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  • 25 Apr 2011 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Kudos to Theta Omega Omega Chapter!  Their Emerging Young Leaders Program was recently featured in the Gazette newspaper!

    Emerging Young Leaders is one of the Sorority's signature international programs. Its goal is to  impact the lives of 10,000 girls in grades six through eight by providing leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building. It addresses the increasing demands of the twenty-first century that mandate our youth to be better leaders at a younger age making smart choices with positive consequences.

    Eleven girls from Redland Middle School in Derwood and three girls from Fleet Street Middle School in Rockville were selected to participate in the program by the sorority's Montgomery chapter, Theta Omega Omega.

    For the full story as it appeared in the Gazette, click here.

  • 20 Apr 2011 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    Soror Yolanda Armstrong, principal of G.W. Pepper Middle School in Philadelphia, has received the prestigious Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership.

    The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, recognizes and rewards principals who have made significant leadership and humanitarian contributions to students, staff, and the community.  Seven principals in the 200,000-student district – the nation’s eighth-largest district -- were recognized. Soror Armstrong was the only middle-school principal so honored.

    Soror Armstrong, a native Philadelphian, was educated in its public schools, graduating from John Bartram High. She is an active member of Theta Pi Omega Chapter in Moorestown, N.J. A Silver Star and Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Soror Armstrong was initiated into Gamma Theta Chapter at Hampton Institute in 1973.  She is married and the mother of a son and two daughters.

    She started her career in the classroom as a health teacher and science teacher before becoming assistant principal at Carnell Elementary School in Philadelphia.

    As  principal at Pepper Middle School since 2005, Soror Armstrong has spearheaded a “body, mind and spirit” approach to learning. The school staff and students tend flower and vegetable gardens with the assistance of the community’s Southwest Senior Farmers. Her school also hosts a Parent’s Academy on Saturdays “to assist parents in being able to further help their children scholastically by being familiarized and acclimated with the educational programs that they use,” she said.

    She intends to designate her award stipend for the creation of a choir program at the school and to purchase handheld wireless clickers that “enable students to register responses and individual opinions. … [A teacher’s] questions are presented via Promethean Boards for interactive learning in the classroom where the student responses are reported and compiled by specialized software programs on the teacher’s computer.  This streamlines the learning process in the classroom, while simultaneously exposing the students to inventive new technologies,” Soror Armstrong said.  

    The award was formally presented during ceremonies April 6 at The Prince Theater in Center City Philadelphia. This was the first year for the foundation to honor school principals.  The foundation was established to recognize excellence in university teaching, and had expanded that mission to exemplary public-school teaching.

  • 19 Apr 2011 8:21 PM | Anonymous

    Happy birthday to Soror Beatrice Coleman who celebrates her 107th birhday on April 20th!

    A member of Theta Psi Omega chapter in Providence, RI, Soror Coleman is the oldest living graduate of Brown University.

    To learn more about Soror Coleman, click here to read the feature story about her appearing in the Providence Journal.

  • 14 Apr 2011 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Soror Constance R. Pizarro, Regional Director of the Notable North Atlantic and Managing Director at BNY Mellon.  She will be an Alumni Honoree at the 21st Annual Scholarship and Recognition Dinner at Hofstra University on April 30.

    The Black/Hispanic Alumni Association is recognizing Soror Pizarro, who was initiated into Kappa Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the university in 1979. The BHAA Scholarship Fund helps to offset the financial constraints of African American and Latino undergraduates attending Hofstra University. Over the last decade, BHAA has awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  In addition to the scholarship awards, BHAA provides mentoring and networking opportunities for Hofstra University students and recent alumni.

    The dinner will take place at the Hofstra University Club on the north side of the campus in Hempstead, N.Y. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Office for Alumni Affairs at 516-463-6636 or Limited seating may be available.

    Contributions to the Black/Hispanic Alumni Association Scholarship Fund may be made in support of Constance R. Pizarro. Send checks to the BHAA Scholarship Fund in care of the Office of Alumni Affairs, 150 Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., 11549-1500.

  • 14 Apr 2011 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    Rho Kappa Omega's program celebrating Women's History Month was covered by a local online television station. 

    The "A Woman's Worth" program was held on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Bethune Life Center in Jersey City.  The Program included a panel of dynamic women that discussed women’s suffrage, domestic violence, love, physical health, mental health, spiritual wellbeing and helped both men and women rediscover the woman’s worth.  Free prizes such as complementary hairstyling, music, gift cards and other great gifts were raffled to guests.

    Please visit to listen to the interview featuring chapter President Sobande Afolabi.
  • 14 Mar 2011 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    Chicago, Illinois – March 14, 2011 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's International President, Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, extends comfort and prayers to Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the country and cost lives.

