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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Remarks at Rensselaer Runs United 5K

Category: Regional
October, 2018
Rensselaer Technology Park
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

I thank all of you for coming out for the second annual Rensselaer Runs United 5K—the first event of our United Way campaign for 2018.

I am proud of the generosity of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community in being here today—and in supporting our neighbors. The United Way of the Greater Capital Region calls Rensselaer a “leader in giving.” But that is only because so many leaders among our faculty, staff, administration, and students contribute both energy and resources to this great cause.

Rensselaer joins forces with United Way and the many organizations it underwrites to realize a few fundamental goals:

  • ending hunger in our region,
  • making sure children get off to a good start in their education,
  • and ensuring that families have the resources they need to weather crises and to secure their futures.

But, in truth, by supporting the United Way, we gain as much as we give. We build a stronger community, and we tap into that great source of happiness known as helping others. Today, we even get a workout!

I thank all of our runners and walkers for revving themselves up here on this fall morning. And I wish those with a competitive streak very good luck.

May the race go to the fleetest—and may all the rest of us have a great time!