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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Remarks at All-Campus Barbeque

Category: University Events
October, 2017

All-Campus Barbeque

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

Welcome, everyone, and thank you for coming this afternoon.

As you know, this upcoming weekend is Reunion and Homecoming, which always is a delightful gathering of Rensselaer people from many different eras.

This year, however, is special, in that we also are launching a new capital campaign, with three important goals:

  • To create an endowment for student scholarships—to narrow the gap between the financial aid we can offer and our students’ financial need;
  • To create endowed faculty chairs so we can attract and retain the best faculty in the world—and expand our tenured and tenure-track faculty to 500 in crucial areas of research and education.
  • To build out the campus for its third century, in terms of facilities for research, education, and student life.

We believe this campaign will make Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute an even more thrilling place to live, to learn, to work, to invent, and to discover.

To celebrate this launch and to showcase the many ways in which Rensselaer is transformative, we have a very exciting weekend planned. Highlights include RED talks by our faculty on Friday—RED stands for research, education, and discovery. These will be TED-style talks in which our faculty consider the ways that leading-edge research here at Rensselaer is addressing even the most difficult of challenges faced by humankind.

On Saturday, we will feature some of our most powerful alumnae in the business sector in a panel discussion that is sure to be both enjoyable and informative.

On Friday night, we will launch our campaign with an All-Alumni event at EMPAC. There, we will officially announce the campaign, and its goals.

Of course, the T-shirts we have given out today offer you a preview of this announcement. We ask you to show your support for our capital campaign by wearing them to any athletic games, events, or programs you attend.

I look forward to sharing the wonderful weekend we have planned with you. Thank you for joining us today, and please, enjoy your lunch!