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Iota Profile #12: The Bro Code

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Editor’s Note: I held on to this profile intentionally for #12, because it has a two in it.  (Deuce Deuce!)

No, in all seriousness, for the first time in doing these profiles, I had no idea how to properly introduce this brother without being corny, overly emotional, or dramatic–however, I don’t think there’s a way that I can actually write about him without doing any of the three.  

But I’ll give it a shot.

As one of the brothers who was at my informational and on the night I joined Iota, I can say from personal experience that, despite the strength of this brotherhood and my friendships with many of its members–here is a brother who has come through for so many brothers, myself included, whenever needed.  From donating money, time, or knowledge to Brothers and Hearts in need, to being the cooler head to resolve disagreements*, to bailing brothers out of, er, “situations” (cough)–this charismatic brother is an example of an Iota Man if I ever knew one personally, and I’ve never seen him be less than exemplary. 

One of the most recent examples–along with leadership of Kenneth L. White (Polaris, Midwest Region) and himself serving as Assistant Vice-Polaris of the region is a big reason why the Midwest took home Region of The Year Honors at the 50th Conclave this year in Baltimore, MD.

In Iotaland, we call him “El Diablo” Spawn.  To his friends and mostly everybody else, he is known as “Oak.”

Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Okechukwu Ekunno. Line Name: El Diablo Spawn. Beta Tau Chapter (University of Missouri – Columbia), Fall 1997 (Deuce-Anchor of I.S. F.G.G.E.)

What drew your interest to Iota Phi Theta?

The Greek process for me was methodical. I know an Iota on campus from my dorm on campus during my Freshman year. Bro. Daryl “Brown Soul” Perkins hung out with me and my friends from high school. Matter of fact, my friends had already started a group name F.A.B.5 and we were all we needed: aliases, handsign, “frat room”, signature drink, even a website. I really wasn’t looking to join a fraternity. But I believe Bro. Perkins had an influence and invited me to an informational. I don’t remember the words, but I remembered the people. Bro. Damon L. White (R.I.P.) was the Chapter Polaris was the President of the Legion of Black Collegians (LBC); Bro. Maurice Mahone, Jr. was the Chapter Vice-Polaris and the Vice-President of the LBC. That impressed me. Everything that African-American student did socially-consciously, talked positively about, and got recognition for came from the Legion of Black Collegians. Then I found out that those same gentlemen would be the Dean and Assistant Dean of Pledges. Before anything got started they listened to me. They answered my questions. I had a clear vision of my opportunity to do and be who I wanted and my Brothers would foster my dreams as their own.
The method was: Initial contact, informal official contact, invite to information, informal follow-up, Informational, informal follow-up, Smoker (I didn’t attend), Application meeting, then nine days of getting to know your Dean/ADP before the first session.
 
What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?
 
I have been an IT Vendor Manager for AT&T Services, Inc. for the past 5 years. I manage the databases that record the resources, connectivity, and software licensing for all of AT&T’s non-US-based vendors, contractors, and suppliers. My passion has always been computers since the moment I set my eyes on one.Thank God for Bill Gates being the richest guy in the world (back then and again now), because my father was really pressuring me to follow him into the medical field. Being an IT Manager is really a marriage of the computer education I spend years obtaining with the supervisory positions I held throughout my life.
 
Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years.
 
I hope to fill out my life experience by becoming a devoted husband and loving father.
 
How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?
 
I laugh to myself, because I literally document my leadership experiences within Iota Phi Theta as support for promotions on my job. Leading a diverse group of people, preparing presentations, public speaking, prompt communication and so many other aspects of Iota that I perform are exactly what some companies are looking for in their management teams. I’ve stood before a group of bright INROADS student-intern with an Iota blazer on and spoke into lives. I’ve given lectures to collegiate Brothers on Leadership and Hazing. I’ve been put and have put myself on the spot to speak about Iota at Greek Public Meetings, NPHC Informationals, and in front of University Presidents. We are never out of place. We are always in our element.
 
Personally, I have applied determination, perseverance, and other principles into my lifestyle. I live by “The 12 Rules of Leadership” and “The 10 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team”. Those things aren’t even Iota-specific, but I learned them here. At the same time, I’m still the person that was voted in kindergarten “The Person Most Likely To Make You Laugh”, the high school football captain voted “The Most Inspirational”. Iota gives me another avenue to be funny, to be a leader, to be an inspiration. I also learned humility, self-discipline, and the essence of Brotherhood. 
 
