Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Researching the record

Professor Gelber wins award for scholarship on higher education and the courts

Wheaton Professor Scott GelberScott Gelber, assistant professor of education, has won a prestigious national fellowship to support research into the judicial oversight of colleges and universities during the last 150 years.

He was chosen as one of 20 scholars nationwide to be a 2013–2014 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship, which includes a $55,000 award, will support Gelber’s work in constructing an understanding of changing legal and public views on student access to higher education from legal rulings that date back to the 1860s.

Gelber said his preliminary findings indicate that “previous scholars have seriously underestimated early judicial oversight of college access” as it relates to admission, tuition and expulsions. Such insights are particularly relevant in light of recent court cases concerning the proper consideration of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background on college admission decisions.

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Developing opportunities

Senior wins award for Peruvian development effort

650_Molly Skaltsis 13Molly Skaltsis ’13 spent her summer working to help a small village in the Peruvian Andes to develop an ecotourism business centered around one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

After graduation, she joined a nonprofit organization in working with the community of Cuispes to develop the trails and other amenities needed for tourists to trek to the Yumbilla waterfall in northern Peru.

Skaltsis was awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to purchase materials and to hire skilled labor needed to complete the trail, a native plant nursery and a lodge to enable two-day treks through the region’s pristine cloud-forest environment. [Read more...]

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Go Beyond: Campaign for Wheaton

Go Beyond, Campaign for Wheaton

Progress in numbers

The generosity of alumnae/i, parents and friends is delivering benefits to our students across campus through gifts to Go Beyond: Campaign for Wheaton.

Science center:

$36,118,382 committed to expanding and enhancing science facilities through the Mars Center for Science and Technology.

Goal: $35 million

Student scholarships:

$43,180,449 committed to increasing scholarship support for Wheaton students and their families.

Goal: $50.6 million

Annual support:

$30,735,801 contributed to the Wheaton Fund since July 1, 2005. Alumnae/i, parents and friends committed $4,053,453 from July 1, 2012, through April 30, 2013.

Goal: $4.5 million for fiscal year 2013 (ended on June 30, 2013); $34.4 million by June 30, 2014

Student-faculty research: 

$1,408,388 committed to support student-faculty research collaborations through the establishment of endowed funds for that purpose.

Artificial turf field: 

$3,138,735 committed for construction of an artificial turf field and lighting to expand opportunities for intercollegiate, club and intramural sports.

Goal: $3,865,000 by June 30, 2013

A tale of two cities

Go Beyond, Campaign for Wheaton

Boston and New York; New York and Boston. The distance separating these two metropolitan areas often feels much greater than the 200 miles of Route 95 that lie between them. When the gulf is at its widest, say any time the Yankees visit Fenway Park, the differences appear to be unbridgeable.

Given the history, anything that unites the residents of the two cities is noteworthy. For example, the reactions of alumnae/i to the college’s second annual March Matchness challenge. The campaign, which coincides with March Madness, pits the graduates of even years from 2000 and later against the graduating classes of odd years starting in 2001.

Inspired by the theme, recent graduates in both cities decided to throw a party to coincide with the event. The Young Alumnae/i Club of Boston acted first with an informal gathering on March 6 at the appropriately named sports-theme bar, Game On, which is located just beyond the third-base-side grandstand at Fenway. [Read more...]