October 2008

Dear Parents of First Year Students,

As we are nearing the end of A-Term, I would like to emphasize all of the Academic Resources that we have available for students at WPI. If your son or daughter is struggling with courses, please encourage him/her to either visit our Academic Resources Center (ARC) for tutoring assistance, meet with their Faculty Advisor, or schedule an appointment to meet with me in Academic Advising. Students may email me at cpeppes@wpi.edu or stop in to make an appointment at any time in the Academic Advising office in Daniels Hall to make an appointment. 

With final exams approaching, time management is key. Time management and study skills information is available at the Academic Resources Center. Please feel free to direct your student to this site for additional information. The Academic Advising office is here to help students get back on track. You're encouraged to contact our office with questions at academic-advising@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-5381. 

Best,

Connie Peppes
      Associate Director for First Year Advising Programs 

Career Development Center Update

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career-related handouts, career-related podcasts, and much more.  Encourage your son or daughter to set up a Job Finder account today!

Workshops for Undecided Majors

In B-Term the Career Development Center will lead a three-part Major Exploration Series for first year students. 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, the difference between a major, minor, and a career, and facilitating industry exposure.  Seminar 3, Why Experiences Are Valuable, will review internship and co-op experiences, discuss how to obtain an internship, and describe resume and additional services. The dates are November 5, 12, and 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Salisbury Labs 115. The Major Exploration Series will also be offered in C and D Terms.  

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 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Weekly Athletics Update

Last Week's Results
Tuesday, September 16 Field Hockey 1, Western New England 0
Coast Guard 3, Volleyball 0
Worcester State 4, Women's Soccer 0
Wednesday, September 17 Brandeis 2, Men's Soccer 1 (2 OT)
Thursday, September 18 Volleyball 3, Rhode Island College 1
Worcester State 2, Field Hockey 1
Saturday, September 20 Men's Cross Country - 13th Place at UMass Dartmouth Invitational
Women's Cross Country - 18th Place at UMass Dartmouth Invitational
Coast Guard 2, Men's Soccer 0
Football 47, Becker 7
Babson 3, Volleyball 0
Upcoming Events
Monday, September 22 Rivier at Men's Soccer 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23 Westfield State at Women's Soccer
Mount Holyoke at Volleyball
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 24 Becker at Field Hockey 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 25 Newbury at Women's Soccer
Becker at Volleyball 
 
Thursday, September 25 Newbury at Women's Soccer
Becker at Volleyball
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 Cross Country at Worcester City Meet (hosted by Worcester State)
Football at Rensselaer
MIT at Women's Soccer
Field Hockey at MIT
Men's Soccer at Springfield
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Men's Athlete of the Week

Stefan Nictora - Football - Senior - Wyoming, RI

Stefan Nictora of the football team has been named the male athlete of the week for the week of September 15th through September 21st.  In a 47-7 win over Becker on Saturday, Nictora was outstanding for the Engineers.  He was all over the field for WPI as he led the defensive effort with a team-best eight tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble and a pair of pass breakups.  Nictora currently leads WPI with 32 tackles, including 19 solo, and ranks amongst the top defensive performers in the Liberty League.  The victory over Becker improves the Crimson and Gray to 3-0 for the third straight season.  WPI Football heads to Rensselaer, NY on Saturday to face RPI in the annual Transit Trophy game at 1pm.

Women's Athlete of the Week

Kelly Johnson - Field Hockey - Junior - Buxton, ME

Kelly Johnson of the field hockey team has been named the female athlete of the week for the week of September 15th through September 21st.  Johnson, a midfielder, led WPI to a 1-0 victory over Western New England.  The Engineers scored the only goal of the contest in the 54th minute when Johnson deposited a pass into the back of the net following a penalty corner.  It was the first goal of the season for Johnson and the tenth of her career.  The junior was NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2006 but missed a majority of the 2007 campaign with a season-ending injury.  WPI is now 3-3 overall and is off until Wednesday when they close out a three-game home stand with a 4pm contest versus Becker.

Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country competed at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday afternoon.  The Engineers came home with 13th place while Keene State was the meet winner.  In a race that featured 278 participants, Kevin Jillson (East Sandwich, MA) finished an impressive 30th (25:46) overall to take the top spot for WPI.  Keith Flanders (Westford, MA) placed 72nd (26:39) for the Engineers while Dan Duffty (Haverhill, MA) was 80th (26:44).  Other top finishers for WPI included Todd Alexander (Foxboro, MA) in 130th (27:46), Chris Gabrielson (Westford, MA) in 135th (27:53), Mario Christiner (Zurich, Switzerland) in 138th and Craig Mitchell (Hanson, MA) in 152nd (28:12).  Men's Cross Country will be running at the Worcester City Meet on Saturday held at Moore State Park in Paxton.  The race is slated to begin at 10:30am.     

Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country finished 18th of 41 teams at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday afternoon.  MIT was the overall meet winner.  Amongst 310 runners, Meghan Woods (Hanover, MA) took home the top spot for the Engineers with her 47th (19:31) place finish.  Marissa Gray (Stanley, NY) finished in 104th (20:23) for WPI while teammate Beth Hegarty (Springfield, MA) placed 117th (20:39).  Other top finishes for the Crimson and Gray included Jen Keating (Winchester, MA) in 169th (21:20), Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) in 174th (21:29), Danielle Volpe (Chelmsford, MA) in 182nd (21:36) and Jessica McNiff (Duxbury, MA) in 201st (21:49) place.  Women's Cross Country hits the trail on Saturday when they participate in the Worcester City Meet held at Moore State Park in Paxton beginning at 10:30am.

Field Hockey (3-3 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) scored midway through the second half to lift WPI to a 1-0 shutout over visiting Western New England College in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday evening.  The Crimson and Gray scored the only goal of the contest in the 54th minute when Johnson deposited a pass from Jackie McDonough (Winchester, MA) into the back of the net following a penalty corner.  It was the first goal of the season for Johnson and tenth of her career.  The junior was NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2006 but missed a majority of the 2007 campaign with a season-ending injury.  The assist was McDonough's second of the year, tying her for the team lead with Nicole Maglione (Charlton, MA).  Betsy Ray (Simsbury, CT) turned away two shots en route to posting her third shutout of the season.  For the night, WPI enjoyed a 20-3 edge in shots, including a 14-1 advantage in the second half.  On Thursday, Worcester State scored on a wild scramble with 4:15 remaining in the second overtime to take a dramatic 2-1 victory over WPI.  The game winner capped a wildly entertaining 20 minutes of extra play that saw the two teams combine for 11 shots and six penalty corners.  Worcester State got on the board first at 16:08, but WPI answered back early in the second half when Maglione drove home a feed from Meghan Linskey (Bridgewater, MA) for her second goal of the season and 22nd of her standout career.  Ray stopped eight shots, including a blocker stop on a Lancer penalty stroke midway through the second half.  WPI is now 3-3 overall and is off until Wednesday when they close out a three-game home stand with a 4pm contest against Becker.

Football (3-0 overall, 0-0 Liberty League)

The WPI defense limited Becker to 40 yards of total offense in the first half to help lift the Engineers to a 47-7 victory over the visiting Hawks in non-conference football action on Saturday afternoon.  With the win, WPI improves to 3-0 for the third straight year. Manny Cambra (Bethel, CT), who had a game-high 65 yards rushing, got the scoring starting for the Crimson and Gray with a 18-yard touchdown scamper just 3:24 into the contest.  The Engineers received their next two touchdowns from the legs of quarterback Justin Wells (Jay, ME), who collected 2 and 1-yard scoring carries.  WPI extended their lead to 28-0 midway through the second quarter when Jack Mulhern (Worcester, MA) picked up a fumble that had been snapped over the Becker quarterback's head, and returned it 35-yard for his first career score.  Freshman Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) closed out the scoring in the first half with a 8-yard touchdown reception from Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) with just 44 seconds remaining before intermission to give the Engineers a 34-0 advantage at the half.  The WPI defense was the story of the first half as they forced four punts and two turnovers in the first 30 minutes.  Stefan Nicotra (Wyoming, RI) led the defensive effort with a team-best eight tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble and a pair of pass breakups.  Preseason All-American Andrew Sides (Acton, MA) added six tackles and his ninth career interception.  Erik Pichette (Chelmsford, MA) and Craig Kennedy (Seekonk, MA) each collected a pair of sacks while Justin Thomas (Stannard, VT) registered a pair of tackles for loss.  Bean and R.C. Grady (Shirley, MA) each caught four passes for 73 yards on the day.  13 different Engineers ran the ball as the Crimson and Gray enjoyed a 444-140 advantage in total offense.  WPI heads to Rensselaer, NY on Saturday to face RPI in the annual Transit Trophy game at 1pm.   

