January 2011

Great Problems Seminars:

WPI First Year students tackled a broad range of global issues this past fall during the Great Problem Seminars. On December 13, 2010, students had a chance to show off their teamwork during Poster Presentation Day. A number of alumni and visitors, including Worcester mayor *-Joseph O’Brien and prominent South African HIV/AIDS researcher Debra Mayer, attended the event to see what the students were proposing.  After being evaluated by several judges, a winner was selected from each of the Great Problems Seminars. Six outstanding project posters (those of the three winners and the runners-up), selected from 38 total projects, will be on display between January 13 and March 4 at the George C. Gordon Library, so there is another opportunity to learn what WPI first year students can accomplish.

For the Heal the World Seminar, Emily Lurier, Sarah Thayer, and Rachel Warden advised by Professors Helen Vassallo and Jill Rulfs, focused their time thinking about mothers in Liberia and how to deal with high infant mortality. Their presentation "There's No Handbook for Motherhood" featured their work last semester in developing an education plan for mothers and midwives. Their plan includes distribution of pamphlets with public health information as well as setting up a network of midwives in rural areas.

For the Grand Challenges Seminar "Saving Green by Going Green: A Case Study of the Roof of Atwater Kent" illustrated the potential of sustainable design for the WPI campus. David Boroyan, Ryan Gall, Harsha Prasad, and William MacDowell worked with faculty advisor Fred Looft to investigate the installation of a new roof on one of our campus buildings.

Within the Power the World Seminar Bryan Manning, Brian Strobel, and Matt Tatro, advised by Professor Kent Rissmiller, investigated the future of the automobile and presented a poster on "Electric Vehicle Potential."

To see posters from prior years of the GPS, please visit >here. In the near future, the fall 2010 semester’s posters will be visible there as well

Residential Services:

Is your son or daughter looking for on-campus housing next year? Housing Selection is Feb 15 and 16 at 6pm in the Campus Center Odeum. We use a lottery system to determine in what order students will be able to select their particular housing; to participate in the lottery system, a housing deposit ($100) is due to the Accounting Office by Feb 4. Additional information may be found on the Residential Services website, located here.

Career Development Center:

Is your son or daughter undecided about a major?

The Career Development Center can help with our new Discovering Majors and Careers course in C-Term. The class will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-2pm. Students may register for the class using CRN 21474, Course # FY180X-C01.  Click >here for more information about the course and our resources for undecided majors.

Summer Internship and Job Fair

Save the date for our Summer Internship and Job Fair on Thursday, February 17, 1-5 p.m., in Harrington Auditorium. Want to see which employers are coming to WPI? We continually update the list of registered employers at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CDC/

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.

Upcoming Programming

  • Jan 24--Resume Writing, 4 p.m., SL105
  • Jan 26--Job Search Strategies for Graduate Students, 2 p.m., SL305
  • Jan 27--STAR Mentor Program Orientation, 6 p.m., HL218
  • Feb 2--How to Find a Summer Internship, 4 p.m., SL402
  • Feb 3--Resume Writing, 5p.m., SL115
  • Feb 10--How to Work a Career Fair, 6 p.m., SL115
  • Feb 17--Internship Corporate Interview Panel, 6 p.m., SL115

Student Leadership Programs:

Strong Leaders and Valuable Opportunities

By Christine Girouard, Assistant Director of Student Activities

Leadership is a word that can be defined various ways. It is a quality that all employers or communities look for, but one that can be hard to explain, or challenging to prove. Recently, the Student Activities Office implored all undergraduate students to take part in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership to provide some hard data to expose what strong leadership qualities WPI students hold. The data was compiled, the results are in, and our hypothesis was correct. WPI has strong student leaders.

