Look: Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrates centennial

Issue Date: 
February 25, 2008

Pitt’s Iota chapter marks 90th anniversary


Pitt’s Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority celebrated the 100th anniversary of the national sorority’s founding. The nation’s first Black sorority, AKA was formed on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University. Pitt formed its Iota chapter 10 years later, making it one of the earliest chapters founded at a predominantly white institution of higher education. The Pitt chapter gathered on Jan. 15 at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room to mark the day. Pictured from left are Brianna Williams, AKA 2nd vice president; Jennifer Grayson, 1st vice president; advisor Adrianne Smith; and Tydeea Threadgill, Iota chapter president.


The Iota Chapter also held a Pink Tea Rose Scholarship Tea on Jan. 19 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. The sorority awarded two $500 Mary Jane Page Scholarships to the freshman and sophomore members with the highest grade point averages last semester. The sophomore winner was Shannon Martin and the freshman, Shaina Ramesy. Page, a Pitt alumna, received her Bachelor of Science in business education in 1948 and her master’s degree in education in 1953. She is an Iota chapter alumna and was extremely active in the service sorority. Pictured (standing, from left) are Kara Staton, Christina Royster, Lionola Juste, and Akesiha Gilcrist. Seated (from left) are Margaret Lott and Martin. The women are holding certificates recognizing that they applied for the scholarship.


Churchill Country Club was the gathering spot for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Founders Day recognition luncheon on Feb. 16. More than 100 women gathered for the event that celebrated the sorority’s 100th anniversary.