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The 34th Annual Greek Awards were held February 1, 2016 to honor the accomplishments of individuals and chapters in 2015.  Here you will find information on individual and chapter awards. 

Pi Beta Phi pictured above was a finalist for the Svob Chapter of the Year award and won the Dean of Students Award for Excellene. 

Senior Sarah Judis, Alpha Epsilon Phi, said “It was an amazing experience to see all the amazing things that members of the Greek community are doing. It is great to be a part of such a well-rounded and successful community”. 

Marc Herman, Alpha Tau Omega, and Patrick Murphy, Kappa Sigma, were inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame for their achievements in the fields of fashion/business and law respectively.  

Only some award winners are mentioned here, see the full listing below.  

Greek Centennial Campaign Reaches 1 Million Dollars in Gifts

2015 was an amazing year for fraternity and sorority life as our community celebrated 100 years of an extraordinary Greek experience and launched the largest campaign in our community’s history. Due to the generous support of the Panhellenic Council, Geraldo and Erica Rivera, the Hunter White Memorial Fund, and the Interfraternity Council, several of the lead donors to the Greek Centennial fund, our community has continued to benefit from the philanthropic support of many alumni and Greek chapters. We recently hit the 1 million dollar milestone in cash gifts and pledges toward our two million dollar goal. This success towards supporting our Greek community would not have been possible without the support of many of you. Thank you for giving back to your Greek community!

Reaching this half-way point in our campaign is because of many Greek alumni, chapters, parents, and friends of the community who are giving to support student programs and the construction of the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park. The Park will be a permanent shining jewel in the heart of the Greek Village and will publically showcase the accomplishments and history of the UA Greek community over the past 100 years.  Contributions toward student programs are focused in four key areas: academic success, leadership development, career development and health and wellness.

Construction of the park will begin this month in March and finish this summer. We hope that you will join us October 27th-29th, 2016, Homecoming weekend, as we dedicate the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony and block party on Greek row.

If you would like to learn more about giving to the Greek Centennial fund or how you can honor your friends, family, or Greek brothers and sisters in the park visit or contact Johanne Ives, Assistant Director for Development at or 520-626-1664

Support the Greek Heritage Park
2015 Greek Hall of Fame Inductees 

Patrick Murphy
Kappa Sigma 
2015 Greek Hall of Fame Winner 

Over a twenty year career in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Murphy made tremendous contributions to this state as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division and as the Chief Counsel for the Financial Fraud Division. In the latter role, Mr. Murphy represented the State in civil action against then governor Evan Mecham in the case State of Arizona v. Mecham. Mr. Murphy's team won the case and successfully recovered funds from the governor that belonged to the state. Since 1991, Mr. Murphy has been in private practice in the self founded Phoenix firm Gutilla, Murphy, Anderson, where he continues to shape the legal framework for Arizona business.

Mr. Murphy’s dedication to Kappa Sigma is remarkable, as was an integral part in the construction of the Gamma Rho house on Greek Row, where Kappa Sigma is still housed to this day. Mr. Murphy has served on the chapter’s Housing Corporation since construction, and served as Vice-President of the Kappa Sigma International Housing Corporation from 1995-1998. Mr. Murphy has been honored as Kappa Sigma’s International Man of the Year in 1990, and received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona in 2001. Tonight we continue to honor Mr. Murphy for his professional accomplishments and service to the Greek Community through his induction into the Order of Omega Greek Hall of Fame.

Marc Herman
Alpha Tau Omega 
2015 Greek Hall of Fame Winner 

Our second inductee into the Order of Omega Greek Hall of Fame is Marc Herman, alumnus of Alpha Tau Omega, and CEO of Wildcat Retro Brands. Mr. Herman started in the clothing business as a student in 1982 by designing and selling the popular Hawaiian style shorts called jams to fraternities and sororities across campus. Marc had a vague idea about how clothing was made because his sister was a competitive figure skater and his mom made all her costumes. He worked with sewing contractors and fabric resources in Los Angeles, honed his craft while back at the U of A and eventually the Jams business evolved into the complete line of t-shirts and fashionable sportswear which is the Original Retro Brand of today.

