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50 Year Club News
50 Year Club News

If you graduated 50 years ago or more, you are automatically a lifetime member of the 50 Year Club. If you paid one-time dues of $50, you are an “active” member of the 50 Year Club.

Dues help defray the expenses of mailings to members (although an incentive to contact more of you by e-mail will reduce those costs) and to partially subsidize events such as the induction of new members at Reunion each year, as well as selected campus projects such as the 50 Year Club display case in the Rensselaer Union (which is updated each year), and the annual awards to three members of the Red & White Club—a student organization that helps alumni in many ways.

The current president of the 50 Year Club is Harry (Bud) Hovey ’52, who can be contacted at hhhovey@verizon.net or (518) 283-2337; the secretary is Bob DeSio ’51, who can be contacted at desio@alum.rpi.edu.

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Class of 2008 Gift

The restored Union carillon, class gift of the Class of 2008, rang the chimes of the alma mater for the first time in nearly a decade on Oct. 18 at a dedication ceremony held during Homecoming Weekend. The new carillon brings back to campus a long-standing tradition. The original carillon system, a 15th Reunion gift of the Class of 1952, was installed in 1967 and ran until 1999, when the technology failed. The new system is installed on top of the Student Union, with re-coned speakers to ensure the highest level of sound quality. The alma mater plays every day at noon, and chimes ring at the top of the hour on weekdays from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Taking part in the ceremony were, from left, Ryan Hawthorne ’08, Trent Gillaspie ’08, Daniel Horvath ’08, and Blake Huovie ’08.

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