Matt Siegel ’85 knows firsthand how gratifying it is to set bright students on the path to enrolling at Rensselaer, and even better, to see them entering as freshmen in the fall. As a former football player and an active member of Rensselaer’s Football Alumni Association, Siegel has been back to campus several times since graduation, and he has seen the tremendous growth and change on campus.
Siegel was well aware that Rensselaer holds high standards for both academic and athletic excellence in 2004, the team was among the leaders in the Liberty League with 15 Academic All-League selections. “My high school, Brooklyn Tech, is a unique school with a curriculum that mirrors Rensselaer’s: architecture, chemistry, civil and mechanical engineering, media communications, and so on,” says Siegel. “We have always had a number of Tech graduates go on to enroll at Rensselaer, but my interest was in re-establishing a connection to the football program.”
Siegel attended one of Brooklyn Tech’s practices last fall. He spoke with their coach and a number of players, and then connected them with Samson Brown, Rensselaer’s assistant football coach. Brown arranged for the players to visit the Rensselaer campus, and was able to recruit three outstanding student-athletes for the Class of 2009. Eren Savasli, a wide receiver, was twice named All-New York City as a wideout and as a defensive back; teammate Jasmin Ibric was named an All-NYC offensive lineman as a senior. Matthew Bournea, a speedy running back and sprinter, is the third recruit.
“Samson Brown did an outstanding job bringing these top student-athletes to Rensselaer,” says Siegel. “I’m just ecstatic to see the Brooklyn Tech-Rensselaer football pipeline reopened in such a big way this year!”
“Alumni are among the best advocates for the Institute,” says Karen Long, acting dean of enrollment management. “By sharing their experiences on campus, as well as their experiences after graduation, alumni can lend valuable insight to a young person’s college search.”
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