In 1914, a civil engineering student Albert Condron, a UA fraternity member, convinced one of his professors to create a class assignment to survey Sentinel Peak for the location of an “A”, the beginning of one of the UA’s most cherished traditions. His initiative is one of the first recorded examples of “100% Engagement”, another tradition that continues today as a part of the University of Arizona’s Never Settle strategic plan.
For 100 years, Greek students at UA have fully engaged in the life of the University, in and out of the classroom. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Greek Life, the collegiate Greek organizations are continuing their tradition of service and commitment with their leadership gifts to the Greek Legacy Endowment, raising over $100,000 to date.
The endowment focuses on four priority areas: Leadership Development, Career Development, Health and Wellness and Academic Success, and will permanently endow educational programs supporting the Greek community. Since many of these programs are currently fee based, limiting participation, this endowment will ensure critical educational support programs will continue to help chapter members and leaders be equipped to face real-world challenges.
The impact of these programs demonstrates their importance:
- Greek Academy, incorporating curriculum from the nationally recognized SALT Center, helped over 90 students from 23 chapters improve their study skills and increase their grade point averages during the 2014-2015 school year.
- This past semester, The Hunter White Health Advocate Program trained 49 students from 46 chapters increasing competencies and confidence levels in referring members with health concerns to appropriate campus or community resources.
- The annual fall emerging leader retreat, Great Greek Weekend, provided emerging leader training for 45 participants, who rated the program as “very valuable” in building essential leadership skills for roles they are assuming in their chapters and on campus.
The benefits of these programs are well expressed by their participants:
“Great Greek Weekend helped me learn more about how to become a leader and develop communication, leadership and team building skills. My time as a participant last year also influenced me to become a facilitator this year.”
Austin Noble, Kappa Sigma, Great Greek Weekend Facilitator
“The Health and Wellness programming provided through The Hunter White Health Advocate program aids the entire Greek community in practicing safe behavior and helps me encourage appropriate behavior within my chapter. Pi Beta Phi supports this effort to help keep our Greek Community safe, in an engaging and realistic way."
Brenna McGill, Pi Beta Phi President and past Hunter White Health Advocate
In addition to these valuable programs, the Greek Centennial Leadership Fund will support The Greek Heritage Park, a permanent space for the entire University community to enjoy. Groundbreaking for this park will occur during Homecoming Weekend.
The Greek community at UA is taking the lead to preserve important programs and provide a gathering space for future generations. As Brooke Serack, Panhellenic Council President said, “The Panhellenic Council has made this leadership gift because we believe in the promise of our Greek members and their impact on the Tucson community."
UA Greek Alumni are also committed to giving back in recognition of the benefits they received through their Greek involvement, including 100th Anniversary Honorary co-chairs Geraldo Rivera (Tau Delta Phi), Greg Kinnear (Alpha Tau Omega), and Alex Flanagan (Gamma Phi Beta).
With the start of the next 100 years of Greek Life at UA, current fraternity and sorority members are leaving a legacy for future members and all of UA.
Homecoming Greek Events:
Thursday, October 22: Greek Block Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, First Street, between Highland and Cherry
Students and alumni welcome! Celebrate with the open houses, music and food trucks. Free Admission
Friday, October 23: Greek “White-Out TG", 5:30-8:30pm, UA Mall, East of Old Main
Join Honorary Co-Chairs, Geraldo Rivera and Alex Flanagan for cocktails and dinner on the mall to celebrate our extraordinary heritage and a century of friendship and inter-fraternal spirit. Wear white!
$65 per person – includes one drink ticket, heavy hors d’oeuvre’s dinner and no host bar
Saturday, October 24: Greek “Pre-Game” Tailgate Party, UA Mall, East of Old Main (Time dependent on television schedule, four hours before game time)
Meet-up with friends before the game and show your Bear Down spirit!
Free Admission, no-host bar and food trucks.
Greek Heritage Park Groundbreaking: First Street & Cherry
Groundbreaking celebration for this permanent gift to the University. Details coming soon!
Chapter hosted events:
The UA Homecoming event calendar lists all the individual chapters and alumni group events at http://uagreek100.com
Greek Legacy Endowment – Gifts
(As of 8.1.15)
The following sororities donated separately and are all members of Panhellenic; Total gifts to date from these chapters is $60,187
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Delta Chi Lambda
Alpha Phi Gamma
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Pi Beta Phi