Virginia Tech – Theta Delta Chapter – Senior Tau
Virginia Tech - Theta Delta
13 May by Aidan Wente
Riley Clark rushed Alpha Tau Omega in the spring of 2016 as a member of the gamma pledge class. He was uncertain about joining a fraternity, but the brothers he met at the Greek showcase showed him that ATO was something different: it was an organization full of men who wanted to better those around them to a point of undeniable success and to change the stigma of what it meant to be a fraternity man. Riley’s favorite ATO memory is accepting the award for best Greek philanthropy at Virginia Tech for the 2017-2018 school year. That year, he and his co-philanthropy chair Bill Norris put on a philanthropy event that increased the amount of money raised by 400% from the year before. Riley feels he contributed most to the fraternity by holding the position of internal philanthropy chair along with Bill for two consecutive years. Together they started a partnership with the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and formed a tremendous friendship with Laura Beth Weaver, their main source of contact. Over two years they raised over $30,000 to donate directly to the women’s center after the chapter had only raised $3000 previously. Riley says he will forever cherish the moments where he got to help Laura and those at the women’s center. Riley said this about what legacy he would like to leave in Blacksburg: “I would like to think my legacy is one of respect and admiration. I always strive to be a brother that the founding fathers are proud of and would support as well as one that the younger and newer members of the brotherhood would look up to. It gives me pride when I hear people around the chapter saying that they look up to me because of the way I carry myself and do things they way they should be done.” Riley will be attending the school of continuing studies at Georgetown University in the fall to pursue a Masters of professional studies in cybersecurity and risk management. The chapter looks forward to seeing all that Riley will accomplish in the future and will miss his everyday presence around Blacksburg.