By Dave Cannon, ‘10

When the national Lambda Chi fraternity decided to revitalize its chapter at the University of Richmond, they turned to the Richmond College Student Government Association (RCSGA) for consultation. Mike Murray, '10, the outgoing RCSGA president, immediately took interest in helping the fraternity reestablish itself.

“I figured that my experience with Richmond College and the university administration could be of use,” said Murray, who is now a member of Lambda Chi. “A lot of their ideals match up with those of Richmond College.”

Murray, a senior majoring in business administration with a minor in leadership studies, has also been a member of the Residence Life Team, serving as a resident assistant since his sophomore year. His active participation in residence life and RCSGA has allowed Murray to create a dialogue between students and faculty.

"I really enjoy working with the students and understanding their diverse points of view,” said Murray. “As a student body representative, I found that the administration is very willing to listen to students' opinions and concerns."

Murray’s work representing Richmond students has also given him a greater appreciation of the university’s coordinate college system, which offers students the instructional and social benefits of gender-specific programming while allowing Richmond College and Westhampton College students to come together in a coeducational setting.

“The coordinate system really gets you thinking about your social role as a Richmond Man or Westhampton Woman,” said Murray. “It allows students to develop their own sense of self within their respective colleges while simultaneously encouraging cross-college interaction.”

The Richmond College Man is a model of excellence marked by integrity, altruism and a strong personal balance. Murray acknowledges that his four years in Richmond College have created meaningful, enduring connections inside an inclusive community.

"My involvement on campus has really blurred the line between the academic and social sides of the university,” said Murray. “It has helped me to see connections between each individual part of the UR community.”