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Focus on: East Campus Athletic Village Grand Opening Celebration

On October 3, members of the Rensselaer community gathered to officially unveil the new East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) — the most extensive athletic construction project in Rensselaer history, offering athletic and recreation facilities that will change the student experience dramatically.

ECAV, as the new $92 million complex is known, is the latest in a decade-long physical transformation of Rensselaer. In welcoming the audience of Rensselaer students, alumni, faculty, staff, coaches, student-athletes, family and friends, and members of the surrounding community to the grand opening ceremony, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson also shared the reason for building the facility.

“It is often said that it is on the playing fields — and in other athletic venues — that leaders are made,” said President Jackson. “But at Rensselaer, athletics are only part of the equation, because Rensselaer already attracts students who have demonstrated leadership potential. Rensselaer develops that potential through the totality of the student experience — so that our graduates are prepared to become leaders in technologically rooted fields.” 

Jackson also noted that “with this addition to the Troy campus, we continue to transform the student experience, to go beyond the standard, to excel — across the board, in all endeavors — and to do even more to create leaders. At the same time, with the initiation of the village concept, we bring our Rensselaer community together in a new way. Our goal — as with all that we are doing to transform Rensselaer for the 21st century — is to create a unique residential undergraduate college within a world-class technological research university.”

In addition to President Jackson, the ceremony also featured remarks from Samuel Heffner Jr. ’56, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees; Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life; James Knowlton, director of athletics; and Michael Zwack ’11, the 143rd Grand Marshal, the highest elected office in the Rensselaer student government. 

The ceremony also paid special tribute to the late Myles Brand, Rensselaer Class of ’64, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), former president of Indiana University and the University of Oregon, a trustee of Rensselaer, and a member of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame. President Jackson noted that “he was a national leader in the worlds of academe and college athletics, and he was a loyal son and devoted friend of Rensselaer.” 

To read the full release, go to: http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2638. To view more photos of the events, go to http://www.rpiathletics.com/ and click on Multimedia/Photo Gallery.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 11, October 23, 2009
©2009 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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