Executive board updates budgets

Hello everyone! Again this week, I would like to highlight the National Society of Black Engineers/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Career Fair coming up on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Almost 200 companies will be making the journey to it in search of RPI students to fill entry-level full time positions as well as co-op and internship opportunities. The Center for Career and Professional Development is hosting many different sessions to help prepare students for the fair, with topics varying from resume preparation, interviewing skills, to tips on navigating the floor and speaking with recruiters. Stop by their office on the second floor of the Darrin Communication Center for more information! Next weekend is also Reunion & Homcoming Weekend. Make sure to check out the full list of events and activities available for students:

In Executive Board news, last Wednesday’s meeting saw a fair amount of business. The Turkish Student Association was approved with a budget for the current fiscal year, and the Embedded Hardware Club was given a revised budget given that they have recently acquired a lab space on campus. If you would like to get involved with either of these groups, contact Deniz Kortan ’14 ( for TurkSA or Asher Glick ’13 ( for Embedded Hardware Club. The E-Board also approved use of the McNeil Room on October 10 and 11 to host Student Forums to discuss the proposed refresh of The Rensselaer Plan. These Forums will be one of many chances students get to contribute towards the future of RPI. Any comments or suggestions can be forwarded to either me or to Grand Marshal Kevin Dai ’14. As always, Executive Board meetings are open to the public and I encourage anyone who is interested to see how their Student Activity Fee is spent to attend (8 pm, Shelnutt Gallery). 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.

Thank you to all club officers who attended the mandatory Financial and Travel Workshops that occurred over the last couple of weeks. We had great turnout amongst all of the sessions, which I think really speaks to the dedication of our club officers. If you weren’t able to attend, you can find most of the material covered in an interactive presentation on the Club Management System. As soon as you log on, click the link in the middle of the page titled Club Officer Training Guide. You can always talk with your Executive Board Rep or Student Activity Resource Person if you have any questions about this material.

Congratulations to all members of the Class of 2016 who were elected by their peers to positions within Student Government. I wish all of you the best as you strive to represent your fellow classmates and plan great events throughout the upcoming year. With that being said, I encourage all students new to RPI to apply to the Rensselaer Union Executive Board. This group of student leaders works with all of the clubs, organizations, and student activities found under the umbrella of the Rensselaer Union to promote student life on campus. E-Board representative gain hands-on budgeting experience by helping to manage the Union Budget, which this year is over $8.1 million. You can find the application here: I am extending the application deadline until Friday September 28. Please get those applications in! You can e-mail them to me at, or submit them to Michelle at the front desk in the Union Admin Office. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact me via e-mail, 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. Enjoy the rest of your week!