Students, Staff and Faculty Are Chosen for Skull Honor at WPI

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Skull Senior Society of Worcester Polytechnic Institute has tapped 13 people including 11 juniors, a staff member and a faculty member, for the Skull Class of 2000. The society has been an important part of WPI since its founding in 1911. Among its goals is the preservation of the traditions of the university. For those chosen to continue the legacy, it is both an honor and a responsibility. The following were tapped to join the society in February:

  1. Brooke Clark is chemistry major with a concentration in medicinal chemistry. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Clark of Jefferson, Mass., she plays field hockey and club lacrosse and is a member of the Athletic Council, Skeptical Chemist, Bacchus and the admissions pen pal program. A member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, she contributes to the Sunshine and Risk Management committees. Next term she will complete an Interactive Qualifying Project, an academic requirement at WPI, in Puerto Rico.

  2. Anne-Marie Chouinard, majoring in biotechnology, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Chouinard of Medfield, Mass. President and former secretary of the Student Government Association, she is a member of varsity crew and has received the Ernst Mooser Fastest Novice '97 and Fastest Varsity '98 and '99 awards. A member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, she has served as public relations director and scholarship chair. Last year she was secretary of the Panhellenic Association and served as a Rho Chi for rush this past fall. She has been a member of Crimson Key, the admissions pen pal program, the Student Alumni Society and the Order of Omega honor society. She will complete an Interactive Qualifying Project in London next term.

  3. Jamie Contonio is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and majors in management engineering. A graduate of West Boylston High School and the son of Debra Smalanskas of Shrewsbury, Mass., he has participated theater and has served on the Winter Carnival Committee for three years.

  4. Matt Driscoll is a computer science major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Driscoll of Hope, R.I. He is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, where he has been a Junior Executive and has served as secretary. He has also worked in the Career Development Center.

  5. Greg Halloran is a mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Halloran of Chester, Conn. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta where he serves as recording secretary. He is a senator in the Student Government Association, an orientation leader and a member of the varsity basketball team, rugby club and varsity club. Next term, he will study in London to complete an Interactive Qualifying Project.

  6. Bryan Dennis Hayes, a chemistry major with a concentration in medicinal chemistry, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hayes of Coventry, R.I. Treasurer and president elect of Zeta Psi fraternity, he is a chemistry M*A*S*H leader, a tutoring program; an Orientation Leader; and a member of the Student Alumni Society. He also serves as treasurer for the Order of Omega honor society and holds a work/study position in the central mailroom. He was the recipient of the 1997 Freshman Skull Award.

  7. Jeff Haynes is an electrical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Haynes of Bedford, Mass. An accomplished instrumental and vocal musician, he plays the violin, piano and accordion. He is president of the Glee Club and a member of Simple Harmonic Motion, an a cappella group.

  8. Professor Art Heinricher of Rutland, Mass., is a faculty member in the Mathematics Department. Born in St. Louis, he grew up in Kansas City, Mo., was an undergraduate at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He held faculty positions at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Tennessee before coming to WPI in 1992. He received tenure last year.

  9. Steven Hocurscak is a theater technology major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hocurscak of Easton, Conn., where he attended Joel Barlow High School. He serves as technical director for the Lens and Lights group and as vice president and master electrician for Masque, the theater group. He is the fly system instructor on the stage of Alden Memorial Hall at WPI; resident lighting designer for Boston's Threshold Theatre; and sound engineer for the Boston band, Selling Venus. He has served as a stage hand at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts and appears in "Joey and Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding" as an usher. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honor fraternity.

  10. Stephanie Janeczko is double majoring in pre-veterinary and international studies with a minor in psychology. The daughter of Stephen Janeczko of Wood-Ridge, N.J., she will study in London next term to complete an Interactive Qualifying Project, and travel to Bangkok next year to do a Major Qualifying Project (MQP) in international studies. A pre-vet MQP was completed this year at Tufts University. She participates in a work-study program in admissions, is a member of Crimson Key and the admissions pen pal program, and mentors high-school girls. A M*A*S*H leader for chemistry (a tutoring program), a Peer Learning Assistant for genetics and a member of Tau Beta Pi, she received the Ellen G. Knott Award as outstanding woman in the sophomore class. Last year she served as an orientation leader and this year as a senior orientation leader. She is also a member of the swim team and the Student Alumni Society.

  11. Sue Milkman of Worcester, Mass., is a staff member in the Mechanical Engineering Department who has dedicated almost 11 years to WPI. She was responsible for the payroll for seven years now works as an administrative secretary in manufacturing engineering. Vice president of the Business Women's Exchange on campus for three years and a licensed real estate agent in Massachusetts, she is treasurer of her church and enjoys gardening, hiking and canoeing.

  12. Victoria "Tory" Ann Regan, majoring in management engineering, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Regan of Sea Girt, N.J. Last year, she completed an Interactive Qualifying Project in Costa Rica as well as a Cooperative Education Program at General Electric in Fitchburg, Mass. A member of Alpha Gamma Delta, where she serves as vice president of campus relations, she is recording secretary of the Order of Omega honor society. A member of the Student Alumni Society, Crimson Key and the Society of Women Engineers, she has been an Orientation Leader last year, a member of the Security Night Assistance Patrol and an admissions intern.

  13. Basil "Bill" A. Tsefrekas is a chemical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Tsefrekas of Shrewsbury, Mass. He has been a resident advisor since spring term of his freshman year and will travel to Germany next term to complete a Major Qualifying Project. A member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Medical Professions Scholar Program, he has been involved in a Boston Diocese Youth Camp for Greek Orthodox children.