Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Goodbye, hello

I’ve been thinking a lot about endings and beginnings over the past few months in working on the fall issue of the magazine. With Commencement being the ultimate symbol of both, I can’t help it.

I don’t know how parents, faculty members and staff members watch this ceremony over and over again. The experience is such an emotion-filled mix of joy and sadness—joy for the students you’ve watched bloom and accomplish so much over the past four years, sadness about the fact that they now have come to the end of their journey at Wheaton and are off to their next beginning, the next chapter in their lives. My son just turned 13 this summer, but I’m already happy/sad that one day I’ll be watching him do this.

I interacted regularly with several of the 2012 graduating students over the past four years, offering advice, listening to hopes, dreams and doubts. So I was more acutely aware than ever of their absence this summer after Commencement as I walked the empty campus.  [Read more...]

The F-word

The f-wordConfession time:

I have lost and regained 75 pounds—twice.

I can tell you how many Weight Watchers points in anything, anything—even the points in air.

I know by heart the list of acceptable foods for Phase One of the South Beach Diet. Sadly, potato chips are not on it.

At my own commencement, my grandmother offered me a peppermint from her pocketbook and my mother balked in a loud whisper, “Don’t give her any candy! Look at her!” (Sorry, Mom; hope you’re not reading this. Thanks for not calling me fat.)

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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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Corrections

Corrections:

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: