Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Staff Council

Staff News: May 2012

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    Wheaton History Lesson: Power Plant

    Did you know that the power plant that we use now was not the original? The Doll's House was the original, built in 1904 with only two floors.

    On a cold January day I pulled into the Meadows parking lot.  As I sat there I was looking at the Power Plant. I could see the smoke billowing out of the chimney. It towered into the night sky. I am guessing that it is 80 to 100 feet high. The nice thing about January is there are lots of places to park your car with all the students on winter break. Coming in for six a.m. has its advantages; you have the whole parking lot to choose from.

    The Power Plant was built in 1925. It sends out the volume of water that is necessary to generate steam through huge pipes. Most of the dorms, it goes through as steam heat. In some of the dorms the steam is converted to hot water. The reason for steam is because the transfer of steam is so efficient.

    Inside the Power Plant there is a maze of colorful pipes crisscrossing the high ceiling. The operator knows at a glance exactly what is running through each one of those pipes by the color of each one. Yellow is for steam. Brown is for fuel oil. Orange is exhaust for the steam engine that is no longer in use. The purple pipe is for gas.

    In addition to the colorful pipes, there are steam valves, dampers, gauges, furnaces, etc. But you will not find any dust bunnies on the floors of the plant facility. It is a meticulously clean and orderly place. There is a capacity meter which measures particulates such as dust. The more dust you have means less light goes through the meter, and the more soot there is, the higher the needle goes; when it gets too high, a little light goes on, alerting the operator that something is wrong.  Every day the operator keeps a log that is used to document what happens each day.

    In 1965 expansion plans were considered for the Power Plant due to the construction of the new (now old) science center. The construction did not start until 1968 and was completed in late 1969.

    Submitted by Alice Santos

  • Stairwell

    Can you guess where this is?

    A challenge from the Communications Committee: We will give the first Wheaton staff person who emails us at SNEWS@wheatoncollege.edu a $10.00 gift card from Dunkin' Donuts.

    The winner's name and photo will be published in next month's newsletter.

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    Meet Wheaton's Newest Family

    Thanks to Paula Smith-McDonald for contributing these photographs of our new ducklings.

  • Tablets and Kindles and Nooks oh my!

    E-readers and tablets are currently one of the most sought after technologies. While initially these devices served very different purposes, thanks to developments on both sides the line between e-readers and tablets is getting blurred. Amazon recently launched the Kindle Fire which is a full color tablet version of their e-book reader and Nook Tablet (as the name suggests) is a hybrid between a tablet and an e-reader.

    One thing that sets traditional e-readers apart from a tablet is e-ink. The “E” stands for electrophoretic and is essentially electronic paper. E-ink appeals to many consumers because it uses less power (letting you use it longer in between charges) and the display is easier on the eyes than the LCD display typical of tablets. Now in it’s third stage of development e-ink has progressed beyond simple black and white to including color display on some models (the Kindle Fire which has full color does not use e-ink but a traditional LCD display).  While e-ink might let you use your e-reader on the beach glare free, you won’t fare as well in the dark.  However NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight which comes out May 7, has an e-ink display and GlowLight which adds enough backlight for you to read in the dark.

    Another substantial difference between traditional tablets and e-readers? Price. The new iPad retails for $499 and a now “old” iPad 2 will set you back $399. Compare that to a Kindle Fire which has a 7” display (compared to iPad’s 10”) but comes in at a comparatively thrifty $199.  A traditional Kindle or the NOOK Simple Touch start to seem like a bargain at only $79 each. When it comes to tablets, Apple may be dominating, but it’s certainly not the only game in town. While the battery life, availability of apps, and “coolness factor” of iPads make them the most popular, there are a few other tablets that have features you may want.

    Galaxy Tabs from Samsung can use 4G network (iPads can’t) meaning you’ll have more connectivity for your device, no matter where you are! The Samsung Tab with a 10” display retails for $549 and is actually so similar to an iPad that Samsung was sued by Apple for violating their intellectual property. Android’s tablet Thrive has a full size USB port and a SD slot for memory cards making it easier to share and store information. There are some other interesting innovations you can expect to see coming soon, like a “wedge” design meant to mimic an opened magazine, and a tablet with dual screens (both from Sony).

    If you’re interested in getting your hands on a Nook you can check one out from the Wallace Library. They have six Nook Colors that circulate to students, faculty, and staff.

