P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _ February 20, 2018
Pi Lambda Lambda’s Omega U introduced their Flight Program at Hampton Middle School on February 15th, 2018. The students were paired into 2-person teams where they created team names and assembled their student drones. The students will work in project teams over a 2 to 3-week period building their Sky Viper Drones and remote controls and documenting their work in progress in engineering documents. At the end of the 3-week project, students will successfully demonstrate their engineering project to one another and execute against a series of selected test criterion. Bro. Michael Frazier, Omega U Chair and Program Manager at Northrop Grumman demonstrated the flight of the drone and importance of being engineers and working through a series of challenges they will encounter while participating thru the Omega U Flight Program.
Hampton Middle School was renamed in August 2016 to honor Dr. George M. Hampton (Nu Psi 1949), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) and active member of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. Hampton Middle School, formerly known as the Mills E. Godwin Middle School, was the third Prince William County School proposed to honor Dr. Hampton. The previous two schools were named to honor other prominent Virginia citizens (the Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School and the Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School). The middle school was previously named for Governor Godwin, who served as Virginia’s governor for eight years in the 1960s and 70s. Godwin was at one time a part of the massive resistance movement, which sought to prevent school desegregation.
Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves almost 100 students in six elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.
Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, Va., in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) received the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated International Chapter of the Year Award in 2016 and the Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated Chapter of the Year in 2017. This recognition marks the third time since the Chapter’s founding in 2004 that PLL was honored with the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter serves Prince William County, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Stafford County.
Story by Eddie A. Stephens, Jr., Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Editor