Students and Staff Are Chosen for Skull Honor at WPI

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WORCESTER, Mass. - April 7, 2003 - The Skull Senior Society of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has tapped 17 people including 15 junior-year students and two staff members for the Skull Class of 2003. 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 are new members to the society:

Anthony Cosenze, chemical engineering major from Leominster, Mass. He is a member of the AIChE, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Theta Chi fraternity. He has worked with the undergraduate admissions office as a Crimson Key tour guide. He is also an orientation leader and is on the WPI crew team.

Sean Coughlin, an actuarial mathematics major from Richmond, Maine. He is a member of the Order of Omega, a national Greek honor society. He is also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Sean also plays soccer for WPI.

Joseph Havelick, management information systems major from Wallingford, Conn. He is assistant coordinator for SNAP, Security Night Assistance Patrol, in conjunction with WPI Campus Police and the Residential Life office. SNAP provides a vehicular escort service for WPI students when classes are in session. Joseph has also worked as an Orientation Leader and with KILROY, WPI's sketch comedy group.

Hilary Lohnes Hayes, a double major in electrical engineering and theatre from Wrentham, Mass. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. Hilary is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, national dramatic honor fraternity. She is a member of Masque, the theatre company of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has worked with KILROY, the sketch comedy group, as well as participated in various student comedy productions. Hilary is a member of WPI Women's Rugby.

James Kenary is assistant events manager with WPI's events office. He has been employed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 22 years 19 of which were with the physical plant department. He is from Holden, Mass., where he lives with his wife and two children.

Matthew Leahy is a computer science major from Reading, Mass. He is a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Matthew serves as public relations officer for the Interfraternity council. He works with the lens and lights crew and is a member of the wrestling team.

Megan Lindberg is a chemical engineering major from Merrimack, New Hampshire. She is a member of AIChE, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Megan is a Crimson Key tour guide for the undergraduate admissions office; she is also on the soccer team.

Shawn McAvey is the equipment manager for the physical education department. Shawn has been with WPI for 14 years and is from Grafton, Mass.

Stephanie Morin a biotechnology major from Enfield, Conn. A member of the Mu Sigma Delta, the pre-health society; Alpha Gamma Delta sorority; and the Panhellenic Council. Stephanie is a Crimson Key tour guide for the undergraduate admissions office. She also plays for the softball team.

Shruti Pai, a biomedical engineering major from Lusaka, Zambia. She is president of the International Student Council and a member of the environmental group The Power of One.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Salazar, an industrial engineering major originally from Mexico City, Mexico and is now residing in Holden, Mass. She is a member of the International Rescue Committee, Worcester; also works as a writing tutor for CCAC (Center for Communication across the Curriculum). Elizabeth has also worked with GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) and Strive which are weeklong residential programs designed to introduce high school girls (GEMS) and underrepresented minorities (Strive) to engineering and related fields through hands-on exploration and industry tours.

Michael Schwartz, a double major in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from Falmouth, Mass. He is president of the Student Government Association, and a member of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Michael is a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and is involved in the scuba and sailing clubs on campus.

Alison Scoble, a double major in chemistry and fire protection engineering from Westwood, Mass. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Nicholas Seifert, a double major in mechanical engineering and environmental engineering from Jeffersonville, Vermont. He is a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. Nicholas is also a member of GAEA (Global Awareness of Environmental Activity) and The Power of One, another environmental organization on campus.

Madeline Sola, a mechanical engineering major from Hartford, Conn. She is a member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), and EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program). She is on the Panhellenic Council and is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

John Tranquilli, an electrical engineering major from Hamden, Conn. He is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society; Eta Kappa Nu, The International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. He has been a volunteer with M*A*S*H, the math and science help program on campus. He is also involved with the pep and concert bands.

Sarah Walsh, a biomedical engineering major, with a minor in international studies from Monroe, New York. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society, she is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is a member of the Medwin String Ensemble and plays for WPI's women's varsity volleyball. Sarah has also worked with the community service program called Hoop Dreams, sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library and WPI.