February 2011

A word about the weather… and classes

As you may know, New England has been challenged by Mother Nature this winter. With that come challenges in maintaining the safety of our students and staff while ensuring that our goals of our academic curriculum are being met. Here's how WPI is addressing the problem:

We will not extend the term into the March break.  C-Term classes will end Friday, March 4, as scheduled (…and spring will come!).

WPI faculty have been creative and flexible. They are providing ways for students to learn what they may have missed due to classes being cancelled or simply because students were not able to get to campus for the class. A few examples:

  • Faculty are making course materials available to students on the web, such as video podcasts of the lecture, old-fashioned lecture notes, or via “lecture capture” (a video of the lecture notes with voice-over).
  • Faculty are scheduling evening and Saturday sessions for purposes of general review, extra test sessions, or replacement lectures.
  • The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has created a special “make-up week” in which students will be able to do labs they missed. 
  • The Academic Resources Center is adding Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings to their tutoring schedule. 
  • The Office of Academic Advising is adding evening and Saturday support for testing.  

We understand that scheduling sessions outside the regularly scheduled times may create conflicts for students. Students should communicate with their professors if there is a concern.  Please encourage your son or daughter to do so. 

We strongly believe at WPI that missed work can be made up and that we can be flexible. The guiding principle is that safety is always the top priority for both faculty and students. Please contact the Office of Academic Advising if you have questions or concerns.

Spring Commencement is just around the corner 

Each spring, some 700 men and women bedecked in black robes and mortarboards march across Earle Bridge to the Quadrangle, where they receive their hard-earned degrees from WPI's president. It's a time for looking forward to lives and careers that wait just beyond the horizon, and to cherish the memories of accomplishments, friendships, and events that have come before. Commencement Weekend is Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. For specific information on the 2011 Commencement Weekend, please visit the Commencement site.

WPI Parents Fund 

As you read this newsletter, about 50 days of classes remain in the academic year. Have you considered investing in the university before the end of this period?

Thanks to the support of parents, alumni, and friends, WPI can provide an outstanding educational experience for all students. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families can give to the highest priorities of the university; current-use financial aid, student life, and faculty teaching and research. Your support is important to us now, and it goes to work immediately helping to benefit our WPI students today.  Please consider making a gift, of any size, to the WPI Parents Fund. To learn more or to make a gift, please visit the >Parent's Fund site.

Thank you!

Career Development Center

Summer Internship & Job Fair

On February 17 from 1 to 5pm in Harrington Auditorium more than 100 employers will be available to talk with students about summer internships and full-time opportunities. See a list of employers attending. Please encourage your students to attend this career fair, and remind them to bring a copy of their updated resume (and to dress professionally). (Snow Date: Feb. 18)

Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair

March 24, 2011 – save the date!

Other CDC events

2/16, Internship Interviewing Employer Panel, 6pm, SL115

2/17, Summer Internship & Job Fair, 1-5pm, Harrington (snow date: Feb. 18)

2/22, Letter Writing, 4pm, SL406

2/24, How to Find a Summer Internship, 6pm, HL218

Athletics Update 

Men’s Basketball, riding an 11-game winning streak, is ranked 13th nationally and fifth in the initial NCAA New England Regional poll.

*Matt Carr and Jeffrey Robinson of the Men’s Basketball team and Lauren Hannmann of the Women’s Basketball team have been named Capital One Academic All-District I.  Carr and Hannmann as first teamers move to the national ballot for All-America consideration

*WPI has two wrestlers ranked regionally for the first time this season. Senior Tyler Howe kept his string of New England rankings alive by being tabbed fifth at 157 pounds, and freshman Mike Perruccio cracked the rankings for the first time at 133 pounds in the eighth position. The Engineers also made news as a team, receiving votes in the New England Top 10.

*Men's and Women’s Swimming and Diving combined to go 3-1 last week in dual meets versus Clark and Bridgewater State. Both teams are off until the NEWMAC Championships—Women at Mount Holyoke, Feb. 18-20; Men at MIT, Feb 25-27.

