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August 2014 Edition
Alumni News

Dear Alumni:
The summer will be behind us sooner than I want, but it’s exciting to see what’s ahead for WPI in the 2014-15 academic year: the university’s 150th Birthday with festivities throughout the year, the inauguration of WPI’s 16th President on Nov. 8, and the continuing fundraising effort for the repurposing of Alumni Gym... Read more


HOMECOMING – October 10 &11

Come back to the Hill for two days and more than 20 events. Football, the Parade of Floats, the Rope Pull, a celebration of Gompei Kuwada and his legacy of our beloved mascot, and the Goat’s Head Award Presentation—these are just a few of the events planned for Homecoming 2014. Details and registration at wpi.edu/+homecoming. Let us know you’re coming!


Alumni are invited to celebrate the inauguration of Laurie A. Leshin on Nov. 7 and 8. On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 7, President Leshin will be joined by four national academic leaders for a roundtable discussion about global impact and STEM higher education, technology entrepreneurship, and disruptive innovation in higher education. The Installation Ceremony will begin at 10 am on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Sports and Recreation Center, followed by a campus-wide luncheon. And don’t miss a special WPI community Inaugural Ball in Harrington Auditorium Saturday evening. Details and registration will be emailed to you soon.


The Kalenian Award, established in 2006 through the generosity of Alba Kalenian in memory of her late husband Aram Kalenian ’33, provides seed funds to support and advance the ideas and inventiveness of WPI students, faculty and alumni. The 2014 grant is for $20,000 for 18 months, and alumni are encouraged to apply. The Intent to Compete form is due by 5 pm on Sept. 17. A three-page proposal is due by 5 pm on Oct. 1; proposals should be emailed with "Kalenian Award Proposal" as the subject line to Gina Betti at gbetti@wpi.edu. The winner will be announced on Oct. 14 at the Venture Forum program in the WPI Rubin Campus Center Odeum. More information about the Kalenian Award, application process, and Aram Kalenian is available online.


Campus News


Much like the pairing of bases in the DNA molecules they studied in the laboratory, a group of underserved middle school girls from Central Massachusetts were paired, one on one, with undergraduate researchers at WPI for a week-long intensive day program called Innovations in Bioengineering. Read more...


A little friendly competition is helping to raise funds to repurpose Alumni Gym into the Robert A. Foisie ’56 Innovation Studio. Alumni can earn recognition for their class or affinity groups by participating. Recognition will be displayed in the renovated facility for individual gifts of $500 or more, affinity groups that raise $10,000 or more, and classes that raise $10,000 or more or that reach 30% or more participation. The global and multidisciplinary approach to project-based problem solving at WPI requires space for close collaboration, flexibility, technology, instrumentation, access to mentors and advisors—and a one-of-a-kind facility. The Robert A. Foisie ’56 Innovation Studio at Alumni Gym will become the physical manifestation of the WPI Plan... Support it today!


Red Sox Outing
Sept. 6, 6:10 pm BBQ;
7:10 pm first pitch

Fenway Park 

Registration is required for this great family event.

Venice Project Center 25th Anniversary and Reunion
Sept. 25, 5:30 pm reception; 6 pm presentations
Rubin Campus Center Odeum

Register today for this special reception hosted by Rick Vaz '79, dean of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, and Fabio Carrera '84, director of the Venice Project Center.

Inauguration of Laurie A. Leshin
Friday, Nov. 7, “Inspired to Innovate,” a future-focused inaugural conversation
Saturday, Nov. 8, Installation Ceremony, Luncheon, Inaugural Ball

More information at wpi.edu/+leshin2014. Invitations and registration coming soon.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.

2014 Fall Schedule Announced 
The WPI Athletic Department recently announced the 2014 fall schedules. Followers of @WPIAthletics on Twitter were the first to know. Competition kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29 with three teams in action: Volleyball; Women's Soccer; and Men's Soccer. Learn more...

Daily Herd Feature: Coworker Gets New Look to Support Cancer Survivor
When Ann McCarron’s hair started to fall out at work, predictably on the 14th day after her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, her colleague, Rick Beaulac, didn’t hesitate to support her. That very day he... Learn More

Track and Field Earns Academic Awards from USTFCCCA
Eight WPI student-athletes and both Track and Field programs were honored this week for their academic achievements by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA). Both the men’s and women’s programs have been... Learn more

Nikolaki Tabbed a CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America; Trio of Men Honored
Women’s diver Veronica Nikolaki has been named an Individual Scholar All-America by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). In addition, a trio of men’s swimmers - Nathan Hughes, Ben List and Tim Petri have been... Learn more

Electrical and Computer Engineering Master’s Program is now offered ONLINE 
Starting this Fall, you can participate in WPI’s ECE master’s program online, ideal for working professionals. Click here to learn more about this program that is streamed to you at your convenience. Also join us on Aug. 19 for an informational webinar. Click here to participate.

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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