By STEPHEN AMAYA
Gary Pelletier is no stranger on campus. Ever since his freshman year Pelletier has always been actively involved with student life.
Due to his large amount of commitment, he recently was awarded with the title of “New Student Leader of the Year.”
Now as a senior, Pelletier is about to be graduating with a degree in business with two specializations in general and aviation management and a minor in psychology.
Pelletier has served three years as a member of Knights of the Round table, is a campus event coordinator for the Student Activities Board, a founding father and vice president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a student ambassador and tour guide for the Office of Admission, a founding executive member of Order of Omega, an active member of Best Buddies and a Resident Advisor for two years before becoming a Community Advisor this year.
“I’ve gotten to do incredible things by being involved, “ said Pelletier. “I’ve gotten to attend numerous events and conferences across America, network and meet very influential people during the Millennium Campus Network, learn from other student leaders and create change on campus for all students.”
Even with his busy daily schedule, he still manages to make the Dean’s List and be inducted into the Order of Omega, the national honors society for students involved in Greek Life.
Aside from being involved, he has also traveled abroad to Ireland and immersed himself in a different culture that helped him gain a new perspective.
“Traveling abroad opened up my horizons and I’m truly grateful for the experience,” said Pelletier. “I came back feeling new and improved; I had the time of my life.”
Pelletier is a Rocky Hill, Conn. native with an impressive service background. Prior to coming to college, he was involved with his local Fire and Rescue Department, where he still remains active today.
He has also traveled to third world countries to help the less fortunate. Pelletier continues to do community service throughout the semester with his fraternity brothers and other organizations that he is a part of.
“Being a founding father of my fraternity was truly a highlight for me,” said Pelletier. “I cemented a bond with friends whom I knew I would be there for me like brothers no matter what. It’s one of my proudest moments in college.”
Following graduation, Pelletier will attend graduate school in higher education administration in student affairs.
“Lynn will always be my home away from home. It’s where I learned to be a better leader, a stronger student, a brother, a friend, a grandpa and a part of a global community.”