LAMBDA OMEGA / PI GAMMA 2019 TALENT HUNT PROGRAM

(L-R) Lambda Omega’s Talent Hunt coordinator Bro. Jerome Bynum, Lambda Omega’s Basileus Bro. Renaldo Dwayne Barber, first place winner violinist Eden Crumbly, second place winner guitarist Patrick Stockton, third place winter vocalist Kurt Lannetti, and Pi Gamma’s Basileus Bro. Forrest Hinton
(L-R) Lambda Omega’s Talent Hunt coordinator Bro. Jerome Bynum, Lambda Omega’s Basileus Bro. Renaldo Dwayne Barber, first place winner violinist Eden Crumbly, second place winner guitarist Patrick Stockton, third place winter vocalist Kurt Lannetti, and Pi Gamma’s Basileus Bro. Forrest Hinton

Lambda Omega Chapter and Pi Gamma Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held their annual talent hunt program on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The event was held at Second Calvary Baptist Church located in Norfolk, Virginia. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Guns serves as the senior pastor.

The program consisted of seven contestants. The three winners were as follows: 1st Place - Eden Crumbly - Violinist, 2nd Place - Patrick Stockton - Guitarist, and 3rd Place - Kurt Lannetti - Vocalist. The judges’ panel for the program consisted of Ms. DeVaughn Scott-Smith, Mr. Gregory Gardner, and Ms. Jennifer Scott.

Ms. Eden Crumbly swept the competition with her rendition of the “24th Caprice” composed by Paganini. Eden is a home schooled 9th grader from Chesapeake, Virginia has been playing violin for 11 years. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Her list of honors and achievements include first place in York River Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, honorable mention in Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and second place in Chesapeake Arts Alive competition.

Due to a conflict with her schedule, Ms. Eden Crumbly will not be able to represent Lambda Omega and Pi Gamma at the Eighty-Sixth Annual Third District Meeting. Mr. Patrick Stockton will represent both chapters at the meeting scheduled for April 11-14, 2019 in Herndon, Virginia.

Bro. Forrest Hinton and Bro. Renaldo Dwayne Barber who currently serve as the Basileus of Pi Gamma and Lambda Omega chapters respectively, were in attendance showing their support for the event organizers and participants. Bro. Theodore Wilder accompanied the judges on their panel serving as the score tabulator. Bro. Jerome Bynum who serves as the talent hunt chairman for Lambda Omega Chapter did a great job organizing another successful event. Brothers look forward to another strong performance from Mr. Stockton at this year’s Third District meeting.

CHERRY LEAVES BOARD GRATEFUL TO HAVE SERVED HIS ALMA MATER

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Dr. Byron L. Cherry Sr. (B.S. ’82) has had a life-long relationship with Norfolk State University. As a youth. As a student. As an alumnus. As a donor. As Board of Visitors Rector.

Although Cherry sounded the gavel as BOV Rector for the last time in December, ending his seven years of service, he’ll continue to support his alma mater.

As a student, Cherry learned some tough lessons, but through the guidance of his professors and participation in ROTC, he was able to get his education on track.  Norfolk State also gave him the chance to meet his wife Josephine (Benson) Cherry ’83, whom he’s been married to for 35 years. “I always give credit for what NSU did for me. Not sure if I would have been afforded the same opportunity at any other institution,” said Cherry. “I am ever grateful for faculty and administrators who saw something in me that they cared enough to mentor and to push me to do better!”

After graduating, Cherry went into the military, served for 26 years and retired at the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. He also went on to earn two master's degrees – from Troy State University and the National Defense University – and a Ph.D., in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Cherry is a long-time supporter of Norfolk State. He and his wife are members of the University’s Emerald Society.

Cherry was first appointed to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors in 2012 by then-Governor Bob McDonnell to serve out the term of Peter G. Decker Jr. McDonnell reappointed him in 2013 to a four-year term. Cherry, who was elected BOV rector in March 2016, was reappointed to a second four-year term in 2017 by then-Governor Terry McAuliffe. It was his experiences at NSU that made him want to give back to the University. “It was an unbelievable feeling. Who would have imagined that I, this kid from Norfolk, Virginia, who attended NSU would later have the opportunity to serve on the BOV and then become its Rector? God is truly good!”

