On March 4, 18 of Lipscomb University’s Collegiate 100 chapter members were honored with a pinning ceremony in Stowe Hall.
The Collegiate 100 is the auxiliary program of 100 Black Men of America. Lipscomb’s chapter is under the direct supervision of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. The pinning of the school's charter members and event signified the charter members’ official induction into the Collegiate 100 program.
Reggie Blair, senior director of admissions, currently serves as the chapter advisor of Lipscomb’s Collegiate 100 and is assisted by Lipscomb staff members Josh Shaw, marketing videography manager; Dennis Steverson, director of environmental health and safety; and James Bush, associate director of adult degree recruiting, with the chapter’s guidance and programming efforts.
Membership into the Collegiate 100 (“C100”) is drawn primarily from African American students through chapters on university campuses across America. However, in order to be a member of the Collegiate 100 the following requirements must be met: the member must be in good standing at Lipscomb University, have a commitment to the tutoring and mentoring of young African American Males, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, the possession of high moral character, a positive record of extracurricular activities and no felony record.
The ceremony featured William H. Robinson III, vice chair and treasurer of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, served as the master of ceremonies and Ashford Hughes, senior advisor to workforce, diversity and inclusion through the Tennessee Office of Economic and Community Development, was the ceremony keynote speaker. David Solomon, chair of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees, also participated in the ceremony.
The 18 students pinned during the ceremony included Collegiate 100 officers Christian Monyei, president, and Noah Kimbrough, vice president, and members Jalen Anderson, Deshaun Clarke, Emmanuel Furman, Kelvin Hale, LeBron Hill, Blake Houston, Josiah Jordan, Kindrick McLemore, Benjamin Richardson, Deion Sims, Joshua Taylor, Vincent Taylor, Randolph Wilkerson, Roger Bostic Jr., Joshua Hanslip and Mfon Udofia.
“The Pinning Ceremony was an impactful event that was vital in solidifying the Collegiate 100's presence at Lipscomb University as a National College/University Organization,” said Monyei. “I am proud to be a part of this organization because we get to be part of societal change within our communities and receiving a Collegiate 100 pin felt empowering, altogether it was an amazing event.”
Collegiate 100 chapters and their members are also encouraged to perform community service projects that include a wide variety of activities and are designed to benefit others in the community and on their campuses.
Lipscomb’s Collegiate 100 chapter adds value by serving as a core of service volunteers to help carry out the mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and support the activities of Lipscomb.
Collegiate 100 Chapters are encouraged to perform community service projects that include a wide variety of activities and are designed to benefit others in the community and on their campuses.
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