Second Annual Rensselaer Volunteer Summit a Success
The second Rensselaer Volunteer Summit, held in Troy April 14-15, was a big success, according to the event’s organizers and attendees alike. Beginning with the welcome dinner, featuring keynote speaker President Shirley Ann Jackson on Friday night, to the farewell breakfast on Sunday morning, alumni who participated in the program said they enjoyed the quality and diversity of the offerings. The seminars were well attended, often to capacity, and early feedback reveals that the program met the expectation of Rensselaer’s valued alumni partners.
President Jackson’s address to an audience of more than 100 dinner guests on Friday night emphasized the importance of Rensselaer’s alumni volunteers and expressed deep appreciation for the work that goes on in all areas of volunteerism, from fundraising to mentoring of students to alumni programs on and off campus.
There were many opportunities for guests to meet and mingle with alumni, students, and staff. A highlight of the program on Saturday during the Volunteer & Staff luncheon was the address by Paula Simon ’68, Institute trustee and former president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. Simon shared her unbridled pride in the Institute and her desire to support Rensselaer&rsquos goals and objectives going forward, asking the volunteer leaders who were present to follow her example.
The Deans’ Roundtable brought together all five of Rensselaer’s deans to discuss their individual insights and visions for each of their schools in the larger context of higher education now and in the future. The dialogue that ensued on stage was refreshing and entertaining, offering insights into the interaction and support that exists between the leadership of the schools on a personal level.
“It was gratifying to see such a terrific turnout of alumni volunteers,” said Paul Cosgrave’72, president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. “There was a great exchange of ideas and information, and we were pleased to be able to recognize and thank our volunteer partners. The summit is proving to be an important tool in growing our important volunteer relations program.”
The Volunteer Summit is just one part of the re-invigorated alumni volunteer program in the Office of Alumni Relations. If you work with volunteers and would like to find out how your alumni can take advantage of the services offered through the program, contact Elisabeth Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-4923.