The Delta Sigma Lambda Graduate Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 111th Founders Day Celebration at 7:06 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St.
All graduate and undergraduate members are invited to attend. The event is open to the public. The theme is “Celebrating 111 Years of Leadership, Legacies, & Legends” and members will be remembering the seven founders of the fraternity.
The speaker will be Jeremy Owoh, Ph.D, assistant commissioner for educator effectiveness at the Arkansas Department of Education.
A native of Camden, Owoh received a Bachelor of Science degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas. Owoh obtained a master’s degree in secondary education, an Educational Specialist degree in school administration, and a Doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, while also teaching writing courses at Pulaski Technical College and UALR, according to a news release.
Owoh has served as a classroom teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, middle/high school principal and assistant superintendent.
Owoh was initiated into the Theta Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in the fall of 1998. He is the Arkansas District Director of Alpha Phi Alpha and is a member of the Epsilon Alpha Lambda Chapter. He and his wife, Katrina, have a son, Jaxon.
This year, the chapter will recognize Jerome Sanders as its 2017 Brother of The Year. Sanders is a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff. He is married to Kristy Sanders and they have six children; two are members of the fraternity.
Sanders became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha in February 2011. He attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the American Intercontinental University in Illinois, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. Sanders is currently employed with the federal government. Sanders’ future plans are to continue to pave a way for more Alpha brothers to move into the federal system.
“The local graduate chapter (of Alpha Phi Alpha) participates in national programs that benefit the local community such as Project Alpha, which helps teenage males learn about their roles in life; Go to High School-Go to College; A Voteless People is a Hopeless People; and Brother’s Keeper. The fraternity also partners with other national organizations that work in the community such as the March of Dimes, Brother’s Keeper, and Brother’s United,” according to the release.