The Adopt-A-Street program creates a cleaner, more pleasant environment for everyone who lives, works and shops in the adopted areas.

The program also strengthens community ties as neighbors and merchants work together to keep Richmond clean. Many times Brothers have brought members of their families to participate in the clean-up. “It is good for our children to see these types of efforts and community give back”, says Bro. Johnson, a member of the committee. Upsilon Nu as part of it’s commitment to this program has adopted two streets, 2nd Street and West Duval Street.                      

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                               Pictures by  Jerome Jackson

Upsilon Nu Supports Mobile Truck

RICHMOND, Virginia, Thursday, May 24, 2018, Upsilon Nu continued its partnership with Mobile Food Truck to feed members of the Churchill Hill Community. This program is conducted bi-monthly by the chapter. Upsilon Nu helps unload the food trucks, set-up food stations and assists in the distribution of food to those in the community.

This community effort normally provides several hundred families with an assortment of food items that includes canned vegetables, meats, soup, crackers and personal hygiene products. Most of those in line are women with their children and we are seeing more elderly as well, The Brothers arrived at the site at 10:30 am and normally finish at 1pm or until the food supplies are exhausted. Today we provided food for over two hundred families (200) before our donated food supplies were depleted.

The food distribution program fills a vital need for so many in the Richmond community whom are having difficult times economically. “I feel so blessed that this program exists and helps me and my family” stated one of the participants. It is just hard sometimes and food cost so much, this really is a blessing. These sentiments were held by most in attendance. Though this event is held during the middle of our work day, I am gratified to see the Brothers rearrange their work schedule where they can to come out and support he community like this,” stated chapter Basileus Jeff Tarpley. For us it is gratifying to be known and accepted by the community.

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                               Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson

Upsilon Nu Feeds Less Fortunate

RICHMOND, Virginia, Saturday May 12, 2018 Upsilon Nu Chapter continues its partnership with 2nd Street Baptist Church to support “Feed the Less Fortunate” program. Upsilon Nu has continued its affiliation with this much needed community outreach effort. Feed the Less Fortunate program has served lunches to hundreds of area residents. The program serves not only the homeless, but many that are economically challenged or just

need a healthy hot lunch. The Upsilon Nu affiliation of the program is conducted on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The members of Upsilon Nu arrive at 10am for set-up, assisting with the cooking and stay to the conclusion at 1:00pm.

 

Upsilon Nu not only distributes healthy lunches, but also makes it a point to sit and talk with those that come to take advantage of the food program. All of the people that come through the program have a story; most of them are middle aged men but we are starting to see a younger group as well and more diversity. “We look forward to seeing these men come out, they always have a kind word,” stated Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                            Pictures by Bro. Michael Edwards

Upsilon Nu’s St. Jude Support Continues

RICHMOND, Virginia, Sunday, February 4, 2018, The Brothers of Upsilon Nu chapter came out to answer the call from the District Representative Kevin Brown. Thanks to the efforts of Brother Michael Swain who set up our webpage and kept the Brotherhood constantly updated with our fundraising efforts. We also thank Brother Jeff Tarpley the 3rd District coordinator appointed by 3rd District Social Action Chairman for the event, for his leadership in pushing this event to the chapters of the Third District and galvanizing support. Each chapter was asked to raise $500.00 for the St. Jude Game Day Give Back effort.

Upsilon Nu continued its support by raising a total of $1,985.00. That is over 30% of the goal set for the chapter. “The amount we raised this year is just an ongoing step toward our continued efforts going forward to support the fraternity’s partnership with St. Jude’s”, stated District Coordinator Brother Jeff Tarpley.  I am pleased that Upsilon Nu has been one of the top fundraising chapters in the 3rd District. Each year we look forward to increasing the amounts we raise for this worthy cause. For the past seven years, 82 cents of every dollar received has gone to support the treatment, research and future needs of St. Jude. The hospital costs about $2.4 million a day to run, and there is no cost to be treated.

