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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and The Experience Christian Center announce “The Kappa Computer Learning Center”

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  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
  • The Experience Christian Center. 5230 Indian Hill Rd. Pine Hills. Orlando, FL 32808.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Orlando Alumni and Winter Park Alumni chapters, in partnership with The Experience Christian Center, will present a brief program and ribbon-
    cutting ceremony to mark the launch of “The Kappa Computer Learning Center.”

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This is a community service initiative to provide students and families in the Pine Hills neighborhood with Internet and technology access and education. The learning center, a newly refurbished structure donated by The Experience Christian Center, is located on the church’s property. Initial funding included $25,000 from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s international headquarters and $25,000 from the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. The program will feature remarks from fraternity members including its international president, Thomas L. Battles Jr.; Pastor Derrick L. McRae of The Experience Christian Center; plus perspectives of educators and parents on the need for computer/technology access and education. This event is among several public activities surrounding Kappa Alpha Psi’s Grand Chapter Meeting, its biannual international convention, which will take place in Orlando from July 18- 22 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort. More than 10,000 members, their families and supporters are expected to attend this five-day series of business, community and social activities. The convention is anticipated to generate locally a $10 million to $20 million economic impact. Further details are available at https://www.facebook.com/ConclaveOrlando2017/ and https://conclave2017.com/.

 

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Kappa Alpha Psi To Present Community Health And Wellness Fair – The Orlando Times

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Health care providers invited to participate in this free public event

ORLANDO – The Orlando and Winter Park alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi will present their Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center, located at 3955 W. D. Judge Drive in Orlando. This event will be among several public activities surrounding the fraternity’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting, its biannual national convention, which will take place in Orlando from July 18-22 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort.

The health fair will be free and open to the public, and up to 1,000 attendees are expected. “We want a wide range of health service providers to share important information that can enhance the physical life and lifestyle of everyone who attends,” said Marion Campbell, president of the Orlando chapter. From blood donations to dental screenings to medical referrals, the fair will be an educational and awareness opportunity about health and medical needs that affect disadvantaged citizens particularly. Give-aways will include backpacks for students. “As you can imagine, we look forward to this project, considering that Kappa Alpha Psi is a community service-driven organization,” Campbell emphasized.

Health care providers who would like to participate should contact Marion Campbell at semirattle@aol.com or Erick Wicker at erick.wicker@hotmail.com by Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. Confirmed participants will receive further details (e.g., specific directions, parking, arrival time, space setup allocation, logistical requirements, etc.) during the following week.

For more information about Kappa Alpha Psi’s convention activities, visit: www.facebook.com/ConclaveOrlando2017/  or www.twitter.com/83rdGCM_Orlando or www.conclave2017.com

Full article: http://www.orlando-times.com/community_health_and_wellness_tour_605.html

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Job, health & college opportunities on Kappa Alpha Psi’s national convention public agenda

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ORLANDO – Free events next week, presented by the Orlando and Winter Park alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi as part of the fraternity’s biannual national convention, will serve three important community needs: obtaining employment, improving health care knowledge and accessing information on college curricula and funding.

The convention will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort from July 18-22, but related activities will begin on Saturday. A strong representation of Kappa’s 150,000-plus members attends, a factor that guarantees a positive economic effect locally. The five-day series of business meetings and social activities is expected to generate a $10 million to $20 million economic impact, and leave a legacy of community good through events such as these:

1. Community Health & Wellness Fair. Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center, located at 3955 W. D. Judge Drive in Orlando. Participating providers:

  • AIDS Foundation
  • The Black Nurses Association
  • Black Nurses Rock
  • Black Pharmacists Association
  • The Center for Change, Inc.
  • Central Florida Blood Bank
  • Dr. Brian O. Coleman, D.M.D., P.A.
  • Easy Barber School
  • Hebni Nutrition
  • The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families
  • Dr. Sydel Y Legrande, family practice specialist
  • Sisters Network Orlando
  • TrueHealth Organization

Expect plenty to keep the children occupied when not visiting with a health and wellness providers. Free lunch, bounce houses, giveaways (e.g., student backpacks), and more.

2. College Fair — Anyone seeking higher educational opportunities should check out the College Fair at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort on July 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Here’s a sampling of the colleges slated to participate:

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Daytona State College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida A&M Law School
  • Florida Southern Technical College
  • Herzing University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Webster University

3. Career Fair – to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Wed. July 19 from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Local employers that will share information on internship as well as full and part time positions. Among them:

  • AllState Insurance
  • Best Western Hotels
  • CVS Health
  • Charter/ Spectrum
  • Childcare Careers
  • Crestline Hotels & Resorts
  • Department of Children & Families
  • Dial America
  • Home Depot
  • Hospitality Staff
  • Hubbard Construction
  • Loews Hotels
  • Marriott Orlando Downtown
  • Mears Transportation Group
  • Middlesex Corp
  • Network for Pro LLC
  • Owens Realty Services
  • Palmas Restaurants
  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts
  • Waffle House
  • Walgreens

