Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

John Sutyak ’00 serving as NEWMAC president

John-Sutyak-NEWMACWheaton Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00 began serving a two-year term as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) president on July 1, 2015, after completing two years as president-elect.

“It is an honor to rotate into the role of NEWMAC president. Over the past two years as president-elect, I have had the privilege to learn the ropes from [former president] Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, who is one of the finest athletic administrators in the business,” said Sutyak. “I look forward to providing the same consistent leadership that she—and her predecessors—have provided over the last number of years.”

In addition to carrying out his duties at Wheaton, Sutyak is helping transition the NEWMAC into sponsoring football in 2017, and guiding the conference through several other initiatives geared toward promoting the organization’s strategic plan and core values throughout the next two years.

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Pauri Pandian named head tennis coach

Pauri PandianPauri Pandian is now the head coach for Wheaton’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, succeeding Lynn Miller, who retired in summer 2015 after 35 years at the college.

“I’m excited to be following in the footsteps of Lynn Miller, who gave everything she had to Wheaton College and Wheaton athletics throughout her career,” said Pandian, who joins the staff after serving as an assistant coach at Brandeis University for the past four seasons.

“I will strive to do the same, and in the process, build the men’s and women’s tennis teams into perennial NEWMAC contenders. I’m excited about the potential for growth in both programs.”

Lynn Miller, a member of the U.S. Tennis Association New England Hall of Fame and the Wheaton College Athletics Yowell Hall of Fame (2013), posted a 373–236–2 record with the women’s tennis program and a 259–160 record at the helm of the men’s tennis program during her time at Wheaton.

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Revamped Chase reopens

The newly renovated Chase Dining Hall reopened in August 2015 with a new look and new menu offering made-to-order sandwiches and stations for cooked-to-order meals, and dedicated serving areas for students who have food allergies. The renovation and changes are part of an overall program to enhance campus dining with more choices and improved quality.

 

Celebrating Jewish harvest festival

Wheaton carpenters spent one morning in September 2015 building a Sukkah, in honor of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. Students, joined by Professor of Religion Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus and Hillel associate director Patti Sheinman, decorated it according to tradition (with a roof of leafy branches through which the stars can be viewed and the rain can fall). The Wheaton College Hillel, Jewish Life House, Farm House and Office of Service, Spirituality, and Social Responsibility collaborated to create the structure and plan programming. Above, Professor Brumberg-Kraus leads a discussion in a class held here.