Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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A Cappella Fest 1First A Cappella Fest benefits Norton High School music programs

Seven college a cappella groups battled each other for bragging rights while working together to promote music in local schools during Wheaton’s first-ever A Cappella Fest in October.

Singing groups from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Berklee College of Music, the University of Maine, the University of Connecticut, and Wheaton faced off in Cole Memorial Chapel, filling the space with beatboxing, harmony battles and fun music—from the B-52s’ “Love Shack” to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” [Read more...]

Kindness rocks

Community Service Council commits not-so-random acts

The Kindness Rocks Project (above) is outside of the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library; the wooden plaque reads: “Take one if it means something to you. Share one with a friend in need of inspiration or add one to the pile. It’s all about kindness.”

The Kindness Rocks Project (above) is outside of the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library; the wooden plaque reads: “Take one if it means something to you. Share one with a friend in need of inspiration or add one to the pile. It’s all about kindness.”

There are many ways to reach out and help. The members of Wheaton’s Community Service Council are seeking out those opportunities, creating their own and encouraging others to do the same.

One of the council’s recent initiatives is a rock garden near the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library, where the group is cultivating kindness.

The kindness rock garden, beneath a tree, includes a sign instructing those who approach to take one of the rocks, which all have encouraging words painted on them, and give it to someone for inspiration, or bring a rock and leave it for others to share. At Fall Fest in October, the council supplied paint and rocks for the campus community to create rocks to contribute.

“The Kindness Rocks Project was started by a woman on Cape Cod, with a goal of spreading inspiration and motivation to unsuspecting recipients,” said Keaton Schrank ’19, service council president. “There are now kindness rock gardens all over the world. When I ran across this project online, I knew that we had to join in on the movement. So we got our club members to paint rocks at one of our weekly meetings and created a garden here on campus.”

“We were looking to spread kindness and positivity within the Wheaton community in a new kind of way,” she said. “If even one person finds joy from this project or is inspired to complete their own random act of kindness, then we consider it a success.” [Read more...]

Welcome, Class of 2020!

2020_0118127No pressure, Class of 2020, but you made history even before you set foot on campus. So, we’re expecting amazingly interesting things from you. You were selected from a record number of applicants—4,478. You are the largest incoming first-year class in history, at 530 students, with the largest number of international students in an entering class. And you have the highest high school GPA for an incoming class. Welcome, indeed. [Read more...]

A minute with… Emma-Kate Metsker ’17

Emma-Kate Metsker, ’17Emma-Kate Metsker, a busy business and management and studio art double major, encourages creativity both on campus and off in varied ways. She works as a student graphic designer with the college arts events staff, is a barista at the Lyons Den, is involved with the Outdoors Club and Farm Club, and serves as chair of the Student Government Association’s Programming Council. As president of the House of the Living Arts, in October she planned and coordinated with her housemates a leaf-printmaking art day at Head Start in Norton, Mass., which engaged young children in creative expression. Drawing on community: “This particular theme house is an incredible space for creatives to live together and sustain our individual artistic practices. It is important as an artist to live with other makers in a supportive space that is designed to encourage collaboration and artistic growth. Members use the house as a platform for programs that seek to offer ways to be a part of Wheaton’s art culture.” Making an impression: “We wanted to do this leaf-printing project because we all are enthusiastic about the arts and felt that it would be a great opportunity to share our ideas and efforts with the young students. I think this program benefited the students of Head Start by showing them how they can use their creative abilities to have fun and thrive in the arts. As Wheaton students, it is so exciting to connect with the children and foster a space for creativity that allows them to explore different processes and manifest abstract ideas.” Creating a foundation: “All of my studio art classes have helped me to learn and expand my artistic capability—especially my graphic design, photography and sculpture courses, where I have had the opportunity to explore new and exciting materials. I have also gained inspiration from courses that I took abroad in Copenhagen.” Picturing the future: “I chose to double major in business and management and studio art because I enjoy graphic design and marketing, and want to learn how to successfully work and promote myself as an artist. I hope to have a creative position that uses all of my skills.”