A Louisiana Dynasty: The Beta Phi Alphas of Dillard University
While we are still smarting a bit over losses to our cross town rival, only a few hours later I was reminded that this temporary set back does not overshadow the fact that we are dominating them in so many ways. A great example is the Beta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. They’re not just the most dominant chapter in the city; they are the most dominant chapter in the state and have been at least since 2012.
One of the things I like about my fraternity is the awards program. As an undergraduate I won brother of the year for the state of Georgia and the Southern Region, as well as served as Southern Region Assistant Vice President. So I know first hand how big a deal this is.
Our chapter president Joseph Caldwell sent me a text last night letting me know we had another big night. They won the debate contest, best scrap book, chapter with the highest GPA, Brother of the Year (Joseph Caldwell) and Chapter of the Year.
I share good news via e-mail to the campus through something I call “Bleu Notes,” and decided to use social media and Bleu Notes to go back and chronicle what this dynasty looks like. And it is a dynasty.
Since 2013, the chapter has won:
- Chapter of the Year, SIX times
- Brother of the Year, THREE times
- Chapter with the highest GPA, all SEVEN times (and 8 in a row dating back to 2012)
- Brother with the highest GPA, FOUR times
- Oratorical contest, ONE time
- Scholars Bowl, TWO times (including National Champion)
- Debate contest, TWO times
- Miss Black and Gold (who also won the regional contest)
And in the midst of the run, the chapter produced the 34th General President of the Fraternity, Mark Tillman, who served from 2013–2016.
This chapter has done what no chapter has done cross town, Uptown, in Baton Rouge, or North Louisiana. This is a dynasty, and at Dillard, we’re continuing to build a culture of relentless excellence in everything that we do.
The Beta Phi Alphas clearly have the “bleuprint” for all of us to follow.