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Vision, determination star in filmmaker’s success

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Clenét Verdi-Rose made his feature film debut in 2008 directing Skyler, which won numerous awards, including for best director in the Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival.

The trailer for Sand Castles, a new film by upstart director Clenét Verdi-Rose ’04, tells just enough of the film’s painful story to make a parent’s heart and head ache: A young girl kidnapped, swept away at the squeal of tires and held captive for a decade, abruptly returns home to her dysfunctional and broken family, forever scarred by her disappearance.

It’s a somber and challenging story for a young filmmaker. However, Verdi-Rose’s commitment to the craft of filmmaking, not to mention the effusive praise of his supporters, suggested that Sand Castles would not miss the mark—long before it was screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in April. [Read more...]

Looking ahead

Wheaton College Sophomore SymposiumAlumnae/i representing a wide range of careers returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with members of the Class of 2016 during Wheaton’s Sophomore Symposium, which was held in January.

The annual event offers students the opportunity to network with alumnae/i and get career advice through a variety of workshops. This year, more than 200 students, 24 alums, 11 faculty members and eight staff members, including many from the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services, participated.

The day was particularly special for Molly Tobin ’13 (right), who participated in the Passion with a Purpose workshop; the symposium marked her first visit back to campus since graduating.

“It was great to be able to share with the sophomores just how much my time at Wheaton defined me and helped me in my professional life,” said Tobin, who works as a regional advisor for Hasbara Fellowships, a nonprofit that gives students the opportunity to take trips to Israel. [Read more...]

A delicious surprise

English major runs creamery, wins national cheese award 

39 Crooked Face Creamery012Wheaton’s English majors are frequently asked what exactly they plan to do with their degrees once they graduate. Back when Amy Rowbottom Clark ’06 was a student, though, she’d never have guessed what her answer would eventually be: Make cheese.

“Looking back I realize how natural this whole transition was,” Amy said, “but being a full-time farmer and cheese maker was not in my plan back in college.”

Amy and her husband, Josh, own and operate Crooked Face Creamery, a 200-acre dairy farm in the small town of Skowhegan in central Maine. The high-school sweethearts are already winning recognition just four years after they bought their herd of cows, and now operate their business at a farm Josh’s grandparents had owned for more than a century. [Read more...]

Leading the way at MFA

Sandy Moose, left; Grace Fey, rightThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) featured Sandra “Sandy” Ohrn Moose ’63 and her place in museum history in a recent publication. For the first time, two women are leading the MFA’s board of trustees together.

Grace Fey was elected chair of the board last September, and now leads the board with Moose, who is president of the board. Moose has been on the MFA board since 2002, after serving as an overseer. She has also served as chair of the board of governors for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her three-year term as president will be complete in September 2014.

“Grace and I were pioneers for women in our respective business careers—Grace in investment management and me in the management consultant profession,” said Moose. “We look forward to working together and using our combined experience to lead this great museum.”

Moose has had numerous leadership roles, including being the presiding director of Verizon Communications. She had a long career at Boston Consulting Group, which she joined in 1968, and ultimately became a senior managing partner and director, and now continues as a senior advisor. In 2013, she was selected as chair of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation board of trustees—the first woman elected to the position since the creation of the foundation in 1934.

“In terms of a Wheaton connection, I had the pleasure of working with Deb Dluhy [Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62], who was the dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts when I chaired the board of governors.”

Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston