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1999-2000

WPI's Student Alumni Society Garners Awards at District Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/March 13, 2000
Contact: Neil Norum, WPI Media & Community Relations


WPI Student Alumni Society members who attended the recent Association of Student Advancement Programs Conference in Boston are shown with their certificate representing the top honor as oustanding organization. In front (l to r) are chapter advisor, Donna Marsella '96, and Elisa Baker '02. In background (l to r) are Andrew Oleson '02, Jennifer Persico '03, Melissa Wright '00, Andrea Emery '01, Lizabeth Ameral '01, and LeGrand Reynolds '01.
Worcester, Mass. -- WPI's Student Alumni Society (SAS) garnered top honors from the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) District 1 Conference, held at the end of February at Boston College. The student organization brought back four awards: Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Student Member (Fred Tan '01), Outstanding Program (Goat's Head Rivalry) and Outstanding Advisor (Donna Emma Marsella '96, assistant director of alumni programs).

Elisa Baker '02 was named District 1 representative. During her two-year term, she will be responsible for district-wide communications and will be one of eight students nationwide who will serve on the ASAP board of directors, attend the international conference in the summer and the advisory meeting in the winter. As District 1 advisor, Marsella will assist Elisa in these endeavors.

The ASAP Conference was attended by 167 students and advisers from 17 colleges and universities from New England and the Canadian provinces. Representing WPI were Lizbeth Amaral '01, Elisa Baker '02, Andrea Emery '01, Joseph O'Boyle '02, Andrew Oleson '02, Jennifer Persico '03, LeGrand Reynolds '01, Melissa Wright '00 and Donna Emma Marsella '96. Amaral and Wright presented a workshop to the student attendees about WPI's Goat's Head Rivalry. Marsella presented a workshop to the advisors entitled "The Importance of Tradition through Rituals."

Built on a feeling of pride in WPI, the Student Alumni Society (SAS) serves as a link between the undergraduates and the alumni. SAS members are committed to fostering awareness of the history and traditions of WPI. SAS is one of the most active and visible organizations on campus and is responsible for many projects including Good Stuff Packages for incoming freshmen, Survival Kit study aids, the organization of many Homecoming events, Founders Day (a one-day celebration of the people who made WPI possible), Traditions Day (a two-day celebration of WPI's traditions) and student support to many alumni events.

WPI's Student Alumni Society members who attended the recent Association of Student Advancement Programs Conference in Boston are shown with their certificate, representing the top honor as outstanding organization. In front (l to r) are chapter advisor, Donna Marsella, and Elisa Baker. In background (l to r) are Andrew Oleson , Jennifer Persico, Melissa Wright, Andrea Emery, Lizabeth Amaral, and LeGrand Reynolds.