More than 130 creative and colorful photos were shared on the fifth annual RPI Spirit Day, which was held Friday, February 5, in conjunction with Big Red Freakout weekend. Members of the Rensselaer community were encouraged to wear their Rensselaer gear to work, school, or play to share their Rensselaer pride with the world.

Participants in Spirit Day were asked to post photos to social media with #RPISpiritDay. Participants took photos in groups and individually, including families, friends, pets, co-workers, and an amazing and inventive array of props. This year saw a variety of spirited pictures in offices, around different habitats, and a new trend of including pets such as cats, dogs, and even a chicken! Twenty companies participated, including NBC Sports, Boeing, several divisions of GE, and Regeneron Ireland. An impressive array of class years were represented as well, from the 1950s to current students. The Spirit Day festivities were the kickoff to the Rπ Giving Campaign, an opportunity to show your RPI spirit by supporting current students with a gift to the Annual Fund. (Learn more at

Spirit Day includes a contest with three categories: Best Corporate Picture, Best Selfie, and Most Likes. Voting is now open at the RAA Facebook page, and you may vote through February 12.

Thank you to all who participated in the 5th Annual #RPISpiritDay! It was a fun and successful day. Like your favorite…

Posted by Rensselaer Alumni Association on Monday, February 8, 2016