Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 15, October 11, 2013
   
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Student Organizations Showcase Their Talents at 
Troy Night Out

The Rensselaer Jazz Ensemble was just one of many performers at the Rensselaer-themed
Troy Night Out event Sept. 27.
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Student Organizations Showcase Their Talents at Troy Night Out

Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. Last month, the event featured a host of Rensselaer student groups who showcased their talents in areas of juggling, acrobatics,
robotics, acting, music, photography, and singing.

“Building a sense of community beyond the campus is important,” said Cary Dresher, associate dean of the off-campus commons. “The opportunity to sponsor a Troy Night Out allowed us to put into practice some of the ideas put forth in the CLASS initiative, specifically, helping Rensselaer students to connect to the greater Troy community.

“I used this event as a way to not only get students down into Troy, but also to show local residents what RPI students have to offer. I think Friday night was a big success. I saw a lot of students, both old and new, at a Troy Night Out for the first time.”
— Claudia Anzini ’14

“Our students were able to participate and attend an event in the city of Troy, which led them to find out firsthand all that the city has to offer,” Dresher said. “Many new businesses have opened in the city, and there’s no better way to introduce our students to these places than encouraging them to attend a Troy Night Out. The student performances were fantastic, and the crowd of students and Troy residents that I saw attending this event made all of the hard work that we put into organizing the event worthwhile. We hope to make an RPI- themed Troy Night Out a yearly event.”

Rensselaer’s musical groups offered classic jazz, contemporary funk, big band swing, and Afro-Cuban grooves performed by the RPI Jazz Ensembles; the RPI Photography Club showcase reminded people that digital isn’t always better; and an evening of a cappella performances in Troy Savings Bank Music Hall highlighted the vocal talents of Partial Credit, Duly Noted, the Rensselyrics, and the Rusty Pipes.

Programs held in the Arts Center of the Capital Region Black Box Theatre included the RPI Players’ performance of The Complete History of America (abridged), followed by dance performances featuring the RPI Dance Team and Eighth Wonder.

People walking along River Street between Broadway and State Street were able to catch a glimpse of the RPI Juggling & Unicycling Club, as well as Rensselaer students who are serving as mentors to area high school students as they work together to build robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition.
“I really love downtown Troy and what it has to offer students,” said Claudia Anzini ’14, a senior majoring in chemical engineering. Anzini serves as a resident director for several Rensselaer residence halls including Warren, Nugent, Davison, and Sharp, and also worked to coordinate the student participation in the Sept. 27 event.

“I really wanted to create a way that encouraged students to go downtown and thought, what better exemplifies Troy than Troy Night Out,” Anzini added. “I used this event as a way to not only get students down into Troy, but also to show local residents what RPI students have to offer. I think Friday night was a big success. I saw a lot of students, both old and new, at a Troy Night Out for the first time.”

Troy Night Out regularly draws over 1,000 people onto the streets of Troy. Attendees are able to enjoy more than 30 art events, 15 music venues, and over 20 fine restaurants as well as unique boutiques of all varieties.

For more information, visit www.downtowntroy.org/special-events/troy-night-out.html.

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