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FALL 2017

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27 FALL 2017 D uring Homecoming, the University of Louis- ville's National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) celebrated a quarter of a century on campus. Often referred to as the Divine 9, NPHC is a collaborative organization of nine historically black international Greek-lettered fra- ternities and sororities. "It was intentional that we would have the Divine 9 here," said Michael Mardis, dean of students and vice provost of stu- dent affairs. "Our goal here at the university is student success, and one of the goals that I was charged with when hired was to create a vibrant campus life here at Uof L. Part of that vibrant campus life is creating those engagement oppor- tunities so that all students will have a greater opportunity to be successful." Over the years, Uof L has strived to support NPHC growth on campus. The strategic effort to enhance the council began in 2006, when a suite in Community Park was developed so that NPHC organizations could have a gathering place. In 2009, a committee outlined steps to address organizational sustainability to ensure future NPHC success on campus. In 2011, an official full-time coordinator position was approved. "We needed an organization that catered to African American student needs," said Terina Matthews, a 1993 Uof L graduate and Uof L NPHC alumna. "The NPHC council allows Greek orga- nizations to work more collaboratively." The Division of Student Affairs commem- orated the milestone with a variety of events during Homecoming 2017. The events included a stepshow, tailgating party and reception featur- ing nationally known speaker, Tish Norman. "The fact that the Divine 9 is on the Univer- sity of Louisville's campus is something beautiful to see," said Corey Thomas, NPHC president and member of Kappa Alpha Psi. "The university does indeed recognize us for who we are and what we do as a black body." The Divine 9 are Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta. THE DIVINE 9 CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT UOFL Zeta Phi Beta sorority member Alexis Murry performs at the 2017 NPHC Step Show. Members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity perform at the 2017 NPHC Step Show.

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