We’re back! I find the beginning of the academic year to be the most exciting time of the year on a college campus. Summers are quieter, though WPI has a strong tradition of hosting numerous summer camps, for young and old, athletic and academic, students and teachers. The campus hums with activity then. But with the arrival of the first year students, the hum increases. A couple of days later, the upper class students return and the activity kicks up to a buzz. The first couple of weeks always seem a little hectic – course schedules change, room assignments sometimes need adjusting, old friends are greeted, new friends made, changes to campus buildings (Goddard, Fuller and Gordon Library renovations) exclaimed over, clubs and teams formed. The campus is at its noisiest level of the entire year. By mid-September, the buzz has subsided to a quieter level; routines have been established.
This is a wonderful time on campus – the enthusiasm of the students and faculty is high, the level of openness and friendliness is at its highest. The weather is good; we still have daylight past dinnertime; the nights are cooler. And our academic work is well upon us. Most students have settled into their courses and routines by now. Clubs are active, and courses are nearing the half-way mark of the term. Busy is normal.
We hope that your student is finding this to be a satisfying and fulfilling, if challenging, time. It is our objective to challenge our students, to help them grow and learn in a number of ways. While a little stress can be a great motivator, too much is clearly counterproductive. If your student is experiencing a debilitating level of stress or is feeling overwhelmed, we have a number of resources for him/her to turn to: their RA or faculty advisor, Academic Advising, and the Student Counseling and Development Center are all good places to start. We will work with your student to find ways to reduce or manage the stress – our objective always is to promote the well-being of your student while providing a top-notch academic experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please do feel free to contact me as well.
Associate Dean for the First Year
Head, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
Robotics Innovations Competition and Conference
November 7-8, 2009
The 2009 First Annual RICC will be held on November 7-8, 2009 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The RICC will challenge university-level students to engineer innovative robotic solutions to realworld problems. The theme of this year’s competition focuses on the development of creative solutions to improve the quality of life. The competition is open to design teams formed by students enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level. The emphasis will be on innovation, technical approach, and professionalism. For further details, please view pdf....
Friday–Sunday, September 25–27
See all that WPI has to offer. Experience a taste of life on our campus. Spend time with your student. Participate in exciting activities: presentations, musical and theatre performances, sporting events, and more.
September is Résumé Critique Month as we help students prepare for the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, the 23rd. The first 250 students will receive a free T-shirt for getting their résumé critiqued this month. Encourage your son or daughter to stop in our office today!
9/16, How to Work a Career Fair by EMC, 6pm, Higgins Labs 116
9/17, Résumazing, Last Chance Critiques before Career Fair, Campus Center Odeum, 1-7pm
9/20, Résumé Writing Workshop, Campus Center Chairman's Room, 4pm
9/22, Corporate Interview Panel, Olin Hall 107, 5pm
9/23, Fall Career Fair, Harrington Auditorium, 1-5pm
9/29, Cover Letter Writing Tips, Salisbury Labs 105, 5pm
Workshops For Undecided Majors
The Career Development Center will lead the three-part Major Exploration Series, to help first year students identify the various majors that WPI has to offer by helping them assess their own interests. 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 and the difference between a major, minor, and career—along with facilitating industry exposure. Seminar 3: Why Experiences Are Valuable will review internship and co-op experiences and discuss how to obtain an internship-along with resume and other services. The Major Exploration Series will be offered in B, 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 short 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1 and 3pm
During Parents Weekend, you are invited to attend a reception hosted by the Parents Fund in Higgins House from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. It will give you an opportunity to talk with others about their experiences at this beautiful, unique space on campus. We hope to see you there!
Stay connected to WPI
While at WPI, students will put their classroom learning to work on real-world problems and our faculty will prepare them to be leaders and innovators. We know that much of your children’s success is due to your support and guidance, 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, you may have direct contact with us only occasionally. So that we may help you stay informed about WPI news, regional events, and parent activities, we ask you to fill out the family information form using the link below, if you have not done so already.
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 program representatives from Balfour will be on campus during Parents Weekend to take orders for class rings for juniors and seniors. They will be located at the Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 25, 1-6pm, and Saturday, Sept. 26, 10am–4pm. Orders may be placed online at www.balfour.com.
There are endless opportunities for leadership development at WPI, supported by the Campus Center and Student Activities Department. The various programs focus on exposing and educating aspiring, new, and experienced student leaders to topics, theories, and opportunities connected with leadership. In doing this, the program strives to provide leaders with an experiential environment to enhance personal growth, civic responsibly, and the ability to influence positive change in their communities.
