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March 2021

Happy Spring!

Perhaps, like me, with the return of warmer weather, you’re looking ahead to safely reconnecting with family and friends. At WPI, we’re also offering plenty of opportunities to reconnect with friends near and far, from wherever you may be.

For classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6, we hope to see you at your virtual reunion on June 3, following the Alumni Association Annual Meeting. And as we look ahead to a time when we can gather again on The Hill, we want to hear from you—how do you want to celebrate future reunions? Tell us in this survey before March 31, and you could win some WPI swag. 

For our athletics alumni, we’re gearing up for this year’s Goat Nation Giving Challenge, which will take place from April 5 to 12. Our student-athletes have shown incredible resilience this year and are striving to be at their best for their much-awaited return to competition. Ahead of the challenge, several teams are hosting virtual meetups bringing together student-athletes, alumni, and coaches—see if your team is one of them.

Many alumni have been revisiting memories of one of WPI’s most beloved members—Dean John van Alstyne, aka van A. They’ve shared tributes on this padlet page, and over 270 have contributed toward the fundraising campaign, which has the goal of naming the academic advising suite in WPI’s new academic building in his honor and creating a lasting physical remembrance. 

And, alumni are taking advantage of opportunities to connect directly with our students. Goddard Award recipients Mike Aspinwall ’75, Ed Mackey ’85, and Beth Phalen ‘85 shared their stories and experience as part of a new student event series “This Could Be You: Alumni Careers & Service That Inspire.” 

I hope this spring finds you reconnecting with family, friends, and your WPI community.  

Best wishes, 
Mark Macaulay ’89, ’94 MS