January 2010

Housing Selection for 2010 – 2011

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed having your student home for the winter break! Now that they have returned to campus for C-Term, they’re likely thinking about where they’ll be living for the next academic year. They’ll be making very important decisions and, at times, parents can feel out of the loop. This note provides you with basic information about the room selection process for on-campus housing and the critical deadlines associated with the process.

We recognize that the housing process can cause some anxiety for students, since it is difficult to predict whether they will get their first choice of on-campus housing through the lottery-based selection process. When students receive their lottery numbers, some panic because they believe that the number is too high to get a space on campus. As a result, some of these students don’t show up for the room selection nights. Instead, they rush to look for off-campus housing when they would actually prefer to continue living on campus. The best advice we can give students is to not panic over a high lottery number and to attend the room selection nights.


There are a variety of housing options available for returning students. Founders Hall contains suites for four or six students in combinations of single and double rooms. Each suite also contains a living room and bathroom, which are shared by the residents of that suite. On-campus apartments for two, three, five, and seven students are available in the Ellsworth/Fuller apartment complex. East Hall accommodates juniors and seniors in fully furnished single- and double room suites. In addition to the bedrooms, these apartments contain a bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Salisbury Estates, a new option this year, offers a small number of fully furnished three-bedroom apartments located near Institute Park; a quick walk or trip by shuttle to campus will allow students the flexibility of living on campus, but in a more independent living situation. Students who live in the Ellsworth, Fuller, East and Salisbury Estates apartments are not required to be on a meal plan, and have the opportunity to prepare their own meals. The apartments offer the independence of off-campus apartment living, while providing the convenience and safety of living on campus. There are also rooms and special housing options in the other residence halls available for returning students.

Providing our students with on-campus housing is a priority for us, and over the past year, we have made changes to our buildings to continue to support the growing numbers of students desiring on-campus housing. Over the past several years, our students have shared their continued desire to live on-campus; we have therefore been able to create additional housing options specifically for upper-class students. In addition to current options for our upper-class students, for the next academic year, we will include Salisbury Estates and Institute Hall into the housing lottery.

WPI Leadership Explored: Taking Part in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership

By: Christine Girouard, Assistant Director of Student Activities

Many students come to WPI with leadership skills and continue to develop these skills throughout their tenure at the university. It is not uncommon for students to speak of their leadership experiences and opportunities—both inside and outside the classroom—to peers, to people in the community, or during job interviews. It is with this knowledge that the Campus Center and Student Activities Department, which is responsible for Leadership Development Programs at WPI, looks forward to sponsoring the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) survey on campus. This national survey will allow program coordinators to examine exactly what students believe they are gaining from their time at WPI, insofar as their personal leadership skills and experiences. Whether a student is in a work group, is part of an athletic team, or is the president of an organization, they exude leadership and unlimited possibility. The outcomes of this survey are sure to affirm the positive leadership skills and attributes of our student community, and provide data to prove that WPI students are leaders and future global leaders in our community. As well, the survey will help us identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Beginning January 25, all full-time undergraduate students will be invited by email to participate in this online survey, which should only take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Students will have the option to not participate the survey, as well as to leave the online form and return to it when convenient.

The MSL is an annual, national survey of leadership development for college students and is partnered with the National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs (NCLP)). WPI will join 37 other institutions across the country, including The Ohio State University, Bradley University, and the University of Connecticut, and will be able to compare its results with the other participating institutions.

In speaking with your student, please encourage them to take part in this assessment. The results of this survey will be available this summer; we will provide an update in The Fountain next fall. For more information about the Leadership Program at WPI or the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, please email wpileadership@wpi.edu or contact the Student Activities Office at 508-831-5658.

WPI Library

Gordon Library is offering two training sessions for students that may also be of interest to parents.

The Research Edge: Students are encouraged to sign up for workshops at WPI to gain skills that will help with research papers and projects. Registration for C-Term workshops is open at www.wpi.edu/+library.

One example of these workshops is entitled:

Elements of Research: Using the WPI Library
Tues. January 19, 2010, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about the Gordon Library facilities, staff, databases and services. Know how to use the journal list? QuickFIND? Our FullTextFinder? How to reserve a Tech Suite? Then stop by to learn about our print and digital collections, computer labs, tech suites, and resources you will need.

