PARTICIPATING IN THE  Pageant

STEPS TO APPLYING

 

Learn about the pageant. There is a brief history piece below, information (such as the rules) & documents below, as well as YouTube promotional videos and the pageant available for your viewing on the Penn State Alphas YouTube page. You should know the qualifications, rules & regulations, and terms of agreement for what you are applying for.

You are first required to fill out the Agreement Form which will require your signature during the interview phase.

Next, fill out the Application Form. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions or concerns regarding this process. Your information will be viewable by the Chapter Brothers, Pageant Committee for selection, and Chapter Advisor for authentication.

After submitting both the Agreement Form and Application Form, a Member of the Pageant Committee will contact you to schedule an interview based on the availability provided. If you do not hear from anyone regarding an interview please feel free to reach out to us. Contestant interviews will take place during the dates listed below. Committee interviews may be conducted as applications are received and do not have a deadline.

The History of Miss Black & Gold

 

The Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant, under the sponsorship of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is an outgrowth of the long tradition of Alpha Chapters designating outstanding young ladies to serve as "Chapter Sweethearts." The Fraternity recognizes the valuable support rendered to it by the many friends of Alpha Phi Alpha, and this endeavor serves as one mechanism to applaud such support.

For some time now, each of the Fraternity's five geographical regions has sponsored Miss Black and Gold Pageants as a part of their conventions. Since the early 1970's, there has been increasing support of these pageants on a national scale.

 

The first National Miss Black and Gold Pageant was held during Alpha's 1976 General Convention in New York City. Queen Denise Smith, representing Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded the PHIRST crown.

The Pageant was deferred following the first event and reinstated during the Fraternity's 1982 General Convention in Los Angeles, California.

The Gamma Nu Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant and Ball is a nationally recognized event that takes place in the spring semester of each academic year and provides the participants with an opportunity to showcase their talents and be honored for their high scholastic abilities, hard work, and commitment to service on their campus and at-large.

 

Each contestant will showcase their talent and beauty through a series of categories. The contestant will be required to answer question pertaining to current events and other political issues. Being judged per tier and on the basis of scholarship & scholastic ability a winner will be crowned and will move on to the District level of the competition.

The first Local MIss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant was held at The Pennsylvania State University in April of 1999, crowning Her Phirst Majesty, Queen Sonya Garlington, Miss Black & Gold and Her Phirst Highness, Queen Kadine Anckle, MIss Gold.

 

Her Majesty, High Empress Yvonne Winborne, is the PHIRST Miss Black & Gold of the Gamma Nu Chapter to win both the Eastern Regional title (2013-2014) and the National title (2013-2015).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Gamma Nu's Pageant Components


Pre-Pageant Components (Varies per Pageant)

  • Preparation - After entrants are chosen they will hold a meeting to go over next steps. This will usually include frequently scheduled practices with the Pageant Coordinators - they will have all of the necessary information regarding the pageant itself in order to conduct efficient and accurate practices. Rehearsals will vary depending on the particular caterogies/scenes the Pageant Coordinators and Contestants will practice for that day. However, these rehearsals are accomodating and take into account everyone's availability. The Executive Director and Pageant Committee may observe rehearsals, come in to film, may utilize that time to hold brief meetings, etc.
  • Attire, Hair, Makeup - Contestants are responsible for providing their hair & makeup and attire for each category. Pageant Coordinators, who traditionally have competed and/or won in a previous pageant, are excellent resources in this area. They will be able to let the contestants know exactly what worked and did not work. It is common for contestants to have one or two friends/family members to assist them back-stage during the pageant so feel free to gather your (small) team.
  • Fundraising - Traditionally, contestants are responsible for fundraising efforts (i.e. soliciting ads for the Pageant booklet, selling tickets, and possibly more) in order to assist in keeping the price of the pageant down for attendees.
Pageant Components (Varies per Pageant)
  • Categories - The contestants will compete in varies categories (Traditionally - Talent, Business Attire, Swimwear, Evening Gown, and Question & Answer).
  • Performances - Guests will be treated with performances by various students/student organizations/other organizations. These performances may vary from spoken word, dance, or song to short video presentations or performed skits.
  • Dinner - Guests will be treated with a formal dinner (Menu to vary by location). Usually, dinner is served closer to the start of the pageant. Depending on the type of dinner - plated or buffet - will determine at what portion of the pageant - during a category or during performances - it will commence.
  • Awards - Chapter awards are given to the brothers as well as the sashing and crowning that follows the Question & Answer category. Each category winner is awarded with a sash. Miss Gold is awarded with a sash and a scholarship. Miss Black & Gold is awarded with a sash, a crown, and a scholarship. Additional awards may be given out to members of the Penn State Community both currently enrolled and alumni.
  • Ball - Guests are invited to stay at the conclusion of the Pageant to celebrate with the Brothers and Pageant Contestants.
Post-Pageant Components (Varies per Pageant)
  • Miss Black & Gold and Miss Gold - Fulfills responsibilities (Listed below). The titles come with responsibilities of community outreach and engagement. Miss Black & Gold and Miss Gold will have the support and resources of the Chapter to fulfill these obligations during their reign.
  • Preparation (District Level) - Begin preparation for District Pageant. The Gamma Nu Pageant is a very thorough process. The effort that is put into the local pageant makes preparation for the next level a lot easier. However, travel and lodging (depending on the location) will have to be established. The Chapter is here to assist with that.




