Second semester is well underway with much activity on campus. The recent re-opening of Emerson Dining Hall completes the dining hall renovations. The students are very excited about the move of the Lyon's Den to the former Loft. Many new initiatives are being launched, including one funded by a grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation: the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship. As you can see, I have a great deal of news to share with you when you return to campus for President's Commission.
I hope you plan to join me on Friday, April 29, for the spring meeting, which will focus on Wheaton's future. Last fall, we shared the draft of Wheaton's strategic plan, Wheaton Means Impact: Growing Our Influence on the World, with the Wheaton community. At the upcoming meeting, I look to you, once again, for your thoughtful input as we discuss the impact the strategic plan's five priorities will have as we move forward. In order for you to prepare for this discussion, you may access the strategic plan by using this link. Below are three questions for your consideration:
1. How can the President's Commission play a role in achieving the Strategic Plan?
2. One of the priorities in the plan deals specifically with alumnae/i engagement. What would success in this area look like to you?
3. "Wheaton Means Impact" - How can we create a student experience that has the greatest impact possible?
Then, in the afternoon, I look forward to an engaged discussion about the future direction of the President's Commission. The President's Commission's Mission Statement highlights the commission's purpose. We will use this time to brainstorm and discuss your thoughts and ideas on the direction of the President's Commission as it continues to serve Wheaton. Once again, I have three questions for you to ponder as you prepare for this session:
1. Given the stated purpose of the President's Commission, how do you see your role as a commissioner?
2. Beyond attending two meetings a year, are there ways that you feel you could be more involved?
3. What forms of communication from the college are most helpful in preparing for your work as a commissioner?
The day will begin with check-in and breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Registration and our first session will be held in the Faculty Dining Room in the newly renovated Emerson Dining Hall using the entrance near Howard Street. Please review the tentative agenda and register online by Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Dietary or mobility restrictions can be noted in the box provided at the bottom of the registration form.
In addition, if your schedule permits, please join us for dinner on Thursday evening, April 28, at the Presidents' House. Also, I have the pleasure of inviting you and a guest to join other Wheaton College alumnae/i and friends for a guided tour of Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday morning, April 30. Once again, a generous Wheaton alumna has funded the college's sponsorship of this amazing and unusual annual festival of art and floral design.
We have scheduled two tours, for a total of 30 guests, at 10:15 a.m. with museum-trained guides. While Art in Bloom features floral arrangements inspired by specific works of art through the museum, there are also special exhibits, such as "Megacities," comprising large-scale works shown throughout the museum, and "Pairing Picasso," a visiting masterpieces exhibit, available to our guests. Tickets are limited, and first come will be first served!
If you need hotel accommodations, a special rate has been secured at the following hotel:
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Foxborough/Mansfield
35 Foxborough Boulevard
Foxborough, MA 02035
Reservations: 1-800-321-2211 or 508-543-5222
$129.00 plus taxes
Rooms are blocked under the name Wheaton College President's Commission. To guarantee this special rate, you must contact the hotel directly and make your reservations by Thursday, April 7, 2016.
On behalf of the Wheaton community, I thank you for your involvement and look forward to seeing you on April 28 and 29!
Questions about your meeting reservations should be directed to Pam Vaz at 508-286-3485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Lynne Stack, Program Manager, President's Commission and Associate Director of College Advancement at 508-286-3462 or email@example.com with questions about the meeting program.