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Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBO)

World Leaders Society

 

Who Are We?

Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBO) is a unique and rewarding leadership development program for GRCC students. The purpose of ΑBO is to provide its members with a positive social network of students who have goals of becoming responsible community leaders.

Vision

The full and true realization of moral, intellectual, social, and economic advancement for all ΑBO members.

Mission

ΑBO is a society dedicated to providing young scholars with relational, educational, and cultural experiences that will instill the leadership qualities necessary to effectively serve our local, national, and global community.

 

What We Believe

The five core principles of ΑBO are Fellowship, Scholarship, Ownership, Leadership and Citizenship.

1. Fellowship

As a society of young scholars, we will function in the spirit of love, respect, and empowerment when communicating with one another.

2. Scholarship

As a society of scholars, we are devoted and united in a shared pursuit towards obtaining the knowledge base and skill set necessary to function as relevant thinkers, culture shapers, and world leaders.

3. Ownership

As a society of young scholars, it is our purpose, duty, and responsibility to ensure the collective advancement of the human race.

4. Leadership

As a society of young scholars, we influence and direct our families, our culture, our country, and our world in a positive and prosperous direction.

5. Citizenship

As a society of scholars, we will use our intelligence, charisma, and wisdom to passionately and relentlessly solve the world issues that challenge our generation.

 

The ΑBO Motto

Knowledge is power, we are power.

Today we choose to answer our calling.

Our fate is blessed, our destiny is sacred.

We are a people of passion, principal, and purpose.

We were created with every ability necessary to perform our purpose.

Nothing outside of us can defeat us.

Knowledge is power, we are power.

 

3-Year Academic Performance Summary

The below student subgroup comparisons comes from GRCC Fall 2013 successful course completion data. The ABO data below represents a 3-year, semester-by-semester breakdown of the program's successful course completion data.

Successful Course Completion Equals C- or Higher

ALL Students

Number of Students Courses Attempted Courses Successfully Completed Completion Rate (C- or Higher)

ALL Students

16,566

146,192

105,571

72%

Asian

594

5,587

4,315

77%

White

11,493

101,560

76,238

75%

Hispanic

1,383

11,877

8,102

68%

American Indian

158

1,413

880

62%

Black (All)

1,956

16,638

9,256

56%

Black (Male Only)

860

7,640

3,982

52%

ABO Fall 2012

15

52

37

71%

ABO Winter 2013 

28

95

59

62%

ABO Summer 2013

17

35

28

80%

ABO Fall 2013 

44

159

110

69%

ABO Winter 2014 

61

205

143

70%

ABO Summer 2014

37

84

64

76%

ABO Fall 2014

64

212

158

75%

ABO Winter 2015

71 234 164 71%

ABO Summer 2015

32 67 36 54%

ABO Fall 2016

57 163 111 68%

ABO Winter 2016

52 187 130 70%

 

Grade Point Average Summary

Student Subgroup comparison data gathered by the GRCC Institutional Review Board.

All GRCC Students

2.74

Black Males

1.85

ABO 3-Year GPA

2.60

 

Student Persistence Summary

Student Subgroup comparison data gathered by the GRCC Institutional Review Board.

Measure

ABO Members

Black Male Students

All GRCC Students

Fall-to-Winter Persistence (PT Students)

79%

63%

66%

Fall-to-Winter Persistence   (FT Students)

88%

77%

83%

Fall-to-Fall Persistence (PT Students)

52%

34%

41%

Fall-to-Fall Persistence (FT Students)

75%

38%

50%

 

ABO Accomplishments (3-Years)

  • Transfers to universities include 2 to GVSU, 2 to FSU, 2 to EMU, 1 to Cornerstone and 3 to U of M.
  • L. Nathan awarded Michigan College Compact Student Involvement Award for 2014.
  • T. Johnson awarded 2014 Student Leadership Award; 6 other students nominated as well.
  • S. Smith attended invitation-only summer program at UM in Summer 2013 and voted by his peer to give closing presentation.                                              
  • J. Jackson attended invitation-only summer program at UM in Summer 2014.
  • L. Nathan invited by City of Grand Rapids to attend conference in Atlanta on urban violence in 2014.
  • T. Johnson invited by GRCC Foundation to make presentation at Major Donors breakfast.
  • W. Hill awarded Adult Student Award in 2014 and national article in “Encore Online” 2015 e-magazine.
  • J. Thompson featured on Climate Study video.
  • Varnum Law hosted 2 ABO students for paid internships.
  • Four students nominated for Student Leadership Awards in 2014-15.
  • T. Garret selected to serve on the Mayor’s Board.
  • A. Fields and E. Williams awarded first Change Agent Award by Chamber of Commerce.
  • A. Fields awarded Staff Leadership Award by Student Leadership Awards Banquet.
  • Four students to date awarded Milo Brown Scholarship Award at GIANTS Banquet.
  • Students planning joint project with GRPD for 2015 Summer Young Adult Summit.
  • E. Williams, C. Sain, and A. Fields making statewide and national presentations on ABO.
  • Davenport University and Delta College began similar programs in 2015.
  • Over $150,000 in awards to ABO students who transferred to 4-year universities.
  • Employment partnership with Spectrum Health to hire ABO students in Fall 2015.

 

Winter 2016 Meeting Dates and Topics

January 15th (Visions Casting)

January 29th (The Fear of Failure)

February 12th (Healthy Relationships: Moms, Girlfriends, and Wives)

March 4th (Forgiving Fathers)

March 18th (Self-Esteem and Turning Information into Power)

April 1st (Overcoming Racism)

April 15th (The Purpose of Spirituality)

April 29th (Work Ethic and Discipline)

* All meetings take place on Fridays at 1pm in the Room 132 of the Learning Resource Building.

 

ΑBO Video Links

Change Agent Award Winners!

ABO 2014 Pledges

ABO in the News

Interview w/ ABO Member Jonathon Thompson

ABO Member Todd Johnson Addresses th Foundation

Boyce Watkins Presentation "Cents and Sense"

ABO Convocation 2013-2014

ABO Convocation 2012-2013

Dr. Damon Arnold Motivational Speech

 

ΑBO Empowerment Video Library

Motivational

Evolve Yourself - Motivational Video 2015 - YouTube

Discipline And Intent - Motivational Video - YouTube

Prove Them Wrong - Inspirational and Motivational Video - YouTube

Power of Personal Standards - Motivational Video - YouTube

The Motivational Video - Never Underestimate Me - YouTube

Life-Style Creation

The Power Of Extreme Purpose - Motivational Video

Truth About Life - Motivational Video - YouTube

What Is Possible - Motivational Video - YouTube

The 5 Pillars of Lifestyle Development

The Top 10 Principles of Success with Women and Life - YouTube

Relationships

What is "Value" Anyway? - Duration: 5:10. by Todd Valentine 15,410 views

Five Minutes That Will Change Your Life -- How To Eliminate All Negative Thoughts - Duration: 4:22. by Todd Valentine 51,276 views

How to Run a "Perfect" Pickup - YouTube

100% Abundance 0% Stress - How to Solve Your Emotions - YouTube

Cure Neediness - How to Achieve Freedom From Outcome - Duration: 9:46. by Todd Valentine 22,012 views

Stress

Push Harder - Motivational Video HD - YouTube

The Grieving Process: Coping with Death - YouTube

Time Management

MINDSHIFT - MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube

Make The Time - Motivational Video - YouTube

Depression

Boundaries - Motivational Video 2015 - YouTube

The Emotion of Greatness - Motivational Video - YouTube