What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

 

Before I speak anything into anyone considering membership, I ask, “What do you want to do with your life?” I try to listen without judgment. This question isn’t a test or [to] weed anyone out. I simply want to know where they are going in life, so I may best tell them how Iota adds life. Without them knowing what they want, Iota can’t add to them. They can’t come empty. We are called to mold Centaurs (those with unbridled passion in an area of their own choosing) and develop Sweethearts (ladies that will graciously support an organization of Brothers to reach further than they could reach without them). I impart to them, that what they believe matters, how they think matters, but what they do matters the most.
 
If I don’t see the individual until after he/she is an intake candidate, I always ask: “Why Iota?” If they are along in the Brotherhood Intake Process they may have a canned response. I will slow each of them down, one at a time, and ask them to really think about the question. Then I tell them that the answer is really their own and only they can judge how strong that answer is. That answer is going to determine how much they will invest in Iota and in turn, determine how much they get out. That answer is going to keep the fire going in them when everything in the world wants to put it out. That answer will be challenged internally as well, but it must be overcome in the darkness hour. The answer to “Why Iota?” must simultaneously be on the tip of their tongues and in the depths of their heart. When others quit, “Why Iota?” will allow you to stand, even if alone.
 
Regardless of his/her answer, I tell them mine. I valued the opportunity to matter in and with this organization. I asked a member of Alpha Phi Alpha what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished within his organization. What difference did he make? He pledged when the organization was 46 years old… not too much older than Iota as when I joined. The Alpha looked dumbfounded and had no answer. I smiled silently as I remembered that regular Iota Brothers were a part of our induction into the National Pan-Hellenic Council. I took advantage of my opportunities as an Iota. I helped with the National Website in only my second year in the Fold. Bro. Dwayne Dixon read and personally replied to my email, and gave me permission to create a page to link to other Brothers’ and Hearts’ before social networking sites like Facebook or even BlackPlanet were even very popular. Random Iotas just had pages on Angelfire or AOL or any other of a host of free hosting sites.
 
I tell Brothers to find their place in Iota; it takes a lifetime.
 
More from Oak:
 
I encourage Brothers and Sweethearts to really promote and participate in the St. Jude’s Give Thanks Walk, on November 23, 2013. This is on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Last year, we gave of ourselves generously. I’m challenging the Brothers to reach outside of Iota more to family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and even those Facebook/Twitter/Instagram people that you really don’t know. There is some much more that we can raise on behalf of Iota than our goal if we do this right. Make a big deal out of it, even if a walk isn’t being hosted in your city. The donations are for a great cause and campuses/communities are dying to see us get behind a great cause. 
 
http://fundraising.stjude.org/iotaphitheta
Remember:

•Thanks to committed fundraisers and donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
•St. Jude speeds their research discoveries directly from their labs to the bedside of patients and to doctors and scientists everywhere.
•One child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.
 
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*-Editor’s Note: In 99.1% of the cases.  He ain’t called “El Diablo Spawn” for nothing.
 
(Images courtesy of Oak Ekunno-Facebook)

Iota (Sweetheart) Profile #11: The Brave One

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Editor’s Note: When I first arrived at SIUE, I knew nothing about Greek Life other than what I had seen on ‘A Different World’, let alone heard of Sweethearts.  So when I heard that there was a line of Iotas that were reactivating the chapter on the campus, I was introduced to three Hearts that Spring semester.  One of them stood out as a natural born leader, and definitely personified what I thought a Sweetheart should be about—tenacious, fearless, and classy, all while supporting the brothers and being able to stand on her own, if necessary.

I can’t even begin to list all of her accomplishments here during her tenure in undergrad (seriously, I can’t, it’d be longer than this note) but if I was asked to describe her in a way befitting to how beneficial she was to Iota Phi Theta, Alpha Beta Chapter, I will say this:

Every chapter (should) have a Sweetheart cast from the same mold as our Eternal Sweetheart, Ms. Audrey Brooks.

She is ours.

Enough from me.  Meet Cristina Baines.

Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Name: Cristina D. Baines. Court Name: Ms. Visionary, “Nasty” Alpha Beta (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Fall 2002.

What drew your interest to Iota Sweethearts?

