April 22, 2004

Around Campus

Bob Moses to Speak at Commencement

Robert P. (Bob) Moses, founder and president of the Algebra Project Inc., will be the speaker at WPI's 136th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m. He will speak on "Federalism, Sharecropper Education in Civil Rights."

The Algebra Project is a national mathematics literacy effort aimed at helping low-income students and students of color (particularly African-American and Latino/a students) successfully achieve mathematical skills that are a prerequisite for full citizenship in today's technological society.

CASE to Honor WPI Admissions Brochure

Yes. You Can, a brochure developed by University Marketing for the Admissions Office, will receive a Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at its national conference in July. The brochure, designed to help girls understand the benefits of preparing for a career in engineering and science, previously won a Gold Award in the CASE District 1 publications competition. Mike Sherman, design director, designed the brochure. It was written by Rachel Faugno, a freelance writer; the photos were taken by freelancer Patrick Connor.

BWE April Luncheon

The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a bring-your-own-brown-bag luncheon at noon on Tuesday, April 27, in Higgins House (drinks and dessert will be provided). Guests are asked to bring a bulb or plant to swap. The attendance prize will be a $15 gift certificate to Jungle Jim's nursery. Payment ($4) should be sent to Judy Shute in the Office of Diversity and Women's Programs by noon on April 23. Checks should be made payable to WPI.

Get Your Leaves Raked for a Song

The WPI Glee Club is holding a leaf-raking fundraiser to support operations for the academic year. No yard is too big or too small. If you're interested, e-mail gleeclub@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5816.


Best of the Best Honored at Convocation

Seven distinguished members of the university's academic community were recognized at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation on April 20:

Judith E. Miller, professor of biology and biotechnology and director of the Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Nikolaos A. Gatsonis, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Aerospace Engineering Program, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship.

George D. Pins, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Ann Garvin, recently retired director of academic advising, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.

William A. Baller, adjunct instructor in Humanities and Arts and director of WPI's Exploradreams program, received the Denise Nicoletti Trustees' Award for Service to Community.

Kathryn Fisler, assistant professor of computer science, received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award.

Tenzin Jampe Lama, a graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

WPI Honors Outstanding Undergraduates

Along with the dogwood blossoms around Reunion Plaza and Frisbees on the Quad, spring at WPI brings a shower of undergraduate awards. Listed in this issue are all of the prizes and honors that have been received by @WPI to date:

The Two Towers Prize, given each year to a student who, through academic achievement, campus leadership, course work, research and projects, best exemplifies the heart of the WPI educational experience, has been awarded to Sidharth Gul Rupani, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Sixteen seniors have received the Salisbury Prize, given each year to WPI's most meritorious seniors. Honored were: Elizabeth Anne Norgard, biology and biotechnology; Robert J. Degon, biomedical engineering; Megan Elisabeth Smith, chemical engineering; Tzipporah M. (Zippi) Kertesz, biochemistry; Stephanie Caitlyn Thomas, chemistry and chemical engineering; Matea Lee Peterson, civil engineering; Iavor Nikolaev Trifonov, computer science; Jennifer Marie Flynn, computer science; Kate Elizabeth Farb-Johnson, electrical and computer engineering; Brooke Buchholz, electrical and computer engineering; Hilary Lohnes Hayes, humanities and arts and electrical engineering; Lena Carolina Sanchez-Filippoba, management information systems; Ravi Srinivasan, mathematical sciences; Najmuddin Juzer Gunja, mechanical engineering; Laura Ann Matejik, mechanical engineering; and Benjamin John Lauser, physics.

The Class of 1879 Prize, the university's humanities and arts award, given each spring for the most outstanding Sufficiency projects, went this year to Griffin Bryant, for Torment; Ryan Patrick Jones, for Ministry; and Gregory Rainer, for "Outcomes of the 'Record War': History of the Record Industry 1930-1955."

Amanda A. Roberts and Sarah E. Walsh have received the Kranich Prize, which honors students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts and the integration of technical and nontechnical disciplines.

