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January 2013 Edition
Alumni News


Dear Alumni:

It’s never too early to start thinking spring! The Alumni Association and Alumni Relations team have been collaborating on a number of exciting activities aimed at keeping our worldwide WPI community healthy and strong. First up... Read more.


The President’s Task Force on Sustainability has been focused on researching avenues for institutional improvement. They are inviting alumni to an event on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Class of 1946 Lounge, Campus Center to learn about the progress made, to provide input, and to vote on the top priorities for our efforts. Learn more about the Task Force on Sustainability here.


The Healthcare Delivery Institute at WPI will host its Annual F.J. Aspinwall Symposium, “Healthcare on the Verge” on March 20 from noon to 4:30 pm, followed by an Innovation Showcase and Networking Reception. Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, will deliver the keynote address on “Creating High Performance Health Systems.” Dickson is president of UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean and professor of emergency medicine at the UMass Medical School. Corporate and private sponsorships available. Contact Sue Milkman at smilkman@wpi.edu.

WPI's 150th–WHAT'S YOUR PART of the STORY?

As the 150th anniversary of the founding of WPI approaches, we want to know—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 SAS (Student Alumni Society)

The new year has finally arrived and with that, comes a new executive board to the SAS. A new dedicated group of SASers will be leading the campus in the traditions that make up WPI. Their ideas will continue to motivate the campus and help provide new traditions that will be enjoyed for generations to come. One such tradition is the birthday celebration for our very own Gompei... Read more.

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Engineers Can Dance
Perhaps no space in the new Sports and Recreation Center better symbolizes WPI’s commitment to educating well-rounded graduates than the Schwaber Dance Studios, where future engineers, scientists, and leaders gather with eminent faculty and dedicated staff to share their passion for tango, salsa, and quickstep. Funded through a generous gift of $750,000 from David Schwaber ’65 and his wife... Read more.


As you consider your financial future, consider Long Term Care insurance now—because securing coverage today is far more economical than applying in the future. Long Term Care (LTC) insurance can help with costs for in-home care, adult day care, or even assisted living. Read more...

Campus News


In the worldwide battle to curtail malaria, one of the most prevalent and deadly infectious diseases of the developing world, drug after drug has fallen by the wayside as the malaria parasite has become resistant to it. Only artemisinin, derived from the sweet wormwood plant, Artemisia annua, remains as an effective treatment, but it is expensive to produce (particularly when combined with other antimalarial medications to make it less prone to resistance) and is frequently in short supply. Read more...


WPI was honored at the 23rd Annual "Firefighter of the Year" award ceremony last month with the 2012 State Fire Marshal’s Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the fire service made by those outside of the service. Read more…


The Alumni Relations Office and Alumni Association say goodbye to Jodi Briggs this month. Jodi has accepted the position of Director of Alumni Relations at Dean College. Among her many accomplishments during her five years at WPI, Jodi has significantly improved alumni satisfaction, initiated many of our affinity-based alumni gatherings which have greatly expanded our reach, and dramatically increased the SAS membership and campus activities. The Alumni Relations team and Alumni Association congratulate Jodi on her new endeavor and are pleased to count her among the WPI community. With so many close ties to the university, we look forward to seeing Jodi back on campus soon and often.

While you may have worked with Jodi on several programs, the Alumni Relations team is at your service; please contact 508-831-5600 or alumni-office@wpi.edu for assistance.


Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a select group of alumni and other members of the WPI community (faculty, staff, trustees, and other friends) for their professional achievements, service to WPI, and other contributions to the world. A list of these awards and their descriptions can be found here. Past recipients can be found here. To nominate a member of the WPI community, please use this form.

Alumni Quick
Question Call-Ins

With the Career
Development Center
Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8 pm ET
Email cdcalumni@wpi.edu to register for a selected time.

Silicon Valley
Project Center Reception

Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, Calif.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6 pm

Join us as WPI students from the Silicon Valley Project Center present their IQP and MQP projects during this special event.

Worcester Project Center Reception
Wednesday, Feb. 27

More details to come. Check the alumni calendar for the latest.
Keystone Connection Helps Wrestling Defeat Rhode Island College 30-18
Pennsylvania natives Justin Marsh and Zach Hartzell each posted first period pins to propel WPI to a 30-18 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) victory over visiting Rhode Island College on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Read more...

Davis Matches Career-High with 19 Points as Women's Basketball Defeats Clark
The trio of Dani Davis, Theresa Logan, and Cindy Chelius totaled 49 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to pace the host WPI women's basketball team to a 74-53 victory against crosstown rival Clark in a NEWMAC women's basketball match-up on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Read more...

For more information contact Rusty Eggen at rusty@wpi.edu, 508-831-5328.
Earn an Online Graduate Degree in Systems Engineering
By combining its solid reputation for technical content with updated core components of systems design and development, WPI delivers a cohesive graduate program that develops world-class systems engineering professionals. Advance your career with a graduate degree in systems engineering—available completely online. For more information visit the online Systems Engineering Program page.

Advanced Program Management Certificate
New Program begins in April

Today’s projects are larger and more complex than ever, and the need for highly skilled program managers is growing exponentially. While hands-on experience is invaluable, it is also essential to learn from seasoned professionals who can help you bring your game to the next level. Enrolling in WPI’s Advanced Program Management Certificate can help experienced program managers to become more efficient and proficient at managing challenging projects and programs. Visit us today to learn more or contact us at cpe@wpi.edu, 508-831-5517.

Alumni Quick Calls
Thursday, Jan. 17
6:30-8:30 pm

Schedule a 20-minute conversation with Connie Horwitz, associate director for Student & Alumni Services at the Career Development Center, on any career-related topic that you would like to address, including a quick resume or cover letter critique, career change, situational question about a current search, or any other concern you may have. Just email cdcalumni@wpi.edu to register for a time.

Webinar: Resume Writing—Creating a Clear, Scannable, Winner
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30-7:30 pm

Writing a resume isn’t just about creating a readable and powerful document, it’s also about ensuring it’s accepted by the filters that scan the document when it is submitted through an organization's website. These "Applicant Tracking Systems" are increasingly a part of the screening process and it’s important to account for them in your final draft. In this webinar, we will discuss resume construction in a way that integrates the do's and don'ts with regard to these systems. To register, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu.
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