WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

When was the last time you thought of how your company and WPI should work together vs. how they do work together? As with all important things, the change starts with individuals like yourself. There are more ways to get involved through your company than ever before with engagements from internships to projects to jobs. But have you ever considered having your company host a WPI alumni social event on site or representing your company on advisory boards or as a judge for project competitions? There are many opportunities for corporate engagement with WPI. Consider how you can help make it happen.

No STEM university should be without a mobile app and now WPI has one to add to your phone which is bound to get as much use as TriviaCrack and HeadsUp combined. It’s a great way to keep the content of the website at your fingertips, but as important a way to have your alumni directory on the move—something we could and should be using more often to stay connected. Learn more and download it here.

I had the opportunity last month to see the competitors for the President’s IQP presentation at an “In your neighborhood” event in Nashua, NH. The teams were excited to make a dry-run presentation in the run-up to the final event back at WPI the following week. And once again, New Hampshire “led the nation” with a predictive pick of the team that would eventually come out on top. Do you live in an area where you have WPI alumni concentration and haven’t seen WPI in your neighborhood recently but would like to and, more importantly, would like to serve as the event’s alumni champion? Reach out to me with your ideas!

On campus, we can have the most impact on WPI students through the Alden Trust Challenge. The Alden Trust has put an important challenge in front of us to help create the Foise Innovation Studio—the inaugural home for WPI’s project-based curriculum. If we raise $9 million toward the the Foisie Innovation Studio, the Alden trust will contribute $3 million. WPI Giving Day on March 19 is a great day to step up to the Alden Trust Challenge—your gift will be matched by a WPI trustee and it will count toward the challenge. Every gift of every size will make an impact. Watch your mail, email, and WPI social media for more about WPI Giving Day on March 19.

Once the ice thaws here in the Northeast, our annual Worcester Clean-up will be on Saturday, April 25. The always-fun event brings together fellow alumni, students, and faculty with people leaving the day feeling they have made a difference. Just a couple months after that (May 28-31) I hope to see many of you back on campus for the sesquicentennial edition of Alumni Weekend. There will be plenty of opportunities to imagine more fun, friendship, and memories for those in and out of reunion years..

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,