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Staff News: July 2012

  • David Laferriere

    David Laferriere lends his talent to Attleboro Farmers Market

    David Laferriere is on the Attleboro Farmers Market Board as Marketing Advisor. He designed the Market's logo, word mark and website and help with maintaining their social media.

    The whole board is responsible for a successful relaunch of the Market in 2011 making it the Favorite Farmers Market of its size in Massachusetts (according to American Farmland Trust).

    The Market takes place from 8am to Noon every Saturday from June through October in the parking lot at 74 North Main Street, across from the YMCA in downtown Attleboro. The market has produce, meat, eggs, cheese and honey from area farms as well as local restaurants and artisans.

     

  • AFM Sunflower 2012

    Top Ten Reasons to visit your local Farmer’s Market

    It is the time of year to pick up fresh veggies and home made goodies at local farmers' markets. Be sure and read your local newspapers to find those located in your area.

    1. Feed your family the freshest food. Farmer’s markets offer the freshest food around—usually only hours from the field—so you get top quality, perfectly ripe flavor.
    2. Help the environment. Eating locally saves vast amounts of packaging waste and energy required to ship food around the globe.
    3. Shop organic for global health. Farmer’s markets attract vendors who use organic growing methods, meaning you gain access to food free of synthetic pesticides. Plus, buying organic supports good land stewardship.
    4. Become part of your community. Festive and lively, farmer’s markets are social venues where you bump into friends and meet local farmers face to face.
    5. Support local farmers and your local economy. In an era when sustainable farmers struggle to survive, farmer’s market profits—which go straight into growers’ pockets—help keep small farms alive.
    6. Save money. Buying from farmers eliminates the cost of the middleman and pricey shipping, so you get more value for your dollar.
    7. Learn about food. Kids and adults alike enjoy exploring firsthand how foods are grown, harvested, and eaten by browsing market stalls and talking to farmers.
    8. Boost your nutrition. Tantalizing produce displayed in farmers’ bins and baskets encourages you to eat more fruits and vegetables, so it’s easy to consume the recommended five servings a day.
    9. Treat your senses. Experiencing the colors, smells and tastes of a farmer’s market is a sensual experience that connects you to the land.
    10. Find new cooking ideas. Community chefs at the farmer’s market are happy to share recipes for in-season foods.
  • Lynn Miller

    Tennis fanatic Lynn Miller is at it again

    "I missed competing so much last year having to sit out most of the summer due to an arthritic wrist—then the rest of the year to recover from wrist surgery. Now, I'm happy being back in my element and on vacation—which means competing! I won my first 2 USTA 60s events including one this weekend in Concord, Massachusetts."

    "I can tell you that even though you don't need to be a great player to be a great coach, competing without question, helps me with my coaching. I am my own coach out there, and often ask myself "what would I tell my players if they were in this situation?" Today's 3rd round final was in the 90 degree heat and high humidity, a testament to perseverence and problem-solving. There's 5 more tournaments to play before women's preseason starts up in August, then it's time to concentrate on the Wheaton players again."

  • LinkedIn logo

    LinkedIn: How to use it

    During a weak economy it is important to be resourceful when searching for a job. If you have a family member or friend who is currently looking for work, they may be hearing a lot about the necessity of networking. While it is extremely valuable to have connections to people who work in your field, it can be difficult to get started. LinkedIn can assist with networking and job searching in a variety of ways. First though, what is LinkedIn?

    Founded in 2002, LinkedIn is a professional social networking site with approximately 150 million registered users. You can upload a resume, add a profile, list your skills, and even feature recommendations from people you have worked with. What really makes LinkedIn useful for someone seeking a job is that you add connections and can build your network online. On the site you can add people that you know as “direct connections,” people who know your connections are listed as second-degree connections and there are also third-degree connections. Another feature that is useful for job seekers is that you can research companies by looking at their profiles and also see if you are connected to anyone who works for an organization that you are interested in. The site even allows you to follow companies you are interested in so that you receive notification of when they are hiring or have posted a new position.

    LinkedIn isn’t just for those looking for a new position, by following groups and professional organizations you are involved in you can stay current in your profession.  The site is also ideal for connecting with and meeting other professionals in your field.  Interested in trying it out for yourself?  LinkedIn offers a free basic membership and will guide you through the steps to make your profile complete.  Check it out at http://www.linkedin.com/.

