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    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 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: .

    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 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 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 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

    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 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.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr

    You can find all the latest WPI university and alumni news on your favorite social networking sites. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, and always have your finger on the pulse of WPI. And don't miss out on the giveaways (usually on Facebook). You never know when the next chance for free WPI gear might pop up.


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    Fiske Guide Names WPI to 'Most Interesting Colleges' List

    WPI has been named as one of the nation’s "Most Interesting Colleges" in the 2012 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which goes on sale this month. WPI is one of more than 300 schools profiled in the latest edition of the Fiske Guide, which features "the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities."

    Fiske Guide editor Edward Fiske, a former education editor for the New York Times, selected WPI to the list of 13 “Most Interesting Colleges” stating, "Small, innovative, and undergraduate-oriented, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is anything but a stodgy technical institute. The WPI Plan is hands-on and project-based and takes a humanistic view of engineering. Emphasizes teamwork instead of competition."

    "The Fiske Guide is notable for the care it takes in helping readers understand what makes each of the colleges it profiles distinctive and worthy of consideration," said Kristin R. Tichenor, senior vice president for enrollment and institutional strategy at WPI. "I am delighted that our approach to education, with its emphasis on learning through real-world project experiences in a global, humanistic context, continues to stand out to the Fiske editors year after year."

    In the 2011 edition, the Fiske Guide named WPI as one of 10 colleges and universities that "should be on the radar screens of all students looking at undergraduate engineering programs," noting the university’s renowned "emphasis on projects and team building."

    The 2010 edition noted that WPI is "a pioneer in engineering education [that] has built a solid reputation in the sciences. But with its ever-expanding academic curriculum, surprising devotion to music and theater, and dedication to hands-on undergraduate experiences, WPI has expanded the definition of what it means to be a tech-oriented institution. Students must complete several extensive projects, endure seven-week semesters, and engage in real-world experiences. But it's WPI’s humanistic approach to engineering that really sets it apart."
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    Career Development

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    The CDC: Your Career Resource

    Whether you are considering a job change, just starting a new search, finding yourself in a mid-career transition, or feeling the need to simply consult with a career counselor, WPI's Career Development Center, in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, is pleased to offer a full range of services to alumni free of charge.

    From self assessment, to research resources, job search strategies, and implementation, our experienced staff is available to assist you. In addition, alumni may access our online Job Finder database which lists job opportunities for WPI alumni and students. To register for an account please complete and submit the Alumni Registration Form.

    Specific services include:
    • Resume assistance
    • Interview preparation tips
    • Graduate and professional school information 

    Visit our Alumni Services webpage for additional service information. You may also contact the Career Development Center directly at 508-831-5260 to arrange an appointment. Appointments can be arranged in person, via phone or email.
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    Corporate and Professional Education

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    Project Management Program in Newport, RI: Fall 2011

    WPI is partnering with Rhode Island industry associations to provide essential education in the Newport area. Meeting the needs of area businesses — both small and large — providing quality WPI programs right in your own backyard.

    Location: Courtyard Newport Middletown
    Dates: October 13, 17, 24, 31, November 10, 2011

    For more information, contact Sarahbeth Persiani, senior business development manager, at 508-831-4105,, or Susan Hicks, senior business development manager, at 508-831-6164,

    For details about the program, visit

    How can CPE Help You

    For more than 30 years, the Department of Corporate and Professional Education has been delivering professional development workshops to individuals and organizations around the world. For a complete list of our offerings, visit our website or view our online calendar of listings by month.

    We offer courses in Project Management, Process Improvement, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and Leadership and Management Development.

    If you have any questions or if you need further information, call Corporate and Professional Education at 508-831-5517.
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    Athletic News

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    Markowski Tabbed New WPI Volleyball Coach

    WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today the hiring of Cathy Markowski as the head volleyball coach. Markowski replaces Alex Temkin, who accepted a full-time senior information technology position last month with Saga Communications based in Gross Point Farms, MI. Learn more...

    WPI Fall Schedules Released

    The WPI Athletic Department has announced its 2011 fall schedules! Here’s a teaser: The action starts on Thursday, Sept. 1 with a home Field Hockey (4:30 pm vs Fitchburg State) and Women’s Soccer (7 pm vs Salve Regina) doubleheader at Alumni Field. Learn more...

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