Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014 - (Page 42)
To the Letter!
HETA XI WAS FOUNDED AT RENSSELAER,
making it the Alpha chapter of the
fraternity. It is the only fraternity founded
during the Civil War, and has been in continuous
operation since then. Notable Theta Xi graduates include Rensselaer President Palmer C.
Ricketts, Class of 1875, and three members of
the 1954 NCAA national championship hockey
team-Gordon Peterkin '55, Martin Karch '56,
and C. Lloyd Bauer '55. The chapter also boasts
seven members of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall
of Fame-Ricketts; television pioneer Allen B.
DuMont '24; "father of the Civil Engineering
Corps" Mordecai T. Endicott, Class of 1868;
a founder of American geology, noted paleontologist James Hall, Class of 1832; Rensselaer's
most prolific civil engineer of the 20th century,
Emil Praeger '15; William H. Wiley, Class of 1866,
noted scientific and technical publisher; and
titanium pioneer Matthew A. Hunter '49 (Hon.).
Campus locations named for Theta Xi
brothers include the Darrin Communications
Center and the Darrin Fresh Water Institute,
named for Margaret and David M. Darrin '40,
and the Folsom Library's Fischbach Room, named
for Jerome Fischbach '38.
Theta Xi will celebrate the 150th anniversary
of its founding on campus in April 2014. They
will also host the Theta Xi National Convention
in Troy in August 2014, and at that time a new
memorial will be dedicated near the Ricketts
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Celebrating 150 Years of
Greeks at Rensselaer
This year marks 150 years of organized fraternities at Rensselaer.
Theta Xi was founded on
April 29, 1864, and Delta
Phi was founded two
months later on June 28,
1864. Both chapters have auspicious
histories, counting a number of notable
alumni among their brothers,
and both have had a lasting impact on campus.
The histories of Theta Xi
and Delta Phi are wonderful examples
of the impact the current 27 fraternities
and five sororities have on the Rensselaer community. Both organizations
showcase how Greek life may provide
opportunities for development of the
academic, professional, leadership,
athletic, and social skills of its members, and how this tradition serves to
support the mission of Rensselaer
and the development of its students.
ENSSELAER'S LAMBDA CHAPTER OF
DELTA PHI was the 11th Delta Phi
chapter to be established following the
fraternity's birth in 1827 at Union College.
The chapter has produced three Rensselaer
presidents: Livingston Houston '13, George
Low '48, and Neal Barton '58. Houston and
Low are both members of the Rensselaer
Alumni Hall of Fame, as is William Pitt
Mason, Class of 1874. Other notable graduates include Rensselaer's first Grand Marshal,
Albert Metcalf Harper, Class of 1867, who
interrupted his education to enlist in the
Union Army in 1862. He returned to Rensselaer after the Civil War a hero, and in the fall
of 1865 was elected to the position.
Buildings on campus named for Delta Phi
brothers include the Houston Field House,
named for Livingston Houston '13; the Low
Center for Industrial Innovation, named for
George Low '48; Barton Hall, named for Neal
Barton '58; Walker Laboratory, named for
William Weightman Walker, Class of 1886;
and all six Church Dorms in the Quad, named
for Townsend Vail Church, Class of 1881.
Delta Phi will hold a 150th anniversary
celebration in Troy in 2014 on their founding
date, June 28. They are planning for the
largest gathering of the Lambda Chapter of
Delta Phi alumni in their history.
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