*Men’s Track and Field repeats as Tartan (Smith) Invitational champions. The Crimson and Gray have now won four of the last five titles. Women’s Track and Field is an impressive second, behind Amherst

Join us Wednesday evening in Harrington Auditorium for a basketball doubleheader. Men entertain Coast Guard at 5:30pm and the Women host Mount Holyoke at 7:30pm

See you at the games - Rusty 

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WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Last Week’s Results
Wednesday, February 2 Wrestling at Coast Guard (postponed to 2/12)
Thursday, February 3 Springfield 67, Women’s Basketball 51
Men’s Swimming and Diving 127, Clark 107
Clark 138, Swimming and Diving 105
Friday, February 4 Track and Field at Tufts Pentathlon - No Team Scoring
Saturday, February 5 Men’s Basketball 78, Wheaton 46
Babson 69, Women’s Basketball 37
Wrestling 37, Bridgewater State 11
Men’s Swimming and Diving 153, Bridgewater State 109
Women’s Swimming and Diving 152, Bridgewater State 116
Men’s Track and Field - 1st Place at Smith (Tartan) Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - 2nd Place at Smith (Tartan) Invitational


Next Week’s Games
Wednesday, February 9 Coast Guard at Men’s Basketball 5:30
Wrestling at Roger Williams 7:00
Mount Holyoke at Women’s Basketball 7:30
Friday, February 11 Women’s Indoor Track and Field at BU 3:00
Saturday, February 12 Men’s Indoor Track and Field at BU 11:00am
Wrestling at Coast Guard 1:00
Wellesley at Women’s Basketball 2:00
Men’s Basketball at Babson 3:00



Men's Basketball's Carr and Robinson Named Capital One Academic All-District I
Junior Matt Carr and senior Jeffrey Robinson were named to the Capital One Academic All-District I Men’s Basketball team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). Carr advances to the national Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

February 3, 2011
Hannmann Selected to Capital One Academic All-District I Women's Basketball First-Team
Worcester, MA --- Women’s basketball’s Lauren Hannmann has been selected as a Capital One Academic All-District I first-team honoree by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The voters represent NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada.

Worcester Telegram feature: Packers’ Philbin Has Deep Worcester Roots
How does one get from Worcester to Green Bay to Dallas? Try determination, talent, good friends and good fortune, because it’s a long and winding road. For Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the journey to the Super Bowl XLV includes a two-year stint as offensive line coach at WPI. Right: Joe Philbin (Associated Press Photo)

January 23, 2011 
Wrestling Registers Historic Victory at NEWA Dual Meet Championship
Bridgewater, MA --- The WPI wrestling team rallied for five wins in the last six bouts to defeat Western New England 29-16 Sunday afternoon at the NEWA Dual Meet Championships and in the process earned the program’s 500th all-time victory. The win was the first collegiate coaching triumph for head coach Steve Hall and helped the Engineers finish 13th at the event hosted by Bridgewater State.

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Kyle Nadeau - Men’s Basketball - Senior - Guard - Webster, MA

Kyle Nadeau scored the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 6th. Nadeau drained five of ten Crimson and Gray 3-pointers to open a 30-12 lead against Wheaton on Saturday. The senior led all scoring with 16 points (all in the first half), while doling out a pair of assists and swiping one steal on the day.  Nadeau and his teammates are riding an 11-game winning streak, are ranked 13th in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 and fifth in the initial NCAA Division III New England regional rankings.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Adrianna Davis - Women’s Indoor Track and Field - Sophomore - Chelmsford, MA

Adrianna Davis has been named the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 6th.  On Friday, the sophomore scored 2,739 points to place second at the Tufts Pentathlon and in the process qualified for the New England Division III Championships and set a new school record. Davis ran a 9.43 in the 60-meter hurdles besting her opponents and came back to win the 55-meter hurdles the next day with an 8.84 to win at the Tartan Invitational hosted by Smith.

