As part of a long-standing tradition at Rensselaer, Grand Marshal Week—a week of campuswide celebrations featuring student organizations and student elections—was held last month. The festivities of Grand Marshal Week often culminate with the
announcement of the winners of the Grand Marshal and President of the Union elections.
Following the spring 2012 elections, Jonathan Stack ’13, a native of East Longmeadow, Mass., and a junior pursuing a dual major in aeronautical engineering and economics, was elected to serve as the 123rd President of the Rensselaer Union, or PU. The PU presides over the executive board, which manages a nearly $8.4 million budget. While at Rensselaer, Stack has been involved with several groups on campus, including the Rensselaer Union Executive Board, where he served as chair of the Union Annual Report Committee. He also serves as a resident assistant in Residence Life.
Kevin Dai ’14, from Niskayuna, N.Y., and a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, was elected to serve as the 146th Grand Marshal, or GM, which is the highest elected official in student government. The position was established in 1866 to honor a
student respected and admired by classmates. The title reflects the military atmosphere of the Civil War era where a soldier was selected to speak on behalf of his fellow soldiers. In the position, Dai is responsible for managing the Student Senate and also acts as the liaison between the student body and the administration. Dai serves as president for the Class of 2014, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. In addition, he serves as an executive committee chairman for Green Greeks, a student organization that designs and executes programs to encourage all Greek students to be conscious of sustainability and recycling.
The Rensselaer Union is a student-run, self-supporting, and self-governing body that controls, finances, and organizes student activities. Home to more than 200 clubs, sports, and organizations, Rensselaer is also recognized as one of only 20 colleges and universities in the United States that operates its student union using this structure.