Theater Gets Name in New Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center
Those who knew the late David Goodman 39 would have expected no lesswhen he walked into President Shirley Ann Jacksons office last summer, he greeted her with a big kiss. With such enthusiasm he approached his life, his work, and his alma mater. Goodman was the epitome of the successful entrepreneur: self-reliant, resourceful, and dynamic. He owed it all to Rensselaer. If it werent for the technical knowledge I acquired, the self-confidence, and the appetite for hard work, he once said, I would not have been able to achieve my goals.
Plans for the facility are moving ahead. London-based architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners (and their New York subsidiary, NPGUSA) are working on design, and an active search for artistic director is in full swing. Rensselaer faculty and consultants are developing the program, with an emphasis on residencies by visiting performing artists and artists with a focus on electronic media, which will form a cornerstone of both the performance and research missions. Resident artists will conduct performances in the Goodman Theater (and the other performance spaces housed in the center), engage in research, and interact with and enrich the lives of students and faculty of Rensselaer and the lives of the surrounding communities.
The (Class) Gift of a Lifetime
It is remarkable that people who went to college together more than 50 years ago still keep in touch. It is even more noteworthy when one considers that the class that entered Rensselaer in the fall of 1947 was composed not only of young high school graduates, but of seasoned veterans of World War IIa diverse body of students with a variety of experiences. But keep in touch they did.
They devised a planthen they implemented it. They recruited new volunteers and they worked with Rensselaer staff. They decided that the best way to make a difference would be to make a gift to the endowmenta gift of a lifetime that would generate income in perpetuity. Thus were born the Class of 51 Endowments to support the Class of 1951 Teaching Award, the Student Entrepre- neurship Award, and the Transfer Student Scholarshipall areas key to Rensselaers future success.
The class committee stirred a lot of enthusiasmmore than 140 classmates attended their 50th Reunion. They also generated unprecedented class giving to Rensselaerto their endowed funds, to other restricted purposes, and to the Rensselaer Annual Fund. The Class of 51 led all Reunion giving, from the greatest number of new Patroons, to the highest total class giftmore than $1.2 million (see class competition report on page 27 of Salute to Involvement, included with this issue).
The Class of 51 Endowments have grown to over half a million dollarsand the class is determined to grow them even more. Why have they been so generous to Rensselaer? Says John Frey 51, I returned from service in Germany in the summer of 46. I hadnt been in school for some years. I wouldnt have been able to succeed in college, and in my career, without the assistance I received from RPI.
Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Class of 51, and lots of hard work, future Rensselaer students are guaranteed that assistance.
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