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weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society
New student group fosters school spirit, celebrates tradition
REGIONAL ALUMNI CHAPTERS
NSPIRED BY THE AFFILIATED STUDENT ADVANCE-
ment Programs Conference in the summer, a group of student leaders has gathered together to create a new spirit group at Rensselaer. Titled weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society, the group says its mission is to foster school spirit by promoting student involvement, support, and unity
through unique programming that embraces the existing culture in an effort to ensure that “tradition never graduates.” The group was created in association with the Office of Alumni Relations, and is taking Rensselaer’s already successful student outreach to the next level. The organization is open to all students and aims to build spirit on campus by celebrating the talent, programs, and activities of the student
population. The group will promote attendance at, support of, and participation in extracurricular activities, including performing arts, philanthropic activities, Greek life, and sporting events, as well as promoting positive relations between Troy residents and students. The weR (pronounced “we are”) program formally kicked off at the Winter Carnival on Feb. 18, where the organization promoted a T-shirt exchange program. Attendees were invited to bring in an old shirt with another school’s logo on it, and exchange it for an RPI “Tradition Never Graduates” shirt. Exchanged shirts were donated to a local charity. This successful effort will be followed by events titled with the “weR” catchphrase: weR HOT (free hot chocolate at student performances), weR 188 (an RPI birthday celebration), and weR BRIGHT (a festival of lights during the holidays). By sharing their enthusiasm for the rich tradition and history of Rensselaer, weR students hope to foster a culture of involvement, support, and unity, and promote a feeling of Rensselaer pride for students that will continue and grow as they become alumni. For more information about weR, contact Geoff Seber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-2324.
Welcoming Our Incoming Students
ver the course of the summer, regional chapters around the country will host receptions, picnics, and other events designed to welcome the Class of 2016 and their families to Rensselaer. Programs have been held in a range of places including Austin, Houston, Dallas, Boston, New York City, New Jersey, D.C./Baltimore, Seattle, Connecticut, California, and the local Troy area. They’ve ranged from picnics at state parks, to boat cruises, to dessert receptions. All are open to members of the Rensselaer community in the area—current students, families, alumni—as well as members of the incoming freshman class. “These welcome events in the regions are so important to building the community and tradition of Rensselaer,” says Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “They’re a wonderful opportunity for the entire Rensselaer community in locations all over the country to get together to support each other, network, and have a good time.” To find out if a Class of 2016 welcome event is being held near you, visit alumni.rpi.edu/events.
Summer Garden Party to Welcome the Class of 2016. Hosted by Trustee Nancy Mueller. Palo Alto, Calif. Join area alumni and guests to welcome the incoming freshman class to Rensselaer. Visit alumni.rpi.edu/ events for details.
Annual Rensselaer Alumni Day at Del Mar Racetrack. Join local alumni in a private box for an exciting day at the races. San Diego, Calif. Contact Susan Haight at email@example.com or (518) 276-6042.
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Alumni Reception at the AIA Convention. Washington, D.C. Join other alumni at a special reception at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention. You do not need to be attending the conference to attend— anyone with an interest in networking with alumni is welcome. Contact Susan Haight at haighs@ rpi.edu or (518) 276-6042.
Class of 2016 Welcome Picnic. Cranford, N.J. Join the Rensselaer Club of New Jersey to welcome incoming students to the Rensselaer family. For details and more information, visit alumni.rpi.edu/events, or contact Kathy Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-2832.
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