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Columbia College welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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Columbia College welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Photo Credit: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. website

Photo Credit: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. website

Photo Credit: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. website

Photo Credit: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. website

Alexa Vega, staff writer

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Columbia College’s first Greek sorority, held an event for interested students Jan. 29.

        The sorority’s mission statement “is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of ‘Service to All Mankind’.”  

        The process in bringing the sorority to campus took some time before it was officially accepted.

        “What we first did as a college, probably over a year and a half ago, was start trying to find out by students which groups they were interested in so that we weren’t randomly selecting sororities. We tried to reach out to their national headquarters to direct us to whom we needed to talk to locally,” said LaNae Briggs Budden, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students.

                “For this particular sorority, they started Monday, Jan. 29 by having their rush, which is an interest meeting; and they did it differently than some. Students had to get an application; they had to get their letters of recommendation, and they had to get transcripts. They had to do all of the paperwork on the front end. Then by the end of March or so, people will be able to see that organization on our campus,” Budden said.

        The sorority welcomed anyone who had an interest in joining. There were a few guidelines students had to make sure applied to them.

        “Anybody, [can join] however, we do have some parameters. Of course GPA is the same for all of our organizations, and then our school sorority policy does make it where you have to have at least completed a semester at the college,” Budden said.

        This sorority will become an addition to student life on campus and should “increase” community on campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha should help in the future to attract those looking to pick a college, according to Budden.

        “I think it’ll definitely help [the college]. It can be a selling point from a recruitment standpoint. I think some students may not choose us because we don’t offer Greek life. I think that’s a plus for the college,” Budden said.

        “I’m excited because it will be purely led on topics of interest, rather than school-official led. I think it will also help the students individually, increasing their network by being able to affiliate and see people in the community and get that role model leadership development. I think it can definitely, positively enhance,” Budden said.

Photo Credit: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. website

                “This is the only (sorority) so far that we have gotten their indication of interest and that we have actively promoted. We have recently gotten another organization, but we just got that proposal so (we) haven’t made a decision,” Budden said.

If you are interested, check out the guidelines and expectations the sorority asks for in order to rush.

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