Welcome to the
Alumni and students
came together at the Heffner Alumni House for the second annual Regional
Alumni Chapter Open House and Reception.
Hosted by the Office
of Alumni Relations, the event helps ease the transition for graduating
students into “the real world”—a new community and a professional career.
On May 8, 225 students
spoke with alumni from chapters in New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston, New
York City, Washington, D.C., the Hudson-Mohawk Region, the West Coast,
Students got tips
on where to live and shop, what to do on Saturday night, where to meet
people their own age, and what alumni activities are taking place in the
area. Campus representatives from the Career Development Center, Professional
and Distance Education, and Graduate Admissions were on hand to share
professional and career information.
Students could also
sign up for RenSource,
the searchable alumni database for career mentoring and job opportunities,
and E-mail for
Life, a free “@alum.rpi.edu” e-mail address—available through any
Web browser worldwide—that alumni can keep permanently, regardless of
changes in their location or Internet access provider. Both services are
an excellent way for alumni to stay in touch with each other, and with
For information on
getting involved in alumni relations programs for students, contact Susan
Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518)
276-6042. To find out what’s going on in the regional chapter in your
area, contact Bethany Beaudoin at email@example.com
or (518) 276-2794.
THE NETWORK WORKS...FOR
STUDENTS AND ALUMNI
Liz Tse ’98 is an
outstanding example of how students can benefit from the Rensselaer network.
As a member of the Red & White Student Organization, a group of students
who represent Rensselaer at high-visibility functions, Tse connected with
alumni like Art Gajarsa ’62, who placed her in internships that will give
her an edge over her competition in the job market.
As an undergraduate,
Liz Tse ’98 met MapInfo Chair Michael Marvin and CEO John Cavalier at
a campus event where she was a student host. They expressed an interest
in tapping into Rensselaer’s talent pool, and Tse jumped at the opportunity
to share her resume. She landed a position as a product marketing intern,
where she designed and built a competitive analysis database and conducted
marketing research. That internship eventually led to a summer position
on two product launch teams, where Tse wrote product launch documents
and coordinated a beta testing program from the marketing perspective.
During Tse’s senior
year, at an RAA-sponsored “Back to Campus Speaker Series” event, she met
the featured speaker, the Honorable Arthur Gajarsa ’62, judge of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (pictured above). As a prospective
law student, Tse listened carefully to Gajarsa’s advice for young law
students, and his opinions on how a Rensselaer education and its focus
on analytical thinking are good preparation for a career in law.
Tse impressed Judge
Gajarsa so much that this summer she will work with him at an internship
where she will get real-world legal experience—not to mention the prestige
of working with a Court of Appeals judge.
“I am confident this
experience will give me an edge when I apply for permanent placement after
graduation,” says Tse.
To find out how you
can get involved with current Rensselaer students, visit “Student
Programs” on AlumServ.
Share Your Knowledge
The alumni relations office will soon introduce threaded discussion boards
on the Web. They’re seeking alumni experts to help kick off the discussions,
which will be professionally focused and should be of sufficient interest
to draw a cross section of alumni and students. If you are well-versed
in an interest area and willing to volunteer for a short period of time,
contact Susan Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 276-6042.
February’s satellite hockey broadcast provided a chance for a mini-Reunion
in Philadelphia. Thanks to Jon Merz ’78, nine Sigma Chi brothers got together
to enjoy the game at Flanigans Boat House. Alumni events are a great way
to gather friends, colleagues, teammates, club members, or any other group
with a Rensselaer connection. To find out how to get a group of your friends
together at an event in your area, contact Michele Brumsey at email@example.com
or (518) 276-6910.
Find a Job Online
Futurestep is an executive online search service for management professionals
across all industries. It is free to Rensselaer alumni, and is strictly
confidential. RenSource, a Web-based, password-protected database available
only to Rensselaer alumni, provides a job search and job-posting module.
Access either program on AlumServ.
JobTrak, offered in conjunction with the Career Development Center, is
an online database with thousands of technical job openings posted daily.
Alumni can gain access for six months for $25. Contact Anita DeCianni-Brown
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 276-6234.
Visit AlumServ for more info on the Rensselaer network.
Reunion 2001 Training
Aug. 16 and Aug. 19
Join your Reunion 2001 class committee to get the tips, tools, and support
you need to plan the best Reunion ever. Call Alumni Relations at (518)
276-6205 for details.
The William F.
Glaser ’53 Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration
Friday, Sept. 22
The celebration begins in the morning with networking, followed by the
keynote address. Visit www.mgmt.rpi.edu/
lally/entrepreneurship for more information or contact the Severino
Center at (518) 276-8398.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Join past and present student leaders for the official reopening of the
renovated Union. The celebration begins midday and is followed by a football
game and an “old-fashioned Chowderfest!”
Reunion 2001 - June 7-10
Find the latest news,
sports, RAA information, links to Rensselaer affinity groups, local chapters,
the Entrepreneur Network, free “E-mail for Life.”
Add yourself to the RenSource networking database, submit Class Notes,
or update your address.
Sign up for RenSource—online
alumni networking—on AlumServ at www.alumni.rpi.edu/alum/default.asp
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.
Board of Trustees Executive Committee
(518) 276-6205 or email@example.com
Jan S. Pirrong ’69
Past President Glenn O. Brown ’54
Vice Presidents Christina E. Banta ’83
William C. Blanchfield ’60
Matthew C. Fox ’55
Harry G. Greenleaf ’57
Douglas C. Hasbrouck ’57
Joseph A. Morein ’59
James F. Morgan ’58
John J. Stolzenthaler ’65
Raymond A. Weisner ’75
Vice President/Treasurer Richard S. Latuchie ’73
Vice President Emeritus David M. Diltz ’38
Institute Trustee Designate Richard J. Bouchard ’58
Please let us know your new address.
Update it electronically on AlumServ, e-mail us at alum.mag@
rpi.edu, or write to: Rensselaer Magazine, Marketing and Media Relations,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 or call (518) 276-6531.