Career Development Center


Is your son/daughter still undecided about his/her major? The Career Development Center will lead the three-part Major Exploration Series, to help first year students assess their own interests and identify the myriad options that WPI has to offer.

Seminar 1: Think About Your Major will cover assessing interests, values, and skills.

Seminar 2: The Difference Between a Major and a Career will discuss how to research careers and the difference between majors, minors, and careers—along with facilitating industry exposure.

Seminar 3: Why Experiences Are Valuable will review internship and co-op experiences and discuss how to obtain an internship; this seminar will also include helpful information about resumes and other services.

The Major Exploration Series will be offered on January 27, February 3, and February 10 from 4-5 p.m. in SL115. Register at www.wpi.edu/Regi/CDC.


Save the date for our Summer Internship and Job Fair on Thursday, February 18 from 1-5 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. Want to see which employers are coming to WPI? We will continually update the list of registered employers.  http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CDC/


Jan 21--Resume Writing, 6 p.m., SL115
Jan 25--Resume Writing, 5 p.m., HL116.
Jan 27--Letter Writing, 5 p.m., SL407
Jan 27--Federal Government Internships, 4 p.m., CDC
Jan 28--Summer Internship Webinar, 1p.m., CDC
Jan 28--STAR Mentor Program Orientation, 6 p.m., SL115
Feb 2--How to Find An Internship, 4 p.m., HL218
Feb 4--How to Find A Federal Job, 5 p.m., HL116
Feb 10--How to Work a Career Fair with Phillips Medical, 6 p.m., SL115
Feb 11--Federal Government Internships, 4 p.m., CDC
Feb 15--Job Offer Negotiations, 6 p.m., AK232
Feb 17--Internship Corporate Interview Panel, 5 p.m., AK218

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 3 p.m.

WPI Parents Fund

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the academic year! For some of you, your son or daughter will be graduating from the university in just four months. For parents of first year students, surely you’ve seen how your son or daughter is much better versed in WPI-speak than they were at the start of the school year!

This year has been full of exciting accomplishments for WPI. In August, we opened our newest world-class instructional and laboratory facility, the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center, following an $11.5 million renovation. In that same month, WPI enrolled the largest, and arguably, most accomplished freshmen class in the history of the university. In September, WPI researchers received $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to fund ongoing research in several areas of the life sciences. In October, a team of WPI students, faculty, staff, and alumni, led by a WPI undergraduate student, placed first in NASA's 2009 Regolith (moondust) Excavation Challenge. Then, in November, WPI’s part-time MBA program was named No. 1 in the nation by BusinessWeek. It’s very important to note that all of these 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 can 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 to benefit WPI students today. To learn more about the WPI Parents Fund, or to make a gift, please visit our website.  www.wpi.edu/+parentsfund

Class Ring for Juniors and Seniors

Time is running out to order your class ring! The official ring is on display at the bookstore. Orders can be placed at www.balfour.com or 1-866-BALFOUR.

WPI’s traditional Ring Ceremony will be held Friday, March 19, on campus.

For additional information, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600 or visit


Centennial Walkway Commemorative Brick

In 1991, a tradition was established when the Centennial Walkway on the Quad was dedicated. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff can become part of WPI’s history by having an engraved brick placed in the walkway. Your name will inspire future generations to support WPI. To assure placement in the Walkway in time for Commencement, brick orders must be received by Feb. 15. For additional information, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600 or visit http://wpi.imodules.com/s/648/index.aspx?sid=648&gid=1&pgid=660

Federal Workstudy Requirements

Parents – this is a reminder that every student who has federal work-study is required to complete 15 hours of paid community service. Through extensive partnerships with over 88 agencies in the Worcester area, there are many opportunities to fulfill this requirement! To learn more, students can visit the Community Service Center on the third floor of the Campus Center or visit our website at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/SAO/Service/index.html

WPI Athletics:

Happy New Year to everyone!

Men’s basketball has won two of three games in 2010, the latest a 90-75 victory over Trinity. Jeffrey Robinson collected 26 of his game-best 30 points in the first half and Fernando Perez added 20 as the Engineers improved to 11-2 on the season.

Women’s Basketball split a pair of NEWMAC road contests last week, winning 50-39 at Coast Guard before falling victim to a 40-foot buzzer-beating bank shot in a 64-63 overtime loss at Wheaton. Elle Fontaine had double-doubles in both contests while Lauren Hannmann poured in a career-high 27 points in the Wheaton contest.

