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Vol. 3, No. 15 April 4, 2002

Around Campus

WPI Lifts the Bushel
At a special luncheon on Wednesday, WPI unveiled the details of a new marketing program aimed at building the university's reputation and expanding awareness for its innovative approach to education.

The centerpiece of the new initiative is a broadcast advertising program. A new television commercial for WPI began airing on several Boston-area television stations this morning; three radio commercials are airing in the Hartford and New Haven, Conn., areas, as well. The commercials will run for seven weeks this spring and another seven weeks in the fall.

The television commercial features a new WPI logo and tagline, which were also unveiled at the luncheon. The logo, shown above, includes the WPI seal, with its two open books and arm and hammer, symbolizing the university's heritage of balancing theory with application. The tagline, "The University of Science and Technology. And Life," captures the essence of WPI's pioneering approach to education, which produces well-rounded graduates with a commitment to using their knowledge and skills to make the world better.

The logo and tagline can also be seen on the new WPI home page, which also made its debut during the luncheon. The new design, which is also evident on a number of other pages in the Web site, features a new, more user-friendly menu and generous space for news stories about the university.

The luncheon featured a special welcome, on videotape, from Ronald Zarrella, chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees and chairman of Bausch & Lomb, and messages by President Parrish, John Heyl, vice president for development and university relations, and George Flett, associate vice president for marketing.

Flett described the planning and research that provided a foundation for the new marketing program and explained how the elements of the program, especially the new logo, tagline and "positioning" (new way of talking and writing about WPI) will be applied to university publications, advertising, signage and stationery in the weeks and months ahead. He and Zarrella also called on the assembled faculty and staff members to play a role in the new program by becoming ambassadors for WPI.

"The Board of Trustees is unanimously behind this effort, and we are committed to providing the resources to make it happen," Zarrella noted. "We hope you will join us in supporting this program and making it a success, because when it succeeds, we will all benefit."

As if in answer to Zarrella's call to action, dozens of members of the campus community appeared in a video that concluded the event, repeating a line from the television commercial: "I will be there." For more on the new marketing program, and to watch the TV commercial and listen to the radio ads, go to the WPI home page, www.wpi.edu, and check out the lead news story.

A Capella Music Festival
Simple Harmonic Motion will host Acapellafest 8 on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Riley Commons. Featured along with the group will be WPI's Interstate 8, the Northeastern Downbeats, the Brown University Higher Keys, the UConn Chordials and the Wheaton Whims. Tickets are $7 ($3 for students). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.wpi.edu/~shm/fest.html for more information.

Celebrate Memories on Traditions Day
Traditions Day, the annual look back at the people and events in WPI history, will begin with a candle walk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. From Reunion Plaza, the walkers will move through the campus, ending at Higgins House for a reception and tour. Thursday will feature a pennant rush and cage ball rivalry on Alumni Field at 5 p.m. WPI Jeopardy, at 6:30 p.m. in Riley Commons, will be followed by the ever-popular Alma Mater contest.

WPI Presents its New Voices
New Voices 20, WPI's showcase of new plays, will be presented in Alden Memorial at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20. Each program includes a 15-minute intermission. The festival is free and open to the public.

Be Sure to Spring Ahead
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, April 7. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Ups and Downs for Charity
The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta and brothers of Lambda Chi Epsilon will host their annual Teeter-totter-athon from noon on Friday, April 12, through 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, on the WPI Quad.

The sorority will donate half of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation the fraternity has designated Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., as its charity.

The event also includes a volleyball tournament April 15-17 and a 50/50 raffle. Members of the WPI and Worcester communities are invited to contribute to the students as they ride the teeter-totter. Additional donations will be collected in containers placed in local businesses. For more information, call 508-725-5563 or e-mail kat@wpi.edu.

Quadfest is Coming
WPI's 10th annual Quadfest, a campuswide spring festival, will be held from Sunday, April 7, to Sunday, April 14. To learn more, visit ww.wpi.edu/~quadfest. Here are some highlights of the week:

Sunday, April 7, 6 and 9:30 p.m.: Lord of the Rings, Fuller Labs, $2.
Monday, April 8, 8 p.m. to midnight: "Rock N'Bowl," free bowling
Tuesday, April 9: Fun on the Quad: Magic Bus, Spin Art Frisbee and X-files postcards; 8 p.m.: the Jen Cohen Band, SocComm Coffeehouse, Riley Commons ($5 general public, $3 consortium, WPI students free).
Friday, April 12: 7-8 p.m., Gong Show, sponsored by Phi Sigma Sigma, and Ugly Man on Campus competition, sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega; 8 p.m.: Guerilla Improv and the Pea Pod Squad, Campus Center Odeum.
Saturday, April 13: noon-6 p.m.: Indiefest, on the Quad; Quadfest: carnival activities, rides, games, prizes; 8-11 p.m.: The Pat McGee Band with Judah Friedlander, Racoon Village and special guest Project Burning, Harrington Auditorium. Tickets are $15 (general public), $10 (students), $5 WPI students; 11 p.m.: Alien Foxhunt, on the Quad.
Sunday, April 14, dusk: Ocean's 11, on the Quad.

