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The editors of Transformations have compiled these Web links and additional content to enhance the articles and features in the Summer 2003 issue. Through this portal you may explore more deeply the topics covered in the magazine. We welcome your thoughts on this material; please use our feedback form or post a message in the Transformations forum in AlumniConnect.
Starting Point (Page 1)
When we set out to profile a handful of Class of 2003 graduates for the summer issue, we whittled the impressive cadre down to six. Then we found ourselves with just five pages, and Malia Aull got bumped to the Web site.
Campus Buzz (Pages 4-6, 8-9)
Read more about WPI's Bioengineering Institute, which will be the magnet tenant in the 55-acre Gateway Park, close to WPI's main campus in the heart of Worcester.
Meet the cast and crew of the alumni-produced film, Disc. The first-time filmmakers are pursuing careers in the industry; in the meantime, they've started their own Web design and software development company, thoughtbot.
WPI's Access Grid, located on the first floor of Daniels Hall, is part of a global network (www.accessgrid.org) of similar "nodes." The facility is equipped with large-format multimedia displays facilitating group-to-group interactions in real-time through Internet2. Generous gifts-in-kind from DelSignore Electrical Contractors, Integration Partners, and Nortel Networks helped outfit the facility. The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation helped sponsor the creation of WPI's Access Grid. The foundation, established by the late George F. Fuller, a longtime trustee of WPI and former chairman of Wyman-Gordon Company, also provided $10 million for Fuller Laboratories at WPI, home to the computer science department and a variety of other campus services.
WPI's management programs recently won full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Martha Cyr, WPI's new director of K-12 Outreach, brings some of her previous projects with her, including her work on the National Science Digital Library, a comprehensive online source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, funded by the National Science Foundation.
The new chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees, F. William Marshall, has over 35 years of experience in commercial banking in New England. He retired as president and CEO of SIS Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Springfield Institution for Savings and Glastonbury (Conn.) Bank and Trust, which was merged with Bank North Financial Group. He joined SIS Bank in 1993. Today, Marshall is active as a trustee/director of several corporate and nonprofit boards. He serves as a director of the Oppenheimer Funds Inc., Mass Mutual Institutions Funds, and Springboard Technology Inc. Marshall is president of the SIS Foundation and a trustee of both the Springfield Library and Museums Association, and the Community Music School of Springfield, among other civic affiliations. Short biographies of all the members of WPI's Board of Trustees can be found online.
Ann Skulas '03 says winning the Goldwater Scholarship was an exciting honor.
"It means a lot to me to be recognized in this way. Only five people from my state (Kentucky) were named this year. It's rare for sophomores to win it. I was a researcher at the Washington State University Center for Multiphase Environmental Research (http://www.cmer.wsu.edu/) last summer, and my mentors there, Jason Han and Dr. Alex Li, were very excited about the award, too. I hope they realize this is a positive reflection on the research experience they provided me. This was a "gold star" for me at a time when I needed some encouragement. Everybody at WPI is always working so hard that it's easy to get caught up and not realize that the rest of world thinks that what you're doing is pretty neat. Research is an exiting world; it feels good to be identified as having the potential to succeed in it. The icing on the cake is that I'm the first sophomore girl to win it from WPI. Even during my first weeks at WPI, professors invited me into their labs. The faculty here is very open to establishing research relationships with students, even in the early stages of learning. Katrina Vaitkunas, a graduate student in Professor Kristin Wobbe's lab, basically held my hand through my freshman year and first research experience. Professor James Dittami's lab exposed me to all the equipment and many techniques I ended up using last summer. In retrospect, I don't think the award reflects as well on me as it does on all the wonderful people that helped me get experience and confidence." - Ann Skulas
Winners of WPI's first annual Technological Humanist Awards honoring Massachusetts science and math teachers hailed from all across the state. First-place finisher P. Brady Townsend teaches math at Wachusett Regional Highschool in Holden. Eileen Ratkiewicz, chemistry teacher at The MacDuffie School in Springfield, took second place. Third-place winner David Steeves teaches physics at Chelmsford High School. Massachusetts high school students who would like to nominate their teachers for the 2004 awards may do so starting this fall. Details will appear on the award Web site (www.wpi.edu/+THA) and will be mailed to all high schools in the state.
A Few Words (Page 7)
William S. Elliott '73 is with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the agency responsible for directing rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Explorations (Page 8)
Read an overview of NASA's exploration strategy for Mars including the mission to return soil and air samples to Earth for extensive testing. Next year the Johnson Space Center becomes an official WPI Project Center.
Inside WPI (Page 9)
See if you can balance the Massachusetts state budget by playing the Web-based video game "MassBalance". Club members developed the game this spring in conjunction with State Sen. Richard T. Moore. WPI's Game Development Club won the Student Government Association's "Most Successful New Student Organization" award in January of 2003.
