Through The Years

 

BETA UPSILON OMEGA CHAPTER
FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY
MARCH 6, 1938

Charter Members

  • LUDYE ANDERSON
  • ELIZABETH LINDSAY
  • MABEL ATWOOD
  • CLARICE JONES MICHAELS
  • LOUELLA BUSH
  • GRACE SULLIVAN MORTON
  • LAURA FIFE
  • ARLETTA McGOODWIN
  • WINIFRED GAY
  • JEWEL MILLER RABB
  • CAROLYN GLOVER
  • BESSIE RUSSELL
  • ANN JACKSON HEARTWELL
  • CHARLOTTE WILSON
On Saturday evening, March 6, 1938, a new chapter in the history of Kentucky State Industrial College began. The event was the establishment of Beta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The first graduate greek letter organization on the campus.

The charter members represent some of the leading colleges and universities in the country, such as the University of Chicago, Columbia, Fisk, University of Illinois, Ithaca Conservatory, Iowa State, Kentucky State, Louisville Municipal, Ohio University, and West Virginia State.

Since its chartering, Beta Upsilon Omega Chapter has lived up to the expectations extended in the best wishes expressed the night of the chapter's chartering. The chapter has had an illustrious record of achievement and of caring, sharing, and serving the Frankfort community. Following are some of the chapter's community service projects:

  • Salvation Army Camp Fund
  • Senior Citizen's Center
  • Green Hill Cemetery Fund
  • Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
  • Tutoring Services
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Women's Shelter Assistance
  • Readifest: Frankfort's K-12 Resource Assistance
  • Relay For Life
  • Step Out for Diabetes

In addition, the chapter has sponsored community workshops on Techniques for Working Women, Voter Registration, and Parliamentary Procedures.

Beta Upsilon Omega Advises Beta Zeta Chapter on the campus of Kentucky State University.

Past Presidents of Beta Upsilon Omega Chapter

  • Ann Jackson Heartwell - 1938
  • Laura T. Fife Lovelace 1939 - 1940
  • Mabel C. Atwood 1945 - 1946
  • Catherine O. Vaughn 1947 - 1949
  • Catherine Nash 1950 - 1951
  • Charlotte Wilson 1952 - 1953
  • Pauline Gould 1954 - 1955
  • Cathyne Moody Russell 1955 - 1956
  • Dorothy G. Wilson 1957 - 1958
  • Susie Ruth Jones 1959 - 1960
  • Helen Cousins Exum 1960 - 1962
  • Winona L. Fletcher 1963 - 1965
  • Lee Charles Harris 1966 - 1968
  • Leola Madison Travis 1969 - 1974
  • Cornieth York Russell 1975 - 1976
  • Betty Gibson 1977 - 1978
  • Ramona Bearden Griffin 1979 - 1984
  • Joawana Bowles 1985 - 1986
  • Karen Johnson1987 - 1988
  • Ramona Bearden Griffin 1989 - 1992
  • Marianne Tichenor Hanley 1993 - 1997
  • Natalie Turner 1998 - 2001
  • Sheila Stuckey 2002 - 2003
  • Betty Gibson 2004 - 2007
  • Vada Shelton 2008 - 2011
  • Dionna McDonald 2012 - 2015
  • Jan Powe 2016 - 2019
  • Paige Commodore 2020 - Present