Programs


Educational & Leadership Programs

Leaders Summit Fall 2019

How do I get involved?

Membership in a fraternity or sorority opens the door for a variety of involvement on the URI campus. Here are a few examples of the ways URI Greeks learn about leadership and educational opportunities.

  • CSV 302 – Peer Mentors. (3 credits) This course is designed to provide student mentors with the opportunity to learn, understand and apply the following: facilitation and engagement techniques, coaching techniques and confrontation skills, ethical decision making strategies, strategies for inclusive leadership, health and wellness competencies with and emphasis on college student risk issues. Apply to take CSV 302 (open to sophomores and higher)
  • HDF 416 – Personal and Organizational Leadership. (3 credits) Topics include leadership theory and style, experiential learning, peer mentoring, critical thinking, quality improvement, and organizational development. (Lec. 3) Elective for leadership minors. Prerequisite: HDF 290 or 190 and permission of instructor.
  • Greek 101 is a community-wide new member education program that all new members of URI fraternities and sororities attend. The program consists of a weekly series of workshops that address the following areas: team-building, mental health awareness, anti-hazing, substance abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, scholarship, and leadership. Each workshop consists of a general presentation, followed by small group breakout sessions. During these sessions, trained peer mentors facilitate discussion among the new member about the presentation topic.
  • Chapter Leadership positions are available in your organization from freshman-senior year. Contribute to your organization by running for a position, joining a committee or helping out at upcoming events. Some positions require more time commitment than others, so find what you feel most comfortable doing or challenge yourself by taking on a new opportunity 
  • Student Involvement provides URI students with over 100 clubs & organizations to get involved in. Nearly 25% of Greek Students are involved at least 1 other organization outside of their chapter. Don’t see an organization that meets your needs? Start your own new organization!

Greek Week

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What is Greek Week?

For over 75 years in the spring, URI Greek Life has hosted this longstanding tradition. Greek Week is defined by a series of athletic and entertainment events through which fraternities and sororities raise thousands of dollars each year for national and local charities.

Greek Week Schedule

Date Activity
Sunday April 3 Opening Day
Monday April 4 Greek Sing
Tuesday April 5 Fraternity Classic Hockey Tournament
Wednesday April 6 Mr. & Ms. Greek Week Pageant 
Thursday April 7 Chariot Race
Friday April 8 Lip Sync 

Questions about Greek Week? Contact our Programming Officers 

IFC Director of Programming: Mike Miscia & Panhellenic Vice President of Programming: Cassie Dwight

Philanthropy Week

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What is Philanthropy Week?

Philanthropy Week is an annual Greek Life tradition committed to raising funds that impact the local and global communities, supporting one of Greek Life’s Core Values – Service.

 

Philanthropy Week is an annual Greek Life tradition committed to raising funds that impact the local and global communities, supporting one of Greek Life’s Core Values – Service. Philanthropy Week combines a week of fun campus programming and competitive fundraising to bring the community together each November to support annually selected benefactor or multiple benefactors. Since 2016, Philanthropy Week also continues to fund the Greeks Give Back campaign to assist URI students, faculty or staff with emergency financial support. 
Fraternity & Sorority chapters are paired together during the week competing in various campus programming competitions to promote fundraising. Some of the past events include Ram’s Den Bingo, Powderpuff Football, Greeks Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, and most recently Alumni Bingo Night hosted by the Interfraternity Alumni Council. Pairings compete at these events to win points toward an overall competition, with event & fundraising recognition held during the final Philanthropy Week event.
While competing in fun programs and fundraising, chapters collect clothing, food, and toiletry items to donate to local shelters and food pantries including the Johnnycakes Center in Wakefield & Rhody Outpost. 
Here are the total amounts fundraised each year and the primary benefactors supported during Philanthropy Week. 
Fall 2019: $88,000 was raised this past year to support the local and global community through the mission of Turning Rhody Blue into Rhody Green. This year’s program focused on how to impact locally & globally while promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. Proceeds will help to beautify and maintain the global ocean spaces through research with the URI Plastics & Microplastics Research Initiative to continually greening the space of Fraternity Circle through the Tsagarakis Collegiate Capitol Fund. 
Fall 2018: $74,224 raised for Circle of Sisterhood Foundation and Sojourner House RI. Through the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, URI’s fundraising efforts completely funded the build of a school in Mali Africa! 
 
