Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Playing it forward

James Baker ’06 shares life lessons with young athletes

James Baker ’06

James Baker ’06, a standout pitcher for the Lyons and a professional baseball player with the San Diego Padres minor league team, now helps young athletes reach for their dreams as founder and director of his North Shore Performance Training in Danvers, Mass.

James Baker ’06 understands the importance of self-confidence. A baseball fan from a young age, he grew up eating, sleeping, drinking the sport. But during his sophomore year at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Mass., he was cut from the baseball team.

“I’ll never forget the moment the coach put the roster up on the gym wall and my name wasn’t on it,” says Baker, who majored in history and is well aware of how the past can influence the future.

But he didn’t let that curve ball stop him from pursuing his passion. Instead, he worked out harder and his coach gave him another shot. At the end of his senior year, Baker received the Coach’s Award, and caught the attention of Wheaton Head Baseball Coach Eric Podbelski.

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On the right track

Kimberly Spence ’04 hits her stride as running coach

Kim Spence ’04Kimberly “Kim” Spence’s love for track and field actually started on the softball diamond, where her favorite part of the game was stealing bases. That love for running developed into an obsession with track in middle school that was so intense that the New Hampshire native created hurdles out of tree branches, buckets, sawhorses and anything else she could get her hands on to practice.

Her passion for the sport powered her through Wheaton as a student-athlete and now fuels her as the head coach of the track and field and cross country teams, which have both enjoyed successful seasons under her guidance.

During the 2016 track and field season, the women’s team had three individuals and the 4x100-meter relay team qualify to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Another runner qualified for the women’s indoor championships. The Lyons also had eight all-conference performances at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, which included a Rookie of the Year nod for Cathryn MacGregor ’19 after her performance in the javelin. [Read more...]

Talent show

The senior studio art majors exhibition featured the creations of 22 students: Sydney Beck, Xiangzi Chen, Gaoziyan Cui, Nickolas Falla Margaret Frothingham, Emery Kennett, Sarah Knittle Merrill McCluskey, Kathryn Muehlberger Madeline Parker, Karl Rivera, Margaret Robe, Galen Robinson, Mary Sawyer, Chenyang Shi, A. Walker Stockly, Jenna Tewksbury, Mei Lan Thompson, Chloë Urbanczyk, Sienna Van Slooten • Elise Waelder, Hongting Wang.

The senior studio art majors exhibition featured the creations of 22 students: Sydney Beck, Xiangzi Chen, Gaoziyan Cui, Nickolas Falla, Margaret Frothingham, Emery Kennett, Sarah Knittle,Merrill McCluskey, Kathryn Muehlberger Madeline Parker, Karl Rivera, Margaret Robe, Galen Robinson, Mary Sawyer, Chenyang Shi, A. Walker Stockly, Jenna Tewksbury, Mei Lan Thompson, Chloë Urbanczyk, Sienna Van Slooten, Elise Waelder, Hongting Wang.

This spring, 22 students in the Studio Art Senior Seminar exhibited more than 120 artworks in a variety of mediums in the Beard and Weil Galleries. The exhibition title, “Muse of Form,” was chosen by the group as “a reflection on how they rely on the primacy of visual language, of form, to spark their imaginations, and to communicate their ideas and feelings,” said Professor of Art Claudia Fieo, senior seminar advisor. Here, we asked a few of the artists about their work and their experience at Wheaton.
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Reunion 2016

Laughing, dancing, hugging, remembering, celebrating. Yep, another Commencement Reunion Weekend. More than 500 alumnae/i were on campus for the occasion, coming from 32 states and several countries, including Canada and Israel.

Photos by Nicki Pardo and Keith Nordstrom