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Students Celebrate Greek Life at RIC
RIC Greek life students with Program Coordinator Michael Giacalone, left to right: Alex Seubert, Jennifer Hook, Angie Achorn, Brittnie Helgerson, Melissa Choiniere, Giacalone, Katie Divers, Karissa Behan and Megan Fisk.
In celebrating Greek Week, Rhode Island College is highlighting how fraternity and sorority membership enhances a student’s college experience.
“Greek life gives students a sense of connection with each other and with the college,” said Mike Giacalone, program coordinator for Greek Life and Student Organizations. “Greek Week is a celebration of RIC Greek Life and of all our students do throughout the year to promote academic achievement, leadership, a commitment to community and fraternal spirit.”
All RIC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend two events today, April 16.
The Greek Olympics will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. at Weber Beach (the outside area next to Weber Hall) with a rain location of the RIC Recreation Center. This event is a good-natured sporting event in which fraternity and sorority members will compete against each other in a series of games.
Mr. & Mrs. Greek Week takes place from 7-9 p.m. in Gaige Hall, Room 100. This contest will crown one representative each from RIC’s fraternities and sororities as the king and queen of RIC Greek Life.
While this week’s events showcase the deep friendships and social experiences Greek life provides at RIC, throughout the year fraternity and sorority members are dedicated, Giacalone said, to a variety of activities that benefit the college and the local community.
“Some Greek events are social, but there are service events, and each chapter has a community-service requirement for membership,” Giacalone said. “When you ask our Greek students what their membership experience is about, they will talk about serving the community.”
Giacalone was hired in August 2013 to divide his time between advising student organizations and coordinating Greek life on campus. As Greek Life advisor, he oversees all chapter activities for about 150 students, ensures Greek students and chapters are adhering to academic and service requirements and advises RIC’s sorority council.
Promoting the benefits of Greek life on campus is part of RIC’s Strategic Plan-Vision 2015. RIC has active chapters of Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, Theta Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Omega Phi Beta and Kappa Delta Phi.
Giacalone has worked with RIC’s four sororities and two fraternities to increase Greek life presence at campus recruitment events. He also has worked to promote Greek life through social media channels.
Giacalone said benefits of Greek membership include developing leadership skills, building teamwork skills through holding offices within chapters and organizing and hosting social and community events.
Students also have the opportunity to attend several conferences. Giacalone accompanied nine students to a New England-based conference at Bridgewater State University last October and accompanied one student from each chapter to a conference in Pittsburgh last February.
Additionally, Greek life plans to host an executive board retreat for students who hold chapter offices this summer.
“The benefits of Greek life go beyond the undergraduate experience. Students are connected through organization alumni chapters and can meet people from all over the country even after they leave RIC,” Giacalone said.
For more information on Greek life at RIC, visit http://www.ric.edu/student_activities/greekLife.php.