January 2009

From the Dean of Students

Philip Clay

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The residence halls are opening for students returning from break today, which is the signal for the start of C-Term. As I write this, Worcester is in the grip of another snowstorm, which is the exact forecast we experienced in December when B-Term ended and students were making their way back to you. New Englanders talk about weather a lot. Ever since the blizzard of '78, impending weather is the cause of much speculation as to how bad this storm will be and how prepared you are for it -- just in case this turns out to be the next 'big one.'

As you send your son or daughter back to WPI this week, perhaps you have been spending the last few weeks weathering a few storms of your own back at home. As exciting as it is to have your child home from school, it can also be the source of some strains that may have been only hinted at during the brief Thanksgiving break. Your son may have come home with new sleeping habits and become almost completely nocturnal. Your daughter may have balked at the idea of having a curfew or having to tell you where she was going at 10:00 p.m. You may have noticed new additions to vocabulary, new tastes in music, or other changes that have been incorporated into your son's life. Or you may have struggled to integrate your daughter's new eating habits into your culinary bag of tricks.

If some of the changes in your son and daughter caused some tension at home, these storms have now passed as your child returns to WPI for C term. Regardless of what changes you may have seen in your son or daughter during this past break, perhaps you also found much that was familiar and enjoyed the time that you had together.

On behalf of the Dean of Students staff, we wish you well in the New Year and hope that the spring semester is a productive one for your daughter or son.

With warm wishes,

Philip N. Clay
Dean of Students

From Residential Services

Naomi Carton, Director

Happy New Year from the Office of Residential Services. As we prepare for the next academic year's housing lottery, we are hopeful that you will remind your son or daughter that the $100 housing deposit for the lottery is due Feb. 5. Housing selection will take place for rising juniors and seniors wishing to live in East Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and for all other upperclass housing on Thursday, Feb. 19. Please encourage your students to check with their RA (resident assistant) for future information session dates. Additional information pertaining to Residential Services is available on the target="_self">RSO website.

Commencement 2009

Gregory Snoddy, Administrative Marshall
Associate Dean of Students

WPI's 141st Commencement will be celebrated Friday-Saturday, May 15-16 2009. Specific information will be mailed to parents early in C-Term regarding the Baccalaureate Program on Friday evening at 5:30, as well as the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday morning at 11:00. Commencement 2009 information is being prepared at this time and will soon be posted on the Web. In the meantime, please find relevant information on the target="_self">2008 Commencement site.

Academic Advising Center

Dale Snyder, Director

Please remind your son or daughter that the Academic Advising Office is an excellent academic resource for students. We offer academic coaching for students who want to improve their time management and study skills. We also offer drop-in tutoring for the basic math, science, and computer science courses, as well as some of introductory engineering courses. The tutoring schedule is posted outside the Academic Resources Center study room on the first floor of Daniels Hall.

If any students are struggling academically, please encourage them to come in and see us so we can make sure they has access to the appropriate resources to be successful. Additional information on the Academic Advising Center or our academic resources and support services are located on the Office of Academic Advising website.

Career Development Center

Jeanette Doyle
Director, WPI Career Development Center

Majors at WPI

Is your son/daughter still undecided about his/her major? The Career Development Center can help! We are holding a Major Panel on the differences between Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Interactive Media & Game Development, and Management Information Systems on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 4pm in SL 115.

The Career Development Center will be holding an Internship Job Fair on Feb 4 from 1 to 5pm and a Job Fair (for full-time and summer internships) on Feb 5 from 1 to 5pm. A list of the employers registered is available on the target="_self">CDC website and will be updated on a regular basis.

NEW! Sophomore Series

Learn How to Get a Summer Internship: Jan 20, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center.
Make the Most of Your Internship Experience: Jan 26, 4-5pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center Sign up at the 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 target="_self">Job Finder account today!

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 and 3pm.

WPI Parents Fund

Judith Jaeger
Director of Advancement Publications
It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the academic year! For some parents, their son or daughter will be graduating from the university in five short months. For others, their student will be moving on to the next stage of his or her WPI education.
This has been a very busy year for WPI, with many exciting accomplishments. In August, WPI opened its newest residence hall, East Hall, as the first building in Worcester with a green roof. That same month, WPI enrolled the largest and, arguably, most accomplished freshman class in its history. In September a WPI research team received a $900,000 grant to conduct skin cell research. In November four WPI seniors were awarded a national undergraduate research award for their Thailand-based environmental project. However, it is very important to note that all of these and other wonderful accomplishments were made possible by you.

Thanks to the support of parents, alumni, and friends, WPI can provide an outstanding educational experience for all of its students. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families may give to the highest priorities of the university, supporting investments in current-use financial aid, student life, and faculty teaching and research. Your support is important to us now, and goes to work immediately, helping benefit our WPI students today. To learn more about the WPI Parents Fund, please visit our target="_self">website.

You can easily make your gift online using our secure Web page. Thank you for considering WPI as one of your philanthropic priorities.

