September 2010


CDC Update

The Career Development Center staff is available to meet with students around career-related topics, such as resume writing, cover letters, preparing for interviews, job search strategies, and applying to graduate school. We encourage students to Think Big, Plan Big, and Succeed!

Job Finder Contest

All students have access to our web-based job posting system called Job Finder. All jobs (FT, PT, Summer Internships, and Co-op positions) are posted in the CDC's Job Finder system. Students who complete their personal and academic profile and upload a career-related resume by October 1 at 11:59 p.m. will be entered in a raffle for either a Wii or an iPod Touch. For more information on how to log into Job Finder.

Discovering Majors and Careers Course in B-Term

Is your son or daughter undecided about their major or trying to decide between a few majors? Encourage them to sign up the Discovering Majors and Careers Course in B-Term. The class will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. Students may register for the class using CRN 11493, Course # FY180X-B01.

Calendar of upcoming events:

September 20 Make Your Interview Stand Out, 6pm, HL 116
September 23 Resume Writing for Transfer and Commuter Students, 5pm, HL116
September 27 Letter Writing, 5pm, HL202
October 6 STAR Mentor Program, 6pm SL402


Join us for interactive dialogue on the WPI Parents Facebook. While The Fountain serves as an avenue for information dissemination, our Facebook page is designed for more frequent sharing of information, as well as parent-to-parent communication. Join our group to ask questions of staff, to connect with or offer advice to other parents, or to simply stay in the loop with what's happening on campus.


Assuring the First Year Experience is first-rate

On Monday, October 25, WPI’s Office of Academic Advising will present “More INSIGHT,” a day of personalized academic advising for first year students.

In a continuation of the “INSIGHT” program held during student orientation, faculty, faculty advisors, and WPI’s academic advisors will be on-hand to provide the support and tools students need to make wise choices regarding their WPI education and career goals.

During this jam-packed day, your student will learn about C- and D-term course selection, meet and spend time with their faculty advisor, and with faculty in their anticipated major. They’ll recap what went well this past term, set goals, create a plan—all part of WPI’s commitment to help every student make their first year at WPI a successful one. Students will also enjoy reconnecting with members of their INSIGHT groups.

The program will run from 9:30am to 4:00pm with check in at 9:30am at Alden Memorial.

Residence halls will be open on Sunday.

For more information, go to or email.


As our students get ready for mid-term tests and papers, the Academic Resource Center is ready to help your son or daughter with their academic work. Whether they need help with math and science homework, writing their papers in physics, chemistry, or other subjects, chances are we have peer tutors to help them along. The Academic Resource Center is located in Daniels Hall; additional information is located here


Over 435 families and almost 1,500 individuals joined us for Parents Weekend, September 10–12, under clear blue skies and wonderful weather! The weekend was full of events, sports, musical performances, and student demonstrations of robotics, tie-dying skills, or dancing. The campus was alive with energy—and fun for all! Pictures of the weekend events are posted on the WPI Parents Facebook page.


Homecoming is just around the corner. Here’s another great opportunity to visit campus: Homecoming Weekend is set for October 1–2. Come enjoy varsity sports contest including volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, football, and the Freshmen vs. Sophomore Rope Pull! The full schedule of events is located here.


Parents Reception

We would like to thank all of the parents who attended the Parents Reception in Higgins House during Parents Weekend. We hope you had a good time and were able to enjoy the grounds and conversation with fellow WPI parents. Hope to see you next year!

Stay 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 learn in the classroom, but they will learn important lessons in leadership and innovations by working on real-world problems. 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 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, located 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!


The Student Alumni Society (SAS) at WPI is a link between WPI’s past, present, and future. Through SAS, undergraduates are a part of the WPI Alumni Association. SAS strives to develop, within the student body, an awareness of the significant role undergraduates play in the WPI legacy.

Its members learn the history of WPI and school songs, help plan events, play team-building games, and have a great time getting to know other students in all classes.