Former Senator to Speak at Clark
George McGovern, a United States senator from South Dakota from 1963 to 1981, will present "Ending Hunger in Our Time" on Friday, April 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Tilton Hall at Clark University.

McGovern's Worcester visit inaugurates the Congressional Lecture Series, sponsored by Massachusetts Congressman James P. McGovern and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. The Democratic candidate for president in 1972, McGovern is a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies on Food and Agriculture and was the first director of the U.S. Food for Peace Program.

Anyone planning to attend should register by calling 508-831-7356 and should bring a nonperishable food item for the Worcester County Food Bank.

Make Your Reservation for Convocation
Reservations are being accepted for the Faculty Convocation and Dinner on Tuesday, April 16. The convocation, at 4:15 p.m. in Kinnicutt Hall, will be followed by a reception at 5 and dinner at 6 in the Campus Center Mid-Century Room. The cost is $20 per person. Checks or cash should be sent to Joan Shanahan, faculty governance coordinator.

April 16 is Project Presentation Day
Each year on Project Presentation Day WPI opens an exciting window on one of the most important and successful innovations in technological education. This year, as in the past, project teams representing nearly every academic discipline will present the results of their Major Qualifying Projects to the faculty members who advised them and to representatives of their sponsoring organizations. Additional information and a schedule of presentations for this year's Project Presentation Day, April 16, is available at www.wpi.edu/news/ppd.

Wanted: Red-Blooded Volunteers
Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed national service fraternity, will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Campus Center Odeum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 508-792-5923, ext. 122.

Health and Benefit Fair
WPI's Human Resources Office will host the university's first Health and Benefit Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in Odeum A and B in the Campus Center.More than 15 vendors, including representatives from WPI's current health plans and retirement plan and from local banks, will participate in this informative and fun all-day event. Many of the vendors are providing items to be raffled off in a drawing at the end of the day.

Can You Help With Commencement?
The Student Activities Office requests your assistance with Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, May 18. One of the most important tasks during Commencement is assuring that graduates are lined up in the correct order. Approximately 25 volunteers are needed to facilitate this. Your involvement and attendance will be of significant importance to our graduates and their families. Contact Donna DeChiaro at ext. 6806 or e-mail donnad@wpi.edu if you wish to participate.

Bring Your Child to Work on April 18
Members of the WPI community are invited to participate in Bring Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 18. Based on the national Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Bring Your Child to Work Day allows children ages 8 and older to share a day in an adult's work life. WPI is following the example of many organizations that have expanded the original program to include boys as well as girls.

You and your child are invited to attend a special luncheon at noon in Riley Commons. The cost is $10 for both employee and child. From 1 to 3 p.m. children can participate in activities coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Women's Programs and Ken Stafford's FIRST Robotics team. A campus tour, specially geared toward younger children, will follow at 3 p.m. The day will conclude at 4 p.m., when children should be picked up in the Campus Center Hagglund Room.

For more information, or to register, call Human Resources at ext. 5470 before Wednesday, April 10.

Enjoy an Elegant Evening with Dionne
Singing star Dionne Warwick will perform at Mechanics Hall on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The concert will benefit the Jewish Family Service of Worcester and the Jewish HealthCare Center. Tickets are $125 for choice seats and a VIP dessert reception with Ms. Warwick; $75 (choice seats); and $50 (general admission). Tickets are available at the Jewish Family Service, 646 Salisbury Street. For more information, call 508-755-3101 or 508-798-8653.

Summer is Just Around the Corner
A wide range of learning opportunities will be offered at WPI this summer. They include Summer Session, with its undergraduate and graduate courses; Strive and Frontiers, research and leaning experiences for high school students; Camp REACH, for rising seventh-grade girls interested in learning about careers in engineering and technology; and ESL Summer Institutes, designed for International students in the United States.

WPI will also host a number of sports camps this summer. The dates are:

Baseball: June 24-June 28
Coed Basketball: July 8 -July 12
Coed Basketball: July 15-July 19
Coed Soccer: July 22-July 26
Rowing: July 8-July 12
Field Hockey: July 22-July 26 (evenings)
Girls Basketball: July 24-July 28
Field Hockey: July 28-Aug. 1 (overnight)

For more information about summer programs at WPI, visit www.wpi.edu/+Summer. For more on the day camps, contact Ken Kaufman, coordinator of summer sports camps, at ext. 5243 or e-mail kkaufman@wpi.edu.

People

Longtime WPI Coach Dies
Melvin G. Massucco, 76, died Saturday, March 23, in St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center. A familiar presence at WPI, Mel was director of intramurals and a physical education instructor, as well as head football coach (1967-1977) and head golf coach (1977-1996). He also coached football at Holy Cross and was a radio announcer for that college's football broadcasts. He retired from WPI in 1996.

"Mel will be remembered as one of the department's good guys," says Raymond R. Gilbert, director of physical education and athletics. "He was always upbeat, enthusiastic about his profession, and concerned about our student-athletes. He was a valued member of this department."

A resident of Worcester and Jackson, N.H., Massucco leaves his wife of 48 years, Joan (Howard) Massucco, three sons, a daughter, three brothers, eight grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held March 27. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 301 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38103 or to Christ the King Church Building Fund, 1052 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602.

Faculty Promotions and Tenure
The Board of Trustees announced the promotion and/or tenure of the following faculty members, effective July 1:

David S. Adams, to full professor of biology and biotechnology.
José Argúello, tenured and promoted to associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Frederick W. Bianchi, to full professor of music, humanities and arts.
George T. Heineman, tenured and promoted to promotion to associate professor of computer science.
James C. Hermanson, to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Laura J. Menides, to full professor of English, humanities and arts.
Malcolm H. Ray, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, tenured.
Fabio H. Ribeiro, associate professor of chemical engineering, tenured.
Yiming Rong, associate professor of mechanical engineering, tenured.
Bogdan M. Vernescu, to full professor of mathematical sciences.

New Annual Giving Associate Director
John Walsh returned to WPI as associate director of annual giving on March 25. Walsh spent five years as associate director of admissions and coordinator for international students before accepting the post of corporate site manager for Continuing Studies and Corporate Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2001.

Walsh is a magna cum laude graduate of Suffolk University, where he majored in English, and has taken numerous courses toward a graduate degree in counseling and in higher education administration.

"Please join me in welcoming John back to WPI," says Robert G. Dietrich, director of development. "We are pleased that he has chosen to return to pursue a career in development."

Hall Wins Schwieger Award
WPI's School of Industrial Management (SIM) recently honored Preston "Skip" Hall '61 (SIM), retired chairman of the board of Wolf Coach, of Auburn, Mass., with the 2002 Albert J. Schwieger Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement. Named for the management program's founder, the award is presented at the school's annual spring banquet.

Hall began his career in 1954 as a project engineer at Hobbs Manufacturing Co. He rose through the ranks to become president and director in 1971. When the company was sold to Crompton & Knowles, he retained the presidency of Hobbs and assumed the responsibility of vice president of sales and marketing for the Plastics Machinery Division of the parent company.

In 1973 Hall joined the Knife Division of Rexnord as president. When the division was sold in 1985 and became Lund International, he remained with the new company as president and vice chairman of the board. He retired as president in 1990 and from the board in 1995.

Hall joined Wolf Coach as CEO in 1992. He became chairman of the board in 1997 and retired in 1999. He lives in Lancaster, Mass., with his wife, Rosemary.

New Faces Around Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following employees to the campus community: Stephen Hemming, manager campus media services, Instructional Media Center; Edmond Lorion, part-time bowling manager, Physical Education and Athletics; and Patricia Wisialko, administrative secretary, Admissions.

Barr Elected Library Trustee
Elizabeth Barr, seminar manager for Continuing and Professional Education, was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Westborough Public Library.

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

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.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

ADMISSIONS
Wednesday, April 17, Undergraduate Admissions Open House

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Wednesday, April 10, noon: "Total Synthesis of Lipid II: The Final Monomer in the Bacterial Cell Wall Biosynthesis," Mohammad Zia-Ebrahimi, Eli Lilly and Company, Goddard Hall 227, (refreshments).

CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.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.
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.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.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 6, noon to 4 p.m., Alden Memorial. Free admission. For more information, call ext. 6030

FACULTY MEETING
Thursday, April 11, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.

MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING
Monday, April 8, 4 p.m.: Manufacturing Seminar, Edward Rossman, Associate Technical Fellow, Military Aircraft, Missile Systems Group, Boeing, Seattle, Wash., Higgins Labs 218.

PHYSICS
Monday, April 8, 4 p.m.: "It's Liquid Crystals by a Whisker-Liquid Crystal Science and Technology via AFM Nanolithography," Charles Rosenblatt, Case Western Reserve University, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118).

TECH OLD TIMERS
Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m., "Travelogue: Antarctica," Edmund G. Johnson '51, Campus Center Odeum B and C (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

VENTURE FORUM MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.): "Do-It-Yourself Patent Searching, or Fun and Adventure Using Free Online Databases," Peter McDermott, partner with the patent law firm of Banner & Witcoff. Case presenter: I-Ray Technologies, Geva Barash, executive vice-president for sales and marketing, Campus Center Odeum, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Mott, Wesley T. "British Pop in U.S. Bottles." in Bostonia, Spring 2002, 7-8 (adapted from "With a Little Help from Our Friends," a tribute to George Harrison," The Foxboro Reporter, Dec. 13, 2001).

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Hoffman, Allen H. and Peter Grigg. "Using Uniaxial Pseudorandom Stress Stimuli to Develop Soft Tissue Constitutive Equations." In Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2002, vol. 30, 44-53.

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND POLICY STUDIES
Saeed, Khalid. "Testing a Societal Innovation Through System Dynamics Modeling with Mitigation Banking as an Example." Presented at Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan, organized by the System Dynamics Society of Japan, March 11, 2002.
__."Implementation of an Environmental Mitigation Banking System." Presented at the international symposium on "Security of the Earth and Mankind in the 21st Century," Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, March 12-13, 2002.
__. Participant, public panel on "Security of the Earth and Mankind in the 21st Century," Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, March 12-13, 2002. (Both programs were part of a collaborative research project with Nihon University.)

Recent Grants

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND MINORITY AFFAIRS
Schachterle, Lance, and Dawn Johnson, for LSAMP-Northeast Alliance for Minority Participation in Undergraduate Education in Science, Math and Engineering, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, $60,000.

BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Ryder, Elizabeth, for "CAREER: Sensory Map Formation in the Nervous System of C. elegans," from the National Science Foundation, $100,000.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Ribeiro, Fabio, for "Complete Oxidation of Methane on Palladium Catalysts," from the Department of Energy, $100,000.

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Ruiz, Carolina, and William Michalson, for "Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Database Development," from the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, $14,866.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Pryputniewicz, Ryszard, and Cosme Furlong, for "Study of Viability of an Integrated MEMS Sensor, from BWXT Pantex, $99,953.

Total February research grants: $374,819

Worth Noting

WPI Pays Tribute to a Special Professor
Last fall, WPI established the Robert E. Wagner Educational Fund in honor of a man who made his mark on the university as an educator and as a compassionate and dedicated mentor, counselor and friend. At a special dinner on Oct. 19, 2001, the chemical engineering professor emeritus was honored as "an outstanding example of WPI's Lehr und Kunst, a man whose enthusiastic lectures on entropy convinced us that thermodynamics was challenging and a man whose humanity inspired the best in his students, both in and out of the classroom."

While he did not seek the approbation, Bob Wagner certainly deserved it. Wagner interrupted his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at Drexel Institute (now University) to enlist in the US Air Force. From 1943 through 1946 he was a flight engineering officer with a lead B-29 crew in the South Pacific Theater. During that period, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals. After military service he returned to Drexel to complete his bachelor's degree in 1946 and his master's in 1948. One year later, he joined the WPI faculty as assistant professor of chemical engineering. Shortly thereafter, he married his true love, Ruth. The couple has three daughters: Heidi and twins Bonnie and Susan. In 1955, Bob was awarded a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Bob's WPI career spanned 40 years. His skills as a dedicated teacher and scholar were widely known during his impressive tenure and he was recognized with many honors, including the Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching (1972), Skull Honorary Society (1974), George I. Alden Chair in Engineering (1981) and William R. Grogan Award for Support of WPI or for the Welfare of its Students (1994).

During the dinner, Wagner was recalled as a professor whose teaching extended beyond the classroom walls -- a man whose friendly style and deep concern for his students won their confidence and trust. His nickname reflected the bond he shared with these undergraduates. In the 1960s, during a conversation about the perils of drugs and the sorrowful impact they could have on young people's lives, an impressed student said, "You're right on, Daddy Wags!" The nickname stuck.

As advisor to the WPI Outing Club, "Daddy Wags" guided innumerable hiking and climbing trips throughout New England, enabling students with a variety of majors to develop warm bonds that have continued to this day. Bob also spent 26 years as advisor to the WPI chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, leaving those members with similarly warm memories and friendships.

Bob's multidimensional contributions exemplified professionalism at its best. He was a registered professional engineer, an industry consultant and president of several organizations, including the Worcester Engineering Society, the Central Massachusetts Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Worcester Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. He was honored with the Nashua River Watershed Association Conservation Award for his devotion to the preservation of New England's natural resources.

As of March 20, the Wagner Fund had reached more than $207,000. Contributions may be made by contacting the Development Office, x5611.

 

 

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