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February 2014 Edition
Alumni News


Dear Alumni:
Despite two feet of snow on the ground, the optimist in me is saying we’re closer to spring than we are to fall—the pessimist in me is out shoveling snow. The big news on campus since my last letter is WPI’s new president has been elected by the Board of Trustees. Laurie Leshin certainly brings the wow factor with her, but her appointment was far more about the... Read more



This event will be held on campus at Higgins House at 5:30 pm—and will be broadcast live in Fort Myers, Fla, at the Fogg Lakeview Suite (CC214), Cohen Center, Florida Gulf Coast University. While Worcester attendees will see student presentations in person, Florida attendees will be able to see and hear the presentations and interact with the students via a live two-way audio and visual feed. Register for Worcester. Register for Florida.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: Connect, Learn, and Have Fun!

It’s time to start thinking spring! Join alumni, students, and staff on Saturday, April 26 for the Alumni Association’s annual family-friendly Community Service Day in Worcester. Morning service projects (hopefully in the spring sunshine) will be followed by lunch and the Alumni Association’s annual meeting. This event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the broader WPI community of alumni, students and staff, do some good for the Worcester community, and learn about what the Alumni Association Board of Directors is working on and how you can help. More information and registration is available here.

ALUMNI WEEKEND 2014: May 30-June 2

Save these dates for Alumni Weekend 2014! Return to campus to experience tradition, relive fond memories, and have plenty of fun with friends. More information will be coming soon online and in the mail.


With C-term in full swing, the Student Alumni Society (SAS) is hard at work planning for the rest of the school year and gearing up for the regional ASAP conference, which will be held Feb. 22-23 at Boston University.

This month, the Student Alumni Society has begun a new trend on campus. A group of history buffs, also known as the SAS History Tribe, has been working diligently to send out a monthly historical newsletter to the WPI community. Each month, this newsletter will feature an important person, place, or event from the university's history, and contain a narrative and pictures to help re-tell the story. February's newsletter profiled Gompei Kuwada and his legacy, still celebrated at WPI today.

Despite the cold weather, SAS is fighting off the C-term blues with the excitement of Gompei’s 5th Annual Birthday Celebration. This extravaganza will include food, inflatables, games, giveaways, plenty of cake, and the goat himself. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 11 am-3 pm in Alden Hall.

For more information about upcoming events and what SAS is doing, please visit
our website.


The Venture Forum will hold its annual Five-Minute Pitch Contest on from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, March 11 in the WPI Campus Center Odeum. WPI Alumni are encouraged to participate. For details, visit the Venture Forum website.


Campus News


On Thursday, February 13, the campus was decorated in a very special way—not for Valentine’s Day, but for Tag Day. Blue “tags” on buildings, classrooms, patios, and other campus facilities used by students, faculty and staff every day marked places and spaces that have been made possible by generous alumni, parents, and friends of WPI. WPI’s first Tag Day was an initiative of the Student Philanthropy Advisory Board, in partnership with the WPI Annual Fund, to help raise community awareness about the impact donors have on their WPI experience. Read more…


WPI, in partnership with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), announced that it will give a $2.5 million grant in the form of software and educational materials to dozens of Massachusetts vocational high schools to allow students to gain skills on advanced high-tech machinery. Read more…

12th RANKED MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hosting NEWMAC Tournament this Saturday and Sunday

The WPI Men’s Basketball Team will host the NEWMAC Tournament on Saturday March 1 and Sunday March 2. WPI will play the winner of the MIT/Emerson game on Saturday, March 1, at 1 pm. Babson will square off against Springfield at 3 pm in the other semifinal game. The winners will move on the Championship game Sunday, March 2, at 1 pm for a trip to the NCAA Tournament. WPI Men’s Basketball has a 21-3 record (11-2 in the NEWMAC) and is currently ranked 12th in the country. This marks the 11th consecutive year that the Men’s Basketball Team has amassed 20 wins! See Flyer for Details...


Situated in the heart of campus, Alumni Gym is slated for a makeover, aiming to be a place where undergraduates come to work out their ideas. Trustees, alumni, and corporations have made leadership commitments to the effort. Look for the launch of this great effort in your email inbox this Tuesday, February 25th.

Worcester Community Project Center Reception 
February 25, 8:15 am
Higgins House, WPI Campus

Information and registration here.

Worcester Community Project Center Reception—in Florida
February 25, 5:30 pm
The Fogg Lakeview Suite (CC214), Cohen Center Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers 

Information and registration here.

Community Service Day
April 26, 8:15 am
WPI Rubin Campus Center Odeum for breakfast

Information and registration here.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.
WPI Saddened by the Passing of George LeGacy
In addition to his coaching accolades, the "Chief" was a true friend to all of WPI's student-athletes, teams, coaches and co-workers. George was a true ambassador to the entire University. LeGacy won 101 games for WPI, including his 100th just last spring in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Smith. Learn more... 

Change in Leadership for WPI Men's Soccer

Brian Kelley, co-head coach this past season, will be assuming the head coaching responsibilities while Malcolm MacPherson, head coach the past 22 seasons, will remain with the program as an assistant coach as well as continue to teach physical education classes within the department. Learn more...

Women's Soccer's Monteith Collects Prestigious Freshman of the Year Award
WPI's Skull Honor Society acknowledges an outstanding freshman every year at Homecoming. This year's Skull Trophy for Outstanding Achievement was awarded to WPI soccer goalie Sarah Monteith. Learn more...

Are You a Succesful Project Planner? 
The well-known WPI Project Planning Certificate will be offered in Marlboro, Mass. in March. Seats are still available for those who want to sharpen their project management and planning skills. A unique feature of this program is the use of company-specific case studies, allowing you to immediately apply these new tools and techniques. Five days of training is all it takes to qualify for this certificate. Beginning March 3, classes are held one day per week at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlboro. Consider signing up today.

Calling All Washington, D.C. Area Alumni!
An Alumni Networking Event is being held from 6 to 8 pm on April 2 at McCormick & Schmick’s, Tysons Corner, McLean, Va. Corporate and Professional Education (CPE) invites you to join us in beverage and appetizers, meet alumni you might not know, and hear some of the latest information about what’s happening at WPI. CPE works closely with companies to customize technical training programs and graduate degrees targeted toward their exact needs. Perhaps a customized program can help your organization achieve its next level of success. Contact Dave Miller for more information on this event at dfmiller@wpi.edu or call 508-831-4834.

Networking—Where Do I Begin?
March 12, 6:30-8 pm

Most people typically have a circle of 250 people that they know at most times of their lives. So, when you’re in a room of people, the odds are high that someone in that room is connected to someone you want to know. This webinar will cover how to develop your referrals from one person to another in the field you are exploring. Preparing a comfortable self-introduction, overcoming the fear of initiating contact, and moving comfortably among guests to avoid being trapped in one corner (sound familiar?) will be addressed. Please register at cdcalumni@wpi.edu.

Alumni Quick-Question Calls
Monday, March 10, 6-8 pm
You are invited to schedule a 20-minute appointment to address your career or job search-related “Quick Question” with Connie Horwitz, CDC associate director for Student & Alumni Services. Topic examples?---a quick review of a resume or letter, questions about search strategy, graduate school, or re-entry after time away. To schedule, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5260.
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