Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 12, August 31, 2012
Mark Century


Reunion & Homecoming Weekend will take place Oct. 5-7.

Make Plans for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

The Office of Alumni Relations will celebrate Reunion & Homecoming, Rensselaer’s largest alumni tradition, the weekend of Oct. 5-7, with a special visit from alumni members of the Mars Rover “Curiosity” team and Dean of Science Laurie Leshin, as well as a host of other programs.

Over 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.

“The Curiosity Rover program is just one of the weekend’s many highlights,” said Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “We will also feature a panel discussion on Friday led by Dr. Jackson titled ‘Rensselaer at 200: Refreshing The Rensselaer Plan,’ and the traditional Greek ChowderFest, and on Saturday, a brand-new Physics Magic Show with Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio ’94, and the FanFest carnival midway, to name just a few. ”

Volunteers Needed!

Rensselaer staff volunteers are needed to help ensure a wonderful experience for our alumni and guests. There is an especially pressing need for help at Registration on Friday and Saturday. Please consider helping out—the experience will be fun for you, and our alumni very much enjoy and appreciate your assistance! Training will be provided; all you need is a smile and a willingness to help. If you would like to get involved, contact Kim Cardillo at or 276-2566.

Faculty and staff are welcome to join alumni in enjoying these weekend events, as well as:

  • The William F. Glaser ’53 Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Events and programs celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Department of the Arts and the 30th anniversary of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, including a faculty music concert on Saturday night.
  • FanFest, a carnival midway held at ECAV on Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Alumni will also be attending the many sporting events taking place on the weekend, including the men’s and women’s ice hockey games, and football.

Most Reunion & Homecoming events are free and open to the public. Visit the website at for information on how you can register, a schedule of events, a list of affinity group gatherings, and more.

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.


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