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Vol. 3, No. 4 Oct. 11, 2001

Around Campus

Here Come the Mathletes
More than 85 schools from four states are expected to send four-person teams to WPI's 14th annual Invitational Mathematics Meet for high-school students. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium.

The meet includes individual and team competitions. Each round poses challenging questions based on the secondary curriculum, up to but not including calculus. The student with the highest score receives a $3,000 scholarship to attend WPI. Second- and third-place winners receive $2,000 and $1,500 scholarships, respectively. There are also team awards.

Members of the WPI community are asked to park in the Boynton Street lot or in the peripheral lots on that day to enable these students and their chaperones to park on the Quadrangle.

Hispanic Cultural Week Continues
WPI is observing Hispanic Cultural Week this week with several events and activities. On Monday, dance lessons were offered in Alden Memorial. On Tuesday, David Lamb, adjunct professor at John Jay College, delivered a lecture titled, "Relationships between African-Americans and Latinos." The talk was sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Here are the remaining events for the week. Both are free. For more information e-mail bea@wpi.edu.

Cathedral Concert
A musical performance by the WPI Glee Club and Alden Voices, directed by John Delorey, will be presented in St. Paul's Cathedral on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. The cathedral is located at 10 Chatham St. in Worcester.

BWE Luncheon
The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a luncheon at noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Campus Center, Odeum C. October is Breast Cancer Month, and to help bring breast cancer awareness to us all, Regina Roberto, director, WPI Health Center will conduct a presentation and discussion on Breast Cancer. The menu includes assorted rolls and butter, tossed garden salad, roast pork loin, pan gravy, chef's choice vegetable and potato, pumpkin pie with whipped topping, coffee and tea. Payment ($8) should be sent to Judith Shute in Minority Affairs by Oct. 12. Checks should be made payable to WPI.


Alumnus Victim of Terrorist Attack
WPI has learned that Leonard E. Taylor '79 of Reston, Va., was among the passengers on the ill-fated airliner that crashed into the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11. Taylor was aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which was bound for Los Angeles from Washington D.C. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics at WPI and was employed as a technical group manager in the Washington office of XonTech Inc., a California-based research and development firm that specializes in the design of radar, optics and acoustics sensors for defense and industrial applications. He leaves his wife, Karyn (Orman), two daughters, Jessica and Colette, his mother and father, two sisters and two brothers.

Human Resources Deadlines
Staff time sheets are due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Noted below are the scheduled Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines:

Thursday, Oct. 11
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 17)

Monday, Oct. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Oct. 18
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Oct. 25)

Thursday, Oct. 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Thursday, Oct. 25
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 31)

All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals to be processed. Forms submitted after these dates will be processed in the following payroll.

Employment Opportunities
A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources website.

WPI's Human Resources Office encourages current employees to refer qualified individuals to apply for jobs at WPI. For each person you refer who is hired and who successfully completes six months of active service, you will receive a $500 bonus. The Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent nonfaculty, exempt and nonexempt positions.

WPI in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted WPI's receipt of the EDUCAUSE award for Excellence in Campus Networking in its Sept. 19 issue.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette featured WPI's "Manufacturing our Future" summit in its Sept. 14th issue, with a follow-up feature on the proceedings on Sept. 18th.

Men's Journal, a magazine reaching more than half a million readers nationwide, profiled WPI alum Dean Kamen in its September issue.

The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Telegram & Gazette all included details of WPI's pioneering program to certify secondary school teachers in math and science in their Sept. 1 and 2 issues.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

Summaries of Cabinet Meetings are available online to members of the WPI Community on the Cabinet website.


Sunday Mass, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, 11:30 a.m., Alden Memorial

Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., "Thinking Small About Old Polymers at the Medicine/Engineering Interface," Gary E. Wnek, Virginia Commonwealth University, Goddard Hall 227 (refreshments at 3:35)

Wednesday, Oct. 17, noon, "Phosphorescence Lifetime and Spectral Imaging of Oxygen Levels in the Brain and Eye," Ross Shonat, WPI biomedical engineering assistant professor, Goddard Hall, 227. Refreshments.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., IT Career information session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., IT Career information session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m., "The Case for Entrepreneurism in Information and Communication Technologies," Peter L. Levin, Partner, Information Technology Group, TVM Techno Venture Management, Atwater Kent, 219 (refreshments at 10:55)

Monday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.- noon, "Hazardous Waste Management and Basic Laboratory Safety," for more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/

Publications & Presentations

Mott, Wesley T., "Henry Thoreau: The Naturalist as Reformer," forward to Henry David Thoreau on Reform, edited by Inho Yoo, Cheongiu, Korea, Chungbu Publishing Co., pp.7-15, 2001.

Worth Noting

A television commercial produced for the Worcester Public Schools by WBZ-TV in Boston, and featuring a partnership between the schools and WPI, is airing this week and next on WBZ, Channel 4, the city's CBS affiliate.

The 30-second spot focuses on the role that WPI, as part of the Engineering Pipeline Collaborative, has played in helping the Worcester Schools (particularly Doherty High School) develop an engineering, science and technology curriculum. Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to require schools to teach engineering and technology at all levels. Work on the curriculum was begun last year by a student project team working under the umbrella of the new Worcester Community Project Center.

The work of that team, Nicholas Cannata, Adam Contardo, Surachate Kalasin and Patrick Shaver, with advisor James Demetry, will be continued in B Term by a new project team, Stacey Dolan, Ronja Labrecque and Michael Pistorino, with advisor James Doyle. Dolan, Labrecque and Pistorino appear in the commercial with students from Doherty.

The spot is running on 17 times this week on Channel 4 and will run 17 times next week. The spot will also appear 34 times over the two weeks on the Charter Communications Cable system in Central Massachusetts. It will run on A&E, CNN, Discovery Channel, ESPN, HGTV, The Learning Channel, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, TNT and USA. Schedules for the cable showings were not available at press time.

Below is the broadcast schedule for Channel 4 for the remainder of this week. The schedule for next week will be circulated by e-mail as soon as it is received from WBZ.

Thursday, October 11
1:20 a.m., during the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

Friday, October 12
2:00 a.m., during a WBZ newscast
8:53 a.m., during the CBS Early Show
9:40 a.m., during Martha Stewart Living

Saturday, October 13
7:10 a.m., during a WBZ newscast

Sunday, October 12
9:45 a.m., during CBS Sunday Morning
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