    Submitted by Lauren Slingluff

  • Summer reading recommendations: July picks

    Hope this list has your next “must read” on it! Remember that you can check things out from the library or get a staff discount of 20% at the bookstore.

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
    The author of Pride Prejudice and Zombies brings you the previously unknown history of Abraham Lincoln.  At nine year’s old Lincoln’s mother dies, he later finds out that she was killed by vampires who are trying to take over the country and makes it his mission to eradicate the undead bloodsuckers.

    • Read it if: you get a kick out of the 16th President of the United States engaged in hand-to-hand combat with vampires.
    • Skip it if: you’d rather just watch the movie in theatres.

    Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    This sentimental novel opens on a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel in Seattle.  The hotel had been boarded up for years and once opened they find the belongings of Japanese families who were rounded up and sent to interment camps.  This discovery brings Henry Lee back to the 1940’s where as a schoolboy he met and befriended Keiko Okabe before she and her family were evacuated.

    • Read it if: a poetic tale from a conflicted and troubled time in American history strikes your fancy.
    • Skip it if: you prefer novels that won’t make you cry.

    Hard Country by Michael McGarrity
    Spanning the years 1875 to 1918 in brutal and untamed New Mexico, Hard Country is a Western on an epic level.  After the murder of his brother, and the death of his wife in childbirth, John Kerney must give up his ranch, leave his infant son, and track down the murderous outlaws who took his brother’s life.

    • Read it if: you love the Old West with all its color, personality, and heartbreak.
    • Skip it if: you’re not drawn to detailed Westerns or family sagas.

    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    In this masterful piece of non-fiction, McDougall weaves together the science and biomechanics of running, with an exhilarating narrative of one of the greatest ultra marathons that wasn’t witnessed.  As a jogger McDougall started his research in a quest to find out why he was injured so often.  While he found answers to that question, he also found out a lot more about the modern running shoe industry and its influence on the sport, the evolution of running, and a small tribe of Indians in Central Mexico who regularly run hundreds of miles without injury.

    • Read it if: you want to be fully absorbed in this informative and thrilling narrative of athletic prowess.
    • Skip it if: you are unlikely to change your opinion that running is a form of insanity.

    Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    In Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Kamila Sidiqi must care for her five siblings when her father and brother are forced to flee.  Unable to leave her home, Sidiqi becomes an unlikely entrepreneur when she uses needle and thread to earn a living for herself and her family.  Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reported on Sidiqi and her efforts for years and in her book the focus is not on the war but resilience, faith, family, and community.

    • Read it if: you want an intimate view into the daily lives of women in Afghanistan and a true story that reads like a novel.
    • Skip it if: inspirational stories of resourcefulness and determination aren’t your thing.

    Submitted by Lauren Slingluff, Social Sciences Liaison

  • 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.

Events

  • Sandy Coleman, Guest Artist at Hope Gallery

    Sandy Coleman, Guest Artist at Hope Gallery

    Sandy Coleman, senior associate director of communications and Wheaton Quarterly editor, will be a guest artist at Hope Gallery in Bristol, R.I., for the "Summer in the City" exhibition. The exhibit takes place from August 7 through August 31, 2012. Stop in and see Sandy at the opening reception on Sunday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located at 435/437 Hope Street in Bristol. Find out more at the gallery's site: www.hopegalleryfineartfinecraft.com.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Free Summer Show

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Free Summer Show

    Michelle Monti of Wheaton's Communications Office will be appearing in The East Coast Premiere of the stunning new, award winning, original adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Matthew Kellen Burgos and Sam R. Ross, co-Artistic Directors of the Vanguard Repertory Company.

    This production will be directed by Neil Colvin, former Executive Director of Shakespeare & Company, and producer of Tony nominated Broadway productions.

    This is not Shakespeare as you might remember it! This irreverent and hilarious adaptation is for everyone 12 and older. It runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

    All performances will in the MMAS Black Box Theater , and will be free (donations will be welcome). However, seating is limited, and tickets are required.

