Honor’s Convocation 2010
Members of the Rensselaer community, parents, family, and friends gathered to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of 344 faculty and students at the 2010 Honors Convocation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 22, in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center concert hall.
“Today we recognize those within our community who have achieved excellence,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “As we do so, we are aware that these achievements, as impressive as they are, mark only one milestone on their journeys of commitment to hard work, drive, focus, and collaboration.”
Faculty members who have received endowed chairs were recognized. They are: hydrology and soil science pioneer Philippe Baveye, who has been named the Kodak Chair in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and computational physicist Vincent Meunier, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, who has been named Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70 Constellation Professor of Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
The annual ceremony also paid tribute to undergraduate and graduate student achievements. The 2010 Founders Award, the ceremony’s highest honor, was given to 76 students who were chosen for “creativity, leadership, discovery, and the values of pride and responsibility.” Also, 13 transfer scholars, 12 students with a 4.0 GPA, 37 graduate fellowship awardees, and five undergraduate scholarship recipients were also honored.
In addition, 199 members of the Class of 2014 who are Rensselaer Medalists also were recognized. The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to the top math and science juniors at nearly 4,000 high schools around the world.
“This, then, is what we recognize today,” President Jackson added. “Confident, concerned, and capable leadership is what we strive for at Rensselaer. Celebrations like today’s Honors Convocation allow us to encourage those who continue to measure themselves by this ideal. They also give us an opportunity to show the world real-life examples of how excellence might be achieved. We honor the accomplishments of members of our community, to celebrate the joy of working at the limit of talent and skill, and to recognize those who have shared their insights and the products of their imaginations.”