Tyler Howe and Carl Anderson both won a pair of matches to highlight Wrestling's performance Saturday at a quad meet hosted by Southern Maine. Other WPI winners included heavyweight Anthony Corbo against USM and Alex Pittera and David Cardenas at 141 and 174 respectively against Plymouth State.

Stay up-to-date with all of WPI Athletics by following us on Twitter. link: http://twitter.com/WPIAthletics

Recent Athletic Results

Wednesday, December 30
Women’s Basketball 55, Johnson & Wales 46

Saturday, January 2
Men’s Basketball 85, Fitchburg State 47

Sunday, January 3
Middlebury 66, Women’s Basketball 42

Wednesday, January 6
Wheaton 91, Men’s Basketball 79
Women’s Basketball 50, Coast Guard 39

Saturday, January 9
Men’s Basketball 90, Trinity 75
Wheaton 64, Women’s Basketball 63 (Overtime)
Southern Maine 42, Wrestling 9
Trinity 46, Wrestling 11
Plymouth State 35, Wrestling 15 

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Kyle Nadeau - Men’s Basketball - Junior - Webster, MA
Men’s Basketball junior point guard Kyle Nadeau is the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 10. Nadeau was instrumental in leading the Engineers to two wins in three tries over regional opponents during winter break. Nadeau dropped in a 11 points in only 14 minutes, including three 3-pointers, to pace the WPI attack in a 85-47 victory over Fitchburg State on January 2nd. The Webster, MA native then responded with an outstanding effort in a road loss to Wheaton. Nadeau shot 7-of-9, including a blistering 6-of-6 from three-point range, en route to tallying a career-high 20 points before the Engineers were upended late. The junior then closed out WPI’s run after the new year with six points in a 90-75 home win over Trinity on Saturday.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Elle Fontaine - Women’s Basketball - Junior - Franklin, MA
Women’s Basketball junior forward Elle Fontaine is the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 10. Fontaine was active both scoring the basketball and on the boards, helping WPI to two wins in four games over winter break. In the team’s final game in 2009, Fontaine sparked a key 15-5 run in the second half to lift the Engineers to a 55-46 win over Johnson & Wales. The junior tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Fontaine then led all scorers four days later in a road loss at Middlebury. The Franklin, MA native scored 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting while adding three steals. Fontaine continued to play well in a road victory at NEWMAC-rival Coast Guard on Wednesday, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The Engineers were 10 for 10 from the foul line in the final 56 seconds, six of those by Fontaine to secure the win. WPI closed out the break with a last-second defeat at Wheaton on Saturday, in which Fontaine notched her fourth double-double and third in her last four games, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball

