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Staff News: January 2013

  • Sophomore Symposium Opening Session

    Sophomore Symposium Class of 2015

    Students of the Class of 2015 rose early on Saturday morning to attend the 2013 Sophomore Symposium. An annual event offered to sophomores, the Symposium helps students make the best career path choices as they plan ahead and progress through their remaining undergraduate course of study. The theme for this year's Symposium was "Mapping Your Future." 

    By 9:00 a.m., Watson concourse had transformed into a flash mob setting of students as far as the eye could see.  While getting students out of bed for an early event on a Saturday morning might seem a bit risky this program has a history of success. First offered in 2007 as "Sophomore Halftime," the program has grown each year. As was the case in 2007, the program provides sophomore attendees with opportunities to network with alums, faculty, staff, and other professionals in the workplace who participate in the various workshops, roundtable discussions, and Q&A sessions. Discussions also serve to build awareness of campus resources available to students now as they start mapping out their future while seeing themselves as future alums.

    The program concluded at the end of the day with a repeat of the same enthusiastic gathering of about 200 students coming to collect the prized gray fleece, embellished on the back with the bright yellow class year "15." Collaboration of faculty, staff, alums, and student volunteers--all offering their time and advice to pay it forward in a sharing community made it worth it to get out of bed early on a Saturday.

    Submitted by Bernice Morrissey
    Photos: Bernice Morrissey

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  • A Wedding Announcement and Celebration

    A Wedding Announcement and Celebration

    Best wishes to Megan Monzel and Chris Fitzsimons as they celebrate their recent wedding.  The newlyweds were married on November 23, 2012 in a ceremony held at City Hall in Boston. Megan and Chris shared their special day with their four children who were present at the ceremony in Boston.

  • Slam Poetry Competition at Wheaton College

    Slam Poetry Competition at Wheaton College

    In November of last year the Mouths for Microphones Poetry Slam put a call out to New England colleges and universities for their talented poets to compete at Wheaton College.  Teams representing five area schools, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, Smith College, the University of Connecticut and Wheaton College, all competed for the Top Poets Title.  The competition was sponsored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 1 and the Wheaton College Office of Student Activities, Involvement, & Leadership (SAIL).

    The event kicked off with a poetry writing workshop facilitated by Wheaton College alum, Roxy Azari ‘10. The workshop allowed poets to learn about each other and find inspiration for their art. After the workshop teams enjoyed a family style dinner together. The slam is as much about community building as it is about fierce competition.

    Local poet, Simone Beaubien was the Mouths for Microphones slam master and featured poet. The Poetry Slam was a “four-by-four,” four-teams competing in four-rounds.  Each team had its own style and surprised and delighted the audience with a wide variety of topics. The Slam was a tight competition only a few points separated the teams. The final results were: fourth place Smith College 100.9, third place Brown University/RISD 102.8, second place Wheaton College 103.9, and first place University of Connecticut 104.2. The overall top scoring poet was Tyrek Greene ’15 from the Wheaton College team with his poem Black Job Market which scored a 27.3 points out of a possible 30.0 points.

    The regional poetry slam is a precursor to the ACUI produced College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) which offers an opportunity for campuses with spoken word student clubs to compete for top honors and to share their artistry and voices. This year the 13th annual CUPSI will be at Barnard College, April 3-6.  The University of Connecticut was awarded at $200 credit towards their CUPSI registration.

    Rebecca Pye, the Campus Center Coordinator and the Region 1 Poetry Slam Coordinator for ACUI, would like to thank the members of ispeak, Wheaton’s spoken word club for all their assistance with the slam in particular, Tyrek Greene and Cliff Bonner-Desravines as well as alum Roxy Azari.

