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65th Souther Province Council Meeting Awrards

 

The Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated continues it’s trailblazing history at the 65th Southern Province Council Meeting.  The Chapter Achievement Committee submitted packets for 10 categories that chronicle the achievements of the Chapter during the 2014 – 2015 fraternal year.  Out of 10 submissions, the Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter swept the Southern Province by winning all 10 categories!

  • 2015 Southern Province Alumni Chapter of the Year (Large)
  • 2015 Southern Province Alumni Community Service Chapter of the Year (Large)
  • 2015 Southern Province Reclamation Chapter of the Year (Large)
  • 2015 Southern Province Reclamation Chapter of the Year – Highest Percentage (Large)
  • 2015 Southern Province Outstanding Alumni Chapter Website (Large)
  • 2015 Southern Province Kappa League / Guide Right Table Display – 1st Place Winner
  • 2015 Jay Crosby Award – Outstanding Kappa League / Guide Right Chapter
  • 2015 Bert V. Wadkins Award – Guide Right Director of the Year (Alumni)
  • 2015 Student of the Year Pageant – 1st Place
  • 2015 Leon W. Steward Award – Outstanding Kappa League / Guide Right Member (1st & 2nd Place)
2015 Kappa Man of the Year  Brandon L. Mack

2015 Kappa Man of the Year
Brandon L. Mack

Brandon L. Mack graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin University, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in 2007.  He was initiated into the Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in 2004.  He quickly rose to lead the brothers of Gamma Nu as Polemarch.  For achieving the highest GPA in the Southeastern Province and for his well-documented community service and leadership efforts, he was awarded the Fraternity’s Byron Kenneth Armstrong Award in 2007.  Upon relocating to Florida, Brandon earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Florida in 2009.

Brandon serves as an advisor of the chapters Guide Right Kappa League program.  He also has charge over the chapter’s Guide Right Membership Committee, as well as marketing for the annual 5K run program.  He also participates in the Social Media Committee and the Achievement Committee.  Professionally, he served as a volunteer recruiter for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program, the North East program coordinator for the One Church One Child of Florida, and currently serves the Duval County Public School System as a supervisor for the Partnerships, Community Engagement, and Special Projects.

2015 Polemarch's Ambassador Award  Dr. Herman Miller, Jr.

2015 Polemarch’s Ambassador Award
Dr. Herman Miller, Jr.

Brother Dr. Herman Miller, Jr. was recognized as the 2015 recipient of the Polmarch’s Ambassador Award. Brother Miller currently serves the fraternity as President of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation – Jacksonville and he is a past Polemarch of the Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter. Brother Miller maintains the distinction of being the number one fundraiser for the foundation for over the last 15 years. Brother Miller exemplifies a man of high standards, hard work and one who speaks his mind.

 

2015 Public Meeting Honoree Brother Leonard D. Brown, Jr., ESQ.

2015 Public Meeting Honoree
Brother Leonard D. Brown, Jr., ESQ.

Len serves as executive vice president and chief legal officer to PGA TOUR and is responsible for all legal matters impacting the TOUR.

Prior to joining the TOUR, Len was counsel to the Atlanta Braves and their four minor-league affiliates.  His areas of practice included salary arbitration, stadium and player operations, sponsorship and marketing deals, vendor and supplier agreements, and related team and television operations matters.  In addition, Len was counsel to all of Turner Sports’ properties including: PGA Interactive, NASCAR Interactive, and the NBA on TNT.

Len attended Penn State University, where he walked on to the varsity football team, graduated with a B.S. degree in Marketing in May 1988 and received his MBA summa cum laude in May 1994.  Len received his J.D. degree in May 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.  He is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and member of the board of Jacksonville Urban League.

Undergraduate Advisor Charles Malpress (center) displaying academic achievement awards with Omicron Delta members Brion Youngs and Evan Dudley at the 2014 C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference in Montgomery, AL

Undergraduate Advisor Charles Malpress
(center) displaying academic achievement awards with Omicron Delta
members Brion Youngs and Evan Dudley at the 2014 C. Rodger Wilson
Leadership Conference in Montgomery, AL

The Brothers of the Jacksonville University Chapter, the Omicron Delta of Kappa Alpha Psi were recognized at the 2014 C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference in Montgomery, AL for their academic achievement during the Spring 2014 semester. They were recipients of the Southern Province Highest Chapter GPA Academic Award with a combined GPA of 2.99. Brother Brion Youngs, a Summer 2014 Omicron Delta initiate, was the recipient of the Dr. Keflyn X. Reed Undergraduate Academic Scholar Award with a GPA of 4.0 for the Spring 2014 semester. We are extremely proud of our undergraduate brothers as they exemplify Achievement.