New and exciting leadership programs are already in place, starting with the first Leadership Luncheon featuring Dennis Berkey, WPI’s 15th President. The luncheon series is an opportunity for leaders both inside and outside the WPI community to meet with the students and share real-life examples of how their personal lives have been influenced and affected by leadership, as well as their current profession, and how they use leadership in their everyday life.
"Food Dude" Kevin Roberts will kick off the Leadership Lecture series. Kevin is an author and was a finalist on Season 4’s The Next Food Network Star. His presentation will encompass cooking, nutrition, food facts, and fallacies into a one-hour lecture geared toward getting college students off the fast food track and eating healthier. The Lecture Series is a one-stop shop providing tools, education, and entertainment so that students not only develop leadership skills, but understand the importance of diversity, civic responsibility and personal wellness in their own lives.
The Leading Edge Series has three tiers, allowing students opportunities for facilitating and leading groups, and for self exploration. They provide an encouraging environment in which students can create a personal leadership legacy and positive local or global change. The newest tier, Leadership Legacy, follows the Emerging and Advanced Leader tracks and provides students the opportunity to discuss and develop a personal legacy and explore mentor and facilitation skills that they can use to impact others in their communities.
Dear Parents of First Year Students,
As we are nearing the middle 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 his/her courses, please encourage them 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 can e-mail me to set up an appointment at email@example.com or stop in to make an appointment at any time in the Academic Advising office in Daniel’s Hall. With mid terms and then final exams approaching, time management is key. We have time management and study skill information available through our Academic Resources webpage at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/ARC/index.html. Please feel free to direct your son or daughter to this page for additional information. The Academic Advising office is here to help students get back on track. Please feel free to contact our office with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-831-5381.
Associate Director for First Year Advising Programs
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Thanks and see you at the game–Rusty Eggen
What a great opening week for the fall teams! A combined 14-2 record during a week that saw Volleyball and Men’s Soccer win tournaments and four different student-athletes (Michael Oliveri and Mike Swanton - Football; Rebecca Holmberg - Volleyball and Jason Hopkins - Men’s Soccer) earn conference Player of the Week honors.
This weekend presents a rare opportunity to see five WPI teams compete without having to leave the city of Worcester. It gets started Friday night as Football travels to Worcester State for a 7pm contest. Saturday has three teams playing at home at Alumni Field. Men’s Soccer hosts Framingham State at 11am, Field Hockey entertains Union at 2pm before Women’s Soccer plays host to Fitchburg State at 4:30pm. Volleyball, off to a program-best 7-0 start, participates Saturday in the Worcester City Tournament hosted by Clark.
Finally, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country begin their season on Saturday at Rensselaer in the Engineers Cup with MIT and RPI.
Last Week’s Results
Tuesday, September 1
Men’s Soccer 2, Worcester State 0
Salve Regina 2, Women’s Soccer 1
Volleyball 3, Simmons 0
Thursday, September 3
Field Hockey 1, Fitchburg State 0
Women’s Soccer 2, Wentworth 0
Friday, September 4
Men’s Soccer 2, Becker 0 (Worcester City Tournament)
Saturday, September 5
Salem State 1, Women’s Soccer 0
Field Hockey 2, Lasell 0
Football 34, Salve Regina 20
Volleyball 3, Regis 0 (Regis Tournament)
Volleyball 3, Norwich 0 (Regis Tournament)
Volleyball 3, Salem State 0 (Regis Tournament)
Sunday, September 6
Men’s Soccer 5, Anna Maria 0 (Worcester City Tournament)
Volleyball 3, Worcester State 1 (Regis Tournament)
Volleyball 3, Rhode Island College 0 (Regis Tournament)
Volleyball 3, St. Joseph’s (ME) 1 (Regis Tournament)
Men’s Athlete of the Week
Jason Hopkins - Men’s Soccer - Freshman - Mendon, MA
Jason Hopkins is the WPI Men's Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 6. In his first collegiate action, Hopkins did not disappoint, scoring four goals over three matches to lead the Engineers to a 3-0 start and the Worcester City Men's Soccer Tournament title. In WPI's first game of the season, Hopkins scored the first of two WPI goals, helping the Engineers defeat Worcester State 2-0. The freshman forward also scored a goal in the team's second game, a 2-0 defeat of Becker. Hopkins capped off his impressive first week with the Engineers by scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Anna Maria that delivered the City Tournament title to WPI. Hopkins was awarded tournament MVP honors for his efforts.
