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Staff News: February 2013

  • 100 Years 100 Objects Exhibit 1

    100 Years, 100 Objects Gallery Exhibit

    So often we see event notices posted around campus or listed on the college calendar and think "Oh, I must to go to that." Usually though work or personal commitments take precedence and events come and go. Friday, I was immersed in my work when I realized the art exhibit, 100 Years, 100 Objects would come to a close that very day. I bolted out the door heading  straight for the Watson Fine Arts Building, leaving a mountain of work behind. After all, I told myself, I would only be gone a short time. Once inside the Beard and Weil Galleries however, something changed. Time was insignificant. The furthest thing from my mind was the work that I left behind. Instead I allowed myself to take in the many exhibits, mulling and musing over each object displayed before me.  Exhibits are like that, they draw you in. Great exhibits like 100 Years, 100 Objects, can take you places.  I recommend you visit any of the ongoing exhibits in the Beard and Weil Galleries for a similar experience.

    100 Years, 100 Objects was curated by students enrolled in ARTH 335: Exhibition Design - Fall 2012. The course was taught by Leah Niederstadt, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies & Curator of the Permanent Collection, and Zeph Stickney, College Archivist & Special Collections Curator.  Please visit: 100 Years, 100 Objects Exhibit  to view the exhibit online in a digital catalogue.

    Submitted by B. Morrissey
    Photos: B. Morrissey

  • Wheaton ID Card

    Savings with your Wheaton ID

    Do you know that your Wheaton ID can save you money? Listed below are some of the deals and savings offered to Wheaton College employees. Please share if you know of others and we will add to the list below.

    Send us an email to SNEWS@wheatoncollege.edu.

    Wheaton College employees are eligible to take advantage of discounts on a number of goods and services through various institutional memberships. The staff of Wheaton's Business Services Office share the following information about discount program that you may provide savings for you and your family:

    • Membership to the United Regional Chamber of Commerce offers a "Member to Member" discount program with special pricing and discounts options for local businesses. Visit the Member to Member website for more information.
    • Sprint Wireless Benefits Program offers Wheaton College employees an 18% monthly service plan discount.  A limited and special offer of a $100 VISA Card is now being offered to new customers, now through March 8, 2013 for switching to Sprint.  For more information visit: www.sprint.com/higheredemployees
      Note: Please check with your current provider about costs related to remaining service plan contracts to avoid early termination fees.  Plans are typically offered as two-year plans.
    • Verizon Wireless customers are also eligible for a discount as a Wheaton College employee.  Please contact your Verizon site or any Verizon store to arrange for the discount or sign up for it.
      Contact Pam Parker in the Business Office for additional information about these services.
    • Shopping for a new computer? Your Wheaton ID will earn you back an educational discount directly from Apple with your new purchase.  The discount will be applied at point of sale at your Apple Store or with online purchases. To take advantage of the Personal Computer Sales Program at Wheaton College, contact Carol Specht in Technology Support Office at x5680, or click here: Personal Computer Sales Program
    • For information from Public Safety about your Wheaton ID, click here: College ID Cards 
  • Celebrating a new grandchild

    Congratulations on a new grandchild

    Loretta Baldwin and her family are celebrating a new addition to the family. Alyssa Annette was born January 10th, 8 lbs 15 oz. Alyssa joins big brothers Nathan (almost five) and Michael (18 months), and cousin Regan Faie who is now almost two years old. Baby Alyssa makes grandchild number four for Loretta and her husband. Says Loretta, "The family keeps on growing and growing, with many blessings!"

    Congratulations Loretta and family.

  • Fashionable dogs

    Support the environment and our furry friends

    A great way to be kind to animals and the environment is through the North Attleboro Animal Shelter recycling Program. Recycling those those empty ink jet/laser cartridges and/or cell phones is easy and you can feel good knowing that your donation serves a dual purpose of keeping materials out of the trash and supporting a local animal shelter.