When I started at SIUE, I knew I wanted to travel a different road. All but two of the Divine 9 organizations were active on campus. I truly didn’t feel Greek life was for me, yet I was very interested in being active in social and professional programming beyond those offered by other student clubs and organizations.  Bro. William White was diligently working to re-activate AB, and I was dating someone who expressed interest in the fraternity.  I saw that as an opportunity considering at that time, ladies became sweethearts by assisting an intake line complete their process.  The rest is history.

What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?

I am the Creative and Print Services Manager within the Department of Integrated Marketing Communications at Chicago State University. My undergraduate degree is in Marketing, and I also have an MBA. Most people assume the only positions in the marketing field are sales. Well, that’s not true. In addition to project management, I’m responsible for media buys, developing collateral for a 146-year-old institution, it’s five (5) colleges, 38 undergraduate and 26 graduate degree programs along with running the print production center. This role has enabled me to fuse my desire to run a small business along with being creative. Even though it can be stressful, I’m doing something I love.

Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years.

In the next 20 years I hope to be the Director of Creative Services for a Fortune 500 company. I also hope to have at least five more Coach of the Year awards as a youth basketball coach with the park district and being a mentor to young ladies.

How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Iota has afforded me many networking opportunities. Iota also helped me develop skills that are still useful today including event design and execution, contract negotiations and public speaking. I’ve also forged bonds with individuals that have spanned 10+ years. As a single mother on a college campus, there were moments that tested my character, but I was surrounded by compassionate individuals who reassured me that I could do anything and that they had my back. Some of those individuals allowed me to experience unconditional love and support. To this day I’ve had my share of challenges and I was able to call on some of these brothers and sisters. For that, I am eternally grateful.

What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

Man, I could say a lot for this question, but I’ll just hit on a few things.

-I would encourage them to be certain of their decision. I’ve seen too many join or attempt to join for all the wrong reasons. The letter(s) are earned, not given.

-If you are chosen, answer the call wholeheartedly. Iota is bigger than just a chapter. We’re international! Be willing to contribute on and at all levels. Many of us have invested blood, sweat, tears and then some into Iota.

-This family is not for the faint of heart. While the challenges faced in and around 1963 are not the same, there are still struggles today for the organization, so do not assume life will be yellow roses.

-Do not only be concerned with what Iota can do for you. What can you do for Iota?

More from Cristina:

Unusual Bonus–>”It takes a special lady…” Even in the midst of my battle with cancer this year, I’ve been able to continue contributing to Iota with no one even knowing.  Too often do I hear excuses from within the organization about why things weren’t done or the time people don’t have, but based on my tests, they can save it.

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(Images courtesy of Cristina Baines/Will Alston Photography)

 

Iota (Sweetheart) Profile #10: Faith Walker

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Editor’s Note: When I asked for nominations for this feature and decided to include Sweethearts, I expected to see this lady’s name near or at the top of the list, as she is probably one of the most well-known in the Midwest Region, as well as very active and involved in discussions on improving the family on Facebook.

What I didn’t expect, aside from her prompt response to the questions (hers was one of the first I received back; I’ve been holding on to this profile for a while!)—was the inspiring, humble, and thoughtful answers she gave to each of the questions, continuing the excellent profiles of Sweethearts so far.  Also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, she manages to represent and uphold the status of Finer Womanhood while making her Brown and Gold Family proud as an educator.)

Profile #10 features Moniqueca Long.

Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Name: Moniqueca Long.  Court name: Queen Libation.  Chapter: Alpha Rho (Illinois State University) Fall Semester, October 23, 1998.

What drew your interest to Iota Sweethearts?

As the first person to attend college in my family, I was not aware of Greek Life and Sweethearts. After I was approached to come to an Iota Heart informational, I told my college buddies. They replied, “IOTAS- THEY ARE NERDS”. I responded “Sign me up, that is my kind of crew.”

I went to the informational and was sold on the description of an Iota Heart and the rest was history.

What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?

My current title is Middle school Science teacher. I just changed my career from Management/Pharmacy tech for Walgreens to teaching. Why teaching? When I walked out on faith to leave Chicago to move to Dallas, I asked the Lord to lead me to a career where I can help my community and have my spiritual light shine to minister to others. After a week short of a year from my walk out on faith, I was blessed with a teaching position helping my community, and my light is shining bright.

Name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years.

