This story has been updated to reflect a new location for the groundbreaking ceremony. The event will now take place in Thompson Student Union Room 2582.
The University of Toledo will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at 1 p.m. Friday, July 23, for the new National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza.
The plaza, to be located near Horton International House, will feature a semicircle of nine benches and monuments recognizing each of the nine organizations that comprise NPHC. There also will be a reservable amphitheater for outdoor events.
“This project is important because it gives our NHPC organizations, their members and their alumni physical representation on campus,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “Our Greek students and the University administration have come together to create this space and recognize the great work that NHPC members do on this campus and in our community.”
The free, public event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2582 with remarks from UToledo President Gregory Postel.
“This space will be for our NPHC-affiliated students to feel united,” NHPC President Taijah Hamil said. “It’s a place to call our home and create awareness that Black excellence exists.”
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body for the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities at UToledo. The council promotes unity among the nine organizations and encourages leadership development, scholarship and lifelong service.
Work on the plaza is expected to begin before the start of classes and be completed during fall semester.