Randall K. Williams, a Spring 2013 Jacksonville Alumni Chapter initiate, was recently selected to serve in the Fall 2014 White House Internship Program. Williams, is currently an Auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Virginia. He has worked as host of Brunch Culture Internet Podcast, an auditor with Novitas Solutions , and as an accountant with the University of Central Florida. Brother Williams has served as President (2013/2014) of Student Government Association [Nova Southeastern University at Jacksonville]; One by One Facilitator [Jacksonville Public Education Fund]; Mentor/Tutor [Foster Care Program Student]; Volunteer/ Financial Workshop Trainer [United Way Realsense Jacksonville] ; Team Captain [Relay for Life (Orlando, FL)]; Volunteer [American Lung Association]; Tax Preparer [Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) Program] & Community Service Chair, Vice President [African American Student Union UCF].
Brother William’s accolades & affiliations include Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society; Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity – Membership Recruitment Award; UCF Smart Grant Recipient; Mr. University of Central Florida 2009 – 1st Runner-Up, Mr. Congeniality, Audience Favorite; Mr. Debonair 2009 – 1st Runner-Up; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; UCF; and Tribute To A Blackman – Man of Service Award recipient.

Fall 2014 White House Internship Program participant Randall K. Williams

Fall 2014 White House Internship Program participant Randall K. Williams

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Kappa honorees Greg Bruce, Frank C. Emanuel & Brandon L. Holliday part of First Coast Black Pages Top 20 Under 40 Inaugural Class

The Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages has selected its Top 20 Under 40 Inaugural Class of 2014. Among those are Brothers Greg Bruce, Frank C. Emanuel & Brandon L. Holliday. Nearly 100 nominations of young business leaders, entrepreneurs and activists in the community were given for this year’s Top 20 Under 40. Selections were made by a committee of well-established community business leaders who examined the personal and professional achievements of nominees.

The Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages are proud to recognize these 20 men and women with this prestigious honor for their significant civic contributions as leader to our community now while they are still in the Jacksonville area.  Congratulations to our 2014 honorees!

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Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Kappa League Raashed Kennion commits to Auburn University on National Signing Day

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Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Kappa League Kendal E. Williams commits to The Florida State University on National Signing Day

On February 5, 2014, two members of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Kappa League participated in National signing day as students across the country committed to athletic programs at colleges & universities. Raashed Kennion & Kendal E. Williams signed letters of intent to attend Auburn University (Football) and The Florida State University (Track) respectively.

Kennion is a senior at First Coast High School and plays Defensive End for the Buccaneers football team. Kennion has been given a three-star rating by the recruiting services as a weak-side defensive end, where he’s rated 73rd at his position and No. 214 in the state of Florida. He was one of the top 75 senior football players in Florida as selected by Florida Times-Union. He plans to major in Engineering or Pharmacy.

Williams is a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School and is 3-time state champion in the 200 meters, won the 100m as a sophomore, and finished as 100m runner-up as a freshman and junior. In 2013, the standout sprinter competed in the Adidas Dream 100 where he finished sixth. In 2014 alone Williams garnered 1st Place in the 100m at the Bob Hayes Invitational, Bolles Bulldog Classic, & Sandalwood Saints Open and 1st Place in the 200m at the Gateway Conference Championships, Bolles Bulldog Classic, & Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Williams was voted the “Fastest Sprinter on the First Coast” in 2013.

 

 

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One Jax 2014 Humanitarian Awardee William L. Cody, M.D.

William L. Cody, MD [Memphis Alumni /1977] was announced as a honoree of the OneJax Institute 2014 Humanitarian Awards to be held on May 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville. The OneJax Humanitarian Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community, and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.

Cody is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Medallion which is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding dedication and community service. Dr. Cody is an Obstetrician and ever since 1991 when he joined St. Vincent’s Medical Center from the U.S. Naval Hospital, Dr. Cody has spent countless hours teaching young physicians in the Family Practice Residency to care for and treat women. He personally delivered and also supervised the residents, in delivering hundreds of babies.

Much of the time and service he gave was uncompensated. He has been leading annual missions of healthcare providers to Haiti since 2006, providing free care and treatment (including surgery) for hundreds of impoverished patients. He is currently the medical staff president-elect for St. Vincent’s Riverside. He is an active member of the Deerwood Rotary Club and has enlisted the aid of his club in sponsoring nurses’ travel on the Haitian missions.

Dr. Cody is a Past Polemarch of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, Chairman of the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, and Vice President of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation-Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown presents Reginald Luster, Esq. with 2014 Mayor’s Trailblazer Award

 

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Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown presents Dr. Barbara A. Darby with 2014 Mayor’s Trailblazer Award

 

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Jacksonville Alumni Chapter members support honorees at 2014 Mayor’s Trailblazer Awards in Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown, a 1982 Delta Psi initiate, honored 14 community leaders who were the first African Americans in the city of Jacksonville to enact changes in the fields of business, education and public policy with the Mayor’s Trailblazer Award on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

 

The ceremony took place at the City Council Chambers in downtown Jacksonville, FL and Willie E. Gary, Esq. served as the keynote speaker. Honoree & Jacksonville Alumni Chapter member Reginald Luster, Esq. [Theta Eta/1984] was the First African-American President of the Jacksonville Bar Association. Honoree & Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Silhouette Dr. Barbara A. Darby [wife of John b. Darby, Jr., Delta Psi /1972] was the First African-American Female Campus President at Florida State College of Jacksonville – North Campus. Brothers and Silhouettes came out to show their support of this monumental achievement for the honorees. A reception immediately followed.