Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was organized on the Campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.
Soror Ethel Hedgeman Lyle instituted her ideas of forming "...an association of women students through which the talents and strengths
of these students could be organized for the mutual benefit of all." On January 15, 1908, the organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha
began, and now, ninety-three years later, her legacy continues to endure. Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated is one of the most abounding corporations controlled by African-American women.
Our beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded by Soror Marjorie Hill, Soror Lucy Diggs Slowe, Soror Lillie Burke, Soror Beulah E. Burke, Soror Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Soror Anna Easter Brown, Soror Marie Woolfolk Taylor, Soror Margaret Flagg Holmes, Soror Lavinia Norman, Soror Norma Boyd, Soror Ethel J. Mowbray, Soror Alice P. Murray, Soror Sarah M. Nutter, Soror Joanna Berry Shields, Soror Carrie E. Snowden, and Soror Harriet Terry. Our Sorors created what is now a union of thousands of educated and motivated, talented and ambitious women who are bound by a powerful mystique, often imitated, but never duplicated.
The Iota Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded at the College of Charleston on
May 4, 1975. Iota Omicron's charter members are: Soror Katie Catalon, Soror Cecilia Cunningham-Rogers, Soror Cheryl Gadson, Soror Rosalind Fripp Riley, Soror Rosita Ross, Soror Trudy Tall,
Soror Emma Frasier, Soror Sharon Sanders, Soror Patricia Green, and Soror Lou Esther Smalls. The first Graduate Advisor of Iota
Omicron was Former South Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Vertelle Middleton.
Iota Omicron strives to uphold the motto of our beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha, Service to All Mankind, by extensively working in our communities participating in various service projects such as the "Walk for the Cure," a Diabetes fundraiser. Iota Omicron sponsors an "Appreciation Day" for Campus Service Workers and also an annual campus Blood/Marrow Drive. Our chapter also hosts Community Health Fares, Black Family Forums, and Informationals for Economic Development. Also maintaining the importance of education and mentoring, Iota Omicron volunteers at the Cannon Street Y, The Boys and Girls Club, and with the local Upward Bound program.
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The Iota Omicron Chapter would like to thank the College of Charleston and community for helping make the 2001-2002 school year another success. Check back for upcoming events for Fall 2002!!
On-Going IO Events
Tutoring with Upward Bound
Mentoring with the Trident Urban League
Working in conjunction with the MUSC Gives Back Program
Mentoring at Memminger Elementary