Not only is this weekend Columbus Day weekend, but it is also Alumni Reunion and Homecoming! Starting on Thursday, you might see alumni coming to your classes or touring campus. This weekend’s, events include the President’s State of the Institute Address, “Rensselaer in Space: Live from the International Space Station” with G. Reid Wiseman ’97, FanFest, an auto show, An Evening of A Cappella, Open Skate with Puckman, and dozens of club and Greek life receptions and dinners.
If you’re an alumnus, The Poly staff welcomes you back! We hope you enjoy walking around the campus and seeing old friends, no matter how long it’s been since your graduation. If you are a recent alumnus, meet up with your friends who are still at RPI; they probably miss you. Regardless of when you graduated, you’ll hopefully get a chance to visit some of your old organizations and admire their new spaces, projects, equipment, and more. Maybe a project that you were heavily involved with has taken off. Even if you graduated just last spring, there have been some changes—check out the road behind the Carnegie Building, and note how it has been repaired. If it’s been a while since you’ve graduated and haven’t been back recently, you’ll probably notice bigger changes. Regardless, this weekend should be an exciting time reuniting with old friends and seeing how your alma mater has changed.
If you are a current student and have plans to go home for the long weekend, there are many good reasons to stay. First of all, there is a variety of fun events to go to. Second, many alumni have connections that could provide useful to you in the future when you’re job-hunting. Alumni can be a great resource for information on career paths. They may also have suggestions about what extracurricular activities, research, or internships can help you reach your goals. Finally, some RPI alumni have done some pretty cool things. If you’re lucky, you might be able to meet some of them.
If you are not a first-year student, chances are you know people who have graduated—here’s your chance to see them again and catch up!