SAS holds several events throughout the academic year. In the first semester, it helps plan Homecoming, turns the historic Higgins House into a haunted house, and brings live goats to campus for Founders Day. During the second semester, SAS hosts Gompei’s Birthday Celebration, a birthday party for the school’s unofficial mascot, during which students can play games, eat cake, and participate in other activities. The club also coordinates Class Day and Traditions Day, two events that are meant to bring the university community together and educate students about WPI’s history. Additionally, SAS holds events in which students can meet and network with alumni, such as the annual Holiday Dinner.

SAS works closely with the Alumni Association and has a large role in planning Homecoming weekend and making sure it is enjoyable and runs smoothly. The organization is currently preparing for Homecoming 2010, when the first freshman-sophomore rivalry event of the year takes place. These two classes compete in an annual series of competitions throughout the school year in hopes of winning the coveted Goat’s Head Trophy. The first of this series is the Rope Pull. Students gather immediately after the Homecoming football game at nearby Institute Park to participate in a large-scale tug o'war. The winning class gains a point toward the overall rivalry score for the year. Other Homecoming events include barbecues, the Parade of Floats, and a banner contest. You can find a full schedule of Homecoming events online.


Gordon Library celebrates the life of alumnus Theophilus Brown, Class of 1901, with

A Well Documented Life: An Exhibition of Theo Brown’s Diaries

In the Gladwin Gallery, George C. Gordon Library, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

October 1, 2010-June 15, 2011
Theophilus Brown (“Theo”), born in Worcester in 1879, began his diary keeping in 1893 when he was beginning high school. Entries reflect some themes that continue through the rest of his long life—the weather, drawing, family, and designing. Although his first diary efforts were sporadic, in 1911 he began making nearly daily entries, which he would continue until his death in 1971. Enhanced by Theo’s talents as an artist and photographer, the diary pages tell many stories—that of a career as chief designer at Deere and Company, that of a family man—husband, father, and grandfather, and that of a curious mind with many interests. In the diaries, Brown works out tractor innovations and records test results with drawings and photographs. He chronicles his family life, celebrating the joy of fatherhood and the achievements of his children. He records world events, his travels, and the small details of life, like daily temperature and what time he went to bed. A Well-Documented Life explores the themes and curiosities of Theo’s Brown’s diaries. Gordon Library is mid-way through a project to digitize and index the 65 volumes of diaries and make them accessible at Although there is still much work to be done, we are pleased at this time to introduce Theo Brown and his diaries to the world.


The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up, by Barbara Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore, offers “practical advice, from the years before college through the years after graduation, on how parents can stay connected to their kids while giving them the space they need to become independent adults. lists this book for $16.50. 


The second week certainly didn’t lack any drama and excitement for WPI athletics. It started Tuesday as Field Hockey rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Bridgewater State with 33 seconds left and then win 1:19 into overtime. Football continued the dramatics on Saturday, climbing out of a 20-3 second half hole against Worcester State to force overtime on the last play of regulation and then grabbing the 27-20 victory in overtime.

Plenty of opportunities to see the fall teams this week with home games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That all builds up to Saturday when four teams are home – Field Hockey at noon vs. Wheaton – Volleyball at 1pm vs. Wellesley – Men’s Soccer at 2:30pm vs. Clark – Football at 7pm vs. Becker

See you at the games - Rusty

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, September 7 
Gordon 2, Women’s Soccer 1
    Field Hockey 3, Bridgewater State 2

Wednesday, September 8 
    Men’s Soccer 2, Wentworth 1

Thursday, September 9   
Western Connecticut 6, Women’s Soccer 1
    Volleyball 3, Lesley 0

Saturday, September 11    
    Football 27, Worcester State 20
    Women’s Soccer 3, Fitchburg State 0
    Framingham State 2, Men’s Soccer 0
    Union 4, Field Hockey 0
    Men’s Cross Country - 3rd Place - Engineers Cup
    Women’s Cross Country - 3rd Place - Engineers Cup

