Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Epsilon Chapter was chartered April 28, 1990 on the campus of Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, New Jersey. Under the supervision of Rho Theta Omega Chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, twelve young ladies joined the ranks of like-minded women to provide “Service to all Mankind.” The charter members of the Pi Epsilon chapter are: Sorors Geri Bailey, Jyl Baker, Nicole Brown, Laura Caldwell, Ellen Cramer, Chanel Dutch, Juanita Good, Paula Harrison, Candice Jennings, Allison Taffe, Tiffany Thomas, and Lisa Thomas.
The Rho Theta Omega Sorors who have served as graduate advisors are Sorors Carol Ray, Dr. Shirley Turpin-Parham (IBW), Betty Herring, Charmaine Bailey, Cynthia Hyler, Dr. Shantelle K. Jenkins, and Dr. Tierra T. Ryan who presently holds the office for the 2017-2018 term.
Since the chartering of Pi Epsilon, the chapter has remained at the forefront of scholastic achievement and community service. In 2007, the chapter was recognized at the Undergraduate Round-Up for having the highest GPA in the North Atlantic Region. Through the years, several members of the chapter have been
honored as members of the 4.0 Club. Soror Dresdin Hewlett (Fall 2011) was inducted into the 4.0 Club during the Spring 2012 term. Soror Jordan Crawley (Spring 2014) and Soror Aseeli Coleman (Transfer from Xi Nu Fall 2014) were inducted into the 4.0 club during the Fall 2017 term. The Pi Epsilon chapter has consistently maintained a cumulative chapter and semester GPA of 3.0 and above and was recently recognized as having one of the top five GPAs for Greek Letter Organizations at Rutgers University Camden.
In addition to their scholarship, Pi Epsilon members have been recognized for their leadership skills as well. Soror Whitney Foster (Fall 2012) was selected to participate in the EAF Winter Leadership Fellows Program in Houston, TX. Soror Victoria Aston (Fall 2015) was awarded third place for undergraduate president of the year during the 2017 North Atlantic Regional conference. Soror Jordan Crawley was awarded the Nellie W. Gaylord Young Educators Award also during the 2017 North Atlantic Regional Conference. Soror Aseeli Coleman and Soror Jazmin Harrison (Fall 2016) were recognized as a Greeks of Distinction at the 2018 Rutgers Camden Student Leadership Award Ceremony. Members have traveled to Regional and International conferences and have served on the International Nominatinating Committee and International Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the Sorority. Pi Epsilon members continue to strive to be excellent leaders in the work they do.
Pi Epsilon has served the greater Camden area in various ways. Some of the service projects they have participated in include the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus fundraisers for the American Heart Association and Susan G. Komen, Arbor Day tree planting ceremonies, March of Dimes walks, voter registration drives, business etiquette, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs just to name a few. The current chapter signature programs are: Pink Goes Red ~ Sweets for Hearts Bakesale and Zumba to benefit the American Heart Association, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, Cathedral Kitchen partnership, "Mind and Body," a program that addresses mental health in the African American community, "A Seat At The Table," a program that addresses food insecurity in the United States and Camden, specifically, and collection drives for various women's shelters in the area. Pi Epsilon also collaborates in service initiatives with their supervising graduate chapter. In addition to Pi Epsilon's signature programs, the chapter is consistently thinking of innovative ways to help the community on a local and global scale. Pi Epsilon had the highest amount of community service hours among chapters at Rutgers Camden in Fall 2017.
The North Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well as Rutgers University-Camden, has honored Pi Epsilon for various accomplishments. In 2013, the chapter received the “Capturing the Promise through Technology” and the “Best of the Best” Standards Award from the North Atlantic Region. For the same year, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the university honored the chapter for Outstanding Chapter President, Chapter of the Year and Most Improved GPA. Pi Epsilon was also awarded Chapter of the Year in both 2017 and 2018 and the Recruitment and Growth Award in 2018 by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Rutgers Camden. The chapter is excited to see what the future holds and is working hard to continue to strive towards excellence.
Past PiE Lines
Spring 2010 - Dynamic Duo
Spring 2011 Phantastic 4
Fall 2011 - Fourocious
Spring 2012 - Fource of Nature
Fall 2013 - The Chosen Pearl
Spring 2014 - Trilogy
Fall 2015 - Dynasty
Fall 2016 - Un4seen
Spring 2017 - S3rendipity
Spring 2018 - IGN9TED
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