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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Campaign Momentum Is Building

Robert Linhardt and his team of researchers

Robert Linhardt (seated) is the Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering. Linhardt — who is internationally known for his research on the study of bioactive carbohydrates, particularly the complex polysaccharide heparin — brought with him a team of 14 researchers from the University of Iowa. Photo by Mark McCarty.

With the public launch in September of “Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer,” momentum is building as the campaign rolls out in key cities around the country.

Confidence in the campaign’s success is strong, with fully 100 percent of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees pledging their personal support, and with a commitment to the campaign by all of the members of the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board. As of March 28, 2005, the campaign has raised $640 million in cash and commitments toward its $1 billion goal. New funds raised will increase the endowment, enhance campus infrastructure and student life, support faculty, and increase financial assistance for students. The campaign is slated to run through 2008.

So far, gifts have been raised to fund 20 faculty chairs, with complete funding in place for the constellation in biocatalysis and metabolic engineering, headed by Robert J. Linhardt, the Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor, and his research team. Endowment funds also support the constellation in future chips, led by Wellfleet Senior Constellation Professor E. Fred Schubert; the Noble Enterprise Constellation in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering; and the Kodosky constellation in physics, IT, and entrepreneurship.

Campaign gifts are providing names for new campus infrastructure. Inside the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies are the newly named Howard P. Isermann ’42 Biochemical Engineering Laboratory and the Pauline Urban Bruggeman and Warren H. Bruggeman ’46 Conference Complex.

Trustee Nancy Mueller’s early campaign gifts to the endowment named the Mueller Center fitness complex and provided for the new installation of a George Rickey sculpture, “Six Random Lines Excentric” on the Hassan Quadrangle [see, also, MAIL]. Curtis Priem ’82 announced an unrestricted gift of $40 million, in recognition of which Rensselaer will name its new arts facility, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, in his honor.

It’s not only big gifts that are making an impact, as alumni and staff across the spectrum step forward to make meaningful scholarship contributions that directly benefit students. Atlanta alumnus and volunteer Jay Chitnis is creating the endowed Jay K. Chitnis ’89 scholarship, and Jeff Gural ’64 has made a commitment to support the Patroon Scholars program. Rensselaer’s vice president for finance, Virginia Gregg, has also stepped forward to support this annual program.

For more information on “Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” contact Terri Cerveny, assistant vice president for development and alumni relations, at (518) 276-8215. To read more about the campaign or to learn where the campaign rollouts are coming next, visit the Web site at www.rpi.edu/campaign.

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