Reunion & Homecoming Offers Events
for Campus Community
The Office of Alumni Relations will host Reunion & Homecoming, Rensselaer’s largest alumni tradition, the weekend of Oct. 21-23.
More than 3,000 alumni and guests are expected to return to campus to celebrate milestone Class Reunions, athletic team gatherings, Greek get-togethers, and other student group reunions.
“A key component to Reunion & Homecoming’s success is our many affinity group gatherings,” says Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Jeff Schanz. “Spending time with classmates, Greek brothers and sisters, teammates, and friends is a big draw for alumni. When you add in the variety and quality of events taking place, from a visit from IBM’s Watson computer, to the Taiko Drummers performance and traditional events like FanFest and Back to Class, it really adds up to an extremely popular weekend that features something for everyone.”
Faculty and staff are welcome to join alumni in enjoying many of the weekend events, including:
- The William F. Glaser ’53 Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration, honoring Sean O’Sullivan ’85, Friday at 9:30 a.m.
- President Jackson’s State of the Institute Address, Friday at 2 p.m.
- The IBM Watson Challenge: David Ferrucci, Ph.D. ’94, lead scientist on the project, presents a discussion and Jeopardy! game, pitting Watson against students and alumni, Saturday at 9 a.m.
- FanFest, a carnival midway held at ECAV, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Portland Taiko Asian American Drum Performance, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets available through the EMPAC box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-3921.)
- Alumni will also be attending the many sporting events taking place on the weekend, including the women’s ice hockey games and football.
Most Reunion & Homecoming events are free and open to the public. Visit the website at alumni.rpi.edu/reunion for information on how you can register, locations, a schedule of events, a list of affinity group gatherings, and more information.
Kathy Kinsey, Reunion director, encourages the Rensselaer community to join in this important campuswide tradition. “If you interact with alumni on a regular basis, encourage them to come back for the weekend. If you see any of our alumni visitors on campus during the event, please take some time to engage with them, and help to make sure they have the best possible experience. Your participation can make all the difference,” Kinsey said.