    Lauren Slingluff
    Social Sciences Liaison
    Library Information Services

  • Wheaton Goes Social: revisited

    “If you think of a website as a home, then social media platforms are like an RV. The latter is transient and will move and change constantly depending on popular trends.” —Leveraging Social Media” Conference, sponsored by the North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP), March 5, 2012

    Even if you don’t use a computer on a daily basis, you have no doubt heard of Facebook, Twitter, and maybe even the newest kid on the block: Pinterest. But what is each of these platforms good for, and where are Wheaton’s pages? Here’s a quick and dirty cheat sheet of Wheaton’s social media channels today.

    Facebook is one of the most popular social networking services with more than 845 million active users. Users typically post status updates on their “walls” (which is the main view on their home page), exchange messages with others, post pictures and play games. Wheaton uses the site to share news about alumnae/i and current students, as well as to highlight faculty accomplishments. Several departments at Wheaton have their own groups and pages on Facebook. Just click on the “Wheaton Pages” box on the home page to find them.

    Twitter is called a “microblog” because it allows users to post short messages – only 140 characters long – called “tweets” on their pages. Users can also post images or video links and “retweet” other people’s posts that they like. Wheaton uses the site to keep followers up-to-date on campus news and events. Again, several departments are active Tweeters. On Wheaton’s main page, click on “Lists” and select “Wheaton_Tweets” to follow them.

    YouTube is a video-sharing website. Videos are uploaded to what are called “channels” (just like TV) and viewers can share links to them through email or on the other social media platforms. Wheaton has an entire library of videos about campus life, recorded lectures, and commencement ceremonies for you to watch.

    Flickr is a site that is used mainly for sharing pictures in groups resembling photo albums. Current photos highlight our beautiful campus and student activities. Search for “Wheaton College (Massachusetts)” to see various slideshows.

    Pinterest is a photo sharing website which functions like a digital bulletin board. Users can “pin” any image that they find on the internet onto their own page (depending on copyright options).  Wheaton’s own new pinboards highlight images that make the college unique.

    Wheaton has a social media presence on other sites as well, including Google+ and FourSquare. As you can imagine, managing all of these various social media channels can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. Nonetheless, the goal of all of these channels is to engage our community and hopefully draw them to visit our website, which is our primary base for information.

    If you are thinking of developing a social media presence for your department or program, please talk to the Web Team and Communications Department first. This summer, they will be holding another Web Salon during which they will share some simple tips about effective and efficient practices for Wheaton’s social media content. Write to web@wheatoncollege.edu to be placed on the announcement list.

    Submitted by Michelle Monti
    Wheaton College Communications Department

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    Michelle Monti Performing in Foxboro

    Staff member, Michelle Monti, is performing in a theatrical production. This time, she portrays a cruel schoolteacher in the Bay Colony Productions version of "Cheaper by the Dozen," which is based on a true story and book. The show is being held at the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

    May 11, 12, 19, 20 - 7:30 P.M.
    MAY 13, 21 - 2:00 P.M.
    For Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/237521

Learning opportunities


  • Bob Morris with urchins

    Medical Mysteries Solved by the Sea Lecture

    Bob Morris, PhD
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Hindle Auditorium – Wheaton College

    In modern biomedical science, we study a wide variety of animals to reveal the fundamental workings of the human body. Marine organisms often solve common biological problems in exaggerated ways that make the underlying mechanisms easier to see. Come hear how studying our marine kin continues to provide breakthroughs in understanding ourselves.

  • Give and Go Yard Sale

    This year's "Give & Go Yard Sale" will benefit four community partners, Norton High School, Friends of Norton Library, Homes with Heart, and the Norton Veterans from the VFW and American Legion. Help us recycle our worldly good for a good cause!

    Are you in the middle of spring cleaning and are wondering what to do with all those unwanted household items? We are accepting donations of gently-used goods.

    Donation drop-off: 4:00-6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, May 14-23, 2012

    We can use your help. This is a great opportunity to give back, especially for students who need community service hours.

    Sale dates:

    • Thursday, May 24, 2-7p.m.(Wheaton early-bird hours 12-2pm)
    • Friday, May 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of SSSR and Residential Life.

    For more information, contact Office of SSSR at 508-286-3370.
    Check out our Facebook page ("Chapel Basement") and Like our "Give and Go" group page.

  • Lyons Athletic Club Golf Outing

    Lyons Athletic Club Golf Outing

    Join us for the Lyons Athletic Club Golf Outing August 13, 2012 at Norton Country Club. Please visit our website for more information. All proceeds from the event will benefit Wheaton students and the Department of Athletics.

