2019 Hampton Roads Peninsula Quad Chapter Achievement Week

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - The Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., participated in their annual Quad Chapter Achievement Week with Alpha Alpha, Zeta Omicron, and Zeta Mu Mu Chapters. A few of the many community projects the brothers participated in this November were worship service at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Hampton, VA, Veteran’s Bingo at Hampton Veterans’ Medical Center, escorted Young Men Of Distinction to a Hampton University football game and a William & Mary basketball game as part of the mentoring program, and “Frat Night” where the older brothers shared knowledge and wisdom with the younger brothers. The Quad Chapters have scheduled to distribute 20 Thanksgiving baskets to families that are less fortunate in Hampton and Newport News. The brothers concluded the week with their annual Achievement Week Banquet where brothers from each chapter were presented with various chapter awards to include Omega Man of the Year, Superior Service, and Colonel Charles Young to name a few. These men of Omega continue to set the standard across the Mighty Third District and throughout this great fraternity by remaining active in their communities, promoting academic excellence, and lifting as they climb.

Submitted by
Brother Thomas Parker
Kappa Iota Iota Chapter Editor

Brother Maurice Pierce, Director of Track & Field at Hampton University

Hampton, VA – Brother Maurice Pierce (1-KII-2011), Director of Track & Field at Hampton University will represent Team USA as an assistant coach for the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held on September 28 - October 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Brother Pierce, who entered Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. through Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter, Third District in 2011 will oversee the men’s team sprinters and hurdlers and will also assist with the relays.

This is Brother Pierce’s second appointment as a USA Coach for the World Championships.  He was an assistant coach in 2015.  He has been a head coach or assistant coach for five international teams’ coaching staffs, and he has also coached five Olympians; a two-time Gold Medalist, a Silver Medalist, and a Bronze Medalist.

He coached the Lady Pirates to four MEAC Cross Country titles and 12 MEAC Indoor Championships and 10 Outdoor titles.

In 2018-19, Hampton University competed for the first time in the Big South Conference and Brother Pierce’s track teams won both Indoor and Outdoor titles earning him “Coach of the Year” for both Indoor Teams and Women’s Outdoor.

Brother Pierce is going into his 21st season at Hampton University.

 

Submitted by:

Brother Thomas Parker

KII Chapter Editor

KII Supports Fatherhood Initiative

Newport News, VA – On August 3, 2019, as part of their Fatherhood Initiative Program, Kappa Iota Iota Chapter (KII), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. chaperoned eight young men to a storytelling event told in song, “Sing for Your Life” at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.  The biography was about a young man Ryan Speedo Green from Suffolk, VA, who faced several challenges including juvenile detention at age 12, and a life plagued with disciplinary problems during his adolescent years.  Mr. Green overcame his challenges to share in some of the world’s best known Orchestras and Operas.  He currently resides in Austria and is a well sought out Opera singer.

KII’s Young Men of Distinction (YMOD) Program is chaired by Brothers Baron McKeithan and Richard Howell.  YMOD is a mentoring program adopted by Newport News Public School System.  YMOD focuses on Academics, Discipline, Self-Control, Perseverance, and Uplift.

 

Submitted by:

Brother Thomas Parker

KII Chapter Editor

Kappa Iota Iota’s Annual Scholarship Banquet

Fort Eustis, VA - Since the spring of 2000, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter has given worthy high school seniors scholarships in honor of Brother Colonel (COL) Charles Young. The COL Charles Young Banquet (CCYB) is the vehicle Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. uses to present these scholarships in keeping with the rich military history and tradition this chapter appreciates. Having the distinction of being selected as the second honorary member of our beloved fraternity, the Chapter is proud to recognize COL Young as a member, leader and trailblazer for others to emulate.

On June 1, 2019, the Chapter continued its bedrock of “excellence and uplift” by awarding four $2,000.00 scholarships to college bound students from the Hampton Roads Area. The dinner occasion was in honor of Brother James Battle. The scholarships were in honor of Brother, Harry Dabney, awarded to Mr. Fred Thomas, IV, Tabb HS, plans to attend Christopher Newport Univ., Brother Thomas Ward, awarded to Mr. Kobe Smith, Hampton HS, plans to attend Christopher Newport Univ., Brother Anthony “Bo” Kelly, awarded to Mr. Isaiah Ramsey, Warwick HS, plans to attend Old Dominion Univ., and Brother Dennis Lumpkin, awarded to Mr. Charles Pauling, II, Bethel HS, plans to attend Richard Bland College of William & Mary. The scholarship awardees were absolutely deserving as they maintained an average 3.7 GPA. Each student exhibited extraordinary qualities in writing their essays and displaying their leadership in school, church, and volunteer hours within their communities.

This year’s keynote speaker was Brother Ramon Neal. Brother Neal is a graduate of Hampton University. He served in the US Army and has contributed immensely in the Hampton Roads area by volunteering his time at local hospitals throughout the community. Brother Ramon’s presentation provided invaluable insights and was well received by the award recipients. It was our privilege to keep this tradition prosperous and elated. KII strived to provide a memorable occasion for the students and their parents, families of our Brothers resting in Omega Chapter, and friends of the KII, the “Service Chapter”.

