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THE A N E W S L E T T E R F O R C O N T R I B U T O R S T O W P I Hill SPRING 2010 inside George I. Alden Trust advances undergraduate life sciences education at WPI WPI celebrates opening of new Alden Center T hanks to a transformative gift of $11.5 million from the George I. Alden Trust, WPI’s most generous benefactor, undergraduate life sciences faculty and students are now benefitting from state-of-theart laboratory and teaching facilities. The WPI community gathered on August 27 to dedicate the new George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center and celebrate this important advancement of life sciences education at WPI. 2 From Dexter’s Desk highlights fundraising progress this year 3 Gift supports student scholarships 3-4 Endowed professors installed 4 6-8 The George I. Alden Center is the result of a sweeping renovation of Goddard Hall that transformed a dated building into a dynamic, well-equipped learning center that promotes cross-disciplinary teaching. The Alden Center is designed to accommodate growing interest in the life sciences and related engineering programs at WPI—enrollment in these fields has increased by 86 percent over the past four years— and to prepare students for success in the rapidly expanding life sciences sector. “The built environment of a university ought to reflect the character and values of that institution, and so it is with the new Alden Center,” said President Dennis D. Berkey at the dedication event. “You will see in these new laboratories that they are of an open style that supports the collaborative nature of modern science and the very educational philosophy of WPI, an ideal environment for our innovative and engaging project-based approach to education.” “We realize that Mr. Alden’s principle of theory and practice is still as relevant today as it was almost 150 Continued on page 5 Student gives back to WPI Fundraising launched for Sports and Recreation Center 9 K-12 Outreach programs receive significant boost 10 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Camp held at WPI 10 Professor exemplifies philanthropy 11 A look back at 2009 12 President and Mrs. Berkey support innovation ABOVE: Susan Woodbury, chair of the George I. Alden Trust, and President Berkey cut the ribbon to officially open the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center. Also pictured here are Alden Trustees Gail Randall (left), James Collins, Warner Fletcher, secretary of the Alden Trust and a WPI trustee, Roseann Gammal ’10, vice president of the Student Government Association, and Catherine Berkey. LEFT: Large recognition plaque in the Alden Center

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