The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership is a national study focused on the understanding of college student leadership development and the role of higher education in nurturing those leadership aptitudes. The study was based on the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, which measures growth both individually and collectively concerning value based elements. With a response rate of 39.32%, the findings of this study were significant. Not only did students report high scores of leadership skills, but those who were involved in co-curricular activities scored higher in areas such commitment, which highlights a personal investment toward action and following through on responsibilities. Participants also reported high results in consciousness of self, an area that requires an awareness of one’s feelings, values, and attitudes, and how they can impact others. Another set of significant scores was in citizenship, which can be described as the ability to see how one is connected and responsible for the community and committed to making positive change.

The results of the survey simply amplified what has been known for many years. Leadership development and involvement can have a large impact on the skill sets students acquire throughout their collegiate career. These are aptitudes that employers look for on a continuous basis and, therefore, WPI remains committed to ensuring that there are continuous educational opportunities for students to grow both personally and collectively inside and outside the classroom.

The Leading Edge Series for the Advanced Leader is the next long-term leadership experience, available to students in D-Term. The seven-week program is an opportunity for students to not only learn about themselves, but how they can utilize their leadership skills to implement change. Participants who complete at least six of the workshops receive a certified leadership certificate and the ability to continue their leadership development training in the next academic year through the Leading Edge Series for the Legacy Leader. Applications for this program will be available on the Student Activities website in C-Term.

Additional leadership programs available to students include online webinars, luncheons, lecture programs, electronic resources, and more! For the most up-to-date leadership information and programs, please visit the >leadership website or contact wpileadership@wpi.edu.

Academic Resource Center:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

All students have received their grades for A- and B-Terms. Students can access their grades through our Banner web system. Those who did not perform well academically or need assistance with course selection for C- and D-Terms, may consult with their Academic Advisor or the Office of Academic Advising.

We are currently in the process of making Academic Advisor and major declaration changes within our system for First Year students. Students enrolled in the First Year at WPI will receive by email information mid-month on how to access their new Academic Advisor. In the meantime, if assistance is needed, our office is here to help.

If you think your WPI student could use some additional academic support, our office provides services to help improve his/her academic performance:

Time Management Series:

In C-Term, we will offer a six-week program designed to help students achieve their academic goals for C-Term and beyond. Students may attend an informational session on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at noon in the Academic Resources Center in Daniels Hall to learn more. Weekly sessions will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. (SL 411).

Students may also register for the series at https://www.wpi.edu/Regi/OAA/


There is free tutoring in our Academic Resources Center for a variety of classes. Our MASH (Math and Science Help) program offers assistance in most of the first year math and science classes in physics, chemistry, calculus, and computer science. Students may schedule appointments with tutors or sign up for a MASH session by going to https://tutortrac.wpi.edu/. They will also be able to view the schedule online for walk-in availability.

Academic Coaching or Peer Academic Coaching:

We also offer academic coaching with our staff or peer advising to students who would like some help on time management, study skills, and general course advisement. Students may schedule appointments with PACs at https://tutortrac.wpi.edu/ or with a staff member by visiting us in Daniels Hall.


Our website has a lot of very useful information. Please direct your student there if he/she is looking for additional information or resources to assist them.

Please feel free to contact us at 508-831-5381 or academic-advising@wpi.edu. You may also visit our website for additional information.

Connie (Peppes) Aramento
Associate Director of Academic Advising and First Year Programs

Financial Services:

All students have the ability to create “authorized” users on their Banner web account. This will give you a login to view bill statements and make payments online. The instructions to have your student add you as an authorized user are located on our eBill website located here. Of particular importance, you may wish to see the link at the bottom of the page entitled “>Important Information Regarding Tuition Bills”. Please note – since we may have multiple students with the same name, please use your student's ID number on any correspondence or bill payments.

Development and Alumni Relations

 WPI Parents Fund

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the academic year! Some of you are looking forward to your son’s or daughter’s graduation from WPI in five short months; others will no longer have students in their first year, but sophomores with much higher WPI IQs than when you dropped them off in August.

