Alumni volunteers lend their support all across campus. Last fall, volunteers (pictured) took part in training to be college fair representatives, just one of the many involvement opportunities that exist for alumni. Photo by Thomas Griffin.
RENSSELAER TO VOLUNTEERS: WE HEAR YOU!
Volunteers help support Rensselaer in myriad
ways. More than 2,000 volunteers were listed in December's
'99-'00 Salute to Involvement, and that number continues to
The volunteer relations program provides
a comprehensive approach to identifying and placing alumni
who wish to volunteer for Rensselaer. "The most important
aspect is to assure that anyone who wishes to become involved
receives a response in a timely manner, and is presented with
The Rensselaer Alumni Association serves and represents alumni and the Institute by engaging
and empowering all alumni as active and effective partners in the Rensselaer community and by
promoting the lifelong, mutually beneficial pursuit of the aspirations shared by Rensselaer
and its alumni.
2000-2001 RAA Board of Trustees Executive Committee (518)
Jan S. Pirrong 69
Leland B. Bishop II 60
Christina E. Banta 83
Glenn O. Brown 54
AnneMarie Ferraro 90
Matthew C. Fox 55
Douglas C. Hasbrouck 57
James F. Morgan 58
Mary K. Skevington 79
William C. Stitt 63
Raymond A. Weisner 75
Richard S. Latuchie 73
VICE PRESIDENT EMERITUS
David M. Diltz 38
INSTITUTE TRUSTEE DESIGNATE
Cornelius J. Barton 58
David J. Bohan 82
options that fit the volunteer's particular interests and
skills," says Jeff Schanz, director of the volunteer relations
program. Since last fall, nearly 400 alumni have contacted
the Office of Alumni Relations to become more involved. These
potential volunteers have been referred to local chapters,
and departments and schools across campus with very positive
Alumni involvement varies greatly. Volunteers
have been referred to Admissions to assist with recruitment;
others work to strengthen regional chapter participation;
some are helping to build an electronic and media arts mentor
A focus on information technology is at
the forefront of the Rensselaer Plan, and the volunteer relations
program assisted with the development of an alumni/ student
mentor program involving IT professionals. "The IT Mentor
Program will assist our current students with career and educational
decisions," says Jim Napolitano '77, director of information
technology. "It will also help educate the mentors, who return
to their corporations with a better idea of what we are teaching
our students and what Rensselaer can offer their companies."
To learn more about volunteer opportunities,
visit AlumServ at www.alumni.rpi.edu
or contact Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 276-6205.
LEGACIES: RENSSELAER PRIDE ACROSS GENERATIONS
More than 200 people attended a reception for current legacy students, their families, and legacy alumni held Nov. 4 during Family Weekend at the Heffner Alumni House. This annual program recognizes legacies (alumni related to current students or other alumni) for their continued support, provides networking opportunities, and helps legacies remain connected to Rensselaer. For more on the legacy program, contact Susan Haight at (518) 276-6042 or email@example.com.
and Chapter Alumni Representatives
Help the Class
of 2001 get off to a good startvolunteer at the Regional
Alumni Chapter Open House Monday, May 7, on the Rensselaer
campus. Alumni from across the country come to meet
and welcome graduating students who are relocating to
their area. Alumni provide important information about
living and working in their area. For information, contact
Susan Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 276-6042.
'TUTE TALK: SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND GET ADVICE ONLINE
The alumni office has introduced Web discussion boards, where
alumni can meet and talk with others in the same class, professional
interest area, or chapter, and get advice from alumni experts
in featured subject areas. You don't need to be a computer
expertthe boards are simple to use, and online help is a
click away. There are unmoderated discussions (affinity groups,
regional chapters, Reunion classes) and moderated "Ask the
Expert" discussions, such as those that took place in February
on Information Technology and how to get a P.E. license. Visit
the Online Services section of AlumServ for details.
| Photo by Geoff Seber.
THE RIGHT STUFF:
CLASS OF 1951 REUNION COMMITTEE
The Office of Alumni Relations works with 10 class committees
each year to produce an outstanding Reunion. Members of the
classes meet to plan events that are interesting, educational,
"This year's Class of 1951 committee is
really cooking up an outstanding event," says Kathy Kinsey,
Reunion program director.
When asked what makes a successful Reunion
committee, George Wheeler '51 says it's like following a recipe.
"Start with liberal amounts of planning, coordination, and
communication, along with a pinch of participation in campus
activities. Mix liberally with a Reunion committee of local,
convivial, and dedicated classmates.
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"While the mixture ages over five years,"
Wheeler continues, "the committee should make multiple uses
of available communication devices (mail, e-mail, meeting,
and phone) to inform the class of progress." Wheeler says
the committee frequently "sampled" Reunion at meetings in
Florida, Saratoga, and at the Notty Pine "to assure complete
satisfaction with the finished product."
In addition to careful planning of their
Reunion events, the class set an ambitious goal of raising
$1 million for their 50th Reunion gift. To date, they have
over $600,000 committed. The '51 planning committee includes
Stanley Lash, Walter Loick, George Wheeler, Frederick Comstock,
Robert DeSio, Howard Clarkson, Anthony Reale, Michael Cocca,
Al Harrison, Carl Machover, Richard Lupi, and Henry Randall.
The Class of 1951 Web site has photos and
updates on Reunion plans. Visit it at www.alumni.rpi.edu/services/class/1951/index.html.
To learn more about your own Reunion committee
or activities, contact Kathy Kinsey, assistant director, alumni
relations, at email@example.com
or (518) 276-2832.