Women’s Athlete of the Week
Becca Holmberg - Volleyball - Senior - Madison, CT
Becca Holmberg is the WPI Women's Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 6th. The senior co-captain was integral in the team establishing a new program record for consecutive wins to start a season with seven. Holmberg registered 17 kills and 21 digs to help visiting WPI rally for a thrilling 3-2 victory over Simmons on Tuesday. The senior outside hitter then posted six impressive performances to help the Engineers take home the Pride Invitational tournament title at Regis College over the weekend. Holmberg registered 24 kills and 19 digs during the tournament's day one action, leading WPI to a 3-0 record to start the tournament (4-0 overall), winning all three games in straight sets. She then posted three more impressive performances on Sunday to lead WPI to three more wins, a 7-0 start and the tournament title. Holmberg registered 34 of her 58 kills during Sunday's three games. In the opening match against Worcester State, the senior notched a team-high 11 kills and 26 digs while posting an impressive .458 hitting percentage with 12 kills and 12 digs in a game two win over Rhode Island College. She then added 11 more kills in the tournament finale, a four-set win over St. Joseph's (ME) en route to taking home tournament MVP honors.
This Week’s Games
Tuesday, September 8
Field Hockey at Bridgewater State 4:00
Wednesday, September 9
Western Connecticut at Women’s Soccer 7:00
Men’s Soccer at Wentworth 7:00
Thursday, September 10
Volleyball at Elms 7:00
Friday, September 11
Football at Worcester State 7:00
Saturday, September 12
Framingham State at Men’s Soccer 11:00am
Volleyball at Worcester City Tournament (at Clark) 11:00am
Cross Country at Engineers Cup (hosted by Rensselaer) 12:30
Union at Field Hockey 2:00
Fitchburg State at Women’s Soccer 4:30
Football (1-0 overall, 0-0 Liberty League)
Senior QB Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) threw for 288 yards and a TD and ran for a second score, leading WPI to a hard-earned 34-20 win over Salve Regina in the home opener of WPI's 120th season of football on Saturday evening. WPI moves to 1-0 on the season as coach Ed Zaloom's Engineers look for their third winning season in the last four years in 2009. WPI posted a 7-3 record in 2008. With Salve Regina leading 20-14 with 10:09 to play in the third quarter, Swanton led the Engineers on a seven-play, 50-yard drive capped by Ernie Mello's (Wilmington, MA) first career rushing touchdown, giving WPI the lead for good at 21-20. Following a defensive stop, Swanton directed a 79-yard march for a score as he connected with classmate Cody McGregor (Westfield, MA) for a 34-yard reception and a 27-20 Engineer lead. The pass-and-catch was the second career hookup between Swanton and McGregor. The Engineers started the game with a long drive down to the Salve Regina 2-yard line before a turnover gave the ball back to the Seahawks. Salve Regina went on an 18-play 96-yard drive before the Engineer defense came up with a goal-line stand to keep Salve out of the end zone before scoring the next time it had the ball. WPI responded on its next possession, thanks to good field position set up by a 40-yard kick return from Mello. The Engineers drove 39 yards in six plays, with Aaron Champagne (Fairfield, ME) plunging into the end zone from three yards out for the go-ahead score, as WPI took a 7-6 lead into halftime. Swanton notched his third career rushing TD on WPI's first possession of the second half, scoring from 11 yards out to give the Engineers a 14-6 advantage. Swanton led WPI with 78 yards on the ground in addition to his passing totals. Salve Regina took over at midfield with a chance to tie the score and moved the ball to the Engineers' 33 before he was picked off by the Engineers' Graham Leto (Grafton, MA) to put a stop to the threat. The grab was Leto's first interception. St. Onge finished the day with 228 yards on 27-for-42 passing. Following the turnover, Champagne added his second rushing TD with 1:17 to play to put the game out of reach. Michael Oliveri (Milford, MA) and Jack Mulhern (Worcester, MA) each posted double-digit tackles for WPI, with 14 and 11 respectively. Peter Forte (Everett, MA) added eight stops while John Perron (Auburn, MA) contributed seven tackles for the victors. Peter Gill (Franklin, MA) registered a pair of sacks on consecutive plays late in the third quarter.
