April 8, 2004

Around Campus

WPI Presents New Voices 22

New Voices 22, WPI's annual showcase of new plays written and produced by members of the WPI community, will be presented in Alden Memorial from Wednesday, April 14, through Saturday, April 17. One of the country's oldest continuously running university new play festivals, New Voices this year will feature 11 plays written by students, faculty members and alumni. They are:

We've Got Soul, by David Hartman '04

It's Not Identity Theft iI You Pay the Bills on Time, by Cat Darensbourg '02

You're Never Alone and Entropy, by Ben Sandofsky '04

Among Friends..., by Peter James Miller '00

Captions and Two Graves, by Michael Ciaraldi, professor of practice in the Computer Science Department

It's noon. Do you know where your gun is? by Nick Barnes '04

A Viking Waits, by Karen Singh '06

Anomaly, by Dean O'Donnell '86, administrator and instructor, Drama/Theatre

A Slice of Grief (a short play in 5 stages), by Chris Cenotti '02 (CS)/'04 (HUA)

Curtain times are as follows (there's a 15-minute intermission between plays):

Wednesday, April 14, 7pm

Thursday, April 15, 7pm

Friday, April 16, 5pm and 8pm

Saturday, April 17, 7pm

The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit New Voices 22.

April 20 is Project Presentation Day

On April 20, about 200 student project teams, representing every academic department, will present the results of their Major Projects to their faculty advisors and to the corporations and organizations that sponsored them. It's a fascinating and powerful demonstration of why WPI believes its approach to education is the best preparation for life and work in our globally based, technology-intensive world. A complete schedule of presentations will be posted on the Project Presentation Day web site.

Class of 1879 Prizes Awarded Today

The Humanities and Arts Department will announce the winners of the 2003 Class of 1879 Prizes at an awards ceremony and reception today, April 8, at 5 p.m. in the Higgins House Great Hall. One of WPI's oldest academic awards, the 1879 Prize recognizes outstanding work on the Sufficiency Project. All are welcome to attend. One of WPI's three required projects, the Sufficiency requires students to explore an area of the humanities and arts in depth by taking a thematically related sequence of courses that becomes the foundation for a capstone project.

Can You Help With Commencement?

About 25 staff volunteers are needed to help with lining up graduates for the procession on Commencement morning, Saturday, May 22. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Donna DeChiaro at ext. 6806 or donnad@wpi.edu.

Students Help Clean Up the Neighborhood

April 18 is WPI Good Neighborhood Clean-Up Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day, volunteer teams made up of WPI students and members of student organizations will clean the areas surrounding the WPI campus. The team with the best participation will receive the Good Neighborhood Award, a silver plate with the team name inscribed on it. Last year, the men's basketball team won the award; an honorable mention went to Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.

WPI/MOS Partnership Sets I2 Record

The administrators of Internet2 recently announced the 100th participant in its Abilene Network Sponsored Participation program: the Museum of Science in Boston, which is being connected to the Abilene Network through the sponsorship of WPI. The museum will work with WPI to develop new ways of using technology to enhance its relationship with visitors and foster learning communities of lifelong members.

"WPI has made it its mission to use Internet2 to broaden its collaborations by working with the diverse and rich cultural and educational resources within Massachusetts," says Tom Lynch, WPI's vice president for information technology. "Some unique relationships have evolved from our Goddard Collaborative, a group exploring new ways of working together through innovative projects, including access to affordable advanced networking." In addition to the Museum of Science, WPI is currently sponsoring the American Antiquarian Society, Assumption College, the College of the Holy Cross, the Higgins Armory Museum and the Merrimack Education Center.

Primary participation in Abeline, a national high-performance backbone network, is open solely to Internet2 members. Through the Abeline participant program, which was launched in 1999, university members may sponsor other organizations, such as museums, art galleries, libraries, hospitals and community colleges, that would otherwise not be able to join Internet2, as a means of supporting research and teaching using high-performance networks.

WPI to Host ASAP Conference

Thanks to the initiative of WPI's Student Alumni Society (SAS), WPI will host the 2005 District 1 ASAP conference. The conference, which is organized by the Association of Student Advancement Programs, part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, will bring about 250 people from as many as 20 schools to campus April 8-10, 2005.

