Sorority looks to recruit members

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    Alpha Kappa Alpha has only four members, but its president said the sorority is hoping to expand its membership during this week’s Fall into Skee Week.LaMonique Flournoy, AKA president, said about 15 students have attended this week’s events including a financial planning session, kickboxing class and movie night.

    Flournoy said the purpose of Fall into Skee Week is to educate students on the five targets of the AKA national program: health, education, black family, the arts and economic development.

    “I think it’s important to give us the opportunity to interact with the TCU community as well as enlighten and entertain students on things that concern them the most,” said Flournoy, a senior early childhood education major.

    Fall into Skee Week, named after AKA’s signature call “skee”, which is used to recognize fellow members on campus, will end Saturday when AKA members volunteer at the Fort Worth Kidney Walk.

    Flournoy said the women will help set up for the race at 6:40 a.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and is open to anyone who wishes to help set up for the race.

    The sorority members kicked off Skee Week at the Christian Outreach Center on Sunday, which Rebekah Brooks, a senior nursing major, said allowed the women to have fellowship with other members, Flournoy said. AKA also invited two Bank of America representatives to discuss financial planning with the sorority Monday in an effort to promote economic development, she said.

    AKA focused on health Tuesday by welcoming an instructor from Larry North to teach a kickboxing lesson, Flournoy said.

    The sorority read to first- and second-graders at Starpoint School, a school for 6- to 11-year-old students with learning disabilities, on Thursday morning to encourage education, Flournoy said. The women adopted the Ivy Reading Academy event from AKA’s graduate chapters both nationally and internationally, she said.

    Flournoy said students are invited to join AKA for “Soul Searching” on Sadler Lawn at 6 p.m. today as they read from “Chicken Soup for the College Women’s Soul.”

    “AKA always holds events about interesting things that can be useful in the future like the financial planning night,” she said. “It was very informative. I found out how to keep my credit on the right track.”

    Yvonne Watkins, vice president of AKA, said the activities have helped sorority members meet other women on campus. Before Watkins was a member of the sorority, she said, she learned about AKA during Skee Week.

    Rebekah Brooks, a senior nursing major, is not a member of AKA, but said she participated in this week’s events because she felt welcomed by the sorority.

    Now, Brooks said, she is considering membership.

    “This week has given me the opportunity to meet the ladies and to see if joining is something I want to do,” Brooks said. “And so far, I haven’t been disappointed.”

    AKA adviser Diedra Turner said AKA was the first black Greek organization and was founded in 1908 at Howard University. The sorority has had a chapter at TCU for 30 years. Although AKA is still a social organization, its main focus is service, she said.


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