Newman named president of Johns Hopkins chapter of fraternity


11758913_10207491903082642_1215635514_nDaulton Newman said during his tenure as president of Alpha Delta Phi at Johns Hopkins University, he wants to continue to build and strengthen the chapter’s bond with the community.

“We have good relations with the community and work every year to strengthen that relationship,” Newman said. “In the spring, Alpha Delta Phi always hosts a golf outing for alumni and the friends and families of current undergraduate brothers. The more (money) we can raise and give back, the better.”
One of the charities they work hard for is Stop Soldier Suicide, netting around $12,000 from the golf event last year.
“We benefit Stop Soldier Suicide, a foundation founded by an Alpha Delt from the Johns Hopkins chapter,” Newman said. “Alpha Delta Phi has a strong presence and resonance with the military. We hold the military in an extremely high regard. We even have an official statue of the fraternity that depicts an American soldier and a Canadian soldier from World War II, honoring our American and Canadian chapters.”
Newman said he also wants to continue some of the truly great events the fraternity already has in place, like the Family Party in the fall and the Alumni Reception in the spring, as well as revive some old events that the alumni reminisce about. He has also worked to create more structure within the chapter, adding several committees to make sure all of the 93 voices are heard. He has also instituted a variety of facility improvements in ensure the building for future generations of Alpha Delta Phi’s.
“I also hope to continue to remain very involved with our new member education to stress the importance of our organization and the lifelong experience that it is,” Newman said.
Newman, son of Mark and Charlotte Newman of Eupora, was named recently named president of Alpha Delta Phi at Johns Hopkins University and he also serves as the Johns Hopkins Interfraternity Council President. He is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins, set to graduate in May 2016. He is a Public Health Studies major, pursuing a pre-medical track, but also considering taking a Natural Sciences major in his last year. In the year after graduation, Newman plans to devote the majority of his time applying and interviewing for medical school, while also working either in research or for the fraternity’s International Organization, while possibly pursing a master’s degree in either Public Health or Health Sciences. After that year, Newman will attend medical school for four years, followed by a residency and fellowship. Newman said his ultimate goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon, hopefully practicing in Mississippi.
Newman is a 2012 of Eupora High School. He is attending Johns Hopkins University on a full academic scholarship given to him by Michael Bloomberg. While at Johns Hopkins, Newman has been on the Dean’s List. He won an award for Outstanding Brother of the Year and he was in the top five of the Mr. Hopkins contest.
Newman first became involved with Alpha Delta Phi when his football teammates, most of whom are active members of the chapter, first invited him to the chapter house. He rushed and received a bid in the spring semester of his freshman year (the earliest time Hopkins allows their freshmen to rush). During his sophomore year, he served as a representative to the Interfraternity Council. This past year, as a junior, Newman served as a pledge educator. Back in May, he was elected as the Chapter President, for which he will serve a one year term through his senior year.
According to Alpha Delta Phi Alumni Advisor Ed Donahue, the fraternity was founded in 1832 at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY as a literary society. Donahue said most colleges in those days were affiliated with one or another religious denomination, and the faculty was heavily composed of ministers.
“One of the sore points with students was that the faculty kept many of the Greek and Latin classics from the students, because the literature was thought to be morally objectionable,” Donahue said. “Hence, the formation of literary societies.”
ADPhi is the fourth oldest of the national Greek fraternities. The Alpha Delta Phi chapter at Johns Hopkins was founded in 1889 by Daniel Gilman, the first president of Johns Hopkins, who was an Alpha Delt from Yale, Class of 1852. The chapter at Hopkins has a long and illustrious history – five of the University’s 15 presidents have been Alpha Delts, and 11 buildings on campus are named for Alpha Delta alumni.
“Daulton joins a fairly accomplished group of young men,” Donahue said.
According to Donahue, the chapter at Hopkins has solid academics – the average GPA for the Spring 2014 semester was 3.48/4.00; the average GPA for the 2014-2015 academic year was about 3.35. The chapter also has a large number of athletes, including Newman who plays football, who excel on the playing field as well as in the classroom.  Donahue said membership is very diverse geographically, politically, racially and socioeconomically.
“Daulton is a good example of the kind of member that Alpha Delta Phi seeks out – he’s a good ‘ole boy from Mississippi who is also an aspiring pre-medical major with solid academics, a strong athlete, extremely well-read and doesn’t take himself too seriously,” Donahue said. “He’s president of the Interfraternity Council at Hopkins as well as president of his own chapter of the fraternity.  He’s got a great sense of humor, but has executive presence – when he speaks, people listen – whether the audience is composed of deans and academic bureaucrats, faculty members or fellow students and fraternity members.  As alumni advisor for the Hopkins Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi, I genuinely admire and respect Daulton’s ability to tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear, and to do so with tact and poise.”
Newman cites his involvement in The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council as a junior in high school as a key area for developing his leadership skills.
As part of the NRECA Youth Leadership Council, Newman first represented Natchez Trace Electric Power Association to the Mississippi Electric Power Association. He was able to attend a weekend gathering of Mississippi’s 70 best leaders. From there, Youth Council Representatives went through several leadership training presentations and exercises and had the chance to visit the capital.
At the end of the weekend, 10 students were chosen to be interviewed to represent the state in Washington, D.C. Newman was one of those students. Of those 10, he was selected to represent Mississippi on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Leadership Council. He made two trips to Washington D.C., one trip to San Diego, Calif., and one trip to Biloxi as part of his one-year term as representative.
“I highly recommend every high school junior apply for that,” Newman said. “It was a true honor. That entire experience truly enhanced my leadership skills and prepared me for the positions I hold today.”

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