    Donations can be left in a bin in the new or old Science Center lobby, or contact Karen Carpenter at (508) 285-3846 who will arrange to have the items picked up.

    Karen also makes snuggly fleeces that will keep your dog or cat toasty warm this winter. All proceeds from the recycling program and sales of fleeces go directly to support the North Attleboro Animal Shelter.  Thank you for supporting the environment, and our furry friends!

    Click here for fleece information.
    Click here for resourceful information for all pets: www.petfinder.com.  

  • Wheaton Voices United to Jam

    Voices United to Jam

    The Voices United to Jam, Wheaton's acapella choral group performing gospel and R&B, performed at the Lakeville United Church of Christ Church on December 2, 2012. Their musical selections were a wonderful addition to the service, where the group performs twice each year. Sharing their music and talents provide inspirational to the young and older members of the congregation.

    Submitted by Loretta Baldwin
    Photo: Loretta Baldwin

  • Lynne Miller at Nastar eastern regionals

    First place for Lynn Miller at Nastar eastern regionals

    Congratulations goes to Lynn Miller who placed first first at Nastar Eastern Regionals in the 60 and over race Division, upsetting the #1 and #4 nationally ranked Nastar racers. By winning this division, Lynn qualifies for Nastar Nationals to be held in Aspen in late March. Placing first also brought Lynn the opportunity to race off against all Division racers at Okemo, including A.J. Kitt, four-time Olympian who was the race Pacesetter.

    We'll be rooting for you again in March at the Nastar Nationals Lynn!

    Photo: Lynn Miller at the Eastern Regionals - February 2, 2013.


  • The Feminine Mystique

    Back in 1963: February

    February 19: Betty Friedan publishes "The Feminine Mystique." The examination of American women's lives in the decades after WWII was the author's first book and is widely credited with igniting the women's liberation movement. Friedan, who died in 2006, went on to co-found the National Organization for Women and serve as the group's first president.

    Submitted by Judi Razee

    For more information visit:  National Organization for Women
    and/or the local chapter: Greater Boston NOW Chapter



Learning opportunities

  • Mystery photo Spring 2013

    Staff Council photo challenge

    Can you identify where the picture to the right was taken?  If so, be the first to submit your answer to snews@wheatoncollege.edu and you could be the next winner of the Staff Council Photo challenge.

    The winner will be announced and a prize awarded to the winner at the March All Staff meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  Good luck to all!



  • passiflora, also known as passion vine flower

    Greenhouse open house and repotting clinic

    Come browse through Wheaton's state-of-the-art greenhouse for an open house and repotting clinic. Walk from the rainforest to the desert and see what each climate has to offer and the plants that live there. See orchids in bloom, cotton on a cotton bush, succulents galore, and primitive Cycads.

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location: Mars Center for Science and Technology, 4th floor

    The greenhouses sport automatic shade curtains, fully electronic controls, growth chambers for environmentally monitored plant growth, and a rooftop weather sensor. Bring along a pot bound plant for expert assistance in repotting. Soil and non-decorative pots are available on site. Donations accepted to cover cost of materials.

    For more information, contact Jane Young, Greenhouse Caretaker at 508-286-3943  or email at jyoung@wheatonma.edu

  • Boston Spring Flower and Garden Show

    Boston Spring Flower and Garden Show

    Longing for Spring? The Boston Spring Flower and Garden Show runs from March 13-17 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

    This spectacular five-day event features over 20 gardens created by professional landscape designers, nurseries and historic properties embracing innovative new plants, materials and techniques that increase the beauty, bountiful harvest and ecological friendliness of gardens and outdoor spaces.

    Other highlights include:

    • Garden Marketplace: featuring hundreds of retail vendors
    • The Birds & the Bees: Experts will be demonstrating how to raise chickens and keep bees
    • From Garden to Gourmet: Local chefs teach how to grow, use and preserve produce and herbs for year-round enjoyment and nutrition
    • Little Sprouts Kids Corner: Children’s activities center on learning the importance of organic gardening

    Visit www.bostonflowershow.com for additional information.