Local (Gamma Nu) Pageant Rules & Requirements


Contestants of the Gamma Nu Chapter's Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant must meet the Local (Gamma Nu) Rules & Requirements, agree to the responsibilities of the Miss Black & Gold and Miss Gold titles, and be able to agree to the National Rules & Requirements of the National Miss Black & Gold Pageant in which she would be eligible to participate in if crowned at the local level. Eligibility Rules & Requirements The qualifications listed below are the terms in which entrants, the name given to those applying to participate in the Pageant, must agree to in their entirety to qualify for the Royal Court. Qualifications are subject to change and should be altered here upon change by the Chapter immediately.

  • Entrant agrees that the time, manner and method of judging shall be solely at the discretion of the Miss Black and Gold Pageant Committee and that the decision of the judges will be final.
  • Entrant must be enrolled in The Pennsylvania State University as a full-time student at the time of applying AND must plan on returning to The Pennsylvania State University as a full-time student next academic year for both the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Entrant may be younger than 18 as long as she will be 18 by the National Miss Black & Gold Pageant in which she is eligible to participate in if crowned OR may not be or become older than 23 prior to the National Miss Black & Gold Pageant she is eligible to participate in if crowned. If entrant's age will disqualify her at the National level Pageant she may not compete in the Local level Pageant
  • Entrant must agree to the responsibilities of both the Gamma Nu Miss Black & Gold and Miss Gold titles.
  • Entrant must be able to meet the eligibility requirements for the National Pageant in which she will be eligible to compete in if crowned and agree to the rules & requirements of the National Miss Black & Gold title.
  • Entrant must adhere to discretion and will not reveal her official participation in the Pageant until officially revealed by the Committee or given permission by the Executive Director to do so.
  • Entrant must understand that if she is elected Miss Black and Gold/Miss Gold, the title belongs to the Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and she is only holding the title until the next Miss Black and Gold/Miss Gold is crowned. She must understand that during the year of her reign, she cannot endorse, make appearances, advertise, or take photographs with or for any products, institutions, organizations, or persons, on behalf of the Gamma Nu Chapter without verbal or written permission of the Gamma Nu Chapter.
  • Entrant must give permission to the Gamma Nu Chapter to use her photograph(s), voice, and service gratis in connection with the Pageant including any subsequent recorded or timed excerpts of the Pageant for public relations purposes.
  • Entrant must agree that any conduct on her part at anytime, which in the eyes of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will discredit the good image of the Pageant and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., shall result in her immediate dismissal from all Pageant activities, and forfeiture of all rights, titles, and privileges connected thereto.
  • Entrant agrees that she will not divulge any specifications unique to any level of the Miss Black & Gold Pageant to outside organizations or individuals that would create a compromise of trade secrets.
  • Entrant agrees to fulfill the responsibilities of her candidacy and, if chosen, the responsibilities of the Miss Black & Gold or Miss Gold title.




National Pageant Rules & Requirements


Eligibility Rules & Requirements To enter an Official Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant, the contestant must meet certain basic requirements and agree to abide by all rules of the Local, District, Regional and National Miss Black and Gold Pageants now in effect or as announced hereafter.

