Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A tennis star at all ages

June Alper Smith ’57 competes in world championships

Judy Alper Smith ’57

Judy Alper Smith ’57, pictured above with her International Tennis Federation Super-Seniors World Team Championships teammates

A love for tennis can last a lifetime.

Consider Judy Alper Smith ’57, who not only continues to play tennis in her eighties, but also competed in the International Tennis Federation Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Umag, Croatia, in September 2015. Smith is among the top four tennis players in the U.S. in her age category. [Read more...]

Practice makes perfect

Kerin Stackpole ’84 recognized for achievements in law

Kerin Stackpole ’84

Kerin Stackpole ’84

A passion for government and law emerged early for Kerin Stackpole ’84, who as a child read the transcripts of the Watergate tapes—for fun—and watched her mother, a city alderman, influence change in her community.

Now an attorney at Paul Frank + Collins in Burlington, Vt., Stackpole is at the top of her game. Her peers recently selected her for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of employment and labor law, and employment and labor litigation. This is the fifth consecutive year she has achieved recognition in Best Lawyers.

Stackpole says she was drawn to these areas of law “because fundamentally they are about the relationships between people who come together toward common goals.”

At her practice, she devotes much of her time to providing in-house training for managers so they can create a culture where employees succeed, she said. “It is very rewarding to see companies grow and thrive and to see individual contributors really make a difference.” [Read more...]

The cultural side of Acadia National Park

Marie Curcio Yarborough orchestrates outdoor exhibit project

Marie Curcio Yarborough ’93

Marie Curcio Yarborough ’93

Last summer, amid much fanfare, Acadia National Park in Maine unveiled more than 100 wayside (outdoor) exhibits to help better educate visitors on the park’s ecological and cultural history. And Marie Curcio Yarborough ’93 was integral to this achievement.

Yarborough, an anthropology major at Wheaton, became an interpretive ranger at the national park, situated on Mount Desert Island, in 2009.

“My favorite thing about Acadia is the fact that it is the only park created almost entirely from land donated to the federal government. In other words, this park is truly a gift from the American people to the American people,” she said.

However, the outdoor exhibits needed upgrades as they lacked information about the park’s cultural history. “There was nothing about native people, nothing about the park founders, nothing about the historic trails and the people and processes that built them, and nothing about the historic buildings that the park maintains and cherishes,” she said. [Read more...]

Understanding autism from the inside out

Matthew Goodwin ’98 credits professor with career success

Matthew Goodwin ’98

Matthew Goodwin ’98

Understanding a person with autism requires looking beyond his or her outward behaviors.

This insight is what the late Professor Emerita of Psychology Grace Baron imparted to Matthew Goodwin ’98, who has spent the bulk of his career pursuing technology solutions to uncover the inner lives of persons with autism to help them manage their day-to-day lives.

“Grace was the first person I met who emphasized the importance of considering the inner lives—thoughts, beliefs, feelings and desires—of persons with autism instead of focusing only on observable behavior and assuming there was nothing else,” said Goodwin, who currently serves as an interdisciplinary assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University in Boston. [Read more...]