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After two years of dedicated work by students and faculty advisors, King was welcomed
into the Alpha Phi Omega family. Within the national organization, participating
colleges receive a chapter name to distinguish themselves. King’s new chapter will
be called Alpha Eta Epsilon.
“King students are community driven,” said Emily Loudon, director of campus life at
King. “The Alpha Phi Omega principles of leadership, friendship, and service, in
addition to the longer list of principles, line up well with who King is. Students
transitioning from high school to college need something in which to be involved in.
Many high school students have invested time in church groups, mission trips, and
community service organizations. We are happy to be able to give them the opportunity
to increase their involvement in community service.”
Alpha Phi Omega, founded at Lafayette College in Easton Penn., in 1925, is a national
coeducational service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of leadership,
friendship and service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership
skills as they provide service to their campus, to youth and the community, to the
nation, and to members of the Fraternity.
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity has more than 17,000 male and female student
members at 366 college campuses nationwide. More than 350,000 members have joined
Alpha Phi Omega since its founding.
The chartering ceremony held in April in King’s Fine Arts Theatre included APO chapters
from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, East Tennessee State University, University
of Kentucky, and the University of Mount Union who were in attendance to welcome King
to the brotherhood.
The chartering process began in fall 2010. The process to become a charter member
of APO is broken down into three stages: interest group, petitioning group, and charter.
“We are currently working to build membership,” said Sara Hill, electronic resources
librarian and the primary advisor for APO at King. “We currently have 15 student
members who have completed over 20 service projects. These students, rising sophomores
and juniors, have played significant roles in the development of our new APO chapter.
Four members spent part of their summer attending a leadership academy in Orlando,
Fla., learning about building chapters, pledge membership classes, recruitment, and
For King’s chapter, each member will be required to perform a minimum of 20 hours
of service per semester. Some of the community service projects members have participated
in include mentoring local children at Girls Inc., helping out at the Clothes Closet,
Ronald McDonald House, as well as recycling for the library.
“Service projects have been on a fairly small scale so far, but as membership grows,
the magnitude of the service projects will grow,” said Hills. “We are excited about
possibilities this organization will bring to King’s students as they endeavor to
further King’s mission to build meaningful lives for achievement and cultural transformation
For information on Alpha Phi Omega or King’s chapter, Alpha Eta Epsilon, contact Sara
Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.