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Delta Delta Chapter History

Youngstown State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1948 a group of Youngstown University students expressed a desire to have an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter on the campus. They made contacts with local Alpha Kappa Alpha members and with the Regional Director. It was the first necessary step to have an Alumnae Chapter. On November 14, 1949, Dr. Ruth Thomas of Wilberforce University made one of her many trips to Youngstown in response to a group of women students of Youngstown College, and graduate sorority members who were interested in forming a chapter. The students were instrumental in getting the Alumnae members interested.

 

On May 21, 1949, Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter (EMO) was formerly instituted, and presented their charter by the Regional Director, Dr. Ruth Thomas, in the Belmont Branch of the YWCA. At the time we were chartered, plans were formulated for an undergraduate chapter, but there were many obstacles.

 

The Delta Delta Chapter of the Youngstown State University was initiated and chartered on May 8, 1953. At the time Youngstown State University was called Youngstown College. Barbara Smith was the first President. Delta Delta received its charter from the Regional Director, Fannette Norris. Ms. Norris was assisted by the members of Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter in the home of Mrs. William Jefferson, 1724 Glenwood Avenue. A banquet for the new members was given by the graduate chapter following the impressive ceremony.

Chapter members and officers of Delta Delta Chapter were:

Miss Barbara Smith, President;

Miss Bernice Allen, Vice-President and Dean of Pledges

Miss Caroline Browder, Secretary

Miss Patty Jean Dismukes, Corresponding Secretary

Mrs. Wilma Walker, Treasurer

Miss Laura Taylor, Reporter to Ivy Leaf

Miss Lillian Jennings

Miss Lois B. Sellers

Miss Metholyn Cornwell

Miss Verna Jones

Starting off, Delta Deltaís weekly meetings were held at the Pollock House on campus. Their philosophy at the time was a sorority reaches into each memberís life with profound effect. The result is often a more mature outlook on life and an increased self-confidence.

Providing community service, developing friendships, the sisterhood, and continuing to strive to provide service to all mankind is what the members of Delta Delta chapter are excited about. Realizing they cannot fathom what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is about overnight; but after committing their time and efforts during their undergraduate years at Youngstown State University, sorors are fulfilled in the richness and are aware of what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. truly stands for, and strive to continue to learn and fully comprehend what our founders wanted us to celebrate over one hundred years ago. So as they graduate from college, and go forth in their chosen careers and future endeavors, members will always bear in mind that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. women personify boldness, confidence, class, success, and a standard that many will forever strive to uphold.