WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

If you were able to join us on campus for Homecoming, you were able to experience all the fun and nostalgia of the day. Congratulations go out to the Class of 2020 – this year’s winners of the Freshman-Sophomore Rope Pull. This time-honored tradition was alive and well in Institute Park. Speaking of nostalgia, it was great to see everyone coming to campus and taking home their piece of WPI history. A limited number of Alumni Gym Bricks were lovingly removed and preserved prior to the demolition of the building. In case you missed your chance at Homecoming, it isn’t too late. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations to order and make arrangements to get your brick.

It was fun to have some new components to Homecoming this year. With the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall construction going on, the Quad has a different look and thus Homecoming did too. It was great to host the Alumni Welcome Center in the Rubin Campus Center and have the float parade on West Street. How fitting that the Campus Center was home for the day as we honored the man it is named for. It was wonderful to see so many members of the WPI community come together to honor Steve Rubin ’74, as his wife Tracy accepted the Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI. If you weren’t able to attend Homecoming, you can see some highlights here and hopefully we’ll see you next year.

Registration for the Second Annual Women of WPI Conference on Saturday, Nov. 12, is open. We have a dynamic and interesting day planned. The deadline for alumnae to register is Nov. 3. Please be sure to reserve your place at the table to share your experiences and get inspired. Special thanks to the Women of WPI committee for working to put together such a great program.

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 29. On this day WPI is hosting a Giving Day. We have a participation goal for the day and would love to have 1,000 donors. All proceeds will go to towards the WPI Fund which provides much needed support of student financial aid, facilities improvements, academic programming improvements, and the advancement of the WPI Plan. Your support can truly have a positive impact that touches every student on campus. Be on the lookout for additional information on how you can participate by helping to spread the word leading up to this special event.

The Alumni Association is also excited to partner with WPI to initiate a “WPI Hall of Fame.” Please stay tuned for more information and your ability to nominate potential inductees.

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