The campaign will be introduced to alumni and friends of Rensselaer at a series of special events. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson has made plans to visit cities across the nation and around the world to declare, with alumni and friends, Rensselaer’s presence on the global stage. In each city that President Jackson will visit, she will host a high-level roundtable discussion with special guests and notable national and international players familiar with the issues facing the world and the nation.
“The list of individuals who are willing to be advocates for Rensselaer grows every day and the participation of these national leaders proves that we are moving in the right direction,” says David Haviland ’64, vice president for institute advancement.
Titled “An Extraordinary Evening of Conversation,” the events will highlight the ongoing “Renaissance at Rensselaer.” The roundtable discussions will focus on Rensselaer’s contributions to fields such as biotechnology, information technology, and the media and performing arts, and will spotlight the Institute’s successes in building new curricula to ensure that the Institute continues to educate leaders in the science and technology areas the world critically needs.
President Jackson’s first visits will be to cities across the Northeast, including New York City, Hartford, and Boston. Following these visits, she will travel to Florida and the West Coast, including San Jose and Los Angeles. The events will continue in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. President Jackson also will be traveling overseas to visit Rensselaer’s many alumni and friends in Asia.
“The president intends to bring the message of the ‘Renaissance at Rensselaer’ to all parts of the country and to our alumni and friends around the world,” says Jeffrey Schanz, director of alumni relations. “She wants alumni to see, firsthand, what all the excitement is about.”
“In 1824, Rensselaer’s mission statement declared that we will teach our students to apply science to the common purposes of life,” says President Jackson. “More than 180 years ago our university began to change the course of American higher education. Our mission today has never been more clear or more relevant to the issues facing our world. Please join me as, together, we write the next chapter for our great university.”
For dates and locations of the president’s regional tour dates, see the Events Calendar at www.alumni.rpi.edu/events.
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