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Latest Chapter and Sorority News

The 2014-2018 International Theme is "Launching New Dimensions of Service".
The South Eastern Regional Director is Mary Connor.
The International President is Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
Congratulations to Ruby Miller for her recent appointment by Governor Haslam.
Theresa Venable has been named winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American authors and illustrators of children’s picture books, directing the 2009 May Hill Arburhnot Honor Lecture, and coordinating the 2010 Big Read sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Congratulations to Rebecca Crowe for receipt of the Dr. Herman Posta Outstanding Young Professional Medal of Honor by the East Tennessee Economic Council. She has also been award Knoxville's "40 Under 40" Award.
Congratulation to Rose Weaver and Edwena Crowe for their NAACP Awards.
Congratulations to Gloria Mencer for her recent graduation from Divinity School.

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Chapter Officers & Committee Chairmen

Officers: 2014-2015
Estella Simmons
Vice President:
Edwena Crowe
Chelsea Hubbard
Asst Sec.:
Larrissa Henderson
Joan Washington
Freda Hopper
Asst. Fin. Sec.:
Barbara Jackson
Fin. Secretary:
Angela Threat
Mildred Beasley
Dorothy Jones
Trellis Barksdale
Kowetha Mack
Felicia Gilliland
Larrissa Henderson
EAF Captain:
Joan Washington
Standing Committees:
Edwena Crowe
Kowetha Mack
Felicia Gilliland
Joan Washington
Larrissa Henderson
Rebecca Crowe
Mildred Beasley
Felicia Gilliland
Ad Hoc & Special Committees:
Fund Raising:
Larrissa Henderson
Dorothy Jones
Sisterly Rel:
Sheryl Josey
Review & Proof:
Larrissa Henderson
Chelsea Hubbard
Barbara Jackson
Freda Hopper
Edwena Crowe

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 983 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada and the continent of South Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-lettered organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit

Alpha Kappa Alpha established itself in the South Eastern part of the United States with the chartering of Pi Chapter at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, on April 12, 1921 in the Southern Region. In 1932, the Southern Region’s name was changed to the South Eastern Region. The South Eastern Region is composed of the states of Alabama, Tennessee,and Mississippi.

Currently the South Eastern Region consists of 104 chapters that include 49 undergraduate chapters and 55 graduate chapters. The current cluster alignment provides for the region to be divided geographically into eight sub-units.

Xi Iota Omega Chapter was chartered May 1982 in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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In support of "Launching New Dimensions of Service", the Sorority's Signature Program Initiatives are:

I. Educational Enrichment Target;

II. Health Promotion Target;

III. Family Strengthening Target;

IV. Environmental Ownership Target; and

V. Global Impact Target;


Chapter and Sorority Highlights 

The 2014 South Eastern Regional Conference was held in Huntsville, Alabama, March 13-16, 2014 with more than 3,000 in attendance. The 2015 Regional Conference will be held in Memphis, TN. The dates for this conference are March 11-15, 2015.

The official Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority app is available. Members are encouraged to upload it to their mobile devices.

Reference the Chapter calendar for Impact Days and planned support activities for "Launching New Dimensions"

The Annual Summer Celebration Golf Tournament was held on August 16, 2014. The golf tournament website is: The 2015 tournament is being planned and team registration and hole sponsorships can be paid via PayPal and Credit Card from this website.

The 2013-2014 Debutante Presentation and Ball season was kicked off August 2013. Fifteen young ladies participated. The presentation and ball will take place on May 3rd at Oak Ridge High School Auditorium

The 2015 International Leadership Conference location is Chicago, Illinois. The dates are July 16-19, 2015.

The 2014 Boule was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 13-20, 2014. The 2016 Boule will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The dates are July 9-15, 2016.

The Chapter Bylaws are posted on the "Members Only Website".

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"Keep the Dream Alive" Scholarship Recipients


“Keep the Dream Alive” 2015 scholarships were awarded on January 19th at MLK Day of Observance “The Community Speaks” Program. Outstanding community service and organizational involvement were the most significant criteria, and the students were nominated from the organizations that they are involved in.

The 2015 Speaker was Rev. Hammond. He is the pastor at Oak Valley Baptist Church.

The students nominated that received scholarship awards were:

Chaunoa Austin. Chaunoa is the daughter of Ms. Shirley Austin. Chaunoa was a 2014 Debutante who had outstanding participation in the program. She has also been an outstanding volunteer at the Scarboro Learning Center and has continued her affiliation at the Center while attending Pellissippi State Community College.

Ta’Shunte Collins. Ta’Shunte is the daughter of Mr. Terry Collins and Mrs. Angel Thompson. Ta’Shunte is a senior at Oak Ridge High School and participated in the 2014 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Program. She has also been a Boys and Girls Club Volunteer as well as an intern with the Scarboro Learning Center.

Brandon Johnson. Brandon is the son of Mrs. Andra Johnson and the late Mr. Robert Johnson. Brandon was nominated by the Oak Ridge Men of Tomorrow Program. Brandon has been affiliated with the Men of Tomorrow Program for several years and is a very active participant in the program. He is an early graduate of Hardin Valley Academy.

