Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2014 - (Page 42)
RPi Day a Success!
Alumni help make history on single largest giving day
819 donors, 797 of them alumni,
made history as they showed their
pride in their alma mater by participating in
the single largest giving day ever at Rensselaer, in honor of RPi Day.
The traditional celebration of Pi Day takes
place on 3/14 because 3, 1, and 4 are the first
three digits of pi in the decimal form. Alumni
were encouraged to "Complete the Circle"
by making gifts to Rensselaer.
The initial goal of RPi Day was to meet the
Jeff Kodosky '70 and Ed Zander '68 RPi Day
Challenge. If 314 alumni gave, Trustees
Kodosky '70 and Zander '68 would each make
a gift of $25,000 to the Annual Fund.
"We are especially grateful to Jeff and
Gail Kodosky and Ed and Mona Zander for
Throughout the day on March 14,
emails and social media posts encouraged participation, using #RPI314.
Rensselaer alumni demonstrated their
enthusiasm with nearly 700 likes,
comments, and shares on Facebook,
in addition to almost 600 tweets.
RPi Day resonated with a broad
range of alumni, with donors repreTrustees (l-r) Ed Zander '68 and Jeff Kodosky '70 pledged to donate
senting classes ranging from 1942
$25,000 each to the Annual Fund if 314 alumni donors met their challenge.
generosity," says Dawn A.M. Stever, director
More than 190 personalized thank you
of annual giving. "Nearly 800 alumni donated
videos were produced throughout the day with
to the Institute, helping to raise more than
the help of Red & White students, and were
$232,000. This is amazing, but not surprising,
shared with alumni donors via social media.
as Rensselaer alumni have long been known for
In response to the personal thank you video
stepping up to meet any challenge."
he received via Twitter, Mike Sinack
The first challenge was met by noon,
'99 tweeted, "Giving back to where
leading to the unlocking of a
I got so much from!" View
second challenge: an anonya selection of videos by
mous donor agreed to make
RPi Day resonated with a broad
a gift of $25,000 if an addiuser/RPIAlumni. In addirange of alumni, with donors
tional 159 alumni (the next
tion, each donor received
representing classes ranging
three digits of pi) made
a handwritten thank
from 1942 through 2016.
gifts. This goal, too, was
met in just a few hours.
Inspired by the ongoing digits of pi,
impacts the U.S. News & World Report rankTrustees Kodosky '70 and Zander '68 again
ings, and the results from RPi Day are a strong
stepped forward to offer a third and final
indication of the pride Rensselaer alumni have
challenge. When 265 more alumni made
in their alma mater. Thank you to all who
donations, they each gave an
Read more about RPi Day at rpi.edu/pi.
N FRIDAY, MARCH 14, A TOTAL OF
Summer Garden Party
to Welcome the Class
of 2018. Palo Alto, California.
Join alumni in the Silicon Valley
area at the beautiful home of
Trustee Nancy Mueller to welcome the incoming class to
Rensselaer. Contact Kathy
Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 276-2832
Alumni Day at Del Mar
Racetrack. San Diego, Calif.
Join local alumni in a private
box for an exciting day
at one of America's most
picturesque and prestigious thoroughbred
racing tracks. Contact
Susan Haight at
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Table of Contents
Snapshot: Team Trooper Opens Door to Elite Eight
YouTube Link: Team Trooper – DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (14:18)
President's View: The New Polytechnic in Space
Link: FIRST New York Tech Valley Competition Final Rounds (38:45)
YouTube Link: Burt Swersey at NCIIA Open 2014 (0:49)
Link: The Poly Digital Archives
Feature: Growing Graduate School
Feature: Everybody Wins
YouTube Link: Ecovative – Mushroom Packaging (1:53)
YouTube Link: Vistex Composites – Specialized Elastomeric Tooling (3:11)
Link: Vital Vio (audio) interivew – Killing Bacteria and Saving Lives (46:07)
Feature: New York Connections
RAA 2013-2014 Report
One Last Thing: The International Connection
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2014