Greek Village Ground Breaking Ceremony
Everyone is invited to join us in breaking ground for our new Greek Village at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Students apart of Greek life at the University of Central Arkansas gathered at Estes Stadium on campus in Conway, Ark., on Thursday, April 17, 2014 for the annual All Greek Photo. Photo courtesy of: facebook.com/UCAGreeks
UCA GREEKS TO GET NEW HOUSING
Plans for developing village over summer
Sororities at University of Central Arkansas will gain new housing opportunities in fall of 2015 to better accomadate the growing Greek population by being awarded a $13.8 million bond.
- The Greek community has worked to build this village for 10 years. They started working on locations and initial ideas in 2004, with the original location to be on Western Avenue.
- In 2010, the proposed location was changed to the corner of Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road. This was met with backlash from community members who did not want to see the nature reserve demolished.
- The plans became a reality when UCA’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided to grant a $12 million bond in September of 2013. The plan was to build five sorority houses and be able to house approximately 125 students.
- In October of 2013, the Board of Trustees voted to raise the number of students the Greek Village could have. Each house would now be able to house 32 students as opposed to 22. This, however, raised the cost to $13.8 million.
- The groundbreaking is set for Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of College avenue and Donaghey avenue. Construction is set to start in mid May with expectations to be finished in mid-July of 2015.
With housing continuing to be an issue due to increased enrollment, Greek Village will ease some of the concerns students, parents, faculty and staff have over not having enough housing. Greek Village will open up approximately 160 beds in the non-Greek housing community meaning students will have more options on which dorm or apartment they live in on UCA’s campus.
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The sign at the future home of the University of Central Arkansas Greek Village. Groundbreaking will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Conway, Ark., with construction set to begin in mid-May. Photo courtesy of uca.edu/gogreek
The artist rendering design for the National Panhellenic Council and Community Center in the University of Central Arkansas Greek Village in Conway, Ark., set to open in mid-July 2015. Rendering courtesy of uca.edu/gogreek
Hear what people have to say about the Greek Village
- “We are going to have five houses 32 bed homes for sororities to be able to meet, to be able to live, to have a lot of love and sisterhood.” said Lindsey Osborne, assistant director of Student Life and Panhellenic & IGC advisor.
- "The Village is a move in a positive, upward direction for UCA, I think. Greek life has a long history in higher education, but this is going to set us apart," said Wendy Holbrook, associate dean of Student Life. "We are going to change the look of our entire campus."
- "For us, it means we can strengthen our sisterhood, host exciting sorority events and have a home away from home and also a place for legacies to be made," said Caitlyn Trostel, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority president. "It’s going to promote positive interfraternal relations."
- "We are so excited because our chapter room is really small and crowded," said Lamyia Phillips, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. president. "It’s a community of not just NPHC greeks, but all greeks coming together. It gives us a place to bond with just greeks."
- “The biggest impact of building the Greek Village will really be shown through the building of sorority houses. Previously, we have all held our chapter meetings in chapter suites in Carmichael Hall. With the growth of women deciding to go Greek, we are being displaced to anywhere on campus that will fit the growing chapter sizes,” said Jordan Frederking, Panhellenic Council president. “Having sorority houses and new fraternity houses will increase the amount of students wanting to go Greek on our campus.”
Student Life Center
201 Donaghey Ave.
Student Center Suite 207
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-3137
The University of Central Arkansas is home to 22 Greek organizations. Greek life has been on campus for almost a century. Greek organizations make up about eight percent of UCA’s student population and tend to have higher GPAs than non-Greek students. Scholarship, leadership, brotherhood and sisterhood, community service, and social activities are all major parts of each organization. For more information, go to www.uca.edu/gogreek