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Nov. 3, 2003

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Save the Date: Presidential Lecture Nov. 14

John H. Marburger III, Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a Presidential Lecture titled “National Priorities in Science and Technology Policy” on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Heffner Alumni House. The program is free and open to the public.

Marburger was named Science Adviser to President George W. Bush and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2001.

Prior to his appointment to the Executive Office of the President, Marburger served as Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1998. He served as President of the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1980 to 1994, and in 1994 returned to the faculty at Stony Brook, teaching and conducting research in optical science as a University Professor. Before joining Stony Brook, Marburger was a Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California where he also served as Physics Department Chairman and Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Marburger received his bachelor of arts degree in physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University.

The Presidential Lecture is one in a series of campus lectures by highly visible, accomplished thinkers and leaders in contemporary science, technology, education, and policy. The lectures serve to elevate campus and community. 11/3/03

Library Hosts Exhibit on Williamsburg Bridge

A traveling exhibit from the Brooklyn Arts Council titled “Williamsburg Bridge at 100: Spanning a Century of Change" will be on display in the lobby of the Folsom Library during the month of November. As chief engineer for the Williamsburg Bridge, Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame member Leffert Buck (Class of 1868) set out to build a structurally sound bridge that would be less expensive, and longer, than the nearby Brooklyn Bridge.

The exhibit documents the history of Williamsburg Bridge with emphasis on its construction, reconstruction, and workers past and present. The exhibit will open Tuesday, Nov. 4. Kay Turner, folklorist at the Brooklyn Arts Council, will be on hand for a docent tour of the exhibit from 4 to 5 pm.

A continuing Archives exhibit titled “The Williamsburg Bridge: Alumni Ingenuity” will also be available for viewing on the third floor of the Folsom Library. 11/3/03

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Flu Shot Schedule

The Student Health Center will be dispensing flu shots on campus this week. The shots are free for students and $10 for faculty and staff. Shots will be given at the following times and places:

Monday, Nov. 3, DCC Great Hall, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, Academy Hall Auditorium, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Commons Dining Hall, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, Russell Sage Dining Hall, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Commons Dining Hall, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6, Rensselaer Union, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; BARH, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, DCC Great Hall, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


IT Leaders Summit Hosted by Rensselaer at Hartford - Postponed

Lally To Sponsor Albany Site for “Living Leadership” Satellite Event Nov. 5

Rensselaer's Lally School of Management and Technology is sponsoring the Albany site for the “Living Leadership: The Power of Executing Greatness” satellite event on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Presented in cooperation with FORTUNE magazine, organizers say the event is an opportunity to hear from several leaders “whose practical and tactical approaches to common organizational challenges have made them great and made them legendary.”

Speakers will include Rudolph Giuliani, Stephen Covey, Magic Johnson, Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager), and others. The event can be viewed locally at the Albany Marriott.

A pre-event informational breakfast about Lally graduate programs (MBA / EMBA) will be held prior to the program starting at 9:30 am - also at the Albany Marriott. The Living Leadership” program will begin at 10:45 a.m.

For more information about the program, go to Registration is available online. For questions or to register for the informational breakfast, contact Darcy Kullmann at 276-6565 or 11/3/03

Save the Date: Women in Entrepreneurship Seminar Nov. 12

The Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship in Rensselaer’s Lally School will host the second annual Women in Entrepreneurship Seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Heffner Alumni House. Titled “Bold Women, Big Ideas,” the event will begin at 8 a.m. with a networking breakfast, and will feature a panel discussion and a keynote address by Kay Koplovitz, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and founder of USA Networks. Koplovitz is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas — Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial Game.

In addition to Koplovitz, several other successful businesswomen will participate in the seminar, including Tracy Egan, anchorwoman for local ABC affiliate WTEN; Nina Tyzik, district executive and senior vice president of HSBC Bank USA; Jennifer Tegan, executive manager at Cayuga Venture Fund II; and Claire Wadlington, partner and CFO of FA Technology Ventures. Denis Fred Simon, dean of the Lally School, will also speak during the event. For more information, contact the Severino Center at ext. 2650 or click on 10/27/03

HR Brown Bag Lunch Nov. 13

The next brown bag lunch session hosted by the Division of Human Resources will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Rensselaer Union in the Phalanx Room 3502. The topic for discussion will be how to use the Performance Management Tool — how to evaluate an employee’s performance and how to write an action plan for performance improvement. The session will begin at noon and conclude at 1 p.m.

If you would like to attend, send your registration via e-mail to Beverly Pruitt at no later than Nov. 6. Space will be available for the first 10 supervisors who e-mail their reservation. Lunch will be provided. 10/27/03

Parking Office Updates

Security gates are now operational at North, West, Academy Hall, and the AS&RC parking lots, as well as the Sage Avenue entrance to campus. Campus permit holders who have not already obtained their transponders, which allow access to designated lots, should pick them up at the Parking Office in the Visitors Information Center. Drivers are asked to approach parking gates slowly and close to the island (toward the left). Outgoing gates remain down to reduce speed on campus and pedestrian safety. If you have operational issues, please contact the Parking Office as soon as possible.

