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Traditions Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8 p.m.

Starting Location - Heffner Alumni House

Join us during GM Week for an interactive and unique tour of campus. With your team – solve clues that will lead you across campus to important RPI landmarks. Be the first team to solve all your clues and you can win $150 in gift card prizes! This night-time scavenger hunt comes with flashlight (or headlamp!) provided to participants. Maximum of 5 students per team.

To register yourself or your team, click here.

Traditions Program

In 2010, the Red & White Student Organization, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, started the Traditions Program at Rensselaer. The purpose of the program is to instill a sense of pride at Rensselaer by teaching students about the many current and historical traditions of RPI.

Student Organization Traditions

If you are a member of a student organization and have special traditions that you would like to promote on campus, we are happy to help. The Red & White Student Organization will work closely with other organizations to bring back old traditions, promote current ones, and talk about how to build new traditions on campus. If you would like to partner with Red & White, contact the Traditions Executive Director, Lauren Parker.

Alumni

The Traditions Program would not be possible without the rich history and success of our alumni. As we continue to expand the program in the future, we look to alumni for suggestions and ideas. We will also ask alumni to participate in many of the programs that we offer. If you are an alumnus/a and are interested in volunteering to help shape our program, contact Traditions Executive Director, Lauren Parker.

Traditions Tour

We are joining the Office of First-Year Experience to be part of the Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond (NRB) initiative, by hosting a day trip called "RPI Traditions," which showcases the pride and traditions of Rensselaer.  The program teaches the rich traditions that alumni have helped build over the past 180 years. 

The program is a scavenger-hunt style activity that guides students through campus to unique locations that illustrate many traditions. These stops allow the first-year students to learn about traditions such as "Hockey Line," practice some of the famous cheers that happen at many of the sporting events, and of course, learn the Alma Mater.

The students will be teamed with their peers and will be led across campus by members of the Red & White Student Organization and alumni.  At each location alumni will greet these students and, through interaction, will help showcase these traditions.  Participation from alumni of various eras of Rensselaer is key, as they pass their knowledge, as well as the traditions they built, on to new students. At the end of the game, the students will compete with the other groups to see how many of these traditions they learned. 

Thank You

A special thank you must be made to all of the alumni who helped to shape our history at Rensselaer and provide many of the traditions today. We also have to thank our partners in the program, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Archives.

Traditions List

A full list of the traditions of Rensselaer will be available soon. We recognize that this list will never be complete because of the rich history of Rensselaer. If you have a suggestion for a Tradition that should be recognized, complete the online RPI Tradition Form.