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Miss Black & Gold
Throughout the history of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the Miss Black and Gold Pageant has become very near and dear to our hearts. The pageant is an outgrowth of the long tradition of our Fraternity’s designation of outstanding young ladies to serve as role models in the community. This pageant is intended to spotlight the poise, self-confidence, communication skills, intelligence, and beauty of the young women. In all, the Miss Black and Gold Pageant encompasses true womanhood, success, and confidence. The first Miss Black and Gold Pageant was sponsored by the National Alpha Phi Alpha Convention in New York City in 1976, with our first Queen, Miss Denise Smith being crowned at that event. The pageant became a national program of Alpha and a staple at our conferences in 1982. This Miss Black and Gold Pageant is an event held by the Iota Zeta Chapter to showcase the work and talents of outstanding women in the campus community. The brothers of the chapter understand the importance of women in our society and aim to display this through our pageant.
Culture of Excellence
The Culture of Excellence (COE) is a large scale Black History Month program for students to attend and celebrate the significance of the month. COE has been an annual program hosted by the Iota Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated for the past 4 years. The mission of COE is to educate and bring the University of Maryland campus along with the surrounding community together as we all learn about various cultures and embracing the excellence and progression of these cultures. The inclusive essence of Culture of Excellence seeks to strengthen bonds amongst the campus family. By having co-sponsorships with different organizations on campus, it enables the program to celebrate the beauty of all cultures. These organizations include, but are not limited to fraternities and sororities within the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multi-Cultural Greek Council. We have also had co-sponsors from the Black Student Union, African Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Co-sponsoring the event with diverse groups allow us to highlight the achievements of people of all racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. As an organization working for the needs and education of the community, we are always actively looking for ways to alleviate problems the community faces. As a part of the Culture of Excellence we traditionally add an oratory competition that coincides with a theme for that year. Culture of Excellence is a spectacle in the form of a showcase, exhibiting different mediums of art. The program is open to the public and is expected to bring out much of the campus and alumni of the University of Maryland community, as well as family and friends.
Applications for the 2017 Culture of Excellence Oratorical Contest are now closed and will reopen next Spring. Thank you for your interest.