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Staff News: March 2013

  • Cowduck takes a sip from Peacock Pond

    How Cowduck got her name

    Few perhaps, aside from Joel Relihan, Associate Provost and Professor of Classics, recall how Cowduck came to be named Cowduck.  Joel referred me to Francoise Rosset, Assoc. Professor of Russian, who shares the following story:

    "The story is that Pierre-Andre Houpert, Class of 2010, came up with the name. He wasn't even in high school then...just a faculty kid living on campus. Back then, some time around 2001, Pierre-Andre used to occasionally come to Russian club events with me. He found my students terribly cool and some of them had adopted him as a little brother. Pierre-Andre remembers clearly that my student "Chum," Anh-Tram Tran, Class of 2003, was there when Cowduck was named. They had a silly conversation about fictitious "cults of rubber duckies," and decided that the campus ducks were emissaries of The Great Duck. In the process, Pierre-Andre said this one duck had "spots like a cow" therefore she was "cow-duck!" Pierre-Andre now says he was trying to show how funny and clever he was to the cool students. Chum circulated the name to other students, and as far as anyone knows, that's how Cowduck got her name!"

    Thank you, Francoise, for sharing a story that needed to be told.  And thank you, Pierre-Andre, for giving "Cowduck" a name to remember!


  • Nepenthes Alata

    Mystery Photo: What is it?

    Staff Council presents a new challenge of what it is, as opposed to previous challenges of where is it! If you can name the object in the mystery photo at left, than submit your answer to staff news at: snews@wheatoncollege.edu 

    The first to correctly identify the object will receive an equally mysterious prize! Hint: photo submitted by Jane Young

    Last month's mystery photo was correctly identified by Kristen Turcotte, Becky Ebeling, Lora Sharpe, and Barbara Cole as the window on the third floor of Park Hall.



  • green monster art sandwich bag

    Lunch-time is fun time for the kids

    ...and for Dad too!

    David Laferriere, Graphic Designer in the Communications office, has been drawing on his two son's sandwich bags since May of 2008. Some blogs have featured his sandwich bags over the years. Recently, David's artwork has been featured on a few high-profile web sites like Gizmodo and Flickr and featured locally in the Attleboro Patch News.

    Check out David's 15 minutes of fame here: Attleboro Patch, Sandwich Bag Artist Makes Lunch Fun





Learning opportunities

  • Wheaton FiberSpace

    Wheaton's new FiberSpace

    Science Center room 233 is now home to the FiberSpace. A collaboration between the WHALE lab, which promotes creativity and collaboration, and the student run Knitting Club, the FiberSpace has yarn, sewing machines, conductive thread, and other textiles. With both traditional materials and high-tech items, the space strives to connect traditional fiber arts with technology. The space is open to students, faculty, and staff for creative projects. Bring your skills, creativity, or just an interest in learning more.

    Upcoming events in the FiberSpace:
    April 19, 2013 Fiber Space Open House
    April 26, 2013 2-4 p.m. Lumi Workshop

    Donations of yarn, fabric, or books for the space are more than welcome. If you are interested in using the space or equipment for a project please contact Tom Armstrong or Lauren Slingluff and they will arrange access for you.

  • United Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Opportunity

    Applications are now being accepted for The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's college 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 15.

    Visit the Chamber website at: www.unitedregionalchamber.org or call 508-222-0801 for scholarship applications.


  • Wheaton College 2013 Varsity Swim Team

    Wheaton's Synchronized Charity Show, Be Your Own Super Hero

    Hello Wheaton Community,

    I am a captain of Wheaton Varsity Synchronized Swimming team and I wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming Annual Wheaton Synchro Charity Show. It will be held Saturday, April 6th at 7PM in the Haas Athletic Center Natatorium. This year's theme is called "Be Your Own Super Hero." We will be supporting a campaign that promotes healthy body images for women called "Healthy is the New Skinny."

    Our goal as a team is to live our lives as healthy as we can and make sure that we love ourselves so we can grow and prosper into happy and successful women. We are happy to support this program and we hope to spread this awareness to others across campus and to local middle/high school synchronized swimming teams who we hope to have join us at this event.

    We will have a great show including the routines that Wheaton Synchro competed with at the Collegiate National Championships at Standard University this March and some new routines that we wold like to share. Along with our program we will be having a volunteer routine in which students from campus will join us and learn a basic synchronized swimming routine that they can show to their fellow peers. It should be a lot of fun and will help to bring awareness for promoting healthy body images to the Wheaton Community. Please come join us!

    For more information on how to get involved or any questions regarding this event please contact me at: kopeski_janine@wheatoncollege.edu

    Thank you,
    Janine Kopeski

  • 2nd Annual John Mitchell 5K Memorial Race

    2nd Annual John Mitchell Memorial Race

    Register now for the 2nd Annual John Mitchell Memorial Race and be a part of another wonderful event. The race is just around the corner.

    This year's race/walk will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 9 a.m.

