Divine Nine & Cultural Greek Council Unity Plots on Memorial Walkway Description

While the counting for incentives, has ended, leadership gifts can still be made to be included on the permanent signage through December 31, 2019.  Incentive winners are listed below.

Thank you to everyone who made gifts so far!  The outpouring of support for this important project has been tremendous!

Fundraising is ongoing and funds raised over the goal will be placed in a fund to provide for ongoing upkeep of the Unity plots and/or to purchase items to be placed within the plots. 

What is NPHC?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Incorporated is composed of nine International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities.  The Council was established in 1930 at Howard University with the mission of “unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its members.”  

The Divine Nine represents nine organizations that came together in 1930. Initially they came together for social action and service. These organizations banned together to make a collective difference in the communities they were located!

What is CGC? 

Years later in the 90s and the new millennium Latinx organizations were formed for the same reasons. These organizations wanted to serve their communities and provide identity based leadership. At Millersville University the two groups have come together to form the Cultural Greek Council. Millersville University supports this unity and this community within the larger community. All students that attend here have a place and are valued.  The Cultural Greek Council represents organizations under the NPHC, National Cultural Greek Council, Inc. (NMGC), and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

What are Plots?

NPHC Plots are structures or physical spaces on campus designed to represent the organization with letters, symbols, or colors.  The earliest plots were established at Howard University in the 1920’s and can now be found on several college campuses throughout the country.  Today, plots represent an individual organization’s presence on campus, symbolically and physically.  Plots also serve as a gathering place for alumni and current students to come together, celebrate, meet, and reflect.

The idea of bringing plots to Millersville University has been discussed by students and alumni over the years, and the formal proposal to the University came from the Cultural Greek Council in spring 2018.  Millersville University will be the first predominantly white institution in the PASSHE system to have established plots on campus.  Cheyney University of Pennsylvania was not only the first institution to establish plots in the PASSHE system, but one of the first in the nation. 

You Asked and We Listened....

Based on feedback we have received from alumni from our Divine Nine and Cultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities, we have made some changes to the set up and fundraising goals of Millersville University’s Divine Nine & Cultural Greek Council Unity Plots project. 

The name moving forward will be The Divine Nine & Cultural Greek Council Unity Plots on Memorial Walkway. We wanted to address the cultural significance of the plots while also realizing that they are not in the same format at other institutions. The design allows everyone to unify in one spot as the Divine Nine and Cultural Greek Organizations gather on campus. It also provides a walkway that will display these important organizations to all of the campus community.

What will the Unity Plots on Memorial Walkway look like?

Twelve plots will be established on Millersville’s campus. The area will include a pedestrian walkway and each of the plots will represent the Cultural Greek Council organizations represented at Millersville University.  This area will honor the past generations of CGC alumni and the future current CGC students who have served Millersville University, the Lancaster community and their inter/national organizations.

The projected total cost of the project is $200,000. The Student Government Association has generously contributed $100,000 to match fundraising efforts in addition to the $50,000 already committed by the University to the project. We are asking our alumni to assist in closing the gap on the remaining $50,000 needed to make this project a reality.  We have set a $2,000 goal for each organization based on feedback we received from alumni; however, with twelve organizations, this will not get us all the way to goal for the construction on this project.  We will need everyone to exceed these goals in order for this effort to be successful. 

Fundraising Incentives for 13 Greek Organizations

  • Greek Organizations that raise $4,000 or more will receive a plaque on their plot and select the messaging within the size of the plaque.
    • Delta Sigma Theta
    • Alpha Phi Alpha
    • Kappa Alpha Psi
    • Omega Psi Phi
    • Zeta Phi Beta
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • The 2nd and 3rd place fundraising organizations (as of 11:59pm on 11/1/2019) will receive a 5th quarter VIP reception after the 2020 Homecoming Game.
    • Kappa Alpha Psi with $19,606.16 - Thank you!
    • Omega Psi Phi with $17,090.00 - Thank you!
  • The top fundraising Greek Organization (as of 11:59pm on 11/1/2019) will receive their own tailgate reception before the 2020 Homecoming Football Game.
    • Delta Sigma Theta with $28,058.86 - Thank you!
  • Any individual donor who gifts or pledges $1,500 or more will be considered a leadership donor and will be recognized by name on a plaque at the entrance to the pathway.  Please note that these pledges can be paid over up to three years.

Please help to support and enhance our Millersville University community by supporting this initiative.  Thank you!

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