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Susan Little DoyleSusan Little Doyle ’77 leads the way as new director

It takes a special person to step into a job in which the first task is helping to plan two major alum weekends happening within two months of the position’s start date—and make it look easy.

Spend one moment with the collected and cordial Susan “Sue” Little Doyle ’77 and you immediately realize that she is, indeed, that person.

Wheaton officials have known this for a long time, having benefited from her leadership skills over the years through her many roles as a volunteer. Now, Doyle is putting those skills to use on a broader scale as the new executive director of Alumnae/i Relations.

Hired in August as the acting director, she oversaw Homecoming Weekend events and the Alumnae/i Leadership Conference (ALC), and is well into planning for Reunion Weekend.

In December, Doyle became the permanent director. She previously was a clinical interventionist in the Fitchburg Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the therapeutic work with students who face emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Recipes for recovery

Alumna and daughter publish benefit cookbook

Cheryl Pembridge Larkin ’73 and daughter Kate Kurelja show off Chef David Burke’s Grilled Salmon with Grilled Vegetables and Tomato Vinaigrette.

Cheryl Pembridge Larkin ’73 and daughter Kate Kurelja show off Chef David Burke’s Grilled Salmon with Grilled Vegetables and Tomato Vinaigrette.

Three days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey’s coast in October 2012, Cheryl Pembridge Larkin ’73 and her husband, John, drove from their inland home in Basking Ridge to check on their summer cottage in Point Pleasant Beach. Power outages throughout the state had cut off most news reports, but the Larkins had heard Governor Chris Christie speaking on their car radio.

“The shore as we know it is gone,” he said.

When they reached the coast, the Larkins were relieved to find their cottage intact, but shocked at the surrounding wreckage.

“Broken, crumpled buildings stood or half stood,” Larkin recalls. “Some were washed away. Sand dunes had been re-created in the streets. Wires were down. Garbage and debris were scattered everywhere. The boardwalk was gone.”

Larkin asked herself, “What do you do to help?”

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Alums stage spicy theater fun

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Raunchy? Yes. Campy? Yes. Fun? Oh yeah.

That’s what Hidden Valley Ranch, a soap opera take off written by alum siblings Patricia and Alfred McKeever, offered audiences this fall in the Kresge Experimental Theatre.

It was the alums’ dramatic return to campus under the auspices of the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program. The play they wrote featured a cast of 18 Wheaton students, and was one of three college productions last semester that provided more than 40 students with the opportunity to perform on stage.

For Patricia and Alfred, it was a return to Wheaton after more than a decade. After the pair graduated in 1997 and 1999, respectively, they bid farewell to their nearby hometown of Mansfield, Mass., for a destination common among their fellow theater majors: Broadway.

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Diane C. Nordin ’80 elected to Fannie Mae board of directors

Trustee Diane NordinFannie Mae recently announced that Diane C. Nordin has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Nordin, a seasoned asset management executive, will offer her expertise to the board’s governance of Fannie Mae, as the company works to create a safer, more transparent, and sustainable housing finance system.

“Ms. Nordin brings to the board a deep and broad understanding of the global markets and excellent fixed income investment experience,” Philip Laskawy, board chair, stated in a press release. “Her experience coupled with her pragmatic approach will be valuable as we continue to strengthen the company and improve the housing finance system.”

Nordin most recently spent a year as a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Prior to this, she spent 20 years at Wellington Management Company, LLP, a private asset management company, where she was a partner from 1995 to 2011.

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