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Kappa Alpha Psi to honor local civic leaders at national convention in July

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ORLANDO – During its upcoming convention in Orlando, Kappa Alpha Psi will present its Distinguished Citizen Award to four Central Floridians.  This biannual convention, the fraternity’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting (conclave), will be held July 18-22 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort.  The award acknowledges leadership, service and professional contributions that have enhanced the lives of citizens residing in the community where the conclave takes place.  The fraternity traditionally presents the award during the conclave.  The ceremony will be held Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

The Distinguished Citizen Award recipients (images are left to right):

Dick J. Batchelor — One of “The 50 Most Powerful People” (Orlando Magazine, 2004-11), “Central Floridian of the Year” (Orlando Sentinel, 2002), “Businessman of the Year” (Orlando Business Journal, 2002) and “Best Corporate Citizen” (Orlando Magazine, 2008, ‘2009).  Former Florida Congressman Dick Batchelor is the founder and president of Dick Batchelor Management Group, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in business development, strategic governmental affairs and public policy issues. Since 1981, he has been honorary chairman of the Dick Batchelor Run for the Children, an annual 5-K that raises funds to treat abused children.  Batchelor also has received United Way’s Chiles Advocacy Award for “Integrity, Dedication, and Commitment to Improving the Lives of Florida’s Children and Families.”

Sheriff Jerry Demings — Formerly Orlando’s police chief, Jerry Demings is lauded for important firsts.  In 2008, he became the first African American sheriff and constitutional officer in Orange County.  Last year, he became the first African American president of the Florida Sheriffs Association.  During a 36-year law enforcement career, Demings has managed to carve out time to serve local youth and families.  His volunteerism has benefited Central Florida Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Safety Village and other charitable causes.

RepVal Demings [D-FL10] – During a 27-year law enforcement career, Val Demings served as commander of Special Operations, responsible for high-profile tasks including special events and dignitary protection.  She made history in 2007 by becoming Orlando’s first female police chief.  Under Demings’ leadership, the police department reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent.  Contributing to this accomplishment were programs she launched including Operation Positive Direction, which empowers at-risk students through tutoring, community service and positive incentives.  Demings won her Florida 10th District congressional seat last year.

Gislene “Gigi” Moorman – Gigi Moorman cofounded the grassroots nonprofit Space To Grow to support local women and children.  The organization initially supported the Women’s Residential & Counseling Center but now serves Coalition for the Homeless’ Center for Women and Families and Orlando Union Rescue Mission.  But through Raise Your Glass Promotions, a boutique event management company, Moorman produces networking and professional development events such as the UNITY Networking Mixer.  These events have created a consistent platform for “intentional networking,” providing connections with area African American professionals to create and nurture business opportunities.

Dick Batchelor
Sheriff Jerry Demings
Rep. Val Demings
GiGi Moorman

 

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Kappa Alpha Psi to present community health and wellness fair

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Health care providers invited to participate in this free public event

ORLANDO – The Orlando and Winter Park alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi will present their Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center, located at 3955 W. D. Judge Drive in Orlando. This event will be among several public activities surrounding the fraternity’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting, its biannual national convention, which will take place in Orlando from July 18-22 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort.

The health fair will be free and open to the public, and up to 1,000 attendees are expected. “We want a wide range of health service providers to share important information that can enhance the physical life and lifestyle of everyone who attends,” said Marion Campbell, president of the Orlando chapter. From blood donations to dental screenings to medical referrals, the fair will be an educational and awareness opportunity about health and medical needs that affect disadvantaged citizens particularly. Giveaways will include backpacks for students. “As you can imagine, we look forward to this project, considering that Kappa Alpha Psi is a community service-driven organization,” Campbell emphasized.

Health care providers who would like to participate should contact Marion Campbell at semirattle@aol.com or Erick Wicker at erick.wicker@hotmail.com by Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. Confirmed participants will receive further details (e.g., specific directions, parking, arrival time, space setup allocation, logistical requirements, etc.) during the following week.

For more information about Kappa Alpha Psi’s convention activities, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/ConclaveOrlando2017/
https://twitter.com/83rdGCM_Orlando

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Historic Fraternity Will Bring Convention To Central Florida

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BY DEVIN HEFLIN

    ORLANDO – Historic Fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi projects that history will be made with their upcoming convention for next July 18-22, 2017 in Orlando, FL. At their press conference in downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park on Friday, fraternity members, elected officials and the business community spoke of the impact and benefit this convention will bring to the Orlando area.

“More than 10,000 members, family and friends will descend on Orlando on that date. Our goal is to move this great fraternity forward and expand its mission.” Ernest Brown, National Chapter member said.

“We train members to attain high levels of academic pursuits.”

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Kappa Alpha Psi picks Orlando as 2017 convention city – Orlando Sentinel

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Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically African-American fraternity, has selected Orlando as the host city for one of its 2017 biannual conventions.

The convention will take place at Rosen Shingle Creek between July 18-22 next year, according to fraternity leaders. A community service project is part of the 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting.

“We strongly believe it’s important to provide a service to help fulfill a community need in every city where we have our conclave,” said Tony Foster, co-chairman of the fraternity’s local convention planning team, in a news release….

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s National Convention Set for Orlando

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Orlando and Winter Park alumni chapters to host 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting July 18-22, 2017 

ORLANDO – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. today announced that Orlando will welcome more than 10,000 members, their families and associates for the organization’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting (conclave) on July 18-22, 2017.  The fraternity made the announcement at a press conference held in the heart of the city, at the Lake Eola Amphitheater.

Local officials on site to give the fraternity an official welcome included Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando; Orange County commissioners Bryan Nelson, District 2, and Victoria Siplin, District 6; and Winter Park Vice Mayor Sarah Sprinkel.  Extending greetings on behalf of the convention’s host hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek, was Travers Johnson, associate director of sales for Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Orlando lastly served as the biennial conclave’s host venue in 1991.  This time around, the five-day series of meetings and social activities is expected to infuse millions of dollars into the local economy and leave a legacy of community good.  “It’s the basis for our theme, Leave a Legacy:  Build a Future,” said the fraternity’s international president (grand polemarch) Thomas Battles, Jr.  “We aim to leave a significant and indelible mark on Orlando through public service initiatives from now through the conclave and long afterward.”

One is the fraternity’s new partnership with OneBlood, the local blood center, through which both will sponsor quarterly blood drives and promote the importance for the need for blood donations by African Americans.  The first blood drive took place during the press conference.  According to OneBlood spokesman Pat Michaels, “African American blood donors hold the power to save other African American’s in need of a blood transfusion. That’s because donors with genetically-similar blood are more likely to be a match for patients from the same ethnic background.”

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is an international organization founded on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana on January 5, 1911. Since its inception, it has trained over 150,000 men, particularly undergraduates, for leadership roles in their communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits. The International Headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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One Blood, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Hold Blood Drive

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One Blood, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Hold Blood Drive

 Fraternity Announces Orlando site for 2017 convention

(Orlando, FL July 14, 2016)  OneBlood, the local blood center, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a national service organization with more than 150,000 members and chapters located on campuses nationwide, have joined forces by holding a blood drive and promoting the importance for the need for blood donations by African Americans.  Coinciding with the blood drive, the fraternity will hold a press conference at the Lake Eola Amphitheater announcing Orlando as the site for its 2017 national convention.

 

Press Conference

11:30 a.m.

Blood Drive

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

101 North Rosalind Avenue

Orlando, FL 32801

Each blood donor will receive a free OneBlood Cooler Bag. Appointments can by calling (888) 9-DONATE or visiting www.oneblooddonor.org and using the sponsor code #36343.

According to, Pat Michaels, spokesman for OneBlood, the local blood center, “African-American blood donors hold the power to save other African-American’s in need of a blood transfusion. That’s because donors with genetically-similar blood are more likely to be a match for patients from the same ethnic background.”

When it comes to blood donations, researchers have found that African-Americans are under-represented among donors, and that minority donors in general are less likely to become regular donors. Increasing African-American donations is vital because blood types O and B, the blood types of about 70 percent of African-Americans, are also the blood types most in demand.

Genetically-similar blood is preferred for those who need repeated blood transfusions, and for conditions like sickle cell disease (SCD), which primarily affects African-Americans. Blood that closely matches that of a patient is less likely to be rejected by the patient and can mean fewer complications after a transfusion.

African-American blood donors are more likely to be a match for the majority of individuals with SCD in the United States, making them ideal donors to help SCD patients receiving regular blood transfusions.

A predominantly African American fraternity established in 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi locally is well known for its community services.  The most notable center on mentoring youth and awarding college scholarships based on financial need as well as academic achievement.  “So, we’re really looking forward to adding this project to the list,” said Tony Foster, immediate past president of the fraternity’s Orlando Alumni Chapter.  “It’s one that touches us all personally, and it’s comforting to know that we can take action to help our brothers and sisters through such a quick and simple good deed.”

During the next year, culminating with Kappa Alpha Psi’s convention during the week of July 18-22, 2017, One Blood and the fraternity will hold quarterly blood drives.  (The dates are pending.)  Additionally, Kappa Alpha Psi will publicize educational programs about blood donation targeted to African Americans.

 

About Kappa Alpha Psi

Founded in 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. has more than 150,000 members worldwide and 700-plus college and alumni chapters.  Local chapters include Orlando Alumni, established in 1947, and Winter Park Alumni, in 1992.  The undergraduate Lambda Omega Chapter at the University of Central Florida received its charter in 1983. 

About OneBlood

OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.  The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.

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