WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

I cannot believe it has already been a year since I wrote my first message for The Bridge as president of the Alumni Association. What a year it has been. We have seen our alma mater be lauded for the amazing and unique education it provides, with several prestigious awards and increased rankings. The Women of WPI was officially recognized as an affinity group within the Association. The first international alumni chapters were started in Hong Kong and Panama. Alumni events were at sell-out attendance. And we continued to provide scholarship opportunities making it possible for students to receive their education and participate in a global IQP experience.

The Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association was held on April 23. During the meeting we welcomed some returning Board members who will continue to serve the Association. Paula Delaney ’75, Mark Macaulay ’89, Dan Sullivan ’12, and Kathy Vignaly ’84 will all serve for three-year terms ending 2019. Mike Abrams ’77 will also return to serve a one-year term as Treasurer. I am grateful to have them on the Board of Directors, and I am confident they will continue to serve the Association well.

Heartfelt thanks go out to Mike Blaney ’79, William Herbert ’05, Moe Silvestris ’64, Amy Stevens ’16, and Jackie O’Connor ’17 for their service to the Association. You may no longer be a part of the Board, but you will always be a part of the WPI family.

Thank you to the over 100 volunteers who came together before the Annual Meeting for Community Service Day. The weather was a bit cool, though it certainly did not stop us from making the most of the time we had to beautify Elm Park, Newton Hill Park, and the newly installed fitness stations. It was great to see students, staff, and alumni working together to serve the greater WPI and Worcester communities.

Congratulations to the 900+ new members of the Alumni Association who had degrees conferred upon them May 12 and May 14.Be proud of your accomplishments. 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 involved. As the first class to keep your @wpi.edu email beyond graduation, it will be easier than ever to stay connected.

Alumni Weekend is just around the corner – June 2-5. 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 student days and connect with current students seeing what campus is like now. I hope to see many of you there.

If you have any 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