Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

The year-round campus

It never fails: When someone asks me where I work and I say that I work at a college, I usually get the same response, “Oh, you’re so lucky. You’re off in the summer, right?”

So not true, I always say—especially at Wheaton College, especially this summer.

Yes, the majority of students leave campus to indulge in restful summer activities, to expand their knowledge and experience through internships, or to work summer jobs. Their absence en masse makes it seem quiet as you walk the campus. But within each building there are always staff members, administrators, faculty and students carrying on the business of running the college, preparing for the new upcoming semester, or working on research projects.

This summer, however, the entire campus was alive with sound and activity—from June to August, from the Dimple to Haas Athletic Center. A wide range of events and programs, including several new ones aimed at expanding the reach of the college, drew hundreds of students to Wheaton. [Read more...]

Wheaton seen

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is that more true than at Wheaton as you walk the campus on any given day. Before the end of the spring semester, as I strolled along, the point was repeatedly proven in random visual narratives about how creativity is fostered and encouraged here; about how highly regarded our alums, parents and friends are; and about how well-rounded our students are because of their interdisciplinary liberal arts education at Wheaton.

Just a few examples:

Paper Dorm RoomOne day an intriguing giant box appeared outside of the Mars arts building. “What is it?” I asked. It turned out to be an art installation by Charlotte Hall ’17. “Students in ‘Sculpture II’ created immersive installations for their final project,” Professor Kelly Goff explained. “Some were site-specific (around campus) and others were contained within these temporary booths we made from theater flats. Charlotte Hall created a sort of version of her dorm room, clad inside and out with refuse that she personally accumulated over the last few weeks. Passers-by are invited to enter the booth.”

Another day, I saw a member of the college’s grounds crew on his knees at the base of a tree, a big bucket beside him. What was he doing? Painstakingly picking the teeny tiny weeds from the mulch around a tree so that the campus could look perfect for the alums, parents and friends who would be arriving on campus for Commencement. [Read more...]

No time like now

In this 2010 photo, Grace Baron is working with a young student at the Groden Center, in Providence, R.I., where she served as a behavioral consultant.

In this 2010 photo, Grace Baron is working with a young student at the Groden Center, in Providence, R.I., where she served as a behavioral consultant.

We always think we will have time.

Time to pursue our dreams.

Time to repair old grudges.

Time to connect with friends, family.

But none of us have as much time as we think. Sadly, we are reminded of that on the In Memoriam pages of the Quarterly each issue. This time, along with all of the beloved alums, relatives and friends who have passed away, we note the loss of our beloved Grace Baron, professor emerita of psychology. She died on February 27 of pancreatic cancer. [Read more...]

Rise and shine

FOX25_Panorama1You learn a lot when you have to get up at 3 a.m. to report to work by 4:30 a.m. One: It’s hard to find a fast-food place open that early in the morning to get that lifesaving cup of coffee (thank goodness for those golden arches). Two: It’s easy to order hash browns and not worry about the carb count when you order in the fog of sleepiness.

FOX25 T ShirtThis, of course, is information I could have lived without in exchange for more sleep. However, the early-morning wake-up was well worth it, considering the payoff: seeing the campus come to life in all of its shining glory with television cameras on-site to share it.

Fox 25 News Boston came to campus on September 26 (starting with a 4:30 a.m. set-up) to do a live news program from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. as part of the station’s “College Tour” series. The series showcases the best of what selected New England colleges have to offer. Staff, students and faculty spent the four hours on the campus green in front of cameras. The president was interviewed, various student groups performed, others showed off their scholarly interests, and the entire community provided Wheaton spirit. Some of us had way too much fun—and coffee. [Read more...]