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What is the Class Gift

Dr. Jackson has APPROVED the cube!

We are pursuing a giant functional rubik's cube mounted statue with a novel mechanism as part of a Class of 2013 lounge at the end of the DCC Great Hall.

We have successfully completed a prototype (one third scale of the planned full version). See it below, partially disassembled to reveal the mechanism. Also see a video of the cube in action


The Class Gift represents the united effort of the Class to give back to Rensselaer. It gives us the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on the Institute that will be remembered many years into the future.

Some examples of previous Class Gifts are:

  • Class of 2012 - Signage and Benches Outside of the '87 Gymnasium
  • Class of 2009 - Lounge in the Union's Games Room
  • Class of 2008 - Electronic Carillon Bells on top of Union
  • Class of 2005 - Waterfall located in Common's Quad
  • Class of 1887 - The '87 Gymnasium (Donated on the Class 25th anniversary)
  • Class of 1886 - The '86 Field (Donated on the Class 25th anniversary)

How to Give

Donate Online!

  • Go here!
  • Click the "Donate" Button
  • Fill out the form
  • Select "Class of 2013 Gift" for designation
  • Click "Save and Contiue" and continue to follow directions

Donate In Person!

  • Get together cash or check
  • Make checks payable to "Rensselaer Class of 2013 Class Gift"
  • Bring to either
    1. The Union Administration Office
    2. The 2nd floor of the Heffner Alumni House

Donor Recognition

It is especially important to us that you be recognized for your donation! For this, we have established different levels of giving:

  • Student Patroon - $100 - The Patroon Level is the highest level of giving a Rensselaer student or Alumni can attain. At this level students will have special benefits:
    • Invitation to Rensselaer Patroon Society Events such as Patroon Recognition Brunch held at Reunion and Homecoming
    • Special Patroon Recognition at the Class of 2013 Unveiling
    • Invitation to the Cocktail hour before the Class of 2013 Gift Unveiling
    • The Patroon's Full Name will be placed as a Patroon Level Donor on the Memorial Plaque dedicating the Class of 2013 Class Gift
  • 2013 Gift Club - $20.13 - Special benefits:
    • Invitation to the Cocktail hour before the Class of 2013 Gift Unveiling
    • Members of the 2013 Gift Club will be placed as a 2013 Gift Club Donor on the Memorial Plaque dedicating the Class of 2013 Class Gift

Benefits of Giving

There are many benefits to contributing to the Class Gift. The first and longest lasting is the pride of having participated in a great charitable event and the knowledge that you and your Classmates have left a lasting legacy here at RPI.

Contributing towards the Class Gift is a great way to:

  • Leave a legacy that will be remembered for years
  • Show your pride for our Class and your Alma Mater
  • Contribute towards campus improvements

Get Involved

If you have any questions about the Class Gift or would like to help organize the Class Gift:

  • Contact the Class Gift Chair: Katie Manz at manzk@rpi.edu
  • Attend one of our Class Council meetings, Mondays at 8PM in the SGS

Meet the Team

Hard at work to make the Class Gift a reality

  • Katie Manz, Committee Head
  • Sam Seifert, Lead Designer
  • Chris Newhard
  • Dan Felizardo
  • Rick Hamant
  • Brian Nock
  • Stephen Nock
  • Sam Chiappone, Manager of Fabrication and Prototyping resources
  • Nelson Bruns, '10, Full-size cube artist
  • Lester Gerhardt, Professor in Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
  • Larry Ruff, Supervisor, Advanced Manufacturing, Lab/Systems Engineering
  • Bill Bergman, Woodshop Manager, School of Architecture
  • Jim Schatz, Research Machine Shop at RPI
  • Jacyln Day, Assistant Advancement Officer
  • Barbara Nelson, Campus Planning
  • Courtney Bisell, Assoc. Advancement Officer
  • Amy Pettengil, Class of 2013 Dean
  • Larry Oligby, Mechanical Engineering student
  • HVCC - Mfg. Tech. Sys. Class - Machining Support