December 2009

Academic Advising after Insight

First year students enjoy the luxury of having academic advisors who come to them during their first two terms at WPI as part of the Insight advising team. This team worked with the first year students during the first semester to ease the transition to college life and academics. As we begin the second semester and start planning for the sophomore year, it becomes more important to pair students up with academic advisors who are experts in the areas students choose as their majors.

All first year students have been asked to submit a major declaration form. The Academic Advising office uses that information to assign a new academic advisor to each first year student. This advisor will have a number of new advisees from all over campus; therefore, they cannot operate the same way that the Insight advisors did by going to the students in the residence halls. The students, therefore, must take a more active role in seeking out their advisors when needed. This can be an email, a phone call, or a visit to the faculty member’s office.

Those students who have not yet decided on a major will be assigned an advisor from the Academic Advising office who will not only provide academic advice but will also work with the student to help determine an appropriate major.

We do have one day set aside, February 17, which is dedicated to academic advising—no classes are held that day so that all students and faculty will have time to discuss plans for the upcoming year-in plenty of time before registration begins.

Shortly before the beginning of C-Term, an email will be sent to all first year students containing instructions on how to learn who their new advisor is. Please encourage your student to take that step, and further—make contact with their new advisor. It’s a great way to start the new calendar year!

Course Grades for Fall Semester

Grades for the first semester will be sent home to parents during the holiday break. Students can view their grades online through the web information system. Please remember that only those courses in which students earned a C or better will show up on the grade report. Academic reviews will be conducted by the registrar once grades have been posted. If a student’s academic standing is changed as a result of the review, a letter will be sent to both the student and the parents after the holidays.

If your student misses final exams because of illness, it is imperative that he or she contact the professor immediately to arrange a make-up before leaving for the holiday break.

Student Health 101 (Parents Edition)

Dear Parents,

I’d like to tell you about a new resource we have for you and your student called Student Health 101, a monthly e-newsletter sent to all students.

As described on the Student Health 101 website:

"In 2002, our team of multi-disciplined physicians got together with the goal of actively promoting better health throughout college campuses. Their collective experience had demonstrated that students often feel inhibited about proactively seeking the advice of physicians or campus healthcare providers regarding specific health concerns. As a result, a large part of the student population remains uninformed, leading to unhealthy lifestyle decisions. Major health issues that plague campuses on a daily basis:

  • Unhealthy diet and nutrition
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Unhealthy sexual practices
  • Depression, anxiety, and fatigue
  • Drug abuse and addictions
  • Cold, flu, and contagious diseases

It is in this spirit that Student Health 101 launched our flagship program, the Student Health 101 Newsletter. Our program is designed to engage both students and parents on these health issues-and more-through our publications:

  • Student Health 101 Newsletter
  • Student Health 101 Annual General Health Guide

The end result—a healthier, more informed, and more productive student population."

You may access these newsletters—both student and parent editions—here:


This is a permanent link, so you may access it monthly to see the latest edition.

This publication is one of the many ways we aim to support our students in reaching their academic and personal goals here at WPI. Please remember to encourage your students to come see us here in Academic Advising if they are struggling to succeed here.

Enjoy the holidays!

Rebekah Freeman Schulze
Assistant Director, Academic Support Services and Learning Resources

Residential Services:

The close of B-Term is fast approaching. As your sons and daughters prepare for finals, we would like to remind you of a few items.

The residence halls will close on December 18 at NOON. This closing time will be strictly enforced; please make appropriate travel arrangements for your students. Students are required to leave the residence hall on the day of their last final examination. The only residences that will remain open are Fuller/Ellsworth apartments, Salisbury Estates, and East Hall.

If students are returning to the residence halls for the spring semester; they DO NOT have to take all of their personal belongings home with them.

WPI's East Hall Recognized as a Green 'Teaching Tool' has awarded WPI's East Hall the "Judge's Choice" honor in its "Building as a Teaching Tool" category. East Hall's design-and-construction process and sustainable features were recognized as "educational opportunities" for the campus community. As a nominee in this category, East Hall was judged according to the mindfulness of construction materials, energy, and environment; its design as a learning laboratory; student and community involvement; integration with the course work; and innovation and creativeness. Read more.

