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Homegrown champion

Judith Garcia ’13 elected to Chelsea City Council

Judith Garcia ’13Growing up in Chelsea, Mass., Judith Garcia ’13 played in an empty lot littered with used syringes and trash.

“My friends and I called it ‘War Zone,’” she says. It was not an optimal playground, but it was better than the city’s parks, which were ruled by gangs, she says. “At an early age, I wondered why we had no access to small things like parks.”

That wonder grew into a passion for community service, culminating in her recent election to Chelsea’s City Council, representing the Fifth District. With virtually zero political experience, she was the top vote-getter in the city’s primary (unseating the incumbent) and won the general election with 60 percent of the vote.

It was a historic election, with Latinos taking six of the 11 council seats, balancing what had historically been a mostly non-Latino council in a predominantly Latino city. Garcia was pleased with the outcome.

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Working in the White House

Alum lands D.C. internship, Clinton campaign job

Alex Butcher-Nesbitt â15For a political science major, a White House internship is what Alex Butcher-Nesbitt ’15 refers to as “the Holy Grail” of opportunities.

He spent his first summer after Wheaton working in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPE/IGA), with support from a Gertrude Adams Professional Development Fellowship. The office is the first point of contact for anyone looking to engage with the Obama administration. [Read more...]

The cutting edge of cancer

Stephen Benz ’05 talks genomics with students

Steve Benz ’05Ten years after graduating from Wheaton, Stephen Benz ’05 is among a group of trailblazing entrepreneurs who are harnessing DNA sequencing technology to more effectively treat cancer.

In 2001, when Benz was a freshman at Wheaton, the Human Genome Project international consortium—a U.S.-funded collaborative biological project—published the first draft and initial analysis of the entire human genome sequence.

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Encore

Dancer Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 returns to choreograph

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

It has been 17 years since Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 was a member of the Wheaton Dance Company, but she can still kick her leg high over her head and leap like a gazelle as effortlessly as she walks across the dance floor in Balfour-Hood.

Her physicality and artistry were on full display in fall 2015 as she worked with the 10 members of the Wheaton Dance Company. Foley’s original choreography was performed during the company’s show in December in Weber Theatre. (Her work with the dance company was sponsored by the Ruth Eddy ’42 Master Class in the Arts Endowed Fund within the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program.)

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The three-minute piece, called “Ruby Blue” (after the song by Roisin Murphy), was a fun jazz number carried out with quick leaps and turns and lots of sass—the kind of unsuspectingly demanding number that Foley is drawn to as a dancer.

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