Order a Class Ring for your WPI Student

Juniors and seniors may order their class ring at the Grad Fair from 11am to 6pm. Wednesday, April 8, at the WPI Bookstore. Or you may order a ring online any time here.

WPI Centennial Walkway – Walkway to Tradition

Join the more than 5,700 alumni, students, faculty, and staff who already have their bricks on the WPI Centennial Walkway. To ensure placement of your brick in the Walkway by Commencement in May, orders must be received by Feb. 15. Order online or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600 weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

Upcoming Basketball Pregame Events

Jan. 21: WPI vs. MIT at the Kendall Square Bertucci's, 5:30-6:30pm
Feb. 11: WPI vs. Springfield at the Racquetball Court, 6-7pm
Feb. 14: WPI vs. MIT at the Kendall Square Bertucci's, 11:30-12:30pm

Upcoming Alumni Book Signings at the WPI Bookstore

Feb. 5: Bob Korkuc, Finding a Fallen Hero, 3-4:30pm
Feb. 26: Christie O'Neill Harisson, Dear Tommy, 3-4:30pm

Weekly Athletics Update

Rusty Eggen
Assistant Athletic Director,
Sports Information Director

Last Week's Results

Wednesday, January 7

Women's Basketball 60, Coast Guard 36
Men's Basketball 59, Coast Guard 55
Wrestling at Southern Maine (Cancelled)

Saturday, January 10

Men's Basketball 76, Springfield 55
Women's Basketball 70, Wellesley 45
Wrestling 29, Trinity 9
Wrestling 27, Southern Maine 20
Wrestling 34, MIT 20
Williams 35, Wrestling 9

Men's Athlete of the Week

Larry Loomis - Wrestling - Senior - Plainfield, CT
Rich Wingert - Wrestling - Freshman - Hyde Park, MA
Larry Loomis and Rich Wingert of the wrestling team have been named the male athletes of the week for the week of January 5th through January 11th.Loomis and Wingert each won all four of their matches to lead WPI to a 3-1 record at the WPI Wrestling "Super Quad" meet Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.Wingert, wrestling at 133 pounds, registered two pins and a major decision for the Engineers while Loomis collected a win by technical fall at 174 pounds.Each wrestler also picked up a victory versus Williams, who is currently ranked first in the latest New England Wrestling Association poll.WPI Wrestling, now 6-3, will return to the mat on Wednesday, January 14th when they host Rhode Island College beginning at 7pm.

Women's Athlete of the Week

Serena Dubois - Women's Basketball - Junior - Bangor, ME
Serena Dubois of the women's basketball team has been named the female athlete of the week for the week of January 5th through January 11th.Dubois played a key role in a pair of NEWMAC wins last week.In a dominating 60-36 victory over Coast Guard, she was 6-of-10 from the field to register 13 points for the Engineers.On Saturday, Dubois was unstoppable as she notched a double-double to highlight a 70-45 win over Wellesley.She tallied a game-best 15 points and 10 rebounds while posting a game-high three assists and four steals.The double-double marked her fourth of the season and ninth of her career.Women's Basketball is now 10-4 on the season and 2-0 in NEWMAC play and will host Wheaton on Wednesday in a match-up of the last two NEWMAC regular season championships.

Tuesday, January 13

Men's Basketball at Trinity


Wednesday, January 14

Wheaton at Women's Basketball
Rhode Island College at Wrestling


Saturday, January 17

Indoor Track and Field at Wesleyan
Women's Basketball at Clark
Clark at Men's Basketball

10:00 am

Sunday, January 18

Wrestling at NEWA Duals (at Roger Williams)

10:00 am

Men's Basketball (10-3 overall, 2-0 NEWMAC)

Men's Basketball had a productive week on the court, picking up two key NEWMAC wins to improve to 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. On Wednesday, NT Izuchi (Boston, MA) totaled a team-high 12 points and Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) notched his first career double-double to lift WPI to a 59-55 victory over host Coast Guard in the NEWMAC opener for both teams. WPI which led by as many as 13 in the first half, and carried a 33-25 lead into halftime. The Engineers took the lead for good, 10-9, on a free throw by Etten with 15:28 left in the first half.  Coast Guard which has now dropped five straight regular season games to WPI, scored seven straight capped on a 3-pointer to pull to within 45-41 with 12:11 left in the game.  The Bears had three chances to tie or take the lead, but turned it over and missed a pair of shots on its next three possessions before Etten scored with 1:09 left giving the Engineers a 54-50 lead.  Coast Guard shot 38.5 percent from the floor (20-52) while making six of 19 from 3-point range. WPI shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the floor (18-55) while connecting on six of 15 from 3-point range.  Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, CT) led an impressive WPI effort off the bench with 10 points as the WPI reserves outscored their Coast Guard counterparts 24-6.  Fellow freshman Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) added six first half points for the Crimson and Gray.  The win helped the Engineers extract some revenge for the past two NEWMAC Tournament championship games, won by the Bears in Worcester.  On Saturday, Jerome Kirkland (Boston, MA) and Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) combined for 33 points off the bench to help spark host WPI to a 76-55 win over Springfield in NEWMAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.  In his first game of the season as a reserve, Kirkland paced WPI with 17 points, including 11 in the first half.  He also led all players with five assists and four steals on the day.  Robinson added 16 points, connecting on 7-of-12 shots from field, including both of his 3-point attempts.  For the game, the WPI bench outscored their Springfield counterparts by a 45-8 margin.  The Engineers trailed 5-2 in the early going before embarking upon a 12-2 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.  WPI took a 36-28 advantage into the locker room at intermission then used a 11-2 spurt midway through the second half to secure to victory.  WPI shot an impressive 57.1% in the second half and allowed Springfield to connect on just 1-of-11 3-point attempts in the game.  Izuchi tallied 10 points for the Crimson and Gray for the second straight game while Etten chipped in with nine points and Perez hauled in a game-best nine rebounds.  WPI ventures outside the NEWMAC for its next contest, traveling to Trinity on Tuesday for a 7pm match-up.

