By Charles C. Morse, Director
WPI Student Development and Counseling Center
Part of the core mission of the Student Development and Counseling Center is to provide preventive programming to help students achieve good health and success during their time at WPI. By far, the number one request for programming is on the topic of stress management. In A-Term alone we spoke to well over 250 students in small groups about stress at WPI. When we asked them what’s so stressful about WPI, typically their responses related to exams, lack of personal space, the fast pace of the 7-week terms, meeting so many new (and different) people, and adapting to a whole different lifestyle with so many opportunities to get involved, yet so little free time.
We explain to students that taking charge of stress management in their lives will involve two major sets of skills: holding on and letting go.
Holding on refers to identifying stressful areas over which they have relatively more control, then doing something about it. Perhaps the best example of this is time management. We emphasize that good time management is about developing good habits, and their best opportunity to do so is at the beginning of each term. All our students gradually learn to be better managers of their time.
Letting go refers to finding ways to release and live with the stress over which they have little control. We emphasize that stress is normal and we benefit from finding ways to keep moving toward our goals with stress. Many students run into difficulty when they try to avoid or eliminate stress with procrastination, over-use of video/internet, alcohol abuse, or other means of escape. We emphasize the importance of maintaining close relationships with family and friends for support and exercise as an important physical release. We also teach them breathing and mindfulness exercises to enhance their skills at letting go.
At no time in the year is the overall stress level more evident that during the last week of any term, with many deadlines and exams crammed into one week. Students react to the end of the term with mixed feelings—relief that there will soon be a break and anxiety over all they have to do to get there. Often the first thing they “let go” during finals is adequate sleep and meals. You may see them return home for break somewhat sleep deprived and appreciating the comforts of home as never before. Hopefully they will have learned more lessons about time management and letting go of stress—each time they get through a term they learn and grow.
October is Graduate School Awareness Month and November/December are Job Search and Interviewing Months in the Career Development Center. Encourage your son or daughter to stop by our office today!
Graduate School Related Programming
Oct 27, Preparing for Graduate Admissions Tests, 5pm, AK232
Oct 28, Graduate School Financing and Scholarships, 6pm, SL407
Oct 29, WPI’s BS/MS Five Year Degree Programs, 12noon, GH227
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 4, 11, and 18 from 4 to 5:30pm in Salisbury Labs 115. The Major Exploration Series will also be repeated in C and D Terms. To register for Major Exploration Series: https://www.wpi.edu/Regi/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 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1 and 3pm.
Has your son or daughter activated their 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 student to activate a Job Finder account today! To activate an account: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CDC/jobfinder.html
Dear Parents of WPI,
As your students may return home for A-Term break, we'd like to review what’s new and what we can anticipate in terms of health services this season.
Recent headlines have focused on what is a challenging and complicated flu season. This season two flu vaccines will be required to protect students--one for seasonal influenza, and one for H1N1. To administer the first of these vaccines, we conducted a successful seasonal flu campus clinic September 17. If your son/daughter has not yet received a seasonal flu vaccine, you may wish to have them schedule an appointment with their primary care physician at home over term break.
We currently anticipate arrival of H1N1 vaccine by the middle of November. For updated information, stay tuned via email or our website, www.wpi.edu/Admin/Health
WPI has had a small number of influenza-like illness (ILI) cases, six to date, and all have recovered from minor illness. Nevertheless, we are closely monitoring the current flu season as the situation evolves. WPI is a sentinel site for the Center for Disease Control, sharing data and partnering with the agency to track ILI cases and immunization practices. We are also working closely with the Department of Public Health in Boston, and our local Department of Public Health in Worcester.
We ask for your assistance in reinforcing good health hygiene practices with your student. These include covering coughs, proper hand-washing and not attending class when ill. Adequate sleep and good nutrition are also essential.
Thank you for your assistance, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Regina Roberto, MSN APRN-BC
Director, WPI Health Services
Office of Academic Advising Information
Dear Parents of Students,
Now that the term has ended, grades will be submitted to the Registrar’s office by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 20. Students will be able to view their grades online following the deadline. If students struggled through A-Term and are in need of assistance, they may contact the Academic Advising Office to review their course schedule for B-Term, as well as discuss action steps on improving for B-Term. Upperclass students should contact Dale Snyder (email@example.com), director of Academic Advising; first year students should contact Connie Peppes (firstname.lastname@example.org), associate director.
