St. Paul, MN – (July 15, 2013) – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the Minnesota Sigmas proudly introduce the fraternity’s third highest elected official serving in the office of International Second Vice President Brother Profit Idowu.
Brother Idowu is a student at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus where he studies Business and Marketing Education with an emphasis in Management. Some other fraternal offices held include: International Collegiate Member at Large, Great Lakes Region IT Committee Member, and Pi Eta Chapter President.
Originally from Woodbury, Minnesota, Brother Idowu is a Spring 2011 Great Lakes Region initiate of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and leaves his current position as International Collegiate Member at Large for his new position as International Second Vice President just in time as the fraternity prepares to celebrate the centennial anniversary of its founding on January 9th, 1914. Brother Idowu was elected to take on this position at the 2013 Biennial Conclave this past week in Philadelphia, PA.
Currently serving as a Community Advisor for the First Living and Learning Community for African American Males at the University of Minnesota, Brother Idowu works directly with Housing and Residential Life and also the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University. The “Huntley House” is now located at the newest residence hall on the university’s campus, 17th St SE Residence Hall. For the past two years he has served on the fraternity’s General Board with active and progressive presence alongside fellow collegiate board members – Past International 2nd Vice Christopher Cooper and Past International Collegiate Member at Large – Kolbey Gardner.
What uniquely qualifies Bro. Idowu to hold this office is the experience gained over the past two years on the General Board of the fraternity and growth as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. Dedication, work ethic, and passion for this great organization make Bro. Idowu an ideal candidate for this position. As a young man within Sigma, his aim is to take the collegiate body and representation into a new leadership that fosters innovation, initiative, and inertia.
“We will be using a specific leadership model to work through our problems and also focusing on three core values: Collegiate Leadership, Collegiate Accountability, and Collegiate Engagement. I aim to once again meet and champion the challenge of Sigma to encourage our collegiate members to be men of vision, men of culture, and men of service. I will inspire leaders, celebrate our collegians, and progress our young professionals into the future.” – Bro. Profit Idowu
As the International Second Vice President of the fraternity Bro. Idowu will take on various responsibilities including a new focus on fraternal membership and the centennial celebration to take place in 2014 in Washington, D.C. The Minnesota Sigmas recognize him as having the willingness and the capacity to work tirelessly in uplifting communities as well as the principles of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. A highly intelligent and perceptive young man; he has a strong business sense and an incredible passion for service. He is talented and ambitious; greatly interested in affecting society using the talents and skills that he has worked to develop. There is growing anticipation for great potential to be realized in this new role and the many benefits to come along for the fraternity, it’s membership and the communities being served.
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About Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated:
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, sought to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence...without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we.”
From its inception, the Founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity's motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity.”
Minnesota Sigmas have been instrumental in efforts to positively affect the state of Minnesota and Twin Cities community. Having been recognized for coordinating major events this fraternity prides itself in providing service. Well known projects include: “Hoops for Haiti” which raised hundreds of dollars and pounds of food to be donated to the disaster relief efforts in Haiti, and “Sleep Out for the Homeless” featured on WCCO Channel 4 News which collected dozens of blankets and food for homeless people in Minnesota. With projects such as these and an unyielding persistence our cause speeds on its way with the greatest expedience and efficiency.