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                                                                                            February 2010
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                                                          Ralph Nader Lecture
Ralph Nader Lecture                             Former Presidential Candidate Speaks on Campus
Former Presidential Candidate
Speaks on Campus


BEIJING: THE BIG BAOZI
Students Travel to China for
Real-Life Experience


Staff Profile: Bob Melideo
Under the Sea


Scene Around


Where at Wentworth


News and Newcomers


                                                          Ralph Nader signing books for students.


                                         Blount Auditorium was at full capacity with members of the Wentworth
                                         community and representatives from other Colleges of the Fenway who came
                                         to hear four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader present a lecture titled
                                         Public Citizenship, Ethics, and Engineering. Mr. Nader discussed his early career
                                         and his leadership role in improving motor vehicle safety standards and other
                                         federal standards. He challenged students, faculty, and staff to maintain a high
                                         level of curiosity in their professions as they are trained to prevent problems
                                         and to engage in technical debates in the classroom.

                                         To address concerns around censorship and the importance of maintaining
                                         ethics in their professional endeavors, Mr. Nader encouraged students to reflect
                                         on the question: Do I bring my professional conscience to work every day or
                                         do I follow orders?

News@Wentworth is produced by            His presentation focused on the adverse effects of severe corporate control to
the Department of Marketing and          the health and safety of the engineering profession; the need for the engineering
Communications at Wentworth. It          and design professions to achieve greater independence; how to organize to
provides interesting campus news to      recover and preserve the engineers’ professional judgment and ethical conduct;
faculty, staff, students, and parents.   and the need for ethical and legal frameworks for new technologies related to
We welcome your comments,                genetic engineering and nanotechnology.
suggestions, and story ideas; please
                                         The lecture was followed by a book signing of his most recent publication Only
contact editor@wit.edu                   the Super Rich Can Save Us!

                                         The event, which was held on February 23, was sponsored and organized by the
                                         Dean of Students Office, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor
                                         Loutfallah Georges Chedid, Department of Electronics and Mechanical.
BEIJING: THE BIG BAOZI
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                                                                                                            Campus News
Students Travel to China for Real-Life Experience
This past summer, seven Wentworth students and Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Ghiseline, Department
of Architecture, traveled to Beijing, China, to participate in the Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise
(B.A.S.E.) 4.0. As part of this effort, MArch students earned co-op credit, and undergraduate students
earned optional co-op credit.

In addition to Wentworth, 19 students from North American and Chinese schools of architecture,
including the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, McGill University,
and Beijing University of Technology traveled to CaoChangDi, an urban village in the northeast
corner of Beijing. Wentworth students included: Ian Downing, MArch ’10; Michael Modoono, MArch
’10; Chris Sotire, MArch ’10; Whitney Allison, BSA ’11; Eric Danforth, BSA ’11; Matthew Smith, BSA
’11; and Casey Stotz, BSA ’11. The students completed surveying and documenting of courtyard
houses in urban villages as well as three rural villages north of Beijing, complete with interviews,
analysis, and research.

Students were also able to meet Ai Weiwei, a leading Chinese architect and artist who designed
Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), which was made for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Following
their meeting, students were inspired by Weiwei’s architectural style, and used this to design and
build a Beijing Brick masonry pizza oven for the final B.A.S.E. party, which had over 100 guests and
plenty of pizza.

One student—Eric Danforth, BSA ’11—worked on a construction site with migrant workers from rural
villages outside of Beijing. Following the trip, Danforth returned and stayed with the workers for a
week and helped the village harvest crops.

For the first two weeks of February, photographs, drawings, artifacts, and videos from the trip
decorated the Casella Gallery, and Ghiseline and the students spoke at a lecture on February 8 about
the experience of living and learning in China. Some highlights they spoke of include: traveling
throughout the country, visiting Shanghai, touring Suzhou city and gardens, and other memorable
aspects of the trip like cuisine.




  Chris Sotire, MArch ’10, preparing pizza                        Students posing at the
   in the oven the group constructed for                           Great Wall of China.
      their final exhibition for B.A.S.E.


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Bob Melideo, senior programmer/analyst,
Division of Technology Services




                                                                                                              Staff Profile
Under the Sea
As a young boy, Bob Melideo always had a
fascination with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and
his underwater adventures. Years later as a
student at Bentley College in 1983, he saw
a poster for scuba diving lessons and he
jumped at the opportunity. Melideo and a
group of friends decided to try it, and he has
been hooked ever since.