All students will receive information regarding REV UP for B-Term, our five-week workshop on time management and learning skill strategies. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this great opportunity. Offered once a week during the noon hour, it provides students with a different topic each week on how to improve what study strategies are not working. Each student will also be connected with a Peer Academic Coach to meet with outside of this session for 15 minutes to catch up on how things are going. We also do offer other academic resources to students such as one-on-one academic coaching with a staff member in our office, as well as tutoring within our Academic Resource Center. Please encourage your student to take advantage of all of the opportunities to get back on track for B-Term.
Feel free to contact us with any questions via email at email@example.com or by phone at 508-831-5381, we would be more than happy to speak with you.
Student Health 101 is an interactive health and wellness magazine that all undergraduate students at WPI receive. It offers tips on issues from reducing stress to succeeding in your classes to relationships to getting involved. It has been funded for this year by the Student Government Association. There is also a parent edition — see the October 2009 edition at http://readsh101.com/wpi-pp.html.
The decision to join a fraternity or sorority is one your student may consider. The recruitment process occurs during B-Term at the beginning of November. Please take a moment to review common questions and answers about the WPI fraternity and sorority community on campus: wpi.edu/Admin/SAO/Greek/faq.html
Have more questions? Check our website: wpi.edu/+Greek or contact Emily Perlow, associate director of Student Activities and Greek Life Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-831-5291.
The WPI Office of Financial Aid will be distributing the 2010–11 upperclass application for financial aid during the first two weeks of December in the Campus Center. Specific dates and times will be posted in the November issue of The Fountain and will be sent to students' WPI email addresses. This form should be completed by any student who will be a sophomore, junior or senior in the 2010–11 academic year and will be applying for financial aid.
RA Selection for 2010–11 is coming soon! Applications are available on November 2 in the office of Residential Services. Applications are due December 16. For more info, visit our website and click on the RA Selection link http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/RSO.
We'd like to thank all of the parents who attended the reception in Higgins House during Parents Weekend. We hope you all had a good time and were able to enjoy the impressive setting of Higgins House and its grounds, as well as conversation with fellow WPI parents. We hope to see you next year!
Get informed about WPI
As parents or guardians of WPI students, you are in the midst of 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 due to the support and guidance you have given them, 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 occasionally. 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 at the link below, if you have not already done so.
We are confident that these years will be rewarding for your entire family and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
—Office of Alumni Relations
A Balfour representative will be at the WPI campus bookstore Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11am to 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 19, 2010. For additional information, please visit http://wpi.imodules.com/s/648/index.aspx?sid=648&gid=1&pgid=682.
The Centennial Walkway on the Quad was dedicated in 1991 and a new tradition was established. 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 2010 in May, brick orders must be received by Feb. 15, 2010. For additional information, please visit http://wpi.imodules.com/s/648/index.aspx?sid=648&gid=1&pgid=660.
For the fourth time this season, Field Hockey forced overtime with a goal in the final five minutes and won the game in an extra session. On Saturday, the Engineers tied Mount Holyoke with just over three minutes left and tasted victory in the second round of penalty strokes. Women’s Soccer boosted its NEWMAC Tournament hopes with a 1-0 shutout of Mount Holyoke while Men’s Soccer helps its chance of getting a home game with a hard-earned 1-1 tie at 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Clark. Finally, the crew teams had a strong performance in the Quinsigamond Head Race, with the men’s varsity eight and the women’s four both earning the gold. Both teams will be at the Head of the Charles this weekend.
The fall season is quickly coming to an end. Tuesday is a great day to catch two teams in action as Field Hockey hosts Wellesley in a battle for first place in the NEWMAC and Volleyball hosts conference-leading MIT. Both games begin at 7pm. Both soccer teams take center stage later in the week with the men taking on Fitchburg State on Thursday at 7pm and the women hosting Coast Guard on Saturday at 1pm. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will have their final tune-ups before the NEWMAC Championships when they host their Alumni Meet Saturday at Institute Park.
