More than 3,000 people were on Rensselaer’s campus during the weekend of Oct. 19-21, as the Institute celebrated Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend, and the annual FallFest event.
Parents, family members, and alumni had an opportunity to get a glimpse of life and the changes taking place at Rensselaer through a variety of academic and student life open houses and demonstrations, cultural offerings, dinners, and athletic events. Other events taking place over the weekend included star- and planet-gazing at the Hirsch Observatory, the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, tours through the Troy and Albany communities, and more.
Featured highlights included the 14th annual Honors Convocation ceremony held to celebrate student and faculty achievements, and the Legacy Reception for those students who have family members who have attended Rensselaer.
To showcase and celebrate the cultural diversity of the Rensselaer campus, the 19th annual International Festival featured more than 15 different countries and cultures representing the Rensselaer Union international student organizations and individual members of the Rensselaer campus. The event featured traditional food, cultural performances, clothing, photos, and more from countries around the world.
The annual FallFest Celebration a free community event was held at the ’86 Field during the Homecoming football game played against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. FallFest featured a variety of entertainers, food vendors, crafters, and children’s activities. The annual event celebrates “communiversity,” Rensselaer’s commitment to connect the university with the neighborhoods surrounding it. Parents and families also enjoyed watching the Engineers take on Sacred Heart University during the men’s hockey game Saturday night.
The football team defeated Merchant Marine 41-3, while men’s hockey downed Sacred Heart 1-0.
The Family Weekend, Homecoming, and FallFest events represent a collaborative effort among the offices of the First-Year Experience, Alumni Relations, and Dean of Students. Other participants included Residence Life, the Rensselaer Union, the Student Health Center, the Career Development Center, Enrollment Management, the Provost’s office, and many academic and
student life departments.
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