Today, Melideo, a senior programmer and
analyst in the Division of Technology Services
(DTS), is a member of the North Shore Divers
Club along with 11 others who share the love
of scuba, and a 35-foot lobster boat, Sea Lady
II. In season, his love of exploring underwater
brings him out at least once a weekend—with
safety and preparation always being his top
priority.                                                  Bob Melideo diving in Key Largo.

Though he has been diving in places ranging from Saint Lucia to the Bahamas, he still prefers to dive
locally. In Boston Harbor, there is a sunken zoo ship from 1938 named The City of Salisbury that hit
Graves Ledge and broke in two parts. He also enjoys locations in Florida where many of the wrecks are
artificial.

One of his favorite aspects of diving is the creatures of the sea, especially lobster. During dives,
sometimes he will catch some but some, are too big to bring back to the boat. The most impressive
have weighed as much as 15 to 20 pounds, and reached two and a half feet long. “They’re fun to look
at but you leave them alone,” says Melideo. “They’re too big to take and kind of dangerous.”

He will often collect over a dozen lobsters a day, and will sometimes bring home scallops and flounder
as well. He enjoys collecting old, empty bottles since they are the easiest to carry back up, and he even
has a small collection at home.

“The general rule is if you find it on the bottom of the ocean, it’s treasure; if you find it on land, it’s
trash,” Melideo said. “So anything you find in the water is kind of cool.”

Melideo shares his love of water and adventure with his three sons and daughter, who often enjoy
kayaking and canoeing as a family. His oldest son recently began scuba diving, and another son,
William, now attends Wentworth as a freshman civil engineering technology student.

Every time Melideo goes diving, it is a different experience—he takes pleasure in this similar aspect
of his job at Wentworth. Melideo was hired by Sungard in August of 2007 and officially became a part
of Wentworth when Sungard transitioned to DTS in January 2010. After working at a small, private
company for several years, Melideo wanted to return to a college setting since he enjoyed the time he
                                                  spent working at his alma mater in 1999. “It’s nice
                                                  to work in a college and have the opportunity to do
                                                  so many things,” says Melideo. “There is variety and
                                                  you are able to work with smart people.”

                                                    The diversity of his position keeps Melideo returning
                                                    to Wentworth every day; and similarly diversity drives
                                                    him to the Sea Lady II every opportunity possible. As
                                                    Cousteau once said, “The sea, once it casts its spell,
                                                    holds one in its net of wonder forever.”



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                                                                                         Scene Around
  Megan Dobstaff, BINT ’10, and Stephen Flibotte, BINT ’10, first and second place
   winners (respectively) of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
                  Providence City Center’s Student Competition.




                                            Avida Bank representatives Mark O’Connell,
Mark Horn, BELM ’14, was selected as         president, and James Wilkins, commercial
   Student Leader of the Semester          lender, addressing construction management
for fall 2009 by the Office of Student         students about financing construction
         Leadership Programs.                 projects at the Entrepreneurship Lecture
                                                       Series on February 16.



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                                                                         Scene Around
  Nearly 165 students attended Sex in the Dark, learning about safe
practices and sexual health. Attendees also heard from three featured
  guest speakers, and had the chance to win prizes and t-shirts. The
   event was hosted by the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
 Pictured above: residence life staff members posing in their official




    Students and staff visited the Massachusetts State House on
February 24 to thank state representatives for need-based financial
  aid, and to campaign to maintain current grants. Pictured (left to
right): Demetrios Papathanasiou, BSA ’11; Peter Wyatt, financial aid
  counselor; Stephen Quinn, BSM ’11; Paul Santoro, senior student
        service representative; and Vinnie Rodriguez, BSM ’10.
                 Not pictured: Medina Shaba, BCET ’12.

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                                                                        Scene Around
  Pictured (left to right): Sergeant Matthew Kulesza, Officer Charles
   Marscher, Officer Robert Sulprizio, Officer Michael Vangelist, and
Officer John Barry were sworn in as Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs by
          Suffolk County Superintendant Gerard Horgan and
 Deputy Chief of Operations and Planning Lakia Fox on February 22.




      Ernest Hilbert, editor of Contemporary Poetry Review, read
     a selection of his poetry to over 250 sophomore architecture
     students in Blount Auditorium on January 28. He was able to
      connect architecture and poetry, and read from works such
     as Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias from 1818 and poems
     by W.H. Auden. After the readings, students asked questions
      about the creative process and how to design their poems.


