May 2010

Make a difference, rebuild the world, and shoot for the moon

On the campus Quadrangle May 15, WPI awarded 720 bachelor's degrees, 386 master's degrees, and 34 PhDs, sending forth a new generation of engineers, scientists, innovators, and leaders. Commencement speaker Curt Schilling challenged the graduates to "make a difference in other people's lives," while President Dennis Berkey charged them to apply their education to addressing the world's challenges.

President Berkey quoted the seventh president of WPI, who remarked to students in 1945 following the end of World War II: "Perhaps this is the last time you will have to rebuild a world."

"Unfortunately for us all, the world again needs rebuilding," said Berkey. "Fortunately, you are well prepared for that ominous challenge, and we know you will play a great part in the rebuilding that must be done. In so doing, set no modest goals. Take inspiration in the enduring words of your fellow alumnus Robert Goddard: 'It is difficult to say what is impossible,' he said, 'for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.' Shoot for the moon, as it were."

Gregory Snoddy
Associate Dean of Students

Academic Advising-Summer Academics

For more information on summer programs including tuition information, please visit Summer at WPI.

Students interested in improving their academic standing and/or their situation for financial aid consideration should consider the Summer Bridge Program. To qualify, students must have passed 6/3rds (excluding physical education and ROTC courses) for the academic year. Suspended students may petition the Registrar's Office for permission to participate in Summer Bridge. To discuss petition procedures, contact (as soon as possible) Academic Advising at academic-advising@wpi.edu or 508-831-5381.

A Learning and Study Skills course this summer is open to all students, June 7–July 1. The cost for this non-credit course is $440. Its focus is on reading comprehension, note-taking skills, test-taking strategies, and time management skills. Students may register for this course through Banner Web.

Remember, only courses taken at WPI can change a student's academic standing and/or help with financial aid considerations for the fall. If students are going to take a course at another college this summer, they must have the transfer credit approved from the appropriate WPI department representative prior to taking the course. Information regarding the pre-approval process is on the Academic Advising website.

Gordon Library

Library Renovation Update

View the WPI Library blog for more information on the renovations.

Gordon Library will host an exhibit titled "125 Years of Fine Printing: The Story of Woodbury and Company," in the Gladwin Gallery on the Ground Floor, June 4–Sept. 24. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 4, 2–4 p.m., during Reunion Weekend.

Woodbury and Company was led by four generations of WPI-educated Woodbury men, beginning with John C. Woodbury, Class of 1876. The company specialized in bird's-eye view factory drawings and became known in the 20th Century for its fine photogravure letterhead stationery. After the company closed in 2002, the Woodbury family gave the company's archives to WPI and they are now housed in WPI's Archives & Special Collections.

The exhibit traces the history of Woodbury and Company and features large original factory drawings, as well as early wood engraving prints, photogravure prints, first day covers, and examples of letterhead stationery throughout most of the 20th Century.

The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours. For more information, email archives@wpi.edu or phone 508-831-6112.

Margaret Anderson
Archivist, Gordon Library

Career Development Center

Still seeking summer opportunities

The CDC's web-based software Job Finder can help your son or daughter find summer opportunities. Please visit the CDC website for login instructions. New opportunities are posted daily, including full-time, part-time, and cooperative education positions, and summer internships.

We continue to receive job listings through May, June, and July, and we encourage your son or daughter to activate Job Finder and to check it on a regular basis for new opportunities. The staff in the Career Development Center is also available to meet with them about a summer internship search now and throughout the summer. Contact the CDC at 508-831-5260 or cdc@wpi.edu for an appointment.

Is Your Employer Hiring Summer Interns or Co-ops?

If you work for an organization that is looking to hire talent (full-time, summer internships, or co-op positions), we would be happy to discuss how to hire a WPI student. Employers may post opportunities for WPI students through our Job Finder system. For more information, visit the CDC website or contact the CDC at 508-831-5260.

Jeannette Doyle
Director, Career Development Center

Book Review: New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Brand New Career

Laura Rogalski, Central Connecticut State University
April 2010 

New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Brand New Career (Levit, 2009) provides a positive way of looking at career choices and changes. Alexandra Levit comprehensively examines the various types of motivation that individuals use when making career decisions, including family commitments, independence, learning, money, passion for one's work and talent. Each chapter is dedicated to discussing these motivational factors, and Levit provides a wide range of personal stories to complement the content of each chapter. Her goal is to illustrate that the topic of career change/choice involves personal choice by showing that the decision-making process is different for each individual. Although the motivation may be different, everyone is influenced by a deeper desire for fulfillment in a specific area of their lives.

