Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A delicious surprise

English major runs creamery, wins national cheese award 

39 Crooked Face Creamery012Wheaton’s English majors are frequently asked what exactly they plan to do with their degrees once they graduate. Back when Amy Rowbottom Clark ’06 was a student, though, she’d never have guessed what her answer would eventually be: Make cheese.

“Looking back I realize how natural this whole transition was,” Amy said, “but being a full-time farmer and cheese maker was not in my plan back in college.”

Amy and her husband, Josh, own and operate Crooked Face Creamery, a 200-acre dairy farm in the small town of Skowhegan in central Maine. The high-school sweethearts are already winning recognition just four years after they bought their herd of cows, and now operate their business at a farm Josh’s grandparents had owned for more than a century. [Read more...]

Leading the way at MFA

Sandy Moose, left; Grace Fey, rightThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) featured Sandra “Sandy” Ohrn Moose ’63 and her place in museum history in a recent publication. For the first time, two women are leading the MFA’s board of trustees together.

Grace Fey was elected chair of the board last September, and now leads the board with Moose, who is president of the board. Moose has been on the MFA board since 2002, after serving as an overseer. She has also served as chair of the board of governors for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her three-year term as president will be complete in September 2014.

“Grace and I were pioneers for women in our respective business careers—Grace in investment management and me in the management consultant profession,” said Moose. “We look forward to working together and using our combined experience to lead this great museum.”

Moose has had numerous leadership roles, including being the presiding director of Verizon Communications. She had a long career at Boston Consulting Group, which she joined in 1968, and ultimately became a senior managing partner and director, and now continues as a senior advisor. In 2013, she was selected as chair of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation board of trustees—the first woman elected to the position since the creation of the foundation in 1934.

“In terms of a Wheaton connection, I had the pleasure of working with Deb Dluhy [Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62], who was the dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts when I chaired the board of governors.”

Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A minute with…

Jeffrey Sanborn ’16Jeffrey Sanborn ’16 

Jeffrey Sanborn, a biochemistry major and studio art minor, spent last summer as a Wheaton Fellow interning at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Now he knows for sure how he wants to combine his passion for science and helping people: he plans to go to medical school to become a surgeon.

Examining procedures: “My professors have encouraged me to pursue my passion for medicine, and have given me opportunities to explore different career paths. During my internship, I spent many hours interacting with patients at the clinic. It was a great opportunity for me to witness doctor-patient relationships develop. I found it intriguing to be able to see the perspective of the doctor, already knowing from past experience what it is like to be in the patient’s shoes. I also observed a broad spectrum of specialized surgeries, mainly in the pediatric urology and adult urology departments. I loved observing surgeries. Being in the operating room felt very natural to me. It was here that I developed a very inspirational and motivating friendship with the chairman and chief of adult urology.”

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Floriane Borel engages in global problem solving

Floraine Borel '14It is rare for someone still in college to play a role in formulating solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. But that’s exactly what international relations and economics major Floriane Borel ’14 did last June as a delegate to the 2013 Y8 Summit in London.

The Y8 Summit is an annual event organized by the International Diplomatic Engagement Association (IDEA), a global network of youth organizations that supports young leaders, who are interested in diplomatic careers. At the conclusion of the weeklong summit, participants produce a “Final Communiqué” containing all the policy recommendations decided upon during discussions. This document is then submitted to leaders of G8 nations for consideration.

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