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Sororities move into UCA's new Greek Village

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a special night for the University of Central Arkansas's Greek alumnae Friday night. The Greek Village, a project that's been in the works for more than 10 years finally opened its doors.

And these new buildings aren’t just increasing on-campus housing, the school says the new Greek housing will help with enrollment and recruitment.

To celebrate the opening of Greek Village, alumnae re-lived their college experience with a sleepover. 

Rebekah Fincher is one of the advisors in charge of the new homes. "All five sororities will have alumnae from 1950-all the way up until this century being here with us this weekend, celebrating the opening of these houses," said Fincher.

The five Panhellenic sororities that are receiving the new homes are Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Fincher explained that each year, sororities were growing to the point where space was a major issue.

“We outgrew our chapter suites, and we had to meet at local churches, libraries and different classrooms on campus,” said Fincher. “You just never knew where each meeting was going to be."

With donations from alumnae, each sorority has been able to decorate their own home in a unique way. Ashley Blaswell pledged Delta Zeta 13 years ago, and she is proud to give back to an organization that did a lot for her. 

 "All of the alumnae have really rallied together and taken ownership.”

Lindsey Shurley is the assistant director of Student Life, and she explained  that in the last couple of years the idea of having a Greek Village is a concept that's picked up momentum across the country. "We're excited to be a part of that and to have a model community for other campuses to get to see,” said Shurley. “Just like in the past ten years, we've been going to other campuses to see what they've done."