I would like to extend a warm welcome to all those at RPI! Whether you are returning for another semester or are here for the first time, I welcome you to campus. I hope this year will bring good memories and classes for us all. It is wonderful to see the faces of those whom you may not have seen all summer, back on RPI’s familiar campus.
As classes start up again, so do clubs and other activities! The activities fair, which is being held Thursday at 6:30 pm, is the perfect opportunity to visit the Union’s showcase of all the clubs on campus. There are many opportunities for both new and returning students to get involved.
You may have seen signs posted for the Activities Fair, which is something no student should miss. The activities fair is organized by the Union, and all recognized clubs are invited to attend. The Armory—the building connected to the Mueller Center for those who may not know—will be packed to the brim with clubs of all sorts.
At RPI, there is a club for almost anything one can imagine. For instance, the Flying Club, which offers ground school for students, has active pilots who fly almost every weekend, and many members of the club gather to discuss their love of flying. The Quidditch team was recently formed at RPI and has become immensely popular among students. Their games can be seen on the ’86 field now and then, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the snitch! In the basement of Davison Hall, the Model Railroad Club has their creation of the fictitious New England Berkshire & Western Railroad. The areas surrounding the railroad contain a very detailed rendering of historic Vermont and upstate New York. This is one of the largest model railroads around and has been in existence for more than 60 years. We have many clubs on campus with rich histories and active memberships which appeal to the varying interests of RPI students.
Many great clubs exist on campus, and the activities fair is the perfect place to get a taste of what the Union has to offer. So come to the activities fair tomorrow to see which clubs are attending and which will appeal to you. Feel free to give any interesting clubs your e-mail so you can attend a meeting in the future. Clubs are a great way to make friends who share similar interests or to learn something new. With the variety of clubs on campus, there are many opportunities to find a place where you will fit in and thrive.
I hope to see many of you tomorrow, and that you will stop by the Executive Board table to say hi or even to express interest!