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  • 25 Aug 2010 9:35 PM | Anonymous



    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Announces the Launch of its Redesigned Website


    New Haven, CT (August 25, 2010) - Under the leadership of chapter President, Elicia Pegues Spearman and Webmistress, Shawna Woodard, Theta Epsilon Omega is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at  The new and improved website provides information on the sorority’s international programs, the chapter’s community initiatives, its recent scholarship and book award recipients and includes a photo gallery highlighting recent community and chapter events.


    The website also contains an events calendar and includes a members-only section for members of the chapter.  The chapter’s Technology Committee will monitor and update the website to provide friends and supporters of the chapter with current information on upcoming events and activities.


    The website also provides supporters of Theta Epsilon Omega with an easy and secure method of making online donations to support the chapter’s community service projects and programs.  Currently, the chapter is sponsoring a Back-to-School Virtual Sip of Pink Lemonade through September 23.  This back-to-school fundraiser will help kick-off our Fall programming and increase our ability to impact the Greater New Haven community.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.


    Community and media partners and friends of the chapter are encouraged to visit the redesigned website to view the new features and improved interface and to learn more about our current and upcoming events.  Questions and comments can be sent to or



    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women.  The sorority, which was established in 1908, was formed to foster high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and sisterhood, and improve the social stature of African-Americans.  Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends beyond college campuses and student interest, and it has a legacy of service that extends beyond college graduation.  Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 200,000 college-trained women in 950 chapters throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa who believe in “Service to All Mankind.”  More information can be found at or

  • 23 Aug 2010 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Please join Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter for a Back-to-School Virtual Sip of Pink Lemonade.  From August 23rd to September 23rd, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter is having a back-to-school fundraiser to kick-off our Fall programming.  We hope to increase our impact in the Greater New Haven community with your help.  Please donate $1, $5, $10, $15 or whatever your spirit moves you to give today.  Donate securely using our website.  For more information, please e-mail

  • 15 May 2010 6:37 PM | Anonymous

    On May 15, 2010, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter in collaboration with Eta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. sponsored a day of “Building and Empowering Young Men.”  Over 40 young men participated in this 3rd Annual Male Youth Conference.  Workshops focused on money management, peer pressure and conflict resolution.  New Haven police officer Richard Benson conducted a candid discussion on how the young men should respond if pulled over by a police officer.  During an insightful seminar on dating, the young men were asked to seriously consider the consequences of unprotected sex, including fatherhood and sexually transmitted infections.  The young men also learned about the importance of saving early, limiting debt and creating a positive credit history.  Participants had the opportunity to collect valuable information and the opportunity to ask questions.  Each attendee received breakfast, lunch and a door prize, which included gift certificates for a free hair cut, Hill Harper’s book “Letters to a Young Brother” and restaurant gift certificates.  The event concluded with a presentation on college and career planning by representatives from Central Connecticut State University, Job Corps and the United States Army.  Conference co-chairs, Sorors Cathy Patton and Stacy Risco, received extremely positive feedback from the conference participants.  Theta Epsilon Omega looks forward to hosting its next Male Youth Conference as it continues the legacy of sisterhood and service by building and empowering young men in the Greater New Haven Community.

  • 07 May 2010 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter announces the recipients of our 2010 Scholarship Program.  The scholarship recipients will be officially recognized at the chapter's annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 5, 2010.  The Dinner Dance is the chapter's largest fundraiser to support its scholarship and community service programs.  For tickets, please e-mail  Please click here for more information about the recipients and our scholarship program.

  • 01 May 2010 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    At the end of her first year as president of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, Elicia Pegues Spearman was named President of the Year for medium-sized chapters at the sorority's 79th annual North Atlantic Regional Conference held in Maryland in April 2010.  Not only has Attorney Pegues Spearman initiated several new chapter programs and activities, but her strategic vision for the chapter has turned into an action plan for sustainability and efficiency. 

  • 29 Mar 2010 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    Members of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter attended the sorority's 79th annual North Atlantic Regional Conference in March of 2010 in National Harbor, Maryland.  Here are some highlights from the conference:

    • Jonnie Lewis-Thorpe, Joan Jenkins-Stewart, and Brenda Thomas were crowned Silver Stars.  Silver Stars distinction is earned after 25 years of membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • LaVerne Solomon was crowned a Golden Soror, a distinction given for 50 years of membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • Elicia Pegues Spearman was awarded President of the Year for medium-sized chapters.
    • Elicia Pegues Spearman was appointed member of the International Standards Committee. 
  • 18 Jan 2010 9:04 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter commemorated its 45th Anniversary and Founders’ Day during an exquisite afternoon brunch at Amarante’s Sea Cliff Inn on January 17, 2010.  Attendees celebrated Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter’s enduring dedication to the Greater New Haven community.  President, Elicia Pegues Spearman, recounted that, through the years, the members of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter have provided numerous four-year college scholarships, spent countless hours mentoring New Haven youth and sponsored a myriad of seminars to empower and educate the New Haven community on issues involving healthy living, financial independence and community engagement.  Charter members Jean Downing, Agnes Timpson and Gladys Whitney participated in the celebration, adding an extra special touch.  During the festivities, members enjoyed a slideshow presentation of past and current chapter presidents highlighting key achievements during their respective terms of office and capturing reflections by the charter members.  Mistress of ceremonies, Shawna Woodard, shared a new Theta Epsilon Omega history tidbit, Cheryl Pegues and Elicia Pegues Spearman are the first mother and daughter duo to serve as former and current president for the Chapter.  The Chapter was also honored to have North Atlantic Region Membership Committee Chairman, Connie Pizzaro, who delivered remarks during the Chapter’s recognition of Founders’ Day.  Ms. Pizzaro shared her own reflections on the importance and value of our special sisterhood.  Dori Dumas and Brenda Thomas chaired this memorable event, assisted by their dedicated committee.


    This article was published in the Ivy Leaf magazine, Summer 2010 Edition.

  • 14 Jan 2010 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega announced its partnership with the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP to raise $10,000 for the NAACP Haitian Relief Fund.  Click here to find out how you can make a tax-exempt donation to this worthy cause. 

  • 11 Nov 2009 9:09 PM | Anonymous

    On October 31, 2009, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Network of Strength hosted, “A Day For You” Breast Health Awareness Fair.  Theta Epsilon Omega welcomed this collaboration and is committed to educating the community in an effort to eradicate health care disparities.  During this breast health awareness fair, participants learned earlier detection methods for breast cancer and how to practice breast self-examinations.  Participants also received referrals for a free mammogram at local mammography facilities.  The National Kidney Foundation and the American Heart Association also provided screening services.  Those attending the event had the opportunity to meet with a variety of vendors, including the Yale New Haven Hospital Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and the Breast Cancer Network of Strength.  An exercise demonstration presented by Theta Epsilon Omega member Cathy Patton, a Certified Personal Trainer, educated participants on ways to incorporate exercise routines into their daily schedules.  Dr. Andrea Silber, a leading oncologist in the New Haven area and an advocate of cancer awareness in under-served communities, addressed a variety of topics concerning breast health.  A panel discussion was also presented by members of local area cancer support groups.  The event was concluded with a group meditation demonstration by Dr. Jeanne Fuqua a naturopathic doctor.  The “A Day For You” event was a huge success and provided all who attended with information and tips to promote a healthier lifestyle.

  • 30 Apr 2009 4:49 AM | Anonymous
    Elicia Pegues Spearman, Melcena Jackson and Jacquelyn Wilson are crowned Silver Stars at the sorority's 78th Annual North Atlantic Regional Conference in New York City.  Silver Stars are members who have 25 years of membership and service in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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