This Friday marks the beginning of one of my favorite weekends here at Rensselaer: Reunion & Homecoming. This weekend, over a thousand alumni will be coming back to campus to reconnect with classmates, explore campus, and get a glimpse of what RPI is like today. This weekend is a fantastic opportunity to get to know a little more about RPI’s history and gain perspective on how the university has excelled and changed throughout the years. There are so many fun and interesting events going on all weekend, and many of them are open to the general student population. Attending these events is a great way to reach out to the alumni community, learn more about traditions and history, network with graduates of Rensselaer, and show your school spirit.
On Friday, make sure to attend the President’s State of the Institute, from 2–4 pm in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, where President Shirley Ann Jackson will be sharing updates on the progress of The Rensselaer Plan. Then, make sure to stop by the Rensselaer Society of Engineers House from 6–8 pm for the Greek ChowderFest to see which Rensselaer greek chapter makes the best chowder. On Saturday morning, head over to the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center to see the IBM Watson Challenge. This fantastic event will be a discussion and Jeopardy! game led by David Ferrucci ’94, the lead scientist on the IBM Watson project. From 11 am–3 pm, make sure to check out FanFest, a carnival midway with food, games, music, and more located at the East Campus Athletic Village. Come and show your school spirit by cheering on the RPI Engineers at the football game against St. Lawerence University at 1 pm. From 4–5:30 pm, the Class of 2010 Green Roof Dedication will be held on the South Patio at the Rensselaer Union. From 5:30–7 pm, you can attend the Retirement Reception for Rick Hartt ’70, our recently retired director of the Union, held at EMPAC’s Evelyn’s Café. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all his hard work and dedication to the Rensselaer Union and the university. While there, make sure to also attend the Retirement Reception for Eddie Ade Knowles, recently retired vice president for Student Life. Come celebrate his passion for students and great contributions to Student Life and the Institute. End the evening with the Portland Taiko Asian American Drum Performance which will be held in the EMPAC Concert Hall.
All of the above events are open to students and are great opportunities to learn more about the Institute and connect with Rensselaer graduates. Reach out to the alumni that visit this weekend and ask to hear their stories about their experience here at RPI. They will have so much knowledge to share, and each individual will have an exciting tale about how Rensselaer has affected their life. Keep in mind, although alumni are enthusiastic about sharing their stories, they also love hearing about your student experience. This weekend, don’t be afraid to talk about the clubs and organizations you participate in or the classes you’re currently taking. You never know when you may meet an alumnus who has a degree in your major, took a class you’ve taken, or was even part of the same organization. Take an opportunity to enjoy the events this weekend, reconnect with graduates, and discover more about the rich history here at Rensselaer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and enjoys this weekend’s Reunion & Homecoming festivities. If you have any questions about the Union or the Executive Board feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.