The University of Rio Grande offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. Numerous activities that are recreational,  educational, and cultural are offered  throughout the academic year to accommodate the diverse interests of our students.

Student interests are the driving force behind planning campus activities. R.E.A.P. (Rio Event and Activity Planning) is comprised of students interested in enhancing the college experience and is responsible for planning most campus events. The group is open to all interested students.

Activities on campus consist of:

  • Welcome Back Weekend
  • Homecoming Weekend
  • Halloween Dance
  • Multicultural Events
  • Rio’s Got Talent
  • Family Day
  • Concerts
  • Comedians
  • Simulators

And so much more…….

The RedZone

The RedZone is Rio’s student recreation area. The RedZone is open to all students and features gaming systems, billiards, table tennis, a meeting room, movie theatre and much more! Individual rooms (including the Shelter House) can be reserved at the RedZone desk. A student ID is required for entry.

Want to reserve the RedZone for a private function? The RedZone is available outside of our regular operating hours. The cost is $75 for a 4-hour period and includes full use of the RedZone and a student staff member to assist with A/V and cleanup. Please contact Seth Lawrence to set up a reservation.

Location: Davis University Center First Floor

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am-12am; Friday – Sunday 4pm-12am

 

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 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 each semester. During this time, organizations will hold open events for all students.

Office: Rhodes Student Center 120B



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: Sally Boblitt s300716970@students.rio.edu

Office: Rhodes Student Center 120B

Student Judiciary Board

The Student Judiciary Board has the authority to conduct a formal hearing and levy sanctions in cases of appeal of sanctions for the violation of the Community Code.

Advisor: Seth Lawrence slawrence@rio.edu

Student Senate

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: Kaylynn Bell s300719310@students.rio.edu

Office: Rhodes Student Center 120A

Honor Societies

Lambda Nu

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: Courtney Parsons s300687303@students.rio.edu

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 alexandr@rio.edu

President: Kaylynn Bell s300719310@students.rio.edu

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: Steven Chapman s300695011@students.rio.edu

Psychology Club

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: Chad Duncan cduncan@rio.edu

President: Shannon Dalton s300748990@students.rio.edu

Social Work Student Council

The mission of the organization is to encourage scholastic achievement and service projects, to promote fellowship among social work students, and to advocate for student interests during their enrollment in the program.

Advisor: Paul Dovyak pdovyak@rio.edu

President: Heather Hasan s300608689@students.rio.edu

Extra-Curricular Organizations

 

    Bass Fishing Club

    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: Evan Bowman s300729474@students.rio.edu

    Grande Chorale

    Grande Chorale is one of the premiere musical ensembles on campus. The group performs primarily vocal jazz, with 8-12 vocalists and the Rio Combo of bass, drums, and piano. The group frequently tours within and outside the state of Ohio and performs for collegiate events. Membership is by audition only. Auditions occur in the late spring and early fall of each academic year.

    Advisor: Sarin Williams swilliams@rio.edu

    President:

    International Club

    With over 20 countries represented on our campus and two different study abroad opportunities, the International Club welcomes all students to participate in celebrating our diversity with cooking tutorials, dancing, crafting, and much more. Membership is open to any student of the University of Rio Grande with an interest in other cultures.

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    Jazz Ensemble

    The Rio Jazz Ensemble is made up of University students and community members. An audition is required to join the ensemble. The instrumentation of the Ensemble varies from semester to semester, and in addition to arrangements of classic jazz songs written especially for the ensemble, original compositions by the members are encouraged and performed. The focus of the combo is on musicianship and improvisation. The Jazz Ensemble performs in two to three concerts each year.

    Contact: Chris Kenney ckenney@rio.edu

    Student Alumni Association

    The members of the Student Alumni Association are students recognized as hardworking, reliable and outstanding campus leaders. These members work together to connect students of Rio Grande – past, present and future. SAA provides opportunities in service, leadership development, career development, student recruitment and social events consistent with this mission. Membership is open to all students of the University of Rio Grande.

    Advisor: Delyssa Edwards dedwards@rio.edu

    President:

    Student Programming Board

    The Student Programming Board is comprised of student leaders interested in enhancing the college experience by planning most campus events. SPB provides many activities that are recreational, educational and cultural throughout the academic year to accommodate the diverse interests of the students of Rio Grande. Membership is open to all students of the University of Rio Grande.

    Advisor: Seth Lawrence slawrence@rio.edu

    President:

    The Gaming Organization

    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: Bill Rogers wrogers@rio.edu

    President: Cody Ross s300718827@students.rio.edu

Community Organizations

Friends of the Davis Library

The mission of the Friends of the Davis Library is to enrich the cultural, social, and intellectual life of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College as well as the community-at-large. Its membership extends beyond the campus community and is open to anyone who is interested in helping the organization fulfill its goals.

Contact: Amy Wilson awilson@rio.edu

Masterworks Chorale

The Masterworks Chorale is a regional chorus comprised of 40-60 University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students and community members.  This group performs standard works from the choral repertoire, including larger works such as Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass (Mass No. 11 in D Minor) and smaller collections of pieces, like traditional spirituals and musical theater compilations.

Contact: Sarin Williams swilliams@rio.edu

Pep Band

This is strickly a volunteer group that performs at many home basketball games. No audition required. The Pep Band performs for the first time at the Bevo Francis Tournament weekend and then in the second semester games beginning in January. Most games are on weekends however some weekday events are scheduled. Shown here are some of the members participating in the annual Homecoming Parade.

Contact: Gary Stewart gstewart@rio.edu

Rock Ensemble

The Rio Rock Ensemble is a student ensemble consisting of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocalists and specializing in classic rock music. An audition is required. The ensemble will perform in two concerts on campus each year, in addition to performances off campus at area schools, fundraising benefits, and other community events.

Contact: Chris Kenney ckenney@rio.edu

Symphonic Band

The University of Rio Grande Symphonic Band consists of approximately 55-65 musicians that meet Thursday evenings 7-9 on the Fine and Performing Arts Stage. The group performs several concerts throughout the academic year including the New Student Orientation Program, annual Fall and Spring Concerts, Commencement Events as well as combining with area Community Bands for concerts. Concert programming includes many band classics, Broadway show tunes, music from movies, jazz and multicultural pieces. No audition is required for membership.

Contact: Gary Stewart gstewart@rio.edu

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