Randolph-Macon prides itself on being a caring and compassionate community. Through
its dynamic Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences program (SERVE),
students celebrate the college’s tradition of service to others.
On February 14, 2013, the R-MC chapters of
Alpha Gamma Delta and
Phi Kappa Sigma held a One Billion Rising dance in the Alumni Gym.
This global campaign was held to raise awareness of the effects of sexual assault
and domestic violence. R-MC’s president of Alpha Gamma Delta, Elizabeth Plowman
’14, was inspired to coordinate the Randolph-Macon event after reading
a magazine article about One Billion Rising. Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Kappa Sigma
together decided to give the money earned at the event to Hanover Safe Place, a
non-profit organization that provides confidential services to persons experiencing
domestic or sexual violence in Hanover County and the Town of Ashland.
“Sexual assault and partner violence happen everywhere,” says Plowman, “and I wanted
to help make others more aware of this worldwide problem.”
More than 60 students attended the dance, which Alpha Gamma Delta Recruitment Chair
Chelsea Mason ’14 described as “a huge success. We are proud we
were able to put this together.”
Monique Sample, Alpha Gamma Delta staff advisor and the coordinator of
Student Life, is thrilled with the outcome of the event.
“I was happy to serve as the advisor to a group of students who decided to stand
up and demand an end to violence against women,” says Sample. “What better way to
show their love to women globally, on Valentine’s Day, than by dancing the night