(11-2 overall, 0-1 NEWMAC)
Men’s Basketball has been busy since of the new year, playing three games and posting a 2-1 mark to move to 11-2 on the year. On January 2nd, all 16 players that dressed dented the scoring and rebounding columns and 13 different players dished out at least one assist to help WPI defeat visiting Fitchburg State 85-47 in a non-conference men's basketball contest. WPI led wire-to-wire, improving to 6-0 this season at home. The game marked the sixth time in 11 contests that the Engineers did not trail and the Crimson and Gray have only been behind at home for a total 22 seconds out of 240 minutes played this season at Harrington Auditorium. The hosts used 9-0 and 10-0 spurts in the opening half of the first stanza to open up a 44-23 halftime advantage. The Engineers converted 11 Fitchburg State first half turnovers into 20 points and controlled the boards in the initial 20 minutes by a 23-13 margin. Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) and Ryan Brown (Worcester, MA) shared game-high scoring honors for the Engineers with 13 points while point guard Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) tossed in a season-best 11. Lone senior Bennett Lessard (Belgrade, ME) paced a balanced effort on the boards, hauling in team-high six rebounds. On the day, WPI enjoyed a 20-6 edge in second chance points while out rebounding the Falcons 48-29. Jamie Shannon (Lowell, MA) totaled four assists for the hosts. Four days later, WPI was upended by Wheaton on the road, 91-79, due in large part to the Lyons’ 70.8 percent shooting in the second half. Early on, Wheaton trailed 7-4 before they went on a 9-1 run. WPI rallied back to force a 16-all tie, but seven straight Wheaton points made it 23-16. However, four different Engineers tallied points during an 8-0 run, as WPI nabbed a 24-23 edge on Shannon's transition lay-up at 5:25. The visitors hung on to a 32-28 advantage with a little more than 3:30 left before halftime, but Wheaton finished the period on a 9-3 run. The Lyons forced 13 turnovers in the first half while committing just seven. Despite WPI going 5-of-8 from three-point range, the Engineers suffered at the line, making only 8 of 15 free throws in the opening half. En route to shooting 17-of-24 in the second half, Wheaton went 6-of-8 from three-point range and 14-of-15 on free-throw tries. For the game, the Lyons shot 89.5 percent from the charity stripe, 58.2 percent from the floor and 58.8 percent from deep. For WPI, Nadeau shot 7-of-9, including 6-of-6 from deep, while tallying a career-high 20 points. Classmate Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) had 16 points, and Etten turned in 14. Shannon added 10 off the bench. The Engineers went 10-of-21 from three but just 11-of-21 at the charity stripe. Wheaton extended its 37-35 halftime advantage to 47-42 early in the second stanza. WPI regrouped with an 11-2 run, charging ahead at 53-49 with 14:30 left on Robinson's three. However, Wheaton hit a pair of threes during a span of less than two minutes, with the second knotting the contest at 55. Shortly thereafter, three straight Wheaton hoops put the Lyons on top 63-59 at 9:20. A Robinson lay-up at 7:04 tied the game at 65, but Wheaton scored on another breakout pass to put the hosts on top for good at 6:58, sparking an 11-2 run. WPI drew within 71-67 at 4:39 on an Etten bucket but came no closer, as Wheaton eventually led by as many as 17 with 1:19 remaining. Robinson sparked the Engineers to bounce back on Saturday, using a 19-1 run early in the second half to break open a tight contest and help host WPI return to its winning ways by defeating Trinity 90-75 in a non-conference men's basketball match-up. After the Bantams scored the opening basket of the second half, WPI held the visitors without a field goal for the next 6:04. The Engineers, who received eight points and two assists during the spurt from Robinson, forced five missed shots and harassed Trinity into five turnovers while connecting on 7-of-9 shots themselves. Robinson collected 26 of his game-best 30 points in the second half. The junior guard canned 11-of-15 shots from the floor while draining 7-of-8 attempts from the free throw line. Perez kept WPI in the game by scoring 16 of his 20 points in the opening half and David Brown (Lowell, MA) and Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, CT) aided the Engineer effort off the bench with eight and seven points respectively. Lessard helped WPI to a 37-29 advantage on the glass by grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. The first half featured 17 lead changes and seven ties and saw neither team lead by more than five points. Trinity parlayed 11 WPI turnovers into 15 points to take a 40-39 advantage into the locker room at the intermission despite the Engineers hooting an impressive 65.4% from the floor in the opening stanza. WPI turns its attention back to NEWMAC play on Wednesday at 7pm when they travel to Cambridge to face nationally-ranked MIT.

