History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 111

111 M u lt i c u lt u r a l G r e e k Co u n c i l ( MGC ) The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) governs culturally-based fraternity and sorority chapters. Lambda Theta Phi became the first culturally-based organization on the UF campus in 1995. The MGC was founded at UF in 1999 by members of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority. MGC organizations formed in support of a wide variety of cultures, for example Latino, Asian, South Asian, and Multicultural. Today, MGC governs 14 culturally based organizations — 7 fraternities and 7 sororities. F l o r i d a B l u e K e y ( FBK ) Florida Blue Key (FBK) was founded as a student leadership fraternity tapping the “best and brightest” UF students in 1923 to host a Dad’s Day weekend of events. Dad’s Day events included attendance at a UF home football game. The Dad’s Day weekend events were successful and evolved into what is now called Homecoming. From 1924 on, all UF Homecoming events have been organized by FBK. In 1929, the first Annual Florida Blue Key Homecoming Banquet occurred. In 1935, FBK membership voted unanimously to not affiliate with the Blue Key National Honor Society — or any national organization. In 1936, FBK incorporated under Florida law. In 1943, Florida Blue Key activity suspended during WWII. UF enrollment dropped significantly as students left college to join the military. After the war in 1946, FBK was reactivated by ten members returning to UF to complete college. Other major milestones for the group include the first Black student elected to membership in 1970 and the first women elected to membership in 1974. In 2007, Florida Blue Key Alumni chapters were established in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa. Today, election to membership in FBK is highly sought by UF student leaders. In 2014 – 2015, there were nearly 200 active FBK UF student members and 6,200 FBK alumni. Per the FBK website, there are around 50 UF buildings named after FBK alumni. FBK continues to organize UF Homecoming events and other high profile campus-wide events. Depa rtment histor ies : student activities an d i nvolvement