Welcome

Greetings,

Welcome to the website for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter. We are honored that you have taken time to learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Upsilon Lambda Omega and the work we do in our community.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was established January 15, 1908 as the first African American Sorority on the campus of Howard University. Under the leadership of our 30th International President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, we have over 300,000 members in over 1,000 chapters across the country. Our international program theme is Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service with a focus on our Signature Program #CAPSM and the following five program targets: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women’s Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts!, and Global Impact.

Upsilon Lambda Omega serves Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, Glenn Heights, and Waxahachie. Since our chartering, January 11, 1997, we have remained focused on our sorority’s mission of “Service to All Mankind.’’ As Upsilon Lambda Omega’s 13th Chapter President, I am excited to execute Transformational Excellence Through Passion, Purpose, and Perpetuity as we continue to carry out sisterhood and service.

Please explore our website to find out about events and scholarship opportunities. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram , and Twitter .

Passionately Serving,


Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby
2021-2022 Chapter President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter

Our Story

Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter was chartered in DeSoto, Texas, January 11, 1997, under the direction of 24th International President Eva L. Evans and South Central Regional Director Polly Sparks Turner.

The idea of a graduate chapter came from Mrs. Sheila Kyles, past International Undergraduate Member-At-Large, who recognized the need to service the southwest community of Dallas. Ms. Kyles, with the assistance of Ms. Adrienne Thomas, gathered with eighteen other excited members and were encouraged to organize a new chapter that would expand the presence and services of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. within the DFW Metroplex.

The first meeting of the The Pearls of the Ivy Pride Interest Group was called to order October 14, 1995, 12:45 PM at the home of Ms. Adrienne Thomas. Members discussed requirements for starting a new chapter and ideas for upcoming community service projects. The community service projects that were completed were: Voter Registration Drive, Salvation Army Angel Tree and the Adopt-a-Student Mentoring Program.

On January 11, 1997, The Pearls of the Ivy Pride Interest Group became the Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter. These twenty women re-pledged their hearts, minds and strengths to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and rededicated their continued service to all mankind.

The following members are certified charter members:

Sheila D. Thomas-Kyle (President)

Rhonda Johnson

Adrienne Thomas (1st Vice President)

Vanessa Lewis

Valerie M. Sanders (2nd Vice President)

Alisa Allen

Esta Ayanna Palmer

Sherrye Cravens

Deanna M. Wilson

Nicole Dunlavy

Cherie Jordan

Sharon Workman (Parliamentarian)

Adrienne P. Lofton-Davis

Katrina Vance (Ivy Leaf Reporter)

Shelby Onic Paula Ogden-Mason

Kimberly Evans

Tracy Thompson

Stephanie Fantroy

Kim White

Programs and Initiatives

 

Upsilon Lambda Omega is successfully implementing the 2018 – 2022 International Program which consist of five target areas, one signature program, and specifically targeted community service days!

Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service

Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action: We are mentoring and providing high school students with leadership skills, civic awareness, character education and educational enrichment opportunities continue its focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Signature Program #CAPSM
  • We are assisting high school juniors and seniors as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application, financial aid, scholarships, and enrollment process.

Target 2: Women's Healthcare and Wellness:  We are bringing awareness to breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers!

Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy:  We are emphasizing financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit!

Target 4: The Arts!:  We are exposing students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers and various other artists!

Target 5: Global Impact:  We are engaging in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority!

Upsilon Lambda Omega Initiatives: Through this initiative, we are assisting with the emerging needs of the community.

As you peruse our website you will see evidence of the hardworking members of Upsilon Lambda Omega where we strive to give our 100%. We are a chapter where our members are focused on the international goals of our great sorority and our quest to make a lasting impact on the Best Southwest cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, Glenn Heights, and Waxahachie, Texas!

Again welcome to the official website of Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.

Chapter logo

 

2021-2022 ULO Chapter Officers

 

President                                            Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby

1st Vice President                              Donna Whitehead

2nd Vice President                             Cheryl Sims

Secretary                                             Donna Allen

Assistant Secretary                            Carla Willis

Financial Secretary                            Angela Butler Lewis

Assistant Financial Secretary           Tiffany Waters

Treasurer                                             Shronda Whitfield

Assistant Treasurer                            Armetrice Johnson

Corresponding Secretary                  Umeka Wright

Chapter Hostess                                 Tiffany Nicole Brown

Sergeant-at-Arms                               Nicole Robinson

Parliamentarian                                  Yasmin Barnes Jones

Public Relations/Ivy Leaf Reporter      Jonya Watts

Historian                                              Kameisha Choice

Custodian/Curator                              Natoyia Harris

Chaplain                                              Shay Cathey 

Business Manager                             Melissa Gholston 

Member-at-Large                               Elma Goodwin

Graduate Advisor                              Angela L. Davis Henry

Graduate Co-Advisor                        Angela Jacobs Butler