Understanding that the definition of service is an action done to help somebody, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. have been doing so since Jan. 15, 1908, and the ladies of the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff have been doing so since May 19, 1951.
Starting the 2013 school year volunteering during the 30th anniversary of National Night Out held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Aug. 6 and through a partnership with the Pine Bluff Police Department, the ladies of Alpha Rho assisted families in attendance with games, and fun activities, which included winning great prizes such as back-to-school supplies.
On Aug. 17, as the countdown for school was fast approaching, the ladies of Alpha Rho helped the Pine Bluff Fire Department distribute back to school supplies to the youth in the community just days away from the first day of class.
Continuing their drive in delivering service, Alpha Rho volunteered their service during the Community Outreach Funfest with the students and faculty of Washington Barber School, located at Little Rock. The beauty and barber students gave back to the community by providing less fortunate children and adults with free shampoos, cuts and styles. The mission of this event was to service and groom homeless families while providing them free lunch and hygiene packages.
As freshmen, arrived on the campus of UAPB on Aug. 18, the ladies of Alpha Rho Chapter were there to help aid in moving students into their dorms, gave toiletries, light beverages due to the heat, and welcomed the freshmen and parents to the UAPB campus. Freshmen Move-In was originated by Alpha Rho in the fall of 1991 and 22 years later all of UAPB’s sororities and fraternities now take part in helping to make the Freshmen Class Move- In fun and a way of welcoming them to the campus.
Alpha Rho recently attended Undergraduate Round Up (Leadership Conference) at Dallas. The chapter collected and donated granola bars for less fortunate youth in the north Texas area as a way to let the youth know that someone cares about them. The chapter also learned new ideas in providing service and leadership for success in the 21st Century.
The chapter hosted Adopt-a-dorm entitled “Girl Kode” at The Harold Complex on the UAPB Campus on Sept. 3. This event was open to all females of classification on the campus. The ladies of Alpha Rho served light beverages, talked about do’s and don’ts on as well as off campus. Focusing on academic excellence, building healthy relationships, and building self-esteem/confidence were just some of the topics discussed with the ladies during the program. Overall, the Adopt-a-dorm event established empowerment, encouragement and enlightenment to the young ladies that attended.
Myeshia Parker is chapter president and Jonail Landers and Marguerite Flannigan are their graduate advisers.