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Alpha Mu chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. at Central State University received the National Chapter of the Year Award August 16 at the 34th International Conclave featuring the fraternity’s 50th Anniversary in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Iota Phi Theta serves the campus community by Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity and Brotherhood. In addition, Alpha Mu chapter acts out of service, protocol, and civility—tenets made by Central State president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond.

“Reading the welcome letter at the beginning of the school year by new CSU president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond inspired us to do more than our fair share,” said graduate Rashad Riley, who also won the Ohio Valley Region Brother of the Year Award.

“Her message that ‘service is our commitment to our institution and the greater community; protocol is our adherence to and value of best practices for accomplishing goals; and civility is our active respect for one another, and for our past, our present, and our future’ is embodied in all we do, and Alpha Mu successfully matched our goals with these tenets.”

Members of the chapter said that being the last fraternity to join the coalition of Black Greek letter organizations known as the National Pan-Hellenic Council made them think outside the box, since not many students come to college “wanting to be an Iota.”

“We really took the yard by storm during the last school year,” chapter President Austin Oten said.

“The chapter wanted to do more educational forums that engages and involves students, instead of the predictable party events. We collaborated with organizations like NAACP and Student African American Brotherhood and expanded on our brand.”

“The chapter of Alpha Mu of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has immensely helped create character and great worth at Central State University,” Greek Affairs adviser Brittany Stephens said.

“I see them everywhere and attending every campus event. They are the ideal organization here on campus—while definitely upholding their motto of not resting on traditions, but building one.”

Iota Phi Theta Alpha Mu chapter at Central State University was founded February 28, 1981 by Brother Quintin L. Hudgens. The fraternity will host an Informational September 12 in the Center for Education and Natural Sciences room 132.

About Iota Phi Theta:

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. consists of over 250 chapters located in 40 States, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Korea. The Fraternity is, and shall forever remain dedicated to its founders’ vision of “Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!”