A lot to smile about

Road trips are always fun—getting to venture off campus while still delving into the stories of Wheaton. That was the case for me in October 2018 when I went to interview Cliff Notez, the hip-hop artist also known as Cliften Bonner-Desravines ’13, in his Cambridge, Mass., recording studio on the occasion of him being nominated for a Boston Music Award.

He was as laid back as Snoop Dogg, swiveling in his leather chair, but clearly excited by the possibility of winning an award that recognizes the hottest musical talent in the area. We were all so happy here when he was pronounced the New Artist of the Year at an awards ceremony in December, where he also was invited to perform. I had to take a selfie with him, of course, during my visit. His story is on page 32.

There is a lot to smile about in this issue. Megan Collins ’06 published her first novel to rave reviews. Professor of Biology Robert Morris and Philip Manos ’08, a pioneer in stem cell technology, are collaborating on campus.

And, in our cover story, our alumni have a lot to say about their current career success and how their internships while students at Wheaton helped them follow their passions and achieve their goals as professionals in the working world. Enjoy.