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  Title goes here




                                                                                          Where at Wentworth
  Subtitle goes here

         The picture below shows an object located
  BOSTON, Mass. – Amanda Rodgerson, who for the past three seasons has been the
somewhere on Wentworth’s campus. Determine the
  Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Southern Maine Community College, has been
  named to the same position at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Director of Athlet-
 location of the picture below and win a prize. The
  ics Lee Conrad made the announcement. Rodgerson replaces Carrie Crawford, who
  first person* to name the location correctly wins
  stepped down in May after guiding the Leopards to a 46-53 mark during her four
  seasons as head coach.
an iTunes gift card. To submit your answer send an
                         e-mail to editor@wit.edu
  “We are very excited about Amanda joining our staff,” said Conrad. “She has achieved
  a lot in a short period of time as a head coach and has a solid knowledge of The Com-
  monwealth Coast Conference. This, combined with her energy and enthusiasm, made
  her the perfect candidate for the job. I am confident that our women’s basketball
  team will continue to develop into an upper echelon team at both the conference and
  regional level.”

  A native of Bangor, Maine, and former standout in both basketball and soccer at
  Hampden Academy, Rodgerson, arrived at SMCC in 2004 and inherited a struggling
  program that featured just seven players during her rookie season. That squad would
  capture the Maine Small College Conference title with a 10-13 record and lay the
  foundation for a 2005-06 season that saw the Seawolves win a second consecutive
  MSCC crown, as well as winning the Yankee Small College Conference championship.
  With a 20-7 mark, SMCC competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Associa-
  tion Tournament and featured two USCAA All-Americans. Rodgerson was voted both
  the YSCC and MSCC Coach of the year. This past season the Seawolves posted a
  14-10 mark, were the YSCC runner-up, and qualified for the USCAA Tournament. She
  leaves SMCC with a 44-30 record.




                 *The contest is only for current students



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  Title of Events
Calendargoes here




                                                                                             News and Newcomers
   Subtitle Entrepreneurship Lecture
March 16: goes here
Series, 3:00 p.m., Blount Auditorium,
    BOSTON, Mass. – Amanda Rodgerson, who for the past
    three seasons has
featuring Southern been the Head Women’s Basketball
                       Leathers, co-founder,
    Coach at David Maine Community College, has been
    named to the same position at Wentworth Institute of
John Moriarty Associates Conrad made the
    Technology. Director of Athletics Lee
     announcement. Rodgerson replaces Carrie Crawford, who
     stepped down in May after guiding the Leopards to a 46-53 mark during her four sea-
     sons as head coach.
March 19: Women @ Wentworth, 5:30 p.m., Watson Auditorium
     “We are very excited about Amanda joining our staff,” said Conrad. “She has achieved
     a lot in a short period of time as a head coach and has a solid knowledge of The Com-
     monwealth Coast Conference. This, combined with her energy and enthusiasm, made
Welcome New Employees!
     her the perfect candidate for the job. I am confident that our women’s basketball
     team will continue to develop into an upper echelon team at both the conference and
     regional level.”

   A native of Bangor, Maine, and former registrar, basketball and soccer at
Nadira Dookharan, assistantstandout in both Office of the Registrar
     Hampden Academy, Rodgerson, arrived at SMCC in 2004 and inherited a struggling
     program that featured just seven players during her rookie season. That squad would
     capture the Maine Small College Conference title with a 10-13 record and lay the
Dawn Harper, information systems library assistant, Alumni
     foundation for a 2005-06 season that saw the Seawolves win a second consecutive
     MSCC crown, as well as winning the Yankee Small College Conference championship.
Library
     With a 20-7 mark, SMCC competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Associa-
     tion Tournament and featured two USCAA All-Americans. Rodgerson was voted both
     the YSCC and MSCC Coach of the year. This past season the Seawolves posted a
     14-10 mark, were the YSCC runner-up, and qualified for the USCAA Tournament. She
James (Dan) McCune, applications coordinator and data
     leaves SMCC with a 44-30 record.
specialist, Office of Admissions


William Tracey, programmer/analyst, Division of Technology
Services


Beth Vargas, library assistant, Alumni Library

Birth
Jennifer Kosses, associate director, Housing and Residential
Life, is proud to announce the birth of her new baby.
Riley Kosses was born on January 27.




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