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Staff News: February 2012

  • Cupbearer to the Gods

    Cupbearer to the Gods

    What makes history interesting?

    When I was in school I found that history was probably the most boring subject that there could be. Who cared about what happened hundreds of years ago? Too bad that I felt that way then, but I was young and had no idea how interesting it really is. Times have changed and I now search for historical significance in a particular object, such as the Hebe Statue at Wheaton.

    I wandered though the Wheaton web pages and came across a story about the Hebe Statue. Did you know that the Hebe in the courtyard is not the original? Neither did I. The original statue was donated by Mrs. Wheaton on the fiftieth anniversary in 1884. Wheaton had opened its doors on April 22, 1835 with three teachers and fifty students.

    The Hebe Statue is goddess of youth and the cupbearer to the gods. Now that age has made me more inquisitive, I wondered what was in the cup. Well, I guess you know what I did! I climbed up there to take a look. It is just solid. I guess you can say the cup is full.

    The original statue was made of lead with a fountain. She stood between Mary Lyon and Old Metcalf. The old Metcalf was torn down in 1932-1934. Hebe was then moved to the courtyard behind Kilham and the new Metcalf. Unfortunately for her, she had been repeatedly damaged in abduction attempts and sometimes they were successful. The school had an alarm put on her to help stop the attempts but in the end she was very badly damaged and was put to rest in the potato cellar. Yes, Wheaton has a potato cellar. It is built into the hillside of the Dolls House. The cellar was use to store large quantities of potatoes raised on college land in the mid 1930s.The potato cellar is still there, it is used just for storage now.

    The Hebe Statue remained in retirement for many years. She was restored in 1982 by sculptor Fritz Cleary. He made bronze casts of the broken parts of the original statue. After thirty years she now has an antique patina to her complexion and she stands happily in the courtyard. I have not heard of any attempts to carry her off so she probably is a little heavier and more difficult to move than her predecessor.

    When you have a little extra time on your hands take a stroll through the history webpages of Wheaton.

    –Alice Santos

  • Chamber of Commerce Scholarship & Teacher of the Year Applications

    Applications are now being accepted for The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's scholarships and 2012 Teacher of the Year nominations. Wheaton College is a Chamber member and as a chamber member, our campus members are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

    Several $1,000 and $500 scholarships will be distributed through the Chamber. Applicants must be the son or daughter of an employee of a Chamber-member business, be a high school senior who has applied to an accredited four-year college, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and perform uncompensated community service. Completed applications must be received by April 13.

    The Teacher of the Year program recognizes an outstanding teacher in one of the 16 communities the Chamber serves: Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Wrentham. Teacher nomination forms must be received by March 16.

  • Hebe in the Past

    Hebe in the Past

    The freshmen in the picture from the thirties are wearing their name posters. It was an orientation/initiation tradition at the time for the freshmen to wear name posters for a week, then their Junior Sister Class would hold a "bacon bat" or hot dog roast out on Panegus Point, the land the college owns on the Norton Reservoir. The freshmen would remove their name tags, and the one who could name the greatest number of her compatriots won a prize of some sort. Or at least won the contest!

    –Zeph Stickney

  • Oops!

    Apologies to Jan Hancock and Liz Ziroli for formatting their names right off of the Nominations and Elections Committee in the January Newsletter. Here is the revised and correct Nominations and Elections Committee members. Sorry, ladies, you are still members. Thank goodness, what would we do without you.

    Nominations and Elections Committee (Elected)

    Meghann Beaulieu, chair
    Melody Lothes , chair
    Gina Boyd, July 2011-June 2013
    Regina Carvell, October 2010-June 2012
    Aida Chaves, July 2011-June 2013
    Jan Hancock, July 2011-June 2013
    Liz Ziroli, July 2011-June 2013

  • "Skiing and ski racing is definitely my passion (as long as the tem-perature doesn't drop below 25!)”

    Lynn Miller qualifies for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, March 22-25.

    The Nature Valley NASTAR Open, January 6-8 at Wachusett Mountain, was held under clear blue skies as participants from throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions gathered to compete for titles in multiple age and ability groups. Miller was the gold medalist in the 55-59 age group.

    Way to Go Lynn!

  • Consider an energy audit

    Consider an energy audit

    February temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but energy costs are through the roof, and will continue to rise. At the January staff lunch event, “The Envelope Please,” Gary Ahrendts and Bernice Morrissey presented information about how you can find rogue energy losses in your home. A good starting point is with a "personal energy evaluation" to help you determine the best use of your energy dollars. Did you know that you could save up to $108 a year by using power strips for your home electronics? Visit https://www.powerofaction.com/efficiency/ to learn more about potential energy savings in your home.

    Better yet, request a home energy audit. Most utility companies provide this or similar service for free! In Massachusetts, the number to call is 1-800-632-8300. This toll-free number will bring you to the MassSave program, in partnership with National Grid, to provide energy resource information with just one call. Be sure to have your utility account number at hand when you make the call!

    For all other National Grid customers, visit: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/EnergyEfficiencyPrograms

    The smaller private utility companies also have similar programs. Be sure and contact your local utility for more information.

