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With its centennial celebration rapidly approaching, University of Arizona Greek Life knew it needed to make a major splash during Homecoming to signify such a momentous occasion.
That's where Geraldo Rivera enters the picture.
The TV journalist and UA alumnus recently donated $500,000 for the construction of the Greek Heritage Park to commemorate the heritage and collective achievements of UA Greek Life over the past century.
"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," said Rivera, a member of the Class of 1965, a Tau Delta Phi and 2015 Order of Omega Greek Hall of Fame Recipient.
The park, to be constructed near East First Street and North Cherry Avenue, will serve as a functional center in the heart of the Greek Village for chapter and community events, fund development and donor recognition. The space will honor more than 50,000 UA Greek alumni and the 90 organizations that have been a part of the UA Greek community since 1915.
The Greek Heritage Park will join the nearly 40 buildings and spaces throughout the UA campus that are named after Greek members.
Such buildings include the Bryant Bannister Tree Ring Building, named after Bannister, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The James E. Rogers College of Law is named after Rogers, also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
And the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building is named after Keating, a Kappa Sigma member.
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Other buildings include:
- The Dennis DeConcini Environment & Natural Resources Building, named after DeConcini, a member of Phi Delta Theta.
- Diamond's Children Hospital, named after Donald Diamond, a member of Zeta Beta Tau.
- The Eddie Lynch Pavilion, named after Lynch, a Sigma Chi member.
- The Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Building, named after Johnson, also a Sigma Chi.
- George Roundtree Hall, named after George Roundtree III, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon member.
- The Heather Henricks Lenkin Honors Student Center, named after Lenkin, a Pi Beta Phi member.
- Holsclaw Hall, named after Douglas S. Holsclaw, a Delta Chi member.
- The Louise Fulcar Marshall Building, named after Marshall, a member of Pi Beta Phi.
- The Eller College of Management, based in McClelland Hall, is named after Karl Eller, a Phi Gamma Delta member.
UA Greek Life is hosting a number other events during UA's Homecoming and in advance of the Oct. 24 football game against Washington State.
Events kick off with the Greek Block Party on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6-8 p.m., on Greek Row (First Street, between Highland and Cherry avenues). UA President Ann Weaver Hart and Melissa Vito, UA senior vice president and senior vice provost, will be in attendance, along with Geraldo and Erica Rivera.
On Friday, Oct. 23, Greek Life will host the "White-Out TG" from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the UA Mall. Rivera and NFL Network reporter (and UA alumna) Alex Flanagan will serve as honorary co-chairs. Admission is $65 per person.
Greek 100 Week culminates with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park on Friday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m.
UA Greek Life also will host an all-Greek pregame tailgate party on Saturday, Oct. 24, on the UA Mall. The festivities will begin four hours before game time.
For more information on the centennial celebration and these events, visit uagreek100.com.