Fall 2017: $71,000 was raised for South County Habitat for Humanity. In the past 7 years, Greek Life raised over $670,000 for South County Habitat for Humanity.  Chapters were also paired together collected clothing, food, and toiletry items to donate to local shelters and food pantries.
Fall 2016: 
The Greek community engaged the campus as a whole and local charities by raising money, collecting food and toiletry items for South Providence Neighborhood Matters, and contributing hundreds of service hours through projects in the south county area.  Fraternities and sororities were paired together for the week and participated in a variety of events including Greek Sing, Jeopardy, Jailbreak, and Minute-To-Win-It.  Students raised over $17,000 for the inaugural Greeks Give Back campaign to assist URI students with emergency financial support. 
Fall 2015: In honor of Vice President Thomas Dougan’s retirement, the Greek Community proudly dedicated this year’s Philanthropy Week to the ‘Harry Amaral Scholarship fund’.  Together the Fraternities and Sororities of the URI community raised a total amount of over $20,250.  They additionally donated to the ‘Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions’ and ASSA Messer Elementary School in Central Fall RI to assist in funding books for students.
Fall 2014: Fraternities and Sororities raised money for Violet Graney & the Graney family, Liberty Street in Kingston, Rhody Outpost Food Pantry at URI, and the Jonnycake Center of Peacedale, RI.  The total amount of money raised was just over $70,000!  Greeks also donated food and toiletry items to the Rhody Outpost and participated in a Day of Service at several local sites in the South County area.

Alumni Engagement

It‘s not just 4 years, it‘s For Life

Membership in a fraternity or sorority is not just during your college years! Alumni Engagement is critical to the success of future generations with mentors and guidance from those that come before you.

Greek Affairs is fortunate to be supported by the Infraternity Alumni Council (IAC) that helps to engage alumni graduates from member organizations to continue their involvement past their collegiate years. Members of the IAC represent House Corporation Officers, Chapter Advisory Board Members or Members of their respective local chapter Alumni/Alumnae Association. The IAC meets quarterly to discuss current campus events and discuss developmental opportunities to ensure positive campus impact of Greek Life at URI

IAC Purpose
“To establish a common ground for the open discussion and action taking on all issues and subjects of vital importance to URI and the fraternity and sorority system; to work collectively to promote the Greek community at The University of Rhode Island.”

Officers
President – Jordan Albernaz, Sigma Phi Epsilon 
Vice President – Bob Marshall, Phi Gamma Delta
Treasurer – Phil Genereux, Sigma Chi 
Secretary – Tami Ackerman, Sigma Delta Tau
Member at Large – Amintha Cinotti, Sigma Kappa
Please outreach to an officer if you are interested in getting involved with the IAC 

Upcoming Alumni Events:
Check back for more information regarding  Alumni & Family Weekend this Fall. Details to come once the AFW 2022 Date has been announced.

Upcoming IAC Meeting:
Our Next Meeting is May 18, 2022, on campus & via Zoom. Email Jordan Albernaz for more information

Award Winners of the Greek Alumni Award of Distinction:

Susan Smith, Alpha Chi Omega, 2022
Scott Tsagarakis, Theta Delta Chi, 2020
Candace Brown, Delta Zeta, 2019 
Bruce Tavares, Phi Kappa Psi, 2018
Donna Sherman, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 2017
Ed Morrone, Theta Chi Fraternity, 2016
Bob Marshall, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 2015
Amintha Cinotti, Sigma Kappa Sorority, 2014
Chuck Harrington, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2013
Joan Lawson, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, 2012
Henry G. Caniglia, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 2011
Dr. John Boulmetis, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, 2010
Doug Bennet, Chi Phi Fraternity, 2009
Bill and Marian Bowers, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, 2008

Alums in the URI News
URI Greek Life presents 2014 Greek Alumni Award of Distinction to Newport resident: Congratulations to Amintha Cinotti!  

Scholarship

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Think Big, We Do

Greek Life provides it’s members with academic resources to support & celebrate them while in school and prepare for life after college.

