New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni was chartered on December 9, 1972; it was the second alumni chapter of the Northeastern Province to be chartered in the post-civil rights era, and the fifth overall in the state of New York.
The board of directors of New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni is comprised of the following officers, who were elected on xxx xx, 2016, and were installed at the subsequent chapter meeting:
|Position||Titleholder||Chapter of Initiation||Year|
|Polemarch||Anthony Morgan||Delta Beta||1979|
|Vice Polemarch||Pierre Oscar||Kappa Rho||1988|
|Keeper of Records||Craig Woodward||NRW Plains (NY) Alumni||2012|
|Keeper of the Exchequer||Esteban Garcia||NRW Plains (NY) Alumni||2012|
|Strategus||Kyle Helm||NRW Plains (NY) Alumni||2010|
The chapter meets on the third Saturday of every month at the Theodore D. Young Community Center (for brothers only), from September through June. All initiated members of the fraternity are welcomed to attend. The meeting starts at 10:30pm sharp. The dress code, business attire, is strictly enforced.
The seeds of the New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni were sown in the early 1950s when computer giant IBM began recruiting black executives from West Virginia State College, a historically-black college with a strong program in engineering and computer science. By 1972, the migration of affluent blacks from urban centers to Westchester county created an opportunity for establishing a chapter of the fraternity in the suburban enclave of New Rochelle, New York.
The 13 charter members of New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni were James W. Alexander (Tau, 1949), Milton L. Clay (Tau, 1949), Edward E. Dickerson, III (Tau, 1962), Jefferson Dudley (Xi, 1965), Robert D. Fullenweider (Chi, 1952), George V. Russell (Tau, 1946), Harvey C. Russell (Alpha Upsilon, 1937), Augustus V. Smith (Gamma Nu, 1961), Robert L. Staton (Alpha Kappa, 1958), Joe C. Tibbs (Alpha Pi, 1963), William H. Tibbs, IV (Gamma Xi, 1955), James C. Vereen (Tau, 1946), and Ronald O. Walker (Delta Eta, 1963).
New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni has made significant contributions toward the advancement of the fraternity. Among its membership are several Grand Chapter and Northeastern Province officers. The chapter was also instrumental in establishing Iota Rho (Fordham University, 1979).
- Carl W. Turnipseed (Alpha Iota, 1966) was recruited out of Morgan State University by the Federal Reserve and became the first African American to run a branch office (in Buffalo, New York). He played a key role in converting paper-based financial instruments to electronic form and retired in 2013 as an executive vice president. Turnipseed was the first black to hold that title with the Federal Reserve system.
- Gregory H. Williams (Cincinnati [OH] Alumni, 2011) is an attorney, educator, and author. He was raised as white until age 10, when he learned his true racial identity. His journey is captured in the autobiography, Life on the Color Line, which was published in 1995.
The chapter develops community service, social action, social and fraternal programming for residents of Westchester County, New York, the Lower Hudson River Valley, and surrounding communities. Among its signature programs are the:
- NRW Plains Kappa League (ongoing)
- Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Night (November)
- NRW Plains Masquerade Ball (March)
- NRW Plains College Scholarship Brunch (June)
In 19xx, members of New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni established the Lower Hudson Valley Diamond Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization. It serves as the non-profit funding arm for the chapter's annual scholarships and Kappa League youth development programs.
New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni is the primary point of contact for fraternity activity at Mercy College, the State University of New York at Purchase, the Westchester campus of Pace University, and the College of Westchester.