For the second consecutive year, the Carrollton-based Rho Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was voted the 2017 Southwestern regional alumni chapter of the year at the fraternity’s regional convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in April. The distinction is awarded annually to the alumni chapter that exhibits the high standards of the fraternity through its commitment to the fraternal aims, community impact, and overall leadership.
“I am proud of the strides that the Rho Nu Lambda chapter has made in the past four years during my tenure as Texas district director,” says Tarrynce Robinson, Texas Council of Alpha Chapters district director. “I watched the chapter evolve from ‘just trying to make it’ to ‘the chapter to emulate’ in a short period. This chapter is only as good as its leadership, and President Corey Wilson is the cream of the crop. From day one, he had a vision and he put the plan in place to make the vision a reality.”
Among its many community service initiatives, the Rho Nu Lambda chapter is an active participant in helping to resolve the social injustices that continue to plague Dallas and many other American cities. As part of this stance, Rho Nu Lambda, along with the Arlington-based Nu Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will co-host a panel discussion/ice cream social called “Cops on I.C.E.” on Saturday, May 13, at the University of Texas at Dallas. During this event, local and regional law officials will openly discuss various community policing topics and how our local youth can positively engage law officials in our community and at school.
The chapter continues to partner with various local and national service organizations and programs such as Metrocrest Social Services, Upward Bound, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Life, Special Olympics of North Texas, and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Onward and Upward Empowerment Foundation, the fraternity provides benevolence care and support to families in need and academic scholarships to local high school students. Through this foundation, the chapter also coordinates a federally funded mentoring program called Alpha Scholars, which aids in addressing the academic needs, personal development, and cultural enrichment of minority male students in the greater Dallas area.