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RSE Alumnus Appears on Jeopardy

Jim Williams '77 on Jeopardy

In case any of you missed it, RSE alum Jim-Bob Williams '77 appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy on May 28, 2019.

"Alex and I dye our hair grey so our friends won't be jealous. If you look close, you can see my Dad's tie clip. Yes, it is a monkey wrench. I try to wear something of his whenever I go on stage" - Jim-Bob Williams '77



Alumni Profile

Richard (Rick) Packer '79

Richard (Rick) Packer credits his time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Rensselaer Society of Engineers (RSE) for teaching him valuable life skills that have served him well in his career, in addition to the stellar education he received.

Packer graduated from RPI with a bachelor’s degree in management engineering (since renamed industrial and systems engineering) in 1979, followed by a master’s in information systems in 1980. Thanks to RPI’s professional program that allowed him to start taking classes toward his masters as a junior and senior, Packer was able to achieve both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in just five years.

When Packer pledged at RSE his freshman year his motivations were both academic and social. He was drawn to the unique focus that RSE put on academics in addition to socialization, unlike many of the other fraternities on campus. RSE drew many diverse personalities for that reason, making it a great place to interact with a variety of fellow students.

“It seemed like a great place to make friends and maximize my time at RPI,” Packer says. 

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Chapter Recruitment

The Recruitment of New, Quality Members to RSE Is Essential!!

By Jake Hodgson '20 and Don Thoma ’83

The suspension has made for a tough year for the junior members.  The JMs are really feeling the impact of their unfortunate decisions last year as the normal events of the house have been significantly curtailed.  No other activity has had a bigger negative impact on the house than the cancellation of this year’s rush.

Now, the JMs could have taken a “woe is me attitude” and brushed off the cancellation of rush, but that is not what has happened.  Thanks to the leadership of the Rush Chairman: Jake Hodgson '20 and the President: Sean Graham '21, the JMs have been actively preparing for the next rush as soon as it is open to RSE.

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