undergraduate brother of the month
Originating from Memphis, Tennessee, Brother Michael James Curtis, Jr. is a senior student majoring in Nursing and minoring in Leadership Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A Fall 2016 initiate of the Mu Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Brother Curtis was immediately elected to officially serve as the Community Service Chair and currently serves as Strategus; however, he serves unofficially in several capacities upon request of the brotherhood. Brother Curtis has a commitment to servant leadership and community service, which he strives to accomplish through the activities and events of his chapter at his university.
Brother Curtis is passionate about social justice, educational attainment, minority prosperity and perseverance, spiritual prosperity, diversity and inclusion, professional and leadership development, professional fashion and attire, and community health and illness prevention. This guides his involvement and post-graduation aspirations.
Brother Curtis is involved heavily in the Mu Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and continue this outstanding involvement within his campus community at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At the university, Brother Curtis founded Brothers United for Excellence, a student-led organization for the professional, social, academic, and moral development of males (particularly males of color), during his sophomore year, and served as President for two consecutive terms. Furthermore, Brother Curtis has served as Executive Vice President and Fundraising Chairperson of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and College of Nursing and East Area of Campus Senator in the Student Senate of Student Government Association (SGA). Currently, Brother Curtis serves as the Student Body Vice President of the Student Government Association, governing the Student Senate and First-Year Council. Brother Curtis is involved as a member of the following organizations: Student Alumni Associates, Multicultural Mentoring Program, Traditions Student Services Committee of Student Government Association, Leadership Knoxville Scholars, Orientation Leader of New Student & Family Programs, and Team Leader of Ignite Leadership Summit within the Center for Leadership and Service. To add, Brother Curtis is dedicated to academic excellence; with a grade point average of 3.71, Brother Curtis has served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and tutor for Chemistry 101 course.
Along with the extensive list of involvements, Brother Curtis is heavily involved in the surrounding Knoxville community. Previously, Brother Curtis volunteered monthly with the Beardsley Community Farm and Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), two community organization dedicated to alleviating food insecurity and poverty. Currently, Brother Curtis volunteer at Ijam Nature Center with the Park Management Team, which he maintains the grounds of the center and leads groups of elementary students through various activities.
As a student servant leader, Brother Curtis understands that his commitment to the university, surrounding community and hometown forgoes with more honor than immediate recognition; nonetheless, Brother Curtis has been recognized on several occasions for his diligence and accomplishments. Brother Curtis received the Community Service Award and Kappa Scholar award on behalf of the South-Central Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Rising Student Leader Award on behalf of the Division of Student Life at the university, Junior of the Year on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and John C. Lewis Leadership Award and Brother United for Excellence Scholar Award on behalf of the Office of Multicultural Student Life at the university.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2018, Brother Curtis aspires to acquire an occupation as a Registered Nurse at UT Medical Hospital or Tennova Medical Centers in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thereafter, Brother Curtis will return to Memphis, Tennessee, to enroll in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to attain a Master’s Degree of Nursing in Public Health Administration and work with this mother at Regional One Health Center. While acquiring an additional degree, Brother Curtis hopes to become involved with the Memphis community mentoring minority students with secondary institutions, a well-established keynote speakers, and an advocate for the underrepresented population on a city, global, and state level as an elected representative.
Without a doubt, Brother Curtis has taken the responsibility and heavy obligation to be the change he wishes to see in the world. Brother Curtis appreciated the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded,” and strived to embody its meaning. This is only the beginning of the great, impactful work of Brother Curtis.
Here’s to Brother Michael James Curtis, Jr.
We are pleased to meet Demarcus Williams of the Eta Gamma Chapter at Middle Tennessee State University. Demarcus Williams is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. He aspires to be an IT consultant and also work for a major sports team dealing with Business Analytics. He enjoys to cook, collect Afrocentric art and also has a passion for the youth of the Murfreesboro Community. Before becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Psi he was the President of Collegiate 100 Black Men of MTSU. There he raised over $500 with the help of his fellow members to give back to the Murfreesboro City Schools. He currently was recently selected to join LEAD Kappa at the 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting where he hopes to connect and network in order to receive a job.
Brother JerMilton Woods is currently entering his senior year at Tennessee State University where he majors in Exercise Science with a minor in Philosophy . He was initiated into the Alpha Theta of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the spring of 2017. Brother Woods humbly ended his junior year with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
Immediately after initiation, Brother Woods was elected Chaplin of Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Undergraduate Board of Director for the South Central Province.
This summer, Brother Woods has been working with his church youth department as Youth & Young Adult advisor. Entering into his senior year, he has become the President of SGA (Student Government Association).
Brother Blake Scott is currently entering his junior year at Northern Kentucky University where he majors in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration. He was initiated into the Pi Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the spring of 2017. Brother Scott humbly ended his sophomore year with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average along with being and Honor Society nominee.
Immediately after initiation, Brother Scott was elected Polemarch of the Pi Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and he, amongst other brothers of Pi Pi have taken several steps to the betterment of the community, such as a canned food drive event and a campus church service. Also, he has pushed for more inclusion amongst organizations on campus.
This summer, Brother Scott will be working with Envision Children, a summer schooling program that will aid the learning of early age children in somewhat troubled communities. Entering into his junior year, he has become a member of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) hopes to land an accounting internship in preparation for the future.
Brother Victor Rounds is currently a junior at Vanderbilt University where he majors in Engineering Science with a concentration in Human Centered Design. He was initiated into the Nu Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the spring of 2016. Over the past academic year, Brother Rounds has been developing a revolutionary crib mobile in partnership with his school's radiology department and the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital. He serves in a number of leadership positions on campus and is additionally working on his second self-help book, entitled Know Yourself: The Pith of Success.
Directly pertaining to the fraternity, Brother Rounds has achieved two outstanding accomplishments in the past month. He was selected to take part in this upcoming summer's LEAD Kappa leadership development program in Orlando, FL. There, he will gain valuable training and knowledge that will mold him into a more capable and effective leader in a number of different ways.
Not only was Brother Rounds selected to participate in the highly competitive LEAD Kappa program, but he was also named ‘Outstanding New Fraternity Member of the Year’ by Vanderbilt University’s Alexander J. Heard Greek Awards. Additionally, he and several other members of Nu Rho (Brothers Trey Ellis, Gregory Rudd, Denzel Washington, and Ralph Webb) were selected as "Outstanding Vanderbilt Greeks" for their academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.
Brother Rounds will be working with Verizon this summer as a Product and Software Development intern in Atlanta, GA. After graduation in May 2018, he plans to launch a career in product development or product management.
Brother James Lytle Jr. is currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville where he is a double major in Economics and Finance with a Political Science minor. He was initiated into the Mu Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the fall of 2016. Brother Lytle has humbly served in whatever the fraternity has requested. Upon his initiation he was appointed to the Keeper of Exchequer for his chapter. Also this past February, Brother Lytle attended the American Fraternal Leadership Values Conference where he was one of many Kappa representatives. Brother Lytle enjoys giving back to his community, as he is very active at the University of Tennessee.
He serves as a senator in the campus’s Student Government Association. He plans to run for his senator seat once again this fall. Additionally, he is the 1st Vice President of the Student Political Alliance. His plans are to elevate and bring political awareness to campus through the organization. Brother Lytle also serves as a general body member to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the College of Republicans.
Brother Lytle is committed to “Achievement in every Field of Human Endeavor” and it is displayed not only in his campus involvement, but his community service, and academic efforts as well. Brother Lytle has volunteered in multiple voter registration drives as well as he is guest speaks at a local middle school in Knoxville weekly. This past summer, he worked for State Representative Harold Love on his re-election campaign. After graduation Brother Lytle plans to attend law school where he wants to earn his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration.