See you at the games - Rusty
WPI Weekly Athletics Update
Last Week’s Results
Tuesday, October 6
Field Hockey 1, Wheaton 0
Wheaton 5, Women’s Soccer 0
Smith 3, Volleyball 1
Thursday, October 8
Roger Williams 3, Volleyball 1
Saturday, October 10
Men’s Soccer 1, Clark 1 (2 OT)
Women’s Soccer 1, Mount Holyoke 0
Field Hockey 2, Mount Holyoke 1
United States Merchant Marine 21, Football 19
Men’s Cross Country - Tied for 38th Place at All-New England Championships
Women’s Cross Country - 38th Place at All-New England Championships
Men’s Crew hosted Quinsigamond Head Race
Women’s Crew hosted Quinsigamond Head Race
Men’s Athlete of the Week
Varsity Eight - Men’s Crew
The WPI's men's crew varsity eight of Hank Moore (Jaffrey, NH), Ben Johnson (Northford, CT), Arthur Gager (Kennebunk, ME), Sebastian Cohn (Orinda, CA), Jeff Onderdonk (Colchester, CT), Ricky Holak (Windham, NH), John Madura (Hewitt, NJ), Tobin McGee (Rye, NY) and Brenna Colleary (Southboro, MA) are the WPI men’s athletes of the week for the week ending October 11. The varsity eight boat rowed to a first place finish (14:07) at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday afternoon. WPI's varsity eight took top honors by 17.5 seconds over second place Holy Cross. Third place Bates was another 18 seconds back. The Engineers' varsity eight led many strong performances at the regatta for WPI, who battled high winds throughout the day.
Women’s Athlete of the Week
Varsity Four - Women’s Crew
The WPI women's crew varsity four of Nell Nassiff (Columbia, CT), Vicky Stutz (Trumbull, CT), Suzanna Kelley (Attleboro, MA), Mary Hesler (Glastonbury, CT) and Colyer Sigety (Tampa, FL) are the WPI women’s athletes of the week for the week ending October 11. The Engineers’ varsity four rowed to an impressive first place finish at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday afternoon, finishing the course in 19:05 to earn the win. The Crimson and Gray persisted through high winds to hold off tough competition. WPI finished 11 seconds in front of Tufts and 29 seconds ahead of third-place Connecticut.
This Week’s Games
Tuesday, October 13
Women’s Soccer at Wellesley 4:15
Wellesley at Field Hockey 7:00
MIT at Volleyball 7:00
Thursday, October 15
Fitchburg State at Men’s Soccer 7:00
Friday, October 16
Swimming and Diving at Assumption 5:00
Saturday, October 17
Cross County hosts Alumni Meet 10:30am
Coast Guard at Women’s Soccer 1:00
Crew at Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA) Day One
Sunday, October 18
Crew at Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA) Day Two
Men’s Soccer (9-2-1 overall, 2-1-1 NEWMAC)
In a much-anticipated meeting of two teams expected to vie for NCAA Tournament bids, Clark and NEWMAC rival WPI played to a 1-1 tie in a men's soccer matchup on Saturday afternoon on Granger Field. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead on a free kick at the 34:15 mark. WPI answered back moments before the first half ended when Tommy Zajac (Merrimack, NH) served in a pass that was headed home by Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) for his fourth goal of the year. Things remained the same for the remainder of regulation and both overtimes as both teams missed on scoring opportunities. The game was even all around, as Clark held a slight edge in shots (11-10) and WPI had a 6-5 lead in corner kicks. Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) turned back two shots for the Engineers. WPI now sits at 9-2-1 and will host Fitchburg State in its next match on Thursday.
Women’s Soccer (5-8 overall, 1-3 NEWMAC)
Women’s Soccer was 1-1 during the past week, falling to Wheaton on Tuesday before rebounding with a 1-0 home win over Mount Holyoke. Five different Wheaton players notched goals to help the regionally ranked Lyons defeat the Engineers. Liz Schreiber (Ashfield, MA), Hailey Taylor (Colusa, CA) and Victoria Howland (Red Hook, NY) all recorded shots for WPI, who was outshot 17-3 on the evening. Ally Stoyle (Pembroke, MA) and Rebecca Newman (Howell, NJ) combined for three saves for the hosts. The Crimson and Gray bounced back from the setback however, besting Mount Holyoke 1-0 on Saturday to pick up the team’s first conference win. Senior Liz Tuite (Hopkinton, MA) netted the only goal of the game and freshman Newman registered her second shutout of the season. The Engineers turned a corner kick into the match's only goal in the 30th minute when Taylor sent the ball into the box and it deflected off the Mount Holyoke goalkeeper to Tuite, who tucked it into the goal for her first marker of the year and second of her career. The assist was Taylor's team-best fifth this fall. The Lyons had a pair of good chances to even the match, but had a direct kick from 25-yards out float over the cross bar in the 70th minute while Schreiber cleared away another Lyons chance five minutes later. The Crimson and Gray nearly added to their lead in the 72nd minute but Kristen Garza's (Kingston, MA) blistering shot hit the post. The Lyons enjoyed a slight 12-9 edge in shots and took seven of the game's nine corner kicks. Garza attempted a team-high three shots for the Engineers. WPI returns to the field on Tuesday when they head to Wellesley for a 4:15pm road match.
