About Us

Many moons ago in 2003, a ragtag group of brave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students joined forces to fight off the bitter winds of Troy, NY through the power of music. Among them, they shared a love for singing a cappella and procrastinating on homework. Thus, Partial Credit was born. The Troy winters may still be cold, but the group lives on, spreading the warmth and joy of a cappella music through a wide range of musical tastes. Whether an indie tune, a comedic musical salute, or a unique ballad, Partial Credit takes pride in entertaining others while having fun performing.


Kara Jimcosky Article III Section 5b

Chemical Engineering, Class of 2018

Kara is a special snowflake who enjoys terrible fruit jokes and singing high notes. In her free time, she hikes or something.

Amanda Mcpartland Wings

Applied Physics, Class of 2020

Amanda is a low-key emo kid who likes cats, sci-fi, Halloween, lipstick, any kind of caffeine, and the old lady hobby of embroidery.

Claire Thomas Miss Photogenic

Games And Simulation Arts And Sciences, Class of 2019

Nobody really knows much about Claire. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, gaming, drawing, thinking, and general nonsense. For anyone who cares, her favorite TV show is Steven Universe.

Caiti Vinopal Bambi

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2018

Caiti enjoys reading, singing, traveling, video games, and watching fantastical tv shows(Merlin, Once upon a time, and Doctor Who to name a few). In fact, she often likes hiding in her cave and comes out occasionally to keep social skills a thing. She enjoys nature and for some reason has numerous deer-themed nicknames.


Linda Cortes Glinda the Good Witch

Environmental Engineering, Class of 2020

Linda is bananas about bananas, polar bears, crafting and dancing. She can speak Spanish, but please excuse her French. GMOs are destroying biodiversity and harming farmers and people. Wonder woman is favorite super hero.

Rebecca Halzack Aca-Bacca

Civil Engineering, Class of 2017

Rebecca loves Vera Bradley, slapping people, and gluten. 10 Rebecca points for you.

Caoilin Ramsay Low-Caoi

Undeclared Engineering, Class of 2020

Caoilin enjoys cats, calculus, and casual existentialism. And, apparently, alliteration. She has synesthesia and orange hands. Her only goal throughout college is to locate every single piano on campus.

Emma Steed T Em N T

Computer Science, Class of 2019

Emma likes singing, turtles (especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), blanket nests, seasonal/holiday decorations and food, and orange soda.


Sage Freter Parsley

Civil Engineering, Class of 2019

Sage likes cats, long hugs, sunshine, singing (along with many other forms of music), drawing, and Calculus! Her only wish is to be a bass.

Tyler Johnston Party Animal

Physics, Class of 2017

Tyler is a huge nerd who doesn't want to write his own bio. He enjoys long walks on the beach, terrible puns, and telling people to turn around. Like the mythological figure Samson, Tyler's strength is directly proportional to the length of his hair.

Coen Valk Phantom of the Opera

Computer Science, Class of 2020

Coen is a perpetual happiness machine. He loves closing his eyes for official Partial Credit votes and yelling his tenor part. In his spare time he dreads walking through the cold and remembers how much colder New York is compared to Texas.


Jake Altabef Happy Feet

Computer And Systems Engineering, Class of 2019

Jake is a merman from Atlantis. His hobbies include dolphin-wrangling, and that's it. That's his only hobby. He has joined this group to make friends that weren't dolphins.

Austin Chin China 5

Electronic Arts / Computer Science, Class of 2017

Artistically inclined. Usually punctual. Slips on smooth floors. Trips on carpets. Is terrible at Tetris. Noodle soup connoisseur.

Jake Laats Han Slowbro

Undeclared Engineering, Class of 2020

Jake Laats is a lasagna-inclined human bean who likes dank memes, low jeans, and video games.

Alex MacNair Curse Breaker

Computer Science / Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication, Class of 2018

Technologically inclined, artistically prone, musically passionate, generally adventurous human being.

Casimir Wills Nicolas Cadge

Geology, Class of 2016

He is a hipster. His favorite movie is Pitch Black. He plays frisbee. He reads a lot of steampunk.