    Learn more about the official rules for the slam and CUPSI: http://www.acui.org/poetryslam/

    See the promo video created by Cliff Bonner-Desravines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EREXvkjrbhE

    Submitted by Rebecca Pye
    Photos: Cliften Bonner-Desraivines

  • Chorizo Lentil Soup

    Healthy Eating: Chorizo Lentil Soup

    Winters in New England make me crave nourishment for my body and soul. I combined several recipes to create a healthier, more filling and tastier meal. My soup was improved by adding more vegetables. Soups are very forgiving. You can add or omit ingredients to your liking. You can add more liquids, more vegetables or remove the meat. It’s your chance to create! Enjoy!


    1 tbsp. olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3/4 lb. chorizo sausage, cut into small pieces. You can use any kind of sausage, or you can omit this ingredient. I like to use turkey chorizo.
    2 stalks celery, diced
    1 onion, diced
    1 carrot, diced
    1 cup dried lentils
    3 cups of chicken stock (or more if you like a thinner soup)
    1 (15 oz.) can petit-diced tomatoes
    1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    6 oz. of fresh baby spinach, rough chopped
    1 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
    1 tsp. sugar
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Sour cream or herbed goat cheese (optional)

    Heat olive oil in a 6-quart pan over a medium high heat. Stir in onion and cook for about 2 minutes as onion sautés. Stir and add a little salt to help soften the onions. Add chorizo sausage and cook until it begins to brown. I like to cut the chorizo into pieces that fit onto a spoon. If you are using a sausage in a casing, just crumble it into the pan. Stir in celery and carrots and cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

    Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, lentils and cannellini beans to the pan. Season the mixture with sugar and cumin. Cover the pan and simmer the soup for about 20 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.

    I like to garnish this soup with either a dollop of sour cream or a piece of herbed goat cheese. Add some crusty bread and you have a fabulous meal!

    Submitted by Nora Brosseau
    Photo: Nora Brosseau

  • Healthy Eating: Chicken Soup

    Healthy Eating: Chicken Soup

    One of my favorite meals to make during the cold winter months is either turkey or chicken soup. It starts with a flavorful stock, rich with nutrients. The key to a tasty and nutritious stock is using chicken or turkey bones and lots of healthy vegetables. Whenever I roast a chicken I save the carcass and the icky stuff wrapped up inside of it, and put it in the freezer for soup day. I remove the neck and gizzards from their wrapping and place them in a freezer bag. It’s easier to store and then put them in the pot later, this way. The marrow in the bones is supposed to be very nutritious. Cooking the bones for a long time draws nutrients out of the bones and marrow. You can use uncooked chicken pieces instead of the carcass, as long as it has bones. If you do it right, the broth should be gelatinous after it has cooled. Don’t worry if it’s not gelatinous, it will still be healthy and tasty!


    5 lbs. of turkey or chicken (cooked carcass or chicken parts)
    2 medium carrots, chopped into 2 inch pieces
    2 celery stalks, chopped into 2 inch pieces
    3 medium or 2 large onions, outer skin peeled and cut into quarters
    1 parsnip, chopped into 2 inch pieces
    2 garlic cloves, left whole and unpeeled
    Handful of fresh parsley
    1 tsp. of peppercorns
    1 Tbsp. of kosher salt

    I use a large pot to cook the ingredients, and then another to drain the broth into when it’s done. If you don’t have two large pots, you can ladle into smaller bowls or containers through a colander or strainer. I sometimes use cheesecloth in my colander to strain out all the ingredients, leaving me with pure stock.

    Place all of the ingredients into your pot. Pour enough cold water into the pan to ALMOST cover all the vegetables and chicken. I take off only the loose outer skin on the onions and leave the rest on. I think it brings a beautiful color to the stock. Bring the pot to a boil. Cover the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Let it cook for at least 1 hour, preferable 1 ½ or more. Your home will smell wonderful.

