November 2008

From Academic Advising

If your student did not do well in A-Term or is struggling now, please encourage him/her to seek the assistance of their academic advisor or come to the Academic Advising Office for assistance.

Dale Snyder
Director, Academic Advising
508-831-5381

From Dining Services

Joe Kraskouskas
Director, Chartwells Dining Services

Download the Top 10 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan

From Residential Services

Please encourage your son/daughter to attend an RA Information Session held throughout November and December to learn more about being a Resident Advisor here at WPI.

Naomi Carton
Director, Residential Services

From the Career Development Center

NEW! Sophomore Series

Learn How to Get a Summer Internship: Nov 24, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center. Make the Most of Your Internship Experience: Dec 1, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center Sign up at CDC website

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career related handouts, career related podcasts and much more. Encourage your student to set up a Job Finder account today!

To activate an account: Job Finder

Walk-in Meetings with a Counselor

If students have a quick question or want a resume critiqued, they may meet with a counselor for a short 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Jeanette Doyle
Director, WPI Career Development Center

From Academic Advising

If your student did not do well in A-Term or is struggling now, please encourage him/her to seek the assistance of their academic advisor or come to the Academic Advising Office for assistance.

Dale Snyder
Director, Academic Advising
508-831-5381

From Dining Services

Joe Kraskouskas
Director, Chartwells Dining Services

Download the Top 10 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan

From Residential Services

Please encourage your son/daughter to attend an RA Information Session held throughout November and December to learn more about being a Resident Advisor here at WPI.

Naomi Carton
Director, Residential Services

From the Career Development Center

NEW! Sophomore Series

Learn How to Get a Summer Internship: Nov 24, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center. Make the Most of Your Internship Experience: Dec 1, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center Sign up at CDC website.

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career related handouts, career related podcasts and much more. Encourage your student to set up a Job Finder account today!

To activate an account: Job Finder

Walk-in Meetings with a Counselor

If students have a quick question or want a resume critiqued, they may meet with a counselor for a short 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Jeanette Doyle
Director, WPI Career Development Center

October 2008 Commencement Program

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For the first time since 1985, WPI held a formal Fall Commencement ceremony on Oct. 23 in Higgins House. With more students taking advantage of co-ops, internships, and off-campus project work, larger numbers of graduates have completed their degrees after the traditional spring Commencement. Thus, WPI officials deemed it appropriate to offer these 104 bachelor, master's, and PhD students the opportunity to celebrate their success with family and friends in the fall, rather than waiting until the following May.

The ceremony's honorary marshal was Mathematical Sciences Professor Peter Christopher, and the event was called to order by Trustee Stephen Rubin '74. Humanities and Arts Professor David Dollenmayer gave the Commencement Address, and degrees were conferred by President Dennis Berkey and Provost John Orr. Conducted by Professor Douglas Weeks, WPI's Brass Ensemble performed the prelude and recessional.

Weekly Athletics Update

Men's Athlete of the Week

Lee Chiang - Men's Swimming and Diving - Sophomore - Lexington, MA
Lee Chiang of the men's swimming and diving team has been named the male athlete of the week for the week of November 3rd through November 9th. Chiang set personal-bests in the 50-yard (22.24) and 100-yard (48.64) freestyles in the Engineers 171-129 setback to Keene State. He also led off the wining 200 freestyle relay with a 50-yard spilt of 21.97 to help establish the third-best relay time in school history and the best-ever in a non NEWMAC championship event. Men's Swimming and Diving is now 1-2 overall and will look to get back into the winning column when they travel to Babson on Saturday for a 1pm start.

Women's Athlete of the Week

Alana Aubin - Women's Swimming and Diving - Freshman - Taunton, MA
Alana Aubin of the women's swimming and diving team has been named the female athlete of the week for the week of November 3rd through November 9th. Aubin, a freshman, set WPI school records in the 50-yard butterfly (28.74) and 100-yard freestyle (2nd place; 56.93) in a 140-134 loss to Keene State on Saturday afternoon at Clark University. In addition to her records, she was victorious in the 400-meter individual medley with her time of 5:23.1. Last week in a meet with Brandeis, Aubin swam to another school record in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.9). Aubin and company look for their first win of the season on Saturday when they venture to Babson for a meet set to begin at 1pm.

Men's and Women's Cross Country

After a week off, Men's and Women's Cross Country return to competition on Saturday, when they participate in the NCAA Regionals at Williams. The meet begins at 11am.

Field Hockey (11-8 overall, 4-4 NEWMAC)

The Engineers saw their successful season come to an end on Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Springfield College in a NEWMAC post-season tournament semifinal matchup at the Pride's Brock-Affleck field. Springfield got on the board 20 minutes into the first half and extended its lead to 2-0 with nine minutes let to play in the half. The Pride picked up where they left off, scoring just 47 seconds into the second half to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Engineers. WPI would not go down without a fight as Sarah Tracy (Oakland, ME) smoothly maneuvered her way through several Springfield defenders, faked with a backhand shot, then finished with a forehand directly into the cage with 8:37 left. The Pride outshot the Engineers 18-5, with 10 of their shots coming in the second half. Springfield also held the edge in penalty corners, 12-6. WPI goalkeeper Betsy Ray (Simsbury, CT) made several nice stops and finished with eight saves on the afternoon.