Women’s Basketball

(8-5 overall, 4-2 NEWMAC)
Women’s Basketball played four games since the end of B-term classes, the final three on the road, going 2-2. The Engineers alternated wins and losses over the break, defeating Johnson and Wales and Coast Guard while dropping games to Middlebury and Wheaton. In the team’s final game in 2009, Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) and Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) combined to score 20 second-half points to help host WPI rally from a double-digit first half deficit to defeat Johnson & Wales 55-46 in a non-conference women's basketball contest played December 30. Trailing 41-40 with just under eight minutes left in the game, Logan netted a layup and drained a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give WPI a lead they would not relinquish. The Engineers closed the contest with 15-5 spurt, with 13 of the points coming from the duo of Logan and Fontaine. Defense sparked the rally as the hosts held Johnson & Wales to just six made field goals in the second half, connecting on just 17.6% of its attempts. Logan came off the bench to pour in a game-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. The freshman contributed all 18 points scored by WPI reserves and outscored the JWU bench, who totaled seven points on the night. Fontaine tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds en route to posting her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career. Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) and Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) added 10 and nine points respectively for the Engineers, who outrebounded the Wildcats by a 45-35 margin. WPI then traveled to Vermont on January 3rd, falling to Middlebury 66-42. Middlebury opened the second half with a three, building a double-digit lead as the Panthers cruised to the win, their fourth straight. In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Middlebury went 5-for-7 from behind the arc and held a 38-22 rebounding advantage. WPI raced out to an early 13-5 lead, highlighted by seven points from Fontaine. The Panthers closed out the first half on a 25-9 run however, taking a 30-22 lead into the break. The Panthers went on a 13-1 run to start the second half however, taking a 43-23 lead with 16:07 left in the game. The Engineers rallied with a 14-5 run, as Fontaine scored seven points including a three at 8:59, setting the score at 48-37. The lead ballooned to 20 points in the final minutes though as Middlebury coasted to victory. Fontaine led all scorers with 16 on 6-for-11 shooting and three steals. Kuhn added eight for WPI and Hannmann chipped in with six points. Three days later, WPI jumped out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back beating Coast Guard 50-39 in a NEWMAC contest. WPI dominated the first ten minutes taking a 14-2 lead with 10:34 left in the first half. The Engineers led 23-14 at halftime. Coast Guard rallied in the second half as the Bears used an 11-4 spurt to cut the deficit to 33-29 with 8:07 left. Kuhn’s 3-pointer with 2:51 left pushed the WPI lead to 38-31 and the Engineers were 10 for 10 from the foul line in the final 56 seconds, six of those by Fontaine to secure the win. Fontaine and freshman Caitlin O'Connor (New Hampton, NH) each had 11 points to lead WPI while Fontaine grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Kuhn added nine points while point guard Baillie McNally (Mapleville, MA) chipped in with eight. WPI was 17 of 54 from the floor (31.5 percent) while making five of 16 from 3-point range. Coast Guard was 17 for 50 from the field (34 percent) and made two of 12 from behind the arc. The Bears turned the ball over 26 times in the loss but outrebounded WPI 41-31. The Engineers suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday however, as Wheaton banked in a 40-foot buzzer-beating heave during overtime to give the Lyons a thrilling 64-63 victory over WPI. Wheaton ran its winning streak to six games in improving to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in league play, as 19 of its past 25 meetings with WPI have been decided by eight points or less. The winning basket came off an inbounds play with just 1.5 ticks on the clock, a half-court heave that sealed the Engineers’ fate at the buzzer. Hannmann made 11 of her 15 shots to finish with a career-high 27 points, as her previous best was 15, while Fontaine had a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. Senior Brittany McNally (Mapleville, RI) added seven rebounds. Six straight WPI points to begin the second half made the score 36-31 in favor of the visitors before Wheaton forced the game's sixth tie at 38 apiece with 15:31 left. After the Lyons went back out in front 48-42 at 11:32, the Engineers used a 9-2 run to push ahead 51-50 with 8:53 to go, and neither team led by more than three the rest of the way. Wheaton shot 56.5 percent in the opening half to WPI's 39.1 percent but only led 31-28 at the break, as the Engineers had eight of their points come from the charity stripe compared to just one for the hosts. Trailing 6-4 at 16:47, the Lyons went on a 15-4 run in just under a seven-minute span to lead 19-10. The visitors responded with an 11-1 run for a 21-20 edge with a little more than four minutes to go, as neither team led by more than three during the final 5:56 of the half. Fontaine paced the Engineers with 10 points. WPI returns home Wednesday after its three-game road trip. The Crimson and Gray host Mount Holyoke at 7pm in a rematch of a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal last winter won by WPI.


(0-8 Overall)
WPI dropped three matches on Saturday at a quad meet hosted by Southern Maine. The Engineers lost matches to NEWA rivals Southern Maine (42-9), Trinity (46-11) and Plymouth State (35-15) and are now 0-8 on the season. Junior Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT) and senior Carl Anderson (Billerica, MA) both won a pair of matches to highlight WPI's performance. Howe tallied a pin at 157 pounds versus Plymouth State and a tech fall over Trinity while Anderson registered a pin at 125 pounds versus Trinity and took a forfeit victory against Southern Maine. Other WPI winners on the day included heavyweight Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) against Southern Maine, and Alex Pittera (Salem, MA) and David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) at 141 and 174 respectively against Plymouth State. Pittera's win came via a first period pin. WPI returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Providence for a 7pm match against Rhode Island College.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

(Men - 1-4; Women 1-5)
Back from its annual southern trip, 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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