The month kicked off with a Student Recognition luncheon to celebrate students for their academic achievements and for the valuable work they do outside the classroom to enrich WPI and the community.
The Month in Photos: April
On April 3, WPI's Neuroscience & Society hosted “Music and the Brain,” a spring seminar with a lecture by Aniruddh D. Patel, PhD, and musical performances by Sergio Salvatore ’02; Scott Barton, assistant professor of music and a pianist, composer, and musical roboticist; and the WPI Jazz Ensemble.
Master Sergeant Thomas Blair led the WPI ROTC team in marching the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route in the annual Tough Ruck which honors fallen soldiers. “The soldiers aren’t here, but maybe their parents are. You’ve got people cheering you on, parents who are part of Gold Star families crying at the finish line … I don’t care how hard you are, you get touched by that.”
During WPI’s annual Greek Week catapult launch challenge, competitors built a catapult in five days with a list of secret items. Teams win points based on the distance the catapult launches a tennis ball, chapter attendance, and best design.
The men’s rowing V8 split into a pair of V4s and defeated Bates in both races on April 8. The quartet of Nathan Pietrowicz, Jeremy Hemingway, Michael Eaton, and Lorenzo Dube along with coxswain Kenedi Heather handed in the quickest time of 6:44.11.
More than 1,000 WPI community members told cancer to kick it as they set out at the Relay for Life to raise funds and honor loved ones who are cancer survivors and those lost to cancer. Their efforts garnered more than $94,000 in donations.
QuadFest arrived and days of fun stretched from April 15 to 22. With inflatables, games, food trucks, a rubber duck scavenger hunt, a beach bonanza, and a concert, the annual tradition lets students relax and have fun before settling down to finals.
After the first round of the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE) was cancelled due to icy weather in February, grad students were eager to share their research findings and how they plan to change the world.
Following an early-April blast of snow and a subsequent mid-April slush fest, spring finally arrived. Grab your flip-flops and knock on wood…