Men’s Basketball (18-3 overall, 8-0 NEWMAC)

Men’s Basketball may have only played Saturday, but there was buzz all week.  Late Sunday night head coach Chris Bartley was a guest on Hoopsville’s webcast about Division III basketball. Monday night the team was elevated to the 13th spot in the D3hoops.com top 25 poll. Matt Carr (Somerswoth, NH) and Jeff Robinson (Granby, CT) were named to Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-District teams on Thursday.  Robinson was named to the second team, while Carr was named to the first team and is now under consideration for All-America honors.  On Saturday the team opened up their contest with Wheaton by scoring 10 3-pointers in a row en route to a 78-46 win, the 11th straight victory. Senior Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) drained five of the 10 3-pointers as the Engineers began the game with a 30-12 lead.  For WPI, which knocked down a season-high 13 treys while shooting 52 percent beyond the three-point stripe and 50.9 percent overall, Nadeau led with a game-high 16 points, all taking place in the first half.  Robinson chipped in with 10 points, while Carr added eight with six boards and three steals. Tied at 12 six minutes into action, the visitors drained six consecutive threes over 2:57 for a 30-12 cushion at 10:54.  Nadeau had three triples in that stretch.  The hosts cut their deficit to 16 before eight straight WPI points made it a 40-16 game by 7:01.  Only seven points were scored the rest of the frame, with the Engineers holding a 43-20 halftime edge. WPI continued its onslaught in the second half with eight straight points in the opening 1:32 for a 51-20 advantage and didn't look back.  Wheaton shot just 31.1 percent for the game and 23.5 percent from three-point territory while committing 21 turnovers. WPI hosts Coast Guard at 5:30pm on Wednesday night as part of a men's and women's doubleheader. The team ventures to Babson on Saturday for a 3pm tilt.

Women’s Basketball (14-6 overall, 10-4 NEWMAC)

Women’s Basketball dropped a pair of NEWMAC games this past week, but received great news in the middle of the week as Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) was named to the Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team. The junior is now on the national ballot for All-America status.  On Thursday night, Springfield handed the Engineers 67-51 setback. The visitors held the Engineers without a field goal for a 8:42 span midway through the first half that saw them break a 8-8 deadlock to surge ahead 21-8 with just over eight minutes left in the opening stanza.  The Pride parlayed 16 WPI first half turnovers into 15 points. The hosts tried to mount a comeback late in the half but Springfield got five points in the final 31 seconds before halftime, including a conventional 3-point play with 0.6 seconds remaining to take a 37-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.  The second half saw WPI get to within eight points on two occasions but Springfield  combined to can 9-of-10 second half free throws to keep the Crimson and Gray at bay. Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) paced the WPI attack with 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.  It marked the sixth double-double of the season for the senior and the 16th of her standout career.  Hannmann netted nine of her 13 points after intermission while Cynthia Chelius (Northfield, NJ) notched eight points and six rebounds and Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) contributed seven rebounds, a team-best four assists and a pair of steals. WPI enjoyed a 41-33 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive rebounds but could only muster 12 second chance points.  On Saturday the Crimson and Gray headed to Babson where they suffered a 69-37 defeat to the fifth ranked Beavers.  WPI was led by sophomore Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) who tallied 13 points and a team high seven rebounds. Hannmann totaled 11 points while shooting 3-5 from three point range. First-year Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) chipped in with eight points to go along with six rebounds. Both teams came out strong having tied the score twice in the first four minutes.  The Beavers took a four point lead, 9-5 after Babson sank a jumper and capitalized on a turnover. WPI gained the momentum back when they went on a 9-0 run receiving three layups from Mamayek and a three-point basket from Hannmann to give the Engineers the 14-9 lead with 11:51 remaining in the half. The Beavers then went on a run of their own outscoring WPI 23-5 over the final nine and a half minutes of the period. The Beavers entered the break with the 37-24 lead. In the second half, Babson held WPI to a 16.7 shooting percentage while only allowing the Engineers to score 13 total points on their way to the 69-37 victory. The Engineers will enjoy their final homestand of the regular season this week hosting Mount Holyoke at 7:30pm and Wellesley on Saturday at 2pm.

Wrestling (1-11 overall)

WPI had two wrestlers ranked regionally for the first time this season.  Senior Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT), kept his string of New England rankings alive by being tabbed fifth at 157 pounds while freshman Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) cracked the rankings for the first time at 133 pounds in the eighth position.  The Engineers also made news as a team, receiving votes in the New England Top 10.  After the winter storm postponed Wednesday’s contest at Coast Guard, the Crimson and Gray lost a tough match on Saturday to Bridgewater State 37-11. Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) staked the Engineers to the early 6-0 advantage with a win by fall (1:51) at 125.  It was the fourth pin of the season for the freshman, who improved to 13-10.  Howe reclaimed the lead for the visitors with a 19-3 technical fall win at 157 but Bridgewater State ended the match with five straight wins.  The captain upped his season record to 17-5 and now has 77 career victories.  WPI heads to Roger Williams University next Wednesday night for a 7pm match with the Hawks before venturing to Coast Guard on Saturday for the rescheduled match.

