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Centennial Honor Roll Roots Greek History with Garden Dedication

April 24, 2014
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Matt Supple 301-314-7781

University Greeks celebrate 100 years of fraternity and sorority life with alumni celebration

Members of Alpha Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Kappa Tau hustle for the tug-of-war win during Greek Week 1994.  COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Like rubbing Testudo's nose or chanting the fight song after a big athletics win, fraternity and sorority life is a cherished part of the history and tradition of the University of Maryland. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, Maryland Greeks will congregate on Fraternity Row for the Greek Centennial Honor Roll and Garden Dedication to celebrate alumni who have made a salient impact on their chapters over the last century.

The Honor Roll and Dedication on April 27 will commemorate 100 years of brotherhood, sisterhood, leadership, service and scholarship, which has shaped Maryland's Greek community into the family it is today. 

Each chapter will honor one member for every ten years their chapter has been active on campus. More than 55 fraternities and sororities will lay bricks engraved with the names of their honorees in the new Centennial Honor Roll Garden at the top of the horseshoe on Fraternity Row. One of the honorees will speak at the event, in addition to UMD President Wallace Loh and Linda Clement, vice president for Student Affairs.

"The bricks symbolize the strength of the Greek community and the coming together of brothers and sisters to lay a path of excellence for others to follow," said Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Matt Supple, who will be the master of ceremonies for the dedication.

Greek life has evolved in its 100 years at Maryland, but what hasn't changed is its role in forging lifelong friendships, developing leadership skills and creating a second family wherever alums go, according to university officials.

For more information about the Centennial Honor Roll and Garden Dedication or to see a list of alumni who will attend, visit http://www.greek100.umd.edu/ or contact Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Matt Supple at msupple@umd.edu or Co-Chair of the Greek Centennial Alumni Advisory Group Dru Bagwell at dbagwell@umd.edu.