About 7,500 patients are seen at St. Jude annually, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis and are part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

“The Third District continues to lead the way in raising funds and we expect to be one of the top performing districts when the funds are counted

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                                             Pictures : Bro. Jeff Tarpley

Team Change Recognizes Upsilon Nu

Henrico, Va, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Upsilon Nu was recognize for their support of Team Change at their annual appreciation ceremony. Team Change is a group of African-American women working together to help children in Highland Springs affected by missing black fathers due to mass incarceration. Lisa Robinson is the creator of Team Change which mentors young students.

Upsilon Nu was recognized for two of their efforts that have been of great assistance to Team Change. One event was Upsilon Nu’s financial support and help acting as chaperones for the bus trip and tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The second effort is the on-going tutoring program that is conducted weekly at Highland Springs Elementary School. Several of the children that attended the tour to the museum spoke about the event during the program and expressed their thanks.

Upsilon Nu was represented at the event by Bro. Michael Edwards. Mrs. Robinson asked Bro. Edwards to come up and address those in attendance on behalf of their Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley. “In my remarks I wanted to thank Team Change and all the other organizations that were present and receiving recognition for their support. I gave them a brief history of Upsilon Nu and mentioned some of the activities we have been conducting throughout the Greater Richmond Area,”stated Bro. Edwards.

Article: Bro. Michael Edwards                                          Pictures: Bro. Michael Edwards

Young Gentlemen of the Creek Necktie Program

Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Upsilon Nu came out to support the 4th Annual Necktie program as part of the Young Gentleman of the Creek Program. This is the fourth school year for the boys mentoring program at the school. “We are very grateful for the continued support and necktie donations from the Upsilon Nu chapter. The Young Gentlemen gratefully appreciate Upsilon Nu members taking the time to assist with the necktie and bow tie tying tutorials at the ceremony. The teacher advisors for the group have some exciting activities planned for the boys, including: community service opportunities, cooking with a professional chef, field trips, reading fiction books together as a group, and we're even going fishing next April,” stated Ms. Angela Harris, the mentoring program coordinator.

The purpose of this program is for selected boys in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th to participate in a youth empowerment, mentoring, and academic support group. Full participation from December until April is required. Brother James Hunter, Upsilon Nu’s Social Action Chairman and Vice-Basileus Michael Swain led several tutoring sessions for the boys. “They get the hang of it after a few times; the bow tie seemed to be more popular than the necktie this yea,” stated Brother Swain.

The ceremony included guest speaker Lance Watson Jr., the boys shopped from hundreds of donated neckties and engaging with men in the community during necktie tying tutorials. A central component of participation for each young gentleman is to dress in professional attire two Wednesdays per month.

In previous years, neckties have been donated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, along with many other notable male figures in the Richmond region.

Article Submitted By Bro. Michael Edwards and Bro. Michael Swain         Pictures by: Bro. Michael Swain

 

Upsilon Nu’s 2017 Essay Contest Winners

Richmond, Virginia, Sunday November 13, 2017. As part of Upsilon Nu’s Achievement Week Program, Upsilon Nu’s National High School Essay Contest winner was presented and received her award. Two recipients were selected from all those that submitted this year. Bro. Stephen Wilson, Chairman of the Upsilon Nu National High School Essay Contest, thanked the parents of the contestants as well as the contestants themselves, for the high quality of their essays. He thanked the parents for supporting the contestants and the contestants themselves for tackling the essay topic. The contestants were given a standing ovation as they came forward to accept their recognition awards.

The topic of the Essay was “What Actions Can You Take to Promote Social Justice and Embrace Diversity of All People”

First place was awarded to Ms. Demya E. Preston, a senior at Highland Springs High School. Ms. Preston is planning to major in Pre-Pharmacy. She has short listed the following schools; Hampton University, James Madison University, and Maryland Eastern Shore. As the first place recipient Ms. Preston was awarded $350.00.

