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Reunion & Homecoming Weekend Enjoyed by Alumni and Families
More than 2,000 alumni and guests returned to campus for Reunion & Homecoming weekend, Oct. 2-4. The move to the fall was applauded by attendees. “Our alumni welcomed the opportunity to be part of active campus life,” said Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “The interaction among current students and our returning guests was a key to the success of the weekend.”

In addition to classes ending in 4 or 9 and the Class of 1952 who enjoyed traditional Class Reunions, many other alumni groups also returned to celebrate.

Greek organizations that organized events for their members included Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Chi Phi, Delta Phi, FIJI, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Iota Alpha, Phi Mu Delta, Pi Beta Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Delta, Rensselaer Society of Engineers, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi, and Theta Xi.

“Our alumni welcomed the opportunity to be part of active campus life. The interaction among current students and our returning guests was a key to the success of the weekend,” said Jeff Schanz.

Athletic teams who held events for their former members included women’s soccer, men's lacrosse, baseball, women’s lacrosse, rugby, softball, football, and swimming and diving.

Special interest groups also participated in the weekend, with a reception for graduate degree holders, a Phalanx reception, a bowling night for young alumni (10 years out or less), and music alumni returned to dedicate the Joel Dolven Conductor’s Suite in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

The highlight of the weekend was the grand opening of the East Campus Athletic Village (see, also, page 6). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by the Celebration of Classes inside the new arena. President Jackson and her panel of judges were presented with “bribes,” as classes vied for spirit awards. FanFest, held on the concourse outside, featured food, music, and games for the kids. Several sports teams, including football, and men’s and women’s hockey, were in action.

Other events included: President Jackson’s State of the Institute address, presented to a packed house at the EMPAC auditorium; “Back to Class,” which gave alumni the opportunity to sit in on a live classroom; an all-class buffet followed by live comedy acts; and a performance by Per Tengstrand, world-renowned concert pianist.

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