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 Staying Connected—Rensselaer Alumni Association

Bridging the Gap
Engaging Rensselaer's Future Alumni

A recent study of graduates of four-year colleges and universities found that the greatest gap between “the way things are” and “the way alumni wish they could be” is in the area of alumni involvement with students.

The Office of Alumni Relations has been creating more ways for alumni to directly interact with Rensselaer’s future alumni—our students— from Day One. Red & White, an organization made up of friendly and enthusiastic Rensselaer students, hosts alumni during campus events and alumni visits. Students are involved with the RAA Board of Trustees and its Student Life Committee, which is developing a Web page for students who are about to transition to alumni life. The page encompasses “real life” topics not covered in class.   Alumni have more frequently been brought back to campus to speak to students. The RAA Back to Campus Speaker Series features workshops with students that delve into professional life experiences. In addition, many departments around campus are providing opportunities for students to discuss career fields as well as solving real-life case studies with alumni.   As students get ready to begin their careers, programs are in place to ease that transition. A Regional Chapter Open House is scheduled for graduating students on May 8 on campus (see Alumni Datebook). Young alumni now comprise 20 percent of the RAA Board and have a strong voice in alumni programs. Many new services available to young alumni have been added, including RenSource—an online networking tool that integrates business/career mentoring, job posting, and multi-field search capabilities; topical listservs; alumni career services; and new developing alumni affinity groups based on common interests.   If you are interested in working with Rensselaer students, contact Susan Haight at (518) 276-6042 ( or check out Student Programs on AlumServ at

Alumni Datebook

The Internet in the New Economy: Why Not Change the World? May 2 Internet companies and the entrepre-neurs who create them are transforming the global economy. This forum offers an opportunity for industry executives and entrepreneurs in the Boston area to discuss current and future trends with experts at the forefront of the Internet revolution. Register via e-mail at or visit the Web site (after April 3) at Regional Open House May 8 Alumni from regional chapters across the country come to campus to meet students relocating to their area, and give them geographical, professional, and chapter contact information. To volunteer to represent your area, contact Susan Haight at or (518) 276-6042. Reunion Training Sessions Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 Join the Reunion 2001 and 2002 class committees 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 Sept. 22 Nominations are now being considered. Please contact Mark Rice ’71 at or (518) 276-8398 for information. Plan Ahead! Reunion 2001 - June 7-10 Reunion 2002 - June 6-9

Visit AlumServ at, the Rensselaer alumni World Wide Web source

Find the latest news 1 sports 1 RAA information 1 links to Rensselaer affinity groups 1 local RAA chapters 1 the Entrepreneur Network 1 free “E-mail for Life” 1 Add yourself to the alumni e-mail directory and the RenSource networking tool 1 submit Class Notes 1 update your address

Rensselaer Connections
The Network Works

The recent announcement of a new high-technology campus project along Maryland’s I-270 technology corridor is a direct result of connections made through Rensselaer’s Baltimore/ Washington Building Council—an alumni affinity group focused on the building trades/real estate development industries. The 227-acre mixed-use site includes the potential adaptive re-use of an existing, architecturally significant headquarters building (pictured above) designed by Cesar Pelli in 1967. The feasibility team for this project was assembled by Jerry Williamson ’55 of WM&F Commercial, LLC (lead developer), and includes Michael Mills ’93 of HNTB (project architect), Jonathan Rivera ’94 of HNTB’s Alexandria office (a project designer), William Kominers ’73 of Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane (land use attorney), and John Rickert ’70 of R.G. Vanderweil (lead electrical engineer). Find out how you can benefit from Rensselaer’s new affinity groups by checking out AlumServ at, under “Affinity Groups” or “Networking/Career.”

Information Technology Professionals gathering - June 2-3, 2000

Legacy Reception On Nov. 6, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted an event for legacy alumni, students, and their families. More than 260 people, including 82 legacy families from across the country, enjoyed a pre-hockey game reception and keynote speech by President Jackson. Guests enjoyed special seating at that evening’s hockey game, and legacy hockey player profiles were featured in the evening’s hockey program. For more information on the legacy program, contact Susan Haight at or (518) 276-6042. Lally Graduate School Reunion and Venture Capital Forum In response to the interest demonstrated by alumni involved in the Lally Graduate School Reunion program in October 1999, Rensselaer is planning follow-up events, both regionally and on campus. The next on-campus program is scheduled for Oct. 6-7, 2000, when nationally recognized venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will visit Rensselaer for seminars, discussions, and more. To help organize these events, contact Michele Brumsey at or (518) 276-6910. wanted: It Professionals! Want to get involved with your alma mater in the innovative new information technology (IT) programs that are setting the pace for education around the world? A gathering of IT professionals is being planned for June 2-3, 2000. If you are an IT professional, contact Michele Brumsey at or (518) 276-6910 for more information on programs, and to network with other Rensselaer IT leaders.

The Rensslaer 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.

President 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


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