Higher education

NORMAL — The National Pan-Hellenic Council will celebrate the establishment of a Bloomington-Normal chapter on Saturday.

The chartering ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington-Normal, 310 Greenbriar Drive, Normal, followed by the celebration at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will mark the first alumni chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council established in the Twin Cities.

The NPHC, which acts as a governing body for the collaboration of black fraternities and sororities commonly called the Divine Nine, will bring together representatives from eight of the nine Greek organizations to participate. The chartering ceremony is limited to those organizations and invited guests.

Sylvester Davis, who will become president of the newly chartered chapter, said the last of the nine, Iota Phi Theta, is working to establish an alumni chapter in Central Illinois. When it is chartered, those members will be welcomed into the fold as well.

The celebration that follows the chartering is open to the public, offering cake, light refreshments and the opportunity for local organizations to network.

Davis said chartering the new chapter will allow the organization to have a bigger impact on the community by bringing together more voices and resources.

He said they will be able to offer more mentoring and scholarships for students as well as providing a “one-stop shop” for their various philanthropic endeavors.

“We can let Bloomington businesses and students know that we support them,” Davis said. They look forward to working with the community, schools and local businesses and nonprofits “and helping them be as successful as they can be.”

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Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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