    For additional information visit: www.energystar.gov
    See also: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/LowerMyUsage

  • Tech Bits: QR Codes

    Tech Bits: QR Codes

    Have you started seeing QR codes everywhere you look? Maybe you’ve been notic-ing funny looking barcodes but weren’t sure exactly what they were. QR codes (stands for quick response) have been taking off in part because of the popularity of smart phones and tablets, but also because they are so easy to make and use. De-scribed as a ―matrix barcode,‖ QR codes were first used in the automotive industry as a means of tracking parts through the production line.

    QR codes are now being used everywhere from print magazines, bus stops, and in museums as a way to enhance users’ experiences by linking them to content that is relevant to their location. Imagine you are walking through a museum exhibit and are interested in a painting; scanning the QR code that is by the painting takes you to a website with images of the artist’s other work, a timeline of their career, or perhaps links to artists from the same time period or who work in the same genre. QR codes are now also popping up on tickets, and in stores where they can be used to offer product specific coupons.

    How does it work? A URL is embedded in the image so that when using a device with a camera and the correct scanning application (there are several apps freely avail-able), it will open a web page, contact information, image, or a PDF. To make a QR code you can use any of the free online QR Code generators: put in the link and it will generate a QR Code that can be put on pretty much any item you can imagine. With limited cost and a wide array of uses don’t expect QR codes to go away anytime soon!

    –Lauren Slingluff

  • Meet the Communications Department

    Sixth in a series of articles about our Community

    What goes on at 10 Library Square?

    The antique white Cape facing the town green at 10 Library Square is home to the ten creative professionals of the Wheaton Communications Office. What does this department do? In essence, it acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the college.

    The mission of the Communications Office is to advance Wheaton’s reach and reputation—locally, nationally and internationally. To that end, the writers, designers and web technologists of Communications shine the spotlight on the college and its people through print and electronic publications, media relations and community relations.

    The department’s responsibilities are many and varied. The staff writes, designs and produces materials (not to mention sending hundreds of e-blasts) to help recruit the next freshman class. They connect news reporters to faculty experts; disseminate news about the college on the Web; publish the college magazine; produce web content; and conduct video interviews. They take on any number of writing and design assignments, from fund-raising letters to press releases.

    The Wheaton website

    The Communications Office, which includes the Web Strategy Team manages the college’s website. This includes everything from maintaining the servers and software systems to training and supporting staff across campus in using the web. While individual college offices and departments take responsibility for maintaining their own Web pages, the Web Team and the Communications Office provide them with essential planning, design and editorial support. This helps to bring quality and coherence to the overall college web presence.

    The department produces content for many sections of the Wheaton website, notably for News & Events, the Admission site, Giving to Wheaton, the About Wheaton section, the campus calendar and the college home page. One popular feature of the home page is the "Wheaton People" section, aka the "People Quilt," which serves up short Q&A profiles of interesting and news-making members of the college community. You can nominate yourself or someone else for this feature by clicking on the "Tell us your story" link on that page.

    The Wheaton Quarterly

    Acting as reporters and feature writers, Communications staffers write stories about Wheaton people who are achieving, contributing, creating and leading, here on campus and further afield. These articles and profiles are published in the college magazine, the Wheaton Quarterly, which currently has a circulation of about 27,000 readers. The magazine, which is written and designed in-house, began publishing alumnae news items in 1922. Do you have a story idea? Submit it to quarterly@wheatoncollege.edu.

    Admission

    Supporting student recruitment is one of the most important jobs of the Communications Office, which handles projects such as email campaigns, print pieces and customized Web pages. Working in collaboration with the Admission Office, the Communications staff manages everything from writing copy to design and layout. Every detail—down to the color of the type to the weight of the paper – must be decided by the designers. In 2011, Wheaton’s admission materials underwent a major redesign and now many materials, including the website, are being tweaked to adhere to this new look and feel.

    Advancement

    The department supports Advancement, the college division that fosters connections with alumnae/i and raises financial resources for Wheaton. Communications collaborates with Advancement to produce a wide variety of brochures, white papers, Web content, solicitations and other messages that encourage support of Go Beyond, the college’s eight-year, $120-million comprehensive campaign. The department also works with the Wheaton Fund, the college's annual giving program, to develop messaging strategy and produce the electronic and print materials that are sent to potential donors throughout the year. The Wheaton Fund provides more than $4 million each year to support the academic and co-curricular programs that make up a Wheaton education.

    Media and public relations

    The Communications team works to promote the college through the media, whether this involves matching a faculty expert to a reporter’s inquiry, issuing press releases to capture the media’s attention, or responding to controversial news coverage. Working with college leadership, the staff also helps draft email memos to college alum-nae/i, parents, and the campus community on matters of shared concern. Local television and newspaper reporters are directed to the Communications Office if they have questions about happenings on campus—as varied as the winning of a Rhodes scholarship, an arts event or a bomb scare! The Assistant Vice President for Communications often acts as a spokesman for the college, and he works to ensure that accurate and informative messages are disseminated to the news media, the campus population and other constituencies, whether in a time of crisis, a moment of great celebration, or anything in between.