As a board member, Cherry, a lifetime member of the NSU Alumni Association Inc., found that being an alumnus had its advantages. “You have an understanding of the culture and atmosphere of the University, and you want your institution to exceed and be competitive,” said Cherry. “When I look at what we did as a Board, no one person deserves any credit. We were a team, and we worked well together.” That is not to say that everything was perfect. “We were more like a family and in a family you had disputes among your brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day, we always did what was best for the family, or in this case the institution.”

With his board service behind him, Cherry hopes that people will remember this: “That I gave 100% to the institution I love and I gave my best,” he said.  “Again, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board at my alma mater, and it was a good ride!”

Undergrads Discuss the Power of Voting

Story by Michael Mitchell

Photos by Alvin Swilley

 

With close to 50 Bothers and students in attendance, the Tau Lambda chapter of Old Dominion University and Pi Gamma Chapter of Norfolk State University kicked off annual Joint Achievement Week activities with a joint undergraduate forum titled "The Power of Our Vote." This collaborative effort was led by Tau Lambda's Basileus Bro. Leon Brewington and Bro. Michael Lipscomb, also of Tau Lambda.

After a very informative and articulate PowerPoint presentation, the young Brothers introduced their special guest speaker, newly reelected Bro. Delegate C. E. "Cliff" Hayes, Pi Gamma 1987.  Hayes is a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly. He gave a brief background of his journey into politics and a glimpse into his future."Your vote matters”, said Hayes. “Your not voting, is (also) a vote". He added "Where the resources and your money is spent is determined by your vote." He encouraged the students to get involved as their future is based on today's politics and that the proverbial pendulum will swing back. Brother Hayes had some relevant examples relating to the millennials--undergraduate students--noting that they can be a force and make a difference now. He took questions and comments from the floor. Finally, Hayes invited the mostly African American male audience to the State House during General Assembly session for a tour, to be recognized, and, if interested, an opportunity to seek a political internship.

Following the event, Brother Hayes tweeted, "Great forum with millennials of NSU (Pi Gamma) and ODU (Tau Lambda) discussing the power of the vote. This was great mentorship by the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi - 3rd District and organized by the undergraduate chapters of the aforementioned universities. #sustainingThePowerOfTheVote”

 

Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Homecoming Parade 2017

Norfolk Virginia--The Fraters and Sorors of the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council (SHARPC) marched in Norfolk State University’s (NSU) homecoming parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Divine Nine was committed to exercising our rights to voting in the November 7, 2017 elections, and encouraged all members of the community to do so.  Chapter members were encouraged to mingle and march on behalf of one of our most hard-fought rights. We wore our finest Omega casual clothing and paraphernalia, representing the Fraternity. We carried non-partisan, professional signs encouraging all to “Go Vote!” Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative, Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Brother Terry Calhoun, Chairman, Military Affairs and Brother Renaldo Barber marched in the parade.  Photos were produced by Soror Anita Pearson of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, and Brother Alvin Swilley, Eastern Area 1 Supervisor and District Photographer. Brother Swilley is a Gamma Xi SHARPC representative and coordinated Omega's participation in the parade. We look forward to marching in future parades at NSU.

 

Pi Gamma Alumni donates to Norfolk State University in honor of its 55th!

Norfolk, Va.,-We (Pi Gamma Alumni) gave $3000.00 on September 2, 2017 in 30 minutes to the Pi Gamma Endowment Account at Norfolk State University (NSU) which was part of the $300,000 raised by NSU for Labor Day Weekend. The Pi Gamma Account is at $137,000 at NSU and we gave the Pi Gamma Chapter Undergraduates $4800.00 this semester from the interest gained.Pi Gamma Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated 55 years Labor Day weekend in Norfolk. Pi Gamma Chapter was chartered 1962 on the campus of Norfolk State College.