Only vendors, emergency vehicles, services vehicles, and persons needing handicapped access who have transponders may enter the campus through the Sage Avenue gate. Core-lot permits are not valid at the Sage Avenue gate.

To facilitate snow removal this winter, no overnight parking is allowed in gated lots except for the yellow-striped student section of North Lot.

Core-lot (“C”) permit-holders will be given first preference for spaces in the 510-car parking garage, which is scheduled to open in January 2004. If you have core parking and would like garage parking, e-mail by Nov. 14. After this date, garage parking will be available to all other faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. If all the spaces have not been claimed by Jan. 1, 2004, post-doctoral and graduate students will be offered the option of garage parking. Any remaining parking would then be opened to all other students on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, visit the Parking Office Web site at or call ext. 6616. 10/27/03

Preregistration Now Required for Traincaster Courses

Due to high demand for Rensselaer’s Professional Development Program and the associated online learning management system, Traincaster, preregistration is now required for all of the courses in the program, including the Management Development Series, Staff Development Series, and Environmental Health and Safety courses. Preregistration will ensure that appropriate facilities and presentation materials are available for each session.

To register for Environmental Health and Safety courses (denoted by HR(EHS) in the course title), select the course desired from the assigned course curriculum on the “My Traincaster” page or from the course catalog. Follow the prompts to register.

To register for Management Development Programs, Staff Development Programs, and Focused Workshops (denoted by HR(MD), HR(SD), and HR(FW) in the course titles), complete the same process as required for registration for the Environmental Health and Safety courses. In addition, a Professional Development Program hard-copy registration form must be completed and submitted to Human Resources. This form, as well as submission instructions and the related course fees, can be reviewed on the Human Resources web-site at

If you have questions about the registration process or the Professional Development Program, contact Beverly Pruitt, director of employee relations and development, at ext. 6038 or; or Will Fahey, training and program development specialist, at ext. 2318 or 10/27/03

Save the Date: Memorial for Coach Bill Cahill Nov. 21

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 21 to honor Bill Cahill, Rensselaer’s women’s hockey coach who died Oct. 5. The memorial will begin at 9 a.m. in the Chapel + Cultural Center. The campus community is invited to attend. Cahill was entering his fourth season as Rensselaer's women's hockey coach. He also had served seven years as an assistant coach with the men's Division I program. 10/20/03

Save the Date: Annual Benefits Fair Nov. 7

The Division of Human Resources will host the 2003 Benefits Fair Friday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Heffner Alumni House. The Benefits Fair gives faculty and staff the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the vendors who provide benefits.

The Benefits Fair marks the beginning of the Open Enrollment period, which is the only time during the year that employees can elect to enroll in or change benefits without a qualifying event. The Open Enrollment period is Nov. 7-21. 10/13/03

Streetscape Improvement Projects Begin on North Side of Campus: Temporary Parking, Traffic Restrictions in Effect

As part of the ongoing improvements to the campus, work has begun on Ninth Street between Peoples Avenue and Sage Avenue. The west side of Ninth street will be completely reconstructed with new curbs, pavement, sidewalks, and landscape. Parking is prohibited on the west side of the street while this work is under way; work is expected to take three to four weeks. When completed, there will be approximately 15 new parking spaces available on the street.

Commuters are asked to use the shuttle parking lots and not to park on neighborhood streets. Seven parking spaces in the Black Cultural Center lot will be made available to student residents of that block of Ninth Street. See the Parking Office for more information.

On Oct. 13, a complete reconstruction of the intersection of Sage Avenue and Fifteenth Street will begin. New curbs, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic signals will be installed. This work will require the closure of Sage Avenue in two phases. Phase One will close the west side of the intersection from Oct. 13 through Nov. 3. Fifteenth Street will remain open at all times. The Ricketts Gate off Sage Avenue will be open but will have to be approached from the west.

On Nov. 3 the west side will open up and work will switch over to the east side of the intersection, closing Sage Avenue access to the east. All surface work is planned to be completed by Nov. 24.
During Family Weekend, Oct. 24-26, work will be temporarily stopped and the intersection will be opened for access. Fifteenth Street will remain open to two lanes of traffic at all times during this work. Some parking on Fifteenth will be restricted during the work so that traffic lanes can be maintained open.

“These projects complement the extensive streetscape work happening on the east side of campus,” said Barb Nelson, project manager in campus planning & facilities design. “We appreciate your cooperation in obeying all restrictions and passing through these work zones with caution while work is under way.” 9/29/03

Save the Date: President’s Town Meeting Nov. 11

President Shirley Ann Jackson will hold a Town Meeting for the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 pm in Room 308 of the Darrin Communications Center. She will discuss the “Renaissance at Rensselaer.” All are encouraged to attend. 8/25/03


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