Men’s Soccer (3-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)
Freshman Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) and senior Matthew Gonsalves (Swansea, MA) each tallied goals for WPI to help propel the Engineers to a 2-0 victory over Worcester State in non-conference men's soccer action to open the season on Tuesday. WPI (1-0) outshot the Lancers 12-3 in the first half, but could not get on the board. Two minutes into the second stanza the Engineers finally notched their first goal of the season when Hopkins took a cross from senior Dominic DeChiara (Kingston, MA). Gonsalves added the second goal for the Crimson and Gray in the 80th minute when he took a cross from sophomore Michael Solano (Corning, NY). WPI junior Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) collected one save in the shutout. Moan then collected his second straight shutout to help visiting WPI defeat Becker 2-0 in a Worcester City Men's Soccer Tournament contest on Friday evening to help the team move to 2-0. DeChiara put the Engineers on the board with an unassisted goal 17:39 into the contest. The score stayed the same until the 54th minute when Evan Demers-Peel (Norton, MA) set up Hopkins for the header in front, making the score 2-0. The tally was Hopkins' second on the young season. Hopkins then scored two goals to lead WPI to a 5-0 defeat of Anna Maria and the 2009 Worcester City Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon. WPI remained perfect on the season at 3-0 with the win. WPI took an early lead on a score by Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) from an assist by Thomas Cucinotta (Easton, MA) in the first five minutes of play. The Engineers would tack on another tally just before the end of the first half, as senior Tommy Zajac (Merrimack, NH), found the back of the net off a feed from fellow senior Gonsalves to send WPI into the intermission leading 2-0. The second half was all Engineers, as WPI outshot the AMCATS 13-1 in the period. Tournament MVP Hopkins scored twice to put the game away, while Tim Driscoll (Easton, MA) added another goal to give the Engineers the 5-0 victory. Adding assists for the Crimson and Gray second half scoring spurt were Gonsalves, Tommy Zajak (Merrimack, NH) and Justin Dempsey (Cliffton Park, NY). Kirk Dragsbaek (Sherborn, MA) and Stephen Allen (Pembroke, MA) combined in net on the shutout. Dragsbaek worked the first 78:36, recording the only WPI save on the day. Hopkins led WPI with his two goals while Gonsalves dished out a match-high two assists.
Women’s Soccer (1-2 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)
The Engineers opened their season on Tuesday, falling to Salve Regina 2-1. Trailing 2-0, WPI cut the deficit in half in the 80th minute when Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) picked up her own rebound and tucked a shot into the back net. The goal was the junior's 26th of her career. WPI had a pair of corner kicks in the final 10 minutes but were unable to muster the tying tally. Liz Tuite (Hopkinton, MA) collected five saves in 79:36 of work while Rebecca Newman (Howell, NJ) was not called upon to make a save over the final 10:24 of the game. On the night, the Engineers enjoyed a 15-9 advantage in shots, including a 7-2 edge in the second half and took 11 of the game's 15 corner kicks. Garza and the Engineers rebounded on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Wentworth. Garza scored a pair of goals, and in the process tied the WPI career goal scoring record. After a scoreless first half, Garza dented the scoring column in the 58th minute when she buried a feed from Victoria Howland (Red Hook, NY) to give the Crimson and Gray a 1-0 advantage. Just over seven minutes later, Garza picked up her own rebound and netted her third goal of the season and 28th of her standout career. The junior is now tied with Beth Gilbert '01 atop the WPI career goal scoring list. Rebecca Newman (Howell, NJ) recorded a shutout in her first collegiate start for the Engineers. The freshman was credited with two saves on the night. In its third match of the week, WPI fell 1-0 on Saturday at Salem State . The Engineers saw their best scoring chance turned away with 14 minutes remaining when a Katie Partridge (Worcester, MA) free kick was stopped. Newman made eight saves against the Vikings, but suffered her first loss of the season as WPI dropped to 1-2.
Field Hockey (2-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)
Sophomore Celena Dopart (Washington, DC) registered the only goal of the game and senior Allie Griffin (Billerica, MA) notched a shutout as WPI blanked visiting Fitchburg State 1-0 in non-conference field hockey action Thursday afternoon. Dopart's goal came after she collected a long pass from Danielle Antonellis (Duxbury, MA). The sophomore's tally came in the 45th minute and was the fourth of her career. The game was hard fought from both sides with Griffin collecting eight saves for the Engineers and Abbie Brown (Westwood, MA) registering seven stops for the Falcons. The shutout highlighted Griffin's first collegiate start. Fitchburg State was the aggressor as they outshot WPI 12-9 and enjoyed a 15-6 advantage in penalty corners. The Crimson and Gray got a lift from tri-captain Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME), who collected a defensive save in the third minute. The team returned to the field on Saturday afternoon, posting a 2-0 win over Lasell. Paige Hanson (East Hartford, CT) and Maggie Wigley (Bridgewater, MA) each tallied a goal to help the Engineers improve to 2-0 on the season. The first half came and went without a score, but the action came quickly after the intermission as Hanson scored off an assist from Celena Dopart (Washington, DC) just 45 seconds into the second stanza. Wigley added to the lead as she notched her first collegiate goal on a feed from Meghan Linskey (Bridgewater, MA) with just over four minutes remaining in the game. Goalkeeper Elizabeth Ray (Simsbury, CT) recorded six saves en route to posting her first victory of the year and sixth career shutout. The senior came up big when she stopped a breakaway with 15 minutes remaining and the Engineers holding a 1-0 lead to preserve the shutout win.
