On Thursday, May 6, the KBD Phi Chapter at Metropolitan Community College (Omaha) honored 21 new members. Inducted honorees included 19 student scholars and 2 honorary members. Among those in attendance were Business Administration Division Dean Dr. Lori Lothringer, Dean of Student Engagement & Retention Robin Hixon, and VP for Student Affairs Project Coordinator Shonda Clark, KBD Board President Dr. Trina Lynch-Jackson, and ACBSP Region 5 Chair Dr. Liliana Petersen.
Phi Chapter Advisor Debbie Gaspard awarded two KBD honorary memberships. Mr. Jeffrey P. Alderman, President & CEO of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) delivered an inspiring speech about his spouse, Brenda Alderman's service journey as a US Navy Veteran as well as her academic and professional success that includes a solid foundation provided by community college education.
Also receiving an honorary membership was Joshua Vinson Jr., a local celebrity known as "Little Josh." Four-year-old Little Josh is the undisputed winner of the Inaugural Josh Fight, an event that started as a viral joke during the pandemic lockdown that ended with a live, friendly battle among Joshes across the country with pool noodles as the weapon of choice. Josh Fight 2021 raised over $50,000 in donations to Omaha's Children's Hospital & Medical Center and 200 pounds for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Little Josh's message to fellow inductees was a simple "Never Give Up!"
@Little_Josh has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, People, USA Today, ESPN and CNN.
Phi Chapter Advisor
Metropolitan Community College (Omaha)