The Green and White Society at SRU creates a bridge between students and alumni as they work together to encourage Rock pride. Examples of their work are providing spirit tables at sporting events, organizing activities for students and hosting an alumni speaker series.
“We work closely with alumni and try to keep them connected to [current] students, as well as trying to promote the traditions of Slippery Rock University,” club president and senior Pavels “Pasha” Avdejevs said.
Some of those traditions include saying hello to everyone on campus, singing the alma mater at games, rubbing a rock in the quad for good luck and wearing green and white on Fridays.
“I heard that back in the day, they used to spray people with water guns if they were seen wearing a different university’s shirt,” Avdejevs said.
Though Green and White Society is heavily involved with the football team, it is not the only sport they dedicate time to.
“For every sport we have, there is a spirit table,” Avdejevs said. “We have four to five members at a table, and everyone can come spin [a] wheel to win free Slippery Rock swag.”
They typically have an alumni tent at games as well.
One of the more notable events the club puts on is the school’s annual pep rally. They also sponsor the Haunting of North Hall event each Halloween. Last year, the group threw a party for SRU’s 133rd birthday.
“If you look at our calendar, we have something going on every single week,” Avdejevs said.
Members must apply and be approved to become part of the organization. Once accepted, they can join one of eight committees, each led by a chairperson. Committee topics include alumni relations, athletics, finance and external affairs.
“We try to get the best students and have the best representation of Slippery Rock,” Avdejevs said. “It’s an amazing club with amazing members.”