Brother Frank Edward Burns Jr. is currently a junior at Austin Peay State University where he majors in Public Health with a minor in Political Science. A fall 2016 initiate of the Theta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Brother Burns has humbly served in whatever capacity the fraternity has requested. Immediately after initiation, Brother Burns was appointed Polemarch of the Theta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Furthermore, though Brother Burns enjoys service and commitment to Kappa Alpha Psi, he is also a heavily involved as a student leader on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
Brother Burns serves as the junior senator representative in Student Government Association where he will be running for student body president this upcoming spring, president of the NAACP collegiate chapter at Austin Peay State University, founder of “Scholars. Leaders. & Gentlemen Society” student organization, student representative of Austin Peay Hearing Board, student representative of Austin Peay Diversity committee, member of Gov’s Programming Council and has also served as the student representative of the Austin Peay Disabilities committee.
Brother Burns is committed to “Achievement in every field of human endeavor” and it is demonstrated not only through his campus involvement, but community service and academic pursuits. In the community, Brother Burns volunteers at the local Salvation Army feeding the homeless, while also being heavily involved in local NAACP community projects as well as Habitat for Humanity projects. Brother Burns additionally works with the Clarksville, Tennessee Child Serves, and has headed multiple cancer awareness fundraisers where proceeds are donated to St. Jude’s Research. Burns has also interned with the City of Knoxville’s Director of Public Assembly, Greg MacKay, where he worked with event planning for the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. Brother Burns has maintained a 3.57 grade point average and is a part of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Brother Burns has also received acknowledgement on the university’s Dean’s List. After graduation, Brother Burns intends to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
Brother Christopher Cross is currently a junior at the University of Mississippi where he majors in Philosophy and has a double minor in Public Policy Leadership and English. A Spring 2016 initiate of the Lambda Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, Brother Cross has humbly served in whatever capacity the fraternity has requested. Immediately after initiation, Brother Cross was elected Vice Polemarch of the Lambda Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Furthermore, in the summer of 2016, Brother Cross was appointed to serve on the South Central Provincial Board as undergraduate board of directors under the leadership of Province Polemarch Leonard Clemons. Brother Cross also serves on the South Central Province Expansion Committee where he works with brothers across the province to help charter new chapters.
Brother Cross is a 2016 Kappa Fellow of the Undergraduate Leadership Institute- Eta Klass, a week-long leadership training program sponsored by Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Wal-Mart, and J.P. Morgan Chase during the summer of 2016. Brother Cross had the opportunity to network and bond with good brothers across the nation while developing leadership skills. Brother Cross contributes his experience at ULI as one of his most impactful moments since being a part of the fraternity
Though Brother Cross enjoys service and commitment to Kappa Alpha Psi, he is also heavily involved as a student leader on the campus of Ole Miss. Brother Cross serves as chief of staff for the vice president of the Black Student Union, President-Elect of the Ole Miss Student Alumni Council, member of the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation, member of the Ole Miss College Democrats, and a member of Associated Student Body Senate Elections Taskforce Committee. Brother Cross additionally works as a second-year community assistant for the Ole Miss Department of Student Housing.
Brother Cross is committed to “Achievement In Every Field of Human Endeavor” and it is displayed not only through his campus involvement, but community service and academic pursuits. In the community, Brother Cross volunteers at local nursing homes, mentors high school and college freshmen, and occasionally writes for his church’s newsletter. Cross has also interned with the Mississippi Northern Public Service Commission where he worked with utility, energy, and consumer protection issues in north Mississippi. Brother Cross has maintained a 3.71 grade point average and is a part of the nationally recognized Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College where he is currently writing his honors thesis analyzing the actions of Biblical figures through Kierkegaardian ethics and moral fallibilism. After graduation, Brother Cross intends to attend Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion where he will pursue a Juris Doctor in Law and a Master of Theological Studies.
Brother Patrick Smith is a current senior at the University of Kentucky studying Marketing and Business Management with a minor in communication and journalism with hopes of becoming an attorney. Brother Smith has served Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in numerous capacities from the moment he was initiated. Brother Smith was initiated through the Kappa Tau chapter in the Spring of 2014, and was immediately elected Keeper of Exchequer. During his junior year, he was appointed to serve on the South Central Provincial Board as an undergraduate board member under the leadership of Past Province Polemarch Byron D. White, while still maintaining numerous leadership positions on campus including the NPHC and SGA.