Enjoy your holiday season.

Dining Services:


First 100 unique customer orders will be entered into a drawing for a Free 8GB iPod touch!

ShopOnCampus by Chartwells is now up and running! The first 100 orders will be entered into a drawing for a free iPod touch!

December 1, 2009- ShopOnCampus is an online convenience store and a part of the DineOnCampus project by Chartwells. If you go to the Shop Online portion of the Chartwells-WPI website, you can link to ShopOnCampus where you can place orders 24hrs a day and pick up your purchases pre-bagged at the Outtakes convenience store located on the first floor of Founders Hall. From time to time special offers will be posted on the website, Facebook, and Twitter, which may or may not be available offline, so check back often. 

Placing an order is very easy for both students and parents. Use the "Shop" menu option to browse the available items in the store. Simply put in a quantity and click "Add" to add items to your shopping cart. When you're done, use the "Checkout" menu option to enter your payment information. Once your order is placed, you will see a confirmation and instructions for picking up your items. You  also may see these instructions by clicking the "Pick Up Information" menu option before you place your order. Check FAQs to help you with campus-specific ordering issues. If you have any questions or comments, be sure and use the "Feedback" menu option and let us know what we can do to serve you. Payments may be made via credit card or students can use their meal plan points or bonus points.

This is a great new way for all of campus to take advantage of what is available in the convenience store and an easy way for parents to send care packages to their students.

Contact Joe Kraskouskas at with any further questions.

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Summer Foundation courses offered at 50% off regular tuition this summer for qualified students.

In an effort to help our students achieve a solid foundation on which to build their academic success, this summer we will again be offering foundation courses at 50% off regular tuition to any WPI student who has previously taken the course and received an NR. Foundation courses are: Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Calculus 4, Differential Equations, Applied Statistics 1, Physics 1, Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2. Please check target="_self">Summer at WPI website for a full list of courses eligible for this program as others may be added. If you have any questions, please contact the Summer Programs Office at +1-508-831-4178.

WPI Gordon Library

LOL - Library Open Late for finals: Monday–Wednesday, open until 2 a.m.

The Library offers free coffee, cocoa, and tea during the regular evening hours 6–10 p.m.; during finals beverages will be available until 1am (please, bring your own spill-proof mug).

The Stress Free Zone in the library (GL303) will be open Monday–Wednesday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Students are encouraged to stop by for games, jokes, and camaraderie.

WPI Parents Fund

A special part of the fundraising effort at WPI, the Parents Fund is made up of gifts from parents of both current students and alumni. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families may give to the highest priorities of the university, supporting investments in student life, faculty teaching and research, and financial aid. Last year, more than 630 parents made a gift to WPI totaling over $83,000 in support that went to work immediately, further enriching their student's WPI experience. To date, more than 360 parents have shown this additional support of a WPI education with over $40,000 in gifts.

Please remember that gifts to the WPI Parents Fund are deductible in the 2009 tax year if you make a contribution on or before December 31.

For more information about the WPI Parents Fund, or if you would like to make a gift, please visit: target="_self">Parents Fund website

Get Informed about WPI

As parents or guardians of WPI students, you are in the midst of very exciting times in your students lives. While at WPI, students will put their classroom learning to work in real-world situations and our faculty will prepare them to be leaders and innovators. We know that much of your children’s past success is due to the support and guidance you have given them, beginning in their early years and continuing today. We are honored you are now entrusting them to us for the next steps. While our students have contact with us on a daily basis, their parents and guardians have direct contact with us only sporadically. So that we may keep you connected about WPI news, regional events, and parent activities, we ask you to complete the family information form, using the link below, if you have not already done so. Thank you!

target="_self">Family Information Form

We are confident that these years will be rewarding for your entire family and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


Overtime proved fruitful for both WPI basketball teams last week. The men highlighted a three-win week by defeating Gwynedd-Mercy in a matchup that featured two teams that won NCAA Division III Tournament games in March, while the women downed Springfield for just the third time in program history. Jeffrey Robinson erupted for a career-high 32 points in the double OT win over GMC and Bennett Lessard was named MVP at the Park Lodge Tournament hosted by Regis. For the women, freshman Caitlin O'Connor calmly drained three free throws to force overtime with the Pride and Melissa Kuhn, who had a career-best 23 points, made a key defensive stop in the waning seconds of overtime to secure the victory.