Sunday, September 12
    Volleyball 3, Worcester State 0 (Worcester City Tournament)
    Clark 3, Volleyball 0 (Worcester City Tournament)

This Week’s Games

Tuesday, September 14
    Western New England at Field Hockey - 4:30 p.m.
    Brandeis at Men’s Soccer - 7:00 p.m.
    Clark at Volleyball - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 15
Worcester State at Women’s Soccer - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 16
Becker at Field Hockey - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 18
Cross Country at UMass Dartmouth Invitational -10:30a.m.
    Women’s Soccer at Wheaton - Noon
    Wheaton at Field Hockey - Noon
    Wellesley at Volleyball - 1:00 p.m.
    Clark at Men’s Soccer - 2:30 p.m.
    Becker at Football - 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Athlete of the Week

Peter Gill - Football - Junior - Defensive Line - Franklin, MA

Junior defensive lineman Peter Gill has been named the WPI Men’s Player of the Week for the week ending September 12th. In the 27-20 overtime thriller against Worcester State on Parents Weekend, Gill amassed 10 tackles including 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a quarterback hurry. Gill shares the team lead with 4.5 tackles-for-loss on the season. 

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Meghan Linskey - Field Hockey - Senior - Forward - Bridgewater, MA

Senior forward Meghan Linskey has earned the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 12th. Linskey netted a dramatic game-winning score 1:19 into the extra session to lift WPI to a improbable 3-2 victory over Bridgewater State. The goal was her first of the season and capped a rally from 2-0 that saw the Engineers level the score with just 33 seconds left in regulation.

Football (1-1 overall, 0-0 Liberty League)

The Engineers dented the win column this week as they played game one of a two-game homestand. Trevor Dunne (Cedar Knolls, NJ) hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Pat McAuley (Hingham, MA) in overtime and the WPI defense stopped Worcester State on the 1-yard line to cap a thrilling 27-20 win for the Engineers. WPI, who trailed by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, had forced the extra session when Cody Beckel (Jupiter, FL) connected on a 21-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. After winning the coin toss and electing to go on offense, a fumbled snap put the Engineers in a 2nd-and-12 from Lancers 27 yardline before McAuley found Dunne on a corner streak. Beckel connected on a 35-yard PAT, which he drilled through the uprights. Trailing 20-3 late in the third quarter, running back Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) scored from a yard out for WPI on a direct snap from center as part of the Wild Goat formation. The Crimson and Gray forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Worcester State possession and sliced the deficit to 20-17 when McAuley capped a 12-play, 57-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Nick Bean (Middleboro). The WPI defense limited the visitors to just 23 plays in the second half and overtime and held the Lancers to just 70 yards of total offensive after a WSU touchdown in the opening minute of the second half. Peter Gill (Franklin, MA) and Michael Oliveri (Milford, MA) both tallied 10 tackles, with Gill amassing 3.5 stops for loss. Four different WPI players reached double digits in carries with Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA) registering 78 yards on 18 rushes and McAuley, who was also 13-of-22 through the air for 122 yards, collecting 53 yards on 13 carries. The victory was the eighth straight win in the series for WPI and the first overtime contest in the 18 meetings between the two programs. The Engineers will host Becker Saturday night at 7pm.

