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March 2013 Edition
Alumni News


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Winter is usually considered the coldest time of the year on the Hill. The winter of 2012 to 2103 is really an exception to that rule. Sports of every variety are warming the hearts of all WPI people... Read more.



Alumni and their families will gather in Worcester and Philadelphia in the third-annual WPI Community Service Day on April 20. A morning of service activities are being organized at sites in these cities; a lunch and talk will follow in Worcester. Watch your email for details. Register today! If we don’t have your current info, contact us at alumni-office@wpi.edu or 508-831-5600.

ALUMNI WEEKEND: May 30 to June 2

Plans are taking shape for Alumni Weekend, May 30 to June 2. All alumni are welcome to this festive weekend back on the WPI campus. Highlights include Casino night, a Dueling Piano Social, a dessert tour of campus, the Alden Society Luncheon, class receptions and banquets, and a talk by President Berkey. Call the Office of Alumni Relations at +1-508-831-5600 or email alumni-office@wpi.edu to update your information. Details are at wpi.edu/+alumniweekend.


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Students Say "Thanks!" 
On National Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, Feb. 28, WPI students said “thank you” for their distinctive educational experience. View their messages of gratitude on facebook here

WPI Students Solve Great Problems with
Support from the Davis Educational Foundation

When most college freshmen are focused on prerequisites, first-year students at WPI are engaged in solving societal problems of global consequence. Through the Great Problems Seminars, WPI freshmen address such topics as clean water, food security, significant public health issues, and energy challenges. Now, thanks to a $255,225 grant, from the Davis Educational Foundation, WPI is expanding this innovative program to include all freshmen students. Read more...


The WPI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Humanitarian Award, which recognizes alumni who have fulfilled the obligation of their education to serve humanity through creative leadership in either public service or voluntary efforts or through a unique humanitarian achievement that has benefited society. An alumnus/a, Class Board of Directors, or member of the WPI community may make nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominate someone here. 

Campus News


Continuing an upward trend, WPI has received a record-setting 8,498 applications for the undergraduate Class of 2017, a 12 percent increase over last year's then-record total of 7,585. Applications have grown by 49 percent during the last five years alone. Read more...

The Cubicle to the Corner Office 
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
Tuesday, April 2, 5:30-8 pm 

Register and learn more.

Les Miserables at the Hanover Theater 
Sunday April 7, 11:30 am reception; 1 pm performance 

Cost is $55 per person, limit of four tickets per alum. Register and learn more here

WPI Goes to Fenway 
Sunday, April 14, 12:35 pm BBQ; 1:35 pm game 

Tickets are $50 per standing room, $70 per seated, limit of four tickets per alum. Register and learn more here.

WPI Goes to the Bruins 
Monday, April 15, 5:30 pm reception; 7 pm game 

Tickets are $95 per person, and there is a limit of two tickets per alum. Register and learn more here.

Community Service Day 
Worcester, MA
Saturday, April 20, 8:15 am

This year we will be participating in the beautification of Institute Park, Elm Park and Newton Hill, followed by lunch on campus and an update from the Alumni Association. Register and learn more here.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.
Men's Basketball's Historic Season Comes to an End Against Randolph-Macon 
Joe Hassell netted a squad-best 18 points with six rebounds to help propel Randolph-Macon to a 79-68 triumph over fourth-ranked WPI in the second-round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 9, at Assumption's Laska Gymnasium. Read more about WPI’s brush with March Madness.

Pumphrey Becomes First Women's Track and Field All-American in a Decade 
Laura Pumphrey became just the second WPI women's track and field student-athlete to earn All-America status by finishing eighth in the high jump at the 2013 NCAA Division Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College, Saturday, March 9. Read more… WPI sprinter Noelle Richard placed 11th in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter dash at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by North Central College. Read more…

Fekete Stars as Softball Wraps Up Spring Break Trip with a Sweep 
Junior Juliana Fekete went 6-for-6 and reached base in all eight plate appearances while knocking in five Engineer teammates to help WPI sweep a pair of games at the Lee County Sports Complex on the final day of its Florida trip. Read more...

For more information contact Rusty Eggen at rusty@wpi.edu, 508-831-5328.
Earn an Online Graduate Degree in Power Systems Engineering 
Are you looking for an in-demand career? WPI is one of the few colleges to offer graduate programs in power systems engineering completely online. Co-designed with energy companies, our programs provide the most current theory and cutting edge applications, making your experience immediately relevant for a career in the power industry. Click for more information.

Biomanufacturing Fundamentals Evening Certificate Program–Hands-on 
April 22-June 13, 2013
WPI's Corporate and Professional Education, in collaboration with key representatives from Shire, AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb and Genzyme Corporation, has developed and designed a customized program to provide the skills and knowledge required to secure employment and career success in the biomanufacturing industry in Massachusetts. This eight-week program, held three evenings per week at the new Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center at WPI's Gateway Park, is taught by industry professionals from the collaborating organizations. To learn more about this program visit our website or call 508-831-5517, email cpe@wpi.edu.

Cover Letters: Making Each Paragraph lead to YES 
Thursday, April 4 6-7 pm

A well-written cover letter can motivate the reader to review your resume. If, on the other hand, it sounds trite, routine, and not related to the position, it could well diminish a candidate's standing in the "to call" pile. This webinar will address how to create a cover letter with interest and appropriate specificity for the position you are responding to (or trying to create) in a way that optimizes the likelihood of positive results. To register, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu.

Alumni Quick Question Call-Ins 
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 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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