Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Getting the ball rolling on new turf field

Diane C. Nordin ’80

Diane C. Nordin ’80 playing on Wheaton’s field hockey team in 1977

As an alumna of Wheaton’s field hockey team, Diane C. Nordin ’80 knows that athletics shapes both body and mind.

Trustee Diane C. Nordin ’80

“The feeling of working hard, cheering, competing, succeeding and failing, and doing something with your body, not just your mind—those were important things you didn’t always find in the classroom,” says Nordin, now a Wheaton trustee. Through sports she learned resilience, how to make decisions on the spot, and how to juggle everything she needed to do “in order to succeed athletically, academically and spiritually.”

Nordin was reminded of her field hockey days in the summer of 2010, when she invited local Wheaton families to dinner at her home in Concord, Mass. There she reconnected with a former teammate, Elizabeth Atwood ’80, and met Atwood’s daughter Julia, then a forward on the Wheaton field hockey team. [Read more...]

Projects for Peace winner helps in Cambodia

Pagna Sophal Donlevy ’13Pagna Sophal Donlevy ’13 emigrated to the United States from Cambodia on her own at the age of 16, but she always kept her homeland in mind. This summer she returned there to create opportunities for young people and women as a 2012 winner of a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace award.

She was one of approximately 100 undergraduates nationwide selected to receive a grant. The Projects for Peace program was launched in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a noted philanthropist and the mother of Wheaton Trustee Diana Davis Spencer ’60, to support peace-promoting summer projects developed by college students.

With the funding, Donlevy traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to establish a mathematics education program for teens and a micro-lending initiative for women-owned businesses.

The youngest of six daughters, she came to the United States in 2004, lived with the Donlevy family of Attleboro, Mass., and graduated from Attleboro High School in 2008. After graduating from Bristol Community College on a full scholarship, she transferred to Wheaton, where she is now majoring in mathematics. Donlevy, who changed her surname from Eam in honor of her foster parents, selected Sophal as her middle name in honor of her mother. [Read more...]

Law practice

Students take on constitutional questions in mock court competition

Matthew Ossiander ’12, Kristin Mulvey ’14 and Brian Jencunas ’14

Imagine that a professor at a publicly funded law school facilitates a chatroom conversation that leads to a plot to assassinate the president of the United States. His arrest and subsequent conviction raise compelling constitutional questions.

First, was his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures violated when the Internet provider turned over the chatroom conversations without his consent? Second, does the First Amendment protect speech that threatens the life of the president?

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National Science Foundation grant supports physics and chemistry research

Wheaton has won a National Science Foundation grant to acquire a cutting-edge laser system that will advance the research of three Wheaton scientists and their students.

The $255,865 grant from NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program will finance the purchase of a tunable laser and auxiliary equipment to support the work of chemistry professor Thandi Buthelezi and physics professors John Collins and Xuesheng Chen. The instrumentation will foster Wheaton’s interdisciplinary curriculum and promote interactions among science departments.

A tunable laser can emit at a wide variety of colors, or wavelengths, and the ability to control and vary the wavelength makes this instrument a powerful research tool.

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