Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton seen

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is that more true than at Wheaton as you walk the campus on any given day. Before the end of the spring semester, as I strolled along, the point was repeatedly proven in random visual narratives about how creativity is fostered and encouraged here; about how highly regarded our alums, parents and friends are; and about how well-rounded our students are because of their interdisciplinary liberal arts education at Wheaton.

Just a few examples:

Paper Dorm RoomOne day an intriguing giant box appeared outside of the Mars arts building. “What is it?” I asked. It turned out to be an art installation by Charlotte Hall ’17. “Students in ‘Sculpture II’ created immersive installations for their final project,” Professor Kelly Goff explained. “Some were site-specific (around campus) and others were contained within these temporary booths we made from theater flats. Charlotte Hall created a sort of version of her dorm room, clad inside and out with refuse that she personally accumulated over the last few weeks. Passers-by are invited to enter the booth.”

Another day, I saw a member of the college’s grounds crew on his knees at the base of a tree, a big bucket beside him. What was he doing? Painstakingly picking the teeny tiny weeds from the mulch around a tree so that the campus could look perfect for the alums, parents and friends who would be arriving on campus for Commencement. [Read more...]

No time like now

In this 2010 photo, Grace Baron is working with a young student at the Groden Center, in Providence, R.I., where she served as a behavioral consultant.

In this 2010 photo, Grace Baron is working with a young student at the Groden Center, in Providence, R.I., where she served as a behavioral consultant.

We always think we will have time.

Time to pursue our dreams.

Time to repair old grudges.

Time to connect with friends, family.

But none of us have as much time as we think. Sadly, we are reminded of that on the In Memoriam pages of the Quarterly each issue. This time, along with all of the beloved alums, relatives and friends who have passed away, we note the loss of our beloved Grace Baron, professor emerita of psychology. She died on February 27 of pancreatic cancer. [Read more...]

Rise and shine

FOX25_Panorama1You learn a lot when you have to get up at 3 a.m. to report to work by 4:30 a.m. One: It’s hard to find a fast-food place open that early in the morning to get that lifesaving cup of coffee (thank goodness for those golden arches). Two: It’s easy to order hash browns and not worry about the carb count when you order in the fog of sleepiness.

FOX25 T ShirtThis, of course, is information I could have lived without in exchange for more sleep. However, the early-morning wake-up was well worth it, considering the payoff: seeing the campus come to life in all of its shining glory with television cameras on-site to share it.

Fox 25 News Boston came to campus on September 26 (starting with a 4:30 a.m. set-up) to do a live news program from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. as part of the station’s “College Tour” series. The series showcases the best of what selected New England colleges have to offer. Staff, students and faculty spent the four hours on the campus green in front of cameras. The president was interviewed, various student groups performed, others showed off their scholarly interests, and the entire community provided Wheaton spirit. Some of us had way too much fun—and coffee. [Read more...]

The starting line

Mitchell Memorial 5KI’m a list maker. I love seeing life laid out so clearly and enumerated. Social media has fueled that interest in such an entertaining way. You name it, there’s a list for it shared via Facebook or Twitter.

I found this one, “10 Life Lessons I Learned From Running” by Suzanne Kvilhaug, this summer. The timing was perfect. I was on week five of my 26-week 10K training app, just far enough into it when things were getting tough and I was rethinking my commitment. (I am, after all, the girl who only joined the high school cross country team to get the cute team sweater and then dropped the sport like a bad habit.)

Kvilhaug’s list addresses challenges that runners face, but I think it also offers great lessons for our new graduates, who are celebrated in this issue on page 4, as well as guidance for our incoming first-year students: [Read more...]