    For more information go the the John MItchell Memorial Race Page: http://wheatoncollege.edu/giving/mitchell-5k/



Human Resources

  • President's Awards for Outstanding Service

    The 2013 award recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service are as follows:

    The President’s Award for Outstanding Service:
    Jan Hancock, Administrative Assoc., Dean of Students Office
    Sara Smith, Systems Analyst, Advancement Services
    Paula Smith MacDonald, Faculty Assistant, Meneely

    Gladys Kelley Award for Staff Professional Development:
    Michelle Monti, Assoc. Director, Communications Office

    Vision of Service Award:
    LIS Google Transition Team: Jessie Durand, Roy Galang, Brian Gibson, Sue Morgado, Mark Parlan, and Leanne Wood

    The award ceremony is sponsored by the President and Officers of the College, and the Office of Human Resources. Congratulations one and all.

  • Samuel Coale 45 Yrs

    Service Awards Program 2013

    Staff and faculty were recently recognized at the March 2013 Service Awards ceremony. The annual ceremony is held in recognition of employees at each five-year milestone of years of service.  Congratulations to all of the 2013 honorees named below.

    Five Years
    Dolores Albernaz, Meghann Beaulieu, Amanda Bettle, Brenda Bissonnette-Cwiek, David Burnham, Russell Gendron, Robert Gordon, John Hirsch, Anthony Houser, Lisa Logan, Jim Mancall, Kathia Manzi, Sharon O’Brien, Mary Pavao, Wendy Rosenthal, William Scott, Pamela Vaz, Ailish Welch, Kathleen Westhaver, Denyse Wilhelm, Michael Yager

     Ten Years
    Suzanne Abany, Jan Adie, Gary Ahrendts, Janet Birenbaum, Beth Cockcroft, Valerie Desmond, Kathy DiSilvestri, Wendy Faxon, Scott Hamlin, Melissa Hodgdon, Erin Post

    Fifteen Years
    Christine Collier, Claire Fillion, Jason Lincks, Barbara MacKenzie, Ana O’Brien, Janet Sebetes,
    Paula Smith-MacDonald, Robin Woods, Michael Yelle

     Twenty Years
    Vicki Bartolini, Remle Gordon, Michael Graca, Joseph LaCascio, Mark LeBlanc, Cynthia Machado,
    Elizabeth Polk, Joel Relihan, Marge Werner, Jane Young

    Twenty-Five Years
    Louise Batten, Deborah Cato, Jeanne Farrell, Mark Flanagan, Jr., Fernando Gomes, Donna Kerner, Jack Kuszaj, Elizabeth Mohan, Christopher Robbins, Patricia Santilli, James Terrao

    Thirty Years
    Gloria Barker, Gail Berson, Judy Purdy

    Thirty-Five Years
    John Grady, Martha Lamb, Timothy Santos

    Forty Years
    Norman Forsythe

    Forty-Five Years
    Samuel Coale V

    The Service Award Program is sponsored by the President and Officers of the College and the Office of Human Resources. 


  • Human Resource Office

    March Staff News from Human Resources

    New Hires
    3/11/13 Susan Graf, Assistant, Serials
    3/18/13 Scott Remy, HVAC Mechanic, Physical Plant
    3/25/13 John Scanlon, Senior Database Administrator, R&A Tech/Admin

    Upcoming Human Resources Workshops and Events
    Our investment consulting firm, Baystate Fiduciary, has provided three iPad Minis that were raffled at the end of each day that a workshop was held. Every current faculty and staff member who attended a workshop was entered in the raffle. Congratulations to Martha Lamb and Megan Wheaton-Book who have won so far! We were pleased with the feedback and that so many employees were able to attend these workshops.

    There is still a chance to win an iPad mini!! The next and last workshop will be held
    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    9-10:15 a.m. Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    1:30-2:45 p.m. Mary Lyon Woolley Room

    Still have questions about upcoming changes with TIAA-CREF accounts?
    Call them at 800-842-2252 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -10 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. -6 p.m.

    Open Enrollment
    Open Enrollment for medical, dental and flexible spending account benefits will begin May 1. The enrollment period goes through May 31, 2013. More information will be available regarding any changes and updates to current plans.

    Beneficiary Update
    Please remember to review your beneficiary information for retirement and life insurance. You can access your beneficiary information at TIAA-CREF by either logging into the TIAA-CREF Wheaton site: http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/benefits; click on the TIAA Wheaton micro site link B or contact TIAA phone at 800-842-2252. To check your beneficiary information for life insurance, please contact Human Resources at ext. 8206 or e-mail to hr@wheatoncollege.edu.

    Service Awards:
    Congratulations to all of the employees who celebrated their years of service to Wheaton and to those who were nominated for awards.

    HarborOne Credit Union has a wonderful program called HarborOneU where customers and non customers can register for free workshops on a wide variety of topics from Buying Your First Home to How Loss of Independence Affects You and Your Family.
    Please visit http://www.harboroneu.com/ for a full class schedule and to register!

    Please visit the Human Resources website at
    for the up-to-date forms, benefit plan descriptions and upcoming workshops.


  • Congratulations to the 2013 Health Fair raffle winners

    The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce the following list of the 2013 Health Fair raffles prizes.

    • iPad Mini - Janet Russas
    • Cross Pen - Kim Lavallee
    • Jump Drive & Mini Mouse - Courtney Newman
    • $50 Visa Gift Card - Jan Hancock
    • $25 Amazon Gift Card - Janet Birenbaum
    • $25 American Express Gift Card - Joe Chaves
    • Insulated Lunch Bag - Mary O'Neill
    • Umbrella - Loretta Baldwin
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Michelle Monti & Susan Fernandes

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