Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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  • IMG_0108 Classes resume on Thursday

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College will resume on Thursday, Jan. 29.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College will resume on Thursday, January 29. College offices remain closed today (Wednesday, January 28), but additional facilities are opening as campus operations return to normal (details at right).

    Class schedule
    On Thursday, all classes will resume the normal schedule. However, on Friday, January 30, the college will follow the Wednesday class schedule to minimize the loss of course time due to the storm closure.

    Staff operations
    College offices will reopen on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Non-essential personnel should plan to report for work at the regularly scheduled time, starting with the second shift (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) on Wednesday. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Campus conditions
    Wheaton’s staff has worked exceptionally well during this lengthy storm; walkways and campus roads are clear as are most parking lots. However, snow removal operations will continue for several days. As a result, students, faculty and staff should move across campus with care. Walkways and roadways are likely to remain slippery in many locations.

    Campus parking
    Please remember: Parking restrictions will remain in effect through noon Thursday, January 29. (For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.)

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

     

  • Storm update: classes and activities canceled for Wednesday

    All classes and activities at Wheaton are canceled for Wednesday, Jan. 28. Classes are set to resume on Thursday.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Wednesday, January 28, and are scheduled to resume on Thursday. College offices also will be closed on Wednesday.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue on Wednesday, and additional facilities and services will open during the course of the day (see listing at right).

    Class schedule
    On Thursday, all classes will resume the normal schedule. However, on Friday, January 30, the college will follow the Wednesday class schedule to minimize the loss of course time due to the storm closure.

    Staff operations
    Non-essential personnel should plan to report for work at the regularly scheduled time, starting with the second shift at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Schedule updates
    Stay tuned for updates regarding the men’s basketball game (versus MIT at Wheaton) and women’s basketball game (versus Wellesley at Wellesley), which are scheduled for Wednesday evening.

    Campus conditions
    The college has weathered the storm well and the campus remains safe and secure. Wheaton’s snow removal team has worked exceptionally well under difficult circumstances. However, the snow has not yet ended, and snow removal operations will continue throughout Wednesday, even as college facilities reopen. As a result, students, faculty and staff should move across campus with care. Walkways and roadways are likely to remain slippery in many locations.

    The state travel ban remains in force for the eastern half of Massachusetts, including the Wheaton campus. Students are urged to await the lifting of the travel ban before venturing out on the roads.

    Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s emergency page to get the most up to date information.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking
    Parking restrictions will remain in effect through noon Thursday, January 29. (For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.)

    Open on Wednesday
    Library at 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    Balfour-Hood (including the Fitness Center) at 10 a.m.
    Haas open at 1 p.m.

     

     

  • 10394021_807281324740_8031406297373006777_n Blizzard alert: classes and activities canceled for Tuesday

    Classes and activities are canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 27 due to the blizzard forecast for the region.

    All classes and activities at Wheaton College will be canceled on Tuesday, January 27, due to the major winter storm expected to arrive Monday night and continue through Tuesday evening. An update on college operations will be announced Tuesday afternoon.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter blizzard warning and forecasts two to three feet of snow for our area, to be accompanied by bitter cold temperatures and hurricane force winds, with gusts up to 75 mph. At a press conference at noon on Monday, Governor Charlie Baker declared an immediate state of emergency for what he described as an historic, top five storm.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue. Emerson and other dining locations will be closed on Tuesday. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 5 p.m. Monday, January 26, through noon Thursday, January 29.

    Non-essential personnel should not report for the third shift on Monday night. College offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. Non-essential personnel should not report for any shift on Tuesday.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out late Monday evening, when the storm is expected to intensify. Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms need to be evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC, so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    Schedule updates

    Stay tuned for updates regarding the men’s basketball game (versus MIT at Wheaton) and women’s basketball game (versus Wellesley at Wellesley), which are scheduled for Wednesday evening.

    During the storm

    Once the storm arrives, students should stay indoors as much as possible. During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are possible. Only venture outside if absolutely necessary. We urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions.

    Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s emergency page to get the most up to date information. The next scheduled update regarding the post-storm opening of campus will be Tuesday afternoon.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan. (See restrictions and map.)

  • Parking restrictions for Saturday, Sunday

    And snow it begins. Weather forecasters are predicting a varying mix of snow, rain and sleet for Saturday morning through the evening, with snow accumulations of two to four inches possible for the area. To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college will institute its snow removal plan, restricting parking, effective at […]

    14-Campus-Snow-Parking-800 And snow it begins. Weather forecasters are predicting a varying mix of snow, rain and sleet for Saturday morning through the evening, with snow accumulations of two to four inches possible for the area. To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college will institute its snow removal plan, restricting parking, effective at 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, until 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 25. The ban does not apply to faculty or staff. Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense. Please note that when the college is open, faculty and staff are allowed to park in faculty and staff lots. If the college is closed due to weather, the parking ban applies to everyone. Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots (click on the map to see the areas):

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Grounds-crew More snow: Parking ban begins tonight

    This had better be the last time we have to say this, considering that we are now officially into spring: Snow is on the way. Time to move your car—again. The forecasts for late tonight into Wednesday vary from one meteorologist to the next, with snow predictions in our area ranging from a coating to […]

    This had better be the last time we have to say this, considering that we are now officially into spring: Snow is on the way. Time to move your car—again.

