RPI Pep Band (and Friends) Alumni Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 4








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Ahh the fall. Once again football and hockey are here - a pep bander's dream come true (well, at least the hockey part). Lots to talk about this quarter as we gear up for the season, the women's team at D1, PBAN3, and a look ahead to Freakout. Also at the end of the year RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) will celebrate our 3rd birthday. With so much to do, let's get right into it.

Men's Hockey Starts - With a Cause

Ladies and gentlemen the season has begun! The team got off to a great start Friday night, beating Ottawa 13-3 in an exhibition contest at Houston FIeldhouse. After a disapointing season last year, Coach Fridgen and his staff hope to turn things around and build a winner. Albany seems to be the goal, though only time will tell how realistic that is.

Much of last year's team has returned, with some new faces ready to step in. Foremost among these is Mathias Lange, a Freshman goaltender who will look to take the starting job away from Jordan Alford.

One player who is not back yet is Captain Kirk MacDonald. Kirk was diagnosed late last year with testicular cancer and has been in treatment most of the summer. Though he hopes to return to the ice soon, he did not come back to campus this fall as he is still recovering from the treatments.

To support him and his cause, his teamates have come togeather with a new charity idea. Each home game there will be abooth setuo to provide information on the disease. There will also be donation buckets for two players. If either player raises more than $100, they will have their heads shaved at center ice after the game.

Normally, we here at RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) wouldn't focus on what happens with players off the ice. I think in this case the exception is well made. So if you're at a game, be sure to drop in a buck or two - and maybe we can put together a group donation for PBAN3.


Grid Iron Endeavors - RPI Football Back to Winning Ways

RPI Football has figured out how to win again. Though much of the conference season lies ahead, RPI will enter their off week with a 4-1 record. The only loss came to NCAA contenders Hobart in triple-overtime. The big surprise of the season has been the standout play of Jay Bernardo. Bernardo has had at least 2 TDs in each game. Look for big things from him and the rest of the squad as they get ready for the second half of the season. The playoff race is going to come right down to the wire this year, and will most likely be decided at Union on November 12th.


Women's Hockey Begins D1 Play

With 12 returning players, nine new recruits, and a new assistant
coach, the women's hockey team is excited and ready to open it's inaugural Division I season on Saturday, October 8 at Houston Field House against the Pioneers of Sacred Heart. The Engineers will play a grueling 29 game schedule this year as an independent before joining the extremely tough ECACHL (three teams made the Women's Frozen Four last year) in the 2006-2007 season.

Third-year Head Coach John Burke will look to his freshmen as well
as his upperclassmen to help get RPI off on the right foot in D-I. RPI
returns seven of it's top scorers this season, led by junior captain Sarah
Daniel, senior Kari Rabatin, and sophomore Brooke Thompson. Daniel was the second leading scorer last season, tallying 16 goals and 15 assists. Rabatin with 13 goals and 15 assists and Thompson with 11 goals and a team high 16 assists, were third and fourth respectively.

Also returning for the Engineers is senior Rosina Schiff in goal. As
a junior, Schiff sported a 1.63 goals-against-average and a .927 save
percentage. Despite being the starter, Schiff will have some heavy
competition from two freshman this year. Emily Ford (Plymouth, Mass.) and Ashley Mayr (Burnaby, British Columbia) were brought in to be the future for Engineer goaltending and are ready to step in should Schiff falter.

The biggest loss for the Engineers offensively, was leading scorer
Julie Aho, who is on co-op this year. To fill the void left by her and three
seniors, Burke brought in four freshman forwards: Jamie-Lynn Stewart
(Cambridge, Ontario), Nicole McDonald (Ottawa, Ontario), Jaime Jacquard-Sowa (North Vancouver, British Columbia), and Emily Donowick (West Seneca, New York).

On defense RPI lost its two career games played players in Allie
Cooper and Lane Dielwart. Both Dielwart and Cooper played in 107 of 108 possible games during their careers at RPI. Three freshman, Melanie Guillemette (North Bay, Ontario), Melissa Boik (Allen Park, Michigan), and Laura Menken (Meadowbrook, Penn.) were brought in to try and help replace Dielwart, Cooper, and former captain Sondra Sherman.

To help with the transition to D-I, Coach Burke hired Tim Horst, a
2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, as an assistant coach. Horst, a defenseman, helped the Wildcats win two Hockey East Championships, appear in three NCAA tournaments, two Frozen Fours and a national championship appearance.


PBAN3: Joe Juneau Night

Yes, you read that right. The same night the RPI Pep Band Alumni are at the Fieldhouse, RPI will be honoring one of the greatest hockey alums with his induction into the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame.

So here's the details for this event.