The Rise of the Black Hawk (Page 12)
Dave Jenney '53 spent 40 years designing helicopters as an engineer at Sikorsky, now a division of United Technologies Corporation. Under his watch, Sikorsky came out with the Black Hawk helicopter, a machine that has served the U.S. Army since 1978. Before retiring, Jenney also helped design the next wave of military helicopters: the Comanche, which goes into production this year. Jenney is a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Helicopter Society (AHS).
Covering a Century of Powered Flight
The series will culminate with a special section in our Fall 2003 issue, to be published in late October. Also please let us know if you'd be interested in participating in aviation and space-related events on campus between now and December. To do so, please fill out our online survey. To learn more about the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright brothers, visit the Web site of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Information about the first 100 years of powered flight can be found on a special Web site developed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The View from Seven Sea Street (Page 16)
The next best thing to booking a Nantucket vacation is visiting the Seven Sea Street Inn Web site. Owner Matthew Parker '89 and his wife Mary, share a taste of island fare featuring the zing of native cranberries in their recipe for Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake.
Each of the alumni innkeepers featured in the summer issue shared favorite recipes with us. Breakfast at Betsy's Bed & Breakfast, owned by Betsy and Jon Anderson '75 in Montpelier, Vt., ranges from traditional Green Mountain fare, such as blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and bacon to Betsy's southern "comfort food" of fried green tomatoes, grits, buttermilk biscuits, and Tex-Mex scrambled eggs, called Migas.
From The Pedigrift House in Ashland, Ore., comes Berry Cobbler. During the summer theater season, Dorothy and Dick Davis '61 prepare fruit cobblers using local fruits and berries that are in season. A hot cobbler is left in the dining room each evening, so it's still warm for guests to enjoy with ice cream when they return from a theater production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or any of Ashland's other cultural attractions. Returning guests often ask the Davises in advance to prepare a favorite cobbler they enjoyed on their previous visit.
Judy and Bob Maynard '63 would've been hard-pressed to make their tasty Apricot-Date Loaf the day a lightening storm knocked out power at their B&B, The Captain Slocumb House, in Grafton, Mass. "It was one of our finest moments as innkeepers," they say. With their all-electric kitchen rendered useless, they cooked breakfast on the gas grill. "We served it by candlelight in the dining room, turning the power outage into an elegant treat. Our guests were impressed!"
What's Next? (Page 20)
Recent WPI grad Malia Aull '03 gets her own spot on our Web site because we ran up short of pages in the magazine.
At the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2003, Ellen Ochoa, America's first Latina astronaut, spoke about the lessons she learned in space in her Commencement address. Senior Kathleen A. Gardner talked about what the future holds in her senior class address.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.nace.org) is a good source for information on job market trends for college graduates. Despite the comparatively level hiring climate, many 2003 WPI graduates found employment:
- Kathleen A. Gardner is working as a marketing associate for QED Communications, a division of Quintiles Transnational.
- Scott A. Martin is a second lieutenant with the U.S. Marines.
- Janelle A. Smith is a senior configuration specialist at General Electric Company's Aircraft Engines plant in Lynn, Mass.
- Andrew E. Keefe is an electric power engineer with DRS Technologies in Hudson, Mass.
- Christina M. Watson is studying to become a veterinarian. She begins her studies at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine this fall.
Fast Company (Page 30)
Shane Chalke '78 is founder and owner of AnnuityNet, a Web-based tool for annuity fund managers. As this issue was going to press, Transformations learned that AnnuityNet and Wachovia Insurance Agency, Inc., the owner of Info-One/VARDS, announced a merger combining their annuity services and technology into a single company. Chalke will remain as president and CEO of AnnuityNet, while David de Gorter, president of Wachovia Insurance, will be named chairman of the board. For more information, visit this news story online.
Alumni Connections (Page 32)
Reunion weekend (June 5-8, 2003) was a bit soggy, but otherwise a huge success. You can see photos from Reunion online. As part of festivities, members of the President's Advisory Council (annual donors of $1,500 or more to WPI), were some of the first visitors to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn., to see the newly restored B-29 bomber on display. That evening, Richard Whitcomb '43 received the WPI Presidential Medal for the accomplishments chronicled in the Fall 2002 issue of Transformations. Whitcomb was the keynote speaker at the new Alumni College during Reunion the following day.
Time Machine (Page 48)
We thank the Worcester Historical Museum for sharing their vintage photos of the Worcester tornado of 1953. Many Boston area news outlets carried 50th anniversary news stories in early June, including WBUR, Channel 5/WCVB, and Channel 4/WBZ. Dean Emeritus William Grogan '46 was interviewed on Boston TV station WLVI-56 about the tornado.
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