October 2010


For those parents and/or friends who missed Homecoming Weekend, pictures of the many events are posted online here. The weekend was enjoyable for current students, as well as new and older alumni, with great weather, plenty of sports contests, and the renewal of friendships from years past.

Student Activities and Greek Life

More than 30 percent of WPI’s students join a fraternity or sorority. Recruitment starts in B-Term. As a parent, you may have many questions about the process or what you or your son/daughter might expect. You can learn more about fraternity and sorority life on WPI’s campus by consulting the Parents Section of the Greek Life website.

Diversity Programs 

The Office of Diversity Programs hopes your son or daughter will participate in the November Soul Food Dinner.

  • Dinners are held in OASIS House the first Sunday of every month, 6-8pm.
  • The first was held on October 3, 2010; the next dinner will be November 7, 2010.
  • 50 students attended the first dinner, which was a laid-back social activity where the students - ate homemade, traditional southern style cooking while enjoying each other’s company.

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

The fall break is great time to check in with your sons or daughters about their career plans.  If your students are 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 B-Term. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Fridays, from 3 to 4pm. Students may register for the class using CRN 11493, Course # FY180X-B01.

This is also the time many students start thinking about applying to graduate school. The Career Development Center will host a number of programs in late October about applying to graduate school, the WPI BS/MS program, and financing graduate school. The CDC will also host panels for professional schools (law, medical, and business schools). It's a great way to learn more about graduate school options.

And, it's never too early to start thinking about summer internships. Please encourage your son or daughter to make an appointment with a CDC staff member to discuss summer (or full-time) job search strategies.

Upcoming Events:

  • 10/27, Thinking About Graduate School, 5pm, SL305
  • 10/28, Learn about the BS/MS Program Options at WPI, noon, SL402
  • 11/2, Learn about Graduate School Financing Options, 5pm, SL407
  • 11/3, Law School Panel, 5pm, SL104
  • 11/3, Medical School Panel 5pm, SL305
  • 11/3, MBA Panel, 5pm, SL407


Academic Advising/Academic Resource Center

A-Term is coming to a close Oct 14.  Students may view their grades online on their unofficial transcript beginning October 20.  We recommend that parents view the grades with their students.  Please remember: only those classes in which the student received a grade of “C” or better will be displayed. 

If your students did not do as well as they had hoped or expected, please encourage them to stop in to see us so we can help them get back on track.  Our staff is an excellent resource for students.

For more information on the various resources we offer through the Academic Resources Center (a function within the Advising Office), visit our site.  There you will find helpful information on the MASH (Math and Science Help) program, the Tutoring program, the Peer Academic Coaching program, and various workshops to help support students in their academic endeavors.

Student Development and Counseling Center

Letting Go: Suggestions for Parents of New (and Old) College Students 

This article, written by WPI’s director of Student Development and Counseling four years ago, still rings true for parents and grandparents whose sons or daughters have left home and are arriving again for a short visit….

On the threshold of sending my second child away to college and having been on the receiving end of your children for 14 years here at WPI you'd think I would have my act together when it came to this "letting go" thing. But just last night I found myself arguing with my son over missed deadlines for paperwork and his general overall lack of preparedness for his move to college. The dust settled and I realized he nor I are all that "ready" for him to move out and go to college. We ended up having our first real conversation about what it might be like for all of us when he leaves home in a few weeks. More information and suggestions for parents.

WPI Development and Alumni Relations

WPI Football Pregame Brunch, Oct. 30

We invite you to join WPI alumni, family, and friends to cheer on the WPI football team on October 30 at Hobart William Smith. The WPI group will gather at 10:30am for a pregame brunch reception. We will walk over to the field at noon to cheer on the WPI team. As always, we welcome guests of all ages. We will be joined at the game by Steve Rubin '74, chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and hear about WPI today! Register online here.

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 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 to further enrich their children’s WPI experience. For more information about the WPI Parents Fund, or if you would like to make a gift: visit the Parents Fund Site. 

Stay 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, you may 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 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 between 11am and 3pm. 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 more information, visit the Class Ring Site.

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 details, visit Alumni Connect.

