UCA’s interest in establishing a Greek Village began in 2004 when Tom Pilgreen, then the Director of Housing, presented a proposal for building Greek houses on Western Avenue. The following year, 2005, UCA Student Government Association President Max Carranza made it a major SGA goal for the development of Greek Village on the UCA campus.
UCA administrators and student Greek leaders made visits to four university campuses to research Greek village sites.
- Nine students and staff visited the campuses of Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo in October, 2005.
- Sixteen students and staff visited Middle Tennessee State University in November 2005.
- Eighteen students and staff visited West Georgia University in February 2011.
The purpose of these visits was to learn lessons about how to properly develop a Greek Village project. Several meetings were held after each visit to discuss Greek Village topics including construction, financing, policies, management, programming, staffing and security. More specifically -
- Eighteen students and staff met on October 28, 2005 to review information from the Ohio trip.
- Sixteen students and staff met on December 2, 2005 to review information from the Tennessee trip.
- Twenty seven students and staff met December 14, 2005 to make several recommendations regarding the development of UCA Greek Village.
- Finally, 16 students and staff met on March 3, 2011 to review information from the West Georgia trip.
These site visits and follow up meetings, that involved students and staff, have resulted in several recommendations related to the development of Greek Village. After many follow up meetings, the Division of Student Services hired a consultant to visit campus and assist with further project development in the fall 2011 semester. From November 9-10, 2011, Mari Ann Callais visited the UCA campus and met with various student, faculty, staff, and alumni stakeholders regarding the future of the Greek Village project. When her report is complete, UCA will utilize her recommendations to move forward with specific aspects of the Greek Village project.