Kappa Iota Iota Supports Habitat for Humanity

Newport News, VA- On March 9, 2019, the brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., volunteered to offer support for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Program.  The brothers were able to put their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the task by providing customer service, furniture repair, unloading trucks, stocking store shelves, and carefully metal scrapping/recycling as well as organizing the ReStore warehouse.  This opportunity also gave the brothers an opportunity to collaborate and fellowship with Zem Temple #122 and Court #98 of AEAONMS Shriners PHA located in Hampton, VA.  This service opportunity is one that KII, the Service Chapter, takes pride in as we witness homes being restored in our cities.

Submitted by:

Brother Derrick Durham

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter: Empowering Young Men at Historic Conference

Newport News, VA – On February 2, 2019, the brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. escorted 18 high school young men during the first ever RISE! Male Empowerment Conference: The Power of HIStory!  During the seven hour conference at Heritage High School, the club members of Young Men of Distinction (YMOD) were treated to the first conference of its kind, dedicated to providing information, and resources to equip male students in grades 8-11 for emotional, social, academic, and future success.

The YMOD participants were provided with the opportunity to network with other students and positive role models from across the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Several community partners, including education leaders, mental health professionals, athletes, and others were on-hand to share and empower the young male students.  The conference included a diverse offering of experiences including a dynamic opening, panel discussion, breakout sessions, and the first ever RISE Cypher challenge!  This extraordinary event also included informative and interactive workshops for parents, guardians, and other caregivers on how to promote college and career readiness and how to best support youth development.

Discussion topics included positive self-identity, the influence of pop culture and media on male development, overcoming adversity, academic achievement, building and maintaining positive relationships, the power of vision and goal setting, mindset (overcoming mediocrity), personal branding, and mental health.  The empowerment conference was designed to address the needs of all males, while specifically referencing relevant issues such as academic and discipline disproportionality, violence, and mindset of male students.  The conference was also used to arm the young men with tools to combat common barriers that are counter to achieving their full potential, including:

  • unsatisfactory school attendance
  • discipline challenges, experience with law enforcement, etc.
  • at-risk for gang involvement or other negative behaviors
  • incarcerated or absent parent (male or female)
  • receive special education services
  • struggle or excel academically
  • lack of motivated (academics, student involvement, etc.)
  • leadership abilities
  • difficulty managing relationships
  • popularity or socially isolation

 

Omega’s turnout was strong as other local chapters Zeta Mu Mu and Alpha Alpha participated.  The collaborative effort reflected the true Omega spirit: KII and Zeta Mu Mu donated $750.00 to sponsor the event and to invest in local Omega mentoring efforts.  Through the efforts of Omega Psi Phi, hundreds of local young men were armed with powerful tools and resources that can help them build resiliency and self-sufficiency.

 

Submitted by:

Brother Rick Howell

A Brother’s Fight Against Cancer

Hampton, VA – On October 1, 2018, Brother Ash Anderson, ‘78 Upsilon Delta, the self-proclaimed “Grandvendor” of our beloved fraternity, underwent his first chemotherapy treatment to fight Prostate Cancer. Enriched with strength from the Supreme Basileus of the universe, he endured the six month journey like a True Omega Man. After completing 45 days of rigorous treatments, Brother Ash stood victorious and cancer free. Known for his joking performances and the uncommon ways in which he shows love, on December 13, 2018, he delivered his greatest performance as only he could do. Wearing championship boxing attire, Brother Ash rang the cancer free bell at Riverside Hospital before a group of fraternity brothers and other well-wishers, symbolically delivering the knockout punch to cancer.

Celebrating Kappa Iota Iota’s 27th Anniversary

Fort Eustis, VA - On December 7, 2018, the Fort Eustis Brothers came together to recognize and celebrate Kappa Iota Iota Chapter (KII), Third District, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. on their 27th anniversary.  The graduate chapter is located at Fort Eustis, VA and was founded on December 7, 1991 and established as the 865th chapter by the International Headquarters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., with Twenty Charter Members.  The chapter is located in the “Mighty Third District” surrounded by the city of Newport News.  The mission of the chapter is to accommodate the northern portion of the peninsula to include Williamsburg, Gloucester, York County and the Fort Eustis community.  Brother Brigadier General Scottie Dingle is credited with organizing the charter members.  Prior to its name designation, the “Fort Eustis Ques” were laying a positive foundation throughout the “Hampton Roads” area by focusing on the Christian and cardinal principles for the fraternity and community involvement.  The nickname “Service Chapter” is most descriptive and notoriously known for.  Our very own Third District Representative Brother Kevin Brown, the 29th Third District Representative, is a significant member of this trend-setting chapter.  This military chapter earned Small Chapter of the Year and Social Action Chapter of the Year at the 2015 District Meeting.  Congratulations again to KII on your 27 years in the fraternity and may the Supreme Basileus continue to bless you on your next 100 years to come.