The Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. celebrated their annual AKA Week from April 3 – April 7, 2017 on the campus of Alcorn State University. The theme for the week was ‘Welcome to the AKAribbean’.
The first event was held on Monday, April 3, 2017 entitled “Kulturing the Kommunity” which saw Gamma Phi members visit the day care on campus. While there, the ladies volunteered with student and day care employees by assisting them with feeding the children, taking them outside to play and reading books to them.
Tuesday, April 4th brought “ Prince of the AKAribbean, Mr. Ivy Leaf Pageant”. It was hosted in the Campus Ball Room at 7:08 pm. Five contestants competed for two titles which were “ Mr. Ivy Leaf and Mr. Gamma Phi.” The pageant consisted of four categories which were business wear, swim wear, casual wear and a talent portion. Students also had an intermission for singing, line dancing and Greek strolling. Jabari Thompson won the title of Mr. Ivy Leaf and Ja’Quavis Berry was named Mr. Gamma Phi. Other contestants included Jay Sturgis, Zedekiah Toy and Malik Hullette.
The next event on Wednesday, April 5th was “Tropikal Turn Up, Day Party/ Strut Like an AKA” which was held on the Campus Plaza at 6:08 pm. This event promoted unity throughout the campus and gave males the chance to learn different strolls from the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha. There were two groups and each group did a stroll and a small step followed by a walk off stroll. Other Greeks such as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. came to show their support and did a few strolls along with the ladies of Gamma Phi. Students also enjoyed free hot dogs and hamburgers at the event. Gamma Phi member Lor’Quitta Patterson, a Senior Biology major stated, “AKA Week is designed to get students around campus involved in our activities.”
Thursday, April 6 brought “ Krafts and Konversations” which was held in Rooms 7 and 8 in the Student Union. In this event ladies and gentlemen throughout the campus enjoyed conversations while painting a picture that meant something to them. This was followed by refreshments which included sandwiches and cookies.
On Friday, April 7th AKA Week ended with a Kollaboration with the men of Alpha Phi Alpha entitled, “1906 and Park”. This event was filled with barbecue, dancing and strolling. AKA member Zacharia Harris, a Senior Biology major stated, “AKA Week is a great way for kids to take a break from their studies and have fun. As a sorority we want the student body to get involved on campus by hosting events related to AKA’s primary targets.”