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Staff News: May 2013

  • Boston Marathon winner Dave Macedo

    Congratulations to Dave Macedo!

    David Macedo, Building Services, successfully completed the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th. Dave finished with a great time of 3:56:13, and is pictured here holding his 2013 Boston Marathon medal. Wow!

    This was Dave's third marathon but his first time running the Boston Marathon. Dave has also run marathons in New Hampshire and Disney World.

    Great job, Dave!

  • Nepenthes

    Mystery photo solved

    Nancy Milka is the winner of a beautiful "callisia" plant donated by Jane Young of the Wheaton Greenhouse. Nancy correctly identified the mystery plant, pictured at right, as "Nepenthes Alata, also known as "Monkey Cups Pitcher".

    Nancy recalled first seeing the carnivorous plant at a nursery in Rhode Island and was intrigued by the strange shape and various colors. The callisia plant is also an "intriguing" plant that is sure to find a good home in your capable hands. Congratulations Nancy, and many thanks to Jane Young for presenting the mystery plant challenge.

  • Creamy orzo with pancetta recipe

    Creamy Orzo with Pancetta

    My family loves this recipe! I often serve it with a roast chicken and a tossed salad. It is simple...and delicious.

    ¼ cup of diced pancetta
    2 tbsp. of butter or olive oil
    1 small onion finely chopped
    1 clove garlic finely chopped
    1½ cups of orzo (uncooked)
    2 ½ cups chicken broth
    ½ cup frozen petite peas
    ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    In a Dutch oven or a deep pot, melt the butter or heat the olive oil. Add your onion and sprinkle with a teaspoon of kosher salt. Sauté the onions so they start to soften. Add the pancetta and stir. I like to cook the onions and pancetta for about 5 minutes to give the pancetta time to soften. Let the pepper and salt help the onions to cook.

    Add the uncooked orzo to the pan with the onion and pancetta. Let the orzo brown just a little or “toast”.

    Keep stirring to avoid burning. This brings a wonderful flavor to the dish.  If the orzo sticks to the pan, add a little more olive oil and stir.
    Once there is some color to the orzo, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds--making sure not to burn to avoid a bitter taste. Add the chicken broth to this mixture.  A homemade stock will add flavor but a store bought chicken broth will do. A low sodium chicken broth is best as the parmesan is salty.

    Stir to combine all ingredients. Put the lid on and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. The orzo will fluff up and the chicken broth will be absorbed. Take the pan off the heat. Add the Parmesan and stir until cheese is melted and stir in frozen petite peas. I add a handful or more. Cover, and let the peas cook for about 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir.

    I must tell you that I always double this recipe! And, it is great reheated in the microwave. Happy Spring!

    Submitted by Nora Brosseau

  • Elizabtweentin

    Wheaton's Founder Speaks @ElizaBTweetin

    The campus is buzzing about Eliza Baylies Wheaton! The Wheaton College founder and patroness has recently taken to Twitter. Eliza B. tweets about the weather, the activities of Norton townspeople, shopping trips to Boston, travel, and more. Each entry is taken directly from Mrs. Wheaton’s pocket diaries, and consists of one to three tweets a day. You may have even seen promotional stickers on students’ belongings or in the Library.

    The @ElizaBTweetin Project is an offshoot of the Wheaton College Digital History Project. The WCDHP began in 2005 as a way for Professor Kathryn Tomasek and College Archivist Zeph Stickney to digitally share Mrs. Wheaton’s diaries and financial records with a larger community of scholars. Through transcription, text encoding, and hours of research, many Wheaton students have contributed their time and effort in order to better understand the life of one of Wheaton’s most important figures. Early this semester Pete Coco, Digital Learning Strategist and Technology Liaison for the Humanities, approached Zeph Stickney and Assistant Archivist Megan Wheaton-Book about a potential Twitter account collaboration, which the Archives is using as an opportunity to raise awareness about the WCDHP, and Mrs. Wheaton’s diaries. It is also hoped that this project will spur students and faculty into using Twitter as a tool for blended learning.

    The @ElizaBTweetin twitter project will continue until 2018, and will expand from simple tweets into something much larger. Zeph Stickney and Megan Wheaton-Book, with the help of Colleen Wheeler, are developing a new webpage to display contextual blog posts, as well as a “who’s who,” an image gallery, and much more.

    If you do not have a Twitter account it is easy to set one up by visiting https://twitter.com/ or just check in on the @ElizaBTweetin webpage (coming soon!).

    Want your own @ElizaBTweetin sticker? Come to the Archives, visit the Library’s Information Desk, or contact Zeph Stickney, Pete Coco, or Megan Wheaton-Book.

  • Back in 1963: May

    May 8: "Dr. No," the first movie in the James Bond series, opens in U.S. theaters, after having debuted in the United Kingdom the year before. Sean Connery is the first actor to slip into a tux to play debonair British Secret Intelligence Service Agent 007. Twenty three Bond films have followed. The newest one being "Skywalk."

    Submitted by Judi Razee as part of "Back in 1963" monthly series.

Learning opportunities

  • Judy Barrrett Litoff

    One Woman's War in China Lecture

    A presentation examining the challenges and opportunities encountered by an American Red Cross Club Director during World War II. Sponsored by Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE). Free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Watson Lecture, Room 102
    Contact: Judi Razee

  • MMAS

    Scholarship Opportunity

    The Mansfield Music and Art Society has announce a scholarship opportunity. This scholarship is offered to a graduating high school student currently residing in Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton, Sharon or Easton who plans to pursue a college education in either fine or performing arts. Learn more about this scholarship.

    Submitted by Judi Razee



  • Third annual Give and Go yard sale

    Third annual Give and Go yard sale

    Faculty and staff are given the opportunity to be the first to come discover treasures at the third annual Give and Go community yard sale, and shop for a good cause. All proceeds benefit local community partners and what better way to recycle, reduce and reuse!

    The special preview date for faculty and staff is Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Clark Recreation Center. The hours are from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The sale date for the general public is Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.           

    Contact the SSSR Office if you have any items to donate or would like to help out with the sale.   



  • Jane-and-Staghorn

    Greenhouse Open House and Repotting Clinic

    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.

    Friday, May 17, 2013
    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Mars Center for Science and Technology, 4th floor Greenhouses

    See: the Greenhouse website

    Contact: Jane Young


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