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Omega Phi Alpha’s official publication, the Chevron, is produced quarterly by active and alumnae OPA members under the supervision of the vice president of communications. The emailed newsletter, OPA eNews, is also sent out by the communications team. More details and digital versions of the Chevron can be found here.
Be sure to update your contact information on the OPA database to receive these publications, news, and invitations.
OPA’s online blog is updated regularly. Check out the latest one here.
A District Summit is a daylong leadership training and fellowship retreat at which sisters participate in icebreakers, group activities, think tanks, traditions, leadership training, and service projects. A number of summits have been scheduled across the country. Whether you are an active member, LOA, alumna, pledge—whatever your status, we hope to see YOU at a district summit in 2018!
The theme this year is “Bee Who You Are,” suggested by Lily Chan (Gamma). Questions? Email Learyn Miller (Sigma), district summit coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to visit the Omega Phi Alpha Facebook events page for a complete list of all the summits.
Omega Phi Alpha is pleased to announce that Michelle (Salisbury) Brannon (Delta) has been appointed to complete the term of vice president of finance on the NEB. Michelle is a certified public accountant with 24 years of accounting experience. She began her career in public accounting, specializing in audit and tax preparation for not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Michelle gradually combined her career with her desire to serve others and left public accounting to work for various not-for-profit organizations. She served as tax accountant of Good Shepherd Health Systems and as director of accounting for Panola Harrison Electric Cooperative. Currently, she is the accounting manager for iClassPro, Inc., a technology company that develops web-based classroom management software. Michelle earned her Certificate of Public Accountancy in 2000 and is licensed in Texas. A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science in accounting, she started her collegiate education at Texas A&M University, where she pledged OPA in 1987.
With several semesters of declining membership, the most recent active members of Psi and Alpha Epsilon chapters have graduated and transitioned to alumnae status. After a great deal of thought, the National Executive Board declared both chapters inactive.
Psi Chapter (founded 1998) was at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Alpha Epsilon (founded 2006) was at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. The chapters and national leaders worked hard but were unable to turn the declines around, especially after the effects of Hurricane Harvey at Psi, and losing campus recognition as a student organization for Alpha Epsilon. Alumnae are lifetime members, and they are encouraged to continue to stay connected with Omega Phi Alpha sisters across the globe.
A new angel has been accounted for in heaven. Our beloved sister Pamela (McCullough) McEwen passed from this life on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Pamela embodied all of OPA’s cardinal principles, as a welcoming friend and mentor, a steadfast financial leader and someone who routinely put service above herself. An Epsilon alumna, Pamela was serving as OPA’s vice president of finance. Services were held in Nashville on Sept. 8 and 9.
Convention 2017 took place near Bowling Green, OH, OPA’s national founding location, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard, Perrysburg, OH.
Visit OPA’s Facebook page for photos and videos from the event. The Fall 2017 Chevron also features many photos and stories from the 50th celebration convention. Highlights include:
• Two new Susan Terzian Award recipients
• New NEB members elected within the new national structure
• Service project with the Girl Scouts
• New President’s Project: Childhood Obesity
• Spring 2018 Digging for Diamonds to be held in Dallas
• Alumnae Service Award and Alumnae Chapter of the Year
• Sigma Chapter sweeps service awards
• Opening the 25th time capsule and creating a new one for the future
• Inspiration from OPA’s first national president, Sue Fehlner Hess
• 11 alumnae members inducted into the alumnae society
• Throwback Thursday mixer
• Celebration dinner honors past presidents and Terzian recipients
To share your photos from the event, please email email@example.com. Per the new national structure, the next national convention will be held in 2019.
On March 25, 2017, Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority inducted a group of 24 students as the founding members of Alpha Rho Chapter at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. Say hello on their Facebook page.
OPA held its fifth annual Digging for Diamonds event in Atlanta, GA, on February 24–26. Alumnae from six chapters participated in the reunion-style event held at the Hilton Garden Inn Midtown Atlanta. The event kicked off on Friday with a reception and Paint & Sip event hosted by Nu Chapter on the Georgia Tech campus.
On Saturday, sisters shared memories and make blankets as a service project. The day ended with a banquet, followed by the ceremony celebrating the induction of lifetime members (all formerly from Nu Chapter) into OPA alumnae societies:
TOPAZ (10 years): Melissa Gerrior, Emily Britt Haar, Lauren Willard Lunk, JoAnne Ofoli, Keisha Burgess Prentiss
SAPPHIRE (25 years): Raissa Cortez Chandler
D4D 2018 will be held in Dallas, TX. Details to come.