Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Continuing tradition of service with the DAR

April Butler Staley 1983April Butler Staley ’83 has been installed as the state regent for the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a service organization with more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.

The Hartford Courant in July wrote about her new position, describing her selection at the DAR’s national convention held in Washington, D.C., last summer.

Staley, who is assistant director in marketing at the Hartford Financial Services Group, joined the DAR in 2002, recalling how much her mother and grandmother enjoyed being a part of the organization. “At that point, my career was on track and my son was older, so I could commit more time to volunteerism,” she said. “Today’s DAR is a vibrant service organization that reflects goals that are important to me—historic preservation, education and patriotism.”

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Dancing for joy

Shanita Gopie Liu ’07

Shanita Gopie Liu ’07 with dance partner Julius Lim.

“For me, dance is not just physical or recreational, it’s spiritual. Dance is a form of creative and cultural expression that gets my blood pumping and makes me feel alive,” says Shanita Gopie Liu ’07, who traces the source of that feeling right back to Wheaton.

Liu, who was born and raised in Queens, N.Y., discovered her passion for dance at Wheaton, where she was co-director and choreographer of the multicultural dance group Trybe.

Since graduating, she has continued to dance. In September 2013, she performed in the New York International Salsa Congress, an annual dance and music festival, with her semiprofessional salsa team, Lorenz Latin Dance Studio’s Mambo Clasico.

In her professional life, she was recently promoted to director of college programs at KIPP Through College New York City, which is part of a network of free college-preparatory schools created for students from underserved communities.

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Alumnae/i Leadership Conference 2013

ALC 0085 ALC 0229 Abbe Erle, Emily Firment ’11, Jonathan Wolinsky ’10, and ???? ACL 0080 ACL 0096 ACL 0115The Alumnae/i Association Board and Alumnae/i Relations staff invited Wheaton volunteers to campus on Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, for the Alumnae/i Leadership Conference. During the weekend of events, workshops and career conversations with students, the association honored alums who have made significant contributions to their communities, their careers, or volunteer service to the college. Sandra Sable Gilpatrick ’95 and Georgene Botyos Herschbach ’61 received Alumnae/i Achievement awards; Christopher Paquet ’03 received the Young Alumnae/i Achievement Award; and Susan Jenks Beard ’90, received the Heather J. Corbett ’86 Faculty/Staff Unsung Hero Award.

Photos by Andy Heller

Reunion 2013

Smiling, singing, hugging, learning, posing, parading, playing, planting, reconnecting, remembering, relaxing—what a great Reunion weekend!