October 26, 2022

The leaves may be changing, but WPI’s focus on community, student work, and groundbreaking research stays the same, regardless of season. From the grand opening of the South Village Student Center to opening night of Urinetown during Family Weekend, check out what students, faculty, and staff were up to in September.

Once a goat, always a goat. WPI welcomed alumni back to Worcester with a weekend of

nostalgia that included football games, the infamous Rope Pull competition, pep rallies,

and catching up with old (and new) friends.

WPI holds two Arts & Sciences weeks every year, giving an opportunity for faculty and

students to celebrate and showcase the talents, ideas, and themes infused throughout

the university’s academic departments and programs through student lightning talks,

campus-wide conversations, social events, and more.

Alexse LaGuerre '25 was recognized as First Year of the Year at halftime of the

Homecoming football game for her tireless advocacy and dedication toward her peers,

community, and campus.

Thanks to bustling career fairs held in person twice a year, students have the

opportunity to meet employers interested in hiring them for internships, co-ops, and

full-time jobs. Networking at WPI has never been easier.

First-year students were able to get a sense of involvement opportunities at WPI by

connecting with clubs, organizations, fraternities, and sororities during this year’s

Activities Fairs.

Relax, the academic year’s first Wellness Day is here! No classes, no assignment due

dates, no meetings ... sometimes it’s important to put the aforementioned aside in

order to focus on your own wellbeing.

Never been to WPI? No problem—campus tours led by WPI students give visitors access

to most buildings as well as the chance to talk with an admissions counselor.

WPI is flush with talent, some of which could be seen at VOX’s recent production of Urinetown (a special arrangement with Music Theatre International) that was put on during Family Weekend.

WPI has a long history of collaboration with Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Ahead

of plans to broaden and deepen that relationship, university delegates made the trip

from Switzerland to visit us on Boynton Hill.

The South Village Student Center, one of the newest additions to WPI’s campus, is just a

short walk from the Quad. It has everything from a graduate student lounge, an esports

lounge, and a game room to a dining hall and a 24-hour micro market. We’ll see you


New Zealand, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Japan ... we’re out of continents!

Students explored WPI’s 50+ project centers during the Global Fair. Some even got a

hug from Gompei!

If this isn’t cause for celebration, we don’t know what is: Arie Lang ’26 celebrated her

first collegiate goal during the field hockey team’s 7-2 victory over Fitchburg State.

Thanks to a 23-yard touchdown pass by Stephen MacDonald ’24, the Football Team

went on to defeat the visiting Montclair State 10-0.

In WPI’s ongoing efforts to provide students with tools and support for wellness, Charlie

Morse has been appointed Dean of Student Wellness
, where he provides leadership and

support for Student Health Services, the SDCC, the Office of Accessibility Services, and

the Center for Well-Being.

After being appointed Interim President, Wole Soboyejo continued to do what he loves most: tackling global challenges. Currently, he and an interdisciplinary team of students, researchers, and faculty reported that gold nanoparticles coated with a polymer and linked to an anti-cancer agent can bind to breast cancer cells that are difficult to target. “I get tremendous joy from seeing my students develop into scientists and engineers that are tackling some of the important global challenges of our time.”