Jun 30

Epislon Epsilon Sigma (Seattle) Awards Three Scholarships

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The Epsilon Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to three local seniors.   Today, 46 years after establishing roots in Seattle, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an organization of leaders in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2014  scholarship recipients are:

Jaylon Bond, a graduate of TAF Academy in Federal Way, earned a 3.91 GPA and was awarded the Melvin Minnis Scholarship. He will be attending Howard University in the fall and plans to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Through an internship at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center, Bond has worked in a research lab for three years sequencing DNA, cloning bacteria and isolating genes. He  hopes to become a full-fledged biochemist and return to the Hutch where he will advocate and raise funds to expand the work done in the research center.

Kenai Brazier, a graduate of Federal Way High School, earned a 3.16 GPA and was awarded the David Davidson Scholarship. Brazier will be attending Cornish College of the Arts in the fall and plans to focus on graphic design. He hopes his artwork will awaken a multitude of reactions in those who view his work. Brazier’s current work has already been chosen for display at the Seattle Art Museum and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. One of his designs has garnered a Golden Key Winner in the Western Region Scholastic Young Artist Competition.

Devin Pegues, a graduate of Federal Way High School, earned a 3.85 GPA and was awarded the Emil Pitre Scholarship. Pegues will be attending the University of Washington in the fall and plans to major in Electrical Engineering, a dream that started at the age of ten. Pegues says that his inspiration to pursue electrical engineering affords the chance to represent the traditionally under-represented people of color in this field of study. His long term goal is to prove that people of color can be successful in science and engineering.

Click below to read the articles from:

Seattle Medium:  http://seattlemedium.com/phi-beta-sigma-awards-scholarships-to-three-graduating-seniors/

Federal Way Mirror:  http://www.federalwaymirror.com/community/264826751.html

 

May 11

Newly Inducted Members to the Western Region Distingushed Service Society

The delegations at the 62nd Western Regional Conference in Ontario, California elected Bro. Gary Hogans and Bro. Jeffrey Sneed to the Western Region Distinguished Service Society.   The Western Region Distinguished Service Society is this highest honor given.  It is reserved for members who have been active in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, for at least ten (10) years and has  distinguished themselves within the Region, their Chapter or in their respective communities, and who have been recommended for membership in the Western Region Distinguished Service Society by their respective Chapter or by the Regional Board.

 

 

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dss 3Bro. Gary Hogans-Phi Beta Sigma chapter

Bro. Hogans was first introduced to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. by Bro Preston Payton. When he came home to share his interest in our organization with his dad, Bro Hogans found out he was a Sigma, initiated in 1949 in Alpha Upsilon Chapter. Bro. Hogans joined Phi Beta Sigma on June 9, 1978 at 11:50pm into Zeta Tau Chapter.  He immediately became the chapter Vice-President and later the 4th President of Zeta Tau Chapter. Under his administration, he initiated 14 men into Sigma; helped reactivate Delta Eta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and graduated leaving Sigma as the dominant Black fraternity on campus.

Bro. Hogans has been a very active member of Phi Beta Sigma Chapter. He has held the office of Chaplain, and the position of 2nd Vice President in the last two administrations. He was instrumental in his chapter receiving 5Ol(c) (3) status for Phi Beta Sigma Los Angeles Alumni Foundation and sit on its board. Twice he has been named Chapter Sigma Man of the Year.  Bro. Hogans hold the position of Chaplain for the Western Region and has held this position under the past 3 Regional Directors.

Bro. Hogans is married to his wife of 32 years Soror Gwendolyn with two children, Marshawn and Soror Kristine and has four lovely grandchildren.

 

dss 2Bro. Jeffrey Sneed- Kappa Delta Sigma

Bro. Jeffrey Sneed was initiated as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on January 15, 1981 into Alpha Upsilon chapter.   David Anderson, Jeffrey Whitmore (DSC 166), Ed Wilson (Mayor of Signal Hill, CA), Johnnie Creath and Jeffrey Sneed would form the charter members of Nu Upsilon Chapter.  The charter members began to work to build the chapter immediately. Shortly after their initiation, the charter members and Bro. William Perry, noted in Sigma history as the first brothers west of the Rocky Mountains, met with the USC Vice President of Student affairs to have the new chapter recognized as a Greek Letter organization on campus. To their surprise, none of the black Greek letter organizations (BLGO) were recognized by the fraternity or sorority councils. All of the other organizations had established chapters at USC for decades. It was through the efforts of Sigma that ALL of the BLGOs were recognized by USC.