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

Men’s Soccer team went 1-1 in its second week of play. On Wednesday Keeon Tabrizi (Harvard, MA) capped a wild flurry of goals early in the second half by netting the game-winner at 54:52 to propel WPI to a entertaining 2-1 victory over visiting Wentworth. After an uneventful first half, both teams came offensively minded to start the second half. WPI dented the scoring column first when Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) picked up an attempted Wentworth clear and blasted it from just inside the 18 for his third tally of the season. Wentworth answered back at 54:02 as they threaded the needle perfectly on a long pass and scored on the subsequent breakaway. Less than a minute later Tabrizi provided the heroics when he knocked home a rebound after a Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) shot. The goal was Trabrizi's second of the year and sixth of his career. Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) was credited with a pair of saves in net for the Crimson and Gray. The senior sees his record move to 2-1 this fall. WPI held a 15-9 edge in shots while taking three of the night's five corner kicks. Saturday the Crimson and Gray traveled to Framingham State where they were shutout 2-0. WPI had a chance to break into the scoring column in the 53rd minute as junior Michael Solano (Corning, NY) fired a shot on net from the right side but the Framingham State goalie made a diving save. WPI goalkeeper Kirk Dragsbaek (Sherborn, MA) turning seven shots away. Men’s Soccer returns to the field for a two-game homestand this week when they host Brandeis on Tuesday at 7pm and on Saturday the team begins NEWMAC action as they entertain Clark at 2:30pm

Women’s Soccer (1-4 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Women’s Soccer team picked up its first win on Saturday after dropping a pair of midweek contests. Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) netted two goals for number 39 and 40 of her career in a 3-0 win over Fitchburg State. Behind a shutout effort from freshman goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY), the Engineers collected their first victory of the season with a three goal, 20 shot effort. Garza and freshman Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) led the WPI offense, combining for seven points with three goals and one assist, while junior Hailey Taylor (Colusa, CA) also added to the mix with her first assist of the season. After a scoreless first half of play, WPI jumped onto the score board early in the second half as Forti netted her first goal of the season in the 59th minute. Off a deep midfield pass from Taylor, Forti beat all defenders and posted nice tough shot on net for 1-0 advantage. Garza doubled the Engineers lead exactly nine minutes later as the senior forward used a one-time slip past from Forti for her first marker of the year. Garza wrapped up the game's scoring in the final two minutes of play, tallying her second score of the game as an insurance marker. Willer finished the contest with eight saves for the Engineers. On Tuesday, WPI dropped a 2-1 decision to Gordon. Trailing 1-0 in the 60th minute, the Crimson and Gray level the match on when Courtney Langley (Fairfield, ME) successfully converted a penalty kick after Taylor was fouled inside the box. Gordon took the win on a tally with under five minutes left. Willer made five saves on the day. Thursday saw Nica Sylvia (Martha's Vineyard, MA) scored the Engineer's lone goal in the 81st minute en route to a 6-1 loss to Western Connecticut. Forti was credited with the assist on the play, the first point of her collegiate career. Miller made four stops for the Engineers before yielding to Melissa Cowan (West Boylston, MA) for the final 30 minutes. Cowan made two saves. Women’s Soccer hosts Worcester State on Wednesday at 7pm. On Saturday the team travels to Wheaton for a noon matchup to open their NEWMAC schedule.

Field Hockey (3-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Field Hockey won a thriller in overtime over Bridgewater State on Tuesday before dropping a decision to Union on Saturday. Danielle Antonellis (Duxbury, MA) forced overtime on a goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation setting up a dramatic game-winner by Meghan Linskey (Bridgewater, MA) 1:19 into the extra session to lift host WPI to a improbable 3-2 victory over Bridgewater State Tuesday night. Trailing 2-1 in the final minute, the Engineers earned a penalty corner. Antonellis knocked home the equalizer after an insertion from Megan Read (Wrentham, MA) and a stick stop by Celena Dopart (Washington, DC). WPI quickly earned another corner early in overtime and went home a winner after Paige Hanson (East Hartford, CT) found Linskey, who buried a shot after a scrum. WPI got back into the game when Maggie Wiggly (Bridgewater, MA) found the back of net on a Dopart assist 10:29 into the second half. Aly Caceres (Fall River, MA) turned away six shots en route to picking up the win for WPI. The Engineer backline effort was aided by defensive saves by Katye Milligan (Skowhegan, ME) and Caitlin Kelley (Saratoga Springs, NY). On Saturday the team headed out to Union (NY) and were shutout and Caceres had three saves in the game. The Field Hockey team begins a five-game homestand on Tuesday at 4:30pm versus Western New England. The action continues Thursday when Becker visits Alumni Field at 7pm. The team wraps up the week as Wheaton comes to town to begin NEWMAC play on Saturday at Noon.

