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Spotlight on Alumni Volunteers

“My goal is to work with the other divisions, particularly the Regional Clubs, to add an educational component to programs and activities.”
— Paula (Fregassi) Delaney ’75

Paula (Fragassi) Delaney ’75 chairs the Lifelong Learning Division of the Alumni Association Cabinet. The division’s mission is to provide traditional and nontraditional learning opportunities for alumni at all stages of life. “My goal is to work with the other divisions, particularly the Regional Clubs, to add an educational component to programs and activities,” she says.

Paula’s career has kept her close to the educational environment, working in WPI’s Computing and Communications Center, and at several area colleges. She recently became acting registrar at WPI.

“As students, what we did here at WPI was learn how to learn,” says Paula. “Now we need to provide opportunities for continued learning experiences for our alumni.” Topics can range from career development and graduate education, to investment management and retirement planning. The Alumni College program at Reunion offers updates on the research specialties of the WPI faculty. The division also supports programs external to WPI, such as the RE-SEED program, which recruits and trains alumni to bring their science and technology skills into middle school classrooms to assist teachers.

One of Paula’s priorities is to find ways to leverage WPI’s information technology resources to facilitate the work of the Alumni Association. She is exploring existing software packages to create an online community for alumni volunteers, where committee members can communicate easily and share documents. Web and telephone conferencing are other technologies that can empower alumni groups who may be scattered around the country.

New volunteers and fresh ideas are always welcome. Contact Paula or go to the alumni Web site and click on the Careers link to learn more about Lifelong Learning opportunities.

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