  • Rehearsal - 10:30am - West Hall 326: Get to know the current band and learn some of the new music.
  • HOCKEY - Beat the Field 6:45pm - Houston Fieldhouse: RPI takes on Princeton in ECACHL action. Tickets can be purchased through the Fieldhouse box office.
  • Student/Alumni Mixer - 9:45pm - 107 11th St. Fl. 2, Troy, NY 12180: Sarah Toner has graciously offered to host the mixer again this year. There is no cover charge but donations (cash, food, or drink) will be accepted.

Directions to the mixer are as follows:

  • Proceed on Peoples Ave to 15th St.
  • Take a right onto 15th St.
  • Take the second left onto Eagle St.
  • 107 is on the corner of Eagle and 11th on the left hand side (before 11th St). Look for the red brick building with the white trim. The entrance is on the Eagle St. Side.
  • There is street parking on both sides of the street as Eagle St. is one-way.

A quick note regarding rehearsal.... Because there is a women's home hockey game that day, the band may not hold rehearsal. If that happens we'll either have some sort of breakfast, or maybe have a rehearsal of our own so we're not completely rusty that night. More details on this to follow.

Also, if you have not done so already, please let us know if you'll be attending by going to the poll. We understand that many of you will be there to hang out with other alums or have other engagements that day, please at least put in an appearance at the mixer if at all possible. It's important for the students to get to know us and for us to get to know them - and was the reason this event was created to begin with.


Looking Ahead To Freakout

Yes, we know... Freakout is still four months away. However, with tickets starting to fly already, we wanted to let you know the details for this year's event so you can plan accordingly.

First off, Freakout will take place on Saturday February 12th vs Brown and tickets can be purchased through the Fieldhouse box office.

We'll be starting our day with breakfast at Latham 76 Diner at 9:00am. As with last year, expect a surprise or two. From there we'll be heading to West Hall 326 for Pep Band Rehearsal at 10:30am. Though not an official event, the Hockey Alumni game will take place at noon at the Fieldhouse and is a great opportunity to see both recent and not-so-recent alums in action.

Now comes the big news. Local alum Brendan Conte '02 and his girlfriend Sarah Bennett have offered to hold both the alumni lasagna dinner and after-party at their place at no charge. While there is no cover for either of these donations and/or help with lasagna will not be turned away. For those who attended the after-party last year, this is the same house on Tibbits Ave. Sarah and Brendan are already impressing us with their ideas, so expect them to pull out all the stops. The dinner will start at 3:15pm to allow plenty of time for lasagna and face-painting.

From there we'll all head over to the Fieldhouse at 6:15pm. You can leave your non-game stuffs at the house for afterwards. After the game (and broomball), we'll head back to the Conte residence for the after-party.

I know many of you haven't really had a chance to think into February yet, but if you have please RSVP and let us know if you'll be attending.


Pep Band Stories

Pep Band Stories will return next issue. If you have a story you'd like to share, please let us know at newsletter@rpipepbandalumni.org.


From The Managers

Hello Alumni,

As I'm sure you all remember this is a busy time to be in the Pep Band. The Men's Hockey and Football scheduals are overlapping. In addition, this year we have also added home women's hockey games to our schedual. We may have to miss a few women's games thoughout the year just to ease the burden on the band, however we are going to make an honest effort to go to most of the home women's games.

We're not sure that there is any other exiting news in the pep band of late. Hopefully you all got the e-mail from Tim reguarding our new "Award Winning Pep Band" status. If you missed it, feel free to e-mail Neil at havlan@rpi.edu and he'll send you a copy of the poly article.

We'll see many of you soon if you come out to the alumni game, which we hope you do. It's fun to hear just how loud we can be when everyone crowds on that stage.

We'll see you then,

AJ and Neil
'05-06 managers


Final Notes

So, to recap:

  • PBAN3 is Saturday, November 12th. Please RSVP by November 5th.
  • Freakout details are nearly finalized! For the first time in RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) history the only cost will be that of the tickets. Polls are open, so please RSVP no later than February 5th.
  • We're always looking for more stories of Pep Band past. If you have a story you'd like to share, let us know by e-mailing newsletter@rpipepbandalumni.org.
  • Animal needs to beat drums. If you see Animal, please hand him drumsticks and point him towards the nearest percussive object.
  • Welcome Web Coordinator Andrea Doherty to the RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) staff. Any comments/suggestions/ideas for the website can be sent to her at webmaster@rpipepbandalumni.org.
  • Please send any other ideas/comments/suggesstions/whatever to Chris and Terry at pepband@rpipepbandalumni.org.
Next issue: Football season recap, men's and women's hockey, Freakout planning, and bears (oh my)!