WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

This constitutes my last letter to you as president of the WPI Alumni Association as my term winds to an end. It has been an honor and privilege to represent your interests. It is with great optimism that I’m passing the torch to Rachel Delisle of the Great Class of 1996. I know Rachel and I share a lot of common goals around alumni engagement and higher bandwidth communication with our alumni. I know that Rachel will bring a renewed energy, organization and enthusiasm to the position. Please join me in welcoming Rachel to the position.

“WPIcan” Say that out loud and it is kind of catchy. Watch the new student feature video on the slogan and it is even better. In the spirit of WPIcan, two WPI students, Laura Pumphrey and Brian Amato, became All-Americans in track and wrestling, respectively. Beyond the classroom and the lab, WPI’s excellence in sports and the arts remain a key differentiator for incoming students.

“WPIcan” captures the spirit around the Foisie Innovation Studio as well, in both the work that will happen inside this new academic facility and the support it has garnered through the Alden Trust Challenge. Alumni Gym has stood on the quad for nearly 100 years serving the physical needs of the WPI community. Over the next 100 years, the site will serve the innovator and entrepreneur on campus through the Foise Innovation Studio, as the Sports and Recreation Center now provides world-class facilities for the needs of the body. In late February, the Board of Trustees voted that a new structure would be the best way to serve the needs of the WPI community over the next century. I realize that for many of us it will be bittersweet to see the stately structure rebuilt, but the potential for our community to have an Innovation Studio at its heart (on the Quad) is truly exciting….with the gargoyles, too! I’m looking forward to seeing how we can continue to work together to make a difference and innovate the future through the Foisie Innovation Studio.

It’s April and that means the Alumni Community Service Day is upon us. On April 25, alumni, students, faculty and staff will descend upon Worcester with rakes, shovels, and paint brushes in hand to give back to the city that serves as the WPI home base. It’s a great event and extra hands are always welcome and needed. Check out who is coming and register here.

Looking into May, Alumni Weekend is around the corner and I hope to see many of you there. It’s a time for reconnection at the class level, across class years, and sharing an affinity with the school that was impactful to your personal and professional life.

Stay in touch and drop a line (and a snapshot) to classnotes@wpi.edu for inclusion in the WPI Journal Class Notes section. 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,