The 2015 Achievement Week of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. began on Sunday at New Rocky Valley Church in Grambling, Louisiana. The brothers of Omega Psi Phi, also known as “The Ques”, started off the Founders’ Week with a church service open to everyone.
Will Sutton, a public relations professor in the Mass Communication Department and also a member of Omega Psi Phi attended the church service with his frat brothers.
“We attended New Rocky Valley Baptist Church on Sunday, and it’s always a wonderful time to worship with Omega brothers,” Sutton said. “We have events all week. I really enjoyed breaking bread with younger and older brothers at McCall Dining Hall on Tuesday.”
The members of Omega Psi Phi observes Achievement Week as part of the fraternity’s founding and is held once every year in November.
Originally, Achievement Week was designated to promote African life and history, but today has broadened to also recognize local and national citizens who have made noteworthy contributions toward improving the quality of life for African Americans.
“As a second generation Omega man, I take our founders’ principles seriously. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift are positive and specific attributes we pledge to pursue. Founders Week is a time for us to recall what Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman and Ernest Everett Just created in 1911, to focus on the beginning and our real history, our real purpose as men,” stated Sutton.
On Monday, Nov. 16 the Ques hosted an event in honor of “Black Lives Matter” in FSUB. The event was opened to students, alumni, and faculty staff. The topic of discussion defined the value of African Americans and the justice system in America.
Daranesha Wright, a senior criminal justice major attended the event and said, “ The discussion talked about all the problems we face today as African American and how we should unite as one to find a solution. They also talked about all the unfortunate deaths we lost in the black community including Sandra Bland and Mike Brown. It was very informative and I am glad I didn’t miss it.”
The Ques set up a LifeShare blood drive on the Courtyard on Tuesday. About 15 students donated blood before the event was cut short due to inclement weather. Founder’s day was also Tuesday.
After events on Wednesday and earlier today, the next event will be the Miss Omega Scholarship Pageant on Friday at 7 p.m. in T.H. Harris Auditorium. It will be followed Friday night by a Men’s Gym Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The week will culminate with a banquet on Saturday.
Brothers are looking forward to the upcoming activities.
“This will be my first achievement week and I am excited for it,” said Ceont’e House, a GSU graduate student and member of Gamma Gamma Chapter Spring 2015 line.
“My chapter brothers have worked hard putting these events together for the student body this week. It is a privilege to be a part of the best fraternity that has been serving the community for 104 years with outstanding excellence.
“I hope you all will enjoy the events lined up for you this week, especially the Miss Omega Psi Phi scholarship pageant Friday November 20th,” House said. “Come out and support the ladies that have worked extremely hard.”