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Greek organizations from across campus contribute to College of Business

Jun 01, 2017

Check_presentationFor fraternity members at Florida State University, the campaign for Legacy Hall, the future home for the College of Business, provided an opportunity to encourage the spirit of philanthropy campuswide and forge a solid relationship with the business school.

Representatives from six fraternities demonstrated that spirit last month when they presented College of Business Dean Michael Hartline with a check for $22,731. With this and two previous gifts, the fraternities fulfilled a $50,000 commitment they made two years ago to establish a team collaboration lab. The lab will be named for the host fraternities involved: Pi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Tau.

“All of us at the College of Business are so grateful for this very generous contribution,” Hartline said. “I’m also impressed all of the fraternities and sororities, regardless of which college they call home, understand the importance of Legacy Hall to the entire university community. I’m extremely proud of all of them and honored they chose the College of Business as a beneficiary.”

The check was presented by College of Business junior finance major Robert Hicks and senior economics major Dana Keller, co-directors of Line Dance: Showcase of the Arts, a major fundraising event sponsored by the fraternities and sororities and held at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center each spring.

“We take pride that every dollar goes to the FSU community,” Hicks said. “Anytime you can give back to an organization that has given so much to you is great, but what makes it exceptional for us is that we could give back for the benefit of our fellow Seminoles.”

Line Dance, the largest annual Greek-run philanthropic event at FSU is sponsored by the fraternities and sororities. During the event, members of 17 Panhellenic organizations vied in a choreographed competition, which drew more than 4,000 attendees. The event was the capstone of the fraternities’ and sororities’ fundraising efforts over the past year. In addition to garnering the sponsorship of 30 Tallahassee businesses, the organizations held a barbecue, a carnival, share-the-profit events with local restaurants, and sold T-shirts.

This year alone, the organizations raised more than they had expected -- $72,000 – and were able to distribute the proceeds among several FSU organizations, with the largest portion going to the College of Business. In addition to the most recent gift the organizations gave the College of Business, they made donations to the Collegiate Veterans Association, the Veterans Student Union, the Student Veterans Center and the Victim Advocate Program.

About Legacy Hall
Legacy Hall will be located in the heart of Tallahassee’s business and government communities near the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, the new gateway to the Florida State University campus, the start of Madison Mile, and the heart of the new Arena District. The building is expected to cost $84 million, with the state of Florida contributing half. Construction is estimated to begin in 2019.

About the FSU College of Business
Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet its reputation for excellence has helped it become one of the largest. Consistently ranked as a top business school by U.S. News & World Report, several of its programs rank among the nation’s Top 10. The College of Business is proud of its international reputation, as well as the individual attention faculty members give students who hail from around the world. Faculty members are recognized worldwide and serve as visiting professors and lecturers at other prestigious institutions. The college takes pride in its alumni, who are respected corporate leaders making their mark on the global marketplace.

By Barbara Ash





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