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Student Leader of the Month

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Each month, the Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership honors one deserving student leader, selected from a nominated pool of undergraduates who are involved both in and outside of the classroom. Members of the Providence College community can submit a student leader nomination on the MyPC Portal​.

October 2017: Josef Riccio ‘18​

Majors: Art History/History

Hometown: Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Campus Involvement: Vice President of Science Fiction Club, Co-Runner of Interdenominational Bible Study, DJ for WDOM, Art History Department Research Assistant, Library Student Staff

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: When I work in the library, I work in the archives. I’ve been there for a while, so I know how things work which gives me the opportunity to help new student workers. I like leading by example, showing others how things work there, and seeing it make sense for them.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? I’ve learned a lot about how to improvise. Sometimes things don’t go exactly how they’re planned, and knowing how to adapt to situations is important.”​

What leader has influenced you the most at PC, and why/how? “When I was an underclassmen, my friend Patricia Krupinski '16 ran bible study. I learned a lot about leading in a practical sense from her; how to handle running meetings, how to write good questions for discussions, and how to re-direct conversations in order make discussions beneficial for members of the group.”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “I hope that I can pass the torch to the next group of leaders and teach them things that I know.” 

What are your post-graduation plans? I’m looking at graduate school programs right now in museum studies and library science. After that, I hope to work in a museum or in an archive. I got to go to the Smithsonian over the summer, and I’d love to be able to go back as a researcher.”

Favorite fictional leader: “King Theoden from Lord of the Rings. He’s a great motivational speaker. In the third movie, he gives a great speech before a battle and I listen to it before I go into my final exams because it makes me feel confident.”​

Favorite real life leader: “My cousin, Bobby Burke. His idea is to lead by example and never ask someone to do something that you yourself aren’t willing to do. I worked for his sign company during the summers between my freshmen and junior years, doing fabrication and installation of signs. There were days where I felt that I didn’t know what to do, and he always reassured me that we’d be able to get the work done well. I admire that kind of leadership, and formed my own philosophy on leadership from his guidance.”​

What’s your statement of purpose as a leader? “I’m a history major, and there are lessons to be learned from the past, but you don’t want to become mired in it. So keep moving forward.”

Congratulations, Josef, and best of luck to you!​


​​​​​​​Contac​t Us

The Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership
Providence College
​Slavin Center 106​​
Providence, RI 02918​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Phone: 401.865.1085​​
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm​

Leslie Heller​
Director​ ​​​​​

​Kayla Berrios '19G​
​Graduate Assistant​ ​​​​