|First Things First
One of the most important early decisions made under The Rensselaer Plan was deciding which commitments must be addressed first. These overarching priorities are still in effect: (1) Biotechnology and Information Technology, including the hiring of faculty constellations and construction of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; (2) First-Year Experience; and (3) Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.
In the past three years, 17 Rensselaer faculty members have received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, the NSFs most prestigious honor specifically for faculty in science and engineering at the beginning of their academic careers.
|Facelift for Residence Halls
Bray and Cary residence halls underwent a $2.7 million facelift last summer. Renovations for both halls included new lounges, meeting-room space, windows, bathroom facilities, and carpeting.
The Office of the First-Year Experience has received a three-year $150,000 Unity and Pluralism Grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support a new program called Preparing the Global Citizen, which will provide funds for faculty and staff seeking support for cultural awareness outside the classroom.