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August 2010

Wheelock on the Big Screen

Film poster for The Social NetworkRemember back in the fall when Hollywood came to campus and covered our quad with fake snow?

Well, the official trailer for “The Social Network” is now online, and it includes a glimpse of the action shot here at Wheelock.It’s quick, but that’s definitely a view from the Campus Center out to the quad at 1:35 in. Viewer discretion is advised: the trailer contains some adult situations and obscene gestures.

The Yahoo! Movies article from July 15 gives more detail about the film. Additional info can be found on IMDb.

The movie is set to be released on October 1.


8 out of 5 Dentists Agree…

If you like Old Spice, you will love New Spice. The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University has created a fun video demonstrating the advantages of studying in the library.

While our library doesn’t have a snack zone that magically turns laptops into giant sandwiches, we do have bucketloads of library databases and lots of great spots for studying.


A Wheelock College Coat of Arms?

When the Classroom Building at Wheelock College was built and dedicated in 1941, a stone coat of arms was fixed above the main entrance on Pilgrim Road. In a letter included in the March 1942 alumnae newsletter, Lucy Wheelock described the significance of the newly adopted symbol of the institution she’d founded in 1888:

“Over the doorway of our building at 25 Pilgrim Road is the Wheelock coat of arms. It shows three wheels encircled by a wreath of oak leaves and acorns. The three wheels mean progress in the right training of childhood. They show the purpose of Wheelock College to follow the guiding ideal of the Kindergarten, – the training of the head, the heart, and the hand. We wish our children not only to know, but to do, and to feel the joy of service to humanity.”

And in her unpublished autobiography, My Life Story, Miss Wheelock describes the symbol’s relationship to her own educational hero, Friedrich Fröbel (or Froebel), the innovative German educator who first introduced the “kindergarten” in 1840:

“The wheels mean progress, progress toward Froebel’s ideal of child training of the head, the heart, and the hand. The oak leaves and acorns mean growth – Great oaks from little acorns grow.”

On June 3, 1960, Wheelock’s Board of Trustees voted to incorporate the coat of arms into the official seal for the college – a crest we continue to use to this day. You can still see the Wheelock College coat of arms above the entrance to the Classroom Building at 25 Pilgrim Road.


Learn more about the Wheelock College Archives online or schedule a time to meet with the Archivist about our collections documenting the history of our institution, the histories of our alumni, and the history of efforts by those at Wheelock and around the world to improve the lives of children and families.

-Andrew Elder, Archivist


Intersession hours August 13-September 7

The Library will be closed Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14, in observance of the College’s summer holiday.

And with the end of summer classes, the Library will begin its regular Intersession hours schedule on Monday, August 16: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

We will also be closed Monday, September 6, for Labor Day.

Fall semester hours begin on the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 8.


Waste Time Intelligently with Sporcle

Got some time to kill? Check out Sporcle!

What is Sporcle, besides a word that your spellchecker will always underline in red? Glad you asked!

Sporcle is a website that is pure trivia. It challenges your knowledge of various subjects, both common and abstract, with questions and subjects ranging from “Can you name these 90’s TV Show theme songs?” to “Can you name the top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time?” to “Can you name the United States Presidents?” to “Can you name the characters of Family Guy?” Sporcle is guaranteed fun for people of all ages and is a sure way to turn that “wasted” time to something a little more productive!

Sherard Robbins
Library Assistant