Tyler Howe, ranked #2 in New England at 157 pounds, was a perfect 4-0 last week, with a pair of pins. The junior is now 13-2 on the season with five victories by pin. Other multiple winners this week include Carl Anderson at 125 and David Cardenas at 174 while Garrett Yablonski and Anthony Corbo notched wins over Springfield at 197 and 285 respectively.

Join us the week after Christmas for some basketball action. Women’s Basketball hosts Johnson & Wales on Wednesday, December 30th while Men’s Basketball entertains Fitchburg State at 2pm on Saturday, January 2nd.

The Athletics Weekly Update will be taking an Holiday Hiatus! We’ll be back with a mini update on January 4th and a full update on January 11th. In the meantime, for the latest updates visit our website or follow us on twitter!

From everything within the WPI Athletics Department, have an enjoyable and safe holiday season!

WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, December 8 Men’s Basketball 88, University of New England 70

Wednesday, December 9 Women’s Basketball 63, Springfield 62 (OT)

  Springfield 29, Wrestling 15

Friday, December 11 Men’s Basketball 89, Gwynedd-Mercy 84 (2 OT) (Regis Tournament)

  Babson 68, Women’s Basketball 58

Saturday, December 12 Men’s Basketball 64, Regis 56 (Regis Tournament)

  Johnson & Wales 41, Wrestling 6

  Oneonta State 30, Wrestling 9

  Williams 41, Wrestling 9

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Bennett Lessard - Men’s Basketball - Senior - North Belgrade, ME

Men’s basketball center Bennett Lessard is the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 13. Lessard was instrumental in helping the Engineers to a 3-0 week last week, including two wins versus teams who were in last year’s NCAA Division III Tournament. Lessard was the driving force behind the Engineers’ overtime comeback to defeat Gwynedd-Mercy in the opening round of the Park Lodge Men's Basketball Tournament hosted by Regis. Gwynedd-Mercy led 73-69 with two minutes left in the first overtime before Lessard drained a jump shot and canned two free throws in a 35-second span to help force a second overtime in which WPI would prevail. Lessard achieved a new career-best with 12 boards while adding six points, two assists, two steals and a block, helping the Engineers win the tournament and earning MVP honors along the way.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Melissa Kuhn - Women’s Basketball - Junior - Stoughton, MA

Junior women’s basketball guard Melissa Kuhn is the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 13. Kuhn led the Engineers in scoring in both games this week, scoring 42 points in the process. The junior scored a career-high 23 points and had a key defensive stop in overtime to lead WPI to a win over NEWMAC rival Springfield on Wednesday. She continued her blistering play on Friday in a closely-contested defeat at Babson. Kuhn dented the scoring column often against the Beavers, tallying 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two steals.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, December 30 

  • Women’s Basketball at Johnson & Wales 2:00

Saturday, January 2 

  • Fitchburg State at Men’s Basketball 2:00

Sunday, January 3 

  • Women’s Basketball at Middlebury 2:00

Wednesday, January 6 

  • Men’s Basketball at Wheaton 5:30
  • Women’s Basketball at Coast Guard 7:00

Saturday, January 9 

  • Wrestling at Southern Maine with Plymouth St and Trinity Noon, 
  • Trinity at Men’s Basketball 2:00
  • Women’s Basketball at Wheaton 3:00

