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Wednesday, September 15, 1999
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AKA celebrates 30 years on campus 

By Diaba Camara
News Reporter 

When some hear the words "Alpha Kappa Alpha," the first image that may come to mind is a swirl of pink and green.

But there's much more than that to the group, which is celebrating its 30th year on the UH campus this month.

Among the principles the sorority is founded on are sisterhood and community service.

"It is an honor to be surrounded by educated and phenomenal young women," said Jhonte Archer, a senior finance and hotel and restaurant management major and an AKA member. "Being an Alpha Kappa Alpha has given me an appreciation for service."

Some of the UH chapter's outreach activities include setting up a scholarship given to a freshman every year, tutoring students at Ruby Thompson Elementary School and holding a food drive during Homecoming.

This year, the sorority will hold a leadership conference on Sept. 30 to help freshmen get accustomed to college life.


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Alpha Kappa Alpha members participate in clothing drive at the University Center in this 1969 photo. The sorority will celebrate 30 years on the UH campus this month.

AKA President Courtney St. Julien said the sorority tries to uphold today the principles it was founded on 91 years ago. About 20 students at Howard University organized the sorority in 1908 to help black women on campus bond and give back to the community.

The Epsilon Lambda chapter at UH was founded Sept. 26, 1969, and was the second black sorority on campus.

A reception Friday, Sept. 24, will welcome AKA alumni back to campus for the 30th anniversary, followed by a luncheon at Harlon's in the University Center and an evening formal banquet Sept. 25 for current and former UH AKA members.

The anniversary celebration will conclude Sunday, Sept. 26, after a church service.

Sorority members said they hope the group will continue its tradition of service during the next 30 years.

"I hope we keep working as hard as we're doing now and continue to uphold the principles we were founded on," St. Julien said.
 

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