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AKA 2014 Annual Scholarship and Graduate Recognition: “Construct Your Educational Journey”

2014 Graduate Recognitions AKA-ONLINE

(Front): Shayla Calleros, Hollie Woods, Jahnel Denise Walker, Cierra Joseph, Mysha Ross (Back): Nicole Swearingen, Angela Nelson-Swearingen, Constance Yvanna Ann Logan, Rodniesha Angel Griffin, Christina Antionette Francis, Kiana Janae Landrum, Annette Weathington, President

RIVERSIDE, CA- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Nu Omega chapter, gathered with family, friends, and members of the local community to honor high school and college graduates this past weekend of Saturday, May 31. The celebration was held at Creola’s Restaurant in Riverside. The 2014 accomplished scholarship recipients included Shayla Calleros, Alta Loma High School;  Cierra Joseph, Eisenhower High School; Mysha Ross, Eisenhower High School; and Hollie Woods, Canyon Springs High School. They each were awarded $1,100.

Each student expressed their gratitude for the scholarship as they prepare to pursue undergraduate work at institutions as prestigious as UC Berkley, UC Davis, and Fisk University in fields varied from pre-med, education and law. Ms. Jahnel Denise Walker of Kappa Theta, University of California Riverside (UCR) was awarded the “Sharon Thomas of Eta Nu Omega” scholarship for holding the highest grade point average within the undergraduate chapter.

Additional graduates were awarded a certificate of recognition and gift from Eta Nu Omega chapter. Honorees included graduates of members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Theta chapter at UCR: Christina Antionette Francis (B.S. Sociology); Rodniesha Angel Griffin (B.A. Business Administration); Ta’Neill Marche Hope (B.S. Sociology); Constance Yvanna Ann Logan (B.A. Psychology); Janelle Cherise Prothro (B.S. Biology); and Jahnel Denise Walker (B.A. Political Science/Law and Society).

Graduating members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Eta Nu Omega chapter included Angela Nelson-Swearingen (M.S. Organizational Leadership).  Children of Eta Nu Omega Chapter graduating from high school included: Chelsie Blacksher, Aquinas High School and Kiana Janae Landrum, Eisenhower High School.

Children of Eta Nu Omega chapter graduating from college included: Kierie Steward (B.S., Alabama State University); Richard Blacksher (B.A., California Baptist University); Brandon A. Brooks (Juris Doctorate in Law, Cooley School of Law); Nicole Swearingen (M.A., Brandman University); and Malcolm Thomas (M.S. California State University, San Bernardino) Keynote speaker, Dr. Mallanie Harris provided a motivational message to “Construct Your Educational Journey.” For future events, please visit www.etanuomega.org.

When all Hell and Havoc Break Loose, What Do You Do?

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

“For I heard the Lord tell Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron. 20:17 “You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD….”  In other words, the “solution” is already on the premises. God is on the scene, Hallelujah!

Many times we find ourselves in situations that we just don’t understand. In these times we often find ourselves asking, “WHY Lord?” Can I just tell you that it is in these times that we are called upon to exercise our faith and just TRUST in the LORD.  I know that it’s not always easy for us to give our cares to God and trust Him completely, but when life presents itself with ever-changing variables, we have to realize that we serve a God who is stationary in His Goodness.

So many times we look all over for folks to have our back, but during my sojourn on this Christian walk, I have discovered some things about folks, discovered some disheartening and discouraging news about folks, found out that folks will fade away when the fire gets too hot, and discovered that family and friends will forsake you when times get hard, but I heard the Lord say; “I will never leave you, nor forsake you…”  I tell you, it’s good to know that “God got your back!”

You may be in a situation that looks hopeless, it may look like the end is near and it’s time to give up. It may look like you’ve lost the battle, but I want you to know that it doesn’t matter what it looks like, “God got your back!” Don’t lean to your own understanding and think that just because it looks like it’s over, that it’s over. It’s not over until God says it’s over. So don’t throw in the towel, don’t pull the plug, don’t surrender, and don’t give up. Others may even count you out and the enemy may tell you you’ve lost and the chance for victory may look impossible, but know that God has everything under control, even when life seems to be out of control.

I want you to consider “The Source,” God. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, so what you are experiencing, “It too shall pass.” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, and by all means, don’t let the devil fool you into believing that you’re taking a step backwards in life or that you’ll never make it out of your situation because you will.  What you’re going through is temporary, so stop stressing yourself out,  losing sleep, being weary, anxious, worried, depressed and sad, “God got your back!”

Choose to trust God! He has brought you through and has done great things. He is forever faithful and true. Choose to walk by faith, believing that “With GOD ALL Things Are Possible.” Choose to believe for your miracle. Choose to believe for your breakthrough. Choose to walk by faith and not by fear.

The truth I want to give to you is simple but profound, “God has it all under control!“ It does not matter the situation, God has the solution. It does not matter the hurt, God can heal. It does not matter the desperation, God has the deliverance. It does not matter the sin, God is the soul-ution. It does not matter the Hell, God is the Help. Encourage yourself in the Lord daily, read His word, pray without ceasing and seek His face; and the next time you find yourself in a position where you are stressed and worried about what God is doing in your life remember to, “Consider the Source.”

21st Annual Celebration, Armed Forces Day

By John Coleman

The Armed Forces Assn., was recognized at the 21st Anniversary Celebration of “Armed Forces Day” during Sabbath Services at Kansas Ave SDA Church in Riverside. Awards were presented to outstanding members of the Association, Church, and community.