Below is a schedule of events for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Thursday, June 12
All WPI Anniversary Event attendees should register and pick up their materials for the weekend. Please stop by the WPI 50thAnniversary Registration table, which will be open during the following hours/location. It is here that we will provide you with your registration packet, information for the weekend and your nametag.
Thursday, June 12, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UST Student Center/Hearth Room
Friday, June 13, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, UST McNeely Hall/Room 100
If you will only be joining us for the Friday luncheon, Macalester programs and receptions, or Gala, you may pick up your registration materials at the beginning of those events as well.
- Welcome Reception for Alumni, 6 to 9 p.m. in the UST Student Center/Hearth Room.
Friday, June 13
Morning sessions are at the University of St. Thomas.
- "Covering Conflict," 9 to 10:15 a.m., UST McNeely Hall/Room 100
- "Media Transformation into a Digital Age," 10:45 to Noon., UST McNeely Hall/Room 100
- Luncheon, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., UST McNeely Hall/Room 100
Speaker at the luncheon will be Kelly McEvers, NPR foreign correspondent, who until recently was based in Beirut and before that in Baghdad. She has covered the American withdrawal from Iraq, Middle East uprisings associated with the Arab Spring, and the Syrian civil war.
Afternoon programs are at Macalester College.
- Bus transportation from St. Thomas to Macalester, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Buses leave from parking lot behind McNeely Hall.
- Optional guided tours of Macalester campus, 2:45 to 3:40 p.m. and 3 to 3:55 p.m. Olin Hall.
- WPI Experience Interviews. Share your stories and memories, 3 to 7 p.m., Blakely Classroom.
- Panel: WPI Fellow Experience, moderated by Jim Toscano. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Olin Rice
- Reception, Lowe Dayton Art Commons, Jane Wallace Fine Arts Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
- Bus transportation back to St. Thomas 7 to 8 p.m., leaving from Lowe Dayton Art Commons
Saturday, June 14
- Day is free for visiting with host families or touring the Twin Cities
- Gala Celebration Reception and Dinner, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., followed by band and dancing until 11:30 p.m., St. Thomas' Woulfe Alumni Hall, Student Center
Keynote speaker will be James Fallows, a highly acclaimed author, journalist, editor, and media commentator, and currently a National Correspondent for The Atlantic.
Fallows has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and China, and holds the Chair in U.S. Media at the "United States Studies Centre" at the University of Syndey, Australia.
He is the author of 10 books, including National Defense, for which he received the 1983 National Book Award, Looking at the Sun (1994), Breaking the News (1996), Blind into Baghdad (2006), Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009), and China Airborne (2012).
Sunday, June 15
- Check-out from St. Thomas Housing. 11 a.m.