Alpha Nu Sigma Quarterly Brunch

Photo by Bro. Thomas Broome, Esq.

Yesterday morning, 36 Brothers from all parts of the San Francisco Bay Area gathered in Oakland, CA for Alpha Nu Sigma’s quarterly brunch. Business-talk was light and this was mostly a social event. From Brothers who pledged in the late 50s to ANS Neos who crossed this Spring and numerous California universities to Lincoln University and the Univ of Miami (FL), a great time was had by all. I debuted my latest creation The Sigma Museum: A pictoral history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – a photo book I made for the history team as their Christmas presents this year.

Not to be content with Brotherhood, a few of us walked a few short blocks to volunteer for America’s Children’s Holiday Parade – the largest parade in the area.

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Sleepout for the Homeless event


Phi Beta Sigma will experience what it feels like to be homeless Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning. Well not exactly, but that’s the idea behind the Sleepout for the Homeless event.

The fraternity plans to spend the night outside in order to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness faced in the U.S.

The event, being held in the courtyard between Wallis Hall and Lynch Hall, also collects clothes, canned good and other perishable items which will be donated to the Charlotte Men’s Shelter. 

The event started over twenty years ago and has grown into a national program for the fraternity. “From my understanding in the late 1980s some brothers from the chapter and North Carolina A&T decided to stay all night in January, just to see what homeless people go through to an extent,” said Kamal Shaw of Phi Beta Sigma.

The sleepout has seen increased support in recent years, and received the philanthropy of the year award from the Greek Life office on campus.

“Last year we received four car loads full of clothes, canned goods and other perishable items.  Years before we had decent results, but last year was the best I have seen in three years” said Shaw.

Members of Rho Gamma Chapter, as well as chapters from Johnson C. Smith and surrounding areas will fair a night in the harsh winter weather to get a glimpse at what a homeless person goes through on a daily basis.

The National Weather Service estimates that temperatures will drop to 42 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain Friday night.

“I encourage everybody to come out, support and donate to the event. It’s a real humbling experience,” said Shaw.

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Phi Beta Sigma sleeps out for homelessness

From The Ball State Daily News:
By Victoria Davis

Men from Phi Beta Sigma are having a different kind of sleepover tonight as they gather outside the Scramble Light to simulate 24 hours of homelessness.

The annual Sigma Sleepout will begin at 8 a.m. and run through 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Sigma Sleepout is an annual event hosted by the Ball State chapter of Phi Beta Sigma to inform the community of the issue and collect donations for the Muncie Mission.

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Volunteers lend hands

photos provided by Castelli Laflotte

From The Oswegonian:

By Gina Clawson (Staff Writer). Photo by Castelli Laflotte

On the first Saturday of every month, the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma volunteers at a local church to give away a truckload of food.

According to Phi Beta Sigma [PBS] President Castelli Laflotte, the fraternity truly lives by its motto: “Culture for service, service for humanity.”

In that time, the group managed to distribute food to a line of about 150 people. On Saturday, the six brothers brought other Oswego State students with them to Lighthouse Baptist Church in Mexico, N.Y. to volunteer.

“We have fed over 50,000 people in the past eight years that we’ve been doing this,” Rev. Ronald Russell said. “Every time we do this, more and more people line up. We get people all the way from Chittenango.”

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Oakland Sigmas Raise Funds for UNCF Walk

Courtesy of Bro. Martin Ricard

The Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter (Oakland, Calif.) of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. raised funds for the UNCF Walk for Education in September.

Fifteen brothers from the chapter participated in the event, which raises money and awareness for the United Negro College Fund by organizing a 5K walk around Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

The chapter raised the second largest amount for the annual event of all Bay Area NPHC fraternities.

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