This year has been very busy for WPI, complete with many exciting accomplishments. In August, WPI enrolled a freshman class of nearly 900 students. Of those, a record-breaking 34 percent are women. In September, WPI received a $2.1 million gift from the Morgan family to endow the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at WPI. In October, WPI’s School of Business was ranked one of the top five in the nation that provide the greatest opportunity for women studying business and management, according to The Princeton Review.  Most recently, a study by Forbes.com ranked WPI 11th in the nation among schools that do the best job of helping women succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These are just a few of the wonderful accomplishments 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 our WPI students today.  To learn more about the WPI Parents Fund, or if you would like to make a gift, please visit our >website.

Class Ring for Juniors and Seniors

A Balfour representative will be at the WPI campus bookstore Monday, Jan. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 11 am to 3 pm. The official ring is on display at the bookstore. Orders can also be placed at www.balfour.com or 1-866-BALFOUR.

WPI’s traditional Ring Ceremony will be held Friday, March 18, 2011.

For additional information, please visit the alumni website

Centennial Walkway Commemorative Brick

The Centennial Walkway on the Quad was dedicated in 1991. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff can become part of WPI’s history by having an engraved brick placed in the walkway. The names of those who walked the campus before them will inspire future generations. To assure placement in the Walkway by Commencement in May, brick orders must be received by February 15, 2011. For additional information, please visit here.

Athletics Update:

Happy New Year!

 Please join us on Wednesday as we have two great home contests on tap.
Wrestling makes its 2010-11 home debut in search of the program’s 500th all-time win.  The Engineers face longtime rival Rhode Island College at 7pm in venerable Alumni Gym.  Admission is free for everyone so plan on taking in some great wrestling and hopefully a historic victory.
Also on Wednesday, Men’s Basketball hosts nationally-ranked MIT in a key early season NEWMAC match-up.  Tip-off in Harrington Auditorium is also at 7pm.
Finally on Saturday, Men’s and Women’s Swimming competes for the first time in the New Year, hosting Regis at 1pm at Clark
Women’s Basketball is at Mount Holyoke and Wellesley this week while Indoor Track and Field heads to Bowdoin for a quad meet with Middlebury and RPI on Saturday.

The Basketball teams enjoyed a successful holiday season, combining to post a 7-1 record over the past two weeks.  Seniors Elle Fontaine and Jeffrey Robinson each joined the 1,000 point club while head women’s coach Cherise Galasso picked up her 200th career victory Saturday against Wheaton.

Check us out online at our website to follow us on Twitter at @WPIAthletics

Forti Named ECAC New England Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year
Centerville, MA --- WPI freshman Megan Forti has been named the 2010 Division III New England Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year as announced by the ECAC last week. The honor is also the first major award from the ECAC in program history. The forward tallied 13 goals, four assists and five game-winners in 19 games for the Engineers.

Liberty League Names 22 WPI Football Players to All-Academic Team
Worcester, MA --- For the first time ever, WPI’s Football team placed a conference-best 22 student-athletes on the Liberty League All-Academic team with Aaron Champagne leading the way with his third nod. Juniors Andrew Baker, Matt Cyr, Trevor Dunne, Ernie Mello, Dan Nyren, Dan Sullivan and Mohamed Yatim each pick up their second conference award in as many years.

WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Recent Results
Tuesday, December 28 Western Connecticut 92, Men’s Basketball 77
Thursday, December 30 Women’s Basketball 80, Becker 48
Men’s Basketball 82, Becker 66
Sunday, January 2 Men’s Basketball 83, University of New England 50
Women’s Basketball 67, Middlebury 65  (Overtime)
Wednesday, January 5 Women’s Basketball 51, Coast Guard 27
Men’s Basketball 77, Wheaton 58
Saturday, January 8 Men’s Basketball 69, Trinity 61
Women’s Basketball 61, Wheaton 52
Next Week's Games
Wednesday January 12 MIT at Men’s Basketball 7:00
Rhode Island College at Wrestling 7:00
Women’s Basketball at Mount Holyoke 7:00
Saturday, January 15 Regis at Swimming and Diving 1:00
Wrestling at Western New England 1:00
Women’s Basketball at Wellesley 2:00
Men’s Basketball at Coast Guard 3:00
Indoor Track and Field at Bowdoin with Middlebury and RPI

