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Community Service: Making a Difference in the Troy Community

Audra Baroni ’04

Student standout: Audra Baroni '04 has received the 2004 RAA Community Service Award. Photo by Mark McCarty.

When the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) searched for a suitable candidate for this year’s Community Service Award, Audra Baroni ’04 stood out from the crowd. A student who holds a 3.75 GPA, does significant scientific research in tissue engineering, and takes leadership roles in numerous student activities, Baroni also is a New York State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor.

Baroni staffs Troy’s Samaritan Hospital Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program’s 24-hour hotline for well beyond the required three times per month, 12-hour shifts. She also coordinated “V-day” activities in 2003, organizing a group of students to carry out sexual assault prevention programs. Her hundreds of hours of involvement were rewarded by the RAA with a grant of $1,000 to Samaritan’s sexual assault program.

“The RAA is committed to making a difference in the lives of current students and in the Troy community,” says Dennis Powers ’63, RAA president. “We are thrilled to recognize Audra for her dedication to those same ideals.”

In addition to her volunteer work at the hospital, Baroni has been involved with the Red & White student organization, and has served as a Reunion Student Host Coordinator. These activities have given her the opportunity to interact with alumni, something she enjoys.

“So many famous people who have accomplished amazing feats went to the same school as I do!” she says. “I’ve gotten such great advice from alumni, and they are truly inspiring to me.” It’s likely those alumni lucky enough to have met Baroni have taken inspiration from her, as well.

If you’re interested in meeting some of the amazing young men and women who are today’s Rensselaer students, get involved with the programs offered by the RAA and the Office of Alumni Relations. Write to, call the alumni office at (518) 276-6205, or visit AlumServ at to find out more.

New Alumni Web Community Coming Soon
The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce that Rensselaer will soon introduce the first fully integrated, user-friendly alumni Web community. The new service will place the power to network and gather information into your hands, and will utilize the latest technology to help you stay in touch with classmates and with Rensselaer. Features include: a searchable alumni directory; networking and job/resume posting; an e-mail address; online class notes; discussion boards; online event registration and secure credit card payments; online giving; and customized e-news. Watch your e-mail and AlumServ in the coming weeks for more details about this exciting new service.

Regional Open House May 11, 2004
Alumni from regional chapters across the country come to campus to welcome students relocating to their area, and provide them with geographical, professional, and chapter contact information. To volunteer to represent your area, contact Jacqueline Baker at or (518) 276-4132.

RAA Sponsors Rensselaer Ring Program
The RAA is offering you the opportunity to purchase a Rensselaer ring, styled after traditional class rings. For a preview of this new ring design, and information on the program for yourself or a special alumnus/na in your life, visit or call the alumni office at (518) 276-6205.

Receive E-Mailed News From Rensselaer
The Office of Alumni Relations wants to keep you informed of the latest Rensselaer news and alumni programs via its free e-mail newsletter. If you’re interested in receiving the newsletter, go to AlumServ at and click on the “Address Update” tab to fill in your e-mail address.

Please let us know your new address. Update it electronically on AlumServ, e-mail us at, or write to: Rensselaer Magazine, Office of Communications, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 or call (518) 276-6531.

Rensselaer Magazine: Spring 2004
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