Leadership lived: Colleen McMahon

Leadership lived: Colleen McMahon


My name is Colleen McMahon and I’m a senior
here at UIS studying business management, communication and international studies. I’m the current chapter president of Gamma
Phi Omega’s Captivating Chi Chapter. I’m the president of the UIS Greek Life Council. I am a peer mentor in the Capital Scholars
Honors Program. I’m a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International
Honor Society and I’m a member of the Organization of Latin American Students. Today, we put on a presentation about the
Dos and Don’ts of Greek Life for people that are interested in bringing new Greek organizations
to our campus and we wanted to make sure that they understood what goes into being a member
of Greek Life on this campus and being a member of a Greek organization in general. As the president of the Greek Affairs Board,
I’m in charge of making sure that the different Greek organizations here work together and
they get along and they follow the rules that the university has set for Greek Life organizations. As one of the 15 founders of Gamma Phi Omega
here at UIS, my role in this was to really bring together our sisters and to get this
organization ready for when we would start recruiting other people. So, we had to create those governing documents
and to create they type of events and things we wanted to do on this campus that would
create a legacy that other people would want to be a part of in the future. I love Gamma Phi Omega because it’s the support
network that I didn’t necessarily think I needed at first and I think a lot of people
can relate to this in that, we weren’t always interested in Greek Life, it wasn’t something
that we saw our self being a part of, but once we got to where we were interested, we
became members of it. It became a support network beyond our undergraduate
careers. After I graduate from UIS, I want to go to
graduate school and get my master’s in multicultural communication and I hope to work in higher
education. My like association with UIS is that I’ve
always had these experiences in leadership and I’ve grown as an individual in ways that
I would have never guessed before I came to college.

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