WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

Excitement for the celebration of WPI’s 150th anniversary year continues to build, and if you want to stay current on all the activities and notes of WPI through the years, become a follower of the WPI150 twitter account. The 150.wpi.edu website also has fascinating WPI historical information, events, and a place where you can submit your own favorite memories and stories about WPI.

It may be 150 years old, but the Institute remains at the top of its game. The outstanding faculty added to the rolls this fall—the largest addition of new tenure-track faculty in the university’s history—is a testament to WPI’s commitment to looking ever forward. For those of us who love data and would like to see how the commensurate quality of the undergraduate body continues to improve, check out the just recently compiled 2014 student fact book.

A number of you have reached out about volunteering for WPI, and we’re always trying to align your interests with volunteer and philanthropic opportunities. A great opportunity ahead is our annual Worcester Clean-up on Saturday, April 25, which brings together fellow alumni, students, and faculty. The day is always fun, and people leave feeling they have made a difference. In addition, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Alumni Relations staff are working to broaden the offerings at the annual WPI Alumni Weekend with the addition of “reunion college” to help upcoming reunion planning committees better plan their activities, as well as a volunteer expo where alumni can learn firsthand about the opportunities to give back to their alma mater. More details on both of these programs will be out shortly. Alumni Weekend will remain centered on programming for reunions for class years ending in zero and five, but all are welcome to attend. Importantly, the room blocks are ready.

Shortly after Alumni Weekend, on June 13, 2015, is an event you should also pen on the calendar—the TouchTomorrow festival of science, technology, and robots, held in conjunction with the NASA robotics competition. The event is a wonderful collaboration aimed at instilling excitement for the STEM fields into K-12 students with cool exhibits, interesting talks and examples of how a career in STEM can be rewarding.

Whether it's telling us about the biggest opportunity you think we're missing, offering up the name of an alumnus/a who you think deserves recognition or telling us where we're on our A-game, keep your comments coming! You can reach out to me (mwalton@alum.wpi.edu) or any of the Association Board members with your ideas.

With best wishes,