Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Progress in numbers

Go Beyond logoScience center: 

$36,118,427 committed to expanding and enhancing science facilities through the Mars Center for Science and Technology.

Goal: $35 million

Student scholarships: 

$51,361,128 committed to increasing scholarship support for Wheaton students and their families.

Goal: $50.6 million

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Diane C. Nordin ’80 Athletic Field by the numbers

Wheaton College Field Hockey vs Babson College.The new artificial turf field has been getting regular use since the end of August 2013, thanks to the generous donations of alumnae/i, parents and friends. Here is a look at what has been happening on the field so far, including the night game pictured above.

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Letter

Singing praises 

Although I graduated from Wheaton in 1985 (at the age of 60), I don’t believe I’d given much thought to the day-to-day operations and preparations for events at the college until my youngest son, John [Mitchell], joined Wheaton’s Building Services Department in 1993. That’s when I first began to hear about what he referred to as the “smoke and mirrors” that contributed to the success of almost every campus event, and throughout the next 17 years, John was to share with me funny, frustrating and incredible stories of Wheaton’s behind-the-scenes staff—Wheaton’s unsung heroes.

The individuals who collectively are Wheaton’s staff work at all hours, on weekends as well as weekdays, in the daylight and in the dark. They arrange for food, reroute the traffic, keep the campus safe, deliver packages, unlock doors, make the lights turn on and the toilets flush. They monitor the weather, ring chapel bells, and move tables and chairs. To the rest of us (alums, students, faculty, guests), the day-to-day operations, meetings, events and landmark occasions just happen.

John was Wheaton’s supervisor of materials management when he died of cancer in 2011. To my surprise, I was contacted in 2012 about an event the staff and Wheaton was planning to hold in his memory. Last April, the Second Annual John Mitchell Memorial 5K Race/Walk was held.

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Fulbright top 10

Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-13 Wheaton has earned a top 10 ranking among the nation’s liberal arts colleges for its success in preparing students to win U.S. Fulbright awards for advanced study and work abroad.

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