The following students received civil and environmental engineering awards: Carina Hart '04 received the Carl F. Meyer Award, presented to the CEE senior who has demonstrated the most improvement in academic and professional attitude since entering the department. Amanda Roberts '04 received the Andrew Holt Award, presented to a CEE senior who has consistently earned academic honors and shows excellent promise for success. Adam Levesque '05 received the Frank DeFalco Award, given to a junior interested in going into professional practice in the area of Constructed Facilities.

WPI's Office of Academic Advising has presented the 2004 Outstanding Women Student Awards. This year the Marietta E. Anderson Award was presented to Megan Holmes '05; the Ellen Knott Award went to Caitlin McMonagle '06 and Danya Decoteau '06; the Gertrude R. Rugg Award went to Audrey Jajosky '07; and the Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award was presented to Caitlin Bell '05.

Edwin B. Coghlin '23 Award: Each year WPI presents the Edwin B. Coghlin '23 Award for Community Service to students and organizations that, through their involvement in community service, have made valuable contributions to WPI and the Worcester community during the previous year. The award includes a stipend for the organization with which the student was involved. This year's recipients are:

Michael Corbett, who coordinates the Tau Kappa Epsilon first Memory Week; the event raised $3,144 for the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Association, seeks to eliminate Alzheimer's disease by advancing research and enhancing care and support for individuals and their families and caregivers.

The members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, who spend their spring break in Durham, N.C., building housing for needy families as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Jessica Sexton, who has been involved with Exploradreams, formerly Hoop Dreams, a WPI student mentoring program, since her freshman year.

Crimson and Gray Award: 31 students have received the Crimson and Gray Award, which recognizes exceptional and sustained involvement in campus life and service to WPI: Himanshu Agrawal '05; Valerie Ambroise '04; Ryan Angilly '04; Laura Amodeo '06; Timothy Baird '04; David Bennett GS; Vonda Bui '05; Crystal Caron '04; Jackie Chan '04; Hauke Daempfling '05; Conn Doherty GS; Adam Epstein '05; Romiya Glover '04; William Herbert; Megan Holmes '05; Christopher Johnson '04; Tyler Leeds '05; Tyler Longmire '06; Joel Louis '04; Anu Myne '06; Shruti Pai '04; Lisa Sasur '04; Michael Schwartz '04; Nick Seifert '04; Jessica Sexton '04; Ann Skulas '05; Anne St. Martin '06; Gladman Taranhike '06; Michael Terranova '06; Christina Toledo '04 and Sarah Walsh '04.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Humanities and Arts

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recent Grants

Biology and Biotechnology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mathematical Sciences

Mechanical Engineering


Total March grants and contracts awarded: $761,117.

Don't Forget to RSVP!

For Dr. Parrish's Farewell Reception

The campus community is invited to wish Ed and Shirley Parrish well as they prepare to start their retirement at a special reception next Thursday, April 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (brief program at 5 p.m.) in the Campus Center Odeum.

So that Dining Services may have an accurate count of attendees, please let the President's Office know if you plan to be there. Call or e-mail Joan Murphy at x5222 or jmmurphy@wpi.edu

How to Speed Your Mail

WPI's Mail Services, located in the Campus Center, offers these hints for you to help get your mail processed more efficiently:

Intercampus Mail

Address intercampus mail with the recipients full name and department (not building name). Make sure intercampus envelopes are closed, so the contents do not fall out.

U.S. Mail and UPS

Separate domestic from foreign mail and place an elastic around each bundle. All outgoing mail, including UPS, must be received in Mail Services by 3:15 p.m. to be processed the same day. (UPS packages must have a separate work order).

New U.S. Post Office customs forms for #2976 and #2976A are available in Mail Services; please discard old forms. For information concerning the processing of all outgoing mail, contact Deb at ext. 5317 or Ceil at ext. 5683. For information about incoming mail (including packages) and intercampus mail, call Paul at ext. 5523 or Ceil at ext. 5683.

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