One aspiration that I hope to accomplish is to be in a double duty leadership position, [such as] school superintendent/State administration board and on the International Board (hopefully President) for my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Iota has helped me personally by showing me that there are people who will help me without hanging things over my head.  I was very prideful.  I can go on and on with this…Iota is more than an organization, Iota is my family.  Professionally, Iota has been helping me from the moment that I started my court process to this present day (i.e. conducting meetings, event planning, Robert’s Rules of Order, dress codes, marketing, etc….)

What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

If you are considering membership as an Iota Heart, then you are considering [a] change for the best, you are considering to have the time of your life, you are considering how it feels to be a special lady and act as such. You are considering establishing everlasting friendships that will transition into an awesome sisterhood. You are considering to take on the good and bad of people, along with giving and receiving correction. You are considering shedding your soft skin for a thicker coat, so thick that a Ginsu Knife can’t cut through. You are considering being a part of a society that no one will understand unless they are a part of it. You are considering opening your eyes and heart to a new type of love–Iota.

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(Photos courtesy of Moniqueca Long-Facebook/Instagram)

Iota Profile #9: Higher Learning

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Editor’s Note:  My grandfather was a grade school principal in Chicago for many years, and though he earned a master’s degree back when most black men didn’t go much higher than a high school degree, one thing that he always told me was that in my generation, the expectations for us would be much higher than they were for them then, because things would get easier.  And that there would be more like him.

Whether things have gotten easier remains to be seen; however, there are brothers of Iota who are making education a dual priority–getting theirs while bringing up those around them in knowledge.  The following profile features one such brother, Philip Cody, who, after I read his answers to the profile questions, reminded me of every positive black man I knew that stressed the value of education to me growing up–including my grandfather.  He is aspiring for a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration, and the word is, also quite a talented vocalist (what, you thought the linename was for show? Nah.)

So, Granddad, here’s one for you.  

Hope the rest of you enjoy it as well.

Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Name: Philip M. Cody, MBA.  Line Name: Cadence, aka Choir Boy.  Chapter: Zeta Chi (Georgia Southern University), Gulf Coast Region, Fall 2005.

What drew your interest to Iota Phi Theta?

I chose Iota Phi Theta for many reasons, but I will share a few. First, I saw this as an opportunity to put my own personal stamp on the history of this up and coming organization. I have always considered myself as a LEADER, and with Iota Phi Theta, I have progressed tremendously as a servant leader. I also liked the strong bond between the members and the closeness of an organization that is still relatively smaller in number than all the other organizations of the NPHC. The fact that we are close makes me really feel the bond and makes me work harder. Iota men are hard working men!

What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?

My current job title is Counselor/Coordinator for Student Support Services. I’m in this field because of my passion and drive to help change a nation and there is no better starting place, than to start with our youth. I earned my Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and [am] working on my doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration.

Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years?

Within the next 20 years I plan to have already completed my doctoral studies from Morgan State University (I finish in 2015), start a family and [be] in my position as president of a college or university.

How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Iota has allowed me to become a servant leader in my own community. It has given me the drive and determination to achieve more than I could ever think of. It is a brotherhood unlike any other. With the help of Iota and the focus of the 5 principles, I’ve created my own mentoring program for young men that need that extra push and encouragement to achieve their goals and aspirations. I’ve also started my own consulting business. Thanks to God, my family and my Iota family.

What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

To anyone who wants to become a member of Iota please know that this is an organization that helps build leaders. Because our motto is “Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One”, there is no room for just the ordinary individual, but you must possess extraordinary characteristics. Iota builds men of integrity, valor, strength, courage and men determined to make a change in their communities as well as the world around them.

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(Images courtesy of Philip Cody)

Iota (Sweetheart) Profile #8: Dance, Dance Rev-OW-lution

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Editor’s Note: This young lady actually became a heart not far from where I currently reside, at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  Since then, she’s spread her wings and gained a reputation as a talented dancer, youth coach and mentor, and role model.  She has been a dancer for over two decades, but has a reputation among the Iota Family as one of the most down-to-earth, kindhearted people to wear brown and gold.  Which is probably why when it came to asking for Sweethearts to be featured here, I couldn’t resist including her on the first day of Iota Sweetheart profiles.

Siobhan St. John, enter stage right.

Please introduce yourself to the readers.

 My name is Siobhan St. John and I became an Iota Sweetheart at Morehead State University, Fall 2001, Gamma Theta chapter.

What drew your interest to Iota Phi Theta?

