(l. to r.) Dustin Baellow '13, Mikhaila Calice '15,
Stephanie Bello '14
The Randolph-Macon College community experienced an outpouring of support after
the recent fire at Theta Chi fraternity house.
“The entire R-MC community was involved in the relief effort,” says Jayme Watkins,
coordinator of co-curricular programs. Watkinis also oversees the
SERVE (Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences) program. “The
fraternities and sororities
spearheaded the effort by offering Theta Chi brothers places to stay and by donating
Alpha Gamma Delta stored donations of clothing, shoes and office supplies at their
home, Sigma Alpha Epsilon held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser, and Phi
Kappa Sigma held a fundraiser at Sweet Frog yogurt shop to raise money for the Theta
Chi Relief Fund.
“Student organizations also set up tables in Estes Dining Hall to collect both physical
and monetary donations,” says Watkins. “Donations continued to come in for weeks
following the fire.”
Jared Bouis ’14, president of Theta Chi, says R-MC’s tight-knit
community was front and center immediately after the fire.
"We pride ourselves on our fraternity's main tenet, ‘a helping hand,’ but this time
it was the rest of the R-MC community that extended a helping hand to us in a time
of hardship, and we are eternally grateful,” he says.
Dustin Baellow ’13 was one of the students who collected donations
in Estes Dining Hall.
“It was amazing to see how the Randolph-Macon community came together for such an
important cause,” he says. “To see college students donate money, school supplies,
shoes, toiletries—and their time—to help Theta Chi brothers was extremely touching.”
“Randolph-Macon is an incredible community,” says James McGhee, assistant dean of
students. “The fire at Theta Chi was a tragedy, but the way that the members of
this special place rallied around the brothers to offer support was inspiring and
In 2011-12, R-MC students collectively amassed more than 10,000 volunteer hours.
Students in R-MC’s Fraternity and Sorority Life contributed more than 5,000 hours
of collective service to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated
35 school-supply baskets, and donated $9,388.74 to various organizations. In addition,
$30,000 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society from the annual Relay
for Life. The SERVE program, in the Office of
Student Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s
Leadership and Service