    The forecasts for late tonight into Wednesday vary from one meteorologist to the next, with snow predictions in our area ranging from a coating to up to six inches. Wheaton’s amazing buildings and grounds crew is planning for plowable snow, just to be on the safe side.

    So, you know the drill.

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college will institute its snow removal plan effective at 10 p.m. tonight, Tues., March 25, 2014, until 10 p.m. on Weds., March 26, 2014. The ban does not apply to faculty or staff.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Please note that when the college is open, faculty and staff are allowed to park in faculty and staff lots. If the college is closed due to weather, the parking ban applies to everyone.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots:

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 736802_10151336126633328_2104171009_o Storm alert: Parking ban begins Sunday

    The good news is that accuweather.com has a list of the 10 Snowiest Colleges in the US and Wheaton College is not on it. The not so great news is that winter isn’t over yet and another storm is on the way for the New England region, with significant amounts of snow forecast for Mon., […]

    The good news is that accuweather.com has a list of the 10 Snowiest Colleges in the US and Wheaton College is not on it. The not so great news is that winter isn’t over yet and another storm is on the way for the New England region, with significant amounts of snow forecast for Mon., March 3, 2014.

    Because of the repeated storms and the high demand for salt and ice melt, there are extreme shortages of supplies locally, statewide, as well as throughout the northeast region.

    From this point on, our crews will use sand as well as ice melt to make the most efficient use of supplies. We also want to remind all to take care when walking about the campus during periods of freezing and thawing, and during storms, which can cause walkways and parking lots to be slippery.

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college will institute its snow removal plan effective at 4 p.m. Sun., March 2, 2014, until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Please note that when the college is open, faculty and staff are allowed to park in faculty and staff lots. If the college is closed due to weather, the parking ban applies to everyone.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots:

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

  • nemo storm Winter advisory

    So far this year, the Wheaton College buildings and grounds crew has used 250 tons of rock salt, 2,000 bags of ice melt (50 pounds each) and responded to 19 snow or ice-related storms (double the amount during the same time frame last winter). It is clear that this winter season has been a challenging […]

    So far this year, the Wheaton College buildings and grounds crew has used 250 tons of rock salt, 2,000 bags of ice melt (50 pounds each) and responded to 19 snow or ice-related storms (double the amount during the same time frame last winter).

    It is clear that this winter season has been a challenging one, not only testing our tolerance, but also eating away at supplies used to keep walkways, parking lots and roads clear of ice.

    Because of the repeated storms and the high demand for salt and ice melt, there are extreme shortages of supplies locally, statewide, as well as throughout the northeast region.

    Our crews here will continue their herculean efforts to remove snow and ice. From this point on, we will use sand as well as ice melt to make the most efficient use of supplies. The safety of our campus community is of utmost importance.

    We also want to remind all to take care when walking about the campus during periods of freezing and thawing, and during storms, which can cause walkways and parking lots to be slippery.

    Let’s hope that groundhog is wrong and that we see an early spring.

  • 5L3X3096 Monday night parking ban due to snow

    It is sunny today, but snow is on the way again for Tues., Feb. 18, 2014, bringing a predicted 2 to 4 inches throughout the day before ending Tuesday evening. To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan effective at 8 p.m. tonight, Mon., Feb. 17, […]

    It is sunny today, but snow is on the way again for Tues., Feb. 18, 2014, bringing a predicted 2 to 4 inches throughout the day before ending Tuesday evening.

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan effective at 8 p.m. tonight, Mon., Feb. 17, 2014. Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots:

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

  • Winter storm alert

    A significant winter storm is expected to sweep through most of the region today, Feb. 15, 2014, with heavy snow and strong winds. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 5 a.m. EST Sunday. The Wheaton College grounds crew is ready with equipment and supplies, and other preparations have been made for the […]

    A significant winter storm is expected to sweep through most of the region today, Feb. 15, 2014, with heavy snow and strong winds. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 5 a.m. EST Sunday.

    The Wheaton College grounds crew is ready with equipment and supplies, and other preparations have been made for the storm.

    The Athletics Department has canceled this evenings’ softball fundraiser and all events in Haas Athletic Center and Clark Center tonight.

    The 10 a.m. softball fundraiser scheduled for Sunday in Clark also has been canceled, and day two of the Wheaton synchro invitational will begin at noon in Haas, instead of at 9 a.m., as previously scheduled.  The tennis fundraiser has been rescheduled for noon on Sunday in Haas.

    Parking restrictions instituted at noon on Saturday will remain in effect through Monday, Feb. 17, to enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible.

    As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern. We urge all to be careful moving about the campus, as paths may be slippery.

    We advise members of the campus community to report any problems or safety issues to Wheaton Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots:

    Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only

    Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street

    Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex

    Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)

    Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)

    Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)

    Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)

    Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)

    Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot

    Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue

    All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

  • Snow Day, January 2011, sledding, snowball fight Saturday parking restrictions begin at noon due to storm

    Here we go again. The region is expecting another winter storm this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014—maybe 4 to 6 inches of snow. Where are you parked? To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan effective at noon on Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Any vehicle parked in closed lots, […]

    Here we go again. The region is expecting another winter storm this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014—maybe 4 to 6 inches of snow. Where are you parked?
    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan effective at noon on Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.
    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots:
    * Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    * Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    * Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    * Lot 10, behind the post office
    All vehicles should be moved from all other parking lots no later than noon on Saturday.
    The lots that are being closed include:
    * Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    * Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    * Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    * Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    * Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    * Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    * Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    * All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots, no later than noon on Saturday.
    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.
    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.