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Sigma Chi Fraternity Pomeroy Chapter House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

“A Place to Foster Leaders”

Remarks by
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

58 Pinewoods Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Good afternoon, and welcome. I am delighted to join with you today to mark the opening of the Sigma Chi Fraternity Pomeroy Chapter House.

Today is the culmination of years of dedication and effort, and the Sigma Chi Brotherhood should be very proud of its accomplishment. I understand that you have exceeded your fundraising goal, raising more than $1.5 million, to help cover the $2.8 million cost of renovating this house.

It has taken much discussion, planning, and vision to allow us to celebrate today. On top of the countless hours many of you volunteered, the philanthropy of many people made this possible, leaving an important legacy for future Sigma Chi Brothers. We thank all of you.

I also understand that several alumni provided sizeable gifts to make this announcement today possible. Their generosity suggests how important Sigma Chi has been in their lives.

It is fitting that the house will now be known as the Sigma Chi Fraternity Pomeroy Chapter House to recognize the generosity of Mr. William G. Pomeroy, Jr., Class of 1966, who also has been a loyal supporter of the Rensselaer Annual Fund for more than 20 years. Mr. Pomeroy is the Founder and CEO of CXTec, a global provider of networking, cable, and voice technology equipment for more than 30 years. Rensselaer has recognized Mr. Pomeroy’s business leadership by awarding him the William F. Glaser ’53 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008.

Mr. Pomeroy, with your lead gift and with the assistance of your company in wiring the house—not to mention, your personal commitment to realizing this vision—you have provided Sigma Chi, and Rensselaer, with a profound legacy. We are truly grateful for your support.

This is a new era for the Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi that, for more than 60 years, has embodied a proud tradition at Rensselaer. By supporting academic achievement, community service, and leadership development, Sigma Chi has produced young men who have demonstrated strength of character, and who have, in true Rensselaer tradition, changed the world.

We have recognized Sigma Chi’s position of leadership on campus by awarding you the 2011 President’s Cup, and by recognizing your Chapter advisor, Robert [Bob] “Justa” Eckart ’73, with the 2012 Advisor of the Year Award.

Sigma Chi is part of a dynamic Greek System at Rensselaer, a system steeped in tradition that provides our student body with a wealth of opportunity for social and philanthropic interaction within the Greek, Rensselaer, and Troy communities. Greek L.I.F.E.—which stands for Leadership, Innovation, Fortitude, and Evolution—benefits our students, the Institute, and our surrounding communities. At its best, it truly exemplifies what we mean when we use the term “communiversity.”

Many of the ideals that have been promoted through the Greek System dovetail with our Clustered, Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students, or CLASS.

CLASS engages and supports all of our students as they progress through the Institute, with tight-knit residential clusters or “commons,” including a Greek Commons with its own Associate Dean. CLASS aims to provide our students with a cohesive living/learning community that fosters personal and professional growth, leadership skills, a sense of belonging on-campus, and a sense of obligation to the larger community around us.

As we implement The Rensselaer Plan 2024, our second generation blueprint, we aim to provide even more co-curricular programs through CLASS that bring together Rensselaer’s rigorous academics within the supportive environment of student life. Our goal is to develop well-rounded, engaged, mature thinkers and innovators who are intellectually agile, and who possess the multicultural sophistication to become transformative forces across the globe.

Sigma Chi has adopted the CLASS model of personal, professional, and leadership development. The house we are dedicating today embodies the spirit of CLASS, and was built with it mind. Through expanded study rooms and common areas, the Brothers have ample space to participate in academic programming, group training, and leadership development activities.

The students of the Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi now have a wonderful new home in which to connect with each other, and to reach their full potential as individuals.

This effort benefits more than just Sigma Chi Brothers. Through this renovation, you have added value to the Institute as a whole. Other Greek organizations, also, will be able to connect directly to the Rensselaer network for Internet services, as a result of the collaborative process between the Division of the Chief Information Officer—dotCIO— and Chief Information Officer John Kolb ’79, General Counsel Charles Carletta, and Sigma Chi. The installation of a new fiber optic line will provide more of our students with a faster, more seamless connection to the information they need to succeed in this data-driven, web-enabled, super-computer-powered, globally-interconnected world.

The efforts of current Rensselaer students and Brothers, coupled with the financial assistance and leadership provided by our alumni, have resulted in a house that is truly a home—as well as a place that will foster future generations of Sigma Chi leaders.

Congratulations on a job well done.

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