For graduate chapters within Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., one of the highest honors a member can receive is the title of Soror of the Year. This member, chosen by other members of her chapter, exemplifies what it means to be of service to all mankind and sisterly to all chapter members.
2019 Soror of the Year: Mary Robinson
Congratulations to Upsilon Alpha Omega’s 2019 Soror of the Year!
History with AKA Sorority. Inc. & the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter
Initiated December 5, 1964 – Gamma Kappa Chapter, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
First Graduate Chapter – Kappa Omega Atlanta
Joined Upsilon Alpha Omega 2007
Which UAO events have you helped plan?
I have help plan many events, but will include here those during my time in UAO. I served as co-chair of Connection and led the efforts to register many new voters and work with a Walk in her Pearls, one of the signature Connection activities. But over the last five years, I have spent most of my time working with everything associated with HBCU. In addition to HBCU and Connection, I have worked on other committees including Scholarship, Relay for Life, Cotillion, and Guardian.
Best Committee Experience
The best committee experience I have had is all the work I have done with HBCU, and have been so blessed with the support received from the members of UAO. We were able to achieve some amazing things including winning the Greek Challenge for three consecutive years. This event, the Atlanta HBCU Run / Walk is sponsored by the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance. The winning of this event enable UAO to give scholarships specifically allocated to students attending HBCUs.
Best Leadership Experience
My best leadership experience was co-chairing, for two years, the Greater Atlanta HBCU College Fair, a collaborative effort between UAO and the Gwinnett Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. We made a major contribution to the Gwinnett community and to high school students from all over the state of Georgia. It was amazing. Were able to have a large number of HBCUs (36 the first year and 45 the second) and reached thousands of high school students, their counselors and parents. Both scholarships and admissions were awarded on site. We made an impact. We created a brand.
Best of the Best
I love my Sorority. I love the service we provide for the community, and I am proud of whatever contribution I can make to move both my chapter and AKA to greater heights. It is an awesome feeling to be a part of such a great organization and such a great chapter.
I am humbled and honored to have been selected as our 2019 Soror of the Year. I am forever grateful to the Soror who nominated me and to the many Sorors who felt that my efforts were worthy of their vote. I can’t begin to express my appreciation for this honor. I will continue to serve the goals and ideals of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated, and pray that I can live up to these ideals.
Former Sorors of the Year
2017: Leslie Plunkett
2016: Koi Fisher
2015: Anika Doucette
2014: Pauline Hicks
2013: Adelma Stanford
2012: Nicola McIntyre
2011: LaKecia Gray
2010: A. Kenyatta Greer
2008: Mary Matthews
2007: Bettina Durant
2006: Andria (Freemont) Daniels
2005: Nancy Warr-Bayonne
2004: Keesha Johnson
2003: CaSandra Smith
2002: Damita (Davis) Stanciel
2001: Janice McGruder
2000: Kathy Jackson
1999: Debbie Payton
1998: Cynthia Redd
1997: Angela Casey
1996: Beauty P. Baldwin
1995: Collette Johnson
1994: Geri Gonzalez