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Matt Carr - Men’s Basketball - Junior– Center - Somersworth, NH

Matt Carr has been named the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 9th. The center averaged 16 points, pulled down 34 rebounds, and recorded a double-double in three of the last four games. Carr’s highlight game came against Becker as he scored a career-high 24 points and a career-best 12 rebounds as the Engineers avenged an early season loss to the Hawks in the Worcester County Classic.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Lauren Hannmann - Women’s Basketball - Junior - Guard - East Greenbush, NY

Lauren Hannmann has been tabbed the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 9th.  The junior averaged 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, while doling out five assists, blocking five shots, registering four steals and a notching a pair of double-doubles during the past four contests. On Saturday the guard posted 17 points and a career-high 11 boards versus NEWMAC foe Wheaton.

Men’s Basketball (11-3 overall, 1-0 NEWMAC)
Senior Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) scored his 1,000th point as Men’s Basketball went 4-1 in the last five games.  The Engineers ended the last week of 2010 with a 1-1 record as they defeated Becker and lost to Western Connecticut State.  In the loss, WestConn defeated WPI 92-77 on Tuesday, December 28th.  Both teams entered the game ranked in the Top-25 in the latest D3hoops.com poll with WestConn at #25 and WPI #23. WPI took an early 6-0 lead in the first two minutes, and stretched the lead to nine after Robinson completed a three point play at the 16:05 mark.  WestConn then went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to make the margin 13-11 in favor of WPI.  The Engineers again moved out to a nine-point lead at the midway point of the first half, but the Colonials battled back to tie the score at 30-30 with four minutes remaining before halftime.  WPI held a three-point lead with less than a minute remaining, but the Colonials scored the final five points of the half on two free throws and a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded to end the first half sending WestConn into the locker room at intermission with a 40-38 lead.  A pair of threes gave the Colonials a six point lead, but WPI fought back to draw within one at 53-52 with 14 minutes left.  Over the next five minutes, WestConn outscored WPI 16-6 due in large part to six free throws without a miss.  Two more successful free throws gave the Colonials a 12-point lead with just over two minutes to play and WestConn continued to be solid from the line down the stretch to win by the final margin of 92-77.  Leading WPI were Robinson with 23 points and Matt Carr (Somersville, NH) with 14 points.  Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Engineers.  Joe Wesoloski (Arlington, MA) put in a career high seven points and pulled down six boards, a rebound shy of his career mark.  Carr exploded for career-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds to spark nationally ranked WPI to an 82-66 triumph over Becker on Thursday, December 30th.  The win helped the Crimson and Gray avenge an earlier loss to Becker.  In November, the Hawks ended WPI's run of seven straight Worcester County Classic titles with a dramatic 62-61 last second victory in Leicester.  WPI held Becker to just one field goal over a 13 minute span at the end of the first half and beginning of the beginning of the second stanza to highlight a 29-7 spurt that turned a nine-point deficit into a 13 point advantage.   During the decisive run, the Engineer defense held the Hawks to 1-for-10 shooting from the floor and forced six Becker turnovers.  Carr kept the Engineers in the contest early, tallying 15 of the Engineers' first 21 points.  The junior drained 10-of-14 shots from the field while notching his second double-double of the season and third of his career.  Carr easily bested his previous career-highs of 16 points and 10 boards.  Robinson led all scorers with 26 points for WPI, including canning 13-of-14 free throws on the day.  Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, CT) added 10 points while Etten netted eight, included a pair of key 3-pointers, to go along with five assists and Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) chipped in with five points and seven rebounds.  