The Birth of Pi Rho Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated came to Spring Hill College when a brilliant, energetic group of women in Mobile, Alabama formed Pi Rho Chapter in 1992.
Gale Cornega, from Spring Hill College, diligently worked until she captured the attention of Carolyn Wilson, who was the President of Delta Theta Omega Chapter, in the Spring of 1991. Developmental meetings began in which vital information was shared. Despite the growing interest, there were not enough people to form a chapter. However, with time, the four interested young women grew into thirteen.
The thirteen Charter members were initiated on April 26, 1992. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Pi Rho Chapter became the first Black Greek Organization on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Pi Rho Chapter continues to perpetuate the Sorority by initiating new members, providing service to the community, and being of service to all mankind.
The Charter Members consisted of Rhyon Haston, LaTonya James, LaTonya F. King, Erica Faulkner, Sonja Y. Hughes, Dominica Morrisette, Tanjanika L. Melton, Katina Adams, Barbara Betancourt, Angelique Walker, Danielle Lombard, Renicha McCree, and Deandrea M. Benoit. The Charter was signed by the Internation President, Mary Shy Scott; International Secretary, Nancy Gardner Sewell; and the South Eastern Regional Director, Ida K. Martin.
Pi Rho is a small but active chapter. Some of the signature programs for the chapter include: The Princess Project in which gently used clothing items are collected for a local Children’s Home, “Midnight Madness with Pi Rho” a basketball tournament event used to collect items for the Program Initiatives of the Sorority, and an annual service project of providing a meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas for Children’s Home in the Community.