Union clubs perform for returning alumni

CANstruction becomes Union funded club; Ski and Snowboard overnight trip approved

Hey RPI!

I hope that all of you enjoyed your long weekend. Whether you went home or stuck around for the Reunion & Homecoming festivities, it’s always good to get a little break! If you did stay around campus, I hope that you were able to attend some of the events that occurred all across campus throughout the weekend. Many of our Union clubs took advantage of the weekend to showcase their talent and hard work to students and alumni. All of our a cappella groups performed Saturday night alongside VoicePlay to put on an amazing show for all who attended. Formula SAE showed off their hard work during their Auto Show on Saturday with a demonstration of their own car. During FanFest, the main stage hosted a variety of student performances including Duly Noted, Partial Credit, the Rusty Pipes, Rensselyrics, RPIgnite, and the Jazz Band. Reunion & Homecoming weekend is an incredible and unique opportunity for students to connect with alumni and show them how great their Alma Matter is doing. It is always exciting to be able to speak with alumni and hear about their experiences, both at RPI and in their careers after graduation. One amazing RPI alumni success story was shared with the campus this weekend when we were able to speak live with Gregory Reid Wiseman ’97, who is currently on the International Space Station. RPI alumni make up a very prestigious and inspirational group of professionals that are out there changing the world and getting to spend the weekend with them is always a pleasure.

This week we have some fun events to look forward to. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 16, 6:30–8 pm in Ricketts 203, there will be a speaker sponsored by RPI’s Graduate Christian Fellowship, Mathew Clark. He will be speaking about “An Engineered Approach to Love.” For more information, you can look at their website at Also, tomorrow is another Paint at the Pub Night! From 7–9 pm, a step-by-step instructional art class will feature a painting called “Harvest Moon.” Artistic ability is not required and beginners are welcome, so join us for some good company and the opportunity to create a painting you can take home at the end of the night. To register online, see National Health Education Week starts Saturday and the Mueller Center will have free fitness classes from Turbo Kickboxing and Professional Boxing to Happy Hour Yoga and High Energy Zumba. There will also be tutorials for weight training and cardio work by a certified professional trainer, free smoothies, and chair massages. For more information, check out the Mueller Center website at

In Executive Board news, last meeting, we had three clubs come to see us with proposals. The Ski and Snowboard club came to rearrange a few small things to support the planning of a two night, two day ski trip to Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vt. It is open to all RPI Ski and Snowboard members and sounds like it will be an amazing trip. If you are interested in attending the trip or becoming a member, contact Joshua Rosenfeld ’16 at The Poly came in with a food proposal, which sparked a lot of discussion and was partially approved by the E-Board. We also received a funding proposal from CANstruction. I would like to congratulate CANstruction on becoming a Union funded club. CANstruction competed in an annual design competition at the New York State Museum in which the team creates colossal structures built completely out of canned food items which are then donated to Food Pantries. If you would like more information about the club, please contact Dillon Webster ’15 at

Have a wonderful week and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at or stop by my office hours, which are every Wednesday from 8:30–11:30 am!