Collegiate 100 chapter of Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus in Savannah named 2021 chapter of the year
The Collegiate 100 chapter of Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus in Savannah has been selected as chapter of the year by national parent organization 100 Black Men of America. The Armstrong chapter is one of two collegiate chapters to receive the selection out of the 70 collegiate chapters nationwide.
Chapter president Justin Cosby said the award is a representation of the service mindset the chapter has.
“This award is just proof of where hard work and faith can get you,” Cosby said. “While it has been phenomenal to receive this recognition, a lot of the members and myself would agree that Collegiate 100 is bigger than awards and accolades. It is centered around mentorship and service, so if we don’t keep that focus then we have failed the mission of the 100.”
The Armstrong chapter’s advisor is Fernando Foster, Director of Enterprise Networking for IT Services. Foster has served as a liaison between the collegiate chapter and the 100 Black Men of Savannah for 10 years. He said that the resiliency of the Armstrong chapter during the COVID-19 pandemic sets them apart as leaders.
“I’m extremely proud of Justin and the rest of our membership,” Foster said. “Despite dealing with the limitations imposed by the pandemic, leaders of the Collegiate 100, like Justin, exemplified creativity and resilience in continuing to do the work of the 100. Events like the Winter Ball that have normally been held in person were held virtually. In-person mentoring sessions were replaced by mentoring sessions through Zoom. I’m encouraged by how seamlessly this organization adapted to this new environment and the challenges associated with it.”
The national organization’s values include transparency and accountability, as well as respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity. 100 Black Men of Savannah president Harold Oglesby said in a letter to the Armstrong chapter that the group exhibits all of these qualities.
“Every chapter dreams of supporting a collegiate chapter that excels in upholding the standard of the pillars of our national organization,” Oglesby wrote. “Under the leadership of President Justin Cosby and the guidance of Mr. Fernando Foster, you have excelled to excellence, and now you have national recognition. You all should be proud of the work that you have done.”
The Armstrong chapter will be presented with an award during a virtual ceremony at the 100 Black Men of America’s annual conference on June 17. For more information about the Armstrong Chapter, visit https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongC100/.
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