The Network Works
Entrepreneur Group Facilitates Alumni Success
Many of those involved with REN have benefited from the expertise, intellect, and volunteerism of Stu Benton 62, a successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor. Bentons involvement began about two years ago, when he attended a New York City entrepreneur affinity group event. Benton was so impressed by what he saw that it was not long before he was part of RENs leadership team, and began helping the group develop and grow. He also became involved in the information technology group, acting as a panelist at a job forum on campus for ITstudents, and helping develop a new group in Boston.
Working with the Lally School, Benton taught a class on entrepreneurship last year. He also mentors many young companies from the Incubator Center. He has run several workshops on campus for these companies, as well as sessions for Lally School students, on developing business plans and a venture pitch to present to venture capitalists. Involvement in the entrepreneur affinity group has been very satisfying for me, says Benton. I enjoy interacting with current students. Im glad to share my knowledge and experience with them, and in return, they always energize and challenge me. In addition to his involvement with the REN group, Benton is a member of the Annual Funds Leadership Gift Committee and the RAA board.
Would you benefit from networking with alumni experienced in entrepreneurial start-ups and venture capital? Do you have knowledge and experience to share with alumni who are starting up a business? Affinity groups also exist for biotechnology, information technology, building trades, and patent law. Put your Rensselaer connection to work for you, and get involved today. To learn more, go to www.alumni.rpi.edu/si/affinity.html or contact Kathy Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-2832.
Student / Alumni Partnerships
One of the main goals of the RAA and of the Office of Alumni Relations is to facilitate alumni connections. These connections occur every day among the many members of the Rensselaer network, in classrooms, businesses, virtually, and at social gatherings. What you may not know is that some of the most rewarding partnerships are those that happen when alumni meet future alumniRensselaers current students. Many programs exist to foster interaction between students and alumni, and both groups are realizing the benefits of getting involved; Edith Werpachowski 04 recently discovered for herself the global power of the Rensselaer alumni network.
Werpachowski is vice president for recruitment for the Red & White Student Organizationa group of students who serve as ambassadors for Rensselaer, generate pride in the university, and promote student awareness of the RAA. Activities include interfacing with alumni and community representatives at university events, participating in corporate executive visits, and promoting alumni speaker programs.
Werpachowski, a chemical engineering student, attended an alumni dinner last fall and was seated with Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann 42 Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Howard Isermann 42 himself, the former trustee for whom the department is named. Werpachowski expressed her desire to experience different cultures while expanding her skills in her chosen field. Dordick was able to provide her with a contact at BASF in Germany, where she was able to land a great summer internship.
Im excited about this opportunity because I am minoring in German, says Werpachowski. It will allow me to work in my field of study in Germany at one of the worlds most successful chemical companies.
Connecting with students can be rewarding on many levels. Look for opportunities to meet current students at affinity and regional chapter events, on campus at dinners, Reunions, and seminars, and virtually on Web discussion groups and listservs. You just might be able to make a difference in a students life, and enrich your own in the process.
Contact Alumni Relations at email@example.com or (518)276-6205.
|Rensselaer Loses Dedicated Volunteer John Buckley 49
Rensselaer lost one of its most dedicated volunteers when John P. Buckley 49 passed away this April. Buckley was well-known to alumni who participated in the RAAs travel program as the programs manager and a frequent guest on trips. He was a familiar figure to residents of the Troy community as well, having been city manager for more than a decade. Buckley spent more than 30 years in public service in the city, acting as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities, overseeing the building of Troys new water filtration system in the 1960s, and the construction of the new City Hall and Riverfront Park. Troys water filtration plant was named in Buckleys honor.
Buckley spent a great deal of time in the Office of Alumni Relations in his volunteer role as tour program manager. He was an important part of our staff, notes Jeff Schanz, acting director of alumni relations, and he was instrumental in moving the travel program forward. Well miss his dedication, his humor, and his directness. He was a great volunteer, and a good friend.
During this period of transition, contact alumni relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-6205 for information.
The Office of Alumni Relations held the second annual Thankathon in April. The Thankathon concept is a simple one: Rensselaers best student volunteersmembers of the Red & White Student Organization and RenXchangecontacted over 1,000 of the universitys best alumni volunteers to simply say thank you for their commitment and service to their alma mater. The students reached enrollment managers, mentors, board members, chapter leaders, and Reunion volunteers, as well as countless others. The alumni were gratified that Rensselaer took the time to offer a personal thank you, and especially pleased that the call came from a current student.
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