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U.S. first Greek Life Center opens at UNT

U.S. first Greek Life Center opens at UNT

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U.S. first Greek Life Center opens at  UNT
August 28
18:40 2014

Christine Baker / Intern Writer

This semester, Greek students have a place to call their own in the Greek Life Center, the first of its kind in the nation.

Though the building opened in April, the official ribbon cutting for the Greek Life Center will be Nov. 8 at 3:30p.m to coincide with homecoming.

The building is located on the corner of Welch and Highland Streets and has programmable space for any of the school’s 40 Greek chapters or other student organizations to use.

“It gives the organizations on campus that don’t have houses a place to consider their own,” Jason Biggs, Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life, said. “UNT really made a very positive statement for the Greek community.”

The building cost $2.6 million and was funded by alumni donations. UNT has more than 10,000 self-identified Greek alumni.

“That is a significant representation of our alumni,” Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen McGuinness said. “We really want to connect with students and bring alumni back from national, regional and local chapters.”

Five percent of UNT students are a part of a Greek organization and the new building was built to grow and expand as Greek life grows on campus.

“My hope is that it becomes 10 percent of our student population, because of the level of impact it can have on one’s life in the academic world, brotherhood, sisterhood, leadership and service,” McGuinness said. “The Greek Life Center serves as a big step in showing the university’s commitment to Greek Life and toward students.”

Many chapters and councils have started holding meetings in the new facility. The center is partnering up with the Learning Center and Career Center for tutoring and resume building workshops to help with academic success. The first tutoring session will be Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

“I hope that it piques a curiosity, because the biggest hurdle is to introduce people to Greek Life,” Interfraternity Council President Christopher Nguyen said. “And showing that here it is different than at any other schools and showing how diverse it is and how everyone is able to find their home.”

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Featured Image: The exterior of the brand new greek life building which is located on Welch Street. The new building opened in the summer and serves as a dedicated location for UNT’s Greek community. Photo by Brian Owens – Intern Photographer

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