Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Staff Council

Staff News: June 2012

  • Congratulations to new graduate of Holy Cross

    Brianna Medeiros, daughter of Sheila Medeiros (Alumnae/i Relations) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Brianna is working at Hasbro Children's Hospital as a Clinical Research Assistant.

  • Give and Go

    Wheaton "Give and Go" Yard Sale a Success

    After weeks of collecting donations and left over items from the dorms of students, the Office of Service, Spirituality, and Social Responsibility along with four community partners had their "Give and Go" yardsale on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25.

    The doors opened to the members of the Norton VFW greeting Wheaton Staff and Faculty as they roamed around the Clark Center making their purchases.

    The two-day event was a success due to the many volunteer hours by Wheaton students, staff and faculty, and the helping hands from Homes with Heart, Friends of Norton Library, Norton High School, and the Norton VFW and American Legion.

    After 247 volunteer hours from individuals on campus and 353.5 community partner volunteer hours a total of $5012.45 was raised. The greater success is the many items that avoided being thrown in the dumpster, including but not limited to 25 plus refrigerators. There is some truth to the saying that "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

  • Wheaton welcomes the Baseball Team home

    Wheaton welcomes the Baseball Team home

    Congratulations to the Wheaton College baseball team on finishing as the national runner-up at the 2012 College World Series in Grand Chute, Wisconsin.


    Visit the Wheaton Baseball website »

  • PPC Election Announcement

    The Planning and Priorities Committee welcomes newly-elected members, Jessie Durand, Mike Geller, and Jim Mancall.

    The functions of the Planning and Priorities Committee are:

    • Setting priorities to achieve long-term sustainability while upholding the mission of the College.
    • Responding, when necessary, to short-term economic conditions in ways that sustain the mission of the College.
    • Consideration and evaluation of strategies for the reorganization and restructuring of the College while upholding its mission.
  • Ed Tong awarded Heather J. Corbett '86 Faculty/Staff Unsung Hero Award

    Professor Ed Tong is the first recipient of the "Unsung Hero Award"  and received the following citation upon his retirement.

    CITATION: Edmund “Ed” Yut-Man Tong

     Your impact on students and Wheaton College transcends the biology department and the sciences. Your brilliant idea of combining a course in biology with one in art served as an inspiration for Wheaton’s Connections Curriculum – a distinctive interdisciplinary approach. You pioneered a service-learning program with a local hospital that has benefited students for more than a decade.

     You served as a catalyst for linking students and faculty beyond the classroom. You founded the Wheaton Research Partnership and have mentored hundreds of undergraduates through your own biomedical research. You received rave reviews from the National Science Foundation for your "Staircase Plan," gradually introducing students to the scientific method and ultimately engaging them in significant research projects. This has led many to pursue advanced study and successful careers in medicine, academia and industry.

     Your work in angiogenesis bridges Wheaton’s labs with a vibrant scholarly community. The importance of this work and your methods is reflected in the impressive support you’ve earned from the Sherman/Fairchild and Kresge Foundations, among others.

     Your holistic vision has also served to fuse connections across cultures. Whether leading Wheaton students on a trip to China or volunteering to teach Tai Chi, you bring people together.

     Edmund Tong, it is with great pleasure that we present you with the Heather J. Corbett ’86 Faculty/Staff Unsung Hero Award in recognition of your exemplary contributions to Wheaton College and beyond.

    Congratulations Professor Tong.  Ed will still be seen around campus as an advisor for the Center for Global Education.

  • New England Tennis Friendship Cup Team

    There will be three Wheaton-affiliated people representing New England tennis on the Friendship Cup team who will be competing against the Canadians in Quebec the weekend of June 16th. The team is captained by Ann Zarchen Knobloch ('81).  Also members of the team will be Coach Lynn Miller who "aged up" this year into the 60s but will be playing in the younger 55s division and also Judy Smith who will be competing in the 70s. I am extremely excited to be asked to join the team since there were no guarantees I would be able to compete again after my October wrist surgery, but so far, so good.  Results and photos will be available for the next issue.

    Submitted by Lynn Miller

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  • Tip of the day: Snap a picture of your kids at large events

    If you have young kids and are attending a large (or crowded) event, snap a picture of your kids at the event using your digital camara or smartphone. If they get lost (or something worse), you'll have a picture of exactly what they look like at the event to share with the authorities.

  • Looking for a good book to share some vacation time with?

    The following list should have something for everyone!  Don’t forget that you can check books out from the library, or if you’re looking for a book you won’t feel guilty bringing to the beach, buy a copy from the bookstore!  Staff get a 20% discount and titles that are not in stock can be ordered.

    Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

    In the summer of 1950 in the English countryside a mystery unfolds when eleven year old Flavia de Luce finds a corpse on the front steps of her family’s decrepit mansion.  Don’t start thinking of Flavia as a British Nancy Drew, this pint-sized sleuth is a chemistry genius, wickedly funny, and has a moral compass that is slightly askew.

