Garuth Acharya isn’t the first person to hold his office, but the 22-year-old State College native said he hopes he helped pave the way for other young men who aim for the sky in bridging the gaps between Penn State’s fraternities and the communities they’re a part of.
“Across the country, you see many tenuous relationships between the Greek community and the town, but I can say at Penn State we’ve had good interactions between both,” Acharya said.
He’s the first to admit, it’s not all him. He’s just the latest guy in the position of Interfraternity Council Vice President for Community Outreach. The IFC, a representative body of Penn State’s social fraternities, created the position last year as a way to build relations among the fraternities, the town and other university communities.
Those initiatives include the Greek Sweep after homecoming, in which fraternity members cleaned up around town following the football game, as well as a meet-and-great luncheon between fraternity members and the town’s first responders.
Acharya is a Phi Gamma Delta brother and senior with a double major in nuclear and mechanical engineering, and minors in political science, history and Middle Eastern studies. He will graduate in May and anticipates employment at General Electric. Acharya spoke to the Centre Daily Times recently about fraternity-town relations, his IFC board position and tackling that job as a State College native.