Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Practicing what they teach

Andrew Howard’s photography

Andrew Howard’s photography, above, draws from the landscapes of New England, Ireland and the southwest United States.

Studio art professors exhibit work

Professors Claudia Fieo, Patricia Stone (front row, left to right) and Andy Howard, Kelly Goff and Patrick Johnson (back row, left to right) at the faculty art exhibition opening reception

Professors Claudia Fieo, Patricia Stone (front row, left to right) and Andy Howard, Kelly Goff and Patrick Johnson (back row, left to right) at the faculty art exhibition opening reception

In their studio art classes, professors push students not to just look at what they are drawing, painting, printing, photographing or filming, but also to truly see—the lines, the curves, the light, the negative and positive spaces, the feel of it all. That is the secret to capturing the subject matter.

Not only do they teach this each year as professors at Wheaton, but they also practice it as award-winning artists. Five of them were in the spotlight from August 26 through October 31 in an exhibition of their work in the Beard and Weil Galleries.

The exhibition, P3SF (referencing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and film), featured work by professors Claudia Fieo (printmaking), Kelly Goff (sculpture), Andrew Howard (photography), Patrick Johnson (film), and Patricia Stone (painting and printmaking). All have exhibited their work nationally and some have work in public and private collections. [Read more...]

My gift. My way.

 Annsley Chapman Strong ’69

Annsley Chapman Strong ’69

  • Co-founder and consultant, Strong Studio Designs
  • Celebrating Children honoree, with George Strong Jr., Dodger Stadium, 2014
  • Married 40 years to George Strong Jr., mother of four, grandmother of seven

“I grew up at Wheaton. It was my first ‘solo’ venture. My family and community had provided my foundations and guideposts, but Wheaton exposed me to real-life challenges and the tools to navigate them. It was one thing to be told by your family that you could do anything; Wheaton showed me how. In teaching me to view everything from multiple perspectives, the college ensured a lifetime of learning. We began with critical-thinking strategies and then took those strategies out into the daylight. So, when I give to an institution, I look at it as Wheaton taught me: I need to believe in both its core competencies and the institution’s ability to implement and follow through on them. As technology has accelerated our global capabilities, we must also fundamentally understand the cultures from whence they came, to provide leadership appropriate to all. Wheaton has shown its willingness to risk departure from traditional classroom learning in order to embrace and impact a broader audience. I hope, by including Wheaton in my will, that we will continue to test what works and motivates on multiple levels, and build on those efforts to produce more effective leaders.”

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The how and why

Professor explores judicial decision-making

Wheaton Professor Stephen MathiasJudges constantly make important decisions: that is, after all, their job. But ever wonder how they arrive at that decision? Or why? For more than a decade, Associate Professor of Philosophy Stephen Mathis has been teaching a jurisprudence course called “How Judges Reason,” helping students decipher the many influences on judicial opinions. Every year, new cases filtering through the American legal system keep the curriculum fresh, and writer Abe Stein caught up with Professor Mathis to see how recent Supreme Court opinions on high-profile cases have impacted his course.

How do you incorporate contemporary legal cases into the curriculum? [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Vicki Bartolini, professor of education, and Judy LaConte, a Wheaton visiting instructor of education and a Norton teacher, co-wrote, along with Karen Worth, the article “A Shift to Inquiry: The Heart of Effective Teaching and Professional Development for the Twenty-first Century,” in the New Educator (February).

Alexander Bloom, professor of history, published the article “Abraham Lincoln, the 1960s, and Barack Obama: Restoring the Lost Connections,” in Modes and Facets of the American Scene (Ila Palma, Rome, June 2014). [Read more...]