Class of 1957 Spectrum Award

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Class of 1957 Spectrum Award

Message from the '57 Reunion Planning Committee:

During the 60 years since our commencement, our Class of 1957 has brought the power and influence of a Rensselaer degree to many quarters of the world. Our work in engineering, science, education, business, law, medicine, government, and many other fields has proven of great value to our communities, our nation, and the world. We have successfully applied the knowledge acquired from our years at Rensselaer to advance discovery, invention, innovation, and problem resolution in many fields. Many of our members have served our country in all branches of the U.S. military, some for their entire careers.

As we look back, and put our individual and collective work into perspective, the immeasurable value of our Rensselaer education becomes more evident with every passing year. Our impact has also been considerable in terms of community service, to which we have given millions of hours of our personal time.  It is for these reasons, that we, as a class, have created the Class of 1957 Spectrum Award.  It is our hope, and our expectation, that Rensselaer students supported by this fund will bring the immeasurable value of their Rensselaer education to the world as they encounter, and conquer, the many challenges that lie ahead for them. To cite the words of an old and beautiful song at Rensselaer:

Lift up our light, ‘tis the torch that was passed to us;

Down thro’ the years it has come at the last to us,

Steady our hand must be, high our endeavor,

Sing we to Rensselaer, now and forever.

-C. H. Jarrett

What is the Spectrum Award?  Why support it?

Planning for our 60th class Reunion, scheduled for October 12-15, 2017, is well underway, and we hope you are planning to join us.  Early in the course of the Reunion Planning Committee’s work, we decided we would like to plan a class gift which would be directly tied to our class and leave a lasting impact on Rensselaer!

To accomplish that objective, to re-emphasize our long-standing class legacy of generosity, and to keep our strong commitment to our alma mater and to community service, we created an endowed prize fund which will carry our class name in perpetuity:  The “Class of 1957 Spectrum Award: Academics, Service, and Involvement.” 

THANK YOU! … to our classmates who have stepped up to support Spectrum Award fund. With your help, our Class of 1957 Spectrum Award fund has met the $50,000 minimum endowment level required for activation. We are now in a position to make our first award to a deserving student this year, in conjunction with our 60th Reunion the weekend of October 12-15.  (Get it on your calendar!) With that goal achieved, we are reaching higher, and re-setting our goal at $100,000.  So, if you have not done so, please consider adding your name to our list of donors from our class by making your contribution to Spectrum today.

Pledges and contributions to this fund can be made at any time. Gifts to the Spectrum Fund will be counted toward all lifetime giving totals and Patroon donor level status but will not be counted as gifts to the Annual Fund.  We hope, however, that our loyal donors will continue your support for the Annual Fund.

If you would like to support the Spectrum Award via check or other offline giving method, please contact Stephanie Smith via email or by phone at (518) 276-8242.



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