I hope you all had a chance to meet up with old friends and greet our alumni as they made their way back to campus for Reunion & Homecoming this past weekend. I had an extraordinary time speaking with alumni from a broad group of class years, and I heard from so many about what nostalgia came to them upon returning to campus. As always, it’s an incredibly humbling experience to see what accomplishments the alumni of Rensselaer have made. This is especially true this year with the presence of three very distinguished alumni: Dr. B. Jayant Baliga ’74, power electronics innovator; Dr. Marcian “Ted” Hoff ’58, inventor of the microprocessor; and Steven J. Sasson ’72, inventor of the digital camera. Their accomplishments are a testament to what we all can achieve with a world-class education at Rensselaer.
In E-Board related news, last week we funded RPI Destination Imagination for the rest of this school year. Their total budget allowance is $530 and provides funds to attend a state wide competition and recruit members on campus. In addition, the new Protected Class Policy was adopted by the Executive Board to outline special allowances to groups of students forming clubs directly related to their protected status.
This was a weeks-long process with the Policies Committee and the E-Board spending time collecting feedback on, rewriting, and evaluating the full effects of the policy well into the future. We are happy to say that clubs directly related to their protected class are not required to have a full membership list on file with the Rensselaer Union. Instead, they are required to report the total number of students from each class year in the club. Big thanks to Matt Rand, chairman of the Policies Committee, and the entire Policies Committee for working so hard to bring this policy to the Union.
The Executive Board will also be hearing from the Health Center on new Bystander Intervention training requirements for club officers during our October 20 meeting. Following the adoption of new legislation by the State of New York, club officers will all be required to undergo this training. On that day, the Executive Board will forego their normal meeting to receive this training from the Health Center and determine how to move forward with the training requirements. This way, the Executive Board can understand and attest to its effectiveness before reaching out to clubs.
Any club officers or students who have questions or comments on the implementation of this policy, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.