Rensselaer Class of 2007

The Class Gift- 15th Street Pedestrian Footbridge

Show your pride

Have you seen the renderings?
Rendering 1 I Rendering 2 I Rendering 3 I Rendering 4 I Rendering 5 I Rendering 6
Please note that this is a preliminary, conceptual rendering; the final design may vary considerably based on many factors
Renderings created by Jorge Vidal '91, Project Manger - Campus Planning & Facilities Design

Dear Class of 2007 Colleagues-

The class gift has been a long standing tradition at Rensselaer. It represents a kind of philanthropy that exhibits loyalty and devotion to an institution. From the clock in the Hassan Quad, to the ’86 Gym, to the stone sign on the corner of 15th and Sage Ave, they will forever be landmarks on campus that signify a classes’ existence at Rensselaer. The Class of 2007 will continue that tradition in hopes of capturing the spirit of its class and it provides an opportunity for the members of the graduating class to say thank you and to help make Rensselaer a better place for current and future students.

The Class of 2007 has chosen to do cosmetic improvements on the 15th Street Footbridge. This decision has come about through the process of the Senior Survey in which seniors where asked what they would like to see as the Class of 2007 gift. The idea of improving the look of the bridge was widely expressed in those surveys and so it was only fitting that the class pursue this endeavor.

It’s hard not to notice all the changes that are occurring on campus; everything from the up-and-coming EMPAC to the renovation of the Union. The 15th Street Footbridge is a vital part of the campus. It’s something that any and all students have walked on at some point during their time at Rensselaer. On any given day hundreds of students/faculty/staff walk over this bridge.

It’s a stranger to no one that the footbridge is in need of modernizing. With all the improvements going on around campus, it’s only appropriate that this essential landmark be revitalized as well! And so the mission of the Class of 2007 is to leave an imprint on a landmark that will stand the test of time!

Suggest Giving Amount

We invite each and everyone one of you to participate in this campaign, no matter the amount. However, we have made some suggestions on different levels of giving. Any gift is appropriate, it’s all about participation and supporting our alma mater!

Student Patroon $100+ - Your name engraved on dedication plaque on footbridge.
Bridge Club $50-99 - Support the “Class of 2007” commemorative sign located on footbridge.
Walkway Club $25-49 - General support of footbridge.

How to give

Online - Follow the directions below

1. Click Here to give securely online.

2. Enter gift amount in field.

3. Select Designated button on the form.

4. Enter Senior Class Gift into space provided.

5. Fill out the remaining form

Cash or Check Gifts
Drop off locations – Rensselaer Union Admin Offices or Heffner Alumni House, 3rd Floor
Check – Made payable to Rensselaer Senior Class Gift

The Benefits of Giving

  • Your money goes towards your class gift
  • Your participation keeps us competitive with peer schools like Cornell, WPI and Carnegie Melon
  • Gifts count towards Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Shows your pride at being a member of the Rensselaer community
  • Helps to improve RPI's rankings in surveys such as U.S. News and World Report ... which in turn improves the value of your degree

Other Schools' Class Gift Participation Rates

Clarkson - 30%
Union - 65%
WPI - 27%
Cornell - 33%
Dartmouth - 73%
MIT - 20%
George Washington - 30%

Reasons you say you don't
want to participate ...

Reasons to consider
giving ...

“I don’t have any money.”
The amount you give is not important, your participation is what counts.
“We haven’t even graduated from RPI and you are asking for more money.”
You are part of something special, show your pride in being part of Rensselaer.
“My gift isn’t important.”
No matter what you decide to contribute, your participation is what matters most.
“I already pay too much in tuition”
Your gift helps creates a lasting tribute to your class on campus.