Grand Marshal Convocation Address to the Class of 2021

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, I gave the following address to the Class of 2021 at the 2017 Convocation. – Justin
Excitement. Passion. Suspense. Intrigue. There are a number of emotions you’re feeling right now. I know; I sat where you're sitting a few years ago. Right now, it may seem like you’ll be here on campus for a long time, but you’re about to kick off what might be the most hectic, fast-paced, and thrilling years you’ve ever experienced. You’ve heard many useful tips and ideas over the past few days—and you even heard from me yesterday at Welcome Fest—but I’m not here today to give you advice. I’ve sat through many great speeches about how to prepare for my four years and how to make the most of my college experience.…

Statement on Recent Events from Grand Marshal and President of the Union

From the Office of the Grand Marshal and the President of the Union: Hello members of the Rensselaer Union, You are likely aware of the current unrest and displeasure among members of the Union over elements of RPI’s Student Life Portfolio restructuring.  More specifically the element related to the Director of the Union being supervised by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, to whom they previously were a peer. Late in the spring semester Chip, other student leaders, and I were taking part in an interview training session when we were informed of this change.   When reviewing the position description with HR staff we noticed that the Rensselaer Union was placed under the AVP/DoS.  After asking questions of the members of Institute HR who were run…