What drew my interest in becoming an Iota Sweetheart were the brothers and hearts I met on campus. Coming from New York and moving to Kentucky was a hard adjustment for me, but the brothers and hearts I made friends with really helped me out whenever I needed anything . It was forming those friendships that made me want to become an Iota Sweetheart.

What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?

I am currently a professional dancer and Coach of the New Rochelle Junior High Cheerleading Team. I have been a dancer for over 20 years and a coach for 12 years. I am passionate about both of my job fields and truly love working with children.

Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years.

One of my future aspirations I hope to accomplish within the next 20 years is writing and publishing a book about my journey through surviving childhood Cancer, and living out my dream.

How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Being an Iota Sweetheart has helped me network with people from all different cultural and professional backgrounds that I may have never come across. I have made lasting friendships and have met amazing men and women in the years that I have been a Sweetheart. Anytime I have been in another state, and have reached out to the Iota family, I’ve been greeted with love and generosity. The bonds I have made will last me a lifetime.

 What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

For men considering membership in Iota Phi Theta, I’d say if they consider themselves as an innovator, trendsetter, leader, scholar, and want to be active in their community, then this is where they should be. For women who are interested in becoming an Iota Sweetheart, I’d tell them this is a sisterhood that is here to help the brothers of this amazing fraternity, and that they will form friendships that will last forever.

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(Images courtesy of Siobhan St. John-Facebook)

Iota (Sweetheart) Profile #7: Queen Of All Media

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Editor’s Note: As the first Sweetheart of Iota to be featured in this space, I thought it fitting that someone who is making an imprint in the Internet world would be a great choice.  She is a brilliant blogger and talented former athlete (like myself-ha!), but unfortunately for me, this is where the comparisons end, as this young lady also has her own radio show and knows WAY more about sports than I do, according to my Fantasy Football scores in the last three weeks.)  
 
Though she IS a Colts fan.  I won’t hold that against her, though.  😀
 
With dreams of being in broadcast journalism one day in the near future, I don’t see any stopping her.
 
Profile #7 of the 50 Iota Men/Hearts You Should Know goes to the ambitious Terrika Foster.
 
Please introduce yourself to the readers.
 
Name: Terrika Foster.   Court Name: “GoldN’ Purfection.”  Home Chapter: Zeta Zeta (Florida Memorial University), became a Sweetheart in Fall 2002.  Current Chapter:  Alpha Epsilon Omega (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC Alumni).
 
 
What drew your interest to Iota Sweethearts?
 
At the time I became a sweetheart interest, the chapter at “FloMo” was still in colony status, so there was much work to be done. I saw the guys on campus posting flyers about an event they were having-and the flyers were awful (LOL)!  So I spoke to the Polaris of the chapter and asked him if wanted some assistance in making a better flyer. From there, my interest in being a sweetheart was sparked. Later, I was asked to be in a pageant the chapter was hosting and I agreed. I won first place becoming Miss Brown & Gold 2002-03, and the rest is history. 
 
What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?
 
I am the Associate Sports Director and Director of Marketing for the Sportzfam Media Group. I currently host a sports talk radio show -“The Gridiron Gurl”, that’s airs every Friday night from 7p-8p (EST), and I am also the Sports Blogger for LaDulceLocura.net  (an Internet Blog Site also created by an Iota Sweetheart). Being a former athlete, sports have always been a part of my life and I believe that even though my degree is in Political Science, Sports Broadcasting is my passion and my calling.
 
Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years.

In the next 20 years I plan to have my own national syndicated sports show, whether it be in radio or television… Watch out ESPN and FOX! 

 How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Iota has been a part of my professional and personal life for 10 years. Professionally, the Brown and Gold Fam has supported and encouraged my endeavors and have even helped me promote my show and blogs. There are various members of the Iota Family that are professional athletes, writers, and journalists, so networking within our field happens often. As far as a personal level, there is not enough time in the day to explain how my Iota Sweetheart Sisters and Iota Brothers have been there for me during my times of struggle and through my proud moments. When I can’t count on anyone else, I can always count on my sisters. We are truly a family. 
 
What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?
 
Any woman interested in being an Iota Sweetheart has to have a strong backbone! I would let her know this organization really develops you professionally and personally. Some of my best friends are sweethearts. Being in this organization  gives us an opportunity to fellowship with other women who share similar interests and a bond that no one can understand. Not many can understand how a group of women can play a behind the scenes role to a fraternity and never ask for credit for the part we play. But, this is why truly “It Takes A Special Lady” to be an Iota Sweetheart. We are the backbone to an amazing group of men. I would assure her that the 10+ years I have spent in this organization working in my community, gaining new networking opportunities, fellowshipping, and helping my brothers continue in “Building A Tradition…” have not gone in gain and that I wouldn’t trade them for anything!   
 
