JOHNSON CITY (March 13, 2019) – Designs for a new space on campus honoring the significant contributions of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will be revealed at a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 22, at East Tennessee State University.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza will be located near Centennial Hall and will honor the accomplishments of the “Divine Nine” historically African-American fraternities and sororities that make up the NPHC. The proposed new outdoor gathering place for community engagement and programming will provide education about the history of the NPHC.
The National Pan-Hellenic Plaza will be an affinity space for relaxation, community events and new member presentations from NPHC organizations.
“More people will be exposed to who we are and what we stand for,” says Esmond Sparks, president of the NPHC at ETSU.
Beginning with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. in 1906, the NPHC grew to include nine organizations that boast members who have made profound impacts on their communities by producing skilled leaders who succeed academically and give back through service. The NPHC provides an opportunity for African-American leadership to thrive.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Theta Zeta chapter, became the first NPHC organization on ETSU’s Campus in 1971. Since then, ETSU has become home to seven of the nine organizations, with five currently active including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
The kickoff event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Brown Hall auditorium on Friday, March 22, and will mark the beginning of a fundraising campaign for the plaza. Community members, as well as past and present members of any NPHC organizations, are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to view the design plans for the plaza and meet members of ETSU’s NPHC who will share what this project means to them.