New members and honorary fellows will be inducted into Medgar Evers College’s Pi Eta Kappa honor society on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. The ceremony will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Founders Auditorium at the College located at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Renowned entrepreneur Don Peebles will be the keynote speaker.
Founded in 2007, Pi Eta Kappa, Incorporated is a male honor society whose student members dedicate themselves to academic excellence and community engagement. “The Society represents a bold statement to the world that proudly proclaims, ‘I am a man! I have a place in this world – and it’s not in jail, in a grave or in the streets,’” said College President Edison O. Jackson, whose vision gave birth to the society.
This spring, several honorary fellows shall join the young men in this “bold statement” including Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, New York Representative for the Nation of Islam; Arun Alagappan, Founder of Advantage Testing; Ryan Mack, President of Optimum Capital Management, LLC; Derek Donkoh, Managing Director of Komen Asset Managers; Don Pebbles, Chairman & CEO of the Pebbles Corporation; Bernard Beal, Chairman of M.R. Beal & Company; Lenue H. Singletary, Chairman of Cornerstone Baptist Church Support Services Corporation; Sean Pennington, Executive Director of Flipside Entertainment Agency; Brenda Jenifer, Director, Brook Job Corp Academy; and Dr. Garrie W. Moore, Vice Chancellor for Student Development for the CUNY System.
For more information, please call 718-270-6903.
About Pi Eta Kappa, Incorporated
In 1991, Dr. Edison O. Jackson discerned the need to develop a programmatic response to address the dire plight of urban males in higher education- a predicament characterized by low rates in enrollment, retention, and graduation. Committed to his vision of reversing these national trends, in 2001, Dr. Jackson created the Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC) with a mission of encouraging educational attainment, economic empowerment, and self-actualization amongst young men of color.
Dr. Jackson’s vision articulates an organizational commitment to male student success in three areas: 1) leadership development, 2) civic engagement and 3) the academic excellence reflected in his motto – “Lead, Engage, Excel.” On April 27, 2007, Dr. Jackson and MDEC celebrated the establishment of the first academic fraternity and honor society for urban males, PI ETA KAPPA, Inc., with the induction of an inaugural cohort of 56 Black and Latino men. This society functions as the locus for male success.
Pi Eta Kappa counts among its past inductees famed comedian Bill Cosby, Phillip Banks, President of 100 Black Men; Hazel Dukes, New York State President, NAACP; and New York City Comptroller William Thompson, Jr., among many others.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1969 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.