Scholarship Reports

Fall Reports Spring Reports
Scholarship Report - Fall 2021Spring 2022 - Coming Summer 2022
Scholarship Report - Fall 2020Scholarship Report - Spring 2021
Scholarship Report - Fall 2019Scholarship Report - Spring 2020
Scholarship Report - Fall 2018Scholarship Report- Spring 2019
Scholarship Report - Fall 2017Scholarship Report - Spring 2018
Scholarship Report Fall 2016Scholarship Report - Spring 2017
Scholarship Report - Fall 2015Scholarship Report - Spring 2016
Scholarship Report - Fall 2014Scholarship Report - Spring 2015

The All Greek Semester GPA continues to rank above the All URI Semester GPA Year after year. We are proud of the scholastic achievements of our Greek members year after year

Order of Omega

Scholarship is one of the Core Values of Greek Life at URI.  Order of Omega supports this initiative serving as the Greek Honor Society.  Students may apply during their junior or senior year, must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be in good standing with their chapter, and show active involvement with the URI community and their organization.   URI is home to the Eta Gamma chapter, established April 14th, 1986.

2021-2022 Order of Omega Executive Board 

NameOfficer RoleChapter Affiliation
Mike MisciaPresidentPhi Kappa Psi
Maddy LoveVice PresidentSigma Kappa
Grace DonovanSecretaryChi Omega
Sofia DelPreteTreasurerDelta Phi Epsilon
Cat HallPhilanthropy Chair
Delta Phi Epsilon
Raegan DwyerScholarship ChairKappa Delta
Nikki LaskySocial Media ChairSigma Kappa

Questions? Email uri.orderofomega@gmail.com for more information or follow URI Order of Omega on Instgram at @orderofomegauri


Community Engagement

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Supporting those Around Us

Representing 22% of the URI campus, we have a large platform to work with our local community, developing positive working relationships with the communities of South Kingstown, Narragansett & South County. Here are just a few examples of community programs Greek Life has hosted over the last few years. 

  • Rhody’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party welcomes local families to Fraternity Circle for a safe, daytime Trick or Treat around our chapter houses in the month of October. Fraternities & Sororities partnered together to host Halloween activities at their chapter facilities, and families enjoyed an extra day in Halloween Costumes with their little ones. IFC & Panhellenic Council officers coordinated & marketed the event to the local community, and even got to collaborate on group Halloween Costumes.
  • Seas the Day a re-imagined Day at the Beach for Incoming Freshman to relax before the start of their first day of college. Greek Life sponsored safe transportation for First Year students to experience Narragansett Town Beach the day before Fall classes start, and get to interact with Greek Members while enjoying a day at one of the best beaches in New England. We would like to thank the Town of Narragansett in supporting this event and welcoming so many students into South County for a fun day at the beach. We are also thankful to mother nature for providing the perfect weather for Seas the Day 2019! 
  • Fraternity Circle Holiday Lighting hosts an annual holiday lighting spectacular around Fraternity Circle to welcome local community members for a walking tour and celebrate the holiday season. Chapter houses opened their doors for fun indoor activities like cookie decorating or holiday music dance parties. 

Inclusion & Understanding Task Force

Greek Life meets monthly with our Inclusion & Understanding Task Force as part of our Greek Advisory Committee to discuss progress and new initiatives related to Inclusion.

This committee is currently bringing the Diversity Dialogues program to all Fraternity & Sorority Chapters in Fall 2020. Chapter members are trained as facilitators with the Diversity Dialogues Program to help deliver education to their members. Diversity Dialogues is a program housed out of Community, Equity & Diversity

If you are interested in joining the Inclusion Task Force, please email Alison Burke

Health & Wellness

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Your Wellbeing is our Priority

    

Make your personal health & wellness a priority; your chapter, the Greek community & URI has numerous ways to help you.

Make Time for Play – there are lots of ways to stay active and relieve stress through numerous programs offered by Campus Recreation to support physical health & wellness. 

Mental Health is just as important as physical health. Learn more about ways to support your mental health as a member of the Greek community & college student. Through our core values of Leadership, we expect our chapters to keep up with good social, academic & financial matters to keep their members safe & healthy. Our Chapter Status pages covers the current standing of our Fraternities & Sororities.

Its OKAY to Ask for Help. Our Resources page has numerous links to support you during your time at URI and addressing any concerns you might have about yourself,  you roommate, a classmate, a friend or someone in your Greek organization.