Jeremiah Pearson. Jeremiah is the son of Mr. Kwayu and Mrs. Chaundra Graham. Jeremiah was nominated by the Oak Ridge Men of Tomorrow Program where he has been an active participant. Jeremiah is senior at Oak Ridge High School.

Chyna Wright. Chyna is the daughter of Mr. Alexander Wright and Ms. Felicia Howard. Chyna was a participant in the 2014 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Debutante Program. Chyna is a senior at Oak Ridge High School.

Each student was awarded a Book Scholarship.

Social Networking!!

Socializing Warning

A social network service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web based and provide means for users to interact over the internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging. Although online community services are sometimes considered as a social network service. In a broader sense, social network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered. Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.

The main types of social networking services are those which contain category places (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with Facebook and Twitter widely used worldwide; MySpace and LinkedIn being the most widely used in North America;

Follow these steps to use social networking sites responsibly and avoid becoming a victim:

1. Be Skeptical. At least be cautious. The point of social networking is to find people who share your interests and establish a network of friends, but don't let down your defenses too easily. Just because someone claims to like the same music as you, or share a passion for scrapbooking, doesn't mean it is true. These new "friends" are virtual and faceless and you can't completely trust that they are what they say they are.

2. Be Diligent. Knowing that the potential exists for scam artists or sexual predators to be lurking about, keep an eye on your profile and be diligent about who you allow to connect with your profile. For photo sharing sites like Flickr, check out the users who are marking your photos as their Favorites. If some stranger is marking all of the pictures of your 7-year old son as their Favorites, it seems a little creepy and may be cause for concern.

3. Report Suspicious Behavior. If you have reason to believe that someone is a sexual predator or scam artist, report it to the site. If you look at the profile of the user marking your son's photos as their Favorites, you might find that they have marked hundreds of other young boy's photos as their Favorites. Flickr, and other such sites, should take action against this sort of suspicious behavior.

4. Communicate. Parents who have children that surf the Web and frequent these social networking sites should communicate with their chidlren. Make sure your children are aware of the threat, and that they are educated about how to use the Web safely. Make sure that they understand the risks and that they know they can talk with you about suspicious or malicious activity they encounter.

5. Monitor. If you want additional peace of mind, or you don't fully trust that your children will stay within the guidelines you have laid out, install some monitoring software to watch their online behavior. Using a product like eBlaster from SpectorSoft, you can monitor and record all activity on a given computer and keep an eye on your children.

"Working Out"

February is Heart Health Month -- Eight ways to work out without even realizing it:

Exercise is not all about spending hours on the treadmill. Normal activities can be transformed into moderate-intensity aerobic exercise simply by working hard enough so that you are slightly out of breath. Here’s how to get more activity into the day.

1. Go at it with a mop

Housework – vigorous dusting, vacuuming, washing the floor or cleaning windows – can be just as good for you as a session at the gym in terms of your mental health, according to a study conducted as part of the Scottish Health Survey. But you really need to put your back into all those chores – making sure you use every opportunity to walk, lift and stretch. Exaggerate each movement – for example, when dusting a top shelf, really stretch out.

2.Ditch the remote

Choose active over inactive every time. For example, rather than using the remote control, get up and switch off the TV. Doing this ten times a day burns over 15,000 kJ a year – the equivalent of half a kilo of body fat.

3. Multi-task

Don’t sit around – do the dusting while you listen to the radio, iron standing up, walk around when you make a call. That’s the message from researchers at the University of Missouri, who have found evidence that sitting adversely affects the way the body handles fat.

4. Use your bus pass

Leave your car at home and catch the bus to go shopping. According to researchers at Imperial College London, taking the bus usually involves a relatively long walk to the bus stop and more walking once you reach your destination. In addition, carrying shopping bags requires energy, meaning more kilojoules burned.

5. Get gardening

Research from Kansas State University confirms that gardening is an effective way to exercise. Reaching for weeds, pruning tall branches, bending to deadhead flowers and extending a rake are good for flexibility, while carrying a watering can, pushing a wheelbarrow and lifting pots are all weight-bearing activities. An hour of energetic gardening can burn 3000 kJ.

6. Walk a dog

Dog walking can make you fitter than walking with a partner or friend, say researchers from the University of Missouri. In a 12-week study of 54 older adults, those who walked with a dog improved their walking speed by 28 per cent compared with just 4 per cent for those who walked with a friend or spouse.

7. Be a fidget

Moving around – what scientists refer to as ‘incidental physical activity’ – can boost your cardiovascular fitness and also make a difference to whether you’re fat or thin. So instead of just sitting there, jiggle your legs, get up and down from your chair, tap your toes, drum your fingers or pace up and down.

8. Cook up a storm

Peeling, chopping, stirring, whisking and beating all burn more kilojoules than simply heating up a ready meal in the microwave. And if you really want to work up a sweat, try making your own bread – kneading dough is good hard work, and therapeutic, too.

Tips for Traveling Abroad

Here are some quick tips to make your travel easier and safer:

- Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Let us know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service at This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

- Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.

- Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.

- Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department web site at has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.

- Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.

- In an emergency contact Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at . Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.


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Tea Rose Health Notes

Sorors are encouraged to sign up for the American Cancer Society's Choose You Program. The chapters that have the highest percent of their base membership # will be recognized at the Fall Undergraduate RoundUp and Cluster Meetings. Sorors can sign up for the program through a special registration page at

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