Funds for Players, RMA, and UC approved

Volunteers sought for Union Website Committee, successful weekend for sports teams

Hey RPI!

I hope that you have survived the storm of projects, tests, and career planning which hit last week. Try to catch up on sleep if you can while the workload is light! I would like to thank the members of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for all their hard work in putting together the career fair last weekend. It is awesome that students organize and put on such an important and complex event each year for the student body. I hope that everyone is well on their way to receiving a job offer from one of the many great companies who attended the career fair. For those of you who have interviews lined up within the next few weeks, take advantage of the Center for Career and Professional Development and practice, practice, practice! There is no better way to calm your nerves than to work with the professionals at the CCPD. Get their advice and opinion on common interview questions, how to dress, and what to write in a follow-up email to assure your success. If you don’t have an interview lined up, keep reaching out to companies that grabbed your interest or inspired you in some way. You never know how much of an impact one email can make.

This was an exciting weekend across campus and down in Troy. Many of our clubs and organizations performed on Friday during Troy Night Out, which occurs on the last Friday of every month. I hope you were able to make your way down the hill to enjoy the festivities! We also had a huge crowd at the RPI vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute football game on Saturday. I would like to congratulate the RPI men’s football team on their win over WPI with a final score of 27-6, earning back the Transit Trophy. I hope that everyone enjoyed the Pack the House event and continues to support the football team through the rest of their season. Also in athletics this weekend, RPI women’s soccer defeated Mount Holyoke College and the University of Rochester, RPI men’s soccer tied Williams College 1-1, RPI field hockey defeated Union College and the State University of New York at Geneseo, and RPI women’s hockey was victorious in their first game of the season against the Ottowa Jr. Senators. So congratulations to all of our teams on a successful weekend! This coming weekend, RPI men’s hockey begins their season with an exhibition game against the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday at 7 pm. Be sure to come out and support them in their first game!

In Executive Board news, last week we spoke with the RPI Players, the Rensselaer Music Association, and the Undergraduate Council. The Executive Board approved the RPI Players to have more flexibility with their reception fund, being able to use it to support the weekly work parties they host to prepare for their performances. The Rensselaer Music Association was approved in their proposal to purchase computing equipment to allow them to store their recorded music and keep accurate records for the future. They also reported to the Executive Board that they have a record number of freshmen attending rehearsals and will be coming back soon to talk about new instruments to support the growing population of musicians here at RPI. The Undergraduate Council was approved funding to purchase training supplies for their council members, proving that the UC is here to stay and working hard to make improvements. Executive Board meetings are held on Thursdays from 8:30–10:30 pm in the Shelnutt Gallery on the top floor of the Union. Meetings are open, so if you are ever curious as to what we do or how your money is being spent, please stop by!

Finally, I am looking for volunteers to serve on the Union Website Committee. This group will be dedicated to collecting content for the new Union website, finalizing its design, and organizing focus groups to receive student feedback on our work. If you are interested, please shoot me an email at As always, if you ever have any questions about the Union and what we do, feel free to stop by my office hours, which are on Wednesdays from 8:30–11:30 pm.

Have a great week!