The book also provides assessments, exercises, and resources at the end of each chapter to assist readers in determining what motivates their own decisions regarding career choice and whether or not a career change would be beneficial given their current situation. The resources at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful as they are geared specifically toward the chapter's content and allow readers to see that there is an excess of information available to aid them in their career evaluation process. It seems that most books related to career choice/change tend to follow the same format of generalized advice-giving accompanied by stories of extreme luck and good fortune that have very little to do with the general population. Levit specifically sought out average individuals for the testimonials included in this book; readers gain inspiration from the knowledge that anyone can pursue their life's passion with minimal risk.

In the section of each chapter called "Putting the Change to Work," Levit provides readers with advice on how best to go about making a career change decision. She gives a step-by-step outline of how to research options available to them as they make a career choice/change, and she challenges readers to take a comprehensive look at how a career choice/change will affect their current lifestyle. These sections are extremely helpful in simplifying the process and providing resources that will assist in harnessing readers' motivations in a positive and supportive manner.

While the book offers these great resources, it does over-emphasize the individual stories included in each chapter instead of going into greater detail about the topic. It would have been more effective to see more discussion about the characteristics of each motivational factor at the beginning of the chapter, followed by two or three personal stories to complement the topic.

In her introduction, Levit claims that she provides readers with the most reliable information on "how to acquire the right combination of education and experience for your new field, how to create an inner circle of contacts and mentors who can propel you forward, and how to move the needle a little bit at a time so that you stay productive and sane." She further asserts,"you'll come out on top because you'll have established yourself as the total package: a person who is ahead of the game emotionally and financially as well as professionally."

New Job, New You provides readers with an introductory look at what goes into making a career choice/change decision and the tools they will utilize when actually making the decision. This book would be most helpful to soon-to-be graduates as an aid in their job search process and Generation X and Y professionals who are contemplating a career change.

Overall, New Job, New You delivers a quick explanation of the facts to consider in a job search and a well-sourced, step-by-step process for readers to follow during such a transition. It is an excellent reference to utilize in the career transition process, whether it is a first career choice or a transition to a different career.

References

Levit, A. (2009). New Job, New You: A guide to reinventing yourself in a bright new career. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

Athletics Update

WPI Wins Worcester Cup; Announces Major Award Winners

The WPI athletics department honored student-athletes and teams during its annual awards banquet. The Engineers' 20 athletic programs were each honored at the ceremony. Twelve major awards were presented, highlighting some of the best student-athletes at WPI, who excel both in their respective sports and in the classroom. The big winners include seniors Tommy Zajac, who took home the Melvin G. Massucco Award, and Kelly Johnson, who won the Varsity Club Award.

The banquet also marked the debut of the Ray Cherenzia '73 Award, presented to each team's unsung hero.

WPI won the 2010 Worcester Cup. Presented by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the Cup is awarded to the Worcester-area school with the highest overall winning percentage during the academic year. The 2009­–10 Cup marked the second straight victory for the Engineers and the fifth win for WPI in the last seven years.

Frank C. Harrington 1898 Award - Bill Baller

Presented to a distinguished contributor to WPI Athletics over a significant period of time

Baller has been a strong supporter of WPI student-athletes over many years as a professor and fan. He regularly attends our games and has a long history of working with our coaches to help our student-athletes reach their potential.

The John P. Coghlin Award - Lauren Walsh (Hanson, MA) - Men's and Women's Track and Field

Presented to a team manager, who is eligible for a varsity letter, for carrying out invaluable service for his or her team.

The track and field teams enjoyed tremendous success this past year and sophomore Lauren Walsh played a major role in it. Walsh sacrificed many hours of her days and most Saturdays to accompany the team, assist the coaches in timing, as well as collecting uniforms.

The Charles R. McNulty Award - Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) - Men's Soccer

Presented to the outstanding male athlete in the freshman class.

Hopkins burst on to the scene by scoring goals in his first five collegiate games. He went on to lead the team in scoring with 11 goals and 22 points, while helping the Engineers to a 10-7-1 record. Hopkins scored three game-winning goals with one propelling the team to a 2-1 win over MIT in the conference tournament. A two-time NEWMAC Player of the Week, he was MVP of the Worcester City Tournament.

The Coaches Award - Vicky Hewey (Boston, MA) - Women's Cross Country and Track and Field

Presented to the outstanding female athlete in the freshman class.

Hewey made quite the impact in both cross country and track and field. WPI's top runner this past fall, she won two meets before earning All-NEWMAC with her performance at the conference championships. In the spring, Hewey was a NEWMAC champion in both the steeplechase and the 5000 meters en route to earning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors. She is the school record holder in multiple events and a NCAA provisional qualifier in steeplechase.

The Leo S. Jansson Award - Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA) - Football

Presented to the sophomore male athlete who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete." The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work and positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the University with distinction.

