PU introduces new Executive Board for fall

Hello all! It is with great excitement that I present to you members of next year’s Union Executive Board, as confirmed by the Student Senate on Monday night. Joe Grimaldi will be the graduate class representative, and the Class of 2013 representative is Courtney Lang. The Class of 2014 representative will be Harish Lall, and Erica Hutchins will serve as the Class of 2015 representative. Confirmed as the five club/intercollegiate athletics representatives are James Petranik ’13, Allison Feldman ’14, Nikki Gallant ’13, Craig Bennett ’14, and Erin Amarello ’15. The first member-at-large will be James Buchwald ’14, and the new Senate/Executive Board liaison will be Gretchen Sileo ’14.

These 11 appointments leave four spots open on the Board. The Undergraduate Council and Graduate Council representatives will be determined in the near future by those respective bodies. The Class of 2016 representative and second member-at-large positions will be filled in the fall. I want to thank all those who submitted applications for a position on the Board. This year’s application process was rigorous, with 42 well-qualified candidates vying for 13 positions. I conducted over 30 interviews over the course of four days last week, and I am confident that the new members will do a great job representing the student body next year. Whether you were selected or not, I encourage all students to get involved in one of the five Executive Board committees. These groups focus on specific aspects of services and programs we provide here under the Union and are always looking for new members to get involved. You can find a list of committee descriptions here:

At the final business meeting of the semester last Thursday, the Executive Board was extremely busy, with many different groups and organizations presenting to students. The Uncontested Step Team was approved as a Union-recognized club, with the purpose of “teaching steps and bringing about awareness of the culture surrounding the art of stepping, an ancient form of communication used in many African cultures.” Changes to club constitutions were approved for the Rensselaer Music Association and the Rensselaer Chemistry Society. The Rensselyrics were approved to conduct a CD sale fundraising event, and an emergency repair to one of RPI Crew’s boats was also approved. Club business will resume again in the fall, so stay tuned for more Executive Board updates.

Finally, I would like to highlight the recent achievements of Union clubs and athletic teams. The RPI Players put on a production of The Drowsy Chaperone, drawing large crowds at almost all of the six shows over the last two weekends. RPI Ultimate had a great showing at the Metro East D-III Regional Championships, with the men’s team earning the right to attend D-III Nationals! The women’s varsity lacrosse team defeated William Smith 16-7 to become the Liberty League Tournament Champions, advancing to the NCAA Tournament where it faces Messiah College this afternoon at 3 pm in Grantham, Penn.

As always, if you have any questions related to the Union Executive Board or student activities, or know of clubs who deserved to be recognized for their achievements, please e-mail me at A happy finals week to all!