Welcome back!

Hello everyone!

RPA is back for the fall 2015 semester.

Our first meeting is on September 9th at  8pm in union room 3602. After that we will be having weekly meetings on Wednesdays at that location and time.

We will be at the activities fair so stop by to sign up for our mailing list or to grab some candy.

Our first meeting will be about introducing our freshmen to the community here and to brainstorm ideas for the coming semester. So come on by and let us know what you would like to see from this club.

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Gay Men’s Chorus

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My name is Dr. Ryan Endris, and I am the newly appointed Music Director of the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus. As our mission, the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus seeks to entertain and enlighten by creating high quality vocal music in the rich and time-honored tradition of male choral singing. The Chorus strives to promote pride in and acceptance of the gay community and endeavors to build bridges by making positive contributions to the greater Capital Region.

The chorus, which rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:45pm, is open to all gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight men. We are hoping that some of your members might be interested in joining this wonderful community of singers. Would you be willing to please share this email and attachment with your organization’s members?

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, August 26, and take place at First Lutheran Church (181 Western Ave.); however, we will accepting new members through the end of September. Prospective members simply should come to a rehearsal, where they will be greeted with open arms. Non-singing members (our “fifth section”) are also welcome as volunteers in a “behind-the-scenes” capacity. Anyone interested in joining is also welcome to contact me by email at rrendris@gmail.com.

I hope you will be able to partner with us in fulfilling our mission of promoting pride and acceptance of the LGBT community through excellence in music.

Sincerely,

R. Ryan Endris, D.Mus
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral & Vocal Activities, Colgate University
Music Director, Albany Gay Men’s Chorus
www.ryanendris.comMusic Director Press Release

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Award

The Rensselaer Pride Alliance has been selected for the 2015 Best of Troy Awards for Community Organization!

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College Guide

A new web resource for current and future LGBTQ college students has come to our attention. It is a guide to show LGBTQ students the various on-campus and online resources they can use to help make college a more welcoming and supportive experience. The guide also includes interviews with a pair of diversity experts who lead student inclusion efforts on campuses today. This might be useful for those of you considering grad school.

Creating a Welcoming Campus & Community:http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/lgbtq-college-student-guide/

Special thanks to Doug Jones for bringing this resource to RPI.

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Drag show Photos

Here are some photos shot by Dem Green of our Drag Show, enjoy!

https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=2b516700d5fbdb1b&id=2B516700D5FBDB1B!19617&Bsrc=Share&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos&authkey=!AuTKss9CXvjm43I

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Drag show

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Remember to attend the drag show today in west hall at 8PM.

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Picnic Table

Interested in getting involved on campus and spreading your organization’s name throughout RPI? The Student Senate Facilities and Services Committee has been working on a project to bring more picnic tables to our campus! Thanks to joint funding through the RPI Administration and the Rensselaer Union Executive Board, we’ve acquired 15 new picnic tables ready to be assembled.

The Senate has decided to partner with student organizations to build these tables. Groups that participate will have their names engraved on a permanent plaque to be placed with the table in its final location on campus! This means that you and your club have the opportunity to assemble one of these tables, free of charge, and leave a permanent mark on campus.

The picnic tables will be at the ‘86 Field on May 13th, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Sign up, then stop by anytime on that date to build your table and make our campus a nicer place! Please contact me at hanm3@rpi.edu if you have any questions!

Thanks,
Michael Han

The Pride Alliance will be building a table and can use all of your help!

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Next Semester’s meeting time

Hello!

Its that time of the year where we try to find a meeting time that works for everyone. You can fill out this form to help us pick a time that is convenient for you.

http://whenisgood.net/mrtdby3

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Damien Center

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Hello,

I work at the Albany Damien Center and have begun a program designed for addressing HIV/STI in people of color. We keep the groups open, but this is our main area for target interventions. We have recently rented out the apartment space above Rocks Bar on Central Ave. We are turning it in to our office space and community drop in center.

I would love to touch base with you can discuss our program more in depth and see if there is any opportunity for us to collaborate on projects. I hope this finds you well. Tale good care.

Steve

Steve Hendrickson, Lead Project Coordinator

The Albany & Schenectady Damien Centers

The Resource Centers for People Living with HIV/AIDS

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