WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

Alumni Chronicle

Online service to be offered through WPI's home page

The Alumni Online Committee is prepared to offer an alternative way to provide online service through the WPI home page on the World Wide Web. Alumnet Services, the Austin, Texas, vendor originally selected to provide on-line network access for WPI alumni, announced recently that it is restructuring its operations and will no longer provide services to individual alumni. Due to limited responses to market tests at other campuses, the company has elected to provide technical support services directly to alumni associations rather than marketing services by paid subscription to individual alumni.

The committee, chaired by Harlan B. Williams '50, had contracted with Alumnet to provide services, including e-mail, access to the WPI Alumni Directory, career placement information, on-line shopping, and program information to WPI alumni for an annual su bscription fee of $45. The service has been offered to alumni and graduating seniors through promotional mailings and advertisements in the WPI Wire.

Expansion of the Web site is in progress. General information, such as events listings and program descriptions, will be accessible to the general public on the WPI home page. In late April, alumni were provided with an ID number and a password to access restricted information, such as the Alumni Directory, personal update forms, and job listings from the Career Development Center.

Williams, who has been researching the network since it was first proposed in 1994, says, "We are about to launch one of the best alumni online services offered by any university."

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