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MAA + NPHC = Fun Night

Black alumni event with National Pan-Hellenic Council scheduled for September.

stone monument to Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity

Erected in 2003, the statues representing the Divine Nine — the nine historically black Greek-letter fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council — stand outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

In 2011, the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) decided that it needed to be purposeful in engaging underrepresented alumni. So it made a plan.

An important piece of that plan was to partner with a student group and throw a large campus event for black alumni and students.

This September, that goal will begin to bear fruit during a week of events put on by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), a coalition of the largest historically black Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. At 6 p.m. Sept. 21, MAA and NPHC will host a reception in the Reynolds Alumni Center. The event is open to all students and alumni.

“We want [all of] our students and alumni to know they’re part of the family,” says Robert Ross, M Ed ’12, coordinator of affinity relations, “and we want to better engage our alumni and our students so they see the value of the alumni association.”

Ross says the association has reserved blocks of hotel rooms. For more information, contact Ross at rossrob@missouri.edu or at 800-372-6822.