Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Newsmaker: Ted Nesi ’07

Whether he is writing a freelance story for the Wheaton Quarterly, returning to campus to offer advice to aspiring journalists at a workshop, or turning up the heat on local politicians in his news blog Nesi’s Notes, Class of 2007 alum Ted Nesi’s enthusiasm for his work is inspiring. That enthusiasm, as well as talent and expertise, has put him on the fast track in his journalism career. In just a few years he has quickly moved from working at a local newspaper to designing his own multimedia job at a CBS affiliate in Providence, R.I. The award-winning journalist is a digital reporter for WPRI-TV and FOX Providence at LIN Media. In addition to writing a news blog, he also reports on-air. He has drawn national attention. Politico.com recently included him as one of “50 politicos to watch: Bloggers.” Politico.com covers political news with a focus on national politics, Congress, Capitol Hill, lobbying, media and the presidency. Politico calls Nesi’s blog “highly readable” and notes, “He’s not a traditional television reporter—he was hired primarily to cover Rhode Island politics, policy and the economy online in his first-person voice. But his mix of breaking news blurbs and investigative pieces makes it an increasingly relevant click, even if the Ocean State isn’t considered a pivotal battleground.”

More online

  • Read what Politico.com has to say about Nesi, a political science major
  • Read his blog on wpri.com.
  • Follow him on Twitter @tednesi.


Up Close: Nicholas Parson ’08

Nicolas Parson '€™08Since graduating, Nicholas Parson ’08, who double-majored in political science and African, African-American diaspora studies, has been pursuing his goal of working for a Major League Baseball team. He hasn’t made it yet, but his determination and enthusiasm for the journey are inspiring. So far he has interned for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League and for the Hickory Crawdads (a Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers). Currently, he works as a media relations assistant with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies). He also serves as the president of the Harry M. Stevens Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of the history of sport. We talked to him about his pursuit:

Why this goal?

I grew up in a baseball family. I have always been a fan for as long as I can remember. I remember being a small child at Fenway Park and crying when the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs. I always wanted to know what it meant to be on the inside of a baseball team, something that seemed so mysterious and grand and prohibitive to the average person. That intrigue was heightened when I and five friends from Wheaton drove down to Ft. Myers, Fla., to see spring training games during break our junior year. While we were down there, I visited the Red Sox Player Development Complex, and that is where my desire to work in baseball was truly sparked. I saw the game in an entirely different light, and that’s where it began. I felt like it was my first peek behind the curtain, and I knew that I wanted to be there.

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Newsmaker: Nicole Sacha ’11

Nicole Sacha '11Last May, right after graduation, Nicole Sacha ’11 began working as an intern for the town of North Smithfield, R.I., conducting field research to update the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Already she has made an impact. While doing fieldwork and reviewing documented catch basins, she discovered between 10 to 20 percent of them are likely to be considered a hazard in the event of a flood because they are full or overflowing with sediment, said Town Planner Robert Ericson in a Valley Breeze newspaper article. Fixing the problem will cost the town money, but at least officials are aware of the issue, thanks to Sacha, the article noted. (She also found time to start a farmers’ market in town, which the Valley Breeze also wrote about.) Her internship has been extended and she’s now in charge of a project promoting energy efficiency. “I enjoy the work I have been doing here,” she said. “My internship has used different components of what I learned at Wheaton. I use my knowledge of ecology to grasp what may be happening to the overall health of our waterways. My work here has little supervision and I have had to devise my own routine, which is something I feel very comfortable doing because of the sense of responsibility I developed during my time at Wheaton. In addition to this, I updated the North Smithfield Hazard Mitigation Plan for FEMA. Without the writing skills I strengthened at Wheaton, I would not have been able to do so.” Sacha said that she is interested in continuing to work in the environmental field, perhaps at a consulting firm. In January, she is scheduled to start a graduate program at the University of Rhode lsland to study environmental policy and management.

My gift. My way.

Deborah Dluhy '62Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62

Dean emerita of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; retired deputy director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
2008 Fellow, National Association of Schools of Art and Design; School of the Museum of Fine Arts 2010 Medal Award recipient
Trustee at Wheaton and Maine College of Art

“Wheaton was always there for me; now it’s my turn to be there for Wheaton. Beginning in my freshman year and continuing throughout my professional life, Wheaton faculty and staff encouraged me. They became the mentors who introduced me to my life’s work in the arts and directly assisted me as I applied to graduate school and sought my first job. My high regard for the value of my Wheaton education has grown over time and kept me involved—working with the Alumnae/i Association, my class, and, most recently, with the Board of Trustees. I know how important it is to build the college’s endowment, especially resources for scholarships. That’s why I have designated funds for scholarships through my estate plan. I want to enable future generations to experience the quality education and the powerful, supportive community that so defines Wheaton. I hope that my gift will help make a difference in the lives of others.”

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