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Homecoming 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022 to Sunday, October 02, 2022

The Herd Comes Home

WPI looks forward to welcoming its alumni family back to Worcester for Homecoming 2022. Deck yourself out in Crimson and Gray, dust off your beanie, and break out your old WPI Superfan T-shirt, and join us on campus on Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2 for a weekend of friendship, celebration, competition, and lots and lots of school spirit.

The schedule of events will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

We look forward to welcoming you home to The Hill!

    

Events

Wednesday, September 14
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022 4:00pm
    Physics Department Colloquium - Ben Pollard Assistant Teaching Professor, "WPI Physics Education Research: from Ungrading to Lab Courses"

    Physics Education Research (PER) is an interdisciplinary field that uses methods and frameworks from educational psychology, sociology, and other social sciences to improve teaching and learning in physics. There has been increasing focus at WPI in this area. In this talk I will give an overview of some of the PER projects that are ongoing at WPI. One area of focus is grading practices. Grading can serve to rank students, gatekeep, and influence students’ careers and livelihoods, all in inequitable ways. Some educators have been turning a critical gaze towards grading and evaluative practices overall. One alternative is “ungrading,” the practice of de-emphasizing or removing grades as a motivating factor in formal education settings. I will present an overview for ungrading approaches and their connections to equity and supporting student success, and describe preliminary efforts to implement ungrading in WPI physics courses. One such ungraded course at WPI is the intermediate physics lab course. Lab courses involve types of learning distinct from theory courses, and offer critical learning opportunities that other courses do not. I will present work on two such learning outcomes: experimental modeling and scientific writing.  

    Biography: Dr. Pollard's research focuses on teaching and learning in physics laboratory courses. He is also involved in community building and organization to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in STEM, including as a core organizer in The Access Network. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Heather Lewandowski and the Physics Education Research group at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder in the field of nano-optics. Before that, he earned his bachelor's degree from Pomona College in physics and computer science.  

    Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/98967153581 

     

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Friday, September 30
  • Friday, September 30, 2022 3:00pm
    Rope Pull

    Annual Rope Pull

    Includes contests between the classes of 2025 and 2026, 2023 and 2024, the Student Alumni Society and Skull, and more.

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    3:00 p.m.
    Alumni Stadium
    WPI
    Campus

    Student Registration

    Advanced registration is not required for this event; however, all participants and spectators will be required to check-in on-site.

    This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!

     

     

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    Pep Rally & Greek BBQ

    Pep Rally & Greek BBQ

    Food, drinks, contests, and performances.

    Hosted by SGA, the Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Council.

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Quad
    WPI
    Campus

    More information to come. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!

     

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 5:00pm
    Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony

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    WPI Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony

    Please join us for dinner to celebrate the induction of the 39th class of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    5:00 p.m.
    Rubin Campus Center, Odeum
    WPI Campus

    Open to all members of the WPI community. $50.00 per person. Includes dinner and cash bar service.
    Doors open at 5:00; dinner and programming to commence at 6:00.

    Advanced registration is required for this event.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!

     


     

    Congratulations to this year's inductees and honorees:

    Krista Baker ’10 - Women’s Track and Field

    Ryan Burke ’95 - Men’s Soccer

    Joe Crispo ’85 - Wrestling

    Julie Eagle Malecek ’13 - Women’s Track and Field

    Rob Henderson’84 - Football
     

    In addition, Pam Griffin will receive the Frank C. Harrington (1898) Award, which recognizes those individuals who,
    through the years, have been distinguished and significant contributors to the WPI Athletics Program.
        

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 8:00pm
    Swimming and Diving Alumni Social

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    Swimming and Diving Alumni Social

    Catch up with fellow swimming and diving alumni during Homecoming weekend!

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    Immediately following the Hall of Fame Induction
    Off-campus venue TBD

    More information will be available at the Hall of Fame Induction, or by contacting Coach Paul Bennett.