    Once the stock has cooked for the appropriate time, I let it sit off the hot burner for a ½ hour. Now it’s time to start the cooling off process. I like pull out the carcass and any large vegetable pieces and put them in a bowl or cookie sheet. There’s less splash when your strain the stock into the colander if all the big pieces are out. Once you have strained it into another large pot, let it sit for about an hour. You never want to put something hot in your refrigerator. It will lower the temperature of the refrigerator. After an hour you can ladle the stock into muffin tins or containers of various sizes. Skim any fat off the top. I like to freeze the stock in ice cube trays and small containers, then pop into a plastic bag and store them in the freezer. If you ever need some chicken stock for a recipe, you can just pop out some cubes. When I store the stock in my refrigerator, I skim the fat off the top before I use it. It will take about 8 hours for the fat to rise to the top and the stock to become gelatinous. I love to heat up the stock and add cooked pasta like tubetti or acini de pepe and top it off with freshly grated parmesan. If there is any chicken or turkey left on the bones, I store it in a separate container and then add to my soup for a meal in a bowl. Chicken or turkey stock is very easy to make. It just takes time. Try it this weekend!

    Submitted by Nora Brosseau
    Photo: Nora Brosseau

  • "You look nice today"

    "You look nice today"

    Isn't it amazing how a couple of pleasant words can make it seem like a better day? Now, Wheaton has an outlet for such positive interactions.

    Following the example of many other colleges, one Wheaton student has created a Facebook page called "Wheaton Compliments." On the page, you can post a compliment about any other Wheaton community member. It's anonymous and free. If you tag the person, they'll receive a notification on Facebook so they can see it themselves.

    Want to share the positive energy? Just click here: https://www.facebook.com/WCcompliments.

    Oh, and by the way, I like your sweater.

  • New Year's resolution: Get fit!

    New Year's resolution: Get fit!

    It's no secret that one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to get in better shape. But did you know that Wheaton offers many opportunities for you to do so? Exercise classes are offered nearly every day of the week. Try one!


    Class: Pilates®
    Runs from 1/14 – 5/20
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Chapel Basement
    Cost: $55* for semester
    Contact: Barbara Slade**, bslade7386@comcast.net


    Class: Muscle Class
    Runs from 1/15 – 5/21
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Dance studio
    Cost: $55* for semester
    Contact: Barbara Slade**, bslade7386@comcast.net


    Class: Kickboxing
    The next five-week session runs from 1/9-2/6.
    Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Location: Dance studio
    Cost: $50 for five-week session
    Contact: Nicki Pardo, nicki@pardophoto.com

    Class: Pilates®
    Runs from 1/16 – 5/22
    Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Woolley Room
    Cost: $55* for semester
    Contact: Barbara Slade**, bslade7386@comcast.net


    Class: Zumba
    Classes resume 1/24
    Time: 12:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Dance studio
    Cost: $1 per class (suggested)
    Contact: Julie Searles, jsearles@wheatonma.edu

    *Discounts are offered for multiple classes

    **Pre-registration is required. Please contact instructor in advance.

  • Nursery School Enrollment Reminder

    Nursery School Enrollment Reminder

    The Nursery School is enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. If faculty and staff members are interested in enrolling a child please contact Marie O’Malley (x8220) by January 25th to secure your child’s enrollment for the 2013-2014 year. Priority in enrollment is given to returning students, children of faculty and staff, and siblings of currently enrolled students who return an enrollment form by the January 25th deadline. Openings remaining after January 25th will be filled by new applicants.

    For further information about the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School, please contact Marie O’Malley at x8220 or omalley_marie@wheatoncollege.edu or visit our website at www.wheatoncollege.edu/nursery-school/.


  • Back in 1963: January

    Thanks to Katherine Borgerding in an article for AARP for reminding us of the 50th anniversary events to be noted this year. We will bring you a new 50th anniversary milestone each month. Happy New Year!

    January 28: Harvey Gantt, the first African American admitted to Clemson University, begins classes at the South Carolina school. Gantt went on to graduate with honors, and then earned a master's degree in city planning from MIT. In 1983, he was elected mayor of Charlotte, NC - the first African American to hold the office.

