Friday, March 27, 2015

GE Renewable Energy Presentation and Tour

 
Tuesday, April 7th

9:30 a.m.
 
  GE's downtown Schenectady plant located on 1 River Road
 

If any Friends are interested in joining the Hudson Mohawk Retirees for the talk and tour that I mentioned in the previous entry, please note that:
 
• All attendees MUST be registered in advance of the tour  
                 (Building  273--Steam Turbine and Generator Manufacturing).
 
• Due to security reasons, walk-in guests will not be permitted.

• All attendees MUST bring photo ID with them.

• In general, the facility is handicap accessible, but it is a shop floor with
                some rough and uneven surfaces.

To sign up, click on the REGISTER button found on the top right corner of this page:


It’s preferable that everyone register online, but if someone who doesn't utilize the web wants to go, he/she can call me at 518-276-8329.  I will let Denise Done in the Office of Alumni Relations know and she will register the Friend online.  

If anyone has any questions, you can contact Denise at doned@rpi.edu.

Again, I want to thank Friend Bob Albern ’54 for making it possible for Friends to attend what promises to be a fascinating talk and tour. 

Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Save the Date -- April 7, 2015

Friend Bob Albern '54 has kindly invited Friends of the Folsom Library to join him and other members of the Hudson Mohawk Retirees for an overview on wind renewal energy.  The talk's being given by Dan Jordy, Engineer, Wind Electrical Systems at General Electric Power and Water, at GE's downtown Schenectady plant located on 1 River Road. 

Dan's also arranging a tour for groups of 15 or less of the steam turbine and generator manufacturing facility located in Building 273 where large and small steam generators are built from scratch. 

For those interested, a Dutch treat lunch at Pinhead Susan's in Schenectady (38 - 40 Broadway) will follow the presentation and tour.

More information will be sent as soon as Bob firms things up.

Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Come on spring!


Unbeknownst to one another, three of our staff members who work at the Service Desk showed up this morning wearing pink shirts.  Do you think they're eager for spring?  I just had to get a shot of them to share with everyone. 


Left to right: Anna Gardner, Bobbie Harris, Ellen Dearborn

After what seems like an endless winter with considerable snow and temperatures in the teens and below, it's so nice not to have to bundle up to come to work.

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“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” —  Mark Twain
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Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library


Monday, March 9, 2015

Lunch & Learn for March

Lunch & Learn
Co-sponsored by Friends of the Folsom Library
and
Rensselaer Retirees Forum
 
 
"My Bibliomania:  30 Years of Art and Source Material" 
                                     Presenter:  Michael Oatman
 
For the past 25 years, artist and School of Architecture faculty member Michael Oatman has been using archives and libraries as conceptual and physical material for his installations, videos, and collages.  During this Lunch & Learn lecture, he will present both the archival sources and the resulting imagery from three different projects:  "Long Shadows"  (1995/2001), "Conservatory" (2005), and "All Utopias Fell" (2010).

"The Shining," one part of three interrelated parts of Oatman's seasonal
(May through November) "All Utopias Fell" at MASS MoCA

 
Friday, March 13
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Free!
Everyone is welcome!
Bring your lunch or purchase one at the Library Café.
Dessert will be provided.
 
 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lunch & Learn for December


Lunch & Learn

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Folsom Library

and the Rensselaer Retirees Forum


 

“Where Family and Friends Gathered in Song:  
The History of the Fox Hollow Folk Festival”

 

Presenter:  Kathryn Sheehan



From 1966 to 1980, thousands gathered in the hills of Petersburgh, New York and joined Bob, Evelyn, and Martha Beers for four days of traditional folk music.  Fox Hollow became one of the most popular folk music festivals in the country and launched the careers of performers Don McLean, Gordon Bok, Bruce "Utah" Phillips, Dan Smith and many more.  Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathryn Sheehan will explore the history and traditions of this legendary music festival. 


 
                    Friday, December 19  ~  12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 
Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Free! Everyone is welcome!  
Bring your lunch or purchase one at the Library Cafe. 
Dessert will be provided.

 
 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Link to the
Carl A. Westerdahl Forum
Evening Presentation
  

Matt Peteritis, a club member of RPI TV, generously donated his time to videotape the evening program of "Making the Connection:  Rensselaer Graduates Who Built Bridges over the Hudson" in October. Frank Griggs '56 and George Christian M.S. '76 talked about the role Rensselaer alumni had in the design and construction of bridges in the Hudson Valley and nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, the PowerPoint presentation wasn't included in the recording, so you won't get to see the slides the speakers refer to. Here's the link:  

http://www.rpitv.org/productions/832-carl-westerdahl-forum



Left to right:  George Christian M.S. '76; Chris Letchford, Professor and Department Head,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, RPI; Frank Griggs '56


 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library