Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Reunion 2016

Laughing, dancing, hugging, remembering, celebrating. Yep, another Commencement Reunion Weekend. More than 500 alumnae/i were on campus for the occasion, coming from 32 states and several countries, including Canada and Israel.

Photos by Nicki Pardo and Keith Nordstrom

Getting down to business

Marjorie Rosen Weber ’57 wins accolades for business savvy

Marjorie Rosen Weber ’57It’s not every day that a mayor proclaims a day in one’s honor.

But Marjorie Rosen Weber ’57 experienced that recognition due to her innumerable contributions to her home city of Miami—including helping entrepreneurs build up their fledging businesses.

Also, her decades of work in the financial industry prompted SCORE Miami Dade—a nonprofit dedicated to helping launch small businesses—to honor her at their annual business and leadership awards dinner last fall.

But the awards and accolades do not mean she is reaching her endgame, said Weber, who is 81. “It’s not over. I keep doing what I can. The demand for this type of consulting far exceeds what would be considered a normal 40-hour workweek,” she said. [Read more...]

Mesmerizing tales

Smith-Johnson pens book on Cape Cod history

Robin Smith-Johnson ’76Cape Cod enjoys a rich tradition of local lore and legends, including many that predate the arrival of the Pilgrims.

In her recently published book, Legends & Lore of Cape Cod (History Press, 2016), Robin Smith-Johnson ’76 spins tales about love, shipwrecks, murders, hauntings, witches, ancient Wampanoag legends, and much more, from this 339-square-mile peninsula in eastern Massachusetts.

1976 Johnson Smith photo 2Smith-Johnson, who majored in English at Wheaton, is passionate about all things literature and history.

For the past 17 years, she has served as the Cape Cod Times’ librarian, conducting research for reporters and editors, in addition to other duties. She also has served on the faculty of Cape Cod Community College since 2003, teaching various English classes, including English Composition I, Foundations in Writing and Creative Writing. (She received her master’s degree in English at Bowling Green.) [Read more...]

Empowered woman

Ashley Sweeney ’79 publishes Eliza Waite

Ashley Sweeney ’79Not all stories are planned. Often inspiration comes about suddenly or unexpectedly, and the writer never looks back.

For Ashley Sweeney ’79, the idea for Eliza Waite (She Writes Press, 2016) first emerged while was hiking with her husband, Michael, through the dense woods of Cypress Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

1979 Sweeney photo bookcoverThe couple took a wrong turn, and ended up at a sheltered cove on the island’s north side, just below a massive cliff face. There, they spied a long-abandoned, dilapidated cabin. A nearby plaque told of owner Zoe Hardy, a self-sufficient hermit from the 1930s.

It was the first inkling of an idea for Eliza Waite, the main character of Sweeney’s future book.

“I imagined a reclusive woman living in a cabin, and the story that would have led her there, and also the story that would have led her away from there,” Sweeney said. “As a historical fiction aficionado and an American literature and American history major at Wheaton, the find fascinated me and was full of possibility.” [Read more...]