  • Beware of Sweepstakes Swindles

    Sweepstakes and lottery scams are a daily occurence for all of us, especially older Americans, who are specifically targeted - and most likely to fall victim. I was recently reminded of this when I deposited a check at my local bank that I won recently from a sweepstakes.

    The Bank manager quietly brought me into his office and warned me of such scams. I was prepared with the letter from the Sponsor along with all necessary tax paperwork so show that I had indeed won a sweepstakes prize. After all, I have been through this before. Another reminder was when a foreign student showed a Dean paperwork stating that she had won a large cash prize. She was so amazed that she had won a lot of money. When he informed her it was a scam, she was disappointed.

    Here's how these scams work: You receive a series of letters and emails notifying you that you're a winner. The problem is, you're requested to pay processing fees or expenses to receive your jackpot and to "prove" your identity by providing personal information prized by identity thieves.

    Remember the following:

    • If you did not enter you did not win. Period.
    • You never have to pay anything upfront to redeem a legitmate prize. Not even $1.00.
    • If you receive a partial payment check for winning, it is a scam.
    • Foreign lotteries are not open to U.S. residents
    • Never provide personal information such as driver's license, passport number or social security number. I generally tell them to mail the information along with an affidavit, which usually ceases the calls and letters.

    It is a scam if the fine print lacks ANY of the following information:

    • Start and end dates
    • Judging Date
    • Methods of entry, including judging criteria
    • Type of proof of purchase required
    • Description of prizes and approximate retail value
    • Legal disclaimers, and
    • Sponsor's Name and Address.

    submitted by Judi Razee

Learning opportunities

  • Negotiation Skills Workshops

    Negotiation Skills Workshops

    Human Resources in conjunction with HarborOne U is pleased to offer two Negotiation Skills Workshops:

    We negotiate every day and may not even realize it. We negotiate with friends and family about who’s cooking dinner, or what to do on a Saturday night. We also from time to time negotiate big ticket items like the purchase of a car or a home. Our success or lack thereof in these negotiations will make a big difference in our relationships and our pocketbooks.

    Our expert consultant has negotiated with some of the top corporations in the world and will teach you proven techniques that will help you negotiate your way to success.

    Join us for this highly interactive workshop where you will learn important strategies, tactics and tips that will improve your negotiating skills in both your personal and professional life.

    Thursday, February 14 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Woolley Room, Mary Lyon

    Thursday, February 14 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m Woolley Room, Mary Lyon

    Please e-mail hr@wheatoncollege.edu or call X8206 no later than Friday, February 8th.


  • About Your Watershed

    About Your Watershed

    Perhaps hiking through the Hockomock Swamp, wreaking of bug spray in search of  cedar-swamp maple is not on your “must do” list for 2013. Most prefer a sunset paddle on any one of the 221 lakes and ponds, or a hike in any one of the 13 state parks, forests located within the 562 square mile area known as the Taunton River Watershed area.

    The Town of Norton is one of the 43 communities located within the watershed area. Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) is one of nine watershed associations in Massachusetts with a shared mission to protect natural resources. Approximately 700,000 people live within the TRWA area. Human population and the "human footprint"  has helped humans to see that an educated citizenry is critical to sustaining and maintaining a healthy watershed area. Re-connecting people to nature promotes wellness that results in greater environmental stewardship.
    Please consider a membership to your local watershed association. Don't worry! You won’t be required to dawn a mosquito lid and hang out in a swamp.  Alternatively, a TRWA membership offers you and yours many opportunities to connect, experience, and appreciate our natural world. Click here for more information about TRWA.
    Click her to visit the State’s  “View watershed by region” to learn more about watersheds beyond the Norton area.

    Submitted by Bernice Morrissey
    Photos: Bernice Morrissey

  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Let Them Eat Cake

    If resolving to learn a new skill or craft is on your New Year's to-do list, check out cake decorating classes.  As you can see from the images, Karen Karevicius is clearly mastering the art and she is just getting started. The cake in the photos was almost too pretty to cut into.  Glad we took a picture because it was gone in no time at all, and enjoyed by the staff in Park Hall! Thank you Karen for sharing your beautiful masterpieces for us all to enjoy.  Contact Karen Karevicius at X3444 for more information about cake decorating.

