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President's View

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Hawk Talk
Making a Difference
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Class Notes Features

Staying Connected

Looking Ahead

 

STAYING CONNECTED


THE NETWORK STAYS TOGETHER VIA THE WEB!


AlumServ, Rensselaer’s World Wide Web
site for alumni, has a new look and new features! In addition to providing vital information about programs and resources, the site is a great place for alumni to connect with each other.
The renovated site includes updated graphics and simplified links, a search engine, an “Online Services” section highlighting AlumServ’s interactive features, regional chapter pages with a clickable map and searchable calendar, free E-Mail for Life, updated giving pages with an “Electronic Gift Planner” that walks you through the steps of estate planning, and much more.

The Rensselaer Alumni
Association Mission :


The Rensselaer Alumni Association serves and represents alumni and the Institute by engaging and empowering all alumni as active and effective partners in the Rensselaer community and by promoting the lifelong, mutually beneficial pursuit of the aspirations shared by Rensselaer and its alumni.

2000-2001 RAA Board of Trustees Executive Committee (518) 276-6205 raa@rpi.edu

President
Jan S. Pirrong ’69
President Elect
Leland B. Bishop II ’60
Vice Presidents
Christina E. Banta ’83
Glenn O. Brown ’54
AnneMarie Ferraro ’90
Matthew C. Fox ’55
Douglas C. Hasbrouck ’57
James F. Morgan ’58
Mary K. Skevington ’79
William C. Stitt ’63
Raymond A. Weisner ’75
Vice President/Treasurer
Richard S. Latuchie ’73
Vice President Emeritus
David M. Diltz ’38
Institute Trustee Designate
Cornelius J. Barton ’58
Executive Director
David J. Bohan ’82

RenSource, a free Web service for Rensselaer alumni, makes it possible for alumni to locate classmates, post and search for jobs, and participate in student and alumni career mentoring. A new “Yellow Pages” module allows alumni to list their businesses for fellow alumni who might be looking for services.
  Alumni also can receive summaries of Rensselaer news each month by e-mail. Each story has a short introduction and a Web link to the full story. To sign up, follow the links from the
front page of AlumServ.

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RAA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Each year, hundreds of alumni volunteer for Rensselaer. Nominations are being sought to recognize these hard-working individuals through the Rensselaer Alumni Association awards program, which honors volunteers who have made significant contributions to the RAA and to the Institute.
Awards include:

Distinguished Service Award
—This highest award recognizes distinguished service by alumni or non-alumni, to Rensselaer, to a profession, to the nation, or to humanity.

Albert Fox Demers Medal

—This second highest award was established to recognize and stimulate interest in the welfare of the Institute by either alumni or non-alumni.

Alumni Key Award
—Recognizes outstanding service supporting the advancement of Rensselaer, by either alumni or non-alumni.

RAA Teaching Award
—Recognizes current faculty members for outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience, and commitment to students.

Send nominations to
Peter Pedone
Alumni Relations, 1301 Peoples Ave.
Troy, NY 12180-3500
Or e-mail pedonp@rpi.edu by Jan. 31, 2001.

Include the nominee’s name, your name and phone number, the award you are nominating the individual for, and a brief rationale.

Nominations Sought for RAA board, committees, and “Friends of Rensselaer”
The RAA is accepting nominations for next year’s board and committees. The board meets three times a year on campus, and serves as the voice of alumni for many campus and regional programs. Nominations also are being accepted for “Friends of Rensselaer.” Non-alumni who have rendered exceptional service to the association may be given this designation, and inducted as honorary alumni members for life. To nominate yourself or another alumnus for the RAA board/committees or for “Friends of Rensselaer,” send a brief statement of support to:

Joyce Kelly Martin
Alumni Relations, 1301 Peoples Ave.
Troy, NY 12180-3500
Or e-mail to martij@rpi.edu by Feb. 1, 2001.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS
SPORTING CHANCES

With 23 varsity teams, Rensselaer Athletics continues to be a great source of pride for alumni. And there are many opportunities for alumni to be a part of this productive program


A big part of “college spirit” comes from the excitement and fun of cheering on your school’s teams. Just because you’re a graduate doesn’t mean that fun has to end!

Alumni living in or visiting Florida in March 2001 have several chances to see some live Rensselaer sporting action. The men’s baseball team takes its annual spring training trip to Lakeland, Fla., March 8-18.

The women’s lacrosse team will practice at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Fla., March 10-17. Men’s lacrosse will play Bryant College in the Orlando area on March 14.

And fans on the West Coast can catch up with the men’s and women’s track teams in San Diego, training and competing at Point Loma Nazarene University March 11-18. Rensselaer’s student athletes would surely appreciate hearing the applause of supportive fans.

ALUMNI DATEBOOK

Feb. 3, 2001
Big Red Freakout

RPI takes on Vermont. Popular pre- and post-game Ice House festivities include a great dinner buffet and a chance to meet the team.

Feb. 10, 2001
Satellite Hockey

Annual telecast of RPI vs. Clarkson hockey game to locations across the country.

Feb. 24, 2001
Alumni Hockey Game.

Annual gathering of former players begins at noon. The current Engineers take on Brown at 7 p.m.

June 7-10, 2001
Reunion 2001

Take the next step toward preparing for your upcoming class Reunion! Call your classmates, make your reservations, and return your Personal Update Form today.

Program will include an affinity reunion of MBA and IT professionals.
If you are a Reunion class year (ending in 1 or 6) and haven’t received anything in the mail about your reunion, contact Alumni Relations at (518) 276-6205 or alumni@rpi.edu.
Reunion 2002 - June 6-9, 2002
Visit AlumServ at www.alumni.rpi.edu for details on all these events.

On campus, many sports teams host alumni gatherings where former players can get together to relive the glory days. Men’s basketball holds its annual alumni game on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m., following the varsity game against St. Lawrence. The women’s basketball alumni game is scheduled for Jan. 13 at noon. The men’s lacrosse alumni game will be played May 6, and women’s hockey will organize a gathering on Feb. 3.

Rensselaer’s Division I sports team, men’s hockey, began its season on Oct. 14 with a win over Boston University. Details on the popular Big Red Freakout Ice House, Satellite Hockey, and the Alumni Hockey Game are listed in “Alumni Date book” at right.

For more on Rensselaer’s athletic teams, visit www.rpi.edu/dept/athletics.


WANTED: REGIONAL AND CHAPTER ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVES

Help the Class of 2001 get off to a good start—volunteer at the Regional Alumni Chapter Open House, May 7, 2001, on the Rensselaer campus.

Help our soon-to-be alumni with relocation information and professional advice, and introduce them to chapter activities and events across the country.

“The Regional Open House was a wonderful opportunity for me to find information about the area to which I was relocating. Everything from maps to brochures was made available to answer my questions,” said Anne Marie Albini ’00, who attended the 2000 event as a graduating senior.

For information, contact Susan Haight at haighs@rpi.edu or (518) 276-6042.

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