Founder's Day Celebrated with Stories of Wheelock Impact
February 02, 2018
Party Serves As Kick-off for Wheelock's 130th Anniversary Celebration
A panel of invited guests shared stories about Wheelock's impact on their work and on the world at large during Wheelock's Founder's Day celebration, which marked founder Lucy Wheelock's 161st birthday and the 130th anniversary of Wheelock College.
The event started with welcome remarks from President David Chard, who said, "just as the first Founder's Day in 1957 highlighted the professional accomplishments and signature programs of the College, so too does our program today reflect a sampling of Wheelock's leadership in academic scholarship, innovative program development and the enduring commitment to a mission of Improving the Lives of Children and Families."
Wheelock invited several guests to reflect on the ways that Wheelock College has had a positive effect on them, their work, or the world at large.
Josh Zakim, Boston City Councilor, said, "Wheelock has a been a good neighbor," noting the shared values with other local institutions.
Andrea Colliton '04/'06MS, Director of Child Life Services, Tufts NEMC Floating Hospital for Children, said "I cannot thank Wheelock enough for my education and experiences. I am one of those success stories."
Vicki Milstein '72, Principal of Early Education, Public Schools of Brookline, MA, said "there is something special about the passion, and the lengths to which a Wheelock graduate will go to be successful, and to help parents understand their children." Many of the teachers in her district are Wheelock College graduates.
Michael A. Curry, Esq., Legislative Affairs Director & Senior Counsel, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, said "you are transforming families and communities through your work. You are producing people with a civil rights compass." He also noted that the Wheelock campus was where he celebrated his election to the NAACP National Board of Directors.
Dr. Jean Morrison, Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, talked about the Wheelock-BU merger and how the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University will continue to carry on Wheelock's mission to improve the lives of children and families. She said, "your legacy lives on in the professionals you've produced. Your legacy lives on in the children and families that have benefited from the talent of Wheelock graduates."
Founder's Day also included lively performances by Wheelock's Ukulele Union and student a capella group the Grace Notes, a cake cutting, and a photo booth. The fun continued with an After-Party sponsored by the Class Council 2019 and Dance Marathon.
Learn about more upcoming 130th Anniversary events at wheelock.edu/130.
Invited Guest Biographies
ANDREA COLLITON '04/'06MS is Director of Child Life Services, Tufts NEMC Floating Hospital for Children. She graduated from Wheelock College with a B.S. in Human Development and Child Life and an M.S. in Family Studies. Since 2003, she has worked within the Child Life Services department at Tufts NEMC Floating Hospital for Children. She currently works as the Director of Floating's Child Life Department, is part of the hospital's Pediatric Leadership Team, and is an adjunct faculty member for Tufts Medical School. She is also completing her Doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University and has come back to Wheelock College as an adjunct faculty member within the Child Life and Family Studies program.
MICHAEL A. CURRY, Esq. is Legislative Affairs Director & Senior Counsel of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 50 health centers, serving more than 988,000 patients. Throughout his career, he has worked on both state and federal health reform, substance use funding, as well as reauthorizations for health center and public health programs. He serves on numerous boards in Massachusetts including the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Kids Count Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. Curry is the immediate Past President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and has been elected twice to serve on the National NAACP's Board of Directors.
VICKI MILSTEIN '72 is Principal of Early Education for the Public Schools of Brookline, MA, where she leads the school Site Council and the Early Education Council. She manages the grants for both early education and full day kindergarten. She has been a classroom teacher, a school director and a consultant to public and independent schools. She is Vice Chair of the Wheelock College Corporation. She is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and a former member of the Finance Committee of the Wheelock College Board of Trustees. She has served on the Wheelock Alumni Board, on the Presidential Search Committee, and received the Alumni Association Anniversary Award.
JEAN MORRISON is Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She provides leadership for the University's overall academic, budgetary and planning processes and oversight of its academic programs, research, global programs, enrollment, and student affairs. The University's 2nd ranking officer, she oversees the academic deans of BU's 17 schools and colleges. During her tenure, she has overseen the development of a University-wide process for academic program review, the launch of a University-wide Arts Initiative, and the establishment of new Associate Provost positions to lead and oversee the University's efforts in graduate education, digital learning and innovation, and diversity and inclusion.
JOSH ZAKIM is a Boston City Councilor and a candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State. He was elected to the Boston City Council in 2013 and represents District 8, which includes the neighborhoods of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Mission Hill, and the West End. A progressive voice in Boston's City Council, he has proven to be a strong advocate for issues of social and economic justice. He chairs the City Council's Committee on Civil Rights and works for policies that make Boston a more welcoming city, including improving access to Boston's public schools, creating and maintaining affordable housing, and advocating for the rights of all Bostonians. He previously worked as an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and the law firm Mintz Levin.