Robinson scored a game-high 15 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead No. 23 WPI to an 83-50 men's basketball victory over the University of New England in the Jim Beaudry Classic played Sunday, January 2nd.  Robinson, who was chosen game MVP, surpassed the 1,000-point barrier on a three-pointer with 17:16 remaining in the second half. He came off the bench to tally 12 points in the opening frame to help the Engineers open up a 49-26 lead.  Carr scored 13 points and had three steals. He was 4 of 6 from the floor and 5 of 6 at the free throw line. Perez chipped in 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Sophomore forward Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) had a game-best nine rebounds.  The Engineers (9-3) led from start-to-finish, jumping out to a 14-4 cushion less than five minutes into the contest. The two teams played even much of the remainder of the frame before the visitors closed with a 14-3 run over the final 3:18 to lead by 23. (49-26).  Robinson flirted with a triple-double and WPI drained a season-best 11 3-pointers as the host Engineers opened NEWMAC play with a 77-58 victory over Wheaton this past Wednesday.  Robinson filled the stat sheets with 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds.  The senior's first basket, a 3-pointer midway through the first half, made him the 24th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.  Robinson, who had four points as a freshman at Stonehill, hit the 1,000 career mark Sunday at the University of New England.  His nine assists were a career-high, with seven occurring in the first half.  Four other Crimson and Gray players reached double figures in scoring.  Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) tallied a season-best 13 points while Carr collected his third double-double in four outings with 11 points and 10 boards.  David Brown (Lowell, MA) and Etten each contributed 10 points with the total a career-high for the junior Brown.  In a first half that saw seven lead changes, WPI rattled off nine of the final 11 points of the stanza to take a 35-28 advantage at the intermission.  Wheaton would battle back throughout the second half and was within six at 60-54 with 3:44 remaining only to see the Engineers end the contest on a 17-4 spurt.  The trio of Perez, Carr and Robinson combined for 48 points to lead WPI to a 69-61 win over the Trinity Bantams on Saturday afternoon.  Perez paced WPI in scoring with 18 points, making nine out of 12 shots from the field, off the pine to go with six rebounds and three assists, while Carr totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds, and a blocked shot.  Robinson came off the bench to add 14 points and a game-best five assists.  Trinity led, 28-25, at the half and, 30-25, less than a minute into the second half, but WPI used a 14-6 run over the next five-plus minutes to take a 39-36 lead with 13:18 left to play on a three-pointer as the shot clock expired by junior guard Jaime Shannon (Lowell, MA).  WPI won the battle of the boards with a 33-26 advantage and shot 50-percent from long range (6-12) and added 13 free throws in 15 attempts.  The contest was final non-conference affair for the Engineers.  WPI returns to NEWMAC action on Wednesday, hosting nationally-ranked MIT at 7pm.  On Saturday the team ventures to New London, CT for a 3pm tilt at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Women’s Basketball (9-3 overall, 5-1 NEWMAC)
Women’s Basketball has won their last four games that began with senior Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) surpassing 1,000 points and just saw head coach Cherise Galasso reach 200 career wins.  Fontaine tossed in 18 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and sophomore Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) added a career-best 14 points to help WPI defeat Becker 80-48 on December 30th. Fontaine reached the 1,000 point milestone on a free throw with 3:38 remaining.  Fontaine becomes the 15th player in program history to reach the milestone and the first since Meg Pajonas reached the highlight in 2007. WPI canned nine of its first 10 shots from the field, including the first seven points of the game by Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) in the opening 55 seconds of the game.  The Crimson and Gray opened up a 20-5 advantage just five minutes in and only saw its lead shrink to single digits one time the rest of the way.  