Chapter Events

Annual Events

A Voteless People is a Hopeless People

Voter Registration Campaign was kicked off. This campaign will run through the end of the term and brothers in the chapter will go door to door in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood registering new voters and informing voters of their rights and responsibilities.

Black & Gold Ball

The Black & Gold ball is an annual formal hosted by the Pi Pi Chapter, featuring all of the undergraduate brothers and many alumni brothers. This past year we had over 160 people in attendance. The attendees came from all over the country. The ball is an all night event that includes the presentation of the Sphinx Award, the chapter’s highest honor for their work fostering diversity on Union’s campus and a formal dinner.

Go to High School, Go to College

Established in 1922, the Go-To-High School, Go-To-College program is intended to afford Alpha men with the opportunity to provide young participants with role models. The program concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a path to advancement and to provide information and strategies to facilitate success.

Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant

The Miss Black and Gold Pageant is our way of showcasing the intelligence, talent, excellence, and unparalleled beauty of Women on the campus of Union College. We are pleased to say that the pageant is growing and evolving each year and we give our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to each of the young ladies who have participated. Each and every one of them are truly a queen and we thank them all for representing themselves, their families, and their people.

Project Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Delta Lambda Chapter (Chicago) and the March of Dimes began a collaborative program called Project Alpha in 1980. The project consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention. Alpha Phi Alpha also participates in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica and raised over $181,000 in 2006.


Oratorical Contest

Contestants were given a question:

Do you agree with the notion that there are two Americas: One conservative, one liberal; one rich, one poor; one white, one non-white. Are we truly one nation, under-God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?

They were given 2 minutes to speak intelligently on the subject matter. This event was judged by Timothy Dunn – Director of Greek Life, Elsie Ortero – Assistant Director of HEOP/AOP, and Muhammad Djata – Student Forum VP of Multicultural Affairs and VP of Alpha Phi Alpha. The event was won by Ewo Harrell for the second year in a row and she won a $100 prize.


End of Spring Term Step Exhibition

Brother Mohammad A. Omar ’94 Memorial Community Service Internship

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mohammad A. Omar ’94 Memorial Community Service Internship provides support to outstanding full-time, undergraduate students volunteering for not-for-profit community organizations.  Through this endowed internship, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. strives to build awareness of and dedication to a lifetime of improving the quality of life for others, as well as promote the development of individuals to serve as strong examples of a commitment to service.

Is Spirituality/Religion dead?

A discussion assessing the relevance of religion in contemporary society.  Are we less religious/spiritual than our parent’s and grandparent’s generation? Is religion obsolete in mainstream society? If so, can a modern society maintain its ethical and moral standards in spite of the absence religious/spiritual values? Our assertion that religion is dead comes from the contradiction that although the vast majority of us believe in some form of God, spirituality, religious values and faith are no longer a permanent fixture in our consciousness and have been relegated to weekend and holiday activities.

Gangs vs. Fraternities

There is a common misconception about black fraternities and their association with gangs. The point of this program was to educate students and faculty on the necessity of Greek organization on a college campus. This was a perfect opportunity to highlight how our fraternity has helped to change the campus culture.This event featured a presentation by Timothy Dunn, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Music Jeopardy

This interactive program featured questions concerning music within the last 25 years. We had clips from different songs spanning different genres. The purpose was to discuss why black music especially has become increasingly self-deprecating. We also give away $25 gift cards to three winners.

Cultural Diversity Forum  w/ Student Forum

The Cultural Diversity Forum is a responsibility of the V.P. of Multicultural Affairs. This was the first Cultural Diversity Forum of spring term and it was based off a past Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity event that was centered on addressing stereotypes of different groups of people.