Corning Corporate Ambassadors
Corporate Ambassador Challenge – Extended until 2π Giving Day on June 28
This year’s Corporate Ambassador Challenge brings unprecedented hardships, as it coincides with the global pandemic that is impacting all aspects of our lives – including those of our students, who will be continuing their instruction online for the remainder of the semester. Given these extenuating circumstances, we made the decision to extend the Rensselaer Corporate Ambassador Challenge until June 28, 2020 – 2π Giving Day (Tau Day).
Between now and 2π Giving Day on June 28, we are encouraging alumni at Corning to support the Rensselaer Annual Fund. Your gift will provide critical support to our future alumni and alumnae as global leaders and will show our students just how strong this community is. The company with the highest giving participation among alumni and alumnae between now and June 28 will receive the Rensselaer Corporate Cup to display in their office for a full year.
Corning alumni and alumnae donations will help support Rensselaer students in the following areas:
- Rensselaer Annual Fund (area of greatest need): Your gift will help our current generation of students complete their Rensselaer education, and allow them to become the future leaders in science, technology, and innovation. Gifts to the Annual Fund support the area of greatest need, one of our many athletics and scholarship programs, or student-specific funds, among several options.
- Student Relief Fund: Your support of the Student Relief Fund will provide critical support to students who are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and help cover the costs of travel expenses, meals, technology needs and other necessities as they continue their coursework.
- Annual Fund Scholars: This program provides financial aid and scholarship support directly to current Rensselaer students. This program is critical in allowing students of all backgrounds to follow their dreams, and to have access to a Rensselaer education.
- Student Union: Founded in 1890, The Rensselaer Union is more than just a place to study. The Rensselaer Union provides opportunities for all students to be active and engaged to better the campus community for everyone. Student activities sponsored by Rensselaer Union engage students in co-curricular and extracurricular experiences that enhance leadership development, professional skills, and personal development. Events are intended to bolster school spirit, educate the campus community, facilitate interaction with faculty, staff and alumni, and create lasting memories for students at Rensselaer.
- School of Engineering Fund: Your gift will help to educate a new generation of engineers who not only obtain a deep knowledge in their respective fields, but are also able to work across disciplines to solve the complex problems of our times.
- The Arch: The Arch Program enhances the Rensselaer educational experience through experiential learning and a restructuring of the academic calendar. Under the Arch, rising juniors attend a full summer semester at Rensselaer between their sophomore and junior years, followed by either a fall or a spring “away” semester taken during the student’s junior year. The “away” semester allows students to take advantage of the numerous co-curricular and experiential activities available off campus, including international experiences, internships, co-ops, research opportunities, and engagement in community service projects.
- Society of Women Engineers at Rensselaer: Your gift will help support the success of female undergraduates in engineering programs at Rensselaer, offering a host of opportunities for exceptional women to prepare and succeed in today's technologically advanced and culturally diverse workforce. The Society of Women Engineers at Rensselaer has won several awards, and hosted the regional conference twice in the last ten years.
- Engineers Without Borders: The Engineers Without Borders chapter at Rensselaer is currently involved in aiding communities in Panama, Nicaragua, and locally in Troy. Your gift will help to link students with professional mentors, and enable them to provide tangible solutions to real-world issues.
- HackRPI: HackRPI event is a 24-hour coding marathon – run exclusively by RPI students – that attracts roughly 500 college and high school students from across the country. The competition is offered to participants at no cost, with food provided during the event, and scheduled speakers, workshops, and networking events. For more information, visit the HackRPI website.
- RPI Rock Raiders: RPI Rock Raiders is a student-run interdisciplinary team that promotes the advancement of engineering proficiency at RPI. The group aims to design and build innovative robotic systems to address challenges facing future exploration of deep space. For more information, visit the RPI Rock Raiders website.
- Design Build Fly: Design Build Fly provides students from a variety of backgrounds with hands-on experience in aircraft design. Every member comes away from the experience better equipped to thrive in environments where interdisciplinary teamwork and creative problem solving are necessary. The team competes yearly in the AIAA Design Build Fly competition with teams from around the world. Team members rely on their engineering intellect and available resources to solve technical problems throughout their product development projects. In its history, the team has graduated engineers prepared to tackle the most challenging problems in both industry and academia. For more information, visit the RPI Design Build Fly website.
**Did you know that the Corning Foundation can match donations made to Rensselaer, through Corning’s Employee Gift Matching Program. Previous year gift matching minimums have been $25, but please check the foundation site via the intranet for more information, and to submit a matching donation request.**