WPI shot a sizzling 59.4% from the floor and outrebounded the Hawks 22-11 en route to taking a 44-28 lead into the locker room at the intermission.  Three other Engineers joined the duo of Fontaine and Chelius in double figures in scoring. Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) poured 15 points, Kuhn added 11 and Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) chipped in with 10.  Hannmann corralled 10 rebounds while posting her first career double-double.  Fontaine and Logan aided the effort with nine and eight respectively as the Engineers enjoyed an impressive 51-26 edge on the glass.  Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) and Kuhn shared game-high honors with four assists apiece.  Siena Mamayek's (Melrose, MA) layup with 1:34 remaining in overtime proved to be the winning bucket as WPI surprised previously unbeaten Middlebury, 67-65, on Sunday, January 2nd.  In the first half, Hannmann scored 12 of WPI's first 19 points as they held a 19-14 advantage with 11:34 to go in the frame. Neither team would be up by more than six as the Engineers were up 39-33 at intermission.  The Crimson and Gray pushed the lead to seven on a jumper by Fontaine at 16:55 for a 45-38 lead.  Chelius led WPI with 10 rebounds while adding 12 points for her first career double-double. Hannmann added a game-high 18 points for the Engineers as Fontaine pitched in with 13. Mamayek and Kuhn would each post eight points. The WPI defense forced 20 turnovers and amassed six blocks and nine steals.  Fontaine and Hannmann combined for 27 points as WPI used a strong start in both halves to dispatch Coast Guard 51-27 on Wednesday evening.  The Engineers never trailed, notching 13 of the game's first 15 points.  The Crimson and Gray used a strong defensive effort in the early surge, holding the Bears to 1-of-7 shooting from the floor in the opening 6:20 while forcing four CGA turnovers.   WPI took a 30-19 advantage into the locker room at the break, scoring 18 of its 30 points in the paint and scoring all 10 of the game's first half fast break points.  The second half saw the WPI defense tighten, holding the Bears to just eight points on 4-of-26 (15.4%) shooting from the floor.  Fontaine paced all players with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers while Hannmann tallied 10 of her 13 points in the opening stanza.  Kuhn and McNally handed out five and four assists respectively as WPI registered 16 assists on 22 made fields.  Logan added seven points for the Engineers while Mamayek led all reserves with six points off the bench. WPI used a strong first half defensive effort and survived a furious Wheaton second half rally to deliver Galasso her 200th career win with a 61-52 triumph over the Lyons on Saturday afternoon.  Galasso, who is already WPI's all-time leader in coaching wins, now sports a 200-153 (.567) overall record, including a 165-115 (.589) mark in her 11 seasons on Boynton Hill and a 35-38 ledger during a three-year stint at Regis.  WPI held the Lyons to 6-of-30 (20%) shooting from the floor in the first half, including 1-of-12 from behind the 3-point line en route to opening up a 29-14 advantage at the half.  The Engineers would open up a 24-point edge in the opening minutes of the second stanza before Wheaton began to heat up.  The visitors rattled off 30 of the next 40 points to get within four at 53-49 with 3:12 remaining Hannmann drained a key 3-poiner and WPI 5-of-7 free throws in the final 2:02 to hold off the Lyons.  Hannmann paced WPI with 17 points and 11 rebounds.  It marked the second career double-double for the junior.  Fontaine and Logan both tossed 13 points while Kuhn contributed eight points and doled out a team-high four assists. WPI hits the road for a pair of NEWMAC contests beginning Wednesday with a trip to South Hadley for a 7pm match-up versus Mount Holyoke.  On Saturday, the team heads to Wellesley for a 2pm tip.

Wrestling (0-4 overall)
WPI Wrestling opens up its home schedule on Wednesday hosting Rhode Island College in Alumni Gym at 7pm.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving (Men - 2-1, Women 2-2 Overall)
WPI Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving is back in action on Saturday, entertaining Regis at 1pm at Clark.

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
WPI Indoor Track and Field kicks off the 2010 portion of its schedule on Saturday with a tri-meet at Bowdoin with Middlebury and Rensselaer.

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