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Raheleh FoFolkerts-3lkerts ’95

  • Director of marketing at Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Broomfield, Colo.
  • Women of Wind Energy member
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Supplies vision: “I work for a great renewable energy company defining and executing marketing and communication strategies, from branding to client engagement efforts—all to ensure business growth for the company. Our department also project manages various proposal submissions. I really enjoy the breadth of scope and level of influence our department has.”

Uses resources: “The education and open-minded atmosphere I experienced at Wheaton provided me with a foundation that allowed me to be very flexible and adaptable in my career choices. I have worked in a variety of industries, including a vet clinic, a major news firm, a teachers association, a police department, and now a renewable energy company. My English degree benefits me today, as my department is responsible for most of the content produced on the website, in press releases, on proposals, and in marketing collateral.”

Generates support: “I contribute to the Wheaton Fund because it’s important to ensure the same quality of learning and liberal arts experience for everyone who attends. Think back to your days at Wheaton—the professors, the classes, the activities and the friends, and how they influenced and made you who you are today. Don’t you want to help others experience the same?”

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Maeve Vallely Swearing-In

Maeve Vallely Bartlett oversees state’s energy, environmental affairs agency

When Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Class of 1980, was pursuing an English major at Wheaton College, she never thought her path would bring her to a state government office. But here she is on Beacon Hill in Boston—serving as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

She was appointed to the post by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2014 after serving as undersecretary for the previous year. Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one cabinet secretary with the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs.

Maeve Vallely Bartlett

Pictured above, Governor Deval Patrick swears in Maeve Vallely Bartlett ’80 as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on June 9, 2014.

In her new role, Bartlett oversees policies and programs to secure energy and protect natural resources in the state.

“What we do is incredibly important to me, and it is absolutely necessary for the next generation,” she says. “I’m proud to be a part of what we’ve done here.”

The road to cabinet secretary has been a winding one that has included stints as a writer, which she always envisioned herself being (she still keeps a copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style in her office); law school at Suffolk University; and more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field working in state and federal government. She has served as environment undersecretary, assistant secretary for transportation planning, assistant general manager for environmental compliance at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and general counsel for Energy and Environmental Affairs. She has also served as senior enforcement counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Secretary Bartlett now juggles a range of issues as she leads the departments of Agricultural Resources, Conservation and Recreation, Environmental Protection, Energy Resources, Fish and Game, and Public Utilities. [Read more...]

A notable occasion

Professor composes music for inauguration

Professor William MacPherson plays the organ as Professor Delvyn Case directs.

Professor William MacPherson plays the organ as Professor Delvyn Case directs.

A special day calls for special music. So, Wheaton College Assistant Professor of Music Delvyn Case composed “Inaugural Fanfare” for the inauguration of President Dennis Hanno.

Case describes the piece as “a short fanfare for trumpet and organ, intended to herald the beginning of a new era in Wheaton’s history with enthusiasm and hope.”

“For over a millennium, composers have been writing pieces for institutions to celebrate major events. As the composer on Wheaton’s faculty, I wrote a piece for the dedication ceremony of the Mars Center for Science and Technology in 2011, and since that project was so well received, I offered to write a piece for the inauguration,” said Case, who is also the music director of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra. [Read more...]

A minute with…

Elise Waelder ’16

Page-10-Elise-Waelder1Elise Waelder, who is majoring in studio art with a minor in psychology and is captain of the Wheaton women’s volleyball team, spent part of the summer in Ostional, Costa Rica. She volunteered at a turtle conservation refuge through International Volunteer Headquarters. [Read more...]