Football (6-3 overall, 3-3 Liberty League)

The Susquehanna football team scored 30 unanswered points to close out the first half en route to a 51-21 road win over WPI in Liberty League football action on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 4-5 overall while the Engineers fall to 6-3 on the season. Both squads are now 3-3 in conference play. After WPI took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a Justin Wells (Jay, ME) to Cody McGregor (Westfield, MA) 93-yard touchdown pass, the Crusaders took control of the game. Susquehanna scored the first of its 23 second quarter points on a safety and then embarked upon a 10-play, 61-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard TD plunge midway through the quarter. SU then scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 68 seconds of the half with a 7-yard touchdown pass and a picked up blocked punt which was returned 20 yards for a touchdown. WPI tried to muster a comeback in the third quarter, forcing the Crusaders to punt on their opening series before Wells scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper to slice the advantage to 30-14. Susquehanna quickly responded behind rushing touchdowns on three of its next four possessions to cruise to the victory. The Engineers closed out the scoring when Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) found R.C. Grady (Shirley, MA) on a 5-yard touchdown strike in the final minute. McGregor was the offensive star for WPI, catching seven balls for a career-high 207 yards. Grady chipped in with five catches for 55 yards, while Wells added 230 yards through the air and 78 yards on the ground. Freshman Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA) gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he ripped off a 66-yard run in the fourth quarter on his only carry of the game. Andrew Sides (Acton, MA) had a strong day on defense for WPI. The senior preseason All-American collected a game-best 12 tackles to go along with an interception and a pass breakup. Sophomore Adam Power (Tewksbury, MA) added 9 tackles. The two teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense with the visitors enjoying a 560-453 advantage. The Crusaders picked up 31 of the game's 45 first downs and held a decisive 40:45 to 19:15 edge in time of possession. WPI will close out the 2008 season on Saturday when they travel to Canton, NY for a noon contest at St Lawrence.

Men's Soccer (8-8-1 overall, 0-5-1 NEWMAC)

MIT's header in the 71st minute off a throw-in was all they needed to emerge with a 1-0 victory over WPI in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal contest on Wednesday. WPI, the seventh seed, concludes its season with an overall record of 8-8-1. WPI nearly opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game as Tommy Zajac's (Merrimack, NH) shot barely sailed over the crossbar. MIT almost got on the board in the 31st minute on a breakaway, but WPI goalie Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) came up with one of his three first-half saves. WPI's defense thwarted two key scoring opportunities for the hosts during the final 10 minutes of the frame. MIT eventually ended the scoreless tie in the 71st minute when the host-Engineers sent a deep throw from the far sideline that was quickly redirected into the top right corner of the goal. The Crimson and Gray nearly registered the equalizer just four minutes later when Dominic DeChiara (Kingston, MA) sprinted downfield, passing a defender en route, but his open look at the net was too high. MIT peppered WPI's defense, amassing 21 shots while surrendering only eight. The home squad also enjoyed a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Moan finished the night with eight saves for WPI.

Men's Swimming and Diving (1-2 overall)

Sophomores Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) and Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA) combined for five victories in a 171-129 loss to Keene State on Saturday. Ruffing picked up wins in the 100-yard backstroke (55.85), 200-yard backstroke (2:00.1) and 400-yard IM (4:29.4) while Chiang swam to first in the 50-yard (22.24) and 100-yard freestyles (48.64). Junior Steve Rose (Worcester, MA) and sophomore Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) finished second (50.45) and third (50.50) behind Chiang in the 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Rose also earned a win in the 400-yard IM with his time of 4:44.4. Green went on to cross the finish line first in the 50-yard butterfly (24.88) and also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.35). Freshman Andrew Lybarger (Atlanta, GA) swam a strong meet for the Engineers taking home first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.1) before finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly (54.33) and third in the 500-free(5:05.95). Dan White (Sidney, ME) took home third (10:31.2) in the 1000-yard freestyle for the Engineers. Men's Swimming will return to the pool on Saturday when they travel to Babson to take on the Beavers beginning at 1pm.

Women's Swimming and Diving (0-4 overall)

Freshman Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA) set WPI school records in the 50-yard butterfly (28.74) and 100-yard freestyle (2nd place; 56.93) in a 140-106 loss to Keene State on Saturday afternoon at Clark University. In addition to her school records, Aubin was victorious in the 400-meter IM (5:23.1) while teammate Amanda Blom (Wilkes Barre, PA) was second (5:28.8) in the event. Blom had a great day in the pool, placing second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.1) before teaming up with Colleen Heckley (Tyngsboro, MA) and Jetta Garrity (Lynn, MA) to sweep the 200-yard breaststroke. The Engineers grabbed the top three spots in the 50-yard butterfly with Kelsey Thomas (Webster, NY) placing first (31.21), Kaitlyn Kelley (Salt Lake City, UT) in second (32.28) and Emily Briskey (Hyde Park, NY) in third (34.90) before dominating the 50-yard freestyle with Lauren Anderson (Bedford, MA), Rachael Weinrick (Logan Township, NJ) and Therese Comeau (Goffstown, NH) finishing first (6:25.48), second (6:32.28) and third (7:05.14), respectively. Diver Morgan Guardino (Manchester, CT) ruled the boards, earning victories in both the one meter (173.40) and three meter (160.85) events. The Engineers travel to Babson on Saturday for a meet beginning at 1pm.

Men's Basketball and Wresting

Both Men's Basketball and Wresting open their 2008-2009 seasons on Saturday. Men's Basketball opens play versus host Worcester State at 4pm in the Worcester County Classic while Wrestling competes at the Roger Williams Invitational beginning at 10am.

Photo courtesy of WPI student Chris Lehrman.

 
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