WPI Gordon Library

Term Break Hours

  • Friday, Oct 15: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday, Oct 16: 11am - 5pm
  • Sunday, Oct 17: 11am - 9pm
  • Monday - Thursday Oct 18-21: 8am - 10pm
  • Friday, Oct 22: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday, Oct 23: 11am - 5pm
  • Sunday, Oct 24: 11am - 9pm
  • Monday, Oct 25: 8am - 10pm

Library News

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The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to welcome its 28th Induction Class. The five newest members were inducted on Friday, October 1, 2010 as part of Homecoming Weekend.  Inductees include: Ernie Ansah ’96 - Football; Dave Helming ‘64 - Basketball and Track and Field; William Komm ‘75 - Track and Field; Russ Philpot ‘83 - Basketball; Jennifer Plante ‘96 - Basketball and Rachel Zimet Pytel ‘02 - Basketball and Volleyball. 

A crowd of 110 members of the WPI Wrestling Family gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WPI's first New England Wrestling Championship in 1985 as well as other championships from 1987, 1994 and 1995.  With a 499-286-11 (.634) overall dual-meet record, the Engineers will enter the 2010-11 season just one win away from 500.  Even more amazing, over the 20 year period from 1977-1997, the program was 313-56-2 for a winning percentage of .844.  WPI kicks off the season November 13th at the Roger Williams Invitational. 

Two home events on Tuesday evening.  Great volleyball match-up as the Engineers (15-2, 3-1 NEWMAC) host Coast Guard (15-4, 3-1 NEWMAC) in a key conference matchup.  Field Hockey takes on defending NEWMAC Tournament champion MIT.  Last season, WPI claimed a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory.

See you at the games - Rusty 

WPI Weekly Athletics Update

Last Week’s Results
Monday, September 27 Women’s Soccer 2, Wentworth 1
Tuesday, September 28  Volleyball 3, Wheaton 0
Nichols 2, Field Hockey 0
Wednesday, September 29 Men’s Soccer 3, Elms 0
Saturday, October 2 Men’s Soccer 1, Babson 1
Volleyball 3, Mass Maritime 0
Volleyball 3, Pine Manor 0
Union 25, Football 17
Babson 9, Field Hockey 0
Babson 2, Women’s Soccer 1
Men’s Cross Country - 1st Place at Tri-State Invitational (hosted by CCRI)
Women’s Cross Country - 1st Place at Tri-State Invitational (hosted by CCRI)
Sunday, October 3 Men’s Crew at Textile River Regatta
Women’s Crew at Textile River Regatta


This Week’s Games
Tuesday, October 5 Women’s Soccer at MIT 4 p.m.
MIT at Field Hockey 7 p.m.
Coast Guard at Volleyball  7 p.m.
Thursday, October 7 Volleyball at Roger Williams   7 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 Cross Country at All-New England Championships 10 a.m.
Eastern Nazarene and Anna Maria at Volleyball 11 a.m.
Springfield at Women’s Soccer 1 p.m.
Field Hockey at Springfield 1 p.m.
Football at US Merchant Marine 4 p.m.
Crew hosts Quinsigamond Snake Regatta TBA


Men’s Athlete of the Week

Lane Thornton - Cross Country - Senior - Richmond, VT

Lane Thornton picked up a win and the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending October 3rd.  Thornton paced all runners with a time of 27:48, while nine members of the Men’s Cross Country team crossed the finish line in the top 10 to win the Tri-States Invitational hosted by CCRI on Saturday. 

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Megan Forti - Women’s Soccer - Freshman - Forward - Lynn, MA

Megan Forti scored the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending October 3rd. The freshman forward scored a goal with 14:09 remaining in regulation to snap a 1-all tie and lifted WPI to its second straight victory on Monday.  Saturday, Forti scored on a loose ball near the net when she deposited her team-best fifth goal.

Football (3-2 overall, 1-1 Liberty League)

The football team dropped a thriller in front of the announced crowd of 3,110 on Saturday as part of homecoming weekend.  The Engineers jumped out to a 14-0 advantage on a pair of defensive touchdowns.  Christopher O'Connor (Bellerose, NY) returned an interception 12 yards for a score early in the second quarter after Brendan Gove (Rutland, MA) hit the quarterback as he was throwing the ball.  The Crimson and Gray doubled its advantage in the opening minutes of the third quarter when Kevin White (Worcester, MA) stripped the Union runner of the ball and returned it 30 yards to extend the lead to 14-0. WPI extended its lead to 17-12 when Cody Beckel (Jupiter, FL) drilled a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Engineers would have one last crack and used a 36-yard diving reception by Nick Bean to get deep in Union territory.  Later in the drive with just a minute remaining, the Engineers were faced with a 4th-and-goal from the Union 15.  Quarterback Pat McAuley (Hingham, MA) was forced to scramble and got to the 1 yard line before he was stopped by a host of Dutchmen before the goal line. O'Connor and Jack Mulhern (Worcester, MA) paced WPI with 10 stops apiece while Peter Gill (Franklin) chipped in with a pair of tackles-for-loss, including a sack. O'Connor took home the Robert Pritchard Award as the Most Outstanding Lineman while White won as the Most Outstanding Back. WPI heads to Kings Point, NY to take on the United States Merchant Marine Academy at 4pm Saturday.

