Student Engagement

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The Office of Student Engagement is a one-stop-shop for getting involved outside of the classroom. Our office can connect students with opportunities including student organizations, leadership development, campus events, and traditions. Joining in on the fun is easy at Rio, whether you are a singer, fisher, movie buff, gamer – or want to try these out for the first time.

Read more below to learn more about how to get involved on campus.

 

Greek Life

The University of Rio Grande has five active Greek organizations that focus on community service, friendship, and leadership. All Greek organizations are governed by the All Greek Council. All Greek Council is the governing body of social Greek organizations at Rio Grande. AGC sponsors and encourages activities and functions that promote the intellectual, cultural, and social development of individual fraternity and sorority members as expressed in the goals of the University of Rio Grande, which leads to the strengthening and improvement of the member organizations.

Interested in joining Greek Life? Rushing takes place during the first few weeks of each semester. During this time, organizations will hold open events for all students.

 

Alpha Chi Nu (Archon)

The purpose of the Fraternal Order of Archon shall be to foster and maintain a fraternal spirit among its members, to encourage scholastic achievement, and to inculcate those principles of truth, justice, chivalry and culture that contribute to the development of upstanding character. Membership is invitation-only and is open to all male students of the University of Rio Grande.

Advisor: David Brodeur

President: Holden Fritz

Alpha Mu Beta

The objectives of the Alpha Mu Beta sorority shall be to create a meaningful and long-lasting union among its members, stimulate all forms of scholastic achievement and cultivate an appreciation of the higher social and moral values in life. Membership is invitation-only and open to all female members of the University of Rio Grande.

Advisor: Renee DeLawder

President: Madalyn McCann

Chi Omega Alpha (Athena)

Chi Omega Alpha is the oldest existing sorority at the University of Rio Grande. The foundations of this sorority are built on sisterhood, leadership, and lifelong friendship. In their eyes no girl is an island, and sisterhood is forever. The members are dedicated and hard-working women who focus on community service projects throughout campus and the community. With philanthropy in Breast Cancer, it is the goal of Chi Omega Alpha to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research each year. You can see many of the Chi-O projects on their Instagram @chioatrio. Membership is invitation only and opens to all female members of the University of Rio Grande. Love in Athena.

Advisor: Patricia Schaeffer

President: Serenity Kirts

Delta Theta

The purpose of the Delta Theta sorority is to develop and maintain sisterhood among the women of the University of Rio Grande, to promote scholarship and to serve the campus and community of the University of Rio Grande. Membership is invitation-only and open to female students of the University of Rio Grande.

Advisor: Amy Weaver

President: Abby Eichmiller

Zeta Theta Chi

The purpose of Zeta Theta Chi is to support and promote better academic grades, to help improve the school, to maintain and promote the standards of the University of Rio Grande, and to encourage and develop sisterhood. Membership is invitation-only and open to any female student.

Advisor: Michelle Kennedy

President: Taisha Valenzuela

Student Government

 

All Greek Council

All Greek Council is the governing body of social Greek organizations at Rio Grande. AGC sponsors and encourages activities and functions that promote the intellectual, cultural and social development of individual fraternity and sorority members as expressed in the goals of the University of Rio Grande, which leads to the strengthening and improvement of the member organizations.

Advisor: Seth Lawrence slawrence@rio.edu

President: Kat Root kroot01@rio.edu

Student Senete

Student Senate works to assure proper representation is given to all students at Rio Grande. Consisting of representatives from each academic area, Senate meets regularly during the academic year to address issues facing campus. All meetings are open to current students.

Advisor: Seth Lawrence slawrence@rio.edu

President: Abby Wood awood01@rio.edu

Honor Societies

Lambda Nu
Description: Lambda Nu is a national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. The purpose of the Ohio Zeta Chapter is to foster academic scholarship, promote research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences, and recognize exemplary scholarship. Membership is limited to qualifying students.
Advisor: Chris Barker cbarker@rio.edu
President:

Phi Alpha Theta
The purpose of the Rio Grande Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta shall be to further the interest and development of history as a scholarly discipline at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and in the local community. Membership is open to any student who has completed 12 semester hours in history with a GPA of 3.0+ and have a 3.0 in two-thirds of their remaining credit hours.
Advisor: Scott Beekman sbeekman@rio.edu
President:

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Membership is invitation-only and limited to students who have completed at least 12 semester hours and who hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Advisor: Stephanie Alexander alexander@rio.edu
President:

Sigma Tau Delta
The English Honor Society shall strive to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature, provide cultural stimulation on campus and promote interest in literature and language, and serve society by fostering literacy. Membership is open to any student who has a minimum 3.0 GPA, has completed 3 semesters of college course work and 2 college courses in English beyond the requirement of freshman English (i.e. Composition and/or Reading & Writing).
Advisor: Laura Miller lauram@rio.edu
President:

