President of the union talks clubs, officer training

Hello RPI! Week four begins the onslaught of projects and first exams; best of luck to everyone. To highlight some upcoming events, make sure to stop by the National Society of Black Engineers/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Career Fair next weekend. Almost 200 companies will be making the journey to RPI in search of students to fill entry-level full-time positions as well as co-op and internship opportunities. Get those suits dry-cleaned and those resumés printed. And when you buy resumé paper, make sure to get it at the RPI Bookstore where your purchases go to support the Rensselaer Union budget! The Center for Career and Professional Development is hosting many different sessions to help prepare students for the fair, with topics varying from resumé preparation to interviewing skills to tips on navigating the floor and speaking with recruiters. Stop by their office on the second floor of the Darren Communications Center for more information!

In Executive Board news, last Wednesday’s meeting was again productive even though we did not see much business. We met with representatives from the Turkish Students Association and reviewed its budget for this current year. Pending a proper approval vote by their club’s membership, the E-Board will accept its new constitution and vote on their new budget. Next up on the agenda, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra became the newest Union-recognized club. Covering musical selections from a different era, ACJO brings a fresh sound to the Rensselaer Music Association, and I wish them the best in starting their new band. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Alyssa Balles ’13 ( As always, Executive Board meetings are open to the public and I encourage anyone who is interested to see how their activity fee is spent to attend (8 pm Wednesdays, Union Room 3606). As of writing this article, the agenda for tonight’s meeting has not been set, but I will provide a full recap in next week’s Poly.

If you are a club officer and your club travels outside of campus, please make sure to attend the Mandatory Travel Workshop being put together by the Union Admin Staff. It will be held today at 3 pm in Union 3602. Topics to be discussed include filing travel itineraries, requesting reimbursements for mileage/gas/tolls, and other similar topics. It is crucial that officers attend because there are many large changes to the Institute’s travel policy this year that everyone should be familiar with. I look forward to seeing you all there!

If you are in the Class of 2016, make sure to get out and vote on Thursday! This is a chance for you to have a voice in planning class events, deciding student issues on campus, and begin building your class legacy. You can vote from 9 am–5 pm in the Union West Lobby, and from 9 a –7 pm in the Commons Lobby. Looking towards the other side of student government, I have released the Executive Board Application for freshman students, which can be found here: If you are interested in student government, the Union, and how your activity fee is determined and ultimately spent, please apply today! Applications are due to me on Wednesday, September 26.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact me (, or stop by my office. My official office hours for this semester will be Wednesdays from 5–7 pm, but you can always stop in as long as I am there. See you next week!