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On behalf of the seven Jewels who founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on Tuesday, December 4th, 1906, along with the seven Brothers who chartered the Upsilon Chi Chapter on Friday, February 17, 2017, we thank you for visiting our website and welcome you to Pepperdine University.
The 945th House of Alpha, otherwise known as the Takeover Chapter takes pride in fostering a newer generation of impactful leaders and visionaries. Alpha Phi Alpha is not only Pepperdine’s most recently established fraternity, but is a historically black fraternity; the first of its kind. Because of this, we have a rather unique opportunity to introduce and welcome a new culture to a campus that has never seen anything like it before. From stepping to strolling; and from calls to attire, these features cultivate and stimulate Pepperdine’s learning environment, providing liveliness, servitude, leadership, and more noteworthy, purpose. In particular however, our aim is to re-energize Pepperdine Greek Life.
After just one year on campus, we have made it evident who we are: showcasing our premier focus on academics with a collective chapter GPA of 3.16, demonstrated a passion for service to the community with national programs aimed at sexual responsibility, the importance of voter registration, and the necessity of higher education for members of the Pepperdine community as well as youth in the Greater LA Area, and last, but certainly not least, took great pleasure in having fun and emphasized community building by recording 100% attendance in every Greek philanthropy, and with it, a recall of an experience that boasts a second place finish in Psi U’s annual dance competition.
We strive to affect positive change not only for the students and faculty at Pepperdine University, but also for those in the Greater Los Angeles community. We invite you to serve alongside us, learn more about our organization, and or simply get to know the great men in this chapter I have the privilege to call my Brothers. The 2018-2019 school year has great things in store for the Upsilon Chi Alphas and we can’t wait to share such an incredible experience with you!
Eric Johnson-Greer, Chapter President
The History of the Upsilon Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Seven audacious African-American men had sacrificed precious time from their rigorous college studies to lay the foundation for the 945th House of Alpha to be established at Pepperdine University. There, they founded the Upsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., chartered on a mild-warm Friday, February 17, 2017, which was recorded as the first historically black fraternity in Pepperdine University’s long, storied history.
There was not an avenue of camaraderie for young black men on Pepperdine’s campus to take part in. A sense of community was non-existent among African-American men. However, these seven indomitable individuals would set the Thames on fire and envisioned Pepperdine’s campus improved by scholars who develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for their communities.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Devin D. Bristow (freshman), Omari R. Allen (senior), Christian A. Morrison (sophomore), Anthony L. Sanford (senior), Noah E. Wossen (senior), Clinton B. Branch Jr. (freshman), and Floyd H. Stern IV (sophomore) were initiated as a jewel line and the “IceY Xcellent brothers under Christ” was born.
Shoulder to shoulder, the chartering members lived by the fraternity’s polished and punctilious standards, upheld Pepperdine’s status quo, and provided the nucleus for a team of daring men to be established and recognized. Founded by a jewel line of seven, the Upsilon Chi Chapter was established to maintain the aims and motto of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in hopes of leaving a positive impact at Pepperdine University, the Greater Los Angeles Area, and the world.
The current members of the Upsilon Chi chapter.
Awards won by the Upsilon Chi chapter throughout the fraternity’s various conventions.e
2017 - Second Place
2017 - Second Place
2017 - Second Place
On September 9th , the Upsilon Chi chapter volunteered in Pepperdine’s annual Step Forward day event. Members of the chapter helped children in institutions at Woodland Hills engage in spiritual conversations rooted in understanding the importance of loving, serving, and leading mankind. They also played a game of baseball and basketball with young men.
Western Regional Leadership Conference.
The Upsilon Chi chapter attended the Western Regional Leadership Conference/College Brother Retreat. There, they gained from multiple Brothers’ expertise. If it wasn’t Bro. Sean Allen’s talk on how to conduct parliamentarian procedures, then it was Bro. Ross’ lecture on racism on college campuses. Western Regional Vice-President Bro. Swanson emphasized the goal of the retreat, which is to equip, educate, and empower brothers who attend. Bro. Gonzalez helped create a strategy for brothers to plan for the fraternal year and to implement the best practices for budgeting. Bro. Keith Rodgers highlighted effective grant proposals, and discussion on utilizing #SLACK, a source for streamline communication, was given by Bro. Rod Dixon. Language of the Unheard lecture was accentuated to the brothers in the room interested in political activism and the presence of Alpha Phi Alpha in the Western region and throughout the world.
Aside from talk on finances and social communication, topics on health and wellness opportunities were equally emphasized, and talk on dreams and achieving big audacious Alpha goals were covered. Thereafter, we focused our attention on the state of the region, which contained an hour report from District Directors throughout the region. Close to the end of the conference, the college brothers in the Western Region came together at the College Brother Caucus. Upsilon Chi was active in the discussions on college sustainability and attacking national programs aggressively. Throughout this experience, we deeply appreciated the powerful advices shared by the numerous brothers who put together presentations that helped get their messages across.
Alpha Phi Alpha + Black Student Association won the Intramural Football Championship at Pepperdine University.
The Upsilon Chi chapter put together an Alpha Phi Alpha intramural football team with the Black Student Association, where many of the African American students at Pepperdine University played every Saturday against other dorm houses and organizations on campus to win for the title. Since then, we have maintained wins and eventually won the championship title.
Pepperdine’s IFC and Panhellenic retreat for Chapter Presidents and Vice-Presidents.
During the weekend of Bro. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. founders’ day, Pepperdine’s IFC and PanHellenic Council met to discuss the newly sworn in presidents and vice-president’s of each fraternity and sorority. Bro. Bristow and Bro. Stern IV were present, along with two AKAs. There, they discussed various components to sustaining chapters, increasing numbers, approach for financing, school policy and resources, and hosting events. Three whole days were dedicated to discussing the roles of the Presidents and Vice-Presidents from each respective chapter. Chapter Presidents and Vice-Presidents bonded together by going bowling on Saturday and by considering solutions to various case studies to closely think about the approach each member would take in solving real life problems that can put the fraternity/sorority at risk.
The Brothers of Upsilon Chi were then made aware of these discussions, furthering the extent of their abilities to sustain and manage a brand new chapter. Thanks to the current Greek advisor, Allison Green, for hosting the event, much of our chapter's focus has been geared towards improving academics, finances, and relevance around Pepperdine's campus.
Touring Bro. Ball's 8th grade class around Pepperdine's campus.
On April 11th, Bro. Raymond Ball and his class from Watts Learning Center Charter Middle School visited and toured Pepperdine University. The Upsilon Chi chapter helped showcase the campus to about 45-50 children, and provided free lunch and a lovely view for the kids inspiring to be college students one day. At the end of the event, a discussion on hard work and the importance of reading and learning was stressed. Upsilon Chi then performed a step routine for the kids as a farewell.
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