Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A new page in her story after Wheaton

Maricielo Solis ’14

Maricielo Solis ’14

Maricielo Solis ’14 was selected into the NBCUniversal Page Program in fall 2014. The yearlong program is a rotational training and development program that serves as a pipeline for entry-level positions within NBCUniversal. During the year, pages have the opportunity to work and gain hands-on experience within different departments throughout the entire NBCUniversal organization. The three-month assignments allow pages to explore their interests and develop their skills in media.

The program is highly competitive, only accepting 2 percent of the 16,000 annual applicants, and has helped the careers of many famous anchors, producers, actors and media personalities.

“I hope to hone my journalistic skills, make connections in the media industry and get more experience in news production,” said Solis, who majored in international relations at Wheaton. “My ultimate goal is to land a job as a production coordinator and work my way up to become a TV anchor/reporter and producer of documentaries and independent films.” [Read more...]

Seen at last

Peter Kunhardt Jr. ’05In 1950, the celebrated photographer Gordon Parks returned to his hometown for LIFE magazine to produce a photo essay documenting African Americans’ experience of segregation, but to his chagrin, the photographs were never published.

Finally, 65 years later, Parks’s work was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the exhibition “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott,” which opened on Jan. 17, 2014.

In a story about the exhibition, Peter Kunhardt Jr. ’05, the executive director of the Gordon Parks Foundation, told the New York Times, “Gordon was very disappointed that the story never ran. He was really going back to a place that meant everything to him, and he wanted to use it to say something important.” [Read more...]

Maeve Vallely Bartlett oversees state’s energy, environmental affairs agency

When Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Class of 1980, was pursuing an English major at Wheaton College, she never thought her path would bring her to a state government office. But here she is on Beacon Hill in Boston—serving as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

She was appointed to the post by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2014 after serving as undersecretary for the previous year. Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one cabinet secretary with the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs.

Maeve Vallely Bartlett

Pictured above, Governor Deval Patrick swears in Maeve Vallely Bartlett ’80 as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on June 9, 2014.

In her new role, Bartlett oversees policies and programs to secure energy and protect natural resources in the state.

“What we do is incredibly important to me, and it is absolutely necessary for the next generation,” she says. “I’m proud to be a part of what we’ve done here.”

The road to cabinet secretary has been a winding one that has included stints as a writer, which she always envisioned herself being (she still keeps a copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style in her office); law school at Suffolk University; and more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field working in state and federal government. She has served as environment undersecretary, assistant secretary for transportation planning, assistant general manager for environmental compliance at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and general counsel for Energy and Environmental Affairs. She has also served as senior enforcement counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Secretary Bartlett now juggles a range of issues as she leads the departments of Agricultural Resources, Conservation and Recreation, Environmental Protection, Energy Resources, Fish and Game, and Public Utilities. [Read more...]

Boston Globe shines spotlight on Adara Meyers’s play

2008-newsmaker-Adara-MeyersAdara Meyers ’08 has been featured in the Boston Globe for her play Talk To At Me, which the paper described as a “tour de force,” praising her “zany, satirical script.”

The play is a humorous, socially poignant look at a large number of contemporary issues and their subsequent coverage in the media. “I began writing Talk To At Me as an absurdist response to the media’s rapid-fire coverage of the global recession, the Deepwater Horizon [BP] oil spill and protests throughout Arab countries, to name just a few,” she said.

Meyers is the managing director of Sleeping Weazel, the Boston-based experimental multimedia theater company that presented the play. She is also a playwright and producer for the company, which was founded in 1998. [Read more...]