Students and admins make waves in leadership


The Archer Center for Student Leadership Development has completed its selection process for Leadership Educators Advising Peers. The LEAP program is comprised of a group of committed Rensselaer students who are trained in leadership education and hold workshops each semester for students and organizations. In addition to the returning members, congratulations to Olivia Demkowicz ’19, Donna Grace Moleta ’18, Harrison Solis Eichler ’17, Christine Simon ’18, Andy Lao ’16, Justin Balvanz ’18, Daniel Lapidus ’17, Rachele Anne Putnick ’18, Joe Venusto ’17, Rasika Ekhal ’18, and Denver Overend ’18 on their selection for the LEAP program.

The RPI Dance Team was founded in 2006 as a way for students to show spirit at various campus and athletic events. Four years ago, the team decided that they wanted to compete against other colleges and universities, and this year that wish came true! RPI Dance Team competed at the Universal Dance Association New England Dance Championship, and earned second place in their division. Congratulations to Captains Averi Chan ’16 and Kenna Klass ’17 and the entire RPI Dance Team for their hard work and recognition! Members of the Rensselaer community have the ability to watch our award-winning dance team perform this semester on campus Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 pm in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

In addition, staff members from Student Life have been recognized recently for their work. Assistant Director of Student Activieies Amy Corron received the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award from the Association of College Unions International. ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization for college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools across the US and in seven countries. The award was established as a lasting tribute to Revis A. Cox, the late director of student activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, and recognizes ACUI members committed to multicultural education in college unions or student activities. Congratulations to Amy for receiving this award!

Director of the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development Linda Teitelman McCloskey received the Outstanding Contribution to Student Leadership Programs Award for National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region 2. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, and Region 2 consists of colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Germany, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. This award recognizes an individual’s work at the campus level in the area of student leadership programs. Congratulations to Linda on receiving this outstanding honor!

If you are interested in science fiction, I encourage you to check out a special lecture on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm in EMPAC Theater, where Professor Chuck Adler will present “Where is the science in all that fiction?” Adler is a physicist and lifelong science fiction enthusiast. He received his degrees from Brown University, and is a full professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is interested in light scattering, and was the chair of the 10th International Light and Color in the Open Air Conference in 2010. Following his talk, Professor Adler will hold a book signing for his book: Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction.