|"Let Us Begin"|
Rensselaer’s commitment to its regional neighbors was celebrated in a festive event on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Approach and in downtown Troy. Called “Celebrating Communiversity,” the events expressed Jackson’s vision of the campus as a global community embracing Troy, the state, the nation, and beyond.
“The city surrounds the university, it hosts the university, it supports the university,” Jackson said at the Approach. “So what better place to kick off this communiversity than on this beautifully restored and welcoming staircase that has provided many a Rensselaer student with a good aerobic workout while standing as a link between town and gown.”
Performances by Rensselaer musical and theatrical groups, strolling entertainers, events especially for children, and free ice cream were part of the day’s featured fun. Fireworks over the Hudson River capped off the festivities. In addition, community groups in the city of Troy hosted their own Troy FallFest to honor Rensselaer’s new president.
In a letter to the campus community after the week’s celebration had ended, Jackson praised the efforts of organizers. “Every event provided a great opportunity to showcase Rensselaer, its programs, its people, and its potential for the future. The feedback from our visitors has been extremely positive, and I am proud to be a part of you as together we move Rensselaer into the 21st century.
“I look forward to working with each of you in fulfilling our dreams and aspirations for Rensselaer. To put it simply, I am thrilled to be your president.”
|CELEBRATING COMMUNIVERSITY: (l-r, top to bottom) Architecture Dean Alan Balfour; costumed strollers took part in the events; campus and community members alike participated; local dignitaries spoke; there were events especially for children; many local television and newspaper reporters covered the inauguration events; the newly restored Approach set the stage for the “communiversity” theme.|