November 2010

Career Development Center – Think Big. Plan Big. Succeed.

Finding a Summer Internship

It is never too early to start thinking about summer internships. Many large corporations have already begun interviewing for summer internships. The smaller to mid-sized companies will start posting internship opportunities between February and June. Save the date for the Summer Internship & Job Fair on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The staff in the Career Development Center is here to assist students with their job search. Please encourage your son or daughter to make an appointment with a CDC staff member to discuss summer (or full-time) job search strategies.

Undecided Majors

Is your son or daughter undecided about their major or trying to decide between a few majors? You may encourage them to sign up for the Discovering Majors and Careers course in C-Term. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Students may register for the class using CRN 21474, Course # FY 180X–C01.

Upcoming Events

11/16  Mock Interview Day: practice interviews with corporate recruiters, 1-7pm, CDC  (sign up in the CDC)

11/18  Linked In and Your Job Search, 6pm SL407

11/30  Graduate Student Options: Industry or Research?, 4pm, SL115

12/2  Finding a Federal Job, 6pm, SL407

12/8  How to Find a Summer Internship, 5pm, HL116

Financial Aid

The WPI Office of Financial Aid will be distributing the 2011-2012 upperclass application for financial aid in the main lobby of the Campus Center during the first two weeks of December.

The forms will be distributed on December 1, December 7, and December 9 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Reminders of these dates will be emailed to students.) This form should be completed by any rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2011–12 academic year who will be applying for financial aid.

Student Development and Counseling

Four Loko  

This message was sent out to the WPI community on October 29, 2010

Dear WPI Community,

The risks of ingesting high-energy alcoholic drinks have been in the news over the past month. Nine Central Washington University students hospitalized this month after an off-campus party were sickened by "Four Loko," a caffeinated malt liquor also known as "blackout in a can," according to a police investigation. The drink has been implicated in multiple hospitalizations and at least one heart attack.

Full CNN Article   /  ABC News Article

Each 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko contains 12% alcohol (2.82oz) or the equivalent of as many as six beers as well as 156 milligrams of caffeine. An eight-ounce cup of coffee, by comparison, has about 100 milligrams of caffeine. It can be risky to combine alcohol and caffeine. This combination leaves the drinker feeling the full effects of the alcohol only after the caffeine wears off because it has masked the depressant effects (e.g., drowsiness) which can be clues to stop drinking. This product allows a drinker to ingest larger amounts of alcohol without passing out. Also, the fruit flavor masks the taste of alcohol. This can lead to drinking more than usual, resulting in higher blood alcohol concentrations. Students involved in the incident at Central Washington University had BACs ranging from 0.12 to .0335. The legal limit is .08 and .3 can be lethal. An additional concern is that there is the toxicological danger of mixing a stimulant with a depressant. A study led last year by Doctor Mary Claire O'Brien at Wake Forest University concluded that students who drink alcohol mixed with energy drinks are twice as likely to be injured, require medical attention, or ride with an intoxicated driver. Those students are also more than twice as likely to take advantage of someone sexually. O’Brien described the difference as “mixing a depressant like alcohol with a caffeine stimulant is akin to stepping on the gas and brake of a car at the same time.” The individual cannot tell that they are intoxicated because there is a false sense of alertness. In reality as a stimulant, in high quantities caffeine will make a person feel agitated. And in really high quantities it will make a person feel awful.

Attorneys general, including Martha Coakley, are concerned that the product is being marketed to underage drinkers. The Food and Drug Administration is looking into whether the drinks should remain legal. Currently there are not regulations regarding mixing alcohol and caffeine. Some colleges including one New Jersey school are making the decision to ban Four Loko after having students hospitalized for alcohol-related problems attributed to the drink. Keep in mind that it is not known if caffeinated alcohol is safe to drink at any age. It is encouraged that individuals restrict their use of these products for personal safety.

Residential Services

B-Term is here and while it may seem early, Residential Services is already looking ahead to the start of A-Term 2011. Applications are now available for students who are interested in becoming a Resident Advisor (RA). Applications are due to Residential Services by 5pm on December 15, 2010. We would like to provide you with a little bit more information about the process:

What we are looking for in applicants?

Qualities we seek in candidates for the RA position:

  • A Positive Attitude
  • Dependability
  • A good work ethic
  • Good academic and community standing
  • Good organizational skills
  • An ability to interact with people from different cultures/backgrounds
  • Good listening skills
  • Compassion
  • Good problem-solving skills  

We want to see what applicants are like.