    August 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th at 8:00PM

    Matinees: July 28th,August 5th, 12th: 2:00PM

    Box Office for Reservations:508-339-2822

  • Mini Golf Fundraiser to benefit family of Wheaton alum

    Saturday, August 4th from 10-6 p.m.
    Stix Fun Center
    582 Kelley Boulevard
    North Attleboro, MA 02769
    Facepainting-Contests-Food-and Much More!

    The fundraiser is to help the family of former Bishop Feehan High School and Wheaton College Athlete Cheryl Warren-Powers, who died on May 22, four days after giving birth to twins.

    A fund has been established at the Sharon Credit Union office in Foxboro (121 Main St.), called the  “Little Angels of Warren-Powers,” to help Cheryl’s husband, Shawn, and twins Jordan and Craig. All donations for the mini gold benefit will go to the fund, and individual contributions can be made at the bank or by mail, care of account number 1044327.

    Warren-Peters, was the first female basketball athlete at Bishop Feehan High School to score 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,088 in 1991. She was also a standout softball athlete and went on to play at Wheaton College. She later coached both sports at several local high schools including serving as the long-time assistant girls’ basketball coach at Foxboro as well as softball at Wheaton.

    For more information, please contact The United Regional Chamber of Commerce at 508-222-0801

    After high school, Cheryl played basketball and softball for Wheaton College. She was a longtime assistant basketball coach at Foxboro High School, an assistant softball coach at Attleboro High School, King Philip Regional High School, and head coach at Bishop Feehan.

  • Wheaton Golf Open

    Lyons Athletic Club Golf Outing

    Join us on August 13, 2012 at the Norton Country Club!

    Join staff, faculty, alums and friends while supporting Wheaton College student athletes. You can register right on our Athletics webpage or by contacting Jamie Lockard to be placed in a foursome.

  • Concert on the Common = Free Summer Fun

    Grab a snack, bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of live music outdoors!

    Attleboro's Capron Park
    Newell Shelter. Concerts are 6:30 to 8 pm. Bring lawn chairs. Call 508-226-6487 for more information.

    • July 19: 8Misbehavin
    • July 26: The Corvairs, playing classic hits
    • Aug. 2: Super Chief Trio
    • Aug. 9: Special Occasion Horns
    • Aug. 16: Andy Solberg
    • Aug. 23: Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band
    • Aug. 30: Cactus Attack

    Foxboro
    Held on the Common on Thursday nights between 7:00-9:00pm.

    • July 14 – Gobshites
    • July 21 – Magnus
    • July – Victims of Gravity
    • August 4 – Jumpin' Juba
    • August 14 – TBD

    Mansfield
    Held on the South Common at 7 p.m. Rain location is Town Hall or the Congregational Church.

    • July 18 – Dixie Diehards (Dixieland music to remember & sing about)
    • August 1 – The Westwood Swing Band (Classic hits of the 60’s and 70’s)
    • August 15 – Slippery Sneakers Zydeco (The music of New Orleans)

    Wrentham
    Held on the Common on Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

    • July 10 - Profile
    • July 17 - Sharon Community Band
    • July 22: Jumpin Juba
    • July 29: Sharon Community Band – Concert Band
    • August 5: Infractions
    • August 12: Corvairs
    • August 19: Fab4Ever

       


  • Staff Council photo

    Staff Council makes it easier than ever to share your news

    Wheaton staff: You're invited to write or photograph for us! If you've heard a good tip or seen something newsworthy at Wheaton recently, please let us know.  Please keep in mind that the deadline is the 10th of the month and the publication date is the 15th.

    It's easy and convenient to submit your news:

    • Complete the form on Staff Council Page; or
    • Send an email message to snews@wheatoncollege.edu, or
    • Contact one of us on the Staff Council Communications Committee: Bernice Morrissey (x3496, co-chair) Leanne Wood (x 3412, co-chair), Lauren Slingluff or Michelle Monti.

Updates

  • News from Human Resources

    New Hires:
    6/5/12- Michael Echard, Grounds Worker, Grounds
    6/18/12- Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, Research and Instruction
    6/18/12- Duarte Fernandes, Building Service Worker, Building Services
    7/2/12- Lindsay Drumm, Major Gifts, Senior Development Officer
    7/9/12- Erin Smith, Area Coordinator, Residential Life

    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 x8206.

    Wheaton College Retirement Plan:
    Federal regulations require us to provide specific plan and investment information 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 x8206.

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