Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2011 - (Page 5)
Proud of Partnership
n behalf of Your American Cancer Society, I am writing to express great pride in our partnership with the students, faculty, and leadership of Rensselaer, as featured in the “Model Citizens” article (SpringSummer 2011). The article masterfully captured how events like the RPI-based Relay For Life and Coaches vs. Cancer succeed in engaging the entire community in the fight against cancer. Rensselaer and the Cancer Society have taken community service to new highs since the first Relay at Rensselaer in 2006. Each year, Rensselaer builds on its initial success and reaches beyond the boundaries of campus to positively impact the lives of those affected by cancer. Through their participation in Relay, the Rensselaer community made it possible to fund life-saving research, like that of faculty member Lee Ligon. Dollars raised also allow the Cancer Society to provide free rides to treatments for patients, and to be present in hospitals as an on-site resource for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. We are grateful to the entire Rensselaer community for their efforts in fighting cancer, and look forward to continuing our tradition of service together well into the future.
in the Spring-Summer 2011 issue. In it, you write about how Phi Sigma Kappa is buying St. Francis DeSales Church in Troy as their new frat house. I was Class of ’77 and a brother in Phi Sig. I met my wife, Patty, at the time a freshman at St. Rose in Albany, at a frat party in the spring of ’74. We dated all through our college years, and we both have many remembrances of the antics (to be kind about it) that went on at our then residence on the corner of Burdett and Hoosick. Remember the movie Animal House? They had nothing on us! Now, on reading of Phi Sigma Kappa buying a church, she and I were rolling on the floor in laughter. We agreed that this was a sign of both the end of western civilization and the coming apocalypse! Best of luck to the current brothers, and their new neighbors. LAWSON FOWBLE ’77 East Worcester, N.Y. More Articles on Greek Life s you may know, the Sigma Chi Fraternity brought back almost 200 RPI alumni to the RPI Reunion last October. I forget what portion of the total returning alumni that was but it was probably at least 20 percent or so and over 50 percent for Greekreturning alumni. I graduated from RPI in ’73 because I lacked six credits and gym, which was required back in 1971, my was-to-be graduation year. I’ve organized many frater-
DIANA MARTIN Regional Vice President American Cancer Society New Home for Fraternity t was with great interest and hilarity that I read the article, “Fraternity Purchases Church for New Home Near Campus,”
nity reunions and have donated to Sigma Chi over the years. I was favorably delighted to see the article on Phi Sigma Kappa (“Fraternity Purchases Church for New Home Near Campus”), to see Samuel Heffner ’56 cited as being a “brother” (Delta Kappa Epsilon), and the picture of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) brothers on page 52 in the Class Notes. I am in contact with nearly 800 RPI Sigma Chi alumni and I’m sure I can speak for them when I say that RPI and the RPI community would benefit from articles about RPI life, including fraternities and sororities. Our fraternity stood for “friendship, justice, and learning.” What’s more apple pie than that? I’ll be looking forward to your next magazine and will continue to hope that Greek life at RPI is shown and mentioned accordingly. ROBERT HUTNICK ’73 Herndon, Va. Carbon Footprint? n your Winter 2010-2011 edition, there is a reference on page 30 about “Using the Sun
to Make Ice” (“Red, White & Green”). The article describes how this will reduce the carbon footprint of the campus. I hope RPI doesn’t get caught up with the meaningless and glitzy expression “carbon footprint.” Every engineer knows that a footprint is an area, usually designating the area of a building or complex (such as RPI). The article goes on to express this correctly, referring to water and energy consumption per square foot. To call the equivalent carbon consumption to provide the water or energy the “carbon footprint” is confusing. A footprint has two dimensions. The carbon equivalent can be measured as weight or volume. This is much more understandable and meaningful than using a standard word and giving it new questionable meaning in order to show off that the user is an expert in the field by using the glitzy word “footprint.” I trust RPI does not fall into that category. If you want to be more emphatic, the expression could be “carbon impact.” That shows the concern for the problem. DONALD B. AULENBACH Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering West Caldwell, N.J. We’d love to hear from you! To provide space for as many letters as possible, we often must edit them for length. Address correspondence to: Rensselaer Magazine, Strategic Communications and External Relations, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (518) 276-6531.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2011
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2011
Obesity: ScienceWeighs In
Technology and Society
Engineering in the Fast Lane
One Last Thing
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2011