Women's Basketball (10-4 overall, 2-0 NEWMAC)

Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) tallied 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half to help propel visiting WPI to a 60-36 win over Coast Guard Wednesday evening in the NEWMAC opener for both squads.  WPI connected on its first eight shots from the field en route to opening up a 16-2 advantage to start the contest.  From that point forward, the Crimson and Gray relied on a stifling defense, limiting the hosts to 27.5% shooting from the floor on the night.  Fontaine started the night strong, scoring her team's first eight points.  The sophomore, who led all players with nine rebounds, is averaging 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds in five games over the last nine days. Serena Dubois (Bangor, ME) chipped in with 13 points for the Engineers and Caitlin Macko (Cromwell, CT) added 12.  Each squad forced 18 turnovers on the night, but WPI was able to parlay them into 18 points while limiting Coast Guard to just two points off miscues.  On Saturday, Dubois notched a double-double to highlight four WPI players in double figures as the Engineers defeated visiting Wellesley 70-45 in NEWMAC action.  With the win, WPI ups its record to 10-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.  Dubois registered 15 points and corralled 10 rebounds en route to registering her fourth double-double of the season and ninth of her career.  She also led all players with three assists and four steals. Fontaine added 14 points for the Engineers while Kaileen Selen (Worcester, MA) and Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) each tossed in 10.  Kuhn connected on all three of her 3-point attempts and converted a rare 4-point play.  Natasha Deschene (Presque Isle, ME) also turned in a strong game.  The senior point guard totaled eight points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.  After an early 2-2 tie, WPI rattled off 10 of the next 11 points to take a lead they would not relinquish.  The Engineers took a 38-24 advantage into the locker room at the break and would not see their lead cut to single digits the rest of the way.  The WPI defense played a major role as the Crimson and Gray parlayed 31 Wellesley turnovers into 37 points.  WPI hosts Wheaton on Wednesday in a match-up of the last two NEWMAC regular season championships.

Wrestling (6-3 overall)

Rich Wingert (Hyde Park, MA) and Larry Loomis (Plainfield, CT) each won all four of their matches to lead WPI to a 3-1 record at the WPI Wrestling "Super Quad" meet Saturday afternoon at WPI's Alumni Gymnasium. With the wins, the Engineers improve to 6-3 on the year.  In its first match of the day, WPI handed Trinity a 29-9 defeat behind three major decision victories from Wingert, Joe Vanni (Hamilton, MA) and Matt Wainwright (North Attleboro, MA) along with a win by pin for Scott Guzman (Acton, ME).  The most exciting match of the day for the Crimson and Gray came in round three, with the Engineers' big men carrying the load en route to a 27-20 win. Following a pin by USM at 184 pounds, the match was knotted at 20-20. Guzman contributed to another big WPI victory, winning by major decision 14-6 to give WPI a four-point lead. Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) followed Guzman and recorded a win to give the Engineers the final margin of victory over USM.  The meet's fourth round featured a battle of the Engineers, as WPI took down MIT by a 34-20 score on the shoulders of Wingert, Vanni and Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) who each pinned their opponent. The final match of the day featured the two teams who were unbeaten on the day, WPI and Williams. Despite Loomis and Wingert each recording their fourth victories on the day against the Ephs, Williams lived up to their #1 ranking in the latest New England Wrestling Association poll, defeating WPI by a 35-9 score.  Alex Labeef (Pomfret, CT) finished with a 2-2 record, including a major decision at 141 pounds while Dan Metcalf (Westerly, RI) and Nick Mercurio (York, ME) each contributed wins by forfeit at 125 and 184, respectively, for the Crimson and Gray.  WPI will be back in action this Wednesday January 14th at home against Rhode Island College.

Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving

Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving will return to the pool on Friday, January 23rd when they compete at the two-day Worcester City Championship hosted by Holy Cross.  Men's Swimming is now 2-3 on the season while the Women's swimming is currently 0-6.

Men's and Indoor Track and Field

Men's and Women's Indoor Track is back in action on Saturday, January 17th when they compete at the Wesleyan Invitational. The gun is set to sound at 10am.

Photo courtesy of WPI student Chris Lehrman.

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