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RAA ANNUAL REPORT 2005-2006
Rensselaer Alumni Association President Bob Forman ’61 reports on the RAA’s commitment to Rensselaer
A key component of the success of the RAA is its close partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations. The mission and goals of the RAA are closely tied to those of the Alumni Relations Office, and the collaborative effort has resulted in high-quality programs and services and a vibrant worldwide alumni network.
The mission of the RAA is to: “serve and represent alumni and the Institute, by engaging and empowering all alumni as active and effective partners in the Rensselaer community; and by promoting the lifelong, mutually beneficial pursuit of the aspirations shared by Rensselaer and its alumni.” We do this through the programs we create, the benefits we provide, and the alumni network that we support.
2007 Action Plan
Over the past several years we have worked to expand and strengthen the chapter and affinity infrastructure. We are today focused on supporting the university’s highest priorities.
The 2007 plan contains steps to develop benchmarks for programs and enhancement of the regional alumni chapter network and affinity groups, increased support of student recruitment, increased support of internship and Pathways programs, and greater investment in Rensselaer via campaign support. Alumni will provide support in the key areas of student recruitment and internship/externship programs.
Alumni and Student Engagement
Over 3,500 students attended the many RAA-sponsored campus programs and events, which include the Back-to-Campus Speaker Series, the Red & White Student Organization, a Junior Ring Ceremony, Goldman Sachs Career Day, Zero Year Reunion, and the RAA Welcome Barbecue.
The RAA, AIGC, IFC, and Pan-Hellenic Council have been working closely to reach consensus and significant progress has been made by a joint alumni, staff, and student workforce led by Rick Hartt ’70, director of the Rensselaer Union.
Greek alumni have answered the call for involvement and many have become a part of the solution. I thank each alumnus/a, student, and administrator for their support during these challenging times.
Chapters and Affinity Groups
A group of alumni who come together because of a common bond, such as mutual professional interest or a shared student experience, is considered an affinity group. Current active groups include biotechnology, building trades, EMBA alumni, information technology, entrepreneurship, technology law and commercialization, music alumni, the 50 Year Club, the Alumni Inter-Greek Council, and a full complement of athletic alumni groups.
2006 Financial Report
Bob Forman ’61
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