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Faculty and Staff Giving Day Ambassadors

October 15, 2021

Giving Day, WPI’s biggest day of giving back, is on October 21. It’s when upwards of 1,000 alumni, parents, faculty/staff, and friends come together in support of our Home on The Hill. This year, there are faculty and staff counted among the Giving Day ambassadors rallying support for their WPI passions. Learn more about what they're fundraising for and how you can support them on the Meet the Ambassadors page. 



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Pat Guida '83


"I support the WPI Rowing program because my rowing experience at WPI positively infuenced the entire course of my life in ways that I am still discovering, and, quite simply, it is gratifying to give back by enabling today's student athletes the same opportunity." Pat Guida '83



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Steve Hall '87


"I support the WPI Wrestling program because the WPI Wrestling Family has been a lifelong influence on me and my family. We have a goal of raising $60,000 from 55 new donors to the DeFalco Wrestling Endowment on Giving Day." Steve Hall '87


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Bill Krein '62


"As an active adjunct faculty in the WPI Business School (35 years and counting), I am interested in assisting students with financial needs. As president of the WPI Alumni Association (2008-10) I established protocol that all Alumni Association fund income was devoted to scholarships." Bill Krein '62



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VJ Manzo


"The Electric Guitar Innovation Lab (EGIL) explores opportunities for research, innovation, and education related to the electric guitar and the various components associated with the electric guitar including instrument design and modification, amplifiers, pickups, effects processors, and moreI" VJ Manzo


"Gifts to the Center for Well-Being Programs will provide a range of services including mental health awareness training for students, faculty and staff, peer advocacy and education, wellness programming, and support for academic initiatives to promote well-being. Funding to support these programs will help foster a campus culture that values and embraces the overall well-being of each member of the WPI community." Charlie Morse

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Rebekah Nyadam


"The new Equestrian Team strives to provide accessibility to equestrian sports for the WPI community. I serve as the Team's advisor - a role that blends my love of horses with the university that I am proud to work for. I am raising funds to support this team during their inaugural year, and beyond!" Rebekah Nydam



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Emily Perlow

"The Emergency Assistance Fund helps students facing an emergency that makes it difficult for them meet basic needs like rent, medical bills, and food. It’s tough to study, innovate, and learn when you're struggling with basic necessities. Please join me on Giving Day to help keep these students learning and succeeding." Emily Perlow