Brother Smith was also selected to participate in the L.E.A.D. Kappa program, a leadership training program held 4 days before each Grand Chapter Meeting, sponsored by notable Fortune 500 companies such as Sam’s/Wal-Mart and General Electric, in the summer of 2015. While in the program, Brother Smith had the opportunity to bond with brothers from all over the country and other universities and network with key executives. He also could develop and improve both professional and networking skills while attending the 82nd Grand Chapter meeting. Brother Smith went on to serve as the Vice-Polemarch and MTA Chair for the Kappa Tau chapter, positions he still holds. Brother Smith made it his mission to make sure the chapter was as visible as possible on campus through his involvement and dedication to helping the youth all while maintain a 3.6 GPA throughout his time at UK.
Brother Smith’s involvement on campus extends well beyond Kappa. During his junior year, he served as the first generation and transfer student coordinator for the Student Government Association and was elected the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a position he also currently holds. As president, Patrick has helped advanced the NPHC tremendously. He has helped start new traditions and events, formed new relationships, and increased campus’ awareness regarding both the NPHC and the minority population.
His leadership and involvement has not gone unnoticed. His strong network at the University of Kentucky with students, faculty, administration, and the community earned him the 2016 Most Valuable Greek Award, 2015 South Central Province Brother of the Year Award, 2015 Kappa Tau Nupe of the Year Award, and most recently 2016 Homecoming King, becoming only the second African-American male in the history of the University of Kentucky to win the award. Brother Smith has completed two internships during his undergraduate career, gaining valuable experience in both the field of business operations and legal industry by working as a finance intern for a Fortune 500 company in Illinois and a strategic planning intern for Turner Broadcasting. Brother Smith continues to strive for achievement in every field as he continues to achieve within the community, university, and our fraternity.
Brother Denzel Washington is a current senior at Vanderbilt University studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Management. Brother Washington has served Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in various capacities from the moment he stepped into Kappa Land. Once initiated through the Nu Rho chapter in the spring of 2014, Brother Washington stepped up to the plate and served his chapter in the role of social chair. During his junior year, he was appointed to serve on the South Central Provincial board as an undergraduate board member under the leadership of Past Polemarch Byron D. White, while maintaining key leadership positions with many on-campus organizations such as NSBE and ASCE.
Brother Washington was additionally accepted into the Lead Kappa program, a leadership training program held 4 days before each Grand Chapter Meeting, sponsored by notable Fortune 500 companies such as Sam’s/Wal-Mart and General Electric. During the program, Brother Washington was able to bond and network with brothers from all over the country and develop key professional and networking skills all while in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Brother Washington went on to serve the Nu Rho chapter as Polemarch for the 2015-2016 fraternal year, working diligently to train a new set of leaders within Kappa Alpha Psi. During his tenure as chapter Polemarch, Brother Washington wanted to ensure that his chapter stood out to make a difference in their respective community. Washington has been able to strengthen his leadership skills all while maintaining above a 3.0 throughout his time at Vanderbilt.
Brother Washington’s involvement in his university and within the fraternity spoke volumes which in turn paved the way for him to serve on the national board for Kappa Alpha Psi. Brother Washington currently serves as the fraternity’s Grand Lt. Strategus for the 33rd Grand Administration of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Brother Washington has been granted the opportunity to serve under our noble Grand Polemarch, Brother Thomas L. Battles, where he proudly represents the strong leadership that our province has shown over the years.
Along with his leadership in Kappa Alpha Psi, Brother Washington has maintained a strong network at Vanderbilt University with campus faculty and administration earning him the 2015-2016 Greek Leaders Award. Brother Washington has completed two internships during his undergraduate career, gaining valuable experience in the field of engineering and engineering management by working with two of the highest ranked construction management and engineering consulting firms. Brother Washington continues to show his colors as a true embodiment of achievement in every field as he continues to achieve within our fraternity, his education, and throughout his profession.
Here's to Brother Washington!