The 46th Debutante Cotillion will be presented Dec. 21 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center by the Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

The 46th Debutante Cotillion will be presented Dec. 21 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center by the Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.


This year’s theme is "An Array of Precious Pearls." At this annual event, 36 outstanding young women from Pine Bluff and other cities will be formally introduced to society. The young women will be presented with their personal accomplishments and aspirations noted, and they will perform a formal Cotillion dance.


The presentation of young ladies into society has been one of the major goals for Delta Omega Omega Chapter for more than 40 years. The first Debutante Cotillion Ball was held at Hestand Stadium. To date, hundreds of young women have participated in the event.


The presenters for this year are University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander and Carolyn F. Blakely.


Alexander was named chancellor of UAPB in July. A native of New Orleans, Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in drama and communications from the University of New Orleans, master’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida, juris doctor from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University. Prior to coming to UAPB, Alexander served as the associate dean of the University of Florida Graduate School, director of the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and a professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida. He is married and has three sons and two grandchildren.


Blakely, a native of Magnolia, received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB), her master’s degree in English from Atlanta University, her Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University, and did post graduate study at Harvard University. She has held the positions of professor of English; assistant to the chancellor; interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; interim chancellor; interim chair of the Department of English, Theater, and Mass Communications (on four occasions); and as dean of the Honors College. She structured the Carolyn Blakely Honors College at UAPB into a unit serving more than 180 students. She has been recognized by her high school, her university and her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., of which she has been a member of for more than 50 years - for her achievements in education. She was also inducted into the National Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and named as one of Arkansas’ top 100 women for three years. She was married to the late Neal Blakely and they have two children and five grandchildren.


Terri Jackson serves as president of Delta Omega Omega Chapter.


For more information concerning the 2013 Debutante Cotillion, contact Ivy Leaf Reporter, Mattie P. Collins at kencol1@msn.com