Volleyball (7-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)
Senior co-captain Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT) registered 17 kills and 21 digs to help visiting WPI rally for a thrilling 3-2 victory over Simmons in non-conference women's volleyball action on Tuesday evening. The result made a winner in the Division III debut of WPI head coach Alex Temkin and helped the Engineers open their season at 1-0. After Simmons won the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-23, the Engineers stormed back to take the final three sets by counts of 25-17, 25-18, and 15-12. Holmberg led the way by posting a .667 hitting percentage after being credited with only 3 assists in 21 attempts. Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) chipped in with seven kills while Becca Mattern (Vernon, CT) and Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) each added six. Rookie setter Maria Rangel (Weston, FL) came off the bench and collected a team best 24 assists. Joining Holmberg with double-digit dig totals include Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) with 18, Sarber with 14, and Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) with 13. Holmberg then registered 24 kills and 19 digs over the next three games, leading WPI to three victories at the Regis College Pride Invitational in non-conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won all three games in straight sets, defeating host Regis, Norwich and Salem State en route to tying the best start in program history (4-0). The 1988 team also began its campaign with a 4-0 mark. In the opening game, WPI defeated Regis 25-20, 25-12 and 25-23, paced by Sarber's nine kills and 27 assists from Rangel. Holmberg had seven kills and 10 digs in the opener, while D’Angelo added 10 digs for the Crimson and Gray. Holmberg also led the way with three of her six service aces in game one, while Beovich led the Engineers' defensive effort with three blocks. Game two saw WPI notch its second victory of the day, as the Engineers downed Norwich 25-11, 25-17 and 25-21 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Holmberg and Sarber led the Engineers in kills again in game two, recording 12 and 10 respectively. Rangel once again had 27 assists for the victors, while Porambo registered a team-high 16 digs on the day. The Engineers tied the school mark for the fastest start in game three, a 25-8, 25-21, 25-18 win over Salem State. Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading,MA) paced WPI with six kill, while Holmberg and Beovich added five each. Kim Woodward (Clifton Park,NY) contributed 24 assists for WPI, while Val Boutin (Salem, NH) led the Engineers with five digs. The Women's Volleyball team then continued its run at the Pride Invitational on Sunday, defeating Worcester State, Rhode Island College and St. Joseph's (ME) en route to the tournament title. The wins establish a new school record for the longest winning streak to begin a season, as the team improved to 7-0 on the year. Tournament MVP Holmberg registered 34 of her 58 kills during Sunday's three games and was a key component in all three WPI victories. In the opening match against Worcester State, Holmberg notched a team-high 11 kills and 26 digs, while Mattern also recorded 11 kills and D'Angelo 25 digs in the hard-fought 18-25, 25-23, 29-27, 26-16 win. Rangel had 36 of the team's 42 assists and Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) had three service aces versus the Lancers. In game two, Holmberg posted an impressive .458 hitting percentage with 12 kills and 12 digs to lead the Engineers to a 3-0 win over Rhode Island College (25-16, 25-11, 25-20). Sarber had 11 kills, while Porambo paced the Crimson and Gray with 19 digs in the win. The team wrapped up its day with a four-set win over St. Joseph's (25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-16). Sarber posted 13 kills to lead the Engineers in the last contest of the day, while Holmberg and Beovich added 11, with Beovich posting an impressive .588 hitting percentage and a team-best four service aces. Rangel added 41 of the team's 42 assists during the match, while Porambo once again led the team in digs with 19.
Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Cross Country
The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will kick off the 2009 season this coming Saturday when they head to Rensselaer for the Engineers Cup with MIT and RPI. Head coach Brian Savilonis has named Mike Ashman (Weatogue, CT), Dan Duffty (Haverhill, MA) and Christopher Gabrielson (Westford, MA) as the men’s captains and Elizabeth Hegarty (Springfield, MA) Anne Rocheleau (Shrewsbury, MA) and Danielle Volpe (Chelmsford, MA) as the women’s captains.