WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

The summer will be behind us sooner than I want, but it’s exciting to see what’s ahead for WPI in the 2014-15 academic year: the university’s 150th Birthday with festivities throughout the year, the inauguration of WPI’s 16th President on Nov. 8, and the continuing fundraising effort for the repurposing of Alumni Gym.

I recently had the opportunity to meet some of our incoming freshman (and future alumni). To see and hear and feel their enthusiasm for their arrival at WPI in just a few days for new student orientation, Aug. 24-27, brought a flood of memories back about my own excitement before showing up on campus 21 years ago. The encounter reinforced my confidence in the quality of the students we are attracting to the university and left me with the natural question: would I have made the cut to get into the class of 2018?

In my last letter, I wrote about a survey coming your way from the school on your experiences at WPI and your engagement since crossing Earle Bridge. It should be landing in your email box in days. The Alumni Association is interested in how better to serve your needs and the survey results will help in that pursuit. How the association interacts with you and helps you as alumni are two key questions, so I hope you will take the time to respond.

In past years, the Alumni Association has presented the Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to a small cadre of individuals whose dedication to and impact on the success of the university and its people is without exception. This year’s recipient is no different: Steve Hebert ’66. Steve’s ability to derive order from chaos during his long tenure at WPI was often only subtly seen but deeply felt in navigating WPI to its leading global stature. I hope to see many of you at the reception on Oct. 11, following the Rope Pull, to recognize Steve.

It’s still summer, but not too early to plan for Homecoming 2014; mark your calendars for Oct. 10-11—and while you’re at it, save the dates for Alumni Weekend 2015 on May 28-31. For now, enjoy what’s left of summer! Whether it's the biggest opportunity you think we're missing, an alumnus/a who you think deserves recognition or 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,,