Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Publishing executive to speak at Commencement

Janet L. Robinson, former president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Company and now consultantJanet L. Robinson, former president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Company and now consultant, will address the Class of 2012 at Wheaton’s 177th Commencement, to be held on Saturday, May 19.

Robinson will receive an honorary degree at Commencement, as will two of the college’s distinguished graduates, Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62 and Barbara Jensky Kovensky ’67.

Robinson joined the Times company in 1983 and was named CEO in 2004. In this role she oversaw and coordinated the company’s operations and business units and worked closely with Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to chart the company’s direction. (In December 2011 she announced her retirement from the company.)

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Publications, honors and creative works


Kristin Sundin Brandt ’94, co-founder (with Erin Kane) of Manic Mommies, a community for moms (and dads) trying to manage the combination of work and family, won two silver awards in the 2011 international W3 Awards competition. The website ManicMommies.com -won in the categories of writing/copy and home page. The site was launched in 2011 following a redesign in collaboration with web designer Zach Magoon ’96.

Candice “Candy” Nelson ’71, an associate professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C., had her manuscript Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968–2008 published by the Brookings Institute Press.

Jo Ann Simons ’75, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers, was awarded a bronze medal in the parenting category by Independent Publisher, recognizing her book The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting Your Child’s Course to Adulthood (Woodbine House, 2010).

Sally Bedell Smith ’70 published Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Random House, January 2011).

Shaking it up: Gianni Cionchi’s original twist on the restaurant biz

Gionni Cionchi '07, general manager at FishTag restaurant, New York City.When Gianni Cionchi describes a dish on the menu at FishTag, one of the Manhattan restaurants he runs, it’s clear that he appreciates the “art” in culinary arts.

“This is our take on the classic tabouli salad,” he says of the trendy tavern’s chopped bulgur salad, “but we’ve chosen to add about twenty-five additional ingredients. You have a base of shaved fennel and grilled kale, which gives a great smoky flavor, and peppers—yellow, red bell—plus pomegranates, dates, tomato, raw radish, scallions, onions—a lot of high and low notes.”

Like the other Greek-inspired items on the menu—from sheep’s milk dumplings to smoked octopus—the bulgur salad at this Upper West Side restaurant is distinctive.

“You don’t get attention in this business by doing things the same way everyone else does,” Cionchi remarks.

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Do try this at home

Specialty cocktails created by Gianni Cionchi ’07 for FishTag restaurant

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