Mello started at running back for an offense that was tops in the Liberty League in scoring and total offense. He was a second team All-Liberty League return specialist, leading the conference in kickoff return yardage while averaging an 24.9 yards a return As far as representing the university with distinction, Mello is a young man of tremendous character, risking his life in the heroic rescue of a woman who was trapped in a burning vehicle last spring.

The Carolyn McCabe Award - Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) - Women's Basketball

Presented to the sophomore female athlete who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete." The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work and positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the University with distinction.

Hannmann exploded onto the scene this year and was a big reason WPI notched 20 wins She led the Engineers in 3-point shooting (46.3%) and was third in scoring (9.7) and rebounding (4.41). Hannmann is involved in the Chemical Engineering Honor Society, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor for two years, and active member of WIN, Newman Club and Club Lacrosse team. She was honored as a NEWMAC All-Academic team selection this year.


Poly Club Award - Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) - Men's Basketball

Presented to the top male athlete in the junior class who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature.

Robinson has gotten it done on the court and in the classroom. A first team All-NEWMAC player, Robinson also earned ECAC, NABC D3hoops.com all-region selections. The junior averaged 19.0 points per game this past winter, while helping the team to a 20-7 record and a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament championship game. He sports a 3.53 GPA, is a two-time member of the NEWMAC All-Academic teams and has been a volunteer with Big Brothers-Big Sisters the past two years.

Poly Club Award - Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) - Women's Soccer

Presented to the top female athlete in the junior class who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature.

Already WPI's leading scorer with 38 goals and 88 points, Garza carries a 3.77 GPA while involving herself in many extracurricular activities. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma (recruiting coordinator), Rho Lamda, Skull, Order of Omega, a Panhellenic Delegate, and an Admissions Intern. Garza's soccer honors include a three-time member of the All Conference team and a two-time Academic All-District selection.

The Percy Carpenter Award - Paul Galligan (Weymouth, MA) - Baseball

Presented to a senior male who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete.

Galligan has led by example from the day he stepped on campus. He started at shortstop as a freshman. This fall he approached the coaching staff about a move to third base in order to open the position to a talented sophomore. On the field Galligan led the team to its first conference championship in 2009 and this spring earned first team District 1 All-Academic honors.

The Patricia Graham Award - Krista Baker (Medway, MA) - Women's Track and Field

Presented to a senior female who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete.

The unofficial "mayor" of New England Track & Field throwing, Baker is not only a great leader on the WPI team but is known throughout the region as a positive person who cheers on her competitors. No slouch in the throwing department, Baker was a NEWMAC champion in the hammer throw and shot put and added four All-New England awards between indoor and outdoor track and field.

The Melvin G. Massucco Award - Tommy Zajac (Merrimack, NH) - Men's Soccer

Presented to the male senior athlete on his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during his four years at WPI.

Zajac overcame injuries throughout his career to have an outstanding senior season. He scored four goals this fall as a defender and was selected to the first team All-NEWMAC en route to leading his team to a 10-7-1 record and a win over MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament. Tommy's character and intestinal fortitude lead to him being elected captain as both a junior and senior.

The Varsity Club Award - Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) - Field Hockey and Softball

Presented to the female senior athlete on her achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during her four years at WPI.

Johnson was a senior captain in both field hockey and softball. In field hockey she earned All-NEWMAC and All-New England honors as she helped the team finish second in the NEWMAC by posting double digits in goals (11) and defensive saves (10) from her back position. Johnson also earned all-conference accolades in softball as she lead the team in batting average (.333) and home runs (4). A 4.00 student, Johnson will attend grad school at Stanford next fall.

2009-2010 - The Ray Cherenzia '73 Award

Presented to a member of each varsity team who exemplifies the spirit of an "Unsung Hero," who works hard every day, puts the team first over personal goals, who does the little things without much recognition, yet is vital to the team's success in competition, in the classroom, and in the community. The award recipients must represent their program and the university in a respected and dignified manner.

  • Baseball - Thomas Whiting
  • Men's Basketball - Bennett Lessard
  • Women's Basketball - Brittany McNally
  • Men's Crew - Andrew Emerson
  • Women's Crew - Molli Malcolmson
  • Men's Cross Country - Dan Duffty
  • Women's Cross Country - Elizabeth Hegarty
  • Field Hockey - Jackie McDonough
  • Football - Andrew Abderrazzaq
  • Men's Soccer - Tyler Carroll
  • Women's Soccer - Stacy Rudolf
  • Softball - Erin Beaulieu
  • Men's Swimming and Diving - Steve Rose
  • Women's Swimming and Diving - Kaitlyn Kelly
  • Men's Track and Field - Fran Collins
  • Women's Track and Field - Liz Schreiber
  • Volleyball - Deanna Flaherty
  • Wrestling - Carl Anderson
 
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