Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012 - (Page 42)
A Lost Ring Brings a Family Full Circle
ack in the spring of 2009, a class ring missing for more than 50 years was returned to its owner. Now, the owner of that lost ring will watch with pride as his grandson joins the Rensselaer family as a member of the Class of 2016. Juan Gonzalez ’49 (seated below) had lost the ring on a beach in San Juan while enjoying the day with his children. The ring remained buried in the sand until a FexEx pilot on layover in Puerto Rico discovered it as he combed the beach for treasure with his metal detector. The ring was returned to Gonzalez, and he was invited to return with his family to attend the Junior Ring Ceremony in 2011, and share his story with the Class of 2012.
Mars Science Lab team members react to Curiosity’s safe landing on Mars. Members of the team and Dean of Science Laurie Leshin will talk about the science behind the Rover and the study of its findings at Reunion & Homecoming.
Reunion & Homecoming: Exploring the “Red” Planet
Make plans to attend Oct. 5-7
takes place the weekend of Oct. 5-7, some very special guests will be among the attendees. In fact, you might say they are “out of this world!” Members of the team who built the Mars Rover Curiosity will share the science behind the construction and launch of the rover, as well as the study of its findings, at a special program on Saturday, Oct. 6. Also on hand will be Dean of Science Laurie Leshin, who came to Rensselaer from NASA and remains deeply involved in the development of tools to search for water and life on Mars. The Mars Rover program is just one of the many fun, educational, and exciting offerings during Reunion & Homecoming weekend. On Friday, President Jackson will bring attendees up-to-date on the refreshed Rensselaer Plan. An all-new Physics Magic Show, with Aidyl GonzalezSerricchio ’94, will make its debut on Saturday. Milestone anniversary celebrations will include: 30 years of Science and Technology Studies;
HEN REUNION & HOMECOMING
40 years of the Arts Department; the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development’s 20th anniversary; Lambda Chi Alpha’s 75th anniversary; Alpha Phi Omega’s 65th anniversary; and the Phalanx 100th anniversary celebration. In addition, the weekend will include reunions for classes ending in 2 or 7, football and hockey games, a Back-to-Class program, tours, dinners, lunches, and more! Contact your friends, classmates, teammates, Greek brothers and sisters, and encourage them to join you on campus for this very exciting, educational, and entertaining experience— worth the trip from any planet in the galaxy! Visit the website at alumni.rpi.edu/reunion for a schedule of information, a list of who’s coming, online registration, where to stay, and complete details on the various affinity group gatherings, or contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-6205.
Accompanying Gonzalez was his grandson, Gabriel Kurtzman-Gonzalez, who took a tour of campus and visited with the admissions office. He must have been impressed, because Gabriel has enrolled as a member of the incoming Class of 2016—joining one of many legacy families who chose a shared Rensselaer education.
Reception with President Shirley Ann Jackson. The Petroleum Club of Houston, Texas. Join area alumni for a reception and presentation of “Rensselaer at 200: Refreshing The Rensselaer Plan.” For more details, contact Susan Haight at email@example.com or (518) 276-6042.
Alumni Reception at AIPLA, Washington, D.C. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking with alumni from across the country in the patent law, intellectual property, and licensing fields. For more information, contact Susan Haight at haighs@ rpi.edu or (518) 276-6042.
Alumnae Reception at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference. Rensselaer alumnae in Houston, Texas, are cordially invited to a networking reception at the annual SWE conference. For more information, contact Susan Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-6042.
Alumni Reception at the Architecture Boston Expo (formerly Build Boston). Join other alumni in the building trades for this exclusive Rensselaer alumni reception. For more information, contact Kathy Kinsey at email@example.com or (518) 276-2832.
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