Brotherhood. Service. Scholarship.

For 30 years, the brothers of the Pi Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. have embraced all three on the UNCG campus. Pioneers, they were the first Black Greek Letter fraternity on campus.

This Homecoming, the brothers will return to UNCG to celebrate their bonds — both the unbreakable fraternal ties and their membership into the university’s Great Unbroken Band.

UNCG’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on October 7, 1984, and has been making an impact ever since. “Thirty years is a huge accomplishment for us,” said current chapter President Jordan Jones. “We are very proud because this isn’t just 30 years of being on the yard. This is 30 years uninterrupted. We’ve never been suspended or unaffiliated with the school since we were chartered.”

Much has changed in the three decades since the Alphas arrived at UNCG, said Anjan Basu, who joined the fraternity in 1999 while a student at UNCG. “A lot of the things that students appreciate now — like the multicultural center — that was advocated for by my generation at UNCG, back in the late ’90s,” he said.

“We invested in UNCG during our individual times there,” Basu, a key organizer of the anniversary celebration, added. “Watching UNCG grow to what it is today, it makes us all very reminiscent and very wistful. Because of that, we really want to celebrate our connection to the university and the larger community in general as much as possible.”

True to their fraternity motto — “First of all, service to all, we shall transcend all” — the brothers have planned a weekend of celebration and service. Events include an awards ceremony that will honor people who have offered tremendous service to the UNCG community, Basu said.

They’ll also participate in the 10th annual All Black Attire Party, which raises money for a number of endowed scholarships at the university. Among those awards is the Pamela Wilson Scholarship, which honors the memory and work of its namesake, the director of Multicultural Affairs at UNCG until her untimely death in March 2002.

Over the years, fraternity members have gone on to make their marks on the world — as college professors, medical doctors, lawyers, educators, members of the armed forces and more. “For the most part, everyone has turned out to be good fathers, husbands, family guys,” Basu said. “The American dream.”

But no matter where life has taken them, thoughts of their fraternal bonds are never far from mind.

“UNCG turned out to be very fertile ground from which to grow a family,” Basu said, “and the fact that we’ve been able to make this family work for 30 years with 133 family members of various generations — it’s powerful and it’s something in which we’ve all invested.”

Story by Lanita Withers Goins, UNCG University Relations