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September 26, 2008

Around Campus

IMGD Dept. Welcomes New Lab

A new Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) lab has opened in Fuller Labs, Room 222, courtesy of WPI and donations from Curt Schilling's 38Studios of Maynard and Dejobaan Games. The lab - located between the Computer Science and Humanities and Arts departments that support the IMGD program - features state-of-the-art PCs (with some high-end Mac workstations coming soon) installed with the latest software for building games and creating art. The lab is only for IMGD majors, providing a dedicated space for students to gather and benefit from synergistic interactive media and game development. The lab is for student projects, but is also configured to provide classroom space for select IMGD and art classes.

Community Council Announced

The Sept. 26 Town Meeting introduced to faculty, staff, and students WPI's Community Council, whose charge is to foster an inviting, inclusive, and vibrant environment for the entire WPI family. Council Chair Liz Tomaszewski told Town Meeting attendees that council members are available to listen to concerns, with the goal of cultivating a positive and enriching experience for all campus community members. Above all, the Community Council strives to create a welcoming environment, to celebrate successes, and to promote campus-wide engagement.

"WPI's Community Council exists to work to bring the community together - to draw out the achievements of our community members and to address issues that affect us," said Tomaszewski, who serves along with Biomedical Engineering Professor Chris Sotak as a campus ombudsman. Tomaszewski added that she wants campus community members "to understand that the council represents the community, and that members are accessible to work to make the community better, stronger, and more welcoming."

Those wishing to speak with the council may contact any of the members, who represent all areas of campus. Members are Jose Arguello, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Patrick Arsenault, a biology and biotechnology PhD student; Eric Chojnowski, benefits administrator in human resources; Jillian Cohen, a junior management engineering and pre-dental student; Thomas Collins, CCC staff member; Mike Ellsworth, campus police officer; Karen Goudey, associate director of international admissions; Arthur Heinricher, associate dean for the First Year Experience and professor of mathematical sciences; Brenda May, administrative assistant in the Department of Military Sciences; Eileen Brangan Mell, public relations director; Shelley Errington Nicholson, director of women's programs and assessment coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life; Lawrence Riley, Facilities Department custodian for Higgins Labs; Bhavika Shah, sophomore biomedical engineering major; Jeanine Skorinko, assistant professor of psychology; Greg Snoddy, associate dean of students and director of Healthy Alternatives, Recreation, and Club Sports; Liz Tomaszewski, facilities systems manager and ombudsman; and James Wong, manager of information systems for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. The council meets monthly and reports to President Dennis Berkey. Its email address is communitycouncil@wpi.edu.

Cyber Awareness Month in October

WPI's Information Technology Division will observe Cyber Awareness Month in October through a series of seminars to teach students, faculty, and staff how to protect themselves and their loved ones from online predators, cyberbullying, and identity theft. Cyber Awareness Month is a national program sponsored by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

To register, go to Information Technology Division web site and click on the "calendar." For more information contact Neil Spellman, Information Security, ext. 6656 or cws@wpi.edu.


Berkey to Serve as 'Leader for Education'

President Dennis Berkey will serve on the steering commission of a newly formed coalition that aims to provide broad support for changes in public education - and to put education reform back in a primary position at the Statehouse and among the state's public officials. The coalition, known as Leaders for Education, is composed of business, civic and higher education leaders based in the state. The steering committee consists of 20 CEOs with the majority coming from the Boston-area; Berkey is the only Worcester-based CEO serving at this time.

"President Berkey has been both an educator and an educational leader for more than 30 years," said Paul S. Grogan, president and CEO of the Boston Foundation and founding member of Leaders for Education. "He is nationally recognized for being a visionary and an innovator, and I know that he will be a dynamic member of this coalition as we work towards reforming our state's educational system. Leaders For Education is fortunate to have his vision and experience as we navigate toward education reform."

"It is an honor and a pleasure to serve with the Leaders for Education," said Berkey. "Returning public education to the top of our statewide priorities is essential, for both funding and stronger support for innovation and high performance by our teachers and students. The ideas and commitment to action on the part of this commission are truly impressive." 

Natalie Mello Elected Forum Chair

Natalie Mello, director of global operations, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, was elected in May to be chair of the Forum on Education Abroad Council.

Located on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., the Forum on Education Abroad is the only organization whose exclusive purpose is to serve the field of education abroad. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization for education abroad, the Forum's Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The Forum's Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad uses the standards as part of a rigorous self-study and peer review quality assurance program that is available to all Forum institutional members.

Forum members include U.S. colleges and universities, overseas institutions, consortia, agencies, and provider organizations. The Forum focuses on developing and implementing standards of good practice, encouraging and supporting research initiatives, and offering educational programs and resources to its members. Its mission is to help to improve education abroad programs to benefit the students that participate in them.

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M.W. Repertory Theatre Stages
Bower Bird aka Crazies in Love

WPI's M.W. Repertory Theatre Co. will present Bower Bird aka Crazies in Love, written by 2007 alumna Shannon "Haz" Harrower, today and tomorrow, Sept. 26 and 27, at 8 p.m. in The Little Theatre. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Bower Bird follows the story of a comically backward-yet-straightforward romance, and the ride the couple's poor, ever-exasperated therapists didn't know they were signing up for. This wonderfully wacky love story of a woman who falls for a married man with OCD makes for fun-filled entertainment.

Approximately 30 students are involved in this production by M.W. Repertory Co., which has presented plays at WPI since 1989. The play will be directed by students Joel Sutherland '11 and produced by Cara Marcy '09.

Tickets cost $5 for general admission, and are available at the door. Reservations may be made in the Campus Center until 3 p.m. Friday, or by email at bowerbirdtickets@wpi.edu. Reservations must be claimed by 7:45 p.m. the night of the show.


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Computer Tip

PowerPoint's Presenter View

Have you tried Presenter View in PowerPoint? It allows you, as the presenter, to see a different view of the presentation on your monitor than your audience sees on screen. In Presenter View along with the slides you can see numerous other features, such as large speaker notes, the presentation elapsed time, and a preview of the next item to appear. To enable Presenter View on the Slide Show tab, in the Monitors group, click Use Presenter View. (Note: this can only be selected if a second monitor is connected.) For more details, press F1 to search PowerPoint Help and type Presenter View.

For assistance with this or any other PowerPoint feature, you can contact the Helpdesk at x5888 or helpdesk@wpi.edu.

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