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Greater laurels to win, greater tasks to begin…

The Beta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrates the achievements of our sisters and continues to be recognized for excellence in service to the community.


Courtney Carter:  Our 2014 Chapter Member of the Year

Vada Shelton:  Our 2013 Chapter Member of the Year


                                                    Anitra Williams:  Our 2012 Chapter Member of the Year 


By the GRACE of GOD, I was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated on May 18, 2008. My personal mission with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is to provide service to my community through volunteerism, leadership and serve as a role model by being the best me I can be. To build a reputation of being dedicated to every goal I choose to pursue while having successes in my personal, sorority and professional life. I hold dear the sisterhood I have found within my chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. overall. Professionally, I’m employed by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Human Resource Professional. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Kentucky State University and Masters of Science in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University.

My favorite Alpha Kappa Alpha quote is: “We AKA sisters are bound together in sisterhood with a mission. We give of ourselves unselfishly. The spirit of our founders gives us light and strength. We are fulfilling dreams. We are following the path that AKA sisters before us have opened. Our path is a great calling and worthy of great effort. Our efforts are full of reward.” above written for sororitysisters.net

                                                                                        Top 10 Reasons I’m an AKA

1. My GPA was so high.
2. Only a lady can be an AKA
3. I look pretty in pink and gorgeous in green.
4. I have class.
5. Life is too short to settle for less.
6. AKA is every man's dream.
7. Pretty Girls wear 20 pearls.
8. Friends don't let friends choose anything else.
9. Second place is the first loser .
10. I don't look good riding an elephant, walking a silly poodle or chasing wild birds.

Only as much as I DREAM, can I be...

While serving as chapter Vice-President, Angel Clay earned her Master of Arts degree in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University during the fall 2012 commencement.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Clay currently resides in Lexington, KY and is Director of the Transfer Center at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. The transfer center is designed to assist students with transfer to four-year institutions.

Born to Serve


Congratulations to the newest members to join the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha sisterhood!! 
Beta Upsilon Omega welcomes Spring 2012 members: 

Paige Commodore, Ardis Roederer, and Rolon Williams.

Our Newest Silver Star

Vernell Bennett works in higher education at Kentucky State University (KSU).

Ms. Bennett’s service to the University and community has been extensive. An avid performer, she has been presented in recital both as a soloist and with her Vocal Studio since her appointment to the Division of Fine Arts. Ms. Bennett has served as President of the KSU Faculty Senate, chairperson for many campus committees and advisor for several student organizations. She is the Founder and Director of Operation Half-Note Incorporated, (OHN) a music institute for pre-kindergartners. Her work with OHN earned her the most prestigious award in the Arts in the Bluegrass, A Governor’s Award in the Arts. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky class of 2009.

Ms. Bennett received her bachelor of music degree from Fisk University, her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Kentucky. She is a proud member of The Links, Incorporated.

Ms. Bennett was initiated into the PI chapter at Fisk University in the fall of 1987. Active for over 25 years consecutive, Vernell Bennett has been awarded being Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Silver Star!

123 Years of AKAtude

From left to right: Dr. Lee Charles Harris and Marianne Hanley
From left to right: Dr. Lee Charles Harris and Marianne Hanley

123…the number of years combined both members Lee Charles Harris and Marianne Hanley have served Alpha Kappa Alpha!!!

Both Dr. Harris and Mrs. Hanley were proudly initiated into Beta Zeta Chapter at Kentucky State University, ’53 and ’48 respectively. Active for over 64 years, consecutively, Marianne recalls her becoming a member on November 14, 1948 as such a happy day. Her most memorable moment was being Dean of Pledges for 25 Ivies (pledges) in May 1951. When later receiving a certificate for having had the most volunteered hours within her chapter, all she could muster was a humbling “Thank You”. She also commemorates helping Beta Upsilon Omega receiving the 4 Rocket Chapter Award in 1998 for EAF Over & Beyond. When asked what her most favored piece of paraphernalia is, without haste she relays, “My, well of course…my BADGE!”