WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

Nothing makes me prouder to be a WPI alumna than to witness fellow alumni represent the university in positive ways, large or small. I would like to give a shout out to two alumni that did this in a very big way. Paul Ventimiglia ’12 and Jeremiah Jinno ’07 appeared on ABC's hit television show BattleBots. I was on the edge of my seat watching them and the robot Bite Force beat out all the other teams to win the championship. I don’t know about you, but my favorite moment was watching them beat MIT. On behalf of the Alumni Association – thank you, Paul and Jeremiah, for making us proud and congratulations on your big win!

In just a few days the campus will be flooded with activity as students begin to return to campus. Parents will say goodbye as their children come to the hill to begin the next phase of their lives as members of the Class of 2019. 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. The Bridge Crossing, one of WPI’s oldest traditions, is August 26 at 8 pm. Alumni are welcome to attend.

Returning to campus and spending time with current students is something I always enjoy. 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. Remember you can always come home and meet the newest members of the WPI family.

Homecoming 2015 is a great time to do this, and it’s just around the corner. The weekend includes all the activities we expect and love – the parade of floats, football game, Rope Pull, and more. This year the schedule also includes special celebrations for the Rowing 50th Anniversary, Sigma Pi 50th Anniversary, and Soc Comm Reunion. I invite you to join in celebrating and recognizing the past presidents of the WPI Alumni Association. The special reception will begin just after the Rope Pull.

Plans for the Women’s Forum on Saturday, Nov. 14, are taking shape. Alumnae are invited back to share and celebrate the diverse paths and experiences of our lives. The day will include discussions with alumnae and current students, a keynote speaker, and luncheon. I hope you can join us in being inspired, sharing experiences, and helping to shape the future of The Women of WPI.

I hope to see you at an alumni event in the near future. 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