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Benefits of Participation

Many professional skill sets desired by employers develop through involvement in co-curricular participation and engagement in high-impact practices such as internships and off-campus study. Being active outside of the classroom exposes you to the responsibilities and opportunities that allow for practice with real life experiences. There are several traits, skills and experiences that student involvement can help foster. Here's an example of how participating in Greek Life or student clubs can help.

Common Skills and Traits Developed Through Participation

Greek Life/Clubs
  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Delegation
  • Relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Self-confidence
  • Accepts responsibility
  • Facilitation
  • Event management
  • Budgeting

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Example Duties and Experiences that Develop Skills

Greek Life/Clubs
  • Facilitate group meetings
  • Plan and manage events
  • Design and manage a budget
  • Recruit members
  • Communicate with campus and local community members
  • Market events
  • Design materials
  • Write proposals
  • Attend leadership conferences and trainings
  • Work with various philanthropic organizations

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Recognition for Involvement

In order to be recognized for their involvement, students will need to complete the following steps:

  • Meet at least once with an Involvement Coach.
  • Participate in at least one distinct activity within each involvement area (Meaningful, Occupational, Recreational and Experiential) to complete their Involvement Map over their four years at C of I. 
  • Participate in at least one of the service opportunities provided by the MORE Program. Check the "Things To-Do" tab for service opportunities. 
  • Request a co-curricular transcript from the Office of Student Involvement and submit a short essay to reflect on the value of connecting with various facets of campus and how that exploration could contribute to future self-awareness and/or leadership qualities.

Students who fulfill the above criteria will be recognized at the annual Awards Banquet and will receive graduation cords. Graduation stoles can be earned with a comprehensively completed map. 

Co-curricular transcripts include the following information:

  • Participation on college athletic teams.
  • Service as an officer in campus clubs and organizations.
  • Campus leadership positions (ASCI, Program Council, etc.).
  • Debate and Model United Nations.