Epsilon Eta provides development, community for students interested in conservation | New

Epsilon Eta is a coeducational fraternity for students of all majors who are interested in the environment and its conservation.

Beyond service opportunities, the fraternity strives to network for students and provide them with professional resources. Ren Rooney, co-chair and third-year environmental science student, shared the fellowship’s goals.

“We want to create a network within the school of students who are interested in [environmental] careers or just really interested in the environment and helping the environment,” Rooney said. “We also emphasize service and career preparation – things like career advice, course advice and helping people with those skills that will be really important in the industry.”

Many of their service events serve areas of Raleigh. They volunteer with the Carolina Tiger Rescue, Piedmont Wildlife CenterRocky Branch Creek, Educational farm in agroecology and NC State composting facility. They also do campus litter pick-ups, food drives, and fundraisers. Rooney explained what volunteering with these organizations can look like.

“[At the Carolina Tiger Rescue], we came in and helped them with maintenance type projects like working on the fences, working in the paddocks,” Rooney said. “We split into groups, and each helped out with a different project that needed to be done there.”

The fraternity also organizes events for the professional development of its members. These events include speakers from Career Development CenterCV workshops, LinkedIn workshops and speakers who work in environmental fields.

Corie Griebel, co-chair and fourth-year environmental science student, said the group also maintains a list of potential internships and jobs for its members.

“We keep a running list of jobs or internships related to careers in environmental fields,” Griebel said. “We also usually present slides at our general meetings that offer internship and job opportunities, or conferences and things like that that people can attend.”

Griebel and Rooney said the community within Epsilon Eta was their favorite aspect of the organization.

“We created a kickball team,” Rooney said. “And we are no good. But it’s really fun because it’s great to bond with everyone and not be very good at kickball.

The group builds community through things like Pool Battleship at Carmichael Gym and camping trips to Falls Lake or Lake Jordan.

Both Griebel and Rooney explained why they encourage students to get involved with the organization. Griebel said the band helped form new relationships and new friends.

“Connections are a big deal for me,” Griebel said. “I’ve met friends that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I joined a lot of organizations in college and I feel like this was the one that helped me connect deepest with people.

Rooney explained the professional and leadership opportunities the organization can provide.

“We have a lot of different leadership opportunities,” Rooney said. “Not just chairs, but we have our vice-chairs, our board, but we also have chair positions – so people who don’t necessarily want to be on the board but still want to s ‘involving in leadership also have these opportunities.’

Epsilon Eta will hold meetings of interest on August 30 and September 1 at 5 p.m. and September 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. Meeting locations vary. They will also be hosting peak events starting with a litter cleanup at Rocky Branch Creek on September 1 at 1 p.m.

Interested students must attend at least one meeting of interest and one urgent event before becoming a member.

Questions can be emailed to [email protected]. Follow Epsilon Eta through its instagram page.

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