Articles in Student Life

Earth Week Community Invited to Discussion on Art and Science

“Cultivating Art and Science Sensibilities: Bioart + Biotech” talk will be held April 23

The campus community is invited to join four artists who work with a variety of scientific practices and disciplines for an informal discussion on artists working with scientists at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). The talk, “Cultivating Art and Science Sensibilities: Bioart + Biotech,” will be held on Wednesday, April 23, from… Read More

Earth Week To Be Celebrated With Lectures, Films, Discussions, and Festival

Campus and local community invited to participate in weeklong celebration with events for adults and children

Earth Week

The Rensselaer Sustainability Network—a group that connects faculty, students, staff, and community members with a common interest in sustainability—and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are hosting a series of programs the week of April 20 in celebration of Earth Week. The varied events of Rensselaer’s 2014 Earth Week Festival all celebrate interconnections—across… Read More

Architecture Students To Support Local Food Pantries

Competitors build “Storytown”-themed structure from canned goods at annual CANstruction event


A team of 13 students enrolled in the School of Architecture have spent the past several months devising ways to construct a scene from classic literature entirely out of canned goods. The Rensselaer students are the only student team participating in the fourth annual CANstruction event at the New York State Museum. Teams from local… Read More

Greek Life Fire Safety Day Planned for April 23

Fire Safety

Every year college and university students experience a growing number of fire-related emergencies, according to statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Most are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. On Wednesday, April 23, nearly 90 students representing Greek Life sororities and fraternities will participate in a fire safety… Read More

Ninth Annual Relay For Life April 25-26

Overnight event celebrates cancer survivors, raises funds for fight against disease


The ninth annual Relay For Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory) April 25-26 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Relay For Life is a community event that celebrates the lives of cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their battle with… Read More

Concert Choir To Perform in Historic Downtown Troy

Spring concert to raise funds for new organ at St. Paul’s Church

St. Pauls

The Rensselaer Concert Choir will give its final performance of the 2013-14 academic year at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third Street in Troy. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged and will go toward ongoing fundraising to build a new organ at St. Paul’s Church. The church has… Read More

EcoLogic To Celebrate EarthFest 2014 April 22

Displays, crafts food, and live music will be featured


In order to get environmental sustainability into the hearts and minds of the Rensselaer community, EcoLogic, Rensselaer’s environmental student organization, plans to host its annual EarthFest event on Tuesday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Rensselaer Union patio. The rain date is April 25. The event is free and open to the… Read More

Indian Students Association Celebrates Holi

Festival of colors helps to welcome spring


The Indian Students Association (ISA) celebrated Holi (festival of colors) 2014 on April 6. According to ISA, Holi is an Indian celebration brought about from a 7th century Sanskrit drama called Ratnaval. Hindus welcome the spring and celebrate new life and energy by smearing each other with paint and colored powder. In addition to the… Read More

From The Archives

A century of student leadership

GM Week

In 1865, Albert M. Harper was elected the first Grand Marshal by the all-male Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student body. He was chosen in recognition of his military service, wisdom, and “manly qualities,” according to The Transit, the Rensselaer yearbook, which wrote about Harper in 1885, 20 years and 20 Grand Marshals later. It’s been 149… Read More

New Program Launched To Support Sophomore Students

Office of Student Experience hosts Sophomore Symposium to prepare students for next steps

Sophomore Symposium

The Office of the Student Experience (SE), part of the Division of Student Life at Rensselaer, aims to ensure that all undergraduate students are successful both in and out of the classroom. This semester, SE and the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development launched a new program, the Sophomore Symposium. The program gives sophomore students… Read More