    Speaking on behalf of the Sorority’s 260,000 members in 952 chapters, Stewart said the Sorority joins the world in expressing sympathy and offering help in light of the destruction that a tsunami of this magnitude has wreaked on the country.

    Stewart said that Alpha Kappa Alpha has an emotional connection to the tragedy because Phi Omicron Omega, one of its 952 chapters, is based in Okinawa, Japan. While far away from the tragedy and therefore not in the path of the destruction, Stewart said that the members' kinship to the country has impacted them and left them heartbroken. For that reason, the Sorority is sending out special prayers and solace to its Japan-based chapter and its members.

    Commenting on the extent of the wreckage wrought by the earthquake and tsunami she said: “The graphic images of areas that took a direct hit and felt the full force of the quake and tsunami are disturbing. To see entire towns, villages and cities completely destroyed makes our hearts heavy,” declared Stewart. “As news accounts spread of the mounting toll of lost lives and as the aftershocks of this crisis continue to unfold, Alpha Kappa Alpha extends prayers and uplifting words.”

    Declared Stewart, “As a global organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is linked to its international neighbors and shares its pain and tribulations when tragedy strikes.”

    The international president said the Sorority is monitoring the situation and vows to be completely supportive once the best course of action has been determined. She said the Sorority would follow the lead of international relief organizations and heads of state to lend support and assistance.

    Capturing the sentiment of the membership, Stewart said: “During this tragedy of epic proportion, Alpha Kappa Alpha is united in prayer and is committed to living up to its theme of providing ‘Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.’ In also keeping with our mission to ‘serve all mankind,’ we stand poised to respond to our neighbors in Japan as they rebuild, regroup and recover.”

    About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. It is comprised of 260,000 members in 952 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace. The organization is led by its 28th International President Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida whose administration's programmatic theme is “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”

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    Contact: Melody McDowell – Chief Information Officer – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
    773-660-2001 – Office
    312-371-8917 – Cell

    Download a copy of this press release.

  • 14 Mar 2011 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Maryland Commission for Women will induct Lucy Diggs Slowe into the
    26th annual Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame during Women’s History month on March 29, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis MD.

    Each year, the Maryland Commission for Women and Maryland’s Female Legislators recognize women of high achievement. The selected honorees’ contributions have made significant and lasting impressions in the fields of the environment, science and technology, education, the arts, social justice, civil rights, the armed services, and religion. The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame is housed at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore MD.

    As an undergraduate in 1908, Slowe was a founding member of the first Greek letter sorority for black women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The sorority has remained continuously active from 1908 to the present and after 103 years in existence, touts a membership of over 260,000 college educated women worldwide.

    She was a true pioneer in the shaping of educational reform for women of color in the state of Maryland and the country. Slowe’s professional career included teaching assignments in Baltimore and later in the Washington D.C. school system. As the first Dean of Women at Howard University, she secured the establishment of a “women’s campus” at Howard, (three new dormitories for women) and influenced the philosophy and appointment of female deans to African American campuses throughout the country.

  • 14 Mar 2011 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Cluster II's “Salute To Excellence” community education awards luncheon will take place Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia.

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has awarded more than $1.7 million, since 1980, through the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), its non-profit organization. EAF allows members, supporters and businesses to make tax-deductible gifts for scholarships and community grants. Its mission is to pursue and promote lifelong learning.

    The “Salute To Excellence” community education awards luncheon is designed to recognize and acknowledge those in the Cluster II  community (Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland) that have made a difference in creating a love of lifetime learning.

    For the full story, click here.

  • 10 Mar 2011 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    The Eight Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Expressions Contest, sponsored by Upsilon Epsilon Omega, chapter was held Jan. 14 at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School. Students competed for cash awards for writing essays, poems or drawings on the theme of treating others with respect. Pictured with students are Dr. Tamara Lewis, immediate past-president of the chapter; and Ms. Janice Washington, Connection Committee and contest chairwoman.

    For the full story in the Community Times, click here.

  • 03 Mar 2011 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Kudos to Soror Erin Rigby who was recently named Undergraduate Trustee at Howard Univeristy during a campuswide election.

    The role of the Board of Trustees is to set the overall policies for and make decisions in the best interest of Howard University. Members of the Board of Trustees serve stakeholders of the University. The Undergraduate Trustee is a voting member if Howard University's Bboard of Trustees who is responsible for bringing the student perspective to the Boardroom. 

    Out of five candidates, Soror Erin, a junior political science major, was elected for the prestigious campus leadership position.

    For the complete story from The Hilltop newspaper, click here.

    For the election results click here.


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