Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Staff Council

Staff News: August 2012

  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    Buildings get their names in various ways. I know from searching the Wheaton Web pages that many buildings are named after Professors, Presidents, etc. This is not the case with the Doll's house.

    When I started working here and I was told the names of the different buildings, I thought the Doll's house was a cute name for a small building. It reminded me of my childhood in the 1960’s, Yes, I am that old. I had a doll house made of some type of metal. They didn’t make them out of cardboard and plastic back then. A neighbor came over one day to visit with her three year old son; he sat on my cute little doll house and squashed it flatter than a thin crust pizza. I think of that every time I hear the words “Doll's house.”

    Wondering how it got that name I did some research. The Doll's house was built in 1904 and it was the original power plant. It had only two floors and the second floor was the college laundry. In 1925 it was renovated and a third floor added. At that time it was called Tower Hall and housed 30 female students.

    John Edgar Park became college president in 1926. I think he had a sense of humor. I read that he took joy in naming things. When he toured the campus and he walked through the Doll's house he thought that its rooms were so small that students would have to be the size of dolls to enjoy living in them. By 1931 it was referred to as the Doll's house. Park Hall was named after him. He wrote, “My name is restful in a traffic mad world and should serve an administration building as well.” Not as cute as the Doll's house statement but still interesting.

    A little walk through the history of Wheaton and you find out all sorts of things. Stay tuned for my next history excursion into the buildings on campus.

    —Alice Santos

  • I have a Facebook email address?

    Facebook has done it again! In a very sneaky attempt to increase usage of @facebook.com email addresses, your @facebook.com contact info is now your only email address visible to people whom you have given permission to see them. It will be harder for your friends and family to contact you via third-party email unless you reset your controls.

    The change hasn't hit all accounts yet, but it will roll out eventually to all of Facebook's 900 million users. I checked my account a little while ago and sure enough, judi@facebook.com was listed as my primary email address and each of my regular email addresses had a crossed-out circle next to it.

    If you don’t change these settings, many of you will start getting email messages at a @facebook.com account that you probably would never have used.

    Here is how to change your settings and show the email addresses you want to be seen:

    1. View your Facebook Timeline.
    2. Click on your About section.
    3. Click on Edit in the Contact Info section.
    4. You should see a crossed out circle next to your personal email address. Click to change it to the open circle. If you don't want your Facebook e-mail listed, mark it with the crossed out circle.
    5. Be sure to click on “Save” when you are through.

    Your preferred e-mail listing should now be visible... again!

  • Co-Chairs of Staff Council looking for your support

    Gary Ahrendts and Judi Razee, Staff Council Co-Chairs, are looking for ideas and assistance in the upcoming year.

    • Do you have an idea you want to share?
    • Do you have an issue you want addressed?
    • Would you consider coming  to a "think tank" meeting and help us in the coming year(s)?
    • Would you consider serving on a sub-committee?

    If you answered "yes" to one or all these questions, we would love to hear from you.

    Please send us email, talk to us, or come to a monthly staff meeting. "Think Tank" meetings will occur once a month, on different days and at different times. We hope to reach different areas of the college who work different hours so that we can reach out to everyone on staff.

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  • News from Human Resources

    New Hires:

    • 7/16/12- Paula Carroll, Coordinator, Alumnae/I Relations
    • 7/23/12- William Gallaher, Director of Prospect Management & Research, Advancement Operations
    • 7/23/12- Meredith Tumulty, Assistant Director, Filene Center for Academic Advising & Career Services
    • 7/30/12- Becky Ebeling, Donor Relations Officer, Donor Relations
    • 8/13/12- Lisa Yenush, Associate Director, Athletics

    Health Insurance:
    Under the Health Care Reform Act, if an employee is eligible for Wheaton’s medical plan but has waived coverage, they will be required to complete and return a HIRD form (Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure) to Human Resources. HIRD forms will be mailed to faculty and staff later this month and must be returned to Human Resources by August 15, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Remle Gordon at ext. 8206.

    Wheaton College Retirement Plan:
    Federal regulations require us to provide specific plan and investmentinformation on an annual basis that includes detailed information about your investment options and expenses associated with those investments.

    In the next few weeks, faculty and staff will be receiving further information regarding this new regulation. If you have any questions, you can contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776 or Remle Gordon, Human Resources ext. 8206.

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    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm EST.
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