Dillard Men of ΚΑΨ Return to Campus During 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting
August 19, 2015
Having wrapped up a busy week of meetings, fellowship, service and of course a little shimmying; Dillard men of Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ) thought it appropriate to return to their Alma Mater for one more act of service. For several months, Jamal Grooms, ’83 (initiated into the Beta Gamma chapter) worked to encourage his fellow fraternity brothers to return to campus and give back to the university. When asked "why did you think it was important to push alumni Kappas to give back to Dillard" he responded, "I think it is important because I see it as our responsibility to support the university that supported us. If every graduate, literally, gave $100, the university would be in a better position. I just see it as our duty. I pushed because it was the right thing to do. I simply thought, 'why not now, why not us.'"
His efforts were met with an outpouring of support. With additional leadership from Mack McGinnis, '84 and Darryl Connor, '90 (both initiated into the Beta Gamma chapter), by August 15th, more than 40 brothers contributed to Dillard University. Amid great fanfare, Grooms handed President Kimbrough a presentation check representing the $29,002 given to the university from brothers over the past several months. Dillard is home to nearly a dozen fraternities and sororities. These organizations are critically important to our community and their leadership is the driving force of many initiatives both on and off campus. To learn more about the dynamic men of Kappa Alpha Psi, visit http://www.kappaalphapsi1911.org/.
July 17, 2015 Dillard University alumni usually steal the show but this week we received a double dose. Our board chairman, Michael Jones, ‘82 received Alumnus of the Year from HBCU Digest’s Awards Gala. Dillard was nominated for 6 awards overall and brought home one of the top alumni honors. The annually sponsored event held during the National HBCU Media Week celebrates the accomplishments of those in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement. Jones, a partner in one of the nation’s top law firms Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, has been a longtime supporter of the institution. He is well known for his landmark $2 billion lawsuit against the state of Maryland on behalf of HBCUs (Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore). The result of which was the federal court ruling that Maryland was in violation of its "constitutional commitment” by allowing majority institutions to duplicate the academic programs offered by HBCUs.
Dillard Alumni Earn 2 Honors This Week
Alongside Grammy award winning performer Wale and Baltimore Raven cornerback Tray Walker, Alumna Nicole Tinson, ‘14 was named to the HBCU Buzz 2015 Top 30 Under 30 List which recognizes generation y individuals with remarkable achievements. Tinson, served Dillard University in various capacities including class president, NAACP president, and as member of the social action committee of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Currently, she is studying at Yale’s Divinity School and operates Jobs 4 You, Inc. an online and community centered organization that by promoting economic justice, civic engagement and inspires people to live better lives.