WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96 '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

I am honored and humbled to be writing my first message for The Bridge as president of the Alumni Association. I want to take a moment to acknowledge Bob Cahill ’65 who over the past two years served as immediate-past president and wish him the best in what comes next for him. I also want to thank Myles Walton ’97 for his service as president. I am grateful for the wonderful example he has provided over the past two years and look forward to continuing to work with him over the next two while he is immediate-past president.

The Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association was held April 25. During the meeting we welcomed new leadership including David Wheeler ’93, president-elect; Mike Abrams ’77, treasurer; and at-large members of the Board of Directors, Jim Pouliopoulos ’84, Jean Paul Miralda ’13, Arly Dungca ’08, and Mike Ferro ’10. I am confident they will serve the Association well.

Thank you to the more than 100 volunteers who came together before the Annual Meeting for Community Service Day. The beautiful weather certainly helped make the work we did to clean up Institute, Elm, and Newton Hill parks easier. It was great to see students, staff, and alumni working together to serve the greater WPI and Worcester communities.

Congratulations to the more than 900 new members of the Alumni Association who graduated on May 16. Be proud of your accomplishment. Some may see Commencement as the end of your time at WPI. I see it as only the beginning, as there are many opportunities to stay connected and keep involved.

Earlier this week, many members of the WPI community gathered at services for Bill Grogan, a true pillar of our worldwide family. He will be sorely missed by so many of us. I hope you will take time to read some of the memories of Bill being shared on a special webpage and that you will consider sharing your thoughts and memories of Bill.

Alumni Weekend is just around the corner – May 28-31. Remember, Alumni Weekend is for all alumni, not just those celebrating a reunion year. The schedule is packed full of fun and interesting events. It’s a great opportunity to connect with friends from the past and make new ones for the future, to reminisce about the days of being a student and connect with current students seeing what campus is like now. I hope to see many of you there.

As if that isn’t enough, Touch Tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, is also just around the corner. The WPI campus will once again be transformed into a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge. It’s a great opportunity for kids of all ages to learn interactively about science, technology, and robots.

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