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President’s Blog

  • Tragedy in Nepal

    A message about responding to the earthquake in Nepal.

    To the Wheaton community: 

    The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has wreaked destruction in Kathmandu and impacted people across the region. The loss of life, the damage to property and the destruction of UNESCO World Heritage sites are devastating. 

    Wheaton College has ties to the region, both through members of our community and our partnership with Royal Thimpu College, in Thimpu, Bhutan, approximately 500 miles from Kathmandu. I am relieved to report that our students and faculty currently studying there, and their colleagues and peers, are safe and well. Tremors from the quake were felt throughout the country, but we are told that there was little or no damage in Bhutan. 

    Still, we know so many others have lost so much. At times like this, it is clear that we all have a responsibility to care for others. As more information comes from Kathmandu, I’m sure the Wheaton community will organize to send assistance to the area. If you would like to act now, Jenish Amatya ‘17 and his sister Kenchan, who are from Kathmandu, have already begun to raise funds to aid in the rebuilding of their country.  

    The tragedy in Nepal underscores the fragility of life; our response can highlight the power of our relationships and concern for our neighbors, near and far.   


    Dennis Hanno 
    Wheaton College

  • Meet our soon-to-be newest graduates

    Meet members of the soon-to-be graduated Class of 2015

    In a month, the members of the Class of 2015 will be heading off in every direction of the compass, to start careers, pursue advanced degrees, participate in public service, work and travel on fellowships.

    President Dennis M. Hanno will be joined by three members of the class for the next installment of Lyons Lunch and Learn to talk about their plans for life after graduation on Saturday, May 16.

    The webcast will take place on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

    President Hanno and the soon-to-be-alumnae/i will talk about their Wheaton experiences and the lessons and memories they will be taking with them.

    Share your advice with the senior class or pose a question for the panelists by addressing an email to lyonslunch@wheatoncollege.edu.

  • Lyons Lunch: Creativity and innovation

    A discussion of the innovative ways in which Wheaton faculty and students are collaborating and using technology for creative projects


    This is an archived version of President Dennis M. Hanno's discussion with professors Kelly Goff and Patrick Johnson. They talked about the innovative ways in which Wheaton faculty and students are collaborating and using technology for creative projects.

  • Lyons Lunch: Strategic Planning Webcast

    Watch the webcast at 12:30 p.m. today about the college’s strategic planning effort.

    This is an archived version of the webcast that took place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

  • Lyons Lunch and Learn Register for strategic planning webcast

    Join this webcast for an introduction to the college’s new strategic planning effort

    Find out how President Dennis M. Hanno plans to lead the Wheaton College community through the strategic planning process and how you can get involved.

    That will be the subject of the next episode of Lyons Lunch and Learning webcast, which will take place on Tuesday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

    President Hanno and Professor of Mathematics Tommy Ratliff, who are co-chairing the Strategic Planning Task Force, will discuss the committee’s plans for engaging the entire community—students and alumnae/i, faculty, staff, parents and friends—in identifying Wheaton’s strengths and how the college can enhance its distinctive character and programs.

    Learn how you can join the discussion. The task force has just begun holding meetings on campus, and President Hanno and Professor Ratliff will share some observations from those conversations, and they will talk about their plans for gathering input from alumnae/i, parents and friends through a series of meetings in major cities and through online events planned for the spring semester.

    You can get started now. Share your thoughts on Wheaton’s strengths or ask a question of the task force via email addressed to lyonslunch@wheatoncollege.edu. And register for the webcast today.

  • goya-poster Goya and Beethoven Live

    Watch this archived webcast to discover what our students are learning about the consequential connections between Goya and Beethoven.

    To learn more about the exhibition, Goya and Beethoven: Finding a Voice Out of Silence, visit the Beard and Weil Galleries.

  • Lyons Lunch: Goya and Beethoven

    Join this webcast to discover what our students are learning about the consequential connections between Goya and Beethoven.

    Discover what our students are learning this semester about the consequential connections between Goya and Beethoven as well as the exciting projects that they are bringing to life.

    President Dennis M. Hanno will host a Lyons Lunch and Learn webcast on Monday, December 8, 2014, starting at 12:30 p.m. EST.

    He will be joined by Professors Ann Sears and Evelyn Staudinger to talk about the collaboration between their classes in mounting the exhibition “Goya and Beethoven: Finding a Voice out of Silence” which opened in the Weil Gallery on Nov. 19. The show is one of numerous Goya and Beethoven-themed events that the two classes have worked on over the course of the semester.

    The two professors’ courses, in art history and music, are linked through Wheaton’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities (WIIH), which offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through active, hands-on learning.

    If you would like President Hanno and Professors Sears and Staudinger to address a particular topic related to their classes, and the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities, you may email them in advance, or during the program, at lyonslunch@wheatoncollege.edu.

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 2.15.20 PM Lyons Lunch: Internships and careers

    Learn more about internships and careers at Career Services at the Filene Center.

    Learn more about internships and careers at Career Services at the Filene Center.

  • KDN_4481 Inauguration

    President Hanno was inaugurated as Wheaton’s eighth president on Friday, October 17, 2014.

  • Lyons Lunch and Learn Lyons Lunch: The Class of 2018

    President Hanno and Dean Gosselin discuss the Class of 2018 and the admission process at Wheaton.

    President Dennis M. Hanno and Dean of Admission Grant Gosselin describe the Class of 2018, in statistics and with profiles of some of its members, and they outline the student recruitment and admission process at Wheaton, in this inaugural episode of Lyons Lunch and Learning (originally webcast on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014).