Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Little house, big opportunity

Barbara Kellner ’49 provides a place to create

Key West HouseThe three-room brown house tucked away on a side street in Key West, Fla., is tiny. But what it has offered Wheaton faculty members during the past few years and what it will offer students in the future is huge, thanks to alumna Barbara Kellner ’49.

Kellner, who died in June 2013, bequeathed her house to Wheaton. An artist herself, she made an agreement for it to serve as an artist-in-residency space for faculty members for three years and then be sold, with the majority of proceeds going to Wheaton. The funds will be used to establish the Barbara Kellner ’49 Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts, which will support programming for students for many years to come.

So far, 12 faculty members have taken the opportunity to spend one to three weeks at the house delving into ongoing scholarly, teaching and curricular projects related to the arts and approved by Wheaton’s Committee on Faculty Scholarship.

They all agree that Kellner’s gift has provided two things every creative person craves—time and space to be inspired. [Read more...]

A minute with … the Lyon

Wheaton LyonsThe athletics department recently gave the Lyon mascot a makeover to correspond with a new logo and branding. Looking good: “Hey, look at me, on the right (the old me is on the left, so 1996). Yes, yes, I did have a little ‘work’ done, a little nip-tuck around the eyes. I’m also taking good care of myself—resting (sleeping for days) and eating right (high protein, no carbs).” Playing hard: “I get lots of exercise standing around at key athletic and campus events—from Homecoming to the Norton Halloween parade. You’d be surprised how much energy it takes to just smile and not talk.” Getting pumped: “It’s all worth it when I interact with people and see the joy, excitement and enthusiasm I generate in the name of Wheaton, no matter the event. Go Lyons!”

Encore

Dancer Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 returns to choreograph

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

It has been 17 years since Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 was a member of the Wheaton Dance Company, but she can still kick her leg high over her head and leap like a gazelle as effortlessly as she walks across the dance floor in Balfour-Hood.

Her physicality and artistry were on full display in fall 2015 as she worked with the 10 members of the Wheaton Dance Company. Foley’s original choreography was performed during the company’s show in December in Weber Theatre. (Her work with the dance company was sponsored by the Ruth Eddy ’42 Master Class in the Arts Endowed Fund within the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program.)

Watch a Rehearsal VIDEO

The three-minute piece, called “Ruby Blue” (after the song by Roisin Murphy), was a fun jazz number carried out with quick leaps and turns and lots of sass—the kind of unsuspectingly demanding number that Foley is drawn to as a dancer.

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Welcome, Class of 2019!

In a time-honored tradition, incoming students gather for the lighting of candles around the Dimple during the opening weekend of the academic year.

In a time-honored tradition, incoming students gather for the lighting of candles around the Dimple during the opening weekend of the academic year.

This academic year, Wheaton welcomed 437 first-year students in the Class of 2019. Even before arriving, these remarkable students were well on their way to doing amazing things. The class includes a Junior Olympics qualifying fencer, a ski instructor and mountain rescuer, a competitive fiddler, a Carnegie Hall performing pianist, an Italian opera singer and an Arabic translator, just to name a few. Here is a glimpse of the class by the numbers:

Class of 2019Nicki Pardo photo