Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Alumnae/i Leadership Conference 2013

ALC 0085 ALC 0229 Abbe Erle, Emily Firment ’11, Jonathan Wolinsky ’10, and ???? ACL 0080 ACL 0096 ACL 0115The Alumnae/i Association Board and Alumnae/i Relations staff invited Wheaton volunteers to campus on Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, for the Alumnae/i Leadership Conference. During the weekend of events, workshops and career conversations with students, the association honored alums who have made significant contributions to their communities, their careers, or volunteer service to the college. Sandra Sable Gilpatrick ’95 and Georgene Botyos Herschbach ’61 received Alumnae/i Achievement awards; Christopher Paquet ’03 received the Young Alumnae/i Achievement Award; and Susan Jenks Beard ’90, received the Heather J. Corbett ’86 Faculty/Staff Unsung Hero Award.

Photos by Andy Heller

My gift. My way.

Bev Decker ReedBeverly “Bev” Decker Reed ’64

  • Retired vice president of resource development for Pathfinder International
  • Member of the board of WomensTrust, a nonprofit organization seeking to alleviate poverty in Ghana 
  • Reunion gift committee co-chair and 50th Reunion co-chair 
  • Married for 14 years to William Reed; mother of three; stepmother of two; grandmother of 13

“Each time I hear or sing the words from the ‘Wheaton Hymn’—’Yet early founders still are we’—I feel both gratitude and pride for my alma mater. And each time I visit the campus or read an article on the website, I am reminded of all the opportunities for growth and learning I was given, and students today are receiving. I feel part of a continuum that has shaped me as an individual and Wheaton as an institution. For many years, I have given my annual gift to the Wheaton Fund, yet always wished that I could do more—could contribute in a meaningful way to the continuum that is Wheaton. My husband and I decided that, in celebration of our 50th college reunions at our respective schools, we would make special gifts to express our gratitude for the colleges that made such a difference in our lives. By creating a charitable gift annuity, I am able to keep an income stream that I need now, and provide a larger gift than I dreamed possible, which will be part of the Wheaton endowment in perpetuity.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning

Launch great life stories

Meg RuleyMeg Ruley ’75

  • Literary agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency 
  • Member of the Friends of the Irvington Library (New York)
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Navigates road to success. 

“I was drawn to books and writing from an early age, and had an idea I wanted to work in publishing. I majored in English at Wheaton, and through the then Career Planning Office, I got an internship at MIT working on a publication. I also relied on the Alumnae Office for lists of Wheaton graduates who worked in publishing to help me get started.”

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Go Beyond: Progress in numbers

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: 

$45,339,901 committed to increasing scholarship support for Wheaton students and their families.

Goal: $50.6 million

Annual support: 

$30,998,428 contributed to the Wheaton Fund since July 1, 2005. Alumnae/i, parents and friends have committed $1,248,159 since July 1, 2013.

Goal: $4.3 million for fiscal year 2014 (ending on June 30, 2014); $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: 

Construction by fall 2013 of an artificial turf field and lighting to expand opportunities for intercollegiate, club and intramural sports.

Goal: $3,865,000 [Read more...]