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Last Year’s Highlights

Development, approval, and implementation of the RAA’s Strategic Plan were key activities of the RAA Board of Trustees this past year. Focusing on the alumni aspects of the Rensselaer Plan, we identified 14 specific actions for the next five years. To ensure that Strategic Plan objectives are met, a plan with metrics will be developed for each of the five years. We have also aligned the timing of our plan development with that of Institute performance and budget planning, in order to coordinate possible collaborative actions.

A major focus during the past year has been the integration of Rensselaer at Hartford alumni with the RAA. At year end, we had completed much of that task, with Hartford alumni integrated into the alumni database and now receiving Rensselaer magazine. We have one task left to complete — integrating the Rensselaer at Hartford Alumni Association with the RAA Hartford alumni chapter. This is to be completed in fall 2002.

Tribute was paid to the top volunteers and chapters with the RAA Awards. This year’s Distinguished Service Award was presented to Alex Young ’58 for his dedicated service to the RAA and the Institute. Young has been a board member and past president of the RAA, as well as a member of the Institute Board of Trustees. The Chapter of the Year Award went to Boston and the Phonathon Award to Syracuse and Westchester. Visit AlumServ at for a list of all of the awards presented over the course of the year, including the RAA Fellows Awards, Albert Fox Demers Medal, Alumni Key Award, Teaching Award, and the Rensselaer at Hartford Alumni Award.

Next Year’s Focus

In fiscal year 2003, while we focus on the 14 actions of our Strategic Plan, particular emphasis will be placed on:
  • Expanding the e-mail address database to over 30,000 alumni.
  • Aligning the RAA FY2004 goals development process with the Institute FY2004 performance planning process.
  • Working with geographic alumni regions to expand the chapter and affinity alumni leadership base.
  • Completing the integration of Hartford area alumni groups.

As always, part of next year’s activities will be to help alumni become involved, whether it is with the RAA or in other areas that support the Institute. If you would like to become involved, an easy first step is to learn what is happening within the RAA — nationally, locally in your region, and on campus. The e-mail news update service mentioned earlier is a simple way to receive monthly summaries of stories that are relevant and interesting to you.

There are numerous ways for you to get involved to benefit yourself and your alma mater. If you want to provide some of your time, the Volunteer Relations Program matches interest and volunteer needs on a case-by-case basis. You can find out more by visiting AlumServ ( or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (518) 276-6205.

Being a Rensselaer volunteer has been rewarding for me. I have seen other alumni benefit from their connection to Rensselaer and, in turn, I have seen the Institute benefit from the support and the involvement of our fantastic alumni.

Leland Bishop ’60
RAA President

Rensselaer Magazine: September 2002
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