    Photos: Karen Karevicius


  • Photo of Alan March

    Fantastic Archaeology

    A New England Archaeologist looks at Frauds and Facts. Alan Leveillee is an anthropologist and archaeologist who has been conducting research and teaching in New England for more than 30 years. You’re invited to spend some time visiting the past with him by way of archaeology and storytelling.

    We’ll discuss everything from what really is mankind’s oldest profession, to some notorious frauds, and the facts that make the archaeology of New England truly fantastic. Added feature: He will be glad to do an "archaeology roadshow-type" event after the lecture with those who bring in an artifact such as an arrowhead.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Hindle Auditorium, Science Center
    Wheaton College


  • outdoor skating rink

    Wheaton's Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

    We are happy to announce the return of Wheaton College’s outdoor ice skating rink. The Men and Women’s Ice Hockey teams have joined together with SGA to provide the Wheaton community with a terrific opportunity to enjoy the winter weather.

    We have several exciting events scheduled for 2013 like our 1st Annual Wheaton Winter Classic hockey game, and a Valentines Day Skate. Keep an eye on The Link and Google Calender to find more great community events.

    Make sure to bring your own skates as Wheaton will only be providing skates during specialized programming. Below you will find the rules and regulations for the ice rink.

    Wheaton Winter Ice Rink Rules and Regulations
    •Open to the Wheaton College Community and their guest(s) only. Guest(s) must be in the company of their Wheaton host at all times.
    •Hours of permitted use are from dawn to dusk, unless open for an event or game.
    •No skating allowed if the sign posted designates the rink is closed.
    •Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
    •All patrons must wear skates, no footwear other than skates is allowed on the ice.
    •Wheaton does not rent skates except for during special programming. Please bring your own.
    •Food, drinks, alcohol and smoking are not allowed on or around the ice skating area.
    •Helmets are required for all guests under the age of 18. Gloves, knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended.
    •Hockey play, sticks or pucks are not allowed on ice during recreational skating hours.
    •Recreational skating is prohibited during hockey hours. Hockey players must wear helmets/face shields during all hockey sessions.
    •No more than 2 skaters may join hands. Forming of lines, whips and slings is prohibited.
    • No jumps or spins or practicing of figure skating routines allowed.
    •The College reserves the right to revoke use of the rink for individuals who do not obey the rules, display unacceptable conduct, or for any just cause.
    •In case of emergency, call Wheaton College Public Safety at 508-286-3333

    If you have interest in using the rink as a group or have any ideas of a program you would like to see offered, please contact Steve Angelo, Interim Fitness Center Director or Andrea Holden in the SAIL Office.





Human Resources

  • Staff News from Human Resources

    New Hires

    11/26/12 Ashley Trebisacci, Administrative Assistant
    Global Education
    1/7/13 Michelle Kovach, Director of Gift Planning
    Development Office
    Hold the Dates for Upcoming Human Resources Workshops and Events:

    • New Employee Welcome
      January 31, 2013 9:00 am

    February Workshops:

    • Harbor One: Negotiation Skills
      February 14 - 10:00 and 2:30 pm
      Contact HR for more information.
    • Celebrating 65
      March 3 – 10:00 am
      March 13 – 10:00 am
      March 21 – 10:00 am
    • Health Fair
      March 15, 2013
    • Service Awards
      March 21 – 2:00-3:30
    • AllOne Health Wellness Webinar
      Keeping Your Love Alive
      February 19 @ 12 pm and 2 pm EST

    Toll-Free: 800-451-1834
    Website: www.allonehealtheap.com
    Username: Wheaton
    Password: Employee

    Since Wheaton College 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.

    Submitted by Lynnette Berube

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