Field Hockey (9-3 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)
WPI Field Hockey picked up two close conference wins this week, earning a one-goal win over Wheaton on Tuesday before defeating Mount Holyoke 2-1 in penalty strokes. The wins propel the Engineers to 3-1 in the NEWMAC, 9-3 overall. Tuesday’s win over Wheaton was the fourth time in five years that the teams were separated by just one goal. Five of the Engineers' wins have now come via a shutout, while the other three were in overtime. Keepers Allie Griffin (Billerica, MA) and Elizabeth Ray (Simsbury, CT) split time for WPI. Griffin made five saves for the win, and Ray had three in relief. Wheaton finished with advantages of 14-11 in shots and 14-7 in penalty corners, as it had two chances to score during an early penalty-corner sequence in the ninth minute. WPI senior Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) made a defensive save midway through the stanza. In the 25th minute, WPI freshman Maggie Wigley (Bridgewater, MA) sent a strike from the top of the circle that Bagley kicked away, but the Engineers broke the deadlock soon thereafter. Wigley pushed a penalty-corner entry pass to sophomore Celena Dopart (Washington, DC), whose stick stop set up Johnson's drive into the lower left of the cage at 25:09. Wheaton pushed to tie during the second half with Ray denying the Lyons’ scoring opportunity in the 54th minute. On Saturday, after playing to a 1-1 tie after regulation and two 15 minute overtime periods, WPI prevailed in a penalty stroke-off competition to secure a thrilling 2-1 triumph Mount Holyoke. Both squads went scoreless until the 59:37 mark, when the Lyons capitalized on a penalty corner opportunity to record the first goal of the afternoon. Refusing to go away, the Engineers knotted things up at 1-1 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Wigley broke past several defenders into the circle and slipped a feed to junior midfielder Meghan Linskey (Bridgewater, MA), who collected the pass on the doorstep and placed a shot into the vacated cage. Each side went scoreless over the remainder of regulation and two overtime sessions, resulting in a penalty stroke-off competition. With the contest in the balance WPI outscored Mount Holyoke 5-4 in the stroke-off to seal the win. Mount Holyoke fell despite overwhelming advantages in both shots (27-8) and penalty corner chances (12-4). Griffin got the start between the pipes for the Engineers. She made five saves in the first half before giving way to Ray, who turned away 12 shots over the final 65 minutes. Ray was a standout on the stroke-off, where she made several sprawling stops. The Engineers will resume their NEWMAC slate on Tuesday at 7pm when they will host Wellesley.
Volleyball (17-5 overall, 1-4 NEWMAC)
WPI Women’s Volleyball suffered through a tough week, going 0-2 to fall to 17-5 on the season. On Tuesday night, the Engineers dropped a tough 3-1 decision (25-17, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22) to NEWMAC rival Smith. WPI fell to 1-4 in the conference. The match as hard fought throughout with neither team enjoying more than a six-point advantage. Smith rallied from a early 5-0 deficit to claim the second set while WPI staved off a match point in the third stanza to claim its first set win over the Pioneers since 1999. Freshman Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) led the charge for the Engineers coming up with a double-double of 14 kills and 14 digs. Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) turned in 16 assists on the evening while Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) and Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) had impressive dig numbers of 22 and 18 respectively. Rookie Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) aided the Crimson attack with five kills and a pair of blocks. The Engineers then fell to Roger Williams in a non-conference matchup on Thursday evening, 3-1 (25-16, 25-13, 16-25, 25-14). Sarber and Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) amassed nine and seven kills respectively for WPI, who was defeated for the first time in 18 non-conference contests this fall. Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) and Rangel combined for 17 assists for the hosts while Porambo accounted for 26 digs and Sarber totaled 18 digs to go along with three blocks. Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) distinguished herself with four kills and four digs for the Engineers. After a weekend off, WPI returns to action on Tuesday with a 7pm home conference match with NEWMAC co-leader MIT.
