GSU Kappas win honors

Grambling State University’s Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was highly regarded this previous weekend. The chapter attended its 69th Southwestern Province Council in historic Natchez, Miss. There, the chapter made history by receiving several awards and nominations.

For the first time, Gamma Psi was presented the Undergraduate Chapter of the Year Award. In addition, Martin Lemelle, the chapter’s Polemarch, was given the Undergraduate Brother of the Year Award. Gamma Psi was also recognized for having a grade-point average of 3.14, one of the highest averages in the Southwestern Province.

These awards and selections were based on the chapter’s outstanding performance and achievements. With this in mind, it is safe to say Gamma Psi’s scholarship, leadership, and service were all instrumental in the chapter’s esteemed recognition.

“Gamma Psi has worked diligently throughout the year, and becoming chapter of the year simply serves as a validation of this chapter’s commitment,” Lemelle said.

More significantly, this chapter has been nominated for chapter of the year on an international level. And, Lemelle is up for the Byron K. Armstrong Award, which is the most honorable award an undergraduate member can attain. “When one has truly committed his life to service, you never expect rewards or recognition,” Lemelle said. “Nonetheless, I am grateful for being honored and am elated about the nominations.”

The advisers of the Gamma Psi Chapter are most gratified.

“I am extremely proud of the excellent representation of Kappa Alpha Psi and GSU in these members. Beyond individual recognition, it’s always good to see the entire group achieve,” said adviser Shawn Robinson.

Adviser Jerry Lewis added, “Throughout my 31 years of membership in this fraternity, this is one of the best, if not the best, undergraduate groups I’ve worked with.”

It has only been a year since Gamma Psi returned to GSU with 45 “men of achievement.”

“We are only a mere reflection of our advisers,” members Omar Armbrister said. “Their significant role has shaped us into whom we have become to be.? The advisers, however, deny full credit.

“We set the foundation for the direction of this chapter, and the members did the rest,” said Robinson. “We chose a group of guys who were willing to give to the fraternity, rather than take from the fraternity.”

As the result, the brothers of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. look forward to another successful year.