    Advanced registration is not required for this event.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
        

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Saturday, October 01
  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 8:00am to 11:00am
    Activities with Softball "Team 44"

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    Activities with Softball "Team 44"

    Softball alumnae are invited to stop by and watch "Team 44" practice on the Rooftop Field, then at 10:15, take some front toss swings, play catch, and hangout with the current team and alumnae.

    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
    Rooftop Field, WPI Campus

    Advanced registration is requested for this event. This event is free to attend.

    Members of the team and alumnae will proceed to the Quad for food and drinks after 11:00.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
        

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 8:30am
    Activities at the Donahue Rowing Center
    Donahue Rowing Center
    237 N Quinsigamond Ave
    Shrewsbury, MA
    United States

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    Activities at the Donahue Rowing Center

    Includes breakfast, the annual alumni rowing race, and a banner presentation for Women's National Champion Varsity Eight.


    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. / Alumni Race at 10:00 a.m.
    Donahue Rowing Center
    237 N Quinsigamond Ave, Shrewsbury, MA


    Advanced registration is not required for this event. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
        

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 10:30am to 11:00am
    Wrestling Alumni Special Presentation

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    Wrestling Alumni Special Presentation

    Join fellow wrestlers and alumni for a special presentation before the rest of the day's activities kick-off. 


    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Innovation Studio
    WPI Campus


    Advanced registration is requested for this event. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
        

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 11:00am to 3:00pm
    "The Herd Comes Home" Gathering on the Quad

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    "The Herd Comes Home" Gathering on the Quad

    Hosted by the Alumni Association. Join your herd for complimentary food, games, and music on the Quad.
    Cash bar service will be available. 

    Stop by the Alumni Welcome Tent to pick up your nametag, collect some free WPI swag, and meet some of the alumni volunteer leaders that help bring WPI's alumni programming to life.

    Activities for kids will also be available.

    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Quad
    WPI Campus


    Advanced registration is requested for this event. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
        

     



    Please Note: All guests, even those who have pre-registered for Homecoming, will be required to check-in at the Quad to gain entrance to the Quad space. Additionally, guests are not permitted to bring food or beverages (for the purposes of distribution outside of their immediate family) to campus.

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 12:30pm to 4:30pm
    Consigli Alumni & Families Social

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    Consigli Alumni & Families Social

    Consigli alumni will get together to celebrate the company's recent projects on campus.
    Food and cash bar service will be available, as well as games and activities for families. 


    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Higgins House
    WPI Campus


    Advanced registration is requested for this event. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
         

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Tours of Unity Hall

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    Tours of Unity Hall

    Stop by to see the some of the spaces in WPI's new state-of-the-art academic and research facility, which fosters and enhances interdisciplinary connections and collaboration across campus.


    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Unity Hall, WPI Campus


     Advanced registration is not required. This event is free to attend.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
         

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  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 5:00pm to 7:30pm
    An Evening of Laughs with Comedian Peter Gross

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    An Evening of Laughs with Comedian Peter Gross

    We all love a good laugh, but how about a comedian whose show comes highly recommended especially for engineers, scientists, and mathematically-minded professionals? This Homecoming, on October 1, enjoy an evening of laughs with comedian, mentalist, and hypnotist Peter Gross!

    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Reception starts at 5:00; show starts at approximately 6:15

    Rubin Campus Center, Odeum
    WPI Campus

    Food and cash bar service will be available.  
    This event is sponsored in part by the Graduates of the Last Decade and the Women of WPI.

    Advanced registration is required for this event. Admission is $10 per person.


    This event is part of Homecoming 2022. You do not have to register for other Homecoming events in order to attend this event - but it is encouraged!
         


     

    Peter Gross has filled theaters, wowed corporate headquarters and even appeared at the White House. He says, “My goal is to get people involved and excited and make them the real stars of the show."

    He’s returning for an encore presentation after entertaining WPI students in 2008, when he drew crowds rivaling any event at WPI in recent memory and was the topic of conversation among students long after.

    Want to learn more about Peter? Check out his website here: https://www.thebash.com/comedy-magician/virtual-comedian.

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Saturday, November 12
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