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The following is the press release issued by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on Aug. 1, 2017 / PRNewswire / Photos were added by from Micheal Cristal’s Instagram page.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS) announced today that Micheal Cristal was elected International President of the 103 years old community service organization. Effective immediately, Mr. Cristal will become PBS’s 35th International President. In this role, Mr. Cristal will lead the organization’s 2017-2019 General Board and provide leadership on PBS business strategies, headquarters operations, investments in the membership, branding opportunities and organization decisions.

“I am honored to serve as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 35th International President,” said Mr. Cristal, Vice President of Merchandising, Kroger Corporation. “I believe in the power of our brotherhood, our brands, our values and our commitment to serve the communities where our chapters exist, he added. “Phi Beta Sigma is transforming to be a faster-growing, more intentional brotherhood of conscious men. I am committed to the strategies we will employ, and look forward to leading the talented cadre of General Board members and our headquarters staff to drive growth, engage our sponsors, foster our Sigma Beta Clubs activities and create value to our brotherhood and the communities we serve,” he emphasized.

Cristal, who was PBS’ immediate past International First Vice President, delivered four (4) consecutive years of record membership growth, averaging 30% growth over the four years. Cristal is a proven leader who has the experience and track record of delivering results. He has a keen understanding of PBS’ business, external and internal structures, having served in several leadership roles in the organization. He has helped charter many chapters nationally and assisted in growing the Southwestern Region to be one of the largest regions in the fraternity. He was also instrumental in introducing and rolling out PBS’ revised Membership Intake Process.

Since 2013, Mr. Cristal has worked with the Honorable Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., 34th International President of PBS, administration to transform the organization. Working closely with Mr. Mason over the last four years on the organization’s strategy to strengthen and focus PBS’ brotherhood, business partnerships and brand portfolio, the organization experienced a transformation.  Cristal is well positioned to continue to lead the most comprehensive transformation in the venerable organization’s recent history. PBS is a more focused and balanced organization of conscious college educated men, who are fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles and community leaders.  Cristal’s leadership team is committed to serving communities globally and creating value for the brotherhood. He plans on strengthening PBS’ brand and headquarters operation, while streamlining the organization’s cost structure to deliver improved results. He is also committed to sharpening PBS’ strategies and lead the execution of the next important phase of building a better Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Check out this video he posted after being elected.

Bro. Cristal addresses the brothers about some of his focus areas as International President. #CristalClear #PhiBeta4Life

A post shared by Hon. Bro. Micheal Cristal (@electcristal) on

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This Video of The Sigmas at Delaware State University Will Get You HYPED!

The Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma revealed their new line and these brothers rolled DEEP!

The Sigmas at Delaware State University unveiled their newest line, “New Blu Order” to their campus, making history as the longest line to ever come through their chapter.

Watch below as these brothers put on for their state, their school, their chapter and their ORG!

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This Is How Solo Sigmas do Probates at SUNY Oneonta

One time for the Solos of Phi Beta Sigma!

The brothers of the Beta Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma revealed their Fall 16 solo and this young brother held it down for the Sigmas and his state ALL BY HIMSELF!

Check out his video below and show this young brother some love!

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Phi Beta Sigma’s Rashaun Allen Receives Prestigious Fulbright Grant

The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. keep winning! One of their members, Rashaun J. Allen has won a Fulbright.

Allen, graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing & Literature Fall 2016 and has already achieved success by independently publishing two poetry books: A Walk Through Brooklyn and In The Moment which made the 10th & 11th best-selling spots in Amazon’s Kindle store in the African-American poetry section.

He is now doing a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in Barbados in Creative Writing & Literature which he received from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Allen is conducting research at The University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus as part of a project to write about his family history.

“Allen is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields,” the Fulbright program wrote in a statement.

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.”

Watch The Yard would like to personally congratulate Allen on his achievement. Our website has special ties to the Fulbright because our founder, Jonathan Rabb came up with the idea for Watch The Yard while doing a Fulbright Grant in Germany.

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