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About Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer is a student in the Class of 2014.

A debut worth the wait

9 Concert-5628Orchestra performs music by Class of 1933 alum

We all could learn a lesson or two from Mary Louise Miller Spang, Class of 1933.

She overcame great adversity in her life, forging her own path after divorcing her husband in 1946, at a time when divorce was still a damaging social stigma for women, and working to support two young children on her own while pursuing her passion for music at Juilliard.

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Mary Louise Miller Spang ’33 in 1962

From 1946 until around 1959, Spang, who was an art major at Wheaton, was a prolific composer and published poet. Her musical career was cut short in 1959 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which led to her decline and death in 1975 at age 64.

On Dec. 6, 2013, she had her long-overdue chance in the spotlight. The Great Woods Chamber Orchestra honored her during a concert by performing one of her musical compositions for the very first time. The orchestra debuted Spang’s “The Selfish Giant,” a musical interpretation of the children’s story by Oscar Wilde, in the Weber Theatre.

“Each section in ‘The Selfish Giant’ corresponds to a scene in Wilde’s story,” noted Delvyn Case, assistant professor of music and orchestra director. “The music is very colorful, depicting the giant by using the timpani and brass, and the children with the piccolo and other woodwind instruments. The composition uses beautiful, rich harmonies reminiscent of jazz, though the style of the piece is certainly classical.”

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A minute with…

Jeffrey Sanborn ’16Jeffrey Sanborn ’16 

Jeffrey Sanborn, a biochemistry major and studio art minor, spent last summer as a Wheaton Fellow interning at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Now he knows for sure how he wants to combine his passion for science and helping people: he plans to go to medical school to become a surgeon.

Examining procedures: “My professors have encouraged me to pursue my passion for medicine, and have given me opportunities to explore different career paths. During my internship, I spent many hours interacting with patients at the clinic. It was a great opportunity for me to witness doctor-patient relationships develop. I found it intriguing to be able to see the perspective of the doctor, already knowing from past experience what it is like to be in the patient’s shoes. I also observed a broad spectrum of specialized surgeries, mainly in the pediatric urology and adult urology departments. I loved observing surgeries. Being in the operating room felt very natural to me. It was here that I developed a very inspirational and motivating friendship with the chairman and chief of adult urology.”

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Art on the go: Roving gallery gets rolling

Wheaton Professor Kelley GoffAssistant Professor of Art and Art History Kelly Goff has let loose an unusual brainchild on campus. He’s calling it the Mobile Small Works Gallery.

“The gallery is like a cross between a dessert cart and a sculpture pedestal with a Plexiglass vitrine [display case] on top,” Goff says. “It has chunky tires to help increase its all-campus roving capabilities. The seed of this idea was an itch to share the exciting things we are doing in studio art with the Wheaton community at large. I imagined a mobile art gallery that is capable of traversing our campus, showing up in academic spaces, dining halls, and sports events.”

The first gallery, one of several he plans to launch, is called NOMAD 1. The roving mini-galleries will be curated by students and faculty members. The current gallery features student works, but he envisions a whole fleet of wheeled exhibits bringing art to unexpected nooks all over the campus. The possibilities are enormous: Goff is hatching plans to use the spaces to display small objects from the Wheaton Permanent Collection, and to serve as satellite exhibition spaces for the Beard and Weil Galleries.

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Staying connected

Team works to expand, enrich alum community

Susan Little DoyleSusan Little Doyle ’77 leads the way as new director

It takes a special person to step into a job in which the first task is helping to plan two major alum weekends happening within two months of the position’s start date—and make it look easy.

Spend one moment with the collected and cordial Susan “Sue” Little Doyle ’77 and you immediately realize that she is, indeed, that person.

Wheaton officials have known this for a long time, having benefited from her leadership skills over the years through her many roles as a volunteer. Now, Doyle is putting those skills to use on a broader scale as the new executive director of Alumnae/i Relations.

Hired in August as the acting director, she oversaw Homecoming Weekend events and the Alumnae/i Leadership Conference (ALC), and is well into planning for Reunion Weekend.

In December, Doyle became the permanent director. She previously was a clinical interventionist in the Fitchburg Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the therapeutic work with students who face emotional and behavioral challenges.

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