Bro. Sneed was elected National 2nd Vice President during Conclave Charleston in 1981. He became the 90th vice president in the fraternity’s history.

After graduation Bro. Sneed quickly became part of the leadership of Phi Beta Sigma chapter. He served as executive board member, vice president and president of the chapter. He was appointed Southern California State Director in 1993. After taking time away from leadership to raise his children, Bro, Sneed returned to a leadership role at the 2006 Regional Conference chairing the Law & Revision Committee. At this time, he was in his current chapter Kappa Delta Sigma.

Bro. Sneed was elected the 32nd Western Regional Director in 2012.  During his first term as director, membership has grown to historic levels and has led all regions by growth rate.  He introduced the educational program AVID to the international fraternity and forged an alliance with the college preparatory program to give chapters the opportunity to build adopt-a-classroom projects with a partner. The alliance is unprecedented in the region’s history.

Bro. Sneed has two children Jennifer  and Jason.   He is married to the love of his life, Soror Gia Neil Sneed. They married in September 2012 and have enjoyed an amazing journey.

Mar 08

Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter contributes $500 towards Jordan Humphries Dream

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3-7-14) Brothers of the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter presented Jordan Humphries a student at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts with a $500 grant in order to move closer to his dream of attending Berklee School of Music in Boston. Jordan Humphries is an instrumental musician serving as a percussionist, drum major, and mentor for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Thunder Squad Drumline.

936941_1389805600.3143Jordan Humphries has been playing the drums since he was two years old. As an aspiring artists, he also loves to sing, dance, play bass guitar, and piano. His dream is to attend Berklee College of Music once he graduates from high school in 2015. His journey has begun…

Jordan Humphries has been accepted to the Berklee School of Music Summer Performance Program in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending he will be able to obtain college credits to go towards his admission in 2015 and audition for an early music scholarship. He was awarded this opportunity due to his examples of academic, leadership, and dedication to not only the Thunder Squad Drumline but also for the inspiration that he brings to the Southeast San Diego Community. Donate to Jordan’s dream at http://www.gofundme.com/69d344For more information on the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter email us at omicroniotasigma@gmail.com or via Facebook 

Jan 16

Bro. Frank X Walker A 2014 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Book of Poetry Visiting the Western Region

frank2Brother Frank X Walker of Kentucky a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the current Poet Laureate of Kentucky is coming to Los Angeles for the 2014 NAACP Image award, which he is a nominee for Outstanding Book Of Poetry.

Bro. Walker is a professor at the University of Kentucky, an editor of a journal, as well as the author of six books and two anthologies. His latest book, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, received a 2014 NAACP Image Award Nomination.

The western region is working with Brother Walker to coordinate during his visit to Los Angeles the week of February 22nd a blue and white meet and greet and the opportunity for him to read his award-winning works.  For more information about Bro. Walker check out his website (www.frankxwalker.com).

 

Jan 09

Celebrating 100 Years of Service

1229865_498275163589656_2033537143_nHosted by Joey Wells, member of Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boys, featured on “House Husbands of Beverly Hills”, veteran comedian and Sigma Man, will lead a team of Sigma comedians featuring Ron G., Tony Baker, Reggie Jr on what will be a spectacular night of celebration.

This promises to be a once in a lifetime event so don’t miss out!!! We guarantee you won’t get another opportunity. The official celebration will take place at 333 LIVE located at 333 South Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA

You may easily order tickets via Eventbrite: http://pbswestcelebration-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Jan 08

Centennial Worship Service Sunday January 12, 2014 at First AME

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INSPIRATION

Worship Service at the Historic 1st AME Church

Sunday  January 12, 2014

2270 S Harvard Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90018

The Blue and White family have been invited to worship at the 10 a.m. services by the F.A.M.E. leadership to celebrate and commemorate our 100 years of service to the community.

There will be tables with information and examples of our Sigma Wellness programs as well as our community leadership will be showcased to the entire assembly.  Let’s end this historic weekend with over 100 brothers uplifting, receiving unified blessings from our Lord!

 

 

 

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