WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

This time of year, many people take time to reflect back and give thanks. The WPI community did a bit of that on Nov. 6. Nearly 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends gathered at the Sports and Recreation Center to celebrate the successful close of if….The Campaign to Advance WPI. My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who supported the campaign and have helped secure the future of WPI. Thank you!

Speaking of thanks and generosity… how amazing was the news that William B. Smith, class of 1908, designated WPI as one of the organizations to benefit from his estate. His $7.1 million gift will provide for endowed professorships and endowed graduate fellowships. This is an incredible example of alumni giving back.

Giving back doesn’t always look like a $7 million bequest, however. For many of us, the gift of time is what we can afford to give and is also quite valuable. It may seem so far away, but before we know it Alumni Weekend will be here again. If your class year ends in 1 or 6, you have a reunion coming up June 2 – 6, 2016. The planning is just getting started, and we are looking for volunteers for the reunion committees. If you are interested in helping to plan your reunion, please let us know.

I thank all of you for the time, effort, and love you give back to our great alma mater, WPI. You are an integral part of the family that is preserving the past, present, and future of the university. If you have any feedback or ideas you want to share, feel free to reach out to me at rmdelisle@alum.wpi.edu.

All the Best,
Rachel Delisle ’96, ’06 MBA