Student Life Column

Student Life encourages communication with new column

Welcome to the new Student Life weekly column. Our goal with a weekly article is to keep the student body up to date and informed about what is happening in our division. To kick off our first article, we would like to tell you a little bit about “Pathways.”

Have you noticed RPI staff in the Commons Dining Hall, Rensselaer Union, East Campus Athletic Village, or Jazzman Café wearing buttons that say, “Student Life Pathways—Just ask?” These staff members work in the Division of Student Life, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays are doing outreach to the student body. The purpose of the Pathways Program is to provide information, help, and support to any student who asks.

There are several upcoming events that we are going to attend as Pathways representatives. For example, on Wednesday, April 25, from 2–3:30 pm in the Russell Sage courtyard, Sodexo is offering free hamburgers, hot dogs, and a drink to anyone passing through. Tim MacTurk (Hospitality Services), Todd Schill (Residential Education), Jim Knowlton (Athletics), and Tim Sams (Student Life) will be doing the cooking. Come join us or just stop by to say hello. For details, please visit the Residential Education website at to view the complete Pathways schedule. We hope to see you soon—and remember, “Just Ask!”

Lastly, we are recruiting participants to serve on focus groups for each office within the Student Life division. If you are interested in participating and providing feedback, please contact by April 16 to let us know which office you are interested in working with. The choices are: Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, Department of Athletics, Dean of Students Office, Center for Career and Professional Development, Office of the Student Experience, Health Services, Registrar, Residential Education, and the Rensselaer Union.

These efforts are designed to open the lines of communication and allow us to better support you, our students. We hope you take the opportunity to read our weekly column, visit us at a Pathways site, or join a one of our focus groups.

P.S. Advice for the week: Make a calendar of all the tests, quizzes, and projects you have left for the semester so you can start preparing. Need help with this? E-mail us at