Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Truth and beauty in black and white

The award-winning photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly ’58 has been called the “Ansel Adams of the wetlands.” Like Adams before her, Monnelly works in black and white and uses a large-format camera to illuminate the majesty of the natural world. Beginning this June, Monnelly will exhibit her work alongside Adams’s in “Fragile Waters,” a traveling exhibition conceived in response to the 2010 BP oil spill.

For more than 35 years, Monnelly has been enthralled by the salt marsh landscape of Boston’s North Shore, and she conveys its ever-changing beauty through her photographs. It was Monnelly’s agent, Barbara Cox, who conceived of the idea of a photography exhibition as a response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pitch-perfect life in music

Alexander Grover ’09

Alexander Grover ’09 (center), a former member of the Gentlemen Callers, leads WitchPitch? in rehearsal for a concert.

A young girl sits pensively on a rocky beach in Salem, Mass., haunted by lost love. She sings a mournful “Winter Song,” captured richly in a black-and-white YouTube video worthy of MTV. Soon, a dozen other young people chime in, echoing perfect chords.

They are the teen voices of WitchPitch? in their first music video of a cover song on their debut CD, “Here,” which was released in 2012. Their leader is Alexander Grover ’09. He created the group in 2009, and in a short time he and his young singers have won more than just applause.

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Spring forward

Last fall, Boston-based online fashion company UsTrendy, which was founded by Sam Sisakhti ’05, made a fall appearance in a runway show during London Fashion Week. For the past four years, the company has provided independent fashion designers with an avenue to sell and promote their work. UsTrendy also held its first campus fashion design contest last fall, and launched a philanthropic effort by donating clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters for the holiday season. So you missed fashion week in London? Paris, Milan and New York, too? No worries. We asked the stylish Sisakhti, who was awarded a 2012 Young Alumnae/i Award, to tell us what will be hot for spring. Hold onto your camisoles, ladies; see-through is one of the themes this season.

Top trends:

  • Midriff showing (crop tops and peekaboo dresses)
  • Pleated and skater-style dresses
  • Lace, revealing skin underneath
  • Bright and vibrant colors
  • Lots of leg
  • Classic black and white making a major comeback
  • Stripes, dots, snakeskin and fringe

Reunion by the numbers

1 alum drove the farthest. Mary Humphreys Steele-Klein ’62 drove cross-country from Seattle and was the very first attendee to register at Mary Lyon Hall.

4 foreign countries were represented.

25 golf carts buzzed around to assist.

30 states were represented.

40 dozen eggs were cracked for brunch.

1,693 meals were served over two and a half days.

1962 The Class of 1962 had the highest number of attendees and percentage of members in attendance at more than 50 percent. The group won all three Reunion class awards.