March 11, 2004

Around Campus

WPI Celebrates Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month, and this year's theme is "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility." To celebrate, WPI's Office of Diversity and Women's Programs will be hosting several events during the next few weeks. Here's a schedule:

For more, see the Office of Diversity web site.

Destination ImagiNation Comes to WPI

More than 5,000 people will gather at WPI on Saturday, March 20, for the state finals of Destination ImagiNation (formerly Odyssey of the Mind), the international creative problem-solving competition. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies in Harrington Auditorium and ends at about 6 p.m. with a parade and awards presentation. About 150 teams of students, all regional tournament winners, will vie for prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For more, call Barbara Mann at 978-462-0472.

BWE Luncheon

The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a luncheon at noon on Thursday, March 18, in the Campus Center, Odeum A. Al DeLuca from Flor-Als Florists will assemble one or two spring arrangements, to be given as the attendance prize. The menu includes assorted rolls, roast pork loin, pan gravy, vegetable, potato, ice cream with crème de menthe topping, coffee and tea. Payment ($8.50) should be sent to Judy Shute in Diversity and Women's Programs by March 15. Checks should be made payable to WPI.

Basketball Teams Finish Big

WPI's basketball teams finished their 2004 seasons in spectacular fashion. The women's team, having concluded its regular season with a 15-10 record, won a berth in the NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference ) tournament. On Feb. 24, the team, seeded No. 4, defeated No. 5 seed, Babson, 57-46 in Harrington Auditorium. WPI went on to lose its semifinals match-up against Springfield College, and on March 3 fell in an ECAC Division III quarterfinal game to Eastern Connecticut State University.

With its 19-6 record, the men's basketball team became the NEWMAC regular-season co-champion and earned the No. 1 seed (and automatic semifinalist status) in the NEWMAC tourney (which also made WPI the tournament host). Like the women's team, the men fell to Springfield College in the semifinals round. WPI was victorious in its first game of the ECAC Division III tournament (also played in Harrington Auditorium), besting Curry College 79-52. It was the team's 20th win, which tied the school record.

Next up for WPI, No. 2 seed in the tourney, was No. 6 seed Western Connecticut State. Playing in Harrington Auditorium on Saturday, March 6, WPI lost a 68-54 to end its remarkable season.

Campus map update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, contact Bonnie McCrea (mccrea@wpi.edu, ext. 5306) by Wednesday, March 17. A revised map will be available by March 19 on the WPI Web site. Printing Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5571) will print multiple copies for a fee.

People

Carney To Step Down in Fall

John (Jack) Carney, WPI's provost and vice president for academic affairs for nearly eight years, recently announced that he will resign from his position this fall. "This position has proved to be one of the most stimulating and satisfying of my academic career," he said in an announcement to the campus community. "I am proud of the advances we have made during this time. However, I have long felt that high-level administrators are most effective when their length of service in one position is limited to a seven- to ten-year range."

Carney said by announcing his resignation now, he will be able to assist more effectively with the search for a new WPI president. Candidates for that position will know "that the critical position of provost will be an open strategic opportunity for the new leader of WPI.

"I have great affection for this institution and will do everything in my power to help attract the best candidate," he said. "WPI is a great university because it is composed of exceptional people. The close ties that I have formed with my colleagues and associates at WPI have been enriching and rewarding."

Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

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

Tenured and Promoted

Promoted

Quitadamo Receives Schwieger Award

Arthur Quitadamo, retired senior vice president of Shawmut Bank, recently received the Albert J. Schwieger Award from WPI's School of Industrial Management at its annual banquet. The award, established in 1975, recognizes a SIM graduate who has demonstrated sound management principles and integrity in his or her executive position.

Report From the Cabinet

Feb. 17, 2004, Meeting Summary

Graduate Enrollment: Jeanne Gosselin, director of graduate studies and enrollment, reviewed the status of graduate student full-time applications, which are down about 30 percent. New visa requirements are severely impacting applications from international students, especially those from India and China; other universities are experiencing even larger declines. Roughly 80 percent of full-time WPI graduate students are international, and half of them pay tuition. The other half is supported by fellowships and research and teaching assistantships. Part-time student credit hours are also down, as a result of employers curtailing this benefit. The revenue shortfall for the current year is projected to be about $800,000 less than budget, with a correction already having been made during the fall for $500,000 of that amount. Since the reduction in enrollment is expected to continue, it will also have a significant negative impact on next year.

Bill Durgin stressed the national impact on science and engineering education and research resulting from these consequences of the Patriot Act. He expected a national debate to occur soon as the consequences of the reduction in the number of science and engineering students coming to the United States for education and, eventually, for jobs are recognized broadly. WPI must work hard to recruit, especially among our own students. Part-time graduate course work may pick up soon as the economy improves and companies realize supporting professional development is crucial for attracting and keeping their best employees. WPI needs to plan now strategically for the kinds of new programs that will be in demand.

FY 04 and FY 05 Budget: Judi Trainor reviewed the latest projection of year-end results for FY 04. A deficit is being projected, but it is not atypical for this point in the fiscal year and should be manageable if tight control is exerted over spending. The budget for FY 05 was still under review and was expected to be balanced when presented to the Board of Trustees at the end of February. Discussion then centered on long-term issues and the need for new ways of enhancing revenue by repositioning WPI for the future.

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