Rensselaer welcomed nearly 1,100 alumni and their guests back to campus to celebrate Reunion 03 the weekend of June 12-15. From the Class of 23 to the Class of 98, alumni with years ending in 3 and 8 returned to reunite with classmates and reacquaint themselves with Rensselaer.
Returning alumni participated in a variety of events, some 60 in all, that took place throughout the weekend, including lunches with the academic deans and alumni college classes, tours of campus and Troy, exhibits, a golf scramble, dinner cruise, and comedy night, and the gala class dinners. The Class of 53 was treated to a garden party at the home of President Shirley Ann Jackson, and a capacity crowd attended Jacksons State of the Institute address.
Three returning alumni, Dani Bolognesi 63, Jeffrey Lipton 63, and Jesse Treu 68, held a panel discussion about their company Trimeris and its breakthrough anti-HIV drug. And architecture graduates from the Class of 53, organized by Peter Seidner 53, mounted an impressive display of their accomplishments titled How Diverse We Became.
The senior returning graduate and sole representative of the Class of 23 was Isadore Warshaw 23, who made up in energy and stamina for his lack of classmates. He led the festive Parade of Classes as Honorary Grand Marshal.
The 50 Year Club, which comprises all classes that graduated at least 50 years ago, welcomed an energetic Class of 53 into its ranks.
Wow! What a wonderful 50th Reunion, said Arthur Goldstein 53. The spirit of the weekend was captured as 240 of us danced and sang our way across the 15th Street bridge. Indeed the parade judges accorded the class the Spirit Award.
All returning classes put energy into their parade entries, producing clever reminders of their years on campus from punch cards to sit-ins and bribes vying for the judges attention.
Under the backdrop of progressive changes on campus, including the dramatic rising of the new Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, alumni found opportunities to connect past and present.
It was great to see old friends and meet new ones, said Karen Holodak Nicholson 78. Frank Knudsen 43 said he appreciated the opportunity to get well acquainted with several I hardly knew in our college days.
Alumni also enjoyed the opportunity to share the campus experience with graduates from other eras.
One of the most impressive parts of the Reunion weekend was the number of alumni present from the Class of 1953, said Kimberly Makuch Kotkoskie 93. It was their 50th Reunion, and I can only hope that we show as much school spirit at our 50th.
For a complete list of Reunion facts, including who attended, visit www.alumni. rpi.edu/si/reunion/reunion.html.
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