Meet October Gryphon of the Month and Head Gryphon Lacey Quinn!

Lacey Quinn has been a long time Gryphon and has done so many remarkable things in First Year Housing as well as Upperclassmen housing. She is currently the Head Gryphon of Taylor in a staff called the Village. I asked her a few questions I asked her so people could get to know her better:
What do you study as an Undergraduate? Marketing Major
What activities were/ are involved in? Marketing Club Pres., Lehigh Says NO MORE, Graphic Design for offices on campus
Any awards/accomplishments you have done: Lambda Mu Sigma Marketing Honors and Deans List
Why did you become a Head Gryphon? I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that has helped shape who I developed into while at Lehigh. I also enjoy having the opportunity to bring out the best in others.
What do you plan on doing after Lehigh: Taking care of business!! I’ll be working for BASF in their Professional Development Program (rotational) and traveling throughout the US
What advice would you give to current students about Lehigh? Don’t be afraid to change directions and take risks! There will always be people who want to put their 2 cents in on any decisions you might make, but remember- you know yourself better than anyone else does!
Lacey Quinn was awarded Gryphon of the month for October. Gryphon of the Month goes to a Gryphon who goes up and beyond to make his or her community as well as colleagues is the best it can be. Gryphons nominate who they believe deserves the award and the ORL staff makes the final decision.  This is what a fellow Gryphon had to say about Lacey:
“Lacey goes above and beyond as a gryphon. First of all she has already had a lot to deal with on our hall. There was a certain event last week with a resident that Lacey handled very professionally. Lacey ended up pulling an all nighted that night trying to help better the situation. She was just going to sleep as I was getting up. Lacey is so giving with her time and compassion, and our residents have even commented on how easy she is to talk to. Additionally we had a hall meeting last night to address a hall bulimia issue. Lacey ran the meeting so professionally and really showed how supportive she was of all the residents. After the meeting residents came to lacey’s room to talk about the issue, and I was just so impressed with how Lacey is able to so effortlessly make residents feel comfortable and at ease when talking about sticky topics and issues.
Lacey is a phenomenal gryphon, and I think that fact that we have built a small community in upperclassmen residents hall speaks volumes of Lacey’s giftedness.”
Thank you Lacey for being so awesome! Your hard work has not go unnoticed!

Meet the Head Gryphons: Anna D’Ginto

Head Gryphons are residential student staff leaders and role models for the entire Gryphon staff employed by the Office of Residence Life. They serve as peer educators to their residents and act as mentors to their Gryphon colleagues. They are encouraged to promote an educational environment to uphold and honor individual and community rights and responsibilities within the residence halls. What makes Head Gryphons so unique is their opportunity to learn early how to develop professional skills that can be used in the future. The 2014-2015 Head Gryphon staff range from juniors to second year graduate students and they all play an important role in the Gryphon Society. Each Head Gryphon wrote a bit about who they are, what they are involved in, and how to be a successful student at Lehigh University.

Here is the opportunity to get to know all the Head Gryphons in this series- Meet the Head Gryphons:

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Name: Anna D’Ginto

Class Year: 2016 (Current Junior)

Major: Double Major in Economics and Political Science, Minor in Business

Hi! My name is Anna D’Ginto, I am the Head Gryphon of Lower Cents this year. I have lived in the Centennials for three years (repreCENTS!); I was a resident of Emery House my first year at Lehigh, and was the Emery 3 Gryphon last year. I became a Gryphon because I wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference in the experiences of first-year students. I have also made many connections and friends through Gryphoning. The Gryphon role has challenged me in many ways and has enabled me to develop as a leader, student, and individual.

In addition to serving as a Gryphon, I am active in the Student Senate. I am the current vice president after previously serving as the Unity Committee chair freshman year and Secretary Sophomore year. As a student Senator, I have had the opportunity to improve my public speaking skills, get to know many wonderful students and administrators, and provide feedback on university wide initiatives. I am also a member of the Federal Reserve Challenge, University Committee on Discipline, and Brown and White Business staff.

I cannot believe I am already halfway through my time at Lehigh! Each of the activities that I have been involved with has shaped me as a person, and I look forward to the many memories that I will make during my remaining time here. If I had to give one piece of advice to current students, it would be to get involved and not be afraid to put yourself out there! You have a unique opportunity to supplement what you are learning in the classroom by joining any of the 150+ clubs and organizations that are offered at Lehigh. Once you join a club, stick with it and run for a leadership position! Also, if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help! Between Gryphons, professors, and Dean of Students staff members, there are so many people with the knowledge and resources to make your Lehigh experience positive!

Lehigh is an amazing place; there are so many unique people, opportunities, and resources at your disposal. I hope you maximize your time and take advantage of all that Lehigh has to offer!