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The Collegiate 100 of Cheyney University Welcomes Class II to Its Ranks

March 27, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 inductees to the Collegiate 100 Chapter.Tiffany Dykes of the CIA was guest speaker. Shown above President Howard-Vital and C100 Vice President Thomas McRae, 100 Black Men of Philadelphia Past President Frederick Whiten, C100 President Ahn-yea Graham, Steven Pina, Sierra-Katherine Brooks, Terrell Grayson, Virshae Campbell, Matthew Howard, Craig Brown-Dickens, Branden Ellis (rear), C100 Secretary Chloe Fontenot, Treasurer Desmond King, Keith D. Warren, President.

Congratulations to the 2014 inductees to the Collegiate 100 Chapter.Tiffany Dykes of the CIA was guest speaker. Shown above President Howard-Vital and C100 Vice President Thomas McRae, 100 Black Men of Philadelphia Past President Frederick Whiten, C100 President Ahn-yea Graham, Steven Pina, Sierra-Katherine Brooks, Terrell Grayson, Virshae Campbell, Matthew Howard, Craig Brown-Dickens, Branden Ellis (rear), C100 Secretary Chloe Fontenot, Treasurer Desmond King, Keith D. Warren, President.

At an inspiring event at the Cheyney, PA campus, members of the Collegiate 100 of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and the 100 Black Men of Philadelphia gathered in the UPS Classroom of the New Residence Hall on March 25 to induct and pin candidates for membership in the C100 student organization. Seven students––men and women––across several disciplines were selected on the basis of their engagement in community service, positive extracurricular activity, and academic accomplishments. Collegiate 100 students will be given opportunities to be groomed for advanced leadership by the parent organization through involvement in development opportunities at campus and in other cities in the coming year.

President Howard-Vital (in regalia) congratulated the latest inductees in being selected for membership in the historic 1st Collegiate 100 Chapter in Pennsylvania. "We are an institution with a rich legacy of firsts," said Dr. Howard-Vital. "I am inspired when I see young people like this–they strengthen my hopes for the future."

Special guest speaker for the event was Ms. Tiffany Dykes of the CIA. Dykes, who holds a doctorate and is a lawyer, hails from Chester, PA. She also served as a speaker and panelist for the 100 Black Men 27th National Conference in New Orleans, LA. In her remarks, Agent Dykes talked of many challenges she faced with stereotypes and biases in her career, and challenged students to be willing to expand their concepts of themselves and take active control of managing others' concepts of them. Agent Dykes' sister, Lynnette Dykes also in attendance, is a Keystone Honors Academy graduate of Cheyney in the Class of 2002.

Collegiate 100 chapters at universities and colleges across the country play an important role in the powerful concept of “Mentoring Across A Lifetime,” and the international impact of the 100 Black Men, Inc. network of leaders. Joining a Collegiate 100 organization requires that members assume a responsible, productive, and visible role in the progress of the campus community and in their community. The 100 Collegiate organizations serve as a critical young adult component in the growing “cradle-to-career” pipeline which replaces the negative “cradle-to-the-grave” pipeline that challenge minority Americans.

Collegiate 100 service projects are designed to facilitate awareness and development of members’ character and leadership qualities, and create a supportive bond among students. Examples of 100 Collegiate Service include projects like collecting clothes and food for charitable organizations, adopting a school, performing peer-to-peer mentoring, and assembling care packages for enlisted men and women.

For more information about the Collegiate 100, details about starting a Collegiate 100 chapter, and coming 100 events, please contact Geri R. Vital, Regional Collegiate Coordinator, and Assistant Membership Chair, gvital@100BlackMenPhilly.org.