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June 2013 Edition
Alumni News


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Alumni Weekend 2013, May 30-June 2, was a success as the great class of 1963 entered the ranks of the 50-Year Associates and the classes ending in 3 and 8 were in full force to celebrate their respective reunions. Another highlight was the Alumni Recognition Luncheon, where we... Read more



The Quadrangle is undergoing a renovation this summer. New pathways, landscaping, and lighting are going in, and cars are going out. The Quadrangle will be restored to a fully pedestrian area. Due to this beautification project, all Centennial Walkway bricks have been removed and new bricks will be installed by fall 2013. Information about the Centennial Walkway and how you can become a part of it is available here or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600.


Camp Reach is a summer program for 7th grade girls to build interest in STEM fields. There are two opportunities that will take very little time and yield huge benefits to these campers. On Tuesday, July 23, from 6 to 8:30 pm, Camp Reach will host a Budget Savvy Financial Literacy program and then a Career Explorations Dinner on Tuesday, July 30 at 6 pm. Both programs will be held at WPI. If you’re interested in participating in one or both of these programs, please contact Julia Sorcinelli, outreach coordinator for Women’s Programs at WPI, at 508-831-5819 or jsorcinelli@wpi.edu by June 30.

HOMECOMING—September 27 & 28

It’s super early, but mark your calendar anyway for a great fall weekend back on the Hill!


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Every year, alumni celebrating an anniversary reunion are asked to support WPI through participation in the Annual Fund. This year alumni raised nearly $1.7 million for WPI through generous contributions to their reunion class gifts.

The classes with the highest giving total and highest level of participation earn spots on the Reunion Challenge Cup. This year, the class with the highest percentage of participation is the class of 1953 with 38 percent participation. The class with the highest giving total is the class of 1958 with their gift of $560,289.

“I am honored now to recognize all of the classes celebrating their Reunions this weekend,” said Myles Walton ’97, president of the WPI Alumni Association, at the Alumni Recognition Luncheon where the class gifts are presented. “Each of these classes has done their part to advance WPI through their remarkable generosity.”


WPI’s fiscal year ends on June 30—there are just days left to make your gift and make a difference! Alumni participation in the Annual Fund impacts WPI’s standing in national rankings and the university’s ability to earn grants. When high numbers of alumni give back—with gifts of any size—it illustrates the value you place on your WPI education. If you believe in your alma mater and demonstrate your confidence through Annual Fund contributions, foundations are more likely to subsidize the great ideas of our students and faculty.

Giving to the Annual Fund is also an investment in opportunity. There’s no telling how many opportunities will arise in a given year. Through annual giving, people who believe in WPI’s mission make certain that today’s students have the transformational experience they deserve. You ensure that WPI will continue to be recognized for the solutions it offers and the leaders it graduates.

Campus News


Michael Elmes, a professor in WPI's School of Business, has been awarded a grant through the Fulbright Scholars Program to lecture and conduct pioneering research on food security, sustainability, and social justice in the Netherlands during the 2013-14 academic year. This is the second Fulbright award for Elmes, who was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand in 2005, an experience that led this year to the establishments of a WPI student project center in that country. Read more...


Global biotechnology pioneer Biogen Idec has signed a collaboration agreement with WPI to help develop and deliver programs at the university's Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC), at Gateway Park. Read more...

Earn an Online MS in Fire Protection Engineering 
WPI’s online fire protection engineering graduate program is hailed as the leading program in the industry. We are at the forefront of innovation in this constantly evolving discipline, helping to resolve such fire protection safety challenges as terrorist attacks, the safe use of new composite materials, and the impact of natural disasters. Read more or contact Jody Reis at jreis@wpi.edu, 508-831-4163

Applied Principles for DFF and TFF Training
Begins Oct. 8 
WPI's state-of-the-art Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center is pleased to offer this training in collaboration with John Rozembersky of RGI BioFiltration to biomanufacturing professionals who are looking to expand their skills in the areas of DFF and TFF. Visit our website to learn more.

Services Available to Alumni 
Whether you’re considering a job change, starting a new search, finding yourself in a mid-career transition, or feel the need to consult with a career counselor, WPI's Career Development Center, in partnership with the Alumni Relations Office, 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. 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.

WPI Goes to Fenway 
Fenway Park, Boston
June 28; dinner at 6:10 pm;
first pitch at 7:10 pm

Tickets are $50 per standing room ticket; $70 per seated. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and include admission to the game and private barbecue; parking not included in ticket purchase. Seats are in Right Field Roof Terrace B. More information available here.

Red Sox vs. Athletics Outing 
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
July 13; dinner at 5:10 pm; first pitch at 7:10 pm

Tickets are $55 per person and are available on a first come, first served basis. Advanced registration is required. Ticket purchase includes a seat located in sections 107/108 and dinner in the West Side Club. Registration and more information is available here.

WPI Goes to Fenway 
Fenway Park, Boston
August 4; lunch at 12:35 pm; first pitch at 1:35 pm

Tickets are $50 per standing room ticket; $70 per seated. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and include admission to the game and private barbecue; parking not included in ticket purchase. Seats are in Right Field Roof Terrace A. More information available here.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.
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In Memorium: George Abdow
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LeGacy Retires from WPI Softball

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Venditti named Rookie of the Year
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