Alumni Symposium

Save the Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wheelock's Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street
Brookline, MA

The Alumni Association Board hosted the Spring Alumni Symposium on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wheelock's Brookline Campus (43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA). More than 80 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends joined us for an exciting and thought-provoking day of professional development and networking.

Award Winner Mary NaumecThe Alumni Association Board was pleased to present the 2016 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award to Mary Naumec '99MS, (pictured at left, holding award) for her inspiring work as Director of Hospital Outreach for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

We are already looking forward to next year's event. If you would like to present a workshop at the next event, or nominate a graduate alumna/us for the 2017 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumnirelations@wheelock.edu.

See the 2016 Schedule

(2017 Schedule is in formation)

8:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.  Welcome & Wheelock Update   

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Faculty and Alumni Presentations - Session I   

Why Tummy Time Matters
Carol Imbrie '76, Lead Teacher at Head Start, Certified Instructor with Nurturing Pathways, a research based creative dance program
An interactive workshop on the neuroscience of the brain/body connection from infancy to adulthood.  We focused on the impact of tummy time, handling practices, and developing secure attachment to raise children who are connected emotionally, physically, and cognitively.  

Making Linked In Work for You
Kelly Graham, Director of Career Services, Wheelock College Stephen Savitsky, Career Counselor, Wheelock College
In this hands-on workshop, participants learned to build or enhance their LinkedIn profile while learning how to develop and engage with a network on the platform.  The session looked at interacting within groups (including Wheelock's Alumni Group) and how to post relevant content.

The Good Grief Project: Helping Children Cope in a Stressful World
Amy Caspersen Wyman '06, Founder, Tones in Motion: Music and Movement for All Ages
By examining the meaning of grief, and discussing the ways in which children experience grief, we examined tools and techniques to help children cope with their loss but also facilitate opportunities for parents and classroom teachers to lead them to the goal of gaining a sense of control, hope and resiliency.   

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address

Behind from the Start: The Effects of Poverty on America's Youngest Children
Lenette Azzi Lessing, Associate Professor of Social Work, Wheelock College  

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon & Presentation of the Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award   

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Faculty and Alumni Presentations - Session II            

Managing Difficult Conversations
Susan Owusu,
Instructor of American Studies and Director of the Communications and Media Literacy Program, Wheelock College
Talking about identity and culture can be difficult as we walk the line from personal to political.  Facilitating difficult conversations is challenging, but there are techniques and tips that can help make the toughest topic a great talk.

Cultivating the Scientist in Every Child
Stephanie Cox Suarez, Associate Professor of Special and Elementary Education, Wheelock College
Karen Worth, Chair of Elementary Education, Wheelock College
Explore and experience hands-on activities illustrating the ideas of David and Francis Hawkins, educators who fostered curiosity-based learning. Karen Worth, science educator and colleague of the Hawkins, illustrated with Stephanie Cox Suarez how learning for all ages can be active, visible, and engaging.

Breaking the Toxic "Blame/Grievance/Rejection Cycle" of Race Dialogues
William "Smitty" Smith, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity, Wheelock College
Most dialogues on race are caught in the blame/grievance/rejection cycle which becomes toxic and unproductive in having a lasting positive impact on bridging the racial divide. This session introduced the thesis of The Other Tradition in race relations, which has been a parallel, moral, counterweight to the tradition of racism since the inception of our nation. The session shared a specific approach to dialogues on race, a board game, Breaking It Down Towards E Pluribus UnumTM . This dialogue tool is lay centered, can be engaged across the age spectrum, and does not require "expert facilitators". A short excerpt from the upcoming public television documentary, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition launched the presentation.  

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Networking Reception Hosted by the Alumni Association Board 

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