Has everyone been enjoying Wellness Week? There have been so many activities sponsored by the Mueller Center’s Wellness Institute to educate us about our health and to help us relax and unwind. Whether you got the chance to decorate a pumpkin, or attend a free fitness class, there has been something for everyone. The week isn’t over yet though! Wednesday, October 22 is Fitness EDU, where you can join the certified personal trainer for a hands-on tutorial of our cardio and weight lifting equipment as well as proper technique for common exercises. There will also be a really cool event Thursday, October 23 called “So You Think You Can Relax?” This will allow students to use an interactive relaxation simulation that uses biofeedback to aid in relaxation, along with free chair massages while you wait!
In other exciting news, this weekend is Family Weekend, and I hope you get the chance to see your family. Take the time to thank them for supporting you throughout the years and sending you to a school as great as RPI. Show them the awesome things you enjoy doing here! There are so many activities going on this weekend, there will be plenty to do. There will be tours of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and East Campus Athletic Village, a chance for your parents to attend your classes, a men’s hockey game vs. Bentley University, a women’s hockey game vs. the University of Connecticut, countless buffets and dinners, as well as many activities put on by our clubs and organizations. Friday night and Saturday, the RPI Players will perform “Almost, Maine,” a romantic comedy, from 8–10 pm and 2–4 pm respectively. On Saturday, many of our multicultural organizations are putting on their annual International Festival from 11 am–2 pm in the McNeil room. Make sure to stop by to see our multicultural clubs and organizations celebrate their heritages through food, performances, and education. RPI has students from around the world and this is a unique opportunity to explore the many cultures and lifestyles of our student body. At the same time, from noon–2 pm there will be Fall Fest, showcasing student demonstrations, entertainment, and fun activities for the whole family up at ECAV. After the International Festival and Fall Fest, you can bring your parents to the Annual Family Weekend Concert, which is from 4–6 pm at EMPAC. Admission is free and you will get the chance to see performances by the Symphonic Band, Brass Quintet, Flute Ensemble, and our Contemporary Jazz Ensemble. Do your parents like to dance? Do you? If so, make sure to join the RPI Jazz Ensemble and Ballroom Dance clubs for their annual Jump, Jive, Jazz & Salsa event from 6:30–9 pm. Finally, I hope you have purchased tickets to the GM & PU Brunch. It is a great, relaxing way to end such a wonderful weekend, surrounded by friends, eating some great food, and getting the chance to share the morning with President Shirley Ann Jackson and some of her cabinet. I can’t wait to see you there! Remember, these are only some of the activities this weekend. I don’t have room to highlight them all, but please check out the schedule for Family Weekend at http://poly.rpi.edu/familyweekend.
Most importantly, it is times like these that remind us how much our parents have supported us through the years. If you’re studying at a prestigious institution like RPI, they have definitely done something right. Take this weekend to thank your parents for their love and support, show them all of the awesome things you have been doing here at RPI since they dropped you off in August, and assure them that you realize all that they have done for you throughout your 18–22 years. Have a wonderful weekend!