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Annual Faculty-Staff Memorial Service March 24
The Pillars of Rensselaer will host the annual Faculty-Staff Memorial Service honoring those faculty and staff who have passed away in the past year. The service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel + Cultural Center on Burdett Avenue. Light refreshments will follow the service.

Darrin Counseling Award Nominations Due March 27
The Phalanx Honor Society is now accepting nominations for the David M. Darrin Counseling Award. This award is to honor a faculty member who has “made unusual contributions to the personal counseling of undergraduate students, has generously shared time and talents with undergraduate students and has demonstrated special concern for the welfare of undergraduate students in and out of the classroom.”

Nomination forms have been distributed around campus. You will also be able to access the nomination form from online at http://phalanx.union.rpi.edu/. Nominations are due by Friday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Union Administration Office or by e-mail to phalanx@union.rpi.edu.

100th Anniversary of Electrical Engineering Celebration and Centennial Seminar April 7
The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Electrical Engineering with a Centennial Seminar, poster display, blimp demonstration, and reception on Tues., April 7, 2009 in the Biotechnology Auditorium on the Troy Campus from 4 to 6 p.m. The Centennial Seminar entitled “Penguins, Pirates and Polytechnics: Video Games and the Future of Technical Education” features Tobi Saulnier ’84, ’95, Founder and CEO of 1st Playable Productions. To make a reservations for the seminar go to http://www.ecse.rpi.edu/ecse100/index.php. Contact Carol Wagar at 276-2150 for further information.

McKinney Contest Ceremony April 7
Peter Carey, the author of “outrageous and imaginative historical fiction” and — according to many — Australia’s finest fiction writer, has accepted an invitation to be speaker for this year’s McKinney Contest ceremony. Carey has won numerous major awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize twice for The True History of the Kelly Gang (2002) and Oscar and Lucinda (1988). His newest novel is His Illegal Self.

The McKinney Contest ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in Room 308 of the Darrin Communications Center. Carey will present writing prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions. After the ceremony, he will sign books.

The reading is free and open to the public. Information about McKinney prizes, categories, and submission can be found online at www.llc.rpi.edu/web/mckinney.

OMSA Seeks Awards Ceremony Nominations
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is seeking nominations for its 30th Annual Award Ceremony, which honors outstanding Rensselaer minority undergraduate and graduate students who illustrate both scholarly achievement and promote outstanding leadership qualities through the efforts of cultivating the community at Rensselaer. The ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, April 25, at Academy Hall Auditorium from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., also serves as a platform to recognize faculty and staff of Rensselaer who have supported minority students in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.

Selection of the recipients of these awards is based on outstanding service on and/or off campus through participation in voluntary, selected, and/or elected co-curricular activities with an emphasis on the quality of participation.

Award descriptions and nomination form can be found at http://doso.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=768.

All nominations must be received by the Dean of Students Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

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Volume 3, Number 3, March 13, 2009
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