  • Professor Torres wins award for best article of 2011

    A study of how Guatemala's epidemic of violence against women has spread and grown over the past century won anthropology professor M. Gabriela Torres and her co-author an award for the best journal article of the year.

    The New England Council of Latin American Studies awarded its 2011 Best Article Prize to Torres and her co-author, David Carey, Jr., for "Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence" published in the Latin American Research Review.

    The article looks at the historical record of epidemic levels of violence against women in Guatemala to understand the ways that social relations perpetuate the murder of women and girls. The study reflects Torres's longstanding scholarly interest in understanding the anthropology of violence, particularly differing impacts on women and men.

    "I am committed to understanding femicide, the socially supported murder of women and girls, as a human being and a scholar," Torres said. "Violence against women is a pervasive health problem and a barrier to development and peace in our world. Worldwide, it is estimated that violence against women kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer.

    "Looking at how femicide has taken hold in Guatemala in the last century is an entry point to understanding how violence and a society’s reaction to violence can erode the basic citizen rights to life," she said. "In essence, it can allow me to understand how violence changes institutions, what we do and how we see our place in the world."

    Guatemala has earned a reputation for violence. In 2007, for example, Guatemalans were killed at a rate of nearly 42 people per 100,000, compared to U.S. figures of 5.6 people per 100,000, according to government statistics cited by Torres. In fact, the death rate continues to be comparable to that experienced during the country's civil war. Since 2000, nearly 6,000 women have been murdered. Men fare worse and were killed ten times as often as women.

    "What our work has found is that what allows violence to flourish in a society is the society’s reaction to violence," she said.

    "Our work shows that in the last 100 years in Guatemala, femicide has been culturally supported by the society’s acceptance of unequal gender roles, the portrayal of women as minimally human, and legal and social acceptance to violations of women. This legal leniency effectively provided impunity and helped foster a more generalized violence in Guatemalan society that erodes women's rights in particular and citizens' rights more generally."

    Torres involves Wheaton students in her research projects. Currently, she is working with student assistants to digitize her collected records of political murders that took place during Guatemala's civil war and make that information accessible to the public.

    "Working on this project allows our students to use their accumulated Spanish language skills and gain new skills with digital technologies," she explained. "More importantly for me, it allows them to participate in the responsibility of scholarship. Together we are working on making our findings public, accessible and finding ways to present them in ways that are useful to researchers and general audiences."

Learning opportunities

  • Healthy You

    Healthy You

    Did you know that February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Month? If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call your Employee Assistance Program at 800‐451‐1834 to speak with a counselor. For more information on Eating Disorder Awareness Month and the additional topics listed below, please visit our website under Healthy You.

    • Preventing Caregiver Depression
    • When you stand corrected
    • Disagree with Your Boss in Style
    • Exercise for Better Sleep
    • Winning Tactics for More Agreements

    Weight Watchers Discounted Programs

    Weight Watchers is providing a web-based portal for Wheaton faculty, staff and students that will offer discounted Weight Watchers programs.

    To access this portal please go to the following URL: https://wellness.weightwatchers.com
    Company ID: 21410 Company pass code: WW21410

    Through this portal you can access discounted fees for membership to group meetings and/or access Weight Watchers online with a discounted monthly rate. Weight Watchers online offers members the following:

    • Interactive tools to track food, activities and weight
    • Access to over 3,500 recipes
    • Flexibility to access from your computer or a mobile device

    Faculty and staff can visit the portal through the Human Resources website under Healthy You. Students can visit the portal on the Office of Health and Wellness website.

    To learn more about Weight Watchers, look for the Weight Watchers table at our annual Health & Benefit Fair on March 16, 2012. Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions.

Events

  • The Vagina Monologues

    Thursday and Friday, March 1st and 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Cole Chapel

    For the first time in five years, Wheaton College presents a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s classic piece about women’s memories and experiences of sexuality. The show is completely student-run, being produced by Sophie Howard ’14 and directed by Julia McEntee ’12. The cast is comprised of over 20 Wheaton students and one staff member, Michelle Monti, Associate Director of Communications. Monti is thrilled and honored to be sharing the stage with a group of such brave and talented women.

    Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $8 for adults. A portion of the proceeds will go to New Hope of Attleboro, MA to help end domestic and sexual violence in our community, as well as The V-Day Spotlight Campaign to end violence against women and girls of Haiti.

    To reserve tickets call 508-286-3299 or email vmonologues@wheatoncollege.edu.

    For more information on the charities, visit: http://www.new-hope.org/ and http://www.vday.org/spotlight2012.

Updates

Classifieds

  • Recycle those ink cartridges and support our furry friends

    The North Attleboro Animal Shelter (www.petfinder.com) is participating in an empty ink jet/laser cartridge recycle program, and a cell phone recycling program. All proceeds go directly to the animal shelter. Please contact Karen Carpenter at Wheaton College (508) 286-3846 to arrange pick-up of your donations, or donations can be left in a bin in the new or old Science Center lobby. Thank you for your support!

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