Adventure #6: The Baby Apes Are Here!

Hey Pals. . . I hope you all had a wonderful week. As usual, this weekend was jam packed with events for Mizzou students and Columbia residents to enjoy! One of these events being one of the most anticipated events of the year, a probate!

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Now, some of you are probably wondering … what is a probate? Well, a probate is a new member presentation where the newest members of the Fraternity/ Sorority present history, reveal who they are and often step or stroll.

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It is an exciting time for not only the greek community when new members join, but also the entire campus – especially their friends and family.

The very first probate for the Spring 2017 season just so happened to be for the very first fraternity established for African-American men, the Alpha’s.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University. This illustrious organization was founded upon three principles which are Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for all Man Kind.

The Zeta Alpha Chapter here at the University of Missouri was founded on Tuesday, May 17, 1966 by seven men, whom they refer to as “our Pearls”. The Zeta Alpha Chapter is responsible for bringing the NAACP here on campus, and also started the Legion of Black Collegians Minority Student Government.

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They host community service events three times a week, along with a bundle of events such as: 2Juiced, Ms. Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant, Powderpuff football game and many more for the entire campus to enjoy!

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is a part of the the National Pan-Hellenic Council. NPHC is a coalition of the nine largest historically African American Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, currently representing over 1.5 million members internationally. The organization boasts a diverse membership comprised of students, celebrities, corporate, political and community leaders.

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Sending a special congratulations to the nine new members of this illustrious fraternity! I cannot wait to see the great work you all plan to do for the campus and our community in the upcoming year!

Until Next Time Pals…See ya soon!