WPIAA PRESIDENT'S CORNER
It is getting dark early on the Hill these days. December does usher in the darkest day on the 21st. However the Alumni Association has done a lot to brighten up this bleak time of year. In particular, there were two outstanding events that made wonderful gatherings for alumni while showcasing our students’ work at Project Centers. Read more...
IN MEMORIAM: Van Bluemel, Professor Emeritus of Physics
Van Bluemel, professor emeritus of physics, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, at the age of 78. He had retired in 1999 after 33 years as a full-time faculty member and remained active at the Institute in a variety of capacities, most recently serving on a committee overseeing the development of a new WPI history.
"Van was a fixture at WPI and played an important role in the life of the Institute as well as the Department of Physics," said Physics Department Head Germano Iannacchione. "His many passions and activities have touched the lives of countless people. No one could ask for a finer example of a professor or a human being." Read the full WPI remembrance of Professor Bluemel here.
BEST WISHES to ANASTASIA GRADY
The Alumni Relations team and Alumni Association said good-bye to Anastasia Grady at the end of November. Anastasia was part of the Office of Alumni Relations for nearly five years, most recently as associate director, and was a key contributor to such programs as the Project Center Receptions, Regional Chapter and Club activities, Tech Old Timers, and Homecoming and Reunion, among others. Anastasia is now the director of Alumni and Parents Programs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Alumni Association and Alumni Relations team congratulate Anastasia on her new position and they are glad to know she isn’t too far away from her friends at WPI. Anastasia is also an alumna, receiving her MBA in 2012—so we are sure to see her back on campus soon!
While Anastasia worked with several programs, the Alumni Relations team is at your service; please contact 508-831-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
THE 2012 ORNAMENT—GET 'EM WHILE THEY LAST!
In 1916, WPI completed the construction of the university’s first indoor athletic facility – Alumni Gymnasium. Today, with the addition of the Sports and Recreation Center to campus, this venerable WPI landmark enters a new phase of life as a hub of innovation and project-based problem solving.
This year's ornament – which illustrates some of the building's most recognizable features – celebrates Alumni Gym for its contributions to the college experiences of WPI students both past, present and future. Each three dimensional keepsake ornament is made from 24k gold finish over brass and is packaged in an attractive gift box. Ornaments are $20 each. Order yours today!
ALL WPI HISTORY, ALL THE TIME
As the 150th anniversary of the founding of Worcester Polytechnic Institute approaches, there is no better time to analyze and celebrate our university’s rich and fruitful history. What’s your part in the story? Share it on the WPI 150 Facebook page—www.facebook.com/WPI150. Post a picture from your Homecoming, or of your fraternity brothers/sorority sisters. Tell the world your WPI story through artifacts and text on the WPI 150 Facebook page.
NEWS from the STUDENT ALUMNI SOCIETY
With the first snowfall touching down on the WPI campus, the students are abuzz with hopes of cancelled classes and the next rivalry event. On Dec. 5, the Student Alumni Society (SAS) turned the Quad into a bizarre Arctic relay race, known as the Eskimo Relay. In this event the Freshmen and Sophomores are once again at it for... Read more.
CHAIRMAN'S EXEMPLARY FACULTY PRIZE: Call for Nominations
Deadline for nominations for the 2012-13 year: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Please submit (electronic versions preferred) to Deb Graves (email@example.com) in the Provost’s Office. Students and alumni are welcome to send recommendations and/or supporting materials to the appropriate department head. Read more ...
TOP 10 REASONS to BUY HEALTH INSURANCE
There are many good reasons to buy health insurance. The Alumni Insurance Program offers a variety of reasonably-priced Health insurance products, most of which are available to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, and siblings. Visit meyerandassoc.com/wpi to learn more or call the program administrator at 800-635-7801. Click here to see the top 10 reasons to buy health insurance.
Campaign Exceeds $120 Million
The first half of the academic year is coming to a close, and what a fall it has been. As a graduate, you have many reasons to be proud of your WPI degree. Most recently, WPI has been named one of the top 20 smartest colleges in the nation and one of the top “12 Colleges Whose Payoff in Pay Beats Harvard’s.” The Princeton Review has named WPI a top university and the Fiske Guide named us one of the nation’s “Best and Most Interesting Colleges.” You can find all of the most recent accolades for WPI here.
It also has been a remarkable time for if…The Campaign to Advance WPI. Thanks to generous gifts from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, foundations and corporations, the campaign has reached more than $121 million. In this season of giving and gratitude, we thank our dedicated alumni and friends for their support and wish all of our alumni a happy holiday season with this special greeting from our favorite goat.