Mr. Herman’s company designs and manufactures collections with leading sports entities including The College Vault and over 700 Universities, The National Hockey League, The Major League Baseball Players Association and Minor League Baseball. The Original Retro Brand can be found in over 200 fashion forward boutiques from coast to coast, high end premium stores including Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Dillard's, as well as our very own UA BookStores.

Mr. Herman was recently honored with the UA Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award this past homecoming and was invited to be the featured clothing designer during Tucson’s Fashion Week last fall. Marc loves the University of Arizona and his passions for fashion and entrepreneurship are shared during the many speaking engagements he gives to UofA students.  Congratulations to Marc Herman, 2015 recipient of the Order of Omega Hall of Fame Award.


2015 Greek Award Winners 

Each spring outstanding individuals and organizations are recognized at Greek Awards.  Here is the full listing of award winners.  

Individual Awards

Chapter Achievements

2015 Chapters of Excellence
Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega,  Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Lambda Phi, Gamma Alpha Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Chi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Sigma, Phi Beta Chi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Beta Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Theta Nu Xi, & Zeta Phi Beta
2015 Chapters of Achievement
Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Pi Omega, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Chi Lambda, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Theta Alpha, Pi Alpha Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon,  Sigma Alpha Mu, & Sigma Lambda Gamma
Academic Achievements
Fraternity-Spring & Fall 2015
Highest Chapter GPA: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Highest New Member GPA: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Highest Active GPA: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Most Improved GPA: Kappa Sigma-Spring
Delta Lambda Phi-Fall
Sorority-Spring 2015
Highest Chapter GPA: Theta Nu Xi
Highest New Member GPA: Zeta Phi Beta
Highest Active GPA: Theta Nu Xi
Most Sorority GPA : Theta Nu Xi
Sorority-Fall 2015
Highest Chapter GPA: Chi Omega
Highest New Member GPA: Chi Omega
Highest Active GPA: Chi Omega
Most Improved GPA: Delta Sigma Theta

Outstanding Community Service - Sigma Phi Epsilon, Zeta Phi Beta & Delta Lambda Phi
Outstanding Philanthropic Contributions - Pi Beta Phi
Outstanding Campus Involvement - Pi Beta Phi & Chi Omega
Outstanding Academic Success Program - Chi Omega & Sigma Kappa
Olympian Health and Wellness Award - Kappa Kappa Gamma & Delta Delta Delta
Outstanding Program
Alpha Epsilon Phi, Snack Packs
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Hoops for Hope
Chi Omega, Walk for Wishes
Omega Delta Phi, Boys & Girls Club Haunted House
Excellence in Diversity Awareness & Programming - Zeta Phi Beta , Sigma Chi & Sigma Phi Epsilon
Most Improved Chapters of 2015
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Beta Chi
Alpha Pi Omega
Delta Lambda Phi
Dean of Students Award for Excellence
Pi Beta Phi & Sigma Chi

Dean Robert Svob Chapter of the Year Finalists 
Kappa Kappa Gamma & Sigma Chi 

Dean Robert Svob Chapter of the Year Runner Up 
Pi Beta Phi

Dean Robert Svob Chapter of the Year
Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Individual Achievements

Health Advocate of the Year
Iris Francisco, Alpha Pi Omega
Troy Esteban, Alpha Kappa Lambda
Outstanding Volunteer 
Ali Gilliland, Pi Beta Phi
Outstanding Campus Involvement
Hailey Schwartz, Chi Omega
Lorene Fisher, Alpha Kappa Alpha
New Initiate of the Year
Aaron Varela, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Emerging Leader of the Year
Chiamaka Madu, Zeta Phi Beta
Sai Shah, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Chapter Advisor of the Year
Mary Venezia, Gamma Phi Beta
House Director of the Year
Dorothy Jackson, Chi Omega
Chapter Presidents of the Year
Nicholas Loper, Kappa Alpha Order
Brenna McGill, Pi Beta Phi
Ruby Soto, Zeta Phi Beta
Greek Person of the Year
Jack Emery, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Brandea Bidelspach, Chi Omega
Young Alumni of the Year
Deshanaye Williams, Zeta Phi Beta
Mary Kate Tolan, Chi Omega


If you are interested in giving back to the Greek Community Please visit the UA Foundation Donation Page. Past donors have been able to fund the Hunter White Health Advocate Program and other initiatives in the fraternity and sorority community. 

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