Men’s Soccer (4-5-1 overall, 0-2-1 NEWMAC)

The Men’s Soccer team picked up a win and a tie last week. Freshman Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) netted a hat trick and classmate Jeff Wong (Long Hill, NJ) registered a shutout in his first collegiate game in goal to power WPI to a 3-0 victory over Elms Wednesday afternoon. Ciampa unleashed a one-man scoring spree in the 18th minute as he tallied markers 43 seconds apart.  He got the Engineers on the board at 17:16 when he buried a rebound by senior Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) and helped the Crimson and Gray double their advantage at 17:59 when Ford sent him in alone on net for a breakaway goal. Ciampa concluded the scoring early in the second half as he scored off a pass from Kevin Ducharme (Bedford, NH) at 56:17.  The freshman now has six goals on the season, tying him for second in the NEWMAC. Wong turned away three shots while earning the win for WPI between the pipes. Kyle Powers (Hamilton, NJ) helped preserve the shutout by clearing a ball off the line in the 52nd minute. The WPI and Babson men's soccer teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw Saturday morning on Homecoming.  Both teams had quality scoring chances during a scoreless first half.  Babson's initial shot in the 37th minute repelled by WPI goalkeeper Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) and the follow-up header floated just over the crossbar.  The iron came into play four minutes later when WPI's Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) had his shot deflected off the crossbar by Babson. WPI broke the scoring drought early in the second half when they took advantage of a Babson miscommunication in the backfield and netted an own goal 50:57.  The Beavers evened the match at 70:23 on a goal following a scrum in front of the net. Moan recorded five saves in net for WPI. The Engineers are off until Thursday, October 14th when they kickoff a four-game road trip with a non-conference contest at Fitchburg State. 

Women’s Soccer (3-7-1 overall, 1-2 NEWMAC

Women’s Soccer split a pair of matches on the week. Freshman forward Megan Forti's (Lynn, MA) goal with 14:09 remaining in regulation snapped a 1-all tie and lifted the WPI to its second straight victory, a 2-1 triumph over Wentworth Monday afternoon.  The one-goal margin of victory marked the sixth time in the 11 meetings between the two schools a game has been decided by a single goal.  A back and forth opening stanza yielded few chances for both teams to break the ice until the visiting Engineers took a 1-0 lead on a freshman defender Natalie McMillan (Acton, MA) goal.  McMillan's first collegiate marker, a shot from the top left of the 18-yard box, came off a feed pass from senior forward Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA).  The half would end with WPI holding a 1-0 advantage.  Wentworth had a chance to go ahead in the 59th minute, but freshman keeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made a stop at point-blank range on a header off of a corner kick. Garza fed Forti, who would go in past the Leopard defense and shoot from inside the 18.  The shot initially hit the right post, but before a Wentworth defender could clear it out, it crossed the goal line for her fourth tally of the season. Willer turned aside five shots for the Engineers, who improves to 3-6-1 on the season. In Saturday’s conference loss, WPI got to within 2-1 when Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) swarmed on a loose ball near the net and deposited her team-best fifth goal at the 68:41 mark.  The Engineers kept the pressure and nearly tied the game 28 seconds later when she slipped past the Babson defenders and hit the post.  That would prove to be the best chance for the hosts to level the score. WPI netminder Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made five stops for the Crimson and Gray. The Engineers venture to Cambridge to face defending NEWMAC tournament champion MIT on Tuesday afternoon for a 4pm contest. On Saturday, Springfield is in town for a 1pm conference tilt. 