  • Tennis Camp accepting applications

    Tennis Camp at Wheaton is accepting applications for its 1-week summer tennis day camp (5th-12th graders).  For adults, private and semi-private lessons (discounted rates for Wheaton faculty and staff) will be offered at a time of mutual convenience during the summer months. For more information or rates, see the brochure, contact Lynn Miller at x3992 or send her an email message to lmiller@wheatonma.edu.

  • Greenhouse Open House and Repotting Clinic

    You are invited to our next open clinic on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 1-4pm!

    Friday May 18th
    1pm to 4pm
    Mars Center for Science and Technology, 4th floor

    Come browse through the state-of-the-art Wheaton Greenhouses and enjoy the blend of technology and beauty. Walk from the Rainforest to the Desert and then to the Temperate environment and see what each climate has to offer to our senses and the plants that live there. See orchids in bloom, cotton on a cotton bush, succulents galore and primitive Cycads.

    The greenhouses sport automatic shade curtains, fully electronic controls, growth chambers for environmentally-monitored plant growth, and a rooftop weather sensor.

    Bring along a pot bound plant for expert assistance in repotting. Soil and non-decorative pots are available on site. Donations accepted to cover cost of materials.



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    Staff Council Classifieds for May 2012

    New Hampshire Lake Front Cottage for Rent

    Located on the east side of Lake Winnepesaukee in Tuftonboro, NH, 7 miles north of Wolfeboro. Full House with dock rights, huge screened front porch. Sleeps 6. Full kitchen and bath. Small dogs OK. Available weeks in May, June, July and August. Rates vary but are reasonable. For more pictures and information: search for Property #313 at http://www.preferredrentals.com/rental/ , visit this link: NH Lakes Region rentals or call 401-338-5964.

    Martha's Vineyard Summer Rental

    This guest house has a queen bed upstairs (large combination master suite/living room with vaulted ceiling, ceiling fans and walk out to deck) and bedroom with 2 twins downstairs, bathroom on first floor, AC throughout the house (central downstairs and remote controlled mini split upstairs), washer/dryer, 42” flat screen TV with Direct TV service, DVD player, stereo with IPod dock, grill, outdoor shower, new flooring throughout (hardwoods downstairs and carpet upstairs). It is a short walk to downtown Vineyard Haven (you can use Google maps to see - 15 Midland Ave.). It's a short drive to many popular beaches and is on a quiet dead end street with its own driveway. $1000-$1800 per week. Contact Peony or David at dbspefs@hotmail.com or 617-851-0278.

    Attleboro Apartment for Rent

    4-room Apartment on 1st floor in Attleboro, perfect for single person, small pets OK. Off-street parking, private entrance, free laundry and storage in basement, includes stove, fridge, built-in microwave. $725 per month, utilities not included. Contact Art at 774-254-6420.

    House for Sale in Mansfield

    Wonderful Stearns Hill Estate House for sale (Mansfield): Cherry gourmet kitchen with granite, corian, large island, recessed lighting, and separate main floor laundry room; wet bar with granite; lots of hardwood floors; raised panel molding; beautiful 4-season room with heat and air-conditioning; family room with cathedral ceiling, fireplace and open to kitchen; separate dinning room with French doors; office; master with cathedral ceiling, bath with jacuzzi and walk in closet with built-ins; private fenced in backyard; and finished lower level with multiple rooms for guests, work or play. $629,900. Contact Peony or David at dbspefs@hotmail.com or 617-851-0278.

    Canoe and Flotation Vests for Sale

    A Dagger Refection 15 Touring Canoe. It’s designed to be paddled either tandem or solo and weighs only 57 pounds. The three seats are caned, with a middle seat tilted at an angle for comfortable solo paddling in the kneeling position. The boat comes with 2 Bending Branches paddles and a trolling motor mount. Excellent condition. Cost new was $1100; Selling price $500.

    Eastern Mountain Sports Flotation Aid Vests (Type III PFD): 1 Adult XLarge, 1 XXLarge, 1 Adult Medium/Large

    For more information, talk to Ken Davignon or call 1-508-222-4004 to leave a message with your phone number to receive a callback. Used twice. Best offer.

    A New Adventure for the Turcottes

    Kristen Turcotte’s husband has opened a new business; it will make lots of fishermen happy. Let’s support him in his new venture.

    J's BAIT
    448 Broadway (Rte138) in Taunton
    5:00 am-7:00 pm, 7 days a week
    Fresh & saltwater bait
    Huge parking lot for boats and trailers

  • 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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