If one were to step back and look at all that has happened on campus the past five years, it must seem like life at RPI is set to hyperspeed. We’ve completed the Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and this past weekend’s football game is the start to the East Campus Athletic Village. We’ve started and completed a capital campaign, brought about programs and initiatives that have received acclaim from around the world, and our student body has grown and excelled in quality and diversity; we’ve broken the bounds of what is conventional.
There have been differences and disagreement, but we should agree that the RPI of today is better than what it was. We’ve only come so far because we agree that working together is the only way to succeed. Discussion is a part of any healthy relationship, and that is what has happened and should continue to happen between Rensselaer’s students, faculty, and administrators. Doing so has helped Rensselaer, America’s oldest technological research university, strive to become America’s best technological research university.
Members of the Student Senate have been working together with their fellow students and the division of Student Life to finalize plans on the recently proposed Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students initiative; this collaboration will bring us together to complete an experience that will improve the student life experience of every student. Students have been invited to interview candidates for positions in residential commons areas, involved in providing feedback on key programs on this initiative, and updated on the progress of the CLASS initiative as it moves closer to implementation. As the Student Senate, we try to keep every student aware of information and changes, but we know that as we keep moving forward we sometimes forget about the communication pipeline. Let us know if you have questions, just ask, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and we’ll let you know what we know.
Are you interested in joining us and helping out? If you’re a freshman, run for the Student Senate! Elections will be held next week, so stop by the Student Government Suite in the Rensselaer Union, pick up a Guide to Student Government, fill out a candidacy form, and read the 2009 Freshman Elections Handbook. Collect nominations and campaign, but remember to read the handbook; you have to follow the rules.
If you aren’t a freshman and still want to lend a hand, attend a Student Senate meeting or attend one of the many committee meetings to bring your comments, questions, or concerns to our ears. The Senate meets every Tuesday at 4:30 pm in Union Room 3202, and it always has plenty of conversation, guest speakers, and legislative items that deal with life at RPI. Our committee meetings are held during most weeknights in the Union, and include areas of Academics, Community Relations, Finance and Facilities, Student Life, and Web Technologies. Did we pique your interest? Want more information? Find it at http://twitter.com/rpigm or http://studentsenate.rpi.edu/.
We’re doing extraordinary things here at RPI, what’s exciting is that we’re not done just yet.