Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Veterans Day parade 

President Dennis M. Hanno and the Wheaton community participated in the Veterans Day parade and ceremony presented by the town of Norton, Mass.

Good job

Nancy Dewey Simpson ’51Nancy Dewey Simpson ’51, a paralegal in the estate planning practice area of Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, celebrated her 85th birthday on Oct. 31, 2014. She takes great pride that she is still on the job and active after all these years. She has worked at the firm for more than 39 years (and attends Pilates classes with her husband, Alec, twice a week). Simpson graduated from Wheaton with a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in economics and history. In February 1975, she received a certificate in attorney assistant training-probate administration from the UCLA School of Law Extension Program. She specializes in probate and trust administration. She also prepares federal estate tax returns, gift tax returns, and accountings for estates and conservatorships. Nancy works full time and when asked why she doesn’t retire and enjoy more traveling with her husband, who has been retired for more than 20 years, she says: “Working at Palmieri Tyler keeps me active. I love the mental challenge, especially working with numbers and difficult accountings.”

The beat of her own drum

Natalie Shelton ’05It’s not every day that one gets to perform on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, especially if you are not a professional musician.

But that day recently came for Natalie Shelton ’05. She got to play the timpani, a giant classical drum, during a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Her performance was part of a new Boston Symphony Orchestra program in which amateur musicians from various professions are selected through an application process, brought together, provided brief rehearsal time, and then given a chance to play in front of a live audience. [Read more...]

Kenneth Babby ’02 named chair of baseball company board

Kenneth Babby ’02Kenneth Babby has been named chair of the 10-member board of Minor League Baseball’s Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO). Babby is the owner and chief executive officer of the Akron RubberDucks. BIRCO manages digital and interactive media rights of its member Minor League Baseball clubs and leagues.

A story about the appointment on MiLB.com pointed out that during Babby’s first season with the Akron Aeros (former name of the RubberDucks), he emphasized improving the fan experience at Canal Park and achieved a 11.9 percent increase in attendance. He also was instrumental in adding a privately funded $1.65 million HD video board. (Babby’s success was also chronicled in a September 2014 article in Cleveland Business.)

The MiLB.com story noted: “Babby’s experience with Internet rights and media advertising began in 1999 as a summer intern for the Washington Post. He climbed the ranks and eventually attained the position of vice president of advertising, and most recently, the chief revenue officer of Washington Post Media and general manager of Washington Post Digital, its online and social media counterpart.”