Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Staff Council

Staff News: September 2013

  • Photo of Tim Santos

    Coffee with a Colleague: Timothy A. Santos

    What is your name and your role(s) at Wheaton?

    My name is Timothy A. Santos. My nickname is Tuna. Mike Yelle from the Carpenter Shop who came up with that name. He started calling me Tuna. So now, everybody calls me Tuna.

    I started at Wheaton in 1978 so I’ve been here 35 years. This coming April will be 36. I started out on the Grounds department and I did the Grounds department for about maybe 5–8 years. Then there was an opening in the Paint department. I worked there for about 3 months. I didn’t like that so I went back to the Grounds. I spent another probably 11 years on the Grounds. Then I moved to the Carpenter shop. Then after 4 years, the locksmith that was doing all the work on campus used to work here and he started his own business and his rates were going up and up so they offered it to me if I was interested. I said I’d love to learn another trade and Wheaton said we’ll pay for your school and if you get certified, you have the job. So I ended up getting my diploma and I’ve been doing the locksmith stuff now for about 23–24 years.

    What is the best thing about your job?

    The best thing about my job is seeing a lot of different people, working with all the departments, which I like because I get along with everybody and everybody gets along with me. I like doing the locksmith job here at the college.

    What is your favorite food and where is the best place in the area to get it?

    My favorite is prime rib at the Chateau.

    If an alien landed in Norton, where would you take them?

    I’d take them out fishing because that’s what I like to do a lot. Saltwater fishing—for reefers, stripers, bluefish.

    What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen happen at Wheaton?

    The funniest thing was me one day. They were doing some work in the old pool at Balfour-Hood and we were fixing the ceiling tiles. We had to build a platform over the pool so we could put some staging on it. Well, they were also replacing the diving board. Nobody told me that they had taken most of the screws out of it. So, I stepped on the diving board and guess what happened? Tim went in the pool, clothes and all. The radio—everything was soaked. That was probably the funniest thing that ever happened to me.

    by Michelle Monti, Communications 

    Special thanks to David Laferriere for creating the artwork for this column.

  • What do staff members say about Wheaton?

    Find out the results of the recent staff survey in two special sessions arranged by Courtney Newman and Scott Hamlin, the council members who created and ran last year's survey.

    Courtney and Scott will explain the results to your heart's content on Monday, October 14 at 3:30pm and Tuesday, October 15 at 10am at Knapton Lecture Hall.  Please join them to have all your questions answered.

  • Photo of Susan and Lora, new Communications Committee chairs

    Your new Communications Committee Chairs

    Greetings from Lora Sharpe (College Advancement) and Susan de Jong (Student Financial Services)—your brand new Communications Committee chairs and the editors of the monthly Staff Newsletter.

    We encourage you to share ideas, stories, suggestions for upcoming issues of the newsletter. It's easy to contribute! Just use this handy-dandy web form. Thank you.

  • What's new on campus?

    As the academic year begins, take a look around and notice what’s new on campus. During the summer, Physical Plant workers worked hard on their own, and with outside contractors, to improve several campus features, including:

    • the new patio outside the Café in Balfour-Hood with its colorful outdoor furnishings; 
    • tables and chairs at the John Mitchell Memorial picnic area, between Peacock Pond and the Carpenters’ Shop; 
    • a refurbished and re-furnished Presidents’ Dining (Rooms 1 and 2); 
    • water on Chapel Field – there is now an irrigation system in place; 
    • new carpeting in the Haas Athletic Center offices and new floors in Young and McIntire Residence Halls; and 
    • a smooth new walkway outside Park Hall.

    Additional upcoming improvements include new, bright-blue signs at Wheaton’s entrances on Route 123 and new furniture for Knapton 213 and 215.

  • Photo of Sara Michale Smith

    Wolfgang would be so proud!

    Sara Michale Smith, College Advancement, will be singing the roles of the First Lady and the First Spirit in the Longwood Opera's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

    Performances (sung in English) will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 3 at 2:30 pm.

    This family-friendly production would make a good introduction to the world of opera for both children and adults who are interested in music and/or theatre. For more information, send an email to Sara (smith_sara@wheatoncollege.edu) or visit the Longwood Opera online.

Learning opportunities

  • Fall Tree Walk

    Have you ever noticed the trees on our campus? They are beautiful!

    Enjoy a walk in the fresh air and learn about our trees at the same time. We will schedule a guided tour this fall, on a Wednesday to be determined. We are very fortunate that Scott Shumway has agreed to be our guide.

    Anyone who wants to participate should send an email message to Susan de Jong.


  • Sign up for the September 26 webinar

    Employees Got Grit

    • A complimentary webinar from AllOne Health Resources
    • Thursday, September 26, 2013
    • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)

    Resilience is our ability to handle setbacks and problems. While some people marshal through when faced with disaster such as, financial strain, hurricanes, and even the loss of a loved one, others are overwhelmed and shut down by these stressors.

    Resiliency can be learned and developed through practice. By developing personal resilience, one is able to cope, problem solve, and obtain goals.

    You are invited to register today.

  • Join us for the October Staff Council meeting

    Staff Council invites all staff members to the council's next meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, October 8, at noon in the lovely, newly-renovated Presidents' Dining Rooms (in Emerson, next to the Faculty Staff Dining Room).

    So far, the agenda touts a visit from a member of the President's Council, who will update us on plans and strategies for Wheaton.

    We also hope to have a member of LIS come speak to us about Lynda.com. Wheaton has secured over 300 accounts at the training site for its employees; this is a direct result of last year's staff survey.

    If you would like to add an item to the agenda, please send an email message to Jenny Heller, co-chair.

    Hope to see you in October!


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