WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

In just a few days the campus will be flooded with activity as students begin to return to campus. Before we know it members of the Class of 2020 will ascend the hill we all call home and make it their own. This incoming Class of 2020 includes over 1100 students – 34 percent women, 15 percent underrepresented students of color, and 10 percent international. Over 90 percent of the class graduated high school as No. 1 or No. 2 in their class. Wow!

Coming back to campus and spending time with current students is something that I always find enjoyable. I am continually amazed by the diversity and depth of the student body, the work they are doing, and their achievements. It is impressive and energizing. I am looking forward to helping to welcome these fine young men and women as they cross Earl Bridge to receive their Tech Bible and beanie. Bridge Crossing, one of WPI’s oldest traditions, is Aug. 24. You also can participate and meet the newest members of the WPI family.

The next time you come back to campus it will look a bit different. Alumni Gym is coming down. While it is sad to see a piece of our campus history come to an end, it is exciting to see the addition of new space that meets the needs of today’s students. The groundbreaking celebration for the Foisie Innovation Studio will be Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. on the Quad. I hope you can join us.

The grotesques, cornerstone, and time capsule, have been lovingly removed and preserved for future use—so meaningful pieces of our history will not be lost. If you would like to keep a piece of history for yourself, or give it as a gift for an alumni friend, a limited number of bricks from Alumni Gym have been specially removed and preserved. There is a small fee to cover the cost to remove and preserve the brick which will come with a certificate of authenticity and a commemorative display stand. You can reserve your brick here and pick it up at Homecoming.

Speaking of Homecoming—Homecoming 2016 is another opportunity to meet some of our current students, and it’s just around the corner. The weekend includes all the standard activities we have come to expect and love—Parade of Floats, football game, Rope Pull, and more. This year the Alumni Association will posthumously honor Trustee Emeritus Steve Rubin ’74 with the Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI. The special reception will begin just after the Rope Pull. Please, come home on Oct. 7 and 8.

This time last year, I was able to write about the pride I felt as a WPI alum to see Paul Ventimiglia ’12 and Jeremiah Jinno ’07 compete on ABC's hit television show BattleBots and take home the grand prize. Well, they are back at it this year. Team Bite Force has made it to the Sweet 16. Let’s cheer them on to the next round, scheduled to air August 25.

I hope to connect with you at one of these alumni events. In the meantime, if you have 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