A whole new tradition begins this year!
The weekend of Oct. 2-4 will be a special one at Rensselaer. In addition to the many events surrounding the grand opening of the new East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV), it is also Reunion & Homecoming 2009. More than 2,500 alumni and guests are expected to return to Troy to celebrate milestone Reunions, gather with former teammates and friends, and experience what life is like on campus today.
“When you see guests out and about, whether at an athletic event, a campus dining venue,
or simply walking across campus,
please be sure to greet them, and assist them if you can.”
Class Reunion, which has traditionally been held in June, has been moved to fall to join with Homecoming. The change was made in order to take advantage of the many fall activities on campus, and the presence of students and faculty who enrich the experience for returning alumni.
“We are excited about the new Reunion & Homecoming combined program,” said Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “We’ve gotten a great response from Class Reunion alumni, Greeks, former athletes, and special interest groups alike. They are looking forward to being part of active campus life.”
The weekend will include a special “Back to Class” program, where alumni may attend selected actual classes, such as calculus and physics. Some other highlights will include a “State of the Institute” address from President Jackson, Greek ChowderFest, a comedy show, student performances, sporting events, dinners, and an EMPAC performance by concert pianist Per Tengstrand.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to consider contacting alumni they have worked with or known in the past, and invite them to come back for Reunion & Homecoming. It promises to be a very special weekend for alumni and the entire campus community. “When you see guests out and about, whether at an athletic event, a campus dining venue, or simply walking across campus, please be sure to greet them, and assist them if you can,” said Schanz.
Volunteer opportunities abound at the many Reunion & Homecoming events contact Liz Discanio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-8562 for details. (For a full schedule of events, go to (www.alumni.rpi.edu/involved/reunion/sched.html.) And, plan to attend the campuswide events surrounding the grand opening of ECAV on Saturday.
To learn more about Reunion & Homecoming 2009, contact the Alumni Office at 276-6205 or email@example.com, or visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/involved/reunion/index.html.