A Message from Bob Cahill '65, WPI Alumni Association President
Now is the time to plan for Homecoming. Mike Blaney ’79 and his fantastic team have the online auction in full swing. All the proceeds from this event go to WPI Alumni Association scholarships for our deserving students. So get online at www.biddingforgood.com/WPIOnlineAuction/WPIAA2011
and bid or donate. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Homecoming weekend will begin Friday, September 23, in the evening with the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction. Saturday features a hospitality center, hosted by the Alumni Association, the Homecoming parade, barbeques on the Quad, the football game versus RPI, and the rope pull.
The mainstay of the weekend will be the recognition event, following the rope pull. Members of the WPI Alumni Association Board of Directors have been working with the Alumni Relations staff to ensure this event is festive celebration. At the awards ceremony, WPI alumni will be recognized with the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement or the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI. Recipients include James Baum ’86, Gerald Burns Jr. ’91, James Gannoe ’91, Keith Barrett ’96, Megan Wallent ’91, Laura Amodeo ’06, Melissa (Lichwan) Besse ’91, and Kathleen (Daly) Pereira ’96.
Jim Fee ’65 will be honored with the William R. Grogan Award for support of the mission of WPI. You may know, our dear friend Jim died within the year and his widow, Joan, will attend to receive this award on his behalf.
Father Pete Scanlon, longtime WPI chaplain, will receive the WPI Alumni Association Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI. Father Scanlon joins Dean Bill Trask as recipient of this prestigious award.
Gather your friends and come back to the Hill for the great tradition of Homecoming.
All the best,
Bob Cahill ‘65
Hartford-Springfield End-of-Summer Event
Say farewell to summer with BBQ and microbrews on Aug. 27. All WPI alumni are invited to join the Hartford-Springfield Chapter for an end-of-summer celebration at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Connecticut. More information: http://wpi.imodules.com/THBAug2011
Win a WPiPad!
WPI's alumni magazine is expanding its class notes section - and we want to hear from you! Tell us what you've been up to. New house? New job? New dog? We wanna know!
Did you get married? Maybe you vacationed somewhere exotic this summer? Or maybe you spent time on the International Space Station? (Hey, it's WPI.)
We so want to hear from you that we're holding a special drawing just for WPI alumni who submit a class note by Sept. 1, 2011.
That's right. If you send in a class note by Sept. 1, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing to win an iPad. But not just any iPad - this will be a WPiPad!
So tell us what you've been up to. E-mail your class note to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to include your class year!
The WPI Class Notes iPad Giveaway Contest - don't miss out.
Homecoming 2011: Don’t miss it!
The WPI Alumni Association, Office of Alumni Relations, and many campus organizations are planning a fun and exciting Homecoming on Sept. 23 and 24. Join us for events on the Quad, the football game and other sporting events, the traditional rope pull and many other great opportunities to reconnect with your fellow alumni. The following classes will celebrate their reunion: 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. Visit the Homecoming web pages
for highlights from Homecoming 2010, and check back frequently for all the latest details about Homecoming 2011.
WPI Students Need Your Support!
Last year, the WPI Alumni Association raised thousands of dollars for student scholarships. Approximately $10,000 was raised through an online auction the month prior to Homecoming with help from alumni like you who donated and bid on items. With last year's successes, we've decided to hold another auction this year - from September 1 through 21 - and encourage all members of the WPI family to join us in supporting WPI and its deserving students.
WPI offers its students a unique educational opportunity based on the university’s founding motto of Theory and Practice. It is the mission of the Alumni Association to help every individual who desires a WPI education to achieve that goal.
Like last year, our auction is being hosted through BiddingForGood.com
. You can visit the auction site now to preview the types of items that have already been donated, to donate an item of your own, and to register for your free BiddingForGood.com
account so that you can start bidding right away when the auction officially opens on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Every donation – no matter its size or value – is important and appreciated. Cash donations to the Alumni Association are also welcome, and can be made on the auction website.
If you would like to contribute an item, please mail it to Aubrey Valley at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni Relations, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609. If you need additional assistance, you can find a list of Auction Team Members HERE
Be sure to check the auction site regularly, as new items are always being added. The auction officially opens on Wednesday, September 1, 2011. On behalf of WPI's current and future students - WPI's future alumni - we thank you in advance for your help and support!
Honoring Alumni and Friends
The WPI Alumni Association's auction fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the annual presentation of its alumni awards for professional achievement and distinguished service to WPI.
Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24, during Homecoming Weekend, this event will not only honor WPI alumni, but also Rev. Peter J. Scanlon, who has been and continues to be a friend and mentor for members of the WPI community. Father Scanlon will be presented with the Alumni Association's new Goat's Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI.
More information about Homecoming and the awards presentations will be available soon.
Join Tech Old Timers
All retired alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to join the WPI Tech Old Timers as they kick off another season. This year’s programming includes historical reenactments, aging issues, student presentations, current WPI research, and more. For more information, call 508-831-5600 or visit http://wpi.imodules.com/TOT
WPI Venture Forum: September 13
Technological innovation has prompted sweeping changes in how we live and how we do business. The WPI Venture Forum will open its 21st season on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with two keynote speakers who will offer a revealing look ahead to the promise that tomorrow’s technologies hold for today’s business entrepreneurs.
Scott Kirsner, longtime technology reporter and “Innovation Economy” columnist for the Sunday Boston Globe, constantly asks the question, “How do innovations that matter get introduced to the world?” He will offer his view of the future projected from his research and his conversations with technology visionaries. Social media forecaster Patrick O’Malley will address “the what, the why and the ROI” of these tools and techniques for future business success.
The program will be held in the Campus Center, Odeum. Doors open for networking at 5:30 p.m.; meeting is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free for members and students with ID, $15 for WPI alumni, $30 for general public. Pre-registration now available.
Tuna's Corner: Share Your News with Bill "Tuna" Trask
Don't forget to send your latest news to Bill Trask—known to many of you as Tuna, Deano, Dean Trask or just plain Bill—so he can post it on his blog, Tuna's Corner
. Send Tuna your news—job changes, marriages, births, WPI reunions, etc.—at email@example.com
and he’ll post it. Your news will also be published in Transformations, WPI’s alumni magazine. Here’s hoping you will take advantage of making your news current and finding yourself inTuna's Corner
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