CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 14, 2015 – Jeremiah Hathorn, a Southeast Missouri State University accounting major, has been named Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s District Collegiate Brother of the Year.
Hathorn is from St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated from University City High School in 2011.
He is now one of 13 to advance to the regional level in the spring at Alpha Phi Alpha’s regional convention. There he will compete for the chance to advance to the national level. Last year Hathorn won the regionals and was invited to the national convention. Only one person from each region is invited to the national competition.
“I’m proud of my accomplishments,” he said. “I was surprised to win again but it was a wonderful feeling to bring this award back to Southeast.”
Hathorn qualified for the district award based upon his work and merits as a Greek student, competing against all schools in the district with Alpha Phi Alpha chapters.
The award is presented to only one person at each level.
“We compete against the largest region at the regional competition with 13 states,” Hathorn said. “I can’t wait to go back and try to win the regionals once more.”
Hathorn is a member of Southeast’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a historically African-American Greek letter organization. The award was presented Nov. 13-15 at the 39th Annual Alpha Phi Alpha District Conference in Jefferson City, Missouri. Hathorn plans to graduate from Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in accounting Dec. 19.
“I’m very proud of Jeremiah’s accomplishments. It is exciting to see him be recognized for all of his hard work and dedication,” said Deante’ Smith, director of Greek Life here at Southeast. “I know that he contemplated if he should compete for the award for a second time after winning it previously. I am glad that he decided to compete one more time, and I know he has his eyes set on achieving the National Brother of the Year.”
As this will be his last competition, he offered some parting words of advice for his fellow Greeks.
“Do a little bit of everything. I didn’t settle, so that’s my best advice to you; never settle,” Hathorn said. “Strive to do great in any position you are given. As treasurer, I was able to cut costs and raise money for our fraternity. As vice president, I was able to work to bring something to the organization. Never settle. Strive to be something people will remember. Strive to be your best.”
The regional award will be awarded at the Alpha Phi Alpha regional convention taking place April 7-10, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.