Field Hockey (4-6 overall, 0-2 NEWMAC)

Field Hockey lost a pair of contests last week, including a conference matchup. Nichols came to Alumni Field on Tuesday and jumped on the scoreboard early in the 2-0 loss. WPI had two quality shots within five seconds in the waning moments before halftime.  Sophomore Meghan Farrell (Phillipston, MA) saw her shot blocked by a Bison defender while classmate Becca Sharpe's (Concord, NH) bid was repelled by the Nichols keeper. The score remained 1-0 until Nichols tapped the ball into the net with just 41 seconds left in the contest.  The Engineers' only shot on goal of the half came in the 44th minute off a blast from Celena Dopart (Washington, DC). Sophomore Aly Caceres (Fall River, MA) played the first half for the Engineers and stopped three shots while freshman Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) did not have to make a save in her 35 minutes in goal during the second stanza.  Junior midfielder Paige Hanson (East Hartford, CT) aided the Crimson and Gray with a defensive save in the 60th minute.  In a tough 9-0 conference loss to Babson, Caceres and Dufresne split the time in net for WPI combining for seven saves.  Junior defender Katelyn Comeau (Goffstown, NH) made a defensive save for the Engineers. The Field Hockey team faces a couple NEWMAC opponents this week.  The Crimson and Gray host MIT Tuesday in a 7pm matchup, and Saturday they hit the road to play at 1pm against Springfield.

Volleyball (15-2 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)

Women’s Volleyball won a trio of matches this past week, including a NEWMAC contest. Sophomore Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) contributed 14 digs as WPI defeated Wheaton in NEWMAC women's volleyball action on Tuesday night.  The visiting Engineers came out on top by a 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-22) count. Sophomores Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) and Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) paced the WPI offense with 10 and nine kills, respectively, and junior Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) distributed 30 assists.  Junior Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) finished with 15 digs. In the first set on Saturday, Porambo registered her 1,000th career dig as the host Engineers defeated Mass Maritime and Pine Manor in straight sets on Saturday.  Nwagbara notched four kills for the Engineers and recorded a .375 hitting percentage in the 3-0 win over Mass Maritime by scores of 25-8, 25-10, and 25-10 in the morning match.  Freshman Sarah Cook (New Paltz, NY) pitched in four kills and added a dig.  Sophomore Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) and Woodward combined for eleven assists, six and five, respectively. Nwagbara amassed nine kills and six digs, while Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) came up with seven digs in the 3-0 win over Pine Manor (25-12, 25-11, 25-15).  Woodward setup 18 assists and had four digs. WPI returns to the court on Tuesday when they host Coast Guard in a key NEWMAC matchup at 7pm.  Thursday they travel to Roger Williams for a 7pm non-conference match.  The Engineers host another tri-match Saturday when they welcome Eastern Nazarene at 11am and Anna Maria at 3pm.

Men’s Cross Country

WPI’s Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) paced all runners with a time of 27:48, while nine members of the Men’s Cross Country team crossed the finish line in the top 10 to win the Tri-States Invitational hosted by CCRI on Saturday.  WPI scored 18 points, followed by Clark (59), Worcester State (72)  and CCRI (100). Scott Burger (Huntington Station, NY) finished second overall (28:05) as Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY) posted a third overall time of 28:09. Rounding out the top five for the Engineers was Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) who ran a fourth place time of 28:24. Lucas Smith-Horn (Ellington, CT) crossed the finish line sixth (28:48), as Todd Alexander (Foxboro, MA) finished a fraction of a second behind his teammate.  Dan Ritchie (Pepperell, MA) shored up the WPI top seven with an eighth place finish at 28:54. A pair of runners finished out of the scoring but was in the overall top 10. Brian Goodman (Colonie, NY) crossed the finish line in ninth at 29:00, while Mitch Giroux (Dighton, MA) completed his 10th place showing at 29:05. Men’s Cross Country heads to Franklin Park for the All-New England Meet on Saturday for a 10am start.

Women’s Cross Country

Vicky Hewey (Sanford, ME) and the Women’s Cross Country team won for the second week in a row and the Tri-States Invitational for the second straight year.  Hewey bested all runners with a time of 20:16 improving on last year’s mark of 20:33. WPI earned 28 points to down Worcester State (33), Clark (76) and Framingham State (96). Jenn Mann (Chelmsford, MA) followed Hewey 18 seconds later to place second (20:33). Fifth place belonged to Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) (21:17), as Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) rounded out the top 10 with a time of 21:38. Catherine Duffty (Haverhill, MA) posted a 13th place (21:49) effort.  Caitlin Rush (Nashua, NH) came in 16th place with a time of 22:08. Jess McKniff (Duxbury, MA) finished 22nd (22:45) to anchor the WPI top seven.The Women’s Cross Country team runs again at 10am, Saturday when they attend the All-New England Meet at Franklin Park.

Men’s and Women’s Crew

The Crew teams began their 2010-11 campaigns this past weekend, enjoying Homecoming on Saturday with the annual Alumni Regatta before competing Sunday in the Textile River Regatta.  The Engineers saw several strong performance on Sunday.  Check the athletics page for a complete rundown.  Both programs are back in action on Saturday, hosting the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta.

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