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2013 Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

“Greatness That Never Will Be Forgotten”

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

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom
Troy, NY

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Welcome to our students, alumni and alumnae, coaches, family and friends, as we gather to celebrate our annual Student Athletic Awards and the induction of the newest members of the Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame.

These athletes’ achievements are more than worthy of recognition. They are honored by their peers and coaches—the people who have competed alongside our award winners and inductees, and who understand best what they have accomplished.

They always will be champions at Rensselaer.

It often is said that on playing fields—and in the heat of competition—leaders are made. Through athletic training and competition, we demonstrate to others, and to ourselves, that we possess the grit, determination, and perseverance to triumph—as individuals, and as part of a team. The most memorable moments in our lives can arise from athletic endeavor. This is true even for those of us who cheer from the sidelines, and who merely are inspired by feats of athletic greatness.

Of course, the students we attract to Rensselaer uniformly have demonstrated leadership potential in the classroom, and, for many, on the field as well. Our mission is to develop that potential throughout the student experience, so that our graduates are prepared to become leaders on a global stage.

We recently reviewed and refreshed our strategic plan for the university in anticipation, in 2024, of the 200th anniversary of our founding. With The Rensselaer Plan 2024, we renew our commitment, not only to educate our students for leadership, but also to provide them with the opportunity to become a transformative force in whatever they do. That is why we have created world-class platforms for them, such as the East Campus Athletic Village.
And through our Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students—or CLASS—we are creating a true, intergenerational living and learning community, composed of students, professional staff—including our coaching staff—and faculty. In this supportive environment, we free our students to explore who they are, and who they are becoming, so that they truly can change the world.

Before I recognize this year’s recipients, I would like to take a moment to remember a member of the Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame who passed away in September at the age of 91: our late, great basketball coach Bill Kalbaugh. Bill coached the Men’s Basketball team for 30 years, and the Golf team for 25 years. He led his basketball teams to seven conference titles and four trips to the NCAA National Tournament. He amassed 297 basketball wins—a school record only surpassed by our current Men’s Basketball coach, Mike Griffin. Mike was a member of Coach Kalbaugh’s staff early in his own career.

Coach Kalbaugh was respected widely by his players and fellow coaches as a man of the highest integrity, who understood that academics came first in the lives of his players. The basketball coaches’ suite in the East Campus Athletic Village is named for him. His is a legacy worth remembering, so I would like to ask for a moment of silence in his honor.

Once again, our coaches have had an outstanding group of student athletes to guide and to mentor. I am pleased to recognize and congratulate our Student Award recipients for their performance during the 2012 – 2013 academic year. They include:

  • Freshmen of the Year: Taylor Ten Eyck, softball, and Jason Kasdorf, hockey;
  • Athletes of the Year: Allie Arnal, lacrosse, and Mike Hermann, football; and:
  • Our Career Athletes: Gillian McCarthy, softball, and Mike Hermann, football.

Each year, our coaches select one from their cohort, who best exemplifies the spirit of Rensselaer Athletics, as the recipient of the Marvin T. Anderson Award. I would like to congratulate Leslie DeLano, our Women’s Lacrosse coach for earning the award for the second straight year, after leading a stellar team through an unforgettable season.

Congratulations to all of you.

In a few moments we will recognize the next class of the Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame.

I will introduce them to you, briefly:

Patrick Fell, Class of 2005, was a National Academic All-American—the first at Rensselaer to earn this award three seasons straight. From Rookie Of The Year, to captain of the Men’s Swim Team— Patrick placed near the top of the charts in every competition and captured the state championship in 500-Yard Freestyle. Patrick assumed many leadership roles in student government, and he earned the Rensselaer Founders Award for academic excellence. Patrick joins his brother, Ben, as a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Paul Louderback, Class of 1999, was an NCAA record-setting relief pitcher on the “Rensselaer Baseball Team of the 90s.” His teams went to the NCAA Tournament four times and once advanced to the Division III College World Series. Paul was a National All-American who earned national, regional and conference recognition multiple times, and many team awards. He holds the school career records for games played and saves, and he set a NCAA record for single-season saves. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Jimmy Motzkin, Class of 2006, was a two-sport athlete. A football linebacker who played freshman year at quarterback, Jimmy earned team and league awards for his outstanding commitment on the football field. In track and field, Jimmy was a three-time State Champion in javelin and a two-time National All-American. He competed three times in the NCAA Championship, placing on the podium twice. Jimmy earned his Rensselaer degree in management.

Dan Quinn, Class of 2005, is the all-time Rensselaer home run leader in Men’s Baseball. His batting prowess brought Dan many league, conference, and national awards during his career. His batting skills led a team that went all the way to the NCAA Tournament, and then advanced to the Division III College World Series. Dan competed at this level while studying chemical engineering.

Rosina Schiff, Class of 2006, set the standard as goaltender on our Division I Women’s Ice Hockey team, with statistics that often led the nation and demonstrated that the puck rarely got past her. At graduation, Rosina was at the top of the school record books in many categories. Her skills earned her team, league, conference and national awards, including All-American. Rosina earned her Rensselaer degree in management.

Tom Schneider, Class of 2006, excelled in a basketball career that put him high in the Rensselaer school record books in several categories. Tom was a leader on the court in all four years on the team. He was Team Captain his senior year, in a season that brought him All-League and Player of the Year honors. Tom graduated with a degree in computer and systems engineering.

Those are our six Hall of Fame inductees. In a moment, we will hear more about each of them from their teammates, coaches, and friends—and I know the stories will be good ones. I ask our inductees to listen carefully, because through these stories, you will relive your Rensselaer careers. You will recall the contests, the struggles, the support of your coaches and your teammates, as well as the love of your families and friends.

You demonstrated greatness here that never will be forgotten—so be sure not to forget it yourselves. Stay connected with your alma mater. You always will be champions at Rensselaer.

Thank you.

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