Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Major grant supports new innovation network

Picture theater students being able to digitally track how an audience member’s eyes move across the stage during a performance and using that information to improve a show’s design.

Imagine updated and expanded spaces for do-it-yourself projects, where students from a variety of disciplines can come together and experiment with tools, materials, media and technologies to build something original, solve problems and inspire others.

Envision additional courses that expand on Wheaton’s Connections curriculum, linking up seemingly disparate fields like science and design in exciting ways, supported by the latest technological advances.

These ideas, and other possibilities, will become reality over the next four years, thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded to Wheaton by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. The funding will be used to promote new approaches to teaching and learning in the arts and new media, and will support the collaborative efforts of Wheaton faculty and staff through the newly established InterMedia Arts Group Innovation Network (IMAGINE). [Read more...]

Letters

Great Quarterly issue

I thoroughly enjoyed the spring/summer edition of the Quarterly—reading it from cover to cover. I particularly enjoyed the article about the 25th year of coeducation. Wheaton during my college years was all female. For this reason, I was initially against coeducation, but quickly realized that to exist as a quality institution, Wheaton needed to become coeducational. It was great when I was a student, and it is certainly great now.

I was especially interested in the article about Bojan Jennings. She is the reason I was a sophomore transfer to Wheaton in 1948 and graduated as a member of the Class of 1951. [Read more...]

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Make a good life, not just a good living, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole urges

Johnetta Betsch Cole

Keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

Surrounded by the bright glow of joyful friends, family and the Wheaton community on a rainy Saturday in May, 391 seniors celebrated the culmination of their journeys here during the college’s 179th Commencement ceremony.

As they prepared to go out into the world, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., offered students valuable advice about living abundantly.

“Some of you will leave Wheaton and go to various post-baccalaureate institutions. Some of you have already secured a place in the workforce. And yes, because of the state of the economy in our country, some of you are still perhaps looking for a job,” said Cole, a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice. “Whatever is your situation, let it be your goal to not only make a good living but to live a good life.” [Read more...]

Going places

This spring, 15 Wheaties won prestigious national academic awards for graduate study and global experience, including two Thomas Watson Fellowships, a Beinecke Scholarship, a Projects for Peace grant and a French Government English Teaching Assistantship. Here are our nine Fulbright Scholars:  [Read more...]