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* Family Weekend 2009 Planned for Oct. 23-25
The Rensselaer community is invited to the Family Weekend Fall Fest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The 21st annual International Festival will be held Oct. 24.
Supercomputing: Celebrating the CCNI

More than 3,000 people (and counting) are expected to visit Rensselaer’s campus during the weekend of Oct. 23-25 as the campus celebrates Family Weekend. Parents, family members, alumni, and friends will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of life and the changes taking place at Rensselaer through a variety of cultural offerings and performances, tours, dinners, and athletic events.

President Shirley Ann Jackson will officially kick off Family Weekend with the Presidential Welcome on Oct. 24. President Jackson will share the recent progress and accomplishments taking place at Rensselaer. The program will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Theater.

Earlier this month, the Institute officially unveiled the East Campus Athletic Village. ECAV, as the new complex is known, will be open throughout the weekend for all to explore. Everyone is invited to support Rensselaer’s student-athletes at any of the nine sporting events planned throughout the weekend, including men’s and women’s ice hockey, football, women’s soccer, and field hockey.

Current students, parents, and faculty will celebrate academic achievement at the Honors Convocation ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the EMPAC concert hall.

The annual International Festival events showcasing more than 30 different countries and cultures representing the Rensselaer Union international student organizations and individual members of the Rensselaer campus, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event — to be held in the Rensselaer Union McNeil Room — features traditional food, clothing, photos, and more from countries around the world.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Family Weekend Fall Fest Celebration will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the open space between Academy Hall and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The free community event is for students, faculty, and staff; the families and friends of students on campus; and the surrounding community. The event brings together performers, musicians, food vendors, crafters, and children’s activities. Area businesses and community organizations will also participate. Fall Fest celebrates “communiversity,” Rensselaer’s commitment to connect the university with the neighborhoods surrounding it. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Academy Hall auditorium.

For more information and a schedule regarding Family Weekend 2009 events, go to

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