Second place was awarded to Mr. Tyrone Nelson, a senior at Highland Springs High School. Mr. Nelson is planning to major in Cyber Security. He has short listed the following schools; Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech University. As the second place recipient Ms. Preston was awarded $250.00.

“We look forward to these outstanding students applying for our scholarships in the spring,” stated committee member Bro. David Stone. “As Ms. Preston read her essay, I was struck at how well she was able to take the topic and weave in her own thoughts on possible ways to promote social justice and at the same time embrace inclusion of other cultures,” said Bro. Gregory Lewis. The topics from our international office have become more challenging and really force the participants to apply more rigor to their essays.

 

Article: Bro. Michael Edwards     Pictures: Bro. Jerome Jackson

Omega Stars Academy Program

Richmond, Virginia Saturday October 21, 2017 Upsilon Nu Chapter and Phi Phi chapter as part of their Joint Mentoring program, took fourteen members of the Omega Stars mentoring program to the premiere of the movie “Marshall”. This outing is just part of the enrichment portion of the Omega Stars mentoring program. Brothers Jamal Hill and Patrick Patrong representing Phi Phi and Upsilon Nu respectively are the custodians of the program.

As we take the kids to movies like this, we are very much aware that this is where the work begins, because they don’t have the context of what the movie is about, we are well aware they will not get the context in their schools. So the challenge lies on us to expose them to as much as possible and at the same time educate them on what they are seeing and the impacts of what they are seeing.

“We were trying to expose the students to a lesser known part of Thurgood Marshall’s life. The story reflected on accepting challenges with the associated work required to succeed against the odds. And also to demonstrate that even though Mr. Marshall made great sacrifices to achieve some of his successes, he realized he could not do it alone” , stated Bro. Patrong. There are currently 20 males in the program, of which 14 were able to attend the movie and get a chance to hang out with the brothers. Next up the participant will be working on a social action program in November.

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                                          Pictures by Bro. Patrick Patrong

Upsilon Nu Day Proclaimed in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, Thursday October 12, 2017, office of the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Upsilon Nu Chapter received one of its greatest recognitions for years of community service in the greater Richmond area.

Mayor Levar M. Stoney hosted Upsilon Nu for a photo-op and Proclamation signing to express his gratitude and that of the Richmond community for Upsilon Nu’s community service.

Mayor Stoney recalled that during the National Night Out he attended and gave a speech, how impressed he was to see so many members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in attendance and not only supporting the event but actively engaged with many of those in attendance. “I appreciate that Mayor Lever Stoney took time out of his busy schedule to give the chapter the opportunity to meet with him to sign the Proclamation for Upsilon Nu Day October 12, 2017. Mayor Stoney was very cordial and appreciated the community service Upsilon Nu provides to the community”, stated Basileus Jeff Tarpley.

To view the Mayor’s video thanking Upsilon Nu click on link or past into Browser.

 

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                                  Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson

Upsilon Nu and Special Olympics Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, Friday September 23, 2017 Upsilon Nu Chapter supported the Special Olympics. The Brothers of Upsilon Nu worked with the Richmond Corporate Olympics at their annual event to raise money for the Special Olympics Virginia. Each participant company donates $1,500.00 to the Virginia Special Olympics. Proceeds from the Richmond Corporate Games of Innsbrook will benefit: Special Olympics Virginia. The event was coordinated by Upsilon Nu Vice-Basileus Bro. Michael Swain. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Ten companies took part in the canoe race this year at Innsbrook Corporate Park. Brothers from Upsilon Nu assisted with the unloading and loading of the canoes and the set-up of the relay stations. Upsilon Nu was recognized for its participation and support at the end of the canoe races. After the event Basileus Jeff Tarpley and Vice -Basileus Michael Swain mingled with the contestants and explained to them about Upsilon Nu and the role it plays in the community, many had never heard of us but were extremely impressed when informed of what the chapter does.

 

Article Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Bro. Miguel Johnson