VSU innovates on the NPHC Plaza
September 21, 2021
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
Construction is underway on Valdosta State University’s NPHC plaza, a visual tribute to Blazer Nation’s commitment to educating about diversity, improving equity, and embracing inclusiveness. Campus and community representatives gathered on Saturday for a groundbreaking ceremony.
VALDOSTA – Construction is underway on Valdosta State University’s NPHC plaza, a visual tribute to Blazer Nation’s commitment to educating about diversity, improving equity, and embracing inclusiveness. Campus and community representatives gathered on Saturday for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“This is absolutely an exciting day for all of us, and I am delighted to recognize the hard work, cultural significance and legacy of our NPHC Chapters here at VSU,” said Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, President of VSU.
“This square represents the accomplishments, hard work and sacrifice of so many people. It represents a lot of wins and a few losses. It represents the story of every member of the NPHC chapters that we have had here for 50 years. With this project, visitors to our campus will forever see the impact our NPHC students and alumni have had here in Valdosta State.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Inc., an organization made up of nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, was founded in May 1930 at Howard University in Washington DC. Americans have been denied the essential rights and privileges accorded to others. Racial isolation on predominantly white campuses and class-based social barriers on all campuses have created a need for African Americans to align with others who share common goals and ideals.
The NPHC became active at VSU in May 1971 with the charter of the Theta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. less than eight years after the university admitted its first two African American students. Over the next 12 years, these women were joined by the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Kappa Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. , Lambda Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Lambda Beta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Alpha Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Tau Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc The VSU NPHC was completed in 2001 with the charter of the Delta Phi Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc ..
“The idea for the esplanade has been the subject of discussion among students for several years, but until recently we did not have joint coordination with local alumni representatives to help start the fundraising process. fund, ”said Dr. Vince Miller, vice president of the Student Affairs Division. “It is the generosity of our former NPHCs that made this project a reality.
The NPHC fundraiser kicked off on July 20, with a tight schedule and a plan to raise $ 110,000 for the construction of NPHC Plaza by August 20.
At the time of Saturday’s inauguration, the campaign had surpassed its goal by nearly $ 39,000, according to Madison Beaumarchais, associate director of fraternity and sisterhood life at VSU. Any funds remaining after the construction of NPHC Plaza will go towards scholarships for NPHC students. Any additional funds raised in the future will continue to support the scholarships.
“The legacy of the NPHC in the state of Valdosta is long and the future is bright,” said Beaumarchais.
VSU’s NPHC chapters have had and continue to have a huge impact on campus and in the community. These students have contributed countless hours of volunteering and giving to support efforts to make the university and the surrounding community a great place to live, learn, work and play. They consistently maintain higher GPAs than unaffiliated students and celebrate their academic achievements on graduation day.
VSU’s NPHC Chapters are the cornerstone of campus social engagement and drive the social calendar by providing engaging and educational programs for the campus community. Through their commitment to leadership development, these organizations have trained student government association presidents and senators, university ambassadors, policy leaders, change agents and student representatives on various working groups. academics.
“I am proud of the history and impact these organizations have had on our campus, and personally I look forward to seeing what the next 50 years will bring to NPHC here at VSU,” added Carvajal.
NPHC Plaza will ensure that past, present and future generations of the Blazer Nation family understand and appreciate the impact and positive legacy each of these organizations continue to have on campus.
“As President of the NPHC, I am delighted that our nine organizations are featured on campus,” said Nfiniti Pierce, who is also president of the Lambda Beta chapter fraternity of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. “It will be a place common on campus to unite and come together.
Throughout the planning and development phase of this project, Pierce served as a liaison between the student members of the NPHC and the alumni section of Valdosta. She plans to graduate in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.
“As we celebrate 50 years of the NPHC’s contribution to our on-campus experience, I hope the place becomes an active space for our students and alumni,” Miller said.
VSU plans to host an inaugural celebration during Homecoming 2021 in early November. The NPHC Plaza will be located near the intersection of Patterson Street and Brookwood Drive.
“It took us a while to get here,” said Ronald Skrine, president of the Valdosta Alumni chapter of NPHC who joined the Kappa Delta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. as a student at VSU. He is now battalion commander in charge of professional standards and qualifications with the Valdosta fire department.
“There is a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears that got us here…. We have proven that by working together we are stronger, and we have proven that by working with other organizations and our university, we can accomplish great things. Let’s take advantage of this moment and keep moving forward.
Visit https://www.givecampus.com/schools/ValdostaStateUniversity/nphc-plaza to support NPHC Plaza.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UpIpFoiRTM to see a video rendering of NPHC Plaza.