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April 6 at 3 pm in Alden Memorial
March 2014 Edition
Alumni News

Dear Alumni:
WPI’s reputation continues to build through world-class faculty who are sought-after experts, the expansion of the university’s state-of-the-art living and learning environment, the appointment of a high-profile new President, and high-quality research that is garnering increased external funding. As an alumnus, it’s an exciting time to be part of the WPI community... Read more


ALUMNI WEEKEND 2014–Registration is Live!

Alumni Weekend 2014 is coming up May 29 through June 1! Register today at wpi.edu/+alumniweekend and see who else is coming back to campus to experience tradition, relive fond memories, and have plenty of fun with friends. You can also see the full schedule online, learn more about accommodations, get directions, and find answers to frequently asked questions. Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600 or alumni-office@wpi.edu.


Join us on Saturday, March 22 (rain date March 23) at 11:30 am to celebrate the opening of WPI’s new and environmentally friendly rooftop field—the first of its kind in Worcester! The day’s events include a Gompei meet-and-greet, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the varsity softball home opener against Wheaton, a remembrance of retired head coach and friend, George “Chief” LeGacy, who passed away in January, and the opportunity to meet new head coach Whitney Goldstein. Learn more here.

RESTORATION ENGINEERING: WPI in the Prosthetics Industry

In this panel presentation, our alumni and faculty experts will discuss their work and experiences in the prosthetics industry, the industry's history and future, myth versus reality and the real-life impact the prosthetics industry has on all of us. Join alumni and friends on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 pm at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for this engaging program hosted by Dean of Arts and Sciences Karen Kashmanian Oates. Take in the sites and galleries of the beautiful deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum during a pre-program reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Advanced registration is requested, however walk-ins will be welcome.


Join choral music program students and alumni March 27-31 for a weekend of memorable and musical events, including: Afterglow Concert, A Capella Fest, Alden Voices and Men’s Glee Club concerts, and a reception at the home of John Delorey, WPI instructor of music. A full schedule of events, costs and other details is available here. To register, contact John Delorey at jfd@wpi.edu or 508-831-5051.


Join members of the WPI community on Saturday, March 29, 6:30 to 11 pm, in Alden Memorial for this special event benefiting WPI's acclaimed Choral Music Association. The event includes music from the London repertoire, wine sampling and food pairings, dancing and a silent auction. Cocktail attire is required. All proceeds from this event will go to the Choral Music Association's London Tour Scholarship Fund. The cost is $75 per single ticket, $140 per couple ticket, $60 per WPI faculty/staff ticket. Note: $35 of each single ticket, $60 of each couple ticket, and $20 of each faculty/staff ticket is considered a charitable gift to the choral music program. This event brings the Association one step closer to raising $50,000 in its effort to make the Choral Music Association's 140th Anniversary Tour affordable for the dedicated students who have made the Choral Department so successful. Register for the event here.


Meet and network with undergraduate and graduate women as well as fellow alumnae who are passionate about the STEM fields. Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush will give an engaging presentation titled, “True Diversity: A Multiplier in Global STEM Innovation.” The event will be held Friday, April 4, in the WPI Campus Center Odeum with a reception beginning at 6 pm and the speaking program beginning at 7 pm. The event is free. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Julia Sorcinelli, Outreach Coordinator for Women’s Programs, via email at jsorcinelli@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-5819. Please RSVP by 5 pm on Tuesday, April 1.


Join WPI alumni, family and friends at Fenway Park to see the World Champion Boston Red Sox take on the Oakland Athletics. We'll gather for the game and a BBQ on the Right Field Roof Terrace. Our ticket price ($60 per standing room, $80 per seated) is a fantastic value as it includes a great all-you-can-eat ballpark meal. Registration is required. Another Red Sox outing is coming up on Sept. 6.


As C-term wraps up and D-term begins, the Student Alumni Society (SAS) is winding down from a busy term and gearing up for the rest of the academic year’s events.

Sixteen members of SAS attended the District 1 ASAP conference, which was held February 22-23 at Boston University. The conference included educational sessions, networking, and a tour of Fenway Park.

Gompei’s Fifth-Annual Birthday Celebration took place on... 
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Campus News


With the construction industry adopting a wide array of "green" technologies, materials, and sustainable building practices, a team of fire protection engineering researchers at WPI is investigating the fire safety risks associated with green construction. Read more…


WPI is the lead institution on a $7.4 million, multi-university award from the U.S. Army that will support the development of new metallurgical methods and new lightweight alloys that will help the military build more effective and durable vehicles and systems. The technologies and processes developed as part of the research will also have applications in the aircraft, automotive, and electronics industries. Read more…


In case you missed it, change is coming to Alumni Gym and you can be part of it! The global and multidisciplinary approach to project-based problem solving at WPI requires a one-of-a-kind facility for close collaboration, flexibility, technology, instrumentation, access to mentors and advisors. Alumni built Alumni Gym, and now it will take the support of our alumni from around the world to transform it into the physical manifestation of the WPI Plan. Many have already stepped forward, and one alumnus in the Class of 1977 has even offered a challenge to his classmates in order to raise the $10,000 needed to earn recognition in the new Gym Atrium. Learn more and help make it happen.

Rooftop Field Opening 
March 22 (rain date March 23), 11:30 am
Higgins House, WPI Campus

Information here.

Restoration Engineering: WPI in the Prosthetics Industry
March 26, 6:30 pm
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum 

Register here.

Choral Music Alumni Weekend
March 27-31
WPI Campus Venues 

Information here.

Choral Music Association Benefit

March 29, 6:30 pm
Alden Memorial 

Register 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.
Men's Basketball Falls to Albertus Magnus in NCAA Tournament Thriller 
No. 13 ranked Albertus Magnus used a late 11-2 run to rally to defeat No. 14 ranked WPI 68-66 on Friday, March 7, in a NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament first round contest played at SUNY Purchase. WPI appeared in its eighth NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years and completed its season with a 22-5 mark. Learn more...

Bennett Sweeps the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year Awards
WPI Swimming and Diving head coach Paul Bennett has been named NEWMAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year as the conference announced the awards Tuesday afternoon following the NEWMAC Championships this past weekend. Learn more...

17 Winter Student-Athletes Pocket NEWMAC All-Academic Recognition
Seventeen WPI student-athletes from four winter sports have earned NEWMAC All-Academic honors, as announced by the conference office. Women’s Swimming and Diving led WPI with eight awardees while Men’s Swimming and Diving picked up five. Learn more...

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.

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. Visit our Alumni Services webpage for details.
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