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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Remarks at Campus Seasonal Celebration

Category: Regional
December, 2017

Campus Seasonal Celebration

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

Welcome, everyone.

Once again, the East Campus Athletic Village Gym has been transformed!

I must begin by acknowledging Karyl Contois of the Office of the President, whose planning always makes this party magical; as well as all the people at Sodexo who have prepared this feast; and the wonderful people in our Physical Plant and Environmental and Site Services, who make such a gathering possible. Please join me in thanking them…

I am so pleased that all of you could be with us today, at the very busiest time of the year.

I know it is not easy to break away at noon on a Friday, a week before winter recess. I salute our students, especially, for their bravery in taking a few hours off from studying for exams—as well as for their tactical cleverness. The menu today is specifically designed to boost brain power. So please, make sure to fortify yourselves! The studying will go better afterward.

This has been an auspicious year for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We had the largest number of applications for our freshman class in history—nearly 20,000. Many of our programs are now top-ranked. We successfully launched a capital campaign focused on enhancing student scholarships and the student experience; creating new endowed chairs to attract and to retain brilliant faculty; and building out our Troy campus to accommodate our growth.

Whether you are a student, or a member of our faculty, staff, or administration—each of you has contributed to our present strength, and allowed us such great optimism for the future. I am very glad that we are able to pause today, and to congratulate and thank each other, on shaping this remarkable university for its future.

Many of our proudest accomplishments here at Rensselaer arise from respect for, and appreciation of, each other as people and colleagues. In this season of gratitude, it is important to have this moment to appreciate, as well, the infinite possibilities we have before us—to discover and to innovate, in ways that make the world a better place.

Rensselaer is a special place. We all are, indeed, fortunate to be a part of it. And through the groundbreaking research that emanates from Rensselaer, and the wonderful young men and women we educate, we share our good fortune around the globe.

I wish all of you the very happiest of holidays! I ask you, also, to send my best wishes to your families and friends. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year, which promises to be spectacular.

Now, please, enjoy the party…