Men’s Cross Country
The WPI Men's Cross Country squad placed 38th at the All Divisions New England Championships Saturday at Boston's Franklin Park. The Engineers totaled 1051 points and tied with Division I Rhode Island. UMass Lowell took home the team title with 93 points. Leading the way for the Crimson and Gray was Dan Duffty (Haverhill, MA), who finished in 155th place (26:39). Classmate Peter Brown (Andover, MA) was in 174th place in a time of 26:49 while junior Lane Thornton (Richmond,VT) crossed the finish line in 217th place (27:16). Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY) turned in a fine performance, notching a 251st place finish (27:50) while Todd Alexander (Foxboro, MA) finished in a time of 27:58 (254th place). Other WPI finishers in the varsity race included Mario Christiner (Zurich, Switzerland) in 264th place (28:17) and Mike Ashman (Weatogue, CT) in 273rd place (28:39). Next Saturday the WPI Men's Cross Country team will be hosting its annual Alumni Meet at Institute Park. Their next intercollegiate meet is on Saturday, October 31st at the NEWMAC Championships, which is hosted at Franklin Park by Wellesley.
Women’s Cross Country
The WPI women's cross country team finished 38th at the All Divisions New England Championships Saturday at Boston's Franklin Park. The squad combined for 1,096 points. Brown University took the team title with 130 points. Vicky Hewey (Sanford, ME) continued her impressive freshman campaign, leading the team by placing 125th (19:45). Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) finished in 190th place (21:25), while Beth Hegarty (Springfield, MA) was 241st (21:14). The Crimson and Gray also had strong performances by Anne Rocheleau (Shrewsbury, MA) (262nd place - 21:40), Catherine Duffty (278th place - Haverhill, MA) (22:06), Loribel Corpuz (Redondo Beach, CA) (301st place - 23:07), and Danielle Volpe (Chelmsford, MA) (309rd place - 23:34). The Engineers plan to continue making strides as they host their annual Alumni Meet at Institute Park next weekend. On Saturday, October 31st, the women will compete at the NEWMAC Championships, hosted by Wellesley at Franklin Park.
The WPI's men's crew varsity eight of Hank Moore (Jaffrey, NH), Ben Johnson (Northford, CT), Arthur Gager (Kennebunk, ME), Sebastian Cohn (Orinda, CA), Jeff Onderdonk (Colchester, CT), Ricky Holak (Windham, NH), John Madura (Hewitt, NJ), Tobin McGee (Rye, NY) and Brenna Colleary (Southboro, MA) rowed to a first place finish (14:07) at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday afternoon. WPI's varisty eight took top honors by 17.5 seconds over second place Holy Cross. Third place Bates was another 18 seconds back. The Engineers' varsity eight led many strong performances at the regatta for WPI. The Engineers' second varsity eight wasn't far behind, as the boat comprised of Corey Stevens (Douglas, MA), Andrew Emerson (York, ME), Zachary Theoharidis (Sedgwick, ME), Dan Pierson (Hampton, NH), Adam Panzica (Freeport, ME), Justin Bales (Upland, CA), Michael Mourkas (Hampden, ME), Alex Becker (Webster, MA) and coxswain Lauren Moloney (Buffalo, NY) crossed the line in fifth place in 15:04. The Crimson and Gray's varsity four of Chris Carrigan (Northboro, MA), Phillip Kellermeier (Berlin, Germany), Jack Sternal (Westfield, NJ), Josh Wimble (Albans, VT), and coxswain Jillian Kloc (Elma, NY) also had a good showing, finishing fifth in its race in 17:08. Men's Crew will compete at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston next weekend, October 17th and 18th.
The WPI women's crew team competed at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday afternoon, picking up a win from the varsity four boat of Nell Nassiff (Columbia, CT), Vicky Stutz (Trumbull, CT), Suzanna Kelley (Attleboro, MA), Mary Hesler (Glastonbury, CT) and Colyer Sigety (Tampa, FL). WPI earned the win in 19:05. Tufts was just behind, 11 seconds off the pace. The women's second four of Emily Johnson (Gray, MA), Danielle Morabito (Monroe, CT), Katy Tongue (Westport, MA), Chelsea Miller (Zurich, Switzerland) and Kaleigh Tomkinson (Chester Springs, PA) finished 8th, while WPI's varsity eight team of Holly Fletcher (Dartmouth, MA), Bridget Stevens (Cropseyville, NY), Sarah Dinwoodie (East Greenwich, RI), Amy Loomis (Mahtomedi, MN), Caitlin Heindl (Bow, NH), Macauley Kenney (North Yarmouth, ME), Joan Keyes (Plymouth, MA), Simone Staley (Albany, NY) and Lauren Laboissonniere (Smithfield, RI) placed ninth in its race. The Crimson and Gray's novice eight finished 18th. Women's Crew will be back in the water next weekend, when they will compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on October 18th and 19th.