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Encore

Dancer Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 returns to choreograph

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 is sharing lessons learned with the next generation of dancers, including Bridgette D’Arcangelo ’19 (right, green shorts), a new dance company member whom Foley has taught at an Auburn, Mass., center since D’Arcangelo was in sixth grade.

It has been 17 years since Caitlin Kennedy Foley ’98 was a member of the Wheaton Dance Company, but she can still kick her leg high over her head and leap like a gazelle as effortlessly as she walks across the dance floor in Balfour-Hood.

Her physicality and artistry were on full display in fall 2015 as she worked with the 10 members of the Wheaton Dance Company. Foley’s original choreography was performed during the company’s show in December in Weber Theatre. (Her work with the dance company was sponsored by the Ruth Eddy ’42 Master Class in the Arts Endowed Fund within the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program.)

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The three-minute piece, called “Ruby Blue” (after the song by Roisin Murphy), was a fun jazz number carried out with quick leaps and turns and lots of sass—the kind of unsuspectingly demanding number that Foley is drawn to as a dancer.

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A muse of her own making

Abigail Schachner ’93 celebrates self-expression onstage

Abigail Schachner ’93Nothing thrillsAbigailAbby” Schachner ’93more than creativity and self-expression. (And forming random rhymes when the inspiration seizes her.)

Schachner is an artist who has written and performed more than 12 solo stage shows. One recent show, Schachner vs. Schachner, received multiple accolades along the fringe theater circuit, including awards for best solo show, best female performance and the audience award. The 45-minute show explores family, identity and attempted homicide.

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Vermont’s rising star

Jared Duval ’05 recognized for work

Jared Duval ’05Vermont Business Magazine has named Jared Duval ’05 a “Rising Star.” The Rising Star recognition award calls out young professionals under the age of 40 in Vermont who demonstrate a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. Duval is the economic development director for the state. He says his liberal arts education at Wheaton has helped him succeed, providing an important foundation to his career in public service, policy work and economic development. “Anyone who works in the field of economic development benefits from broad interdisciplinary preparation, including economics, politics and behavioral psychology, to name just a few,” he said. “Questioning assumptions and thinking critically are vital in this job because economic development can mean so many different things to different people.

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Join the team

WF Nick Parson 08Nick Parson ’08

  • Communications coordinator, 
  • Colorado Rockies (Major League Baseball)
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Plays important role:

“Primarily, I am a liaison between the outside world and our players, coaches and front-office personnel both in season and during the off-season. Additionally, I conduct research on the club that we publish in daily as well as annual formats for various internal and external purposes. I do a tremendous amount of work with the members of the media both at home and on the road, making sure that they have what they need from us in order to do their job well.” [Read more...]