Men’s Basketball (9-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Men’s Basketball had a busy week, going 3-0 as they earned a win over the University of New England on Tuesday before winning two games and the Park Lodge Men’s Basketball Tournament title Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday, Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) and Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) combined for 35 first half points to pace host WPI to a 88-70 victory over the University of New England in a battle of teams that participated in last season's NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The win pushed WPI to 7-1 on the season and was the 150th career victory for head coach Chris Bartley. WPI jumped out of the gates quickly, canning its first five shots from the field en route to shooting a blistering 54.1% from the floor in the first half. The Engineers used the hot shooting and a 25-11 edge in rebounding to take a 55-30 lead into the locker room at the intermission. The Crimson and Gray also took care of the basketball, committing just three turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play. Robinson equaled his career-high of 29 points on the night. The junior drained 10-of-14 field goals, including 6-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. Perez tallied 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, including nine offense boards, on his way to his second double-double of the season and third of his career. Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) had a strong all-around game for the Crimson and Gray. The forward netted seven points, hauled in 10 rebounds and shared game-high assists honors with Robinson with five. Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) came off the bench to add 10 points for the hosts. The Nor'easters, who drop to 2-6 on the season, attempted 66 shots on the night, with 44 of them from behind the 3-point line. Robinson kept up his hot shooting on Friday night, pouring in eight of his career-high 32 points in the second overtime period as WPI knocked off Gwynedd-Mercy 89-84 in double overtime in the opening round of The Park Lodge Men's Basketball Tournament hosted by Regis. The contest pitted two teams that each won games last season in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In a game that featured 13 lead changes and eight ties and saw both teams battle back from double-digit first-half deficits, Gwynedd-Mercy led 73-69 with two minutes left in the first overtime before WPI senior Bennett Lessard (North Belgrade, ME) drained a jump shot and canned two free throws in a 35-second span to help force a second overtime. In the second extra session, Robinson led the charge with a jumper, a 3-pointer and a conventional 3-point play as the Engineers never trailed in the final five minutes and connected on 6-of-7 shots from the field. Trailing by 11 points at 16-5 just over five minutes into the game, WPI got 14 first half points, including four 3-pointers from Ryan Brown (Worcester, MA) to highlight a 26-4 run to take a 31-20 lead late in the first stanza. Brown ended with a season-best 19 points while Perez posted 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds en route to registering his second straight double-double. Lessard achieved a new career-best with 12 boards while adding six points, two assists, two steals and a block. In Saturday’s tournament championship game, WPI utilized a balanced scoring attack to defeat host Regis 64-56 to win the Park Lodge Men's Basketball Tournament title. The tourney title was the second of the season for the 9-1 Engineers, who last month claimed its seventh straight Worcester County Classic. For the second consecutive day, WPI faced an early double-digit deficit as the Pride raced out to an early 12-2 lead. The Crimson and Gray quickly embarked upon a 17-5 spurt to take a 19-17 advantage and would take a 32-25 lead into the locker room at the break. WPI would eventually push the margin as high as 19 midway through the second stanza but withstood a Regis comeback by canning 16-of-19 second half free throws. Robinson paced the WPI attack with 17 points. It marks the ninth time in 10 outings this season that the junior has led the team in scoring. Sophomore Jamie Shannon (Lowell, MA) drained all three of his 3-point attempts en route to registering a career-best 15 while Perez chipped in with 14 points and eight boards. Point guard Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) had a career night on the glass, hauling in a game-best 10 boards. Lessard, WPI's lone senior was named Tournament MVP. The center was instrumental in helping WPI defeat Gwynedd-Mercy in the opening game Friday night. Robinson joined Lessard on the All-Tournament team. WPI is now off until after New Year's. The Engineers will entertain local rival Fitchburg State on Saturday, January 2nd at 2pm.

Women’s Basketball (6-3 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)

