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SAU Men’s Career Closet Receives Almost 1,000 Items From Chi Rho Omega Chapter Of AKA

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Raleigh, NC – Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) was presented with a generous donation from Knightdale’s Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®. The chapter’s members worked over several months to collect suits and other business attire for the Saint Augustine University’s Men’s Career Closet, which helps outfit male students for free for job interviews, college fairs, and internships.

Almost 1,000 items, consisting of suits, ties, belts, shoes, button down shirts, pocket squares and more were unveiled during a special presentation on Thursday, March 15th. (submitted photos)

Almost 1,000 items, consisting of s

uits, ties, belts, shoes, button down shirts, pocket squares and more were unveiled during a special presentation on Thursday, March 15, at the MLK Building on campus to the surprise of University President Dr. Everett B. Ward and Dr. Cindy Love, Director of Professional Development.

“Supporting students at our HBCU’s is an important part of the work we do in the community,” said chapter president, Vicky Young. “We want these students to have every advantage for success. These young men are so deserving and were so appreciative.”

The sorority began collecting items in November of last year. The initiative is part of the national sorority’s “Think HBCU” campaign that highlights Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their contribution to the sorority and society.

Dr. Ward was taken aback by the donation. He stated, “…you don’t what it means when you can have a suit, and go on a job interview and look the role that your mind says and remove certain stereotypes that people often regulate to young black men and men of color. So today, you have given these young men at Saint Augustine’s an opportunity to walk with pride….” 

About Chi Rho Omega Chapter
Chartered on August 28, 2004, in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Chi Rho Omega Chapter is proud to celebrate more than 10 years of dedicated service to the North Carolina residents of Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon. Our award-winning chapter prides itself on demonstrated excellence. Our chapter is the home of more than 100 members actively engaged in working with the community to implement programs tailored to “Launching New Dimensions of ServiceSM.” We faithfully reach out and collaborate with the community to identify and address areas of concern locally, nationally, and globally that align with our International Program initiatives: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership, and Global Impact.

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Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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