WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

Thanks to many of you we celebrated a banner day in giving at WPI just a few days ago on March 19 with the first-ever WPI Giving Day. In just 24 hours 1,090 donors raised more than $300,000 to the Foisie Innovation Studio, the inaugural home of WPI’s distinctive project-based curriculum. Many of those gifts also support the Alden Trust Challenge in support of the Foisie Innovation Studio. March 19 was a proud day for WPI alumni and a great step forward for the Foisie Innovation Studio.

A few weeks prior, the talent of our faculty was on full display on February 26 at the Inaugural Trustee’s Celebration of Faculty Achievement. The event is part of an initiative to recognize and raise awareness of the caliber of our faculty and ongoing research activities at the university. That event is also in alignment with President Leshin’s vision to raise Impact as a third tower with Theory and Practice.

The WPI Student Alumni Society (SAS) continues to garner honors and gain recognition, once again bringing home top honors in programming, spirit and advising at the annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) conference. SAS is a critical conduit between the current students and their transition to engaged and energized alumni and we’re extremely fortunate as an Alumni Association to have these enthusiastic and professional students representing both our organization and the school.

Our annual Community Service Day (CSD) is coming up on April 25, and we hope to see many of you there. This always fun event brings together fellow alumni, students, and faculty around a local service project, and people leave the day feeling they have made a difference in the Worcester community. The WPI service fraternity, APO, has combined forces with us this year and will be encouraging an even larger alumni presence at the event. The morning city clean-up activities will be followed by lunch where participants will hear an update from the Alumni Association, meet the next members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and hear from the Worcester city manager about the long-standing partnerships between WPI and the city.

Just one month later on May 28-31 will be Alumni Weekend back at Tech where I hope to see many of you—whether you have a major Reunion or not! Visit the Alumni Weekend website for the schedule, registration, and other information.

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,