Volleyball (9-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Volleyball won its lone midweek match before going 1-1 in the Worcester City Tournament. The team posted a stout .324 hitting percentage en route to registering a 3-0 victory over visiting Lesley. The Engineers won by scores of 25-17, 25-13, 25-19. As a team, the Engineers committed just three hitting errors in 71 attempts. Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) led the hit parade with a team-best seven kills while Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY), Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA), Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT) and Holly Ganser (Seward, AK) all notched multiple kills without making an error. Woodward had a strong all-around game, tallying five kills in nine attempts (.556), handing out 10 assists and collecting six digs. Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) added a team-best 12 assists. Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) and Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) anchored the defensive effort for the Crimson and Gray. Porambo scooped up 10 digs while Beovich amassed a solo block and two block assists. Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) and Fidanza aided the WPI effort with six digs apiece. On Sunday, Sarber and Dorenfeld earned All-Tournament Team honors as they led WPI to a second place finish in the Worcester City Tournament Sunday at Laska Gym on the campus of Assumption. The Engineers, who are now 9-1, downed Worcester State 3-0 in the opener before falling to Clark 3-0 in the championship tilt. The morning match saw the Engineers improve to 9-0 when they handled Worcester State in straight sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-16) . Sarber notched 11 kills and four digs, while Dorenfeld recorded nine kills, four assists and 11 digs. Fidanza contributed nine kills and nine digs to the cause. Woodward paced the Crimson and Gray with 30 assists and Porambo dug out 28 balls. WPI stumbled in the afternoon session when they lost for the first time in the 2010 campaign to Clark by scores of 23-25, 18-25, 17-25. Errors plagued the Engineers as they racked up 22 as a team. Dorenfeld netted 15 digs, seven kills and four assists, while All-Tournament teammate Sarber matched her earlier kill tally of 11, and also had 10 digs. Porambo added 19 digs to her 30 digs in the first match for a total of 47. Leading in assists was Woodward who compiled 26 for the match and 56 on the day. The Engineers face Clark again on Tuesday in Harrington Auditorium as they begin conference play at 7pm.

Men’s Cross Country

Men’s Cross Country hosted the annual Engineers Cup at Franklin Park in Boston Saturday and finished third as a team. Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) was the only Boynton Hiller to finish up front with a third place finish (26:57). Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY) and Scott Burger (Huntington Station, NY) finished in the top-20 with 15th (27:33) and 19th place finishes (27:53), respectively. Likuvi Chebelyon (Ledyard, CT) and Brian Goodman (Colonie, NY) claimed 24th (28:39) and 25th (28:41) for WPI. Ben Roy (Buxton, ME) crossed the finish line in 27th (28:45) spot, while Dan Ritchie (Pepperell, MA) completed his race in 29th (28:54). Men’s Cross Country races again this Saturday when its compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational at 10:30 am.

Women’s Cross Country

Women’s Cross Country also finished third in Boston at the Engineers Cup. Vickey Hewey (Sanford, ME) had a third place (19:55) effort, and Jennifer Mann (Chelmsford, MA) crossed the line eighth (20:37) to lead the meet hosts. Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) and Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) posted 16th (21:16) and 17th place (21:19) finishes. Catherine Duffty (Haverhill, MA) and Caitlin Rush (Nashua, NH) were the next pair of Boynton Hillers to complete their races in 19th (22:40) and 20th (22:43) places. Rounding out the WPI scoring was Kelsey Thomas (Webster, NY) in 22nd (23:21) place. Women’s Cross Country races again this Saturday when it competes in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational at 10:30am.


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