• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on BU Wheelock College Charts a Revised Mission

  1. Very good story on the merger and future plans. However I wish it had included the amazing BU Wheelock Theater. We just attended a wonderful performance of “Little Women” there and look forward to a future story about the theater and its plans.

    Nancy Sterling. COM ‘88

    1. Thanks for your comment, Nancy. We love the Wheelock Family Theater!! And you are right, the performance of Little Women was fabulous. However, as a result of the merger, the Family Theater Board and BU Leadership has transitioned the Wheelock Family Theater to be part of the College of Fine Arts (CFA). It will get the support it needs there and will be more accessible to students who want to be part of the great work at the WFT.

  2. Thank you for the very informative article. As a ‘64 Wheelock graduate, I was very concerned this merger would obliterate Wheelock. I am relieved that the Human Growth an Development program is still very viable. I, personally, found that what I learned there, helped me not only in the classroom, but, in such things as raising my children, counseling a church Youth Group, leading a Girl Scout troop, and serving on a school board.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Your concerns were shared by many. I hope that you see that Wheelock and some of its historic focus remain in this new college.

  3. Thank you for the informative article. I am a proud graduate of Wheelock College (Class of 1988). I have always encouraged people to attend Wheelock before and now, if they are interested in going into Teaching, Social Work or Healthcare (ex. Childlife Specialist). I am very thankful for the Education from gifted and talented professors that I had. I had a wonderful experience there. It was real and personable. I could always go to any of my professors for help or suggestions. Please don’t ever change the mindset of Lucy Wheelock. I know times are changing, but please keep the word Education in the wording of “Education and Human Development”. Education is the foundation of learning ALL new professions and skills. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for over 30 years and I still love teaching my wonderful students!

  4. Human development has always been Wheelock’s strength. The study of human development is what empowers Wheelock grads to fill jobs in multiple fields. I got my master’s from Wheelock in Early Childhood Education which eventually formed a strong basis for my work in Special Education.

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