Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff are invited to join alumni around the globe in showing their Rensselaer pride on Friday, February 17, during RPI Spirit Day. This year marks the sixth anniversary of this popular annual tradition.

Join in the fun by wearing your RPI gear to work or class, and put your pride in your Rensselaer connection on display. Then, take a picture and post to social media with #RPISpiritDay, or email it to Past year’s displays of pride have included shots from foreign countries, and props such as pets, children, a Zamboni, and even the cockpit of a jet. Another popular way to join in the fun is to gather a group of co-workers, friends, student organization members, or teammates for a group shot.

As photos come in throughout the day, they will be shared on the Rensselaer Alumni Association Facebook page. The day will also include a contest with three categories: Best Corporate Picture, Best Selfie, and Most Likes. Pictures will be voted on during the following week (February 20-24). The winning individuals and companies will receive a special prize.

Members of the Rensselaer community are also being encouraged to show their pride virtually by changing their profile pic or avatar to an RPI-related image. There are several for use on the RPI Spirit Day website ( or you can create your own.

Spirit Day is taking place in conjunction with Big Red Freakout, which is Saturday, February 18, when the men’s ice hockey team will take on Quinnipiac. Get together with some friends to catch the game, take part in the Big Red Freakout Ice House at the Heffner Alumni House (see related story) and make a whole Spirit Weekend out of it!

If your group would like to run a Spirit Day-related promotion on campus, or if you need more information, visit the website at or contact Will Gallagher, Alumni Relations, or (518) 276-6689. #RPISpiritDay