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Remarks at United Way Volunteer Thank You Lunch

Category: Regional
January, 2018
Russell Sage Dining Hall

United Way Volunteer Thank You Lunch

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

Welcome, everyone—as we celebrate another successful United Way campaign at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

I thank my co-chairs for helping to lead this campaign: Richie Hunter, Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations, Jacqueline Farmer of the Division of the Chief Information Officer, and Tanya Rautine of the Office for Research.

I also thank our Campaign Coordinators: Carly Brackett of the School of Architecture, JoAnn Drost of the Division of the Chief Information Officer, and Denise Elwell of the Office for Research.

I want to acknowledge, also, our Campaign Committee members:

  • Melissa Anderson
  • Karyl Contois of my office
  • Ethan Coppenrath
  • Nicole Durrick
  • Erika Falle
  • Tracey Leibach
  • Lisa Martin
  • Cindy Novak
  • Mae Osman
  • Sherry Perpetua
  • Bonnie Skarka
  • Kellie Sprecher
  • Grace Vega
  • Sachi Vines, and
  • Brian Woods.

And I thank every one of our volunteers. You have accomplished a great deal this year, including persuading 276 fellow employees to donate an average of nearly $360 each to United Way, so that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute can contribute, as a family, to the Capital Region as a whole—helping to end hunger in our midst, helping people to weather crises and to find the assistance they need, and making sure that the children around us are off to a good start.

I commend all of you, also, for enlivening the Rensselaer community with a number of very enjoyable fundraising events—including our inaugural 5K race benefitting the United Way Dial 2-1-1 help line, which raised over $6,700 alone. This is the largest amount yet that a single Rensselaer United Way fundraiser has brought in. So I hope that none of you have retired your running shoes for the winter—and that you will continue training into next fall.

In total, with our 2017 campaign, we have raised an impressive $110,000 for the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. We could never have accomplished this without the energy, creativity, and commitment of our volunteers. I thank all of you for your tremendous kindness towards our neighbors in need—and, also, for all you have done to burnish the reputation of Rensselaer as a good neighbor. We are very proud of the way you represent the Rensselaer community.