More than 130 color-filled photos were shared on the third annual RPI Spirit Day, held Feb. 7 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. This year, photos came from campus, locations around the U.S., and overseas. There was even a submission from outer space, as CBS 6 Albany shared their photo of Rick Mastracchio ’87, who displayed a Rensselaer banner during his recent interview from the International Space Station!
Participants took photos individually and in groups, including families, friends, pets, and co-workers, and with an inventive array of props. Groups of alumni gathered around their corporate logos at work, wore their hockey jerseys to support the team (Freakout was the following day), and even the Red Sox’s infamous Bull Pen Cop sported a Rensselaer pennant in one creative tweet. An impressive array of class years was represented as well, from the 1950s to current students.
“Thanks to the many members of the campus community who participated, including everyone who submitted a photo, the Bookstore for providing Spirit Day sales, SEFCU for a special giveaway for those who wore RPI gear, the Union for inviting everyone to join in their photo shoot, and to everyone else who helped to make the day a success,” said Jeff Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations.