Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014 - (Page 13)
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Ensuring a Brotherhood Endures
GE Girls @ Rensselaer
the Year in 2008 to recognize his success
as founder and CEO of CXtec, a multimillion-dollar global provider of new and
certified pre-owned networking, cable,
and voice technology equipment. Under
Pomeroy's leadership, CXtec has been
integrally involved with Sigma Chi for
a number of years by building a first-class
infrastructure and fully supporting the
computer network in the house. He also
has been a loyal supporter of the Rensselaer
Annual Fund for more than 20 years.
In recognition of his generosity, the
fraternity house was dedicated during
Reunion & Homecoming weekend in
October as the Sigma Chi Fraternity
Pomeroy Chapter House. Pomeroy joined
with hundreds of Sigma Chi brothers, as
well as President Jackson and many members of the Rensselaer community, to
celebrate the house opening with a variety
of events throughout the weekend.
"It was beyond exciting to come back to
campus for the celebration, to have the
opportunity to see the improved house for
the first time, and to reconnect with my fellow brothers," Pomeroy says. "I truly believe
the RPI experience was fundamental for my
success in starting and running a business.
Fraternities provide core values and help
to make their members successful not only
as students, but later in life. This is good for
the students and good for the Institute."
IN AUGUST, MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS FROM THE SCHENECTADY
City School District took part in a summer camp on
campus, designed to spur an interest in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and initiate mentoring relationships with women in STEM
careers. The weeklong learning program, called GE
Girls @ Rensselaer, is sponsored by the GE Women's
Network in collaboration with Rensselaer.
Daily lessons focused on energy, construction,
programming, electronics, and chemistry. During
the program, the girls had the opportunity to design
KEVIN (YIMING) CHEN
WHEN WILLIAM POMEROY '66 COMMITTED
$300,000 to kick-start the "Building the
Bridge to Excellence" campaign undertaken by Sigma Chi, he did so to strengthen
the fraternity's future and to ensure incoming generations of Rensselaer students have
the option to participate in the enriching
experience Greek life offers.
"Without my fraternity, I wouldn't have
been good at being a student at RPI,"
Pomeroy says. "In a tough environment,
Sigma Chi became a family away from
home. It was an anchor to help me get
through the difficult schooling. I made my
gift to ensure that future generations of RPI
students have the option to participate in
Sigma Chi and have a similar experience
that I was fortunate enough to have."
Pomeroy's gift led the way in a successful, dedicated effort by the Rensselaer community and the members of Sigma Chi to
raise more than $1.5 million to help pay
for the $2.8 million cost to completely renovate and refurbish the Sigma Chi house.
The house now meets the demands of modern-day fraternity life and provides the
ideal environment for the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students
(CLASS) initiative to thrive.
A dedicated alumnus, Pomeroy has
been a longtime supporter of Sigma Chi
and Rensselaer. Pomeroy was named
the William F. Glaser '53 Entrepreneur of
William Pomeroy's gift led the way to help Sigma Chi pay for the $2.8 million
cost to completely renovate and refurbish the house.
a computerized game, build a flashlight, learn the
chemistry behind lip gloss, make ice cream, and
more. Each student also got the chance to work with
accomplished female mentors from the GE Women's
Network, primarily with engineering or technology
backgrounds, and had the opportunity to tour the
Since the central theme of the camp focused on
turbines, students also worked in teams to build their
own wind turbines and were able to measure the
current generated, and they had the opportunity to
visit the GE turbine facility in Schenectady.
"Over the last two years, the program has worked
with area teachers, GE scientists and engineers who
serve as mentors, and students and faculty from
Rensselaer who have introduced and inspired the
girls to have a lifelong love of discovery and innovation in the STEM fields," says Cynthia Smith,
assistant dean of students and director of pipeline
initiatives and partnerships at Rensselaer.
Encouraging young women to take an interest in
science and technology is a top priority for GE
Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. He initiated the
program in pilot form in 2011 through the GE
Women's Network at MIT. This year, the company
again awarded a $25,000 grant to fund the program
in the Capital Region, leveraging Rensselaer as the
local university partner.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014
Table of Contents
Snapshot: Rensselaer at Petascale
President's View: A Lesson From Microbes
Feature: The Rensselaer IDEA
Feature: Solving Problems
Feature:Hyerloop, Meet Tubeflight!
Feature: 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame
One Last Thing
Video Clip: Rensselaer at Petascale (AMOS)––Exerpts from President Jackson and CCI Director Chris Carothers remarks made at the Rensselaer at Petascale announcement event (3:21)
Slideshow: GE Girls@Rensselaer (0:54)
Video Clip: Data Forest––Director Jim Hendler discusses the "data forest" at the Rensselaer IDEA annoucement event (2:59)
Vimeo Link: EMPAC Research–– A New Paradigm for Interactive Exploration of Data with Live Coding (23:50)
YouTube Link: Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (44:13)
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014