Residence Life Hosts Second Annual Off-Campus Student Fair
With the first week of classes underway, more than 400 Rensselaer students had an opportunity to attend the second annual Off-Campus Student Fair Aug. 28, hosted by the Office of Residence Life.
The annual event provided off-campus students, and those interested in living off-campus, with a chance to connect with more than 40 downtown Troy businesses, as well as several on-campus departments and services that can assist students with making the transition to living off-campus.
“Since its inception, the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) initiative has been focused on bringing a transformational change to the Rensselaer undergraduate experience,” said Cary Dresher, associate dean of the off-campus commons, who coordinated the fair.
“Already in full swing, the residential college model is also working to provide off-campus students with a community and belonging. This event serves as an ideal way to truly connect our students with campus and community services, programs, and businesses. By coordinating the event, we are working to support the importance of active partnership with the larger community in the term ‘communiversity’—a vision of the way institutions of higher learning and the cities, towns, and counties that serve as their homes can and should work together to ensure the viability and vibrancy of their shared communities.”
Several local businesses and Rensselaer campus departments raffled off prizes that included: a nook, iPod, Kindles, Best Buy gift cards, Rensselaer hockey tickets, and more.
To further support students, the Office of Residence Life has partnered with JumpOffCampus, a free online resource that helps students find off-campus housing. The organization simplifies the off-campus housing experience for students, landlords, and universities. Presently, the site has over 4,000 registered student users, 1,200 landlords, over 3,000 property listings, and more than 15 university partnerships across the country. Dresher notes that more programs and events are scheduled for the semester.