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Community Post: Greek Spotlight: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Eta Tau Chapter

Are you interested in Greek Life, #FutureRedbird? If so, we’ve got you covered! Since the year 1971, the Eta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has served the ISU community. If you would like to hear more about this fraternity keep reading!

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Tell us a little about your fraternity

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. We were founded by seven individuals known as the Seven Jewels. We are the first black intercollegiate fraternity established on a college campus. Unlike the other D9 Organizations, we were established at an Ivy League Institution during a time of heavy racial discrimination.

What has the Eta Tau chapter done for ISU and the surrounding community?

We as a fraternity participate in many community service events around campus. Alpha Phi Alpha has several national programs that include March of Dimes, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, My Brother's Keeper, Go to High School go to College, and Project Alpha. Recently, we have volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington playing games and interacting with children. A few members also mentor teens.

On Wednesdays, our members volunteer at Mount Pisgah Church to help out with their food pantry and clothing drive. On Fridays, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha volunteer their time to tutor children in math and reading at different locations in Bloomington-Normal.

Any upcoming events you'd like to promote?

On December 4, 2016, Alpha Phi Alpha will be celebrating its 110th year anniversary. This is also the day the Eta Tau chapter plans to host our annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant. The purpose of this graceful event is to celebrate and recognize the finer African-American womanhood on the campus of Illinois State University.

These women will be demonstrating diverse talents through modeling and unique individual performances. The women who choose to participate in this pageant possess the qualities needed to be named Miss Black & Gold 2016. These qualities include being a positive role model and being a woman who represents black excellence. Miss Black & Gold should also support our principles of manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.

For those who would like to attend, the event will be held in Capen Auditorium from 5-7 pm on December 4th. It is a free event and we hope everyone comes out to see the hard work these beautiful ladies have put into the show.

Any other events you'd like highlighted?

The brothers of the Eta Tau chapter host a campus tour for the members of The Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington and Champaign several times a year. During this tour, we give insight on college life and explain why pursuing a college education is important. The tour is followed by a short presentation. This presentation usually consists of us performing a step routine and answering any questions the participants may have.

This event is a representation of our national program, Go to High School go to College. This is also one of our favorite events to host. Since 1971, the campus of Illinois State University and the surrounding community have always been our top priority. We do everything in our power to live up to the highest standards of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Fun Fact: Alpha Mondays

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The Eta Tau chapter has a long standing tradition known as, "Alpha Monday". Every Monday, the brothers in our chapter dress up in more formal (e.g., dress shirt and a tie) attire. It has been a tradition since our chapter was founded and it gives us a very distinguished look on campus that helps set us apart from other fraternities.

Overall, we want students to know that the brothers of the Eta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are a genuine, well-rounded, and humble group of men.

Follow the Eta Tau chapter on social media for any updates on future events, #FutureRedbird!

Twitter: @ETA_TAU1906

Instagram: @Eta_Tau_Alpha

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