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Check out Terrika’s show on Sportzfam Radio Network every Friday from 7-8p (EST) at www.blogtalkradio.com/the-sportzfam . You can also check OWt her personal page on www.sportzfam.net and like her Fan Page on Facebook, Tee Nichelle “The Gridiron Gurl” of Sportzfam Radio.

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September 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

Iota Profile #6: Man of Steel

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Editor’s Note: Here is a brother who I caught wind of through Facebook and added him as a friend.  And I haven’t regretted it since, as his statuses are full of inspirational and motivational quotes and workout tips.  As the first brother to be featured from the West Coast, you may have also seen him on such programs as America’s Next Top Model, stepping front and center with the Angel City Outlawz.  One of the most visible members of the I-PhiT National Initiative, he is also a Herbalife representative, health coach and actor, continuing today’s trend of multitasking Iotas.

Folks, get pumped for Sasky Sengapon.

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Please introduce yourself to the readers.

 Sasky Sengapon, ACE CLUB, FALL 1998 San Diego State Colony Chapter. California State University, Long Beach.  Undergrad: Gamma Phi, Grad Chapter: Gamma Gamma Omega, Charter member 2011. 

What drew your interest to Iota Phi Theta?

What drew me to Iota was a bond between men who were genuine, honest, real, kind, intelligent, trustworthy and loyal.  I was introduced to Iota as a freshman at Tennessee State University in 1995, at the time Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. wasn’t on campus or even heard of before.  Until Milton Mighty, a brother from Central Missouri State by way of Chicago, had just transferred in and happened to room with me by accident. As my roommate, he showed a young freshman the ropes, taught me how to get around, [and helped me with] registration and other university red tape.  He embraced me with the spirit of brotherhood and treated me as I was his BROTHER.  I went through the year NOT knowing he was a member of Iota, and when I did find out.  I was ready to help get Iota started on the map, but unfortunately there weren’t that many brothers in the area and the nearest chapter was 4 hours away.  So I transferred around to a couple of schools and ended up back home in 1998 attending San Diego State University, ran into my Dean, Brother Cleo Thurmond and my [line brother] Damon Renthrope, and the rest is history.

What is your current job title/business, and why are you in that field?

Current job(s) now, I am an Herbalife Member, a HEALTH COACH and an Actor.  I am a Health Coach because I love people and love to help others become the best versions of themselves.  By teaching proper nutrition and exercise, I teach [people] to live an active healthy lifestyle, so they can be healthy for life.  As an actor, it’s my passion; my love for theatre and storytelling is what I LOVE. 

Please name one aspiration you hope to accomplish in the next 20 years?

I want to inspire any and everyone to take charge of their lives, make a change in their current status in life if they are not happy with their health, their job, or current situation to go out and achieve their dreams. And CHANGE their mindset.  It’s all possible with faith, love, trust, determination, consistency and a strong desire to succeed.  I also want to hit the big screen within the next 5 years as an action movie star, setting new trends of action movie heroes.

How has Iota helped you in your endeavors, personal or professional?

Iota has helped me learn how to be mindful, patient, observant and multi-faceted. Iota has taught me how to network with a professional mindset and handle pressure in all areas of my life.

What would you say to anyone considering membership in Iota Phi Theta/Iota Sweethearts?

To anyone considering membership, I would suggest they know who they are mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Because if you don’t know yourself and what your limitations are as an individual, how are you going to add your spice, your personality and leave a legacy in this organization.  Most importantly, never lose yourself and try to conform to what others expect you to become.  Stay true to who you are, and your light will shine.  Put everything you’ve got into everything you do.

More from Sasky:

If you are interested in losing weight, gaining weight, getting stronger, improving athletic performance, gaining more energy, feeling better daily or just getting healthy from a cellular level.  I can help coach you through your health journey and be the best version of yourself.  I’ll be able to answer any questions you have.  Email: saskysengapon@gmail.com, follow me on Twitter: @saskys or add me as a friend on Facebook.

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(Images courtesy of Sasky Sengapon-Facebook)

 

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September 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm