Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A second chance

Wheaton alum helps save stranded sea turtles

Leslie Boerner Neville ’87 In mid-November, when the ocean temperature in Massachusetts dropped and cold-stunned sea turtles began to wash up on Cape Cod Bay’s beaches, veterinarian Leslie Boerner Neville ’87 jumped into action to help save them.

Volunteering with the turtle rescue team of Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, she shared her expertise and lent a hand, as did her undergraduate advisor, Wheaton College Professor Emerita of Biology Barbara Brennessel. [Read more...]

A family tree grows in Norton

Wheaton College ArchivesMany families have long legacies at Wheaton, with graduates from across the generations. For the Knight and Sirois family, however, their unique family history at Wheaton extends farther than most. Their ancestry of graduates goes all the way back to the earliest days of the college, and most amazingly, continues on today.

Last fall, Elizabeth Sirois ’18, and her mother, Deborah Grant Sirois, paid a visit to the archives in the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library to comb through photos and documents and discover some of their family history at the college. [Read more...]

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...]

Lesley Stahl ’63 honored for excellence

Lesley Stahl ’63, © Alexander MorozovIn November 2014, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl ’63 was honored for her decades of distinguished reporting with the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Founders Award is given to those who “demonstrate a longtime commitment to the highest standards of the journalism profession,” according to the ICFJ website. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour and Bob Schieffer.

Stahl has repeatedly shaped the national—and international—debate through groundbreaking work as a CBS White House correspondent, Face the Nation moderator, 48 Hours host, and now as a mainstay on 60 Minutes, ICFJ president Joyce Barnathan said in a press release. [Read more...]