Men’s Swimming and Diving (6-2 Overall)

The relay team of Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA), Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH), Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) and Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) started and ended the day with wins to lead WPI Men's Swimming and Diving past Bridgewater State 153-109 on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers complete dual meet competition with a 6-2 record. The foursome took the 400-yard medley relay in 3:54.34, just under ten seconds ahead of the second place squad to begin the meet.  In the final event, the quartet had the best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.89). Ruffing went on to pace the 50-yard freestyle (23.96) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.90), while Chiang touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.73). Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:58.74 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.45.  The junior also had the best time in the 400-yard IM (4:27.45). In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) led all swimmers with a 10:39.83 as Victor Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished first with a 1:59.10 in the 200-yard freestyle. Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) saw victory in the 100-yard breaststroke as he posted a 1:07.59, as Zach Gendreau (Galesville, WI) raced to a 54.69 to win the 100-yard freestyle. The 500-yard freestyle went to Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) who bested second place by just over 20 seconds with a 5:29.25. Junior Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA) added a win for the Engineers in the 50-yard butterfly (27.56). Diver Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) swept the one-meter and three-meter dives, for the second time this week, with scores of 219.65 and 242.10. The Men's Swimming and Diving team is off until the weekend of February 25-27 when they head to MIT for the three-day NEWMAC Championships.

Women’s Swimming and Diving (5-4 Overall)

Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA) won three individual events and helped a relay team to victory as the WPI Women's Swimming and Diving team downed Bridgewater State 152-116 on Saturday. The team ends the dual meet season 5-4. Aubin started the day off teaming with Lauren Anderson (Bedford, MA), Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and Kelsey Thomas (Webster, NY) to win the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 4:33.63. The junior raced to a 2:07.22 win in the 200-yard freestyle, while posting the best times in the 50-yard butterfly (29.13) and 400-yard IM (5:15.22). Anderson finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:07.49. Sweeping the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events was Kelin Song (Providence, RI) who registered times of 27.29 and 59.25, while Emily Colpas (Holden, MA) won the 100-yard (1:21.85) and the 200-yard breaststrokes (2:54.93). Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) claimed first in the 1,000 meter freestyle (11:49.89) and was runner up in the 200-yard backstroke (2:24.11). In the 200-yard butterfly Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) finished first with a time of 2:23.84 which was just shy of 12 seconds ahead of the next swimmer. Rookie Sarah Meehan (Brewer, ME) placed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:58.24. Marissa Goerke (San Diego, CA) amassed 213.60 points to take the one-meter dive, while teammate Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) scored 205.60 for the highest marks in the three-meter. Rounding out the day with a victory was the team of Samantha Sargalski (Windsor, CT), Song, Kent, and Meehan who had the fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Up next for Women's Swimming and Diving are the NEWMAC Championships the weekend of February 18-20 hosted by Mount Holyoke.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

The Men's Indoor Track and Field team won the Tartan Invitational for the third year in a row on Saturday. WPI scored 255.50 as they defeated Amherst (205), American International (87), Lasell (31), St. Joseph's (26), CCRI (16) and Assumption (14.50). Junior Matt Whitman (Holden, MA) raced to a 6.71 to win the 55-meter dash and in the process add his name to the list of New England Division III Championship qualifiers. In the 200-meter dash Ditton Kawalya (Kanbala, Uganda), Timothy Forrest (Madison, CT), and Whitman grabbed fourth through sixth place with times of 24.08, 24.27 and 24.38, respectively. Ryan Shooshan (Paxton, MA) ran to a sixth place spot as he posted a 52.25 in the 400-meter dash. The 600-meter run was won by Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) in a time of 1:26.23, while Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) placed third in the 800-meter run (2:03.01) and Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) took third in the 1,000-meter run (2:38.12). In the mile run Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA) led the way for the Engineers with a fifth place showing in a time of 4:34.74. Scott Burger (South Huntington, NY) registered a 9:28.53 sixth-place showing in the 3,000-meter run. Senior Daniel Richie (Pepperell, MA) paced all WPI runners with a seventh place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:30.48. In the 55-meter hurdles, freshman Forrest, and senior Kyle Diaz (Sturbridge, MA) came in first (8.27) and second (8.28) as each improved on their New England Division III qualifying mark. The team of Kocienski, Ryan Shooshan (Paxton, MA), Whitman and Kawalya won the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:34.63 as the 4x400 relay foursome of Kocienski, Shooshan, Josh Matte (Litchfield, NH) and Stephen Madamba (West Springfield, MA) finished second (3:35.26). The 4,000-meter distance medley quartet of Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY), Brad Bailey (Sandwich, MA), Billy Hawkins (Dartmouth, MA) and Burger defeated their only opponents from Lasell with a time of 11:45.73. In the high jump Nick Everett (Natick, MA) posted a third-place 1.81m, while Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) finished third in the pole vault as he cleared 3.05 meters. Leading the way for WPI in the long jump and triple jump was Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana). The freshman placed second in the triple jump (12.44) and third in the long jump (6.09). Jeff Baker (Wallingford, CT) improved on his qualifying efforts in the shot put and weight throw events.  His 13.55 won the shot put, while the 15.81 in the weight throw was second place. On Friday, Mike Thyden (Sutton, MA) and Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) finished sixth and seventh respectively at the Tufts Pentathlon.  Thyden notched a total of 2,894 points, including 711 in the 1000 meters (2:55.33) and 664 in the 60 meter hurdles (9.38).  DeChristofaro posted 2,815 total points, including 764 in the 60 meter hurdles (8.92), where he posted the second best time in the eight-person field.    Men's Indoor Track and Field heads to the MIT and BU Invitationals on Saturday.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Sophomore Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) placed second in the Tufts Pentathlon on Friday evening.  The sophomore tallied 2,739 points, a high enough total to qualify for the Division III New England Championships later this month.  Davis' best performance in the five-event pentathlon came in the 60 meter hurdles.  Her time of 9.43 seconds was the best of the eight competitors and earned her 822 points. She also enjoyed success in the high jump (5-0.25) and the 800 meters (2:43.85). WPI Women's Indoor Track and Field combined their efforts for a second place finish at the Tartan Invitational hosted by Smith on Saturday. Amherst won the event with 214 points. Davis won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.84, an improvement on her ECAC and New England Division III qualifying time. The 55-meter dash saw Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) cross the finish line first (7.65). The sophomore also took the 200-meter dash in 26.69. Caroline Allen (Norton, MA) was victorious in the 400-meter dash (1:03.74) and Kristine Zeeb (Nashua, NH) won the 600-meter run (1:46.32). In the 800-meter run Caitlin Rush (Nashua, NH) posted a ninth place finish (2:41.32), while Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) raced to a 3:18.38 for sixth spot in the 1,000-meter run. Vicky Hewey (Sanford, ME) ran a third-place 5:11.97 mile. Finishing fifth in the 3,000-meter run was Amy Babeu (Groveland, MA) as she completed the event in 11:38.71. The quartet of Allen, Joan Keyes (Plymouth, MA), Olivia Shepherd (Kingston, MA), Jacqui Foti (Hopkinton, NH) placed third in the 4x200-meter relay (1:56.46) as the 4x400-meter relay team of Allen, Amira Yusif (Leominster, MA), Zeeb, Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) won with a 4:13.17. Hewey, Rauen, Rush, Emily Dudley (Woburn, MA) ran the 4x800-meter relay in a third-place time of 10:33.83. The 4,000-meter distance medley team of Babeu, Kayla Schutte (Oakland, ME), Lauren Waring (Wilmington, MA), and Catherine Duffty (Haverhill, MA) combined for a 14:38.20 to finish second. Emily Hartzell (Brunswick, ME) cleared 2.77 meters for second place in the high jump, while Jill Perreira (Lancaster, MA) was ninth in the high jump (1.37). Sarah Cook (New Paltz, NY) was fifth in the triple jump (10.04) and sixth in the long jump (4.76). Krista Baker (Medway, MA) continued her domination in the shot put and weight throws with 12.31 and 15.51 meters, respectively. Women's Indoor Track and Field ventures to the BU Invitational on Friday afternoon and MIT on Saturday.

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