Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Staff Council

Staff News: March 2014

  • 2014 Relay For Life is fast approaching!

    2014 Relay For Life is fast approaching!

    Join Relay for Life

    Join Relay for Life

    2014 Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society will take place on April 4-5 in the Haas Athletic Center's Beard Field House with a soft start at 3:00 pm, and the Opening Ceremony and Survivor Lap at 5:00 pm.

    Join a team, raise funds, dedicate a Luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one, or let us celebrate your own personal survivorship! For more information you can contact Kristen Turcotte, Remle Gordon, or Melody Lothes. Or visit the website at:  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=58953

  • Please come to the All-Staff Meeting March 11

    Please come to the All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday, March 11, at 9 a.m. in Hindle Auditorium.  The meeting will feature an update on the college, plans for a "Wheaton is Boston Strong Day," a discussion on welcoming the new president, and many other interesting presentations.  Refreshments will be served!  The detailed agenda follows:


    Introduction of Chris Larrivey, new Council Co-Chair

    Brian Douglas:  Update

    Barbara Lema and John Sullivan:  “College’s protection against minors program and criminal history/sex offender registry checks”

    Staff Council EEC:  “Wheaton is Boston Strong Day” and updates since All-Staff Survey

    Remle Gordon:  Relay For Life and Annual Health Fair announcements:

    Patti Tessitore:  John Mitchell 5K announcement

    Lisa Yenush and Brian Douglas: “Onboarding President-Elect Dennis Hanno.” Open discussion on how Wheaton’s Staff can help bring the new President “on board” and move the College forward.

    Staff Council Co-Chairs:  Concluding remarks:

    Refreshments will be provided compliments of the President’s Office

  • Wheaton College helping New Orleans Recover 8 Years after Katrina

    Wheaton College helping New Orleans Recover 8 Years after Katrina

    It has been eight years since Hurricane Katrina, and many homes in New Orleans are still uninhabitable.  The Wheaton community is doing something about that.

    Each January, a group of Wheaton students, staff, faculty, and even student alums take a week out of their busy lives to help rebuild New Orleans.  During  winter break, they travel to Mardi Gras City, stay at a local church, and work with non-profit organizations to help clean up and rebuild this beautiful city.  Students earn no credit, and staff use vacation time to make this trip.

    They are asked to do many kinds of work, including gutting a home, painting, cleaning, or gardening.  At one point during the last trip, some members of the Wheaton group worked with the National Park Service collecting and labeling "litter fall," meaning leaves, nuts, anything that falls to the ground.  The Park Service is doing a study on the items they gather.

    The 2014 NOLA trip was unusual in that the Wheaton group had an opportunity to meet the owner of the home they were helping to rebuild.  Her name is Vera, and she left her home during the hurricane.  Her husband chose to stay, and he had to be rescued.  In the intervening years, Vera’s husband, mother, and a son have all died from various causes.  She is looking forward to moving into her newly rebuilt home in April and will raise her two grandsons there.

    The last day the Wheaton group was in New Orleans, Vera prepared lunch for everyone.  She made homemade turkey necks.  They were very tasty!  If you want to try some, sign up for next year’s trip.

    It is hard to believe that eight years after Hurricane Katrina, there is still so much work to be done.  And it’s hard not to feel indignant that this problem has not yet been solved.  How about you?  You can help by making a financial contribution at any time.  Or consider giving a week of your time to make a huge difference to people like Vera.

    If you are interested in this project and would like to help, contact Jessie Durand at  X3907.


  • Putting your money to work

    Human Resources is sponsoring a workshop on Monday, April 14, on "Money at Work - Foundations of Investing," given by TIAA-CREF.  The workshop will be held from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., each time in the Woolley Room in Mary Lyon Hall.  For a list of all workshops and other events, visits http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/info/holiday-training-calendar/

  • Applaud your colleagues at the Service Awards Program

    This year's Service Awards Program will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the Atrium in the Balfour-Hood Campus Center.  Employees will be recognized for length of service, and the President's Award for Outstanding Service, the Vision of Service Award, and the Gladys Kelley Award for Staff Professional Development will be presented.

    A reception will follow.  Please come and celebrate your colleagues' accomplishments!

  • Check in at enhanced Wheaton Health Fair

    Human Resources is sponsoring the annual Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in the Dance Studio in Balfour-Hood.  Join your colleagues to learn about the state of your health (and health care benefits!).  A full slate of presenters will be available soon.

  • Health comes first at these March workshops

    Human Resources is delighted to offer these free Healthy You workshops in March

    Beat The Sugar Blues on Monday, March 17, in the Presidents Dining Room from 12:30-1:30 p.m.   Topics covered include: where sugar comes from; hidden sugars and their names; reading labels; alternative snacks and drinks; natural sweeteners vs. chemical sweeteners; and more.

    Next, learn how to cope with Crazy Busy on Wednesday, March 26, in the Balfour Hood Media Room from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Many of find we are busier than ever before, constantly trying  to manage never-ending to-do lists.  At this workshop, based on the book "Crazy Busy" by Ned Hallowell, MD, we will explore why we feel overstretched, overbooked and about to snap, and offer tips for handling your fast-paced life while still getting things done and finding time to relax.

    Please e-mail Human Resources with the workshops you would like to attend hr@wheatoncollege.edu

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