Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Baseball-feature

Swinging for the fences

Kenneth Babby ’02 aims to score big as new owner of Akron baseball team

Kenneth Babby ’02There’s no professional sports team owner in the United States like Kenneth Babby ’02. His birth certificate attests to that. At 33, the new head of the Akron Aeros Double-A baseball club is the youngest team owner in the country.

In a game that loves numbers, Babby doesn’t dwell on this distinction from this northeast Ohio city known as the “rubber capital of the world.” His marathon work days—he’ll arrive at downtown’s Canal Park by 8 a.m. and sometimes not leave until midnight—are consumed by altogether different metrics.

Such as the 68-foot-wide video board he recently installed beyond the left-center-field fence. Or the 20-scoop ice cream colossus known as “The Screamer,” which debuted at the Aeros’ season opener in April. The confection is even served in an authentic batting helmet that fans can take home.

This is baseball, Babby style. [Read more...]

A tale of two cities

Go Beyond, Campaign for Wheaton

Boston and New York; New York and Boston. The distance separating these two metropolitan areas often feels much greater than the 200 miles of Route 95 that lie between them. When the gulf is at its widest, say any time the Yankees visit Fenway Park, the differences appear to be unbridgeable.

Given the history, anything that unites the residents of the two cities is noteworthy. For example, the reactions of alumnae/i to the college’s second annual March Matchness challenge. The campaign, which coincides with March Madness, pits the graduates of even years from 2000 and later against the graduating classes of odd years starting in 2001.

Inspired by the theme, recent graduates in both cities decided to throw a party to coincide with the event. The Young Alumnae/i Club of Boston acted first with an informal gathering on March 6 at the appropriately named sports-theme bar, Game On, which is located just beyond the third-base-side grandstand at Fenway. [Read more...]

Making a statement: Collaborative support

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Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72

Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72 and her husband, Peter

Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72 brings a sharp business perspective to her work as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. After graduating magna cum laude with a double major in economics and math, she earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College and a leadership position with Citicorp as vice president of new product development. When she saw the college’s main conference room in Park Hall last autumn, she proposed a renovation to make the tired space work better for Wheaton and offered the financial support to make it happen.

A project is born: The point at which it struck me that I wanted to do something about renovating the conference room was when I realized that the dean uses it to meet with students and families and the president meets with visitors there. [Read more...]

Making a statement: Meaningful design

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Frances “Phoebe” Lovejoy Russell ’01

Frances “Phoebe” Lovejoy Russell ’01 and her husband, Peter

Frances “Phoebe” Lovejoy Russell ’01 provided the design expertise for the renovation of the Eliza Wheaton Conference Room in Park Hall. She is the head of Lovejoy Designs and was recently named one of New England Home magazine’s 5 under 40, the short list for the hottest emerging talents in the region. At Wheaton, she majored in psychology, which she credits for helping her work effectively and cooperatively with clients. As an undergraduate, she also rediscovered her passion for design, then studied at the New York School of Interior Design.

Why the project was special: I loved making the trip down from Boston and putting on my professional hat for a place that is so meaningful to me. Utilizing my skills and my love for design, which I have been cultivating since graduating in 2001, was a complete honor.

Form follows function: I wanted people to feel welcome and generous toward a place that I know so many people hold close to their hearts. To achieve a look that would complement all ages, I envisioned how the space may have looked in the 1920s, 1950s, 2000s and beyond. [Read more...]