  • Entrant agrees that the time, manner and method of judging shall be solely at the discretion of the Miss Black and Gold Pageant Committee and that the decision of the judges will be final.
  • Entrant agrees that if selected as the winner of this pageant, she will not sign a management contract with any individual or corporation, and that she will not give any written or verbal endorsement of any mercantile commodity or commercial organization, nor will she permit any photographs to be used in connection with any advertised commodity or service not associated with this contest, without the permission of the Miss Black and Gold Pageant Coordinator and his committee.
  • Contestant must be single, have never married, have never had a marriage annulled, have never been divorced, and have never conceived a child.
  • Contestant must be currently enrolled in college working on her undergraduate degree and must remain in college in order to be crowned District, Regional and/or National Miss Black & Gold.
  • Contestant must be between the ages of 18 and 23 OR will become 18 prior to the National Miss Black and Gold Pageant finals of this year OR will not exceed 23 years prior to the Miss Black and Gold Pageant.
  • Contestant must be of good moral character, good health, and shall not be convicted of any crimes and shall possess talent, poise, personality, intelligence, charm and beauty of face and figure.
  • Contestant must possess and display talent in not more than a 3-minute talent routine, in which the routine must be presented live and not by way of motion picture film or video. This requirement does not apply to vocal or instrumental recording used in conjunction with live presentation. This talent may be singing, dancing, dress designing, oration, playing an instrument, etc. No one may share the stage with a contestant during her talent presentation unless he/she is her musical accompanist.
  • Contestant may be either amateur or professional but must be a college student.
  • Must give give permission to the Miss Black and Gold Pageant committee to use her photograph(s), voice, and service gratis in connection with the Pageant including any subsequent recorded or timed excerpts of the Pageant for public relations purposes.
  • Must release the Miss Black and Gold Pageant/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. from any and all claims for damages or injuries which may be sustained while participating in any activity of the Pageant or during any reign as the Miss Black and Gold winner.
  • Must agree that any conduct on her part at anytime, which in the eyes of the Miss Black and Gold Pageant Sponsor/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will discredit the good image of the Pageant and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., shall result in her immediate dismissal from all Pageant activities, and forfeiture of all rights, titles, and privileges connected thereto.
  • Must understand that when she affixes her signature to the bottom of the Official Applicant's Agreement, or if she is under 21, and her parent or legal guardian affixes his/her signature to the bottom of this agreement, she is committed to abide by all the rules and regulations of the Miss Black and Gold Pageant.




Responsibilities of The Queens


Programs - one (1) per semester. If one or both of The Queens are not Pageant Coordinators for the upcoming MBGSPB then an additional one (1) program should be implemented for the Fall Semester. Philanthropic Events - one (1) per year. If one or both of The Queens are not Pageant Coordinators for the upcoming MBGSPB then an additional one (1) shall be implement and divided to achieve one (1) per semester. Fundraising - although it is the job of the Executive Assistant to facilitate and execute fundraising initiaties for the Pageant, The Queens may be asked to assist or participate in these events as situation dictates. Promotion - The Queens shall, as outlined in the Official Handbook, utilize social media, in-person events, and other suggested means to promote the recruitment of candidates and/or the attendance of guests. Such means man be in the form of holiday broadcasts, participating in events hosted by other organizations, or taking on honorific roles. Social Media - The Queens will have access to official social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) in order to utilize and maintain. Other Opportunities - The Queens will be asked to seek additional opportunities in order to create unique partnerships with organizations, departments, causes, individuals, etc. that will lead to enhanced community involvement for the position and for the Chapter. Decorum - Per the agreement of participation, The Queens shall maintain decorum while representing their titles and the Chapter. This may include adhering to dress attire requirements for events.




Terminology


The Chapter/Local - Refers to the Gamma Nu Chapter which is the local level of the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant and ball. Subsequent levels include the District Level, the Regional Level, and the National Level. Pageant Entrant/Candidate/Contestant vs. Royal Court - An Entrant is an individual who has entered for selection to participate in the Pageant but has not (yet) been chosen. This may be interchangeable with candidate. A Contestant has been officially chosen to participate in the Pageant and thus becomes a member of the Royal Court, a collection of Contestants. The Royal Court are under the reign of the current Reigning Miss Black & Gold and Reigning Miss Gold. Pageant Coordinator vs Executive Director - The Pageant Coordinator, traditionally called Pageant Mom/Dad, oversees the rehearsals and preparation of the Pageant Court. They are usually individuals who have competed and/or won in a previous pageant. The Executive Director is the member of the Chapter who is in charge of planning and executing the entire Pageant. He is accompanied by a Pageant Committee that can have membership from inside or outside of the Chapter. Interested in learning more terminology? Please CLICK HERE to return to the main Miss Black & Gold page. Once there, click the bottom beneath the portraits of The Queens entitled "Customs, Courtesies, & Ceremonies of The Queens" to view a document outlining the various titles, protocols, and ceremonial attributes of The Queens of Gamma Nu.




