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* Celebration of Transformation of  Rensselaer Planned for Dec. 4-5
President Jackson at her Inauguration Sept. 24, 1999. Photo Credit: Rensselaer/ Gary Gold
Celebration of Transformation of Rensselaer Planned for Dec. 4-5
An address by President Shirley Ann Jackson, presentations by world-leading academic researchers, and performances by the legendary Aretha Franklin and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell are among the highlights of the upcoming “Celebration Weekend: A Tribute to the Transformation of Rensselaer.”

The two-day program, to be held Dec. 4-5 on the Troy campus of Rensselaer, will chronicle the first decade of the successful implementation of The Rensselaer Plan, the 10th anniversary of the tenure of President Shirley Ann Jackson, and the successful completion of the $1.4 billion Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“We have come a long way together over the last 10 years. This celebration of a decade of transformation at Rensselaer is an opportunity to showcase our extraordinary people, highlight the new programs, and tour our spectacular platforms,” said President Jackson. “Most importantly, it is an opportunity to thank all of those in the Rensselaer community — our donors, trustees, faculty, students, staff, administration, alumni, and other special friends — for their tireless efforts in elevating Rensselaer as top-tier, world-class technological research university, with global reach and global impact. We are, indeed, better positioned than ever to change the world.”

Members of the university community are invited to enjoy an array of events celebrating the transformation of Rensselaer. The Aretha Franklin and Joshua Bell concerts will require tickets, which are being made available to students, faculty, and staff on a first-come, first-served basis.

The campus community is invited to a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the East Campus Athletic Village gymnasium. Advance registration is required. At 9 a.m., President Jackson will speak on “The Renaissance at Rensselaer: A 10-Year Retrospective” in ECAV. The reflective presentation will focus on the first decade of the Jackson administration and The Rensselaer Plan, and the completion of the Renaissance at Rensselaer campaign, and set the stage for the future. The presentation will transition into a campaign donor recognition ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. A multimedia exhibit titled “A Transformed Campus,” which describes the physical evolution of the Troy campus over the past decade, also will be on display.

On Dec. 4 and 5, members of the university community also are invited to attend topical special presentations and campus tours. The Celebration Weekend series of events will provide members of the campus community with opportunities to participate in and enjoy the story of the transformation of Rensselaer through presentations, tours, and interactive sessions with faculty, students, and administrators, and visiting artists showcasing breakthroughs in Rensselaer research and learning environments. Tickets are not required, but, advance registration is encouraged.

“Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is a visionary whose leadership, organizational, and managerial abilities have transformed the Institute in ways that we could not have imagined,” said Samuel Heffner Jr. ’56, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees looks forward to joining the university community in celebrating President Jackson’s 10th anniversary of leadership, and to expressing our appreciation for all she has accomplished on behalf of the Institute, and on behalf of the thousands of people who have benefited from her tireless work as an educator and an advocate.”

Information on tickets and registration for all events except athletic contests will be handled through the celebration Web site at
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