Co-Curricular Organizations

American Marketing Association
The purpose of the University of Rio Grande American Marketing Association shall be to foster scientific study and research in the field of marketing. Membership is open to students of any major who are interested in marketing.
Advisor: Wesley Thoene wthoene@rio.edu
President:

Future Nurses Service Club
Description: The purpose of the Future Nurses Service Club is to encourage, promote, and build a greater understanding of the field of nursing throughout the student body, university and community. URG Future Nurses Service Club will host meetings, student activities, and community service work. Membership is open to students who aspire to be admitted to or are already enrolled in a nursing program.
Advisor: Michelle Young myoung@rio.edu
President:

Future Teachers of America
The purpose of Future Teachers of America is to promote education, advance high-quality professional standards for all future educators, as well as help, prepare them according to the Association for Education standards, and instill a commitment to ongoing professional development. Membership is open to any student interested in or enrolled in the education program.
Advisor: Sangeeta Gulati sgulati@rio.edu
President: Kiera Salmons ksalmons01@rio.edu

Medical Math and Science Club
Description: The organization exists to aid members with developing mathematical skills, to aid members interested in medical school, veterinary school, and other professional schools, and to provide a friendly forum for those with interests in math and science. Membership is open to any student with these interests.
Advisor: Dana Evans danae@rio.edu
President:

Psychology Club
Description: The mission of Psychology Club is to encourage, promote and build a greater understanding of the field of psychology throughout the student body, University, and community. Psychology Club frequently hosts meetings, student activities and community service work throughout the academic year. Membership is open to any students with an interest in psychology.
Advisor: Kristin Chamberlain kchamberlain@rio.edu
President: Jennifer Spencer jspencer01@rio.edu

Social Work Student Council
Description: The purpose of the Social Work Student Council is to provide a stimulant to scholastic achievement, become actively involved in voluntary social work, be a voice to the wants and needs of social work majors and promote fellowship among social work students.
Advisor: Paul Dovyak pdovyak@rio.edu
President:

University of Rio Grande Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society

Description: The Wildlife Society is a professional organization of wildlife professionals and students interested in conservation. Our organization’s mission is to inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation. The Wildlife Society enhances our members’ networking and learning opportunities, professional and career development, and provides numerous ways for them to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats.
Advisors: Wayne Rossiter wrossiter@rio.edu
President: Brady Saupe bsaupe01@rio.edu

 

Extra-Curricular Organizations

 

Bass Fishing Club
Description: The purpose of the Bass Fishing Club shall be to encourage camaraderie, sportsmanship, integrity, conservation, and development of the skills and knowledge needed to be successful anglers by competing with other schools in Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing, Fishing League Worldwide and Bass Anglers Sportsman Society fishing tournaments and other fishing tournaments on a local and regional basis. Membership is open to any student in good standing with the University of Rio Grande.
Advisor: Tom Sutton tsutton@rio.edu
President:

Rio Game Club
Description: The mission of the Rio Gaming Organization is to promote the expansion of the gaming community as well as the networking between gamers. Game genres include, but are not limited to console games, PC games, board games, card games, role-play games and miniatures. Membership is open to all students of the University of Rio Grande.
Advisor: Alex Gagucas agagucas@rio.edu
President: Traven Walker twalker01@rio.edu

Rio Grande Veterans Organizations
Description: Our mission is to serve as an advocate and comprehensive support apparatus for the Student Veteran and the Student Veteran families attending the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College by providing information, networking opportunities, and guidance to aid the Veterans’, their families and our non-traditional students’ intellectual and professional success. Membership is open to any full-time student who is either a veteran or a dependent, sibling, or spouse of a veteran or active duty member of the United States Armed Forces.
Advisor: Scott Beekman sbeekman@rio.edu

Community Organizations

Reach Out on Campus

Reach Out on Campus is a community of people who seek to glorify Jesus Christ. We desire to put a spotlight on Jesus through our words and actions in the Rio Grande community. ROC meets every Monday at 6pm in Bob Evans Farms Hall 111 – all are welcome to join.

Advisor: Noelle Mash noellemash@gmail.com

S.E.A.R.C.H.

Description: SEARCH stands for Seeking Every Answer and Response Christ Has. The group conducts weekly, non-denominational campus-wide Bible studies every Wednesday in Bob Evans Farms Hall 118 starting at 7:30pm. SEARCH also plans numerous activities throughout the year and are open to all.

Advisor: Dave Perry dg.perry55@gmail.com

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