SAS made a bid to host the 2005 conference during the recent 2004 conference at Northeastern University. William Herbert '05 and Laura Amodeo '04 will be the conference chairs. "We thank the WPI Alumni Association for its continued support of SAS and our attendance at these conferences," says SAS Chair Adam Epstein.


Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Matthew J. Black '05 (chemical engineering), Helen Hanson '06 (physics) and David J. LeRay '05 (mechanical engineering and mathematics) were recently named 2004 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. They were among 310 students chosen from among 1,113 applicants to receive the award. Goldwater scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors who have records of outstanding academic performance and who have demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in research in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Previous WPI winners are Erik Aldredge '95, Yakov Kronrod '02, Jack Waddell '03, Ravi Srinivasen '04 and Ann C. Skulas '05.

Orr Receives Leadership and Service Award

John Orr, professor and former head of the ECE Department, recently received the Leadership and Service Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads' Association (ECEDHA) at its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The award recognizes a member or former member of ECEDHA who has provided outstanding leadership and service contributions to the association.

Orr served as an officer of ECEDHA for nine years, in the positions of secretary-treasurer, vice president, president, and member of the board of directors. As an officer, he oversaw a substantial broadening of the assistance that ECEDHA provides its members, including support in implementing new accreditation policies and procedures from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He also oversaw a name change to recognize the growing importance of computer engineering to the profession, strengthened communications among members, and fostered membership growth.

Emanuel Cited for Prize Winning Paper

Alexander Emanuel, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems 2003 Prize Paper Award for his paper entitled "IEEE Standard I 459: A Long Overdue Document." The award will be presented at the I&CPS Technical Conference Awards Luncheon in Clearwater Beach, Fla., in early May.

Dailida is Outstanding Service Provider

Jeannette Dailida, graduate operations coordinator in the Registrar's Office, recently received the Department of Management's Outstanding Service Provider Award at the department's annual undergraduate student honors luncheon. The award is given to staff members who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding service to the department.

Freshman Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

On May 2, Melissa Byrne '07 will receive the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Only 6 percent of Senior Girl Scouts attempt to earn the award, which is similar to Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts. Melissa, who visited Haiti with a group from St. Joseph Church in Leicester in 2001, collected three large boxes of school supplies for an after-school program at St. Eugene's Catholic Church in Les Cayes, Haiti, for her Girl Scout project in 2003.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Humanities and Arts

Information Technology Division

Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science

Mathematical Sciences

Health Insurance/Flexcomp Deadline

The deadline for making changes to your health insurance and Flexcomp plan is Friday, April 30. If you wish to participate in Flexcomp during the next fiscal year, or if you are waiving health and dental insurance and Flexcomp, you must complete the Annual Open Enrollment Form and return it to Human Resources by that deadline.

The Annual Open Enrollment process must be completed in order to comply with federal and state reporting requirements for the effective implementation of WPI's plans on July 1. Call ext. 5470 or e-mail human-resources@wpi.edu if you have any questions. Information on Open Enrollment can be found at Human Resources.

The Helpdesk

You probably already know you can call the WPI Helpdesk when you have computer problems. But did you know that you can submit your issues online? Our Web form is on the Help Desk web site.

Did You Know

Summer is a Busy Time at WPI

After the graduates have received their diplomas and the residence halls have emptied, things get pretty quiet around the WPI campus, right? Hardly! Summer is a busy time at WPI, with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate classes, a host of sports camps, programs for teachers, and professional development seminars and certificate programs for working professionals. In addition, programs like Camp Reach, Frontiers, Strive and GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Science and Mathematics) provide opportunities for middle- and high-school students to get hands-on experience in engineering and science and explore college life.

This year's Summer Session offers more variety, convenience and flexibility than ever before. The number of classes have been increased, classes have been scheduled at more convenient times (both day and evening), more distance-learning opportunities have been added, and the start date for undergraduate and graduate classes has been moved to the week of May 17. Most classes will finish by July 1.

To learn more about the many opportunities that make WPI a great place to be during the summer, visit the Summer Programs web site.

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