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FallFest 2007 offers visitors a chance to watch several of Rensselaer’s sports teams in action.
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More than 2,500 people are expected to visit Rensselaer’s campus during the weekend of Oct. 19-21 as the campus celebrates Family Weekend and Homecoming Weekend with FallFest 2007 events and activities. Returning alumni, as well as the families of current students and members of the surrounding community, will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of campus life and the changes taking place at Rensselaer through a variety of sample classes, academic open houses and demonstrations, cultural offerings, tours, dinners, and athletic events.

The Family Weekend FallFest Celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1- 5 p.m. Families attending will be able to take part in Aquaduck tours, and enjoy the historic sites of Troy and Albany. Parents will have the opportunity to attend open houses, tours, and lectures that highlight what Rensselaer has to offer. The solar observatory on top of the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center will be open to those who are interested. Students will showcase their musical talents through the Rensselaer Music Association’s concert taking place in the McNeil Room in the Rensselaer Union at 4 p.m. The event brings together performers, musicians, food vendors, crafters, and children’s activities. FallFest celebrates “communiversity,” Rensselaer’s commitment to connect the university with the neighborhoods surrounding it.

Current students and their parents can celebrate academic achievement at the Honors Convocation ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center. Also on Saturday, the popular International Fest will take place in the Union. Visitors can enjoy food and live performances from more than 30 different countries and cultures representing the Rensselaer Union’s multicultural student organizations and individual members of the Rensselaer campus. The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Returning alumni will have the chance to see first-hand what’s new since they were last here and spend time with current students. The Homecoming Weekend celebration will begin with a Greek Chowder Fest on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Heffner Alumni House. Homecoming festivities will include a tailgate party prior to the Rensselaer vs. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football game on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the ’86 Field, followed by a men’s hockey game against Scared Heart at 7 p.m. in the Houston Field House. Other athletic events taking place during the weekend include women’s ice hockey games on both Friday and Saturday, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country. A reception for legacy students and their families will be held at the Heffner Alumni House on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. President Jackson will be on hand to recognize these special families with generational Rensselaer connections.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Athletic Hall of Fame will induct Paul Battaglino ’94 (lacrosse), Neil Little ’94 (hockey), Ira Shetty ’99 (soccer & track), and Kevin Sprague ’96 (basketball) into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit the Homecoming Web site at www.alumni.rpi.edu/homecoming or visit the FallFest site at www.alumni.rpi.edu/homecoming.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 1, Number 5, October 11, 2007
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