Members of the university community enjoyed an array of events celebrating the transformation of Rensselaer last weekend. The two-day program, held Dec. 4-5, chronicled 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.
At a Saturday breakfast, President Jackson shared her thoughts during a presentation titled “The Renaissance at Rensselaer: A 10-Year Retrospective,” which also included a multimedia presentation spanning 10 years of progress at the Institute. Additional highlights included the premiere of a new video highlighting the transformation under The Rensselaer Plan, and a donor recognition ceremony acknowledging the philanthropic support of numerous individuals who have made the success of the plan possible.
All in all, almost $700 million in new and renovated facilities has been invested in realizing The Rensselaer Plan, the strategic planning process launched in 1999, creating thousands of jobs, bolstering the local economy, and adding to the vitality of the Rensselaer community and its impact on the City of Troy and the Capital Region.
Additional highlights of the weekend included performances by Aretha Franklin and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. Other events included several topical presentations that focused on biotechnology and the life sciences, computational science and engineering, energy and the environment, media, arts, science, and technology, and Rensselaer’s emerging programs in student life and internationalization.
Of special note, following the Joshua Bell concert, there was a special tribute to President Jackson, with remarks delivered by faculty members, students, trustees, alumni, a government representative, and administrators, as well as special appearances by actors portraying Rensselaer’s founding fathers Stephen Van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton.
To view the Webcast presentation by President Jackson titled “Renaissance at Rensselaer: A 10-Year Retrospective,” visit: http://mediasite.itops.rpi.edu/Mediasite5/ Viewer/?peid=d8ae70a298844c1fbd62cf19c0b1bba4.
A documentary video highlighting the entire weekend is currently in production.
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