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The Chevron, OPA eNews, and Blog

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.

Save the Dates

Spring 2020 District Summit dates to come!
Digging for Diamonds 2020 will be held in NY/NJ/CT in July.
Convention 2021 will be held in Fort Worth, Texas!

Convention 2019

Convention 2019 took place from July 10-14, 2019, in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. The event was a resounding success. Attendees from all over the country gathered together for service, sisterhood, and sorority news. A lot was accomplished in a short time. Four service projects were completed. Elections were held. New legislation was passed. A new President’s Project was announced (Juvenile and Adult Literacy). And several national awards were presented to chapters and individuals. Visit OPA on Facebook for more Convention 2019 highlights!

Digging for Diamonds 2019

D4D alumnae reunion event was in Phoenix last spring on April 13, 2019. See more info here.

District Summits 2019 “Bee The Change”

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. Whether you are an active member, LOA, alumna, pledge—whatever your status, we hope to see YOU at a future district summit! For more information, email summit@omegaphialpha.org. Read the Spring 2019 Chevron for photos and other coverage.

Digging for Diamonds 2018

D4D was held on April 27-29, in Grapevine, TX, near the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The 2018 inductees into the sapphire level of the alumnae society were Michelle Brannon, who pledged Delta Chapter at Texas A&M University in Fall 1987. Michelle is the current national vice president of finance. Also inducted was Torie Deremo, who pledged Delta Chapter in Fall 1982. For more information about the alumnae society, click here or contact alumnae@omegaphialpha.org.

District Summits 2018 “Bee Who You Are”

Check out the spring Chevron for photos from the Spring 2018 summits.

Michelle Brannon Appointed as New VP Finance

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.

Psi and Alpha Epsilon Chapters Inactive

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.

Pamela M. McEwen: Our New Angel

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.

Click to read the email announcement.

50th Celebration Convention
June 14-18, 2017

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Convention 2017 took place near Bowling Green, OH, OPA’s national founding location, at the Hilton Garden Inn in 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 Susan Terzian Award recipients
• NEB members elected within the new national structure
• Service project with the Girl Scouts
• President’s Project for 2017-18: Childhood Obesity
• Spring 2018 Digging for Diamonds to be held in Dallas
• 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

Per the new national structure, the next national convention will be held in 2019.

Welcome to Alpha Rho Chapter

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.

Digging for Diamonds 2017 held in Atlanta

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

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