South Central Province - Undergraduate Brother of the Month

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Kenneth D. Richmond was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He currently attends the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, where he is a junior studying Journalism and Electronic Media. Bro. Richmond is a Fall 2017 initiate of the Mu Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

During the fall semester of his sophomore year, Bro. Richmond was granted the opportunity to work for the SEC Network, specializing in Replay, which he continues to do today.

He serves as the South Central Province (Region 2) Board of Director, as well as the Keeper of Records for the Mu Rho Chapter in Knoxville. Kenneth participates in a multitude of opportunities in the community and on campus in order to further develop his servant leadership, communication and professionalism skills so that he can have all the essential tools to achieve in every field of human endeavor.

Lastly, Bro. Richmond lives by the quote, given to him by Bro. Michael James Curtis Jr: “Aspire, Inspire, Expire. ASPIRE to be the best version of yourself, in order to INSPIRE those around you to reach their fullest potential, before time EXPIRES.”

South Central Province - Undergraduate Brother of the Month

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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.

South Central Province - Undergraduate Brother of the Month

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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.