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Updates on brothers, sisters and other greek happenings

The UA Greek 100th Celebration was spectacular!
 
Here are some highlights

UA Greek Life Breaks Ground on Greek Heritage Park

 
Alumni, students, friends and university officials gathered together on Friday, October 23rd with Geraldo Rivera and his family, to break ground on the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park.  Geraldo, a Tau Delta Phi from the class of 1965, and his wife Erica, made the park possible with a $500,000 gift to name the park.
 

 

The Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park will honor more than 50,000 UA Greek alumni as well as the 90 organizations that have been part of the UA Greek community since 1915. “It really is something that I find tremendous pride in honoring, in remembering and now in helping to perpetuate that century-long tradition of Greek Life at the University of Arizona.” Rivera shared. The park will serve as a community gathering place for the entire University community and Tucson and “we hope this is a place where the community can come, in good times and bad, to support one another,” Rivera told those gathered at the site.


The park groundbreaking serves as the kick-off for a $2 million campaign to support four critical educational programmatic priorities for Greek Life. Due to the generosity of the Rivera family and other leadership gifts provided to date totaling $928,656, the expenses to build the park are covered and all future gifts made in the park will go directly to support chapter leaders and members by delivering extraordinary academic support, health and wellness, leadership development and career development programs.
  

 
To our knowledge we know of no other Greek community in the nation that has created a place on campus that will represent the individual organizations, alumni, and heritage AND that has initiated a campaign to ensure a legacy of excellence and opportunity for its current members. As a community, we are leading the nation in addressing these needs and ensuring a strong foundation by investing in our future leaders.
 
We invite all our fraternity and sorority alumni, undergraduate chapters, house corporations, friends, new member classes, graduating seniors, parents and families to leave your legacy in the park. There are a variety of naming opportunities to choose from including but not limited to: making a gift to name one of the plaza’s after the generations of UA Greek members in your family, purchasing a Walkway Tile to commemorate your new member class, or honoring your graduating senior by purchasing a hand painted color wall tile. Please see the list of naming opportunities available here
 
For more information on the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park, contact Johanne Ives at johannej@email.arizonae.edu or 626-1664.
 
For additional media coverage on the groundbreaking >>>
 
http://uanews.org/story/ua-breaks-ground-on-greek-heritage-park
http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/10/ua-greek-life-welcomes-geraldo-rivera-greek-heritage-park
http://tucson.com/news/local/a-century-of-greek-life-at-ua-homecoming/article_b21fb52f-d2ee-5731-afd3-dd5dca4e4a20.html

Greek White Out TG 

"Thank God it's Friday" 


Over 350 alumni from all era’s and affiliations gathered together on the mall, under white lights and tents, to celebrate 100 years of Greek Life during the Greek White Out TG at Homecoming 2015. 
  The White Out TG was a throwback to the “Thank God It’s Friday” mixers UA chapters had on Fridays, while the color white referenced the symbolism of white in ancient Greece. This special event was co-chaired by Alex Flanagan ’93, Gamma Phi Beta and Geraldo Rivera ‘65, Tau Delta Phi and was a celebration of our life-long friendships, interfraternal spirit and extraordinary heritage.
 
With Old Main lit up in red and blue serving as the icon for the many generations of Greek alumni, the event was a joyous occasion for pledge sisters and brothers, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, former Order of Omega and governing council leaders as well as alumni from 1952 to 2014 to reunite, connect and remember good times.
 
Our thanks to the events committee chaired by Jennifer Mahon Harris ‘93, Pi Beta Phi and the countless team of students, staff, friends, alumni and sponsors for creating a one-of-a kind event that left guests feeling proud to be Greek, proud to be a Wildcat and excited for the future of Greek Life.

Celebrating with Old and New Traditions! 


Greek Lawn Decorating Contest

 
 The University of Arizona’s Greek 100th Celebration brought both new and old traditions to campus this year as all Greek organizations came together to celebrate homecoming, October 22nd-24th, 2015. In the spirit of commemorating old traditions, the Student Engagement Committee for this year’s celebration hosted a lawn-decorating contest for the houses on campus with the theme of “Strong Foundations, Future Leaders”. All chapters on campus were encouraged to participate in this beloved University of Arizona Greek tradition to help kick-off homecoming weekend. This year’s winner was Kappa Alpha Theta, of the Panhellenic Council, with their red and blue themed decorations and use of this year’s theme.
 

Greek Social Media Challenge 

 
 With new traditions this year came a social media photo challenge competition for our Greek chapters on campus hosted by the Student Engagement Committee. In the week leading up to homecoming, each was a different opportunity for chapters to share a photo in the spirit of homecoming to demonstrate their chapter’s school spirit, alumni relations and homecoming fun. Some of the days consisted of sharing a photo of current chapter members and alumni together and creatively expressing how their chapter was celebrating the 100th. This year’s winner was Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., part of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council. You can check out other photos by searching #uagreek100 on your favorite social media platform. 
 

The Hunter White Safe Spring Endowment Selected by the UA Foundation for Crowdfunding this Month
 

The Hunter White Safe Spring Break Program promotes safety and awareness regarding spring break to members of the fraternity and sorority community and for the last five years has been open to all students at the University of Arizona.

 

 
This program is coordinated by Fraternity and Sorority Programs and is funded through the support of the Hunter White Safe Spring Break Endowment. Launching today, November 19
th, is a crowdfunding campaign to support this important cause.  Any gift you make to this campaign will go directly to the endowment, ensuring that future UA students will benefit from this program for years to come. The Hunter White Memorial Fund was originally sponsored through Hunter's Runners, which was established in 2002 as tribute to Hunter White, a UA Phi Gamma Delta, who died in a spring break accident in 2001; Hunter was only 19 when he passed away. In 2014, an endowment was established to support the program in perpetuity, the Hunter White Safe Spring Break Endowment.
The Hunter White Safe Spring Break Program has been tremendously successful reaching students since its inception in 2008. Students who participate in the program report increased knowledge of crucial safety information, as well as how to provide support to others. This knowledge directly results in a safer, healthier campus for students, and safer spring break behavior.


The Hunter White Safe Spring Break program will be held for the 9th time March 8th,  prior to the University’s spring break. The keynote speaker featured at this years’ program will be Mark Sterner, who will be giving a presentation entitled “DUI: A Powerful Lesson”. The lecture will focus on Sterner’s tragic spring break experience as an undergraduate student.

In addition to the presentation, safe spring break tip cards will be provided to each student. The wallet-sized cards list emergency phone numbers and important emergency information for common spring break destinations in Mexico. Appearing on the other side of the card will be a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) table, which can help students understand the side effects of alcohol consumption based on their size and the standard sized drinks they have consumed.


Hunter’s older brother and father are both Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni from the University of Arizona and when the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter learned about this initiative  they were eager to support the fund. The collegiate chapter of SAE has made a challenge gift for the crowdfunding campaign of $10,000. The chapter has committed to match all gifts  up to $10,000 that come in between now and December 24th at crowdfund.arizona.edu/safespringbreak . 

 
To support the Hunter White Safe Spring Break fund and share this important program with your friends visit the crowdfunding site
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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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