Prince William County, Virginia – Armed with the goal of providing the mentees of Omega U and Partnered Mentor Programs as many post-secondary educational options as possible visited The Virginia State University (VSU) in Ettrick Virginia early Saturday morning on October 21, 2017. The men of the Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, of Prince William County Virginia, with their Omega U mentees, boarded a bus to attend a field trip to Virginia State University. This excursion marked the first of several college campus visits planned for the 2017-2018 school year.
Virginia State University, a historically black college/university (HBCU) offered the mentees an authentic look at an institution with a firm base of scholastic excellence that has nurtured the development of countless academic, cultural, and social leaders of the African-American community. Upon arrival to VSU, the mentees toured the campus and spent time in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences facility where they attended a lecture hall seminar on the technical, academic, and physical skills necessary to be successful in the field of video game design and animation.
The presentation, given by Mr. Anh Do, Art and Design Instructor, detailed the history and evolution of video game design and animation. Nationally ranked 45th, the VSU animation and design program stands among the best in the nation. The mentees benefitted from the first-hand exposure and experience as they learned about what game designers and animators do. The engaging learning session also emphasized to the Omega U mentees the importance of establishing a sound academic foundation and informed the mentees of the prerequisite skills, education, and preparation needed to pursue a career in the field of video game design and animation. Included in the presentations were well-received words of wisdom, inspiration, and motivation on the importance of making smart choices associates were embraced by the Omega U mentor program participants.
During this day of discovery and learning, Omega U mentees were able to explore the school’s prestigious art labs located in Fauntleroy Hall. Each young student was fascinated with the inner workings and technology found in the lab.
Mr. Anh Do provided hours of dedicated service to Virginia State University and the community of Prince William County Virginia by volunteering his time in teaching, mentoring, and providing students with information, answers, and advice on being successful in school as a student and in life.
The campus tour ended with the mentees having the opportunity to dine in the university’s dining facility along with the VSU students. Met by their parents who enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the informative and fun-filled day that was sponsored, planned, and executed by the Brothers of the Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, the mentees returned excited about their field trip experience to Virginia State University. The field trip was a huge success and a unique opportunity afforded to the mentees of the Omega U mentor program to be introduced to additional professional options.