Men's Soccer (2-3 overall, 0-1 NEWMAC)

Brandeis scored with just 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Judges to a dramatic 2-1 victory over host WPI in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday evening.  Brandeis was the first to score when they knocked in a goal just five minutes into the match.  WPI answered back late in the first stanza when Ben Gilde (Manchester, MA) found Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) with a brilliant through pass.  Ford buried the shot from the right wing for his first goal of year and fourth of his career.  WPI netminder Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) was credited with three saves on the evening.  Moan kept WPI in the contest with a great save over the crossbar midway through the second half.  On Saturday, the Engineers dropped their NEWMAC home opener, 2-0, to Coast Guard.  After a tightly contested first half of play, the Bears took the lead on a penalty kick just 2:28 into the second half and added an insurance goal in the 74th minute to take the win.  Moan made five save for the Engineers who dip to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.  WPI returns home Monday for a non-conference match-up with Rivier.  Kickoff is slated for 7pm.     

Women's Soccer (4-3 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

In its only game of the week, the WPI Women's Soccer Team dropped a tough 3-0 decision to city rival Worcester State.  Goalkeepers Abaigeal Caras (Essex, CT) and Sabrina Zayas (Canton, MA) shared time in net for the Engineers with Caras making five stops and Zayas registering one save.  For the match, the Lancers enjoyed a 13-6 edge in shots while the Engineers took five of the game's seven corner kicks.  WPI is now 4-3 overall and will be off until next Tuesday at 7pm when they host Westfield State in the second of five straight home contests.    

Volleyball (3-8 overall, 0-2 NEWMAC)

WPI Volleyball dropped its NEWMAC opener to Coast Guard on Tuesday evening.  The Bears won the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-13).  WPI (3-6, 0-1) outscored Coast Guard 9-2 breaking a 9-9 tie in the first set to take an 18-11 lead. The Bears, still trailing 20-15, scored five of the next six points to pull to within 21-20. The Bears, trailing 22-20, scored five of the next six points to win the set.  Freshman Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) led the Engineers with five kills and 18 digs while Kathryn Bomba also added 18 digs in the loss.  Outside hitter Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) tallied 16 digs for the Engineers.  On Thursday, the Engineers dropped a 3-1 decision to Rhode Island College by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-14.  WPI's Holmberg registered a match-high 13 kills, while freshman outside hitter Porambo logged 25 digs. Setter Nikki Croteau (Wilbraham, MA) posted 26 assists.  The Crimson and Gray capped off a busy week of competition with a 3-0 loss (25-14, 25-14, 25-20) to NEWMAC foe Babson.  Holmberg paced the WPI effort with eight kills and seven digs while Croteau handed out 19 assists.  Alison Su (Westerly, RI) finished with a team-best 11 digs for the Engineers while Porambo and Bomba each chipped in with seven.  Deanna Flaherty (Millbury, MA) added two solo blocks and 3 assisted blocks.  WPI is now 3-8 on the season and 0-2 in NEWMAC action.  WPI Volleyball will entertain Mount Ida on Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.

Parents of First Year Students

As parents or guardians of new WPI students, you are embarking on very exciting times in your 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 because of the support and guidance that you have given them, beginning in their early years and continuing today, and we are honored that 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 sporadically.  So that we may keep you connected about WPI news, regional events, and parent activities, we ask you to fill out the family information form if you have not already done so.

We are confident that the next few years will be rewarding for your entire family and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.     

Sincerely,
      The WPI Parents Fund

 
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