Residential Services is not after a deep psychological profile, only a general picture. During the interview process, we will be looking at general traits such as poise, ability to communicate, leadership qualities, self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and your awareness of what the RA job entails.

We want to see why applicants apply.

An important consideration is finding out what you want and why. Why are you applying for the position? What do you want to accomplish? What do you expect to get out of it?

We want to see what applicants have done.

We are interested in your experiences, jobs, special training, volunteer work, hobbies, extracurricular activities, and especially residence hall or group living experiences.

We want to see what applicants might do.

We look at your skills and experiences to see how they might relate to the position. We also look at your potential to develop the skills required to be an effective RA.


All full-time WPI students are eligible for RA positions, provided they are in good academic and community standing. Successful candidates must have achieved at least sophomore status by the start of A-Term 2011.

Job Compensation

Resident Advisors receive a single room in an assigned hall/house free of charge. They also receive ½ of a 190 meal plan. RA staff members are required to be on a residential meal plan, regardless of where they are assigned to live. Please note that this compensation is considered a financial resource and financial aid candidates selected as RAs may have an adjustment made in the self-help category of their aid package. If you feel that this may apply to you, we recommend that you speak with the Financial Aid staff to see how the RA position may affect your aid. Financial status is not considered a factor in selecting RAs.

For more information

Go to for details about nominating students and applying to be an RA, and to read articles written by current RAs. You may email Mike Hamilton for more information:


WPI Development and Alumni Relations

WPI Parents Fund 

A special part of the fundraising effort at WPI, the Parents Fund is made up of gifts from parents of current students and alumni. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families may give to the highest priorities of the university, supporting investments in student life, faculty teaching and research, and financial aid. Last year, more than 700 parents made gifts to WPI, totaling over $94,000, in support that went to work immediately, further enriching their children’s WPI experience. For more information about the WPI Parents Fund, or to make a gift, please visit the title="Parents Fund Website">Parents Fund site.

Get informed about WPI

As parents or guardians of WPI students, you are in the midst of very exciting times in your children’s lives.  While at WPI, students will put their classroom learning to work in real-world situations, and our faculty will prepare them to be leaders and innovators.  We know that much of your children’s past success is due to the support and guidance you have given them, beginning in their early years and continuing today.  We are honored you are now entrusting them to us for the next steps. While our students have contact with us on a daily basis, their parents and guardians have direct contact with us only occasionally.  So that we may keep you connected about WPI news, regional events, and parent activities, we ask you to complete the title="Family Information Form">family information form, if you have not already done so.  Thank you! We are confident that these years will be rewarding for your entire family, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Class Ring for Juniors and Seniors

A Balfour representative will be at the WPI campus bookstore November 17 and 18 from 11 am to 3 pm. The official ring is on display at the bookstore. Orders can also be placed at or 1-866-BALFOUR. WPI’s traditional Ring Ceremony will be held Friday, March 18, 2011.For additional information, please visit

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 

News from the Student Alumni Society

B-Term has been and will continue to be very eventful for the Student Alumni Society (SAS). During Halloween weekend, SAS held its annual Haunted Higgins House—more than 300 people came through the house in the four hours it was open. The event was a lot of fun for everyone involved. Another event in B-Term is Founders Day on November 11. During Founders Day, which commemorates the founding of WPI, SAS members bring live goats to campus and sit with them by the fountain. Students may pet the goats, and have their pictures taken with them. Later that evening, the second Freshman-Sophomore Rivalry Event will take place, as well. B-Term may be the most exciting term of the year, and SAS is proud to be a major contributor to all the excitement. 

Ornament celebrates Two Towers tradition at WPI

The Office of Alumni Relations offers a commemorative ornament depicting WPI’s famous Two Towers. The university’s original two buildings, completed in 1868, Boynton and Washburn remain highly prized symbols of WPI’s motto, Lehr und Kunst (theory and practice).

Each three-dimensional keepsake ornament is approximately 3.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide, made from 24k gold finish over brass, and packaged in an attractive gift box. The ornament depicts the fine details of the buildings’ architecture. In addition to its traditional use, the image makes a beautiful  window decoration for any season.

The 2010 commemorative ornament was designed and produced exclusively for WPI’s Office of Alumni Relations by ChemArt, a trusted leader in the design and manufacturing of photo chemically etched decorative ornaments and collectibles. ChemArt is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company located in the Blackstone Valley. Ornaments are $20 each, shipping included. Place your order online here:


Men's Soccer's Moan and Tabrizi Named ESPN Academic All-District

Worcester, MA --- WPI men's soccer student-athletes Paul Moan and Keeon Tabrizi have been selected to the ESPN Academic All-District I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). Moan earned first team accolades for the second straight season as a goalkeeper while Tabrizi picked up second team honors for the first time as a midfielder. More.

