Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Close-knit

Wheaton works to build community together

They showed up one by one and in large groups; in dresses and high heels, in athletic team uniforms and sneakers. They were students, professors, staff members, campus visitors; headed directly there or on their way elsewhere but drawn in—showing up in the early morning light as well as in the dark with hand-held glow sticks.

People couldn’t resist participating in the Unity Project, the interactive yarn-based art piece that developed string by string on the Dimple last fall. The project that was started nationwide by visiting artist Nancy Belmont and brought to campus by Professor Kelly Goff was meant to get the college community thinking about how we are all connected, even as we link ourselves and others to certain labels.

It served as the perfect visual metaphor for an academic year full of events, presentations, webcasts, faculty-led conversations and student-driven acts of social engagement—all part of the Building Community Together initiative that President Dennis M. Hanno began in 2015. The ongoing initiative seeks to foster an inclusive and welcoming community that appreciates and learns from diversity. [Read more...]

Ambassador of change

Rose Jackson ’06 tackles global issues as policy advisor

Rose Jackson ’06 answers questions in an interview with “Voice of America.”

Rose Jackson ’06 answers questions in an interview with “Voice of America.”

Rose Jackson ’06 can start the day discussing sanctions in Burma, move on to a meeting about the most recent Chinese hacking attempt, later discuss civilian protection in Iraq and Syria, and at the end of the day strategize on how to prevent Burundi from slipping into genocide.

For her, it’s all in a day’s work.

In her 10 years-plus since graduating from Wheaton, Jackson has thrived in the complicated and intense field of international relations.

The alumna, who majored in international relations as an undergrad, earned her master’s degree in international relations and conflict as a rotary scholar in Kenya. More recently, she worked at the U.S. State Department and in Congress, and is a security fellow at the Truman National Security Project and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In April 2016, Jackson joined Open Society Foundations as its senior policy advisor for its Secure Partnerships Initiative. [Read more...]

Beyond brick and mortar

Gerry-Lynn Darcy ’95 creates connections through real estate

Gerry Lynn Photo

Gerry-Lynn Laudani Darcy ’95

These are busy days for property development executive Gerry-Lynn Laudani Darcy ’95, and they’re about to become busier still. The vice president of real estate for Lawrence, Mass.-based Lupoli Companies, which invests in Massachusetts cities facing particularly stubborn economic challenges, has been tapped by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the prestigious University of Massachusetts Building Authority (UMBA).

As part of the 10-member volunteer board, she will help steer decisions about the infrastructure at the state school’s five campuses, lending her considerable background and experience to influence choices about capital expenditures around new construction, renovations, acquisitions and deferred maintenance.

Baker says he welcomes the skills she brings to the table.

“The University of Massachusetts Building Authority plays an important role in ensuring the success and advancement of the entire UMass system and its students. I am proud to have a consensus builder like Gerry-Lynn Darcy, with extensive expertise in real estate management, to serve the UMBA with dedication and passion,” he says.  [Read more...]

Line by Line

Unity ProjectIllustrating unity through art 

Unity ProjectI believe that diversity makes our community stronger and healthier. At Wheaton, a collaborative art piece created last fall served as a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and the intangible benefits of differences within communities.

During several weeks starting in October 2016, students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and friends worked together to create public art as part of the Unity Project.

The Unity Project was a temporary and timely visual representation of how the individual participation of many could create a simple work of art that demonstrates an idea larger than ourselves.

(Watch The Unity Project video on the Wheaton College YouTube channel) [Read more...]