Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

What’s that ticking sound?

In November, while we were celebrating our art director’s birthday over breakfast, a colleague remarked that there were only four days of work remaining before Thanksgiving break.

We all let out a collective gasp of surprise, recognizing how fast time flies. (My summer clothes had yet to make it to the attic, for goodness’ sake!) This issue of the Quarterly takes a moment to honor the passing of time:

February marked five years for me as editor of the magazine. It seems like just yesterday I was having a cup of coffee with my boss on the deck at Balfour-Hood and telling him about my interest in working at Wheaton.

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In the winter issue of the Quarterly, the name of Jean Jones Beard ’65 was misspelled.

OK, so Wheaton hired two new coaches this academic year—David Cusano as head coach for track and field, and Jamie Lockard as head coach for men’s lacrosse. They’re new, but that’s no excuse for swapping their photos by mistake in the winter issue. Sorry, guys. Twenty laps around Haas for us, right? Here are the right photos with the right names:

Portrait of a dream

Jonas Kahn '93 photographing from the roof of the old science center.The Mars Center for Science and Technology seems to put a spell on people. (It has even inspired Professor Sue Standing to write poetry and Professor Delvyn Case to compose music in honor of it.)

There’s a look people get when they talk about the building. It’s sort of this faraway, dreamy gaze that lingers. There is a breathiness in their voices as they seek the words to adequately describe what looks like a building but is so much more.

I’ve seen it and heard it in the months leading up to the dedication in September. President Ronald A. Crutcher had that look this summer as he sat in his office talking about the challenges that had to be overcome to bring forth the largest capital project in Wheaton’s history during such a tough economy. Professor Tommy Ratliff has that excitement in his voice in an online video interview, as he discusses the goals for the new science center.

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Happy anniversary, nursery school!

In going through our calendars from the 1960s in connection with writing my late husband’s biography/memoir, I encountered notes on my first meeting regarding plans for the “new nursery school.” This reminded me that the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School is celebrating its 80th birthday this year [which was noted in the fall Quarterly]. As a retired professor who not only made extensive use of the school in my teaching and for my students’ research, but also actually had the opportunity to help design the present building, I am well aware of the importance that this historic school plays. When I speak to colleagues, they are envious. I trust that Wheaton is properly proud of this piece of history, which lives on today as a magnificent teaching facility as well as a great place for children.

Judy Rosenblith, professor emerita of psychology

Article captured Heather, Sharon

I am writing to say how much I enjoyed the fall Quarterly. I especially loved the article spotlighting Heather Corbett ’86 and Sharon Howard ’87. I was Heather’s advisor when she was an officer in the Class of ’86 and a co-worker of Sharon’s for many years. Lou Ann Daly ’76 captured the essence of both women and the enormous impact each has made on Wheaton the institution and Wheaton the community. Theirs will be big shoes to fill, indeed. They will be missed!

Nancy Bianchi Norton ’78, P’09, P’12