Committee Members


The responsibility of the Pageant Committee is to plan, promote, and execute the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant hosted by The Mighty Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at The Pennsylvania State University. The effort is a year-long engagement that often begins in the summer prior to the Pageant. The Chapter seeks to employ the services of those familiar with or who desire experience in putting on large events. It is a plus to have individuals with relevant skill sets, but not required. We value individuals who are willing to sacrifice time and put their best effort in fulfilling the requirements of the Pageant. We do our best to acknowledge individuals for their time and reward them if possible. Meals and entrance to the Pageant is partially compensated for Members who are not required to attend and fully compensated for Members who are. Further compensation (such as discounted/free entry into Chaper events) may also be awarded. The following are the members that make up the Pageant Committee and possible duties. Executive Director - Individual in charge of the successful planning, promoting, and execution of the Pageant. This position is customarily reserved for Brothers of the Chapter. However, in the event that the Chapter is unable to appoint from within it shall be advertised as open for general application. Executive Assistant - Individual in assisting the Executive Director as well as leading fundraising efforts for the Pageant. The Executive Assistant will also be in charge of providing updates of Committee activities to the Executive Director outside of Committee Meetings. The Executive Assistant is a flexible position. The ideal applicant should be organized, flexible, and a self-starter. They should enjoy assisting others with tasks and willing to conduct additional work to improve the efficiency of the Committee. They will take part in the recruitment, interviewing, and/or selection process of the Pageant Contestants and/or Committee Members. Pageant Coordinator(s) - Commonly referred to as Pageant Mom(s)/Pageant Dad(s), is the individual responsible for the Royal Court's transformation into ready Pageant Contestants. They will train Contestants in accordance to the outlined Pageant show ensuring that they are fully prepared and knowledgeable. Their priority is to the Royal Court, ensuring that the things that they need to fulfill their duties as Candidates is available. They will schedule and run rehearsals. Quite often, Pageant Coordinators will work outside of the regular duties of the Pageant Committee. The Pageant Committee will take responsibility in delivering all needed information and resources to Pageant Coordinators. They maintain direct communication with the Executive Director and/or Executive Assistant. The ideal applicant will have Pageant experience (preferably at the Local Level (Gamma Nu), and is usually the Reigning Miss Black & Gold and/or the Reigning Miss Gold. However, in the event that they are unable to fulfill this position it shall remain open for general application. They should be organized, excellent at time management, have foresight in order to prepare for what may be needed, patient, able to teach, and have good communication skills. They will take part in the recruitment, interviewing, and/or selection process of the Pageant Contestants and/or Committee Members. General Member(s) - Individuals who will carry out the work of the Pageant. Traditionally, General Members have been Chapter Brothers. However, recently we have opened up this position to include non-Chapter individuals. We recognize the talents that are beyond this House and welcome them in. General Members will ultimately put together the Pageant from promotion, decoration, to organizing documents and timelines, brainstorming ideas, and much more. This position will be filled with individuals of all backgrounds and talents. Some General Members have specific talents that they focus on throughout the Pageant Season while others may assist in various areas. We ask that you be flexible and willing to work as well as patient. The process of executing the Pageant can be stressful, but the results show the due diligence. Contracted Member(s) - This term is given to individuals who are employed exclusively for one purpose. They may be photographers who work different Pageant related events, stylists who assist Contestants during the Pageant, journalists who follow and publicize the journey of the Pageant, etc. If you believe that you can assist, please apply. Your service does not need to be a traditional Pageantry service. We are open to new ideas. A Contracted Member is differentiated from our Creative Partnerships as they are exclusive to the Miss Black & Gold Pageant. However, Creative Partners may inquire to serve the Pageant without utilizing the application process. Likewise, Contracted Members differ from Members of the Order of the Crown (OOTC) in that OOTC Members work exclusively with the Reigning Miss Black & Gold and the Reigning Miss Gold on projects related to their responsibilities outside of the Pageant. However, OOTC Members may inquire to serve the Pageant without utilizing the application process.





REGISTRATION & APPLICATION

 

INTERESTED CANDIDATE & COMMITTEE MEMBER FORMS

Contestant Application, Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant
Dec 20, 2019, 11:59 PM
Deadline

INTERVIEW DATES & TIMES

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT FORM SUBMITTED DURING REGISTRATION/APPLICATION.

 

 

CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER TIME 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD AS APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED. THERE IS NO DEADLINE APPLIED. 

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