Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Alums stage spicy theater fun

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Raunchy? Yes. Campy? Yes. Fun? Oh yeah.

That’s what Hidden Valley Ranch, a soap opera take off written by alum siblings Patricia and Alfred McKeever, offered audiences this fall in the Kresge Experimental Theatre.

It was the alums’ dramatic return to campus under the auspices of the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program. The play they wrote featured a cast of 18 Wheaton students, and was one of three college productions last semester that provided more than 40 students with the opportunity to perform on stage.

For Patricia and Alfred, it was a return to Wheaton after more than a decade. After the pair graduated in 1997 and 1999, respectively, they bid farewell to their nearby hometown of Mansfield, Mass., for a destination common among their fellow theater majors: Broadway.

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Diane C. Nordin ’80 elected to Fannie Mae board of directors

Trustee Diane NordinFannie Mae recently announced that Diane C. Nordin has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Nordin, a seasoned asset management executive, will offer her expertise to the board’s governance of Fannie Mae, as the company works to create a safer, more transparent, and sustainable housing finance system.

“Ms. Nordin brings to the board a deep and broad understanding of the global markets and excellent fixed income investment experience,” Philip Laskawy, board chair, stated in a press release. “Her experience coupled with her pragmatic approach will be valuable as we continue to strengthen the company and improve the housing finance system.”

Nordin most recently spent a year as a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Prior to this, she spent 20 years at Wellington Management Company, LLP, a private asset management company, where she was a partner from 1995 to 2011.

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Continuing tradition of service with the DAR

April Butler Staley 1983April Butler Staley ’83 has been installed as the state regent for the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a service organization with more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.

The Hartford Courant in July wrote about her new position, describing her selection at the DAR’s national convention held in Washington, D.C., last summer.

Staley, who is assistant director in marketing at the Hartford Financial Services Group, joined the DAR in 2002, recalling how much her mother and grandmother enjoyed being a part of the organization. “At that point, my career was on track and my son was older, so I could commit more time to volunteerism,” she said. “Today’s DAR is a vibrant service organization that reflects goals that are important to me—historic preservation, education and patriotism.”

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Sharon Callahan ’84


  • CEO of LLNS at Omnicom Group
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