The briefings in this newsletter on Optical Tweezers and Data Center Photonics are examples of the broad impact of rapidly emerging optics and photonics applications. The articles from MPEC and LASER-TEC exemplify some of the remarkable events that are occurring at colleges with photonics programs. The International Day of Light will be celebrated on May 16, 2018. IDL offers a great opportunity to collaborate with local employers, other educational institutions, and community organizations to plan local photonics awareness events. Photonics faculty members from every OPCN college are encouraged to organize or participate in a local celebration. Please make plans to attend the OPCN meetings to be held at the HI-TEC conference, July 23-26 in Miami, Florida. Registrations and travel support for OPCN coordinators are being coordinated by OP-TEC, LASER-TEC and MPEC. Remember to contact OP-TEC if you need advice, plans, strategies, and resources for improved student recruitment and retention.