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Theta Chi Celebrates Centennial
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Theta Chi Fraternity celebrated 100 years at Rensselaer on Nov. 8 with a gala dinner at the Heffner Alumni House. Nearly 200 undergraduate brothers, alumni, and guests gathered for the dinner and a football game at the ’86 Field.

Theta Chi’s Delta Chapter came into existence in September 1908 and has occupied four different locations in Troy, including the current house at 2100 Burdett Avenue. The chapter’s alumni corporation is raising $1 million to upgrade that facility, originally designed by Graham Williams ’54.

Notable Theta Chi alumni, who have played important roles in Rensselaer’s history, were honored at the event, including Earl “Dusty” Rhodes ’21, Carl Thomsen ’38, C. Sheldon Roberts ’48, and W. Robert McIntosh ’60. The chapter also celebrated a history of brothers active in campus life, including GMs, PUs, athletic team captains, and directors and presidents of the RAA.

The celebration was chaired by Lew D. French III ’83, and attended by Theta Chi’s national president, Doug Allen, and also by the oldest living member of Theta Chi’s Alpha Chapter (Norwich University), Dan Fleetham Sr.

Theta Chi alumni, shown above, from left, are Greg Willmott ’87, Rich Boroway ’73, Ray Rumanowski ’73, Bob Wright ’72, Max Gowen ’73, and Bob Baker ’73.

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Boston Chapter Fashion Show

Paul Lewandowski ’89, fourth from left, led architecture firm SMRT’s entry in the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Boston chapter 2008 fashion show, which teamed design firms with interior product manufacturers to create runway fashion. SMRT created clothing using Mannington Flooring products—carpeting, sheet vinyl flooring, and related materials—and received the “Best Use of Materials” award at the charity event. Lewandowski is a principal and leader of the private and higher education sector at SMRT, which also employs Rensselaer alumni Craig Piper ’94, Lynne Holler ’89, and Derek Veilleux ’98.

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National Conference for Women Engineers

More than 40 alumnae and students attended a reception for Rensselaer alumnae held in conjunction with SWE08—The National Conference for Women Engineers, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Nov. 6. Members of the steering committee for the first-time Rensselaer event included Jonna Cory Gerken ’96, Sara Gulick ’03, and Lisa Muscanell ’09, president of RPI’s Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

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