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The Engineers, who defeated Clarkson 5-3 at the Nov. 5 "Black Friday" game (above), take on Brown Feb. 12. Photo by Martin Benjamin

Champs Return for Big Red Freakout

The action at this year’s Big Red Freakout hockey game will be hotter than ever as Rensselaer welcomes back members of the 1985 National Hockey Championship team to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their NCAA victory. The 1985 squad will be honored on the ice, prior to the start of the game against Brown on Saturday, Feb. 12.

NHL great Adam Oates ’85 (below, center), who was recently inducted into Rensselaer’s Athletic Hall of Fame, led one of the most talented lineups in Rensselaer history, including NHL-destined Ken Hammond ’85, Daren Puppa ’85, and George Servinis ’86.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the 1995 team’s ECAC Championship, so members of that team also will be in attendance.

The annual Big Red Freakout “Ice House,” a buffet dinner with a pep rally atmosphere held at the Heffner Alumni House, begins at 4:30 p.m. The cost of $18 per adult and $9 for children ages 5-12 includes the buffet, parking at the Heffner Alumni House, and a free shuttle to the Houston Field House for the game. A combination of game tickets and Ice House can also be purchased for $25 for adults and $13 for children ages 5-12. After the game, the shuttles will bring fans back to the Heffner Alumni House for hot beverages, a cash bar, snacks, and a chance to meet and mingle with the current men’s and women’s teams and coaches, as well as members of the 1985 championship squad.

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The weekend also includes the annual Alumni Hockey Game at noon in the Houston Field House. All past members of the men’s varsity team are welcome to participate in a scrimmage, and everyone is invited to watch the fun at no cost.

Can’t make it to Troy? No problem — the game is being televised live to locations across the country for the 13th annual Satellite Hockey Telecast. In addition to the chance to watch the Engineers in action, the evening offers an opportunity to meet and network with other alumni in your hometown. The $10 per person ticket price helps defray the cost of production. New this year: Everyone who registers for Satellite Hockey by Jan. 31 will be entered into a drawing to win a one-week vacation at a resort of their choice, courtesy of the RAA.

To sign up for either Big Red Freakout Ice House or Satellite Hockey, visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/hockey, or contact Peter Pedone at pedonp@rpi.edu or (518) 276-6061.

Featured Alumni Events are listed on the AlumServ Web site.

Nominations for RAA Board, Committees

Do you want to have an impact on campus? Do you have ideas about alumni programs and services? Then get involved with the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA). The RAA board, working in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, meets three times a year in Troy, and serves as the voice of alumni to the campus. Nominations to serve on next year’s board and committees are now being accepted. To nominate yourself or another alumnus/a, send a brief statement of support to Joyce Kelly Martin at martij@rpi.edu by Feb. 7 or call (518) 276-6208 with questions.

RAA Seeks Nominations for Volunteer Awards

Each year, hundreds of alumni volunteer for Rensselaer. Nominations are being sought to recognize these dedicated individuals through the RAA awards program. Awards include:

Distinguished Service Award — This highest award recognizes distinguished service by alumni or non-alumni, to Rensselaer, to a profession, to the nation, or to humanity.

Albert Fox Demers Medal — This second highest award was established to recognize and stimulate interest in the welfare of the Institute by alumni or non-alumni.

Alumni Key Award — Recognizes outstanding service supporting the advancement of Rensselaer, by alumni or non-alumni.

RAA Teaching Award — Recognizes current faculty members for outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience, and commitment to students.

Submit a nomination at www.alumni.rpi.edu/awardsnomination.asp by Jan. 31 or write to Laura Bedford, Alumni Relations, 1301 Peoples Ave., Troy, NY 12180-3500. Include the nominee’s name, your name and phone number, the award you are nominating the individual for, and a brief rationale.
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