    Photo: B. Morrissey

  • Woman's History Month

    Woman's History Month

    March is Woman's History Month. The Student Activities Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) Office has gathered together all events in honor of Woman's History Month at Wheaton College into one calendar. For a complete list of campus exhibits and events, visit the Woman's History Month 2013 page on the SAIL site.

    For additional information about Intercultural Programming and Cultural Theme Months follow the link or contact Nadia Omar, Intercultural Program Coordinator.

    Submitted by B. Morrissey




Human Resources

  • February 2013 Staff News from Human Resources

    February 2013 Staff News from Human Resources

    New Hires

    February 4, 2013: Maria Chaves
    Building Services Worker, Building Services

    Upcoming Human Resources Workshops/Events

    • Celebrating 65
      • Making Sense of Social Security, March 5th: 10:00 -11:30 AM
      • Simplifying Medicare, March 13th: 10:00 -11:30 AM
      • Retirement and Health Care, March 21th: 10:00 -11:30 AM
        Location: Woolley Room, Mary Lyon
    • Retirement Planning Workshops
      Effective April 1, 2013, Wheaton is introducing enhancements to the Wheaton College Retirement Plan. These enhancements include offering a wide array of new investment options. There are decisions you may want to consider which will require action, so please attend to learn more about your options.  Retirement Planning Workshops are being offered on the following dates and times:

    Monday, February 25, 2013
    9:00-10:15 AM Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    12:30-1:45 AM  Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    4:00-5:15 Mary Lyon Woolley Room

    Monday, March 4, 2013
    9:00-10:15 Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    12:30-1:45 Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    3:00-4:15 Mary Lyon Woolley Room

    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    9:00-10:15 Mary Lyon Woolley Room
    1:30-2:45 Mary Lyon Woolley Room

    Our investment consulting firm, Baystate Fiduciary has provided three iPad Minis to be raffled at the end of each workshop day. Every current faculty and staff member who attends a workshop on the specific day will be entered in the raffle.  Supervisors are asked to encourage and support their staff members' attendance.

    • TIAA CREF One-on-One Investment Counseling
      March 13, 19 and 26, 2013
      To Schedule, call 800-732-8353

    If you have questions about the upcoming changes with TIAA CREF accounts, call them at 800-842-2252 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -10:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM -6:00 PM

    • Health Fair 2013
      Friday, March 15, 2013
      11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      Dance Studio, Balfour Hood
    • AllOneHealth Webinars
      Tuesday, March 19, 2013

      •  “Feeling The Pressure? Learning The Art of Stress Management” 12:00 PM
      •  "Building Resiliency 101” 2:00 PM

      To register for one or both webinars, log onto the website: www.allonehealtheap.com with your username and password. You will find the current webinar offerings and links to register for each at the bottom of the home page.

    • Service Awards
      Thursday, March 21, 2013
      2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      Balfour Hood

    HarborOne Credit Union has a wonderful program called HarborOneU where customers and non customers can register for free workshops on a wide variety of topics from Buying Your First Home to How Loss of Independence Affects You and Your Family.
    Please visit http://www.harboroneu.com/ for a full class schedule and to register

    Please visit the Human Resources website at www.wheatoncollege.edu/admin/humanresources for up-to-date forms, benefit plan descriptions, and upcoming workshops.

    Weather Emergencies

    Since Wheaton is primarily a residential college, our operations will normally continue unless weather conditions are so serious that a decision is made to close the college or delay opening. When the weather is bad, you can find out if the college is closing or delaying opening by calling the announcement line at 508-286-8285 or visiting the college’s home page at http://www.wheatoncollege.edu. If there are no messages on the announcement line or home page, the college is open as usual.

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