    Read it if: you are a fan of dark wit and Agatha Christie type mysteries with lots of intrigue.

    Skip it if: you prefer sleuth stories with a fair amount of gore.

    Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

    The story opens in Oxford’s Bodleian Library as scholar Diana Bishop inadvertently requests an ancient, enchanted alchemical manuscript.  This simple act sets a chain of events in motion, the first being her encounter with a 1500 year old vampire.  Diana works to understand the mystery behind the manuscript while also coming to terms with her own magical abilities.

    Read it if: you enjoy history, enchanting prose, and modern day fantasy.

    Skip it if: magic, witches, and vampires aren’t really your thing.

    Bossypants by Tina Fey

    Light.  Refreshing.  Insightful. This collection of short essays showcases Fey’s standard self-deprecating humor to laugh-out-loud effect.  Fey ruminates on her childhood, her career at SNL, motherhood, the differences between men and women, and more.

    Read it if: you’re a huge fan of SNL, 30 Rock, or just want a really funny, quick read.

    Skip it if: you want something with a standard plot, or you know, if you don’t like to laugh.

    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

    This first book in this epic fantasy series takes place in a land where the seasons are out of balance and winter can last a lifetime.  The narrative centers around the Stark family of Winterfell, however this fantasy is intricate and complex following multiple storylines as people battle for power with force, magic, and manipulation.

    Read it if: you enjoy ancient power struggles, complex fantasy, and even some dragons.

    Skip it if: you prefer more PG content for your books, does contain passages of a violent or sexual nature.

    Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    This work of non-fiction tells the story of Henrietta Lacks whose cells were collected without her knowledge while she was undergoing treatment in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1950.  While she would later die from cancer, her cells, named HeLa by scientists became the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture and were bought and sold in the billions to assist in research of the polio vaccine; invitro fertilization; cloning; cancer; and even the effects of the atom bomb.

    Read it if: you want a book that seamlessly blends science with a detective story, discovering the full extent of Henrietta Lacks’ legacy.

    Skip it if: you want to bury yourself in some fiction this summer.

    Submitted by Lauren Slingluff


  • Summer Children’s Series Readings

    The Old Town Hall Bookstore at Wheaton College will host the first of its summer children’s series readings on Wednesday, June 27 at 10 AM upstairs in The Little Lyon’s Den.

    Per our theme:  “Travel afar, yet stay where you are,” we shall be visiting Africa with our armchair adventure reading of “Safari, So Good,” written by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu—a Cat in the Hat Learning Library selection.    Excerpts from Ted and Betsy Lewin’s, “ Gorilla Walk” will also be featured, as well as some assorted poetry and information about Africa.

    Raffles, snacks, and refreshments will be provided.

    The bookstore is located at 10 Taunton Avenue in Norton.
    To sign up, please call us at 508-285-6941, or send an email message to 0525trd@fheg.follett.com.

    On Wednesday, July 11 at 10 AM, there will be a special presentation, appearance and booksigning by both the author and illustrator of “Willow’s Walkabout,” a newly published book about a true, Stone Zoo-escaped wallaby in a fictionalized tale of his touring Boston—our “Australia” story.

    On Wednesday, August 15 at 10AM, the third and final reading of the series will be Ruth Heller’s “Galapagos,” a colorfully illustrated and richly informative rhyming reading.  Poems and information will be integrated with all  aforementioned storytimes, as well.

    Thank you—and looking forward to seeing all who can attend!

  • LIS Summer Service Schedules

    Library and Information Services will be here throughout the summer to help with your information and technology needs.  Please take a moment to note our summer service hours:

    Wallace Library                      Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    College Archives                    Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Tech Support Helpdesk          x3900     Monday - Friday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
    Walk-up Services:  Monday - Friday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
    Media Services                      Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
    Campus Mail & Copy Center            Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm

    and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
    LIS will observe the College’s early Friday closings @ 1:00pm, July 6 - August 3.  Please call x3900 (Tech Support), x3824 (Campus Mail Center),  x3806 (Media Services), or x8224 (Library) for further information on service hours.

    Special note #1:  the Language Lab located in Meneely will be closed for renovations throughout June and July.

    Special note #2:  Technology Support student and professional staff will be conducting a college-wide inventory of all computer equipment this summer. Staff will begin visiting buildings starting after Commencement. If we cannot find equipment currently listed in inventory as we visit offices and other campus locations, we will send the owner on record an email from support@wheatonma.edu asking for the information we need to update our inventory.  Please reply as soon as you can!  If you have any questions please contact Sue Morgado at morgado_sue@wheatoncollege.edu.

    Happy Summer!
    Sue Wawrzaszek

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