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King University News :: King Service Fraternity Receives Charter

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 retention.”

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 in Christ.”

For information on Alpha Phi Omega or King’s chapter, Alpha Eta Epsilon, contact Sara Hill at skhills@king.edu