Articles in Events

2015 SPAC Pre-Performance Talks Presented by Rensselaer

Opportunity for guests to interact with stars in the worlds of dance and classical music

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will again offer educational preshow conversations with performers and other arts personalities during its Pre-Performance Talks presented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Aimed at connecting audiences with artists performing at SPAC, Pre-Performance Talks offer the opportunity for guests to interact with stars in the worlds of dance and classical music. Prior… Read More

Rensselaer Team Honored for Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge

Capital District Transportation Committee sponsored the competition

(Pictured l-r): CDTC’s Carrie Ward (standing with bag) joined Brake Time team members Cary Marc Dresher, Barbara Nelson, Christopher Nolin, Chris Bystroff, and Kristen Lynn Mills.

On May 15, members of the Rensselaer community participated in the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge and the RPI Brake Time team received the award for the most participants from a single employer in Rensselaer County. Over 400 people from across the Capital Region registered for the Challenge, and those riders peddled over 4,000 bicycle miles, saving 166… Read More

Future Plans for Members of the Class of 2015

Students starting new careers or heading off to graduate school

As members of Class of 2015 crossed the stage on May 30, many of them were already thinking ahead to their future plans following Commencement. Many graduates will continue their studies after graduation. Among the schools that graduates will be attending are: Albany Medical College, American Film Institute, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University,… Read More

New Firehouse for North Greenbush


Claude Rounds, vice president for administration, spoke at the groundbreaking for the new Defreestville firehouse in North Greenbush. The 20,000-square-foot building will replace the existing firehouse, built in 1945. It is being built on four acres of land donated by Rensselaer adjacent to the Rensselaer Technology Park. Chris Nolin, Rensselaer director of community and state… Read More

Rensselaer Honors Student Service, Leadership, and Scholarship

Graduating seniors receive Institute awards


During last month’s annual “Zero Year” Reunion Brunch, several graduating seniors were honored for their contributions to Rensselaer. The Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award, honoring the “first citizen of the college,” ranking high in character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability, was awarded to Erin Amarello, a dual major in mechanical and nuclear engineering, who was… Read More

Student Profile: Jessica Wong

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences graduate shares her passion for graphic design

Jessica Wong

From the beginning, Jessica Wong says that she was drawn to not only the technical aspect of studying at a place like Rensselaer, but also wanted a program that would provide her with an opportunity to incorporate what she was learning into her current artistic skill-set. The Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) major from… Read More

Student Profile: Zach Appio

Collaborating with artists, making films, pursuing a future in the film industry

Zach Appio

Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) major Zach Appio says that he chose to study at Rensselaer to have the opportunity to study and graduate with his brother, who was already a student, and a desire to stay close to home. The Altamont, N.Y., native and accomplished multimedia artist will receive his bachelor’s degree from… Read More

Service to Their Country

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Rensselaer


The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Rensselaer are elective programs for students who desire commissions in the United States Armed Forces. This year, 28 students will be graduating from the ROTC program, and starting active military service as officers with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Commissioning signifies the beginning of… Read More

Through the Years: Notable Moments in Commencement History

Locations, speakers, traditions, and more


As Rensselaer has evolved, so have its Commencement ceremonies. The Institute Archivists have provided the following interesting facts: The first Rensselaer Commencement was April 26, 1826, in the Old Bank Place in Troy. Asa Fitch, a member of the Class of 1827, recorded the event in his diary. The graduates delivered demonstration lectures on scientific… Read More

Hail and Farewell: Meet the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Class of 2015

An overview of the 209th Commencement


This spring, 1,672 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design… Read More