Current President: Myles Walton '97
Despite two feet of snow on the ground, the optimist in me is saying we’re closer to spring than we are to fall—the pessimist in me is out shoveling snow. The big news on campus since my last letter is WPI’s new president has been elected by the Board of Trustees. Laurie Leshin certainly brings the wow factor with her, but her appointment was far more about the excitement, energy, and scholarship that the Presidential Search Committee, the student and faculty advisory committee and ultimately the Board of Trustees saw in her. Alumni feedback on the selection has been enthusiastic, and I know President-elect Leshin can’t wait to engage and energize WPI’s alumni.
The campaign for Alumni Gym is about to start and the difference makers for the building will be you. With the history of the gym stretching back nearly 100 years and built on the philanthropy of alumni, we have a unique and timely opportunity to make a difference in the evolution of Alumni Gym into an epicenter on campus for project work and innovation. Alumni will have a chance not just to give back, but to have their passions recognized in the process (and in the new Atrium). Keep an eye out for how you can play a role in this important initiative.
Upcoming events I hope you have on your calendar include the annual Community Service Day on April 26 and Alumni Weekend, May 29-June 1. Community Service Day will provide both an opportunity to connect with students, staff and alumni and also to hear what the Alumni Association is up to and how you can lend a hand. Each year Alumni Weekend gains momentum and this year will be better than ever. Be sure to keep an eye on wpi.edu/+alumniweekend
for updates to the schedule and information about who’s coming and how to register. More information will also be arriving in your mail and email.
Finally, with National Engineers Week coming to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on the importance and increasing relevance of your WPI education. It’s also a good opportunity for me to ask you to think about fellow alumni who are making great contributions in their professional field and deserve recognition by the Alumni Association. See the alumni website
for more information about nominating an alumnus/a for their professional achievements and service to WPI.
As always, please reach out to me (email@example.com)
or any of the other Alumni Association Board members with feedback on what you like that we’re doing and what we can do to improve our engagement with you.
With best wishes,