Women's Soccer's Taylor Picks Up First Team ESPN All District Academic Honors

Worcester, MA --- Women's soccer's Hailey Taylor has been selected to the ESPN Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The junior advances to the national ballot for All-America consideration. It marks the second straight all-district award for Taylor, who garnered second teams honors in 2009. More.

Champagne Earns Repeat First Team ESPN/CoSIDA All-District 1 Nod

Worcester, MA --- For the third straight year, WPI running back Aaron Champagne has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). By being named first team, Champagne advances to the national ballot where he earned second team All-America honors a season ago. More.

WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, November 2 Wheaton 3, Women’s Soccer 0 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)

MIT 3, Volleyball 0 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)

Saturday, November 6 Susquehanna 14, Football 7

Men’s Swimming and Diving at New England Invitational - No Team Scoring

Women’s Swimming and Diving at New England Invitational - No Team Scoring

This Week's Games

Saturday, November 13 Wrestling at Roger Williams Invitational 10:00am

Cross County at NCAA Regionals (at Williams) 11:00am

Football at St. Lawrence Noon

Babson at Swimming and Diving 1:00

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Andrew Lybarger - Swimming and Diving - Junior - Decatur, GA

Andrew Lybarger won the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week honor for the week ending November 7th. Lybargerwon three solo events and helped a trio of relay teams to third place finishes Saturday at the New England Invitational. The junior swept the 50-yard (24.21) and 100-yard butterfly (53.62), while also winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.95. Lybarger also aided the 400-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard freestyle relay teams to third place showings.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Nica Sylvia - Swimming and Diving - Junior - Martha’s Vineyard, MA

NIca Sylvia has been tabbed the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending November 7th. Sylvia took first place in the three-meter dive at the New England Invitational on Saturday. The junior tallied 185.32 points to take the three-meter event, just four days after she played midfield for WPI versus Wheaton in the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Tournament quarterfinals. Sylvia also registered 176.10 points to claim third place in the one-meter event.

Football (3-6 overall, 1-4 Liberty League)

Football lost to Susquehanna 14-7 in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. WPI's first possession of the second quarter would end quickly as Susquehanna forced a fumble. The recovery led to a one-yard scamper at 9:14 to put the Crusaders up 14-0. Early in the third quarter, the teams traded fumbles as the Crusaders would give the ball back on a fumble forced by Tom Thackeray (Braintee, MA) and recovered by Graham Leto (Grafton, MA) at the WPI 26. With 12:31 left in the game, Trevor Dunne (Cedar Knolls, NJ) caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Johny Antonopoulos (Cambridge, MA) for a team-best fourth receiving touchdown on the season to cut the Crusader lead to 14-7. The Engineers had a chance to tie up the game on a drive that started with just over five minutes left in the game as they marched 44 yards on 10 plays before being picked off at the Crusader 10. WPI used all three timeouts and got the ball back with 52 seconds left but on its own 20-yard line. The Crimson and Gray got into Susquehanna territory but just missed on a pair of long passes before turning the ball over on downs with four seconds left. Prior to its flurry of chances to tie the game in the final two minutes, WPI had one other drive in the fourth quarter that ended in enemy territory but a trick play backfired as a wide receiver double pass was intercepted at the Susquehanna 33. Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA) ran 13 times for 72 yards for the hosts. Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) would add 54 yards on four catches on the day as Antonopoulos completed 10-of-24 passes for 134 yards and the one score. On defense, Peter Gill (Franklin, MA) paced the team with 12 tackles, followed by Steve Jenkinson (Gales Ferry, CT) with 10 solo stops of his own. Christopher O'Connor (Bellerose, NY) and Thackeray combined to make 14 stops while Manny Cambra (Bethel, CT) and Kevin White (Worcester, MA) each grabbed an interception for the Crimson and Gray.

Women’s Soccer (8-10-1 overall, 5-4 NEWMAC)

Women’s Soccer was eliminated from the NEWMAC tournament on Tuesday losing to Wheaton 3-0 on the road. WPI finished the season with an 8-10-1 mark. Senior Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) led the Engineers with a pair of shots in the contest, while freshman Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) finished with six saves in the loss, including four stops in the opening half. For Garza and Katie Partridge (Worcester, MA), it was the final game in an Engineer uniform. Garza leaves the program as the leading all time goal scorer (44) and points leader (106). 

Volleyball (22-9 overall, 5-4 NEWMAC)

Women’s Volleyball lost in the NEWMAC quarterfinals 3-0 to MIT on Tuesday. In the opening set, WPI used an error, a kill from Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) and a block by Woodward and Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT) to go ahead, 6-5. MIT responded with an 8-1 spurt which secured their lead for good. The visitors stayed within striking distance as Belinda Nwagbara's (Santa Rosa, CA) kill and an ace from Fidanza brought them within five (18-13). MIT countered by scoring seven of the last nine points to capture the set. WPI trailed, 4-3, in the second stanza before MIT took control and closed out the frame with a 21-5 run. The early stages of the third set were closely played until MIT used a 6-1 spurt to extend its advantage to 15-8. WPI slowly chipped away at the deficit and eventually narrowed the gap to 23-21. WPI extended play courtesy of a block by Nwagbara and Woodward, however, it would not be enough as MIT secured the win. Woodward tallied 12 assists, eight digs, three kills, and two blocks for WPI. Nwagbara and Sarber both totaled four kills as Nwagbara contributed a block. Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) registered 10 digs and an ace while Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) tacked on six digs and three kills. Fidanza rounded out the visiting Engineers with an ace and a block.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

After a week off, the Cross Country teams head to Williams for the NCAA New England Regional Championship on Saturday, November 13th,


The Wrestling team kicks off its 2010-11 campaign on Saturday, November 13th, participating at the Roger Williams Invitational. It mark the debut of head coach Steve Hall ‘87. Captain Tyler Howe (Danbury, MA), a two-time returning All-New England performer, has been tabbed a preseason All-American by 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (1-0 Overall)

Men's Swimming and Diving junior Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) won three solo events and helped a trio of relay teams to third place finishes Saturday as the Engineers and Keene State co-hosted the New England Invitational. Diving was held at Keene State, while the Upper Valley Aquatic Center handled the swimming events. Middlebury and Post also participated in the meet. Lybarger swept the 50-yard (24.21) and 100-yard butterfly (53.62), while also winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.95. Senior Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) swam a 56.29 for the second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 50-yard backstroke (27.12). Hitting the pads third in the 50-yard butterfly was freshman Khalil Badran (Beirut, Lebanon) who posted a time of 25.68. Sophomore Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) was third in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:34.57) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:34.97), while senior Lee Chaing (Lexington, MA) took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.49.Spazzarini, Chiang, Lybarger and Ruffing finished third in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:47.67 and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:22.14). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Ben Collins (Newbury, MA), Ruffing, Lybarger and Chiang came in third (1:30.53) for the Crimson and Gray. On Saturday Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Babson at 1pm. Home swimming and diving events are held at Clark. 

Women’s Swimming and Diving (1-1 Overall)

Women’s Swimming and Diving junior Nica Sylvia (Martha's Vineyard, MA) won the three-meter dive as Women's Swimming and Diving co-hosted the New England Invitational along with Keene State. Swimming events were held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, while the diving was held at Keene State. Middlebury, Assumption, and Post comprised the rest of the field. Sylvia tallied 185.32 points to take the three-meter event, just four days after she played midfield for WPI versus Wheaton in the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Tournament quarterfinals. Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) finished third in the three-meter (151.43) while second in the one-meter (195.0) Sylvia was third in three-meter with a score of 176.10. Freshman Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) posted the best swimming finish for the Engineers as she placed third in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:16.46. Kent also finished seventh (29.29) in the 50-yard butterfly. Sophomore Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY) swam to a seventh place (30.31) showing in the 50-yard backstroke and eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.01. Rookie Kelin Song (Providence, RI) was eighth in the 400-yard individual medley (5:21.39) and in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:11.05). The 400-yard medley relay team of Peruffo, senior Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA), freshman Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA) and Kent finished sixth with a 4:27.04 time and eighth (2:04.73) in the 200-yard medley relay. Finishing eighth in the 400-yard medley relay was junior Toni La Bella(Warrick, RI), sophomore Emily Colpas (Holden, MA), freshman Samantha Sargalski (Windsor, CT) and sophomore Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) with a time of 4:46.31. Finishing with an eighth place time of 1:51.09 in the 200-yard freestyle relay was Song, junior Jess Shelsky (Nashua, NH), sophomore Lopez and Kent. Keene paced the field with eight wins, followed by Assumption and Middlebury with four each. Post had one first place finish. Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Babson next Saturday at 1pm. WPI home meets are held at Clark.

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