Women’s Basketball had a 1-1 week last week, moving to 3-1 in the conference and 6-3 overall. The Crimson and Gray defeated Springfield in overtime on Wednesday before falling at Babson on Friday. Versus the Pride, Baillie McNally's (Mapleville, RI) only basket of the game late in overtime lifted WPI to a thrilling 63-62 victory Wednesday evening in a battle of NEWMAC conference unbeaten teams. After McNally's bucket with 1:22 left, Springfield managed three shots, the last of which came in the waning seconds and was defended well by WPI's Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA). WPI missed a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left but the Pride was unable to get a final shot off before the buzzer sounded. Kuhn's defensive stand complimented a career night offensively for the junior. The guard poured in a career-best 23 points, including four in the overtime session. Freshman Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) came off the bench to register 14 points and 11 rebounds en route to posting her third double-double in eight outings. The Crimson and Gray forced overtime when freshman Caitlin O'Connor (New Hampton, NH) drained three free throws with 1:14 left in regulation. After O'Connor's heroics, the Pride missed three shots in the final minute but defended a WPI jumper in the lane with four seconds left. Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) added 10 points for the Engineers, who received a team-best 10 rebounds from senior Brittany McNally (Mapleville, RI). WPI took a 34-21 halftime advantage into the locker room after back-to-back 3-pointers by Logan sparked an 8-0 run to close the first half. Springfield stormed out of the locker room, scoring 24 of the first 32 points of the second stanza to seize a 45-42 advantage with 11:15 to play. Then on Friday, WPI succumbed during a pivotal 10-0 second-half run as Babson defeated WPI, 68-58, in a battle of NEWMAC unbeatens. WPI was led by Kuhn, who tallied 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two steals in defeat. Junior captain Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) added 12 points for the Engineers, while Hannmann contributed eight points. Logan added six points and seven boards, and senior captain Brittany McNally collected six rebounds and three steals. The two teams battled neck-and-neck for most of the first half, which featured eight ties and eight lead changes. Neither led by more than four until the closing minutes when Babson scored six straight points to take a 30-24 advantage into the break. Babson maintained its advantage for the first nine minutes of the second half, including seven-point leads at 34-27 and 36-29. The Engineers eventually jumped in front, 44-42, on back-to-back lay-ups and a free throw by Kuhn with 11:17 remaining, and the two squads would take turns taking the lead over the next five and a half minutes. The Beavers finally took control of the contest with a key 10-0 run during a two-minute stretch late in the period. After Fontaine hit one of two from the free throw line to bring WPI back to within seven, Babson rattled off five straight points to go up 12 at 65-53. Fontaine would drain a three-pointer and add two free throws in the final 45 seconds to keep the Engineers within striking distance, but the Beavers hit three of their final four free throws to secure the 68-58 victory. WPI is off until Wednesday, December 30th when they host Johnson & Wales.

Wrestling (0-5 Overall)

WPI had an 0-4 week last week despite some good individual showings. The Engineers dropped a dual meet to Springfield on Tuesday before ending up 0-3 in a quad match vs. Williams, Oneonta State and Johnson & Wales on Saturday. On Tuesday, Springfield won four straight bouts after falling behind early 3-0, and defeated host WPI 29-15 in a New England Wresting Association (NEWA) contest. Carl Anderson (Framingham, MA), the second-ranked wrestler in New England at 125 pounds (6th nationally in Division III) started the night off well for the Engineers with an 8-6 decision that gave the hosts the early edge. The Pride then went on a key winning streak, winning the next four matches in convincing fashion with a pin and three major decisions as Springfield raced ahead 18-3 over the Engineers. Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT), also ranked second in New England at 157 pounds, wrestled up at 165 and broke the Springfield streak with a 6-0 decision that cut the lead to 18-6. The momentum was short lived however, as the Pride responded with a pin in 1:23 at 174 pounds followed by a tech fall to push its advantage to 29-6. The Engineers were able to end the meet on a high note, as they closed out the evening with two straight victories. Garrett Yablonski (Mt. Sinai, NY) earned a hard-fought victory at 197, picking up a 2-1 decision after two overtimes. Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) followed the strong effort with one of his own with a pin in 2:28, making the final score 29-15 in favor of the Pride. The Engineers then hosted Saturday’s quad match, going 0-3. Howe’s three wins highlighted WPI's performance Saturday. The Danbury, CT native pinned his opponents from Johnson & Wales and Williams en route to running his record to 13-2 on the season. Other WPI winners on the day included David Cardenas (Framingham, MA), who tasted victory at 174 pounds against Oneonta and Williams and Anderson who posted a win at 125 pounds in the match against Oneonta State. With Saturday's results, WPI slips to 0-5 on the year. WPI is off until Saturday January 9th when they travel to Southern Maine for a quad meet with Plymouth State and Trinity.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving (Men - 1-4; Women 1-5)

WPI Swimming and Diving will return to the pool on January 22nd when they compete at the two-day Worcester City Championships at Holy Cross.

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field

WPI Indoor Track and Field is back in action on January 23rd when they compete at the Wesleyan Invitational beginning at 10am

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