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Your Greek Alumni Newsletter

Updates on brothers, sisters and other greek happenings

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HELP US CELEBRATE
100 YEARS OF UA FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE

Join President Ann Weaver Hart and Melissa Vito, UA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Provost, and Greek 100th Honorary Co-Chairs Geraldo Rivera and Alex Flanagan for an extraordinary Centennial Anniversary Celebration under the stars at Old Main.

 

GREEK WHITE OUT TG ON THE UA MALL

Don’t miss this once in a century celebration!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 5:30–8:30PM
$65 PER PERSON
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Geraldo Rivera & Alex Wystrach Flanagan, 100th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs

We are excited that two of our distinguished alumni, Geraldo Rivera ’65, Tau Delta Phi and Alex Wystrach Flanagan ‘93, Gamma Phi Beta are serving as our ambassadors of this celebration of a century of an extraordinary heritage, friendships and inter-fraternal spirit. Proud of the their Greek experience, both Rivera and Flanagan are honored to be a part of the 100th Anniversary and invite all our alumni and friends to come back and join them in this once in a century celebration! 

Geraldo Rivera

Emmy and Peadbody Award-winning journalist, author, and attorney, Rivera currently serves as Senior Correspondent and host of breaking news specials, The “Geraldo Rivera Reports” at Fox News. Rivera will be celebrating his 50th class reunion at this years Homecoming and is excited to see his Tau Delta Phi brothers, many who are returning this year for the 100th Anniversary.

“I came from New York to attend the UofA, not knowing anyone. It was helpful to me to have the camaraderie of the guys who became friends of mine in Tau Delta Phi and also, Lambda Chi Alpha. We had common interests and got involved in intramural sports and other activities. My involvement in the fraternity helped to shrink the huge campus down. It meant a lot to me. I am still in contact with these guys. I am proud of the UA and my association with Tau Delta Phi.”

Alex Wystrach Flanagan

An accomplished and versatile sportscaster, Flanagan is veteran sportscaster for the NFL Network and NBC Sports, and has covered four Olympic games and eight Super Bowls. Flanagan grew up in Southern Arizona and shares her UA Gamma Phi Beta experience with her mother, sister, two aunts and a cousin.

“Being a part of the UA’s Greek system when I was in college, helped lay the foundation for so much of my career success. It was a place where I was able to learn about leadership skills, how to balance the pressures of academics and social activities and it is where I met some of my closest lifelong friends."

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Strong Foundation. Future Leaders. Campaign

The Time to Give is Now

 
In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of Greek Life at the University of Arizona, Fraternity and Sorority Programs is launching a $2 million fundraising campaign.  The Strong Foundations – Future Leaders Campaign is rooted in a shared pride in a century of service, leadership and achievement by our 50,000 alumni and deep commitment to ensure an extraordinary Greek experience continues to be an opportunity available for generations to come. Give now to support the University of Arizona Fraternity and Sorority Community. 
 
The Greek Legacy Endowment Fund has been established to provide support in four priority areas – Leadership Development, Career Development, Health and Wellness, and Academic Success. This endowment will ensure that critical educational programs will continue in perpetuity and help chapter members and leaders prepare for today’s real-world challenges.
 
Over the past century, UA Greek members have fully engaged in the life of the University and that commitment to serve continues today with leadership gifts made by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils and thirteen Panhellenic chapters totaling more than $115,000.
 
A cornerstone of this campaign is the construction of the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park in the heart of the Greek Village on First Street.  The Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park will commemorate the extraordinary heritage of Greek Life and will be a welcoming space for the entire University community to enjoy. Geraldo, a Tau Delta Phi, from the University of Arizona, and his wife Erica have generously donated $500,000 to name the park.  See announcement.
 
We are proud that our alumni are passionate supporters of the University of Arizona – from departments, colleges and athletics – our members have been longtime supporters of excellence throughout the campus. Now you have the opportunity to be a part of the Strong Foundation of our Greek community by investing in our Future Leaders, our members.
 
Whether you have recently graduated or are celebrating your 25th year of membership or have several generations of family who have been members of the UA Greek community consider leaving your legacy in the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park. It will be a special place to honor friends, family, founders, and alumni. No contribution is too small and every gift will make an impact on the members of our Greek community. Help us to preserve a strong tradition of education, leadership, and excellence.
 
To make a gift, visit uagreek100.com/donate or contact Johanne Ives at johannej@email.arizona.edu.

100 Years of Greek Life:

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of having national fraternities and sororities at the UA, we will be featuring stories about our members, organizations and community and our collective impact on the UA, Tucson, Arizona and nation. We are proud of our history and heritage and it is time to celebrate it! Strong Foundation. Future Leaders.

 

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Traditions
 

DID YOU KNOW...

 
An SAE Helped Get “A” Mountain Built​
 Student Body President Albert Harlan Condron, a civil engineering student, helped corral student pride after a dramatic 1915 win over Pomona by leading the movement to build an “A” on Sentinel Peak.  A member of the A Club and the Society of Civil Engineers, Condron rallied students and business leaders to fund and construct a 70-foot-wide, white “A” almost 2,800 feet above the city.  The student-run construction started on Nov. 13, 1915 and was completed on March 4, 1916. “Glittering white in the bright sunlight on Sentinel Peak, it is visible for miles around. Every man and woman of Arizona may feel justly proud of this work,” the 1916 Desert reads. “Among the loyal supporters of Arizona who gave their services…none is more deserving than Student Body President A.H. Condron. His tireless efforts and boundless energy were needed in leading such a work.”
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Two Greeks Help Create our “Human” Wilbur Mascot

In 1959, Phi Kappa Psi brothers Richard Heller and John Pacquette proposed that a UA student dress up as a wildcat to promote spirit and rally the students---a safer mascot than the wild animals the school had used in the past.  Buoyed by a $100 donation from Associated Students of the University of Arizona, Heller and Pacquette designed a costume for ‘Wilbur Wildcat” and formed a club of people who would dress up and lead cheers, according to the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Club rules were simple: Wilbur’s identity stayed secret and the students could not be taller than 5 feet 6 inches.
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A Greek Alum Saved the U.S.S. Arizona Bell from Destruction

Captain Wilber “Bill” L. Bowers, a 1927 graduate, friend of John “Button” Salmon and member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity kept this important University of Arizona landmark from being destroyed. The U.S.S. Arizona bell, one of two that originally hung on the eponymous battleship destroyed in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was about to be melted down in the Puget Sound Navy Yard when Bowers found it in a wooden crate. Bowers presented the bell to the UA in 1946. First rung on Nov. 17, 1951, it has since moved to a new location in Student Union Memorial Center tower as a memory of the 1,177 men who lost their lives on the fateful day. Bowers, at age 99, was given the honor of being the first person to ring the bell in its present location on Sept. 11, 2002.  The bell is still currently rung to celebrate UA football wins and other occasions on campus.
 
A Kappa Sig Wrote “All Hail, Arizona”

Elbert C. Monro, a Kappa Sigma who attended the UA from 1917 to 1920, composed the school song, “All Hail, Arizona” with his wife Dorothy Monro, a World War I veteran, served in the Arizona National Guard and the Panama Canal Zone. He ran Monro Insurance Agency and was elected Tucson’s Man of the Year in 1957.
  
 
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At Homecoming 2014 UA Greek Alumni had the opportunity to share some of their memories and talk about the importance of joining a fraternity or sorority. 
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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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