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1998-1999

Students Honored at WPI with Crimson and Gray Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 11, 1999
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Crimson and Gray Awards were presented to 17 students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this spring. The award recognizes dedication, commitment and unselfishness in the enrichment of student life at WPI. This year's honorees are:

  • Linda Cappuccia, a 1998 graduate of WPI and an electrical engineering major. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gennaro Cappuccia of Norwalk, Conn., she has been a Senior Orientation Leader and has instituted an all-female a cappella group at WPI, Interstate 8, serving as the group's business manager. She has been president of Alden Voices and a campus tour guide.

  • Jennifer Cobb, junior management engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cobb of Windham, Maine. A three-year member of the LEAP (Leadership, Education And Practice) group, she has co-chaired the annual LEAP Holiday Toy Drive for children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Under her leadership, more than 500 items were collected for this year's drive. She is a cheerleader and a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

  • Brock Ehnert, a junior management information major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ehnert of Devils Lake, N.D. A three-year member of LEAP, he has been treasurer of the Interfraternity Council and member of Phi Gamma Delta and the Student Government Association. He initiated a program, Major Fair, designed to help high-school and middle-school students assess possible college majors.

  • Adam El-Khishin, a senior biotechnology major and the son of Aly El-Khishin of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Co-chair of the International Student Council, he has served as an ISC mentor. He has served as secretary and president of the Muslim Student Association and is a member of the Skull Society, an honorary group. A pre-med student, he completed a summer internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

  • Sonja Farak, a junior biochemistry major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Farak of Portsmouth, R.I. A three-year member of LEAP, she has served as chairperson for the LEAP recruiting brochure and has worked with the Plumley Village Rainbow Child Development Center project. She helped to organize an a cappella concert for the benefit of the children's center and has been a member of women's softball and basketball teams.

  • Seth Flagg, a junior biology major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Flagg of Hubbardston, Mass. A leader in several organizations, he has been a member of the Campus Hearing Board, Winter Carnival and Quadfest committees, the Science Fiction and Medieval Arts Societies and LEAP. New member representative and public relations chairperson for Tau Kappa Epsilon, he has been pledge class president of Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity. His many volunteer efforts include tutoring students at a local elementary school.

  • Andreas Koeller, a graduate student in computer science and a resident of Hagdeburg, Germany. A second-year doctoral student, he has volunteered with the English as a Second Language Summer Institute's Mini-Lecture Series for two years. A member of the German Club and the International Student Council, he has worked as a German language tutor in the ISC's Language Café.

  • Amber Miller, a junior civil engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Miller of Ellenville, N.Y. A three-year member of LEAP, she has co-chaired the annual LEAP Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. She serves as captain of the women's track team at WPI.

  • Jeffrey Ouellette, a junior management information major and the son of Jeffrey Ouellette of Hampton, N.H., and Edith Ouellette of Londonderry, N.H. A leader in Student Life, he has been a three-year member of LEAP. He has served as class representative to the LEAP Advisory Board. A senator in the Student Government Organization, he has been a campus tour guide, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity, and has been selected Student Hall Director for the coming year.

  • Jennifer Reese, a senior chemistry major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reese Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y. She has served as Student Body President and has initiated several events such as the Holiday Extravaganza Celebration. A member of Phi Sigma Sigma, she has offered her time to numerous efforts from New Student Orientation to faculty meetings.

  • Nicole Roy, a junior mechanical engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Cumberland, R.I. She has been a member of LEAP and has volunteered to head the Community Service Committee. She also has undertaken a challenging project, the construction of a playground for the Plumley Village Rainbow Child Care Center.

  • Ali Serefli, a junior manufacturing engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Selcuk Serefli of Istanbul, Turkey. He has started the Dance Club and has initiated and hosted get-togethers for World House residents. A mentor for the International Student Council, he has been a member of LEAP.

  • Jennifer Shemowat, a junior civil engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shemowat of Boxborough, Mass. A member of LEAP for three years, she originated the LEAP newsletter and volunteered as editor and chairperson of the Newsletter Committee.

  • Rebecca Thibeault, a senior mechanical engineering major and the daughter of Beatrice Thibeault of Ashland, N.H. She developed and led the student orientation staff training program and served as a senior orientation leader. Recipient of academic scholarships, she has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Newman Club, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the women's swim team. She has served as risk manager in Alpha Gamma Delta.

  • Richard "Chad" Tino, a senior mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Tino of Amherst, N.H. Student Government Association treasurer and president of Lambda Chi Alpha, he has been a member of National Student Advisory and Executive committees, serving on the judicial board. He helped start GAMML, Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Life.

  • Luz Andrea Vasquez, a junior electrical engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fabio Vazquez of Worcester, Mass. Treasurer of the International Student Council, she has served as an ISC mentor and tutor. She teaches Latin dance at a local high school and has performed at many international events with the Hispanic Student Association.

  • Frank Weber of Holden, Mass., a second-year graduate student in mechanical engineering and an undergraduate alumnus of WPI, he has been president of the Graduate Student Organization, increasing participation, sponsoring activities and bringing faculty and students together. He also assumed a committee leadership role in the University's Strategic Planning process.

WPI, an independent technological university founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. WPI was ranked among the top national universities in the 1999 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges Guide and was 18th in the Best College Values report.