Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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WF Nick Parson 08Nick Parson ’08

  • Communications coordinator, 
  • Colorado Rockies (Major League Baseball)
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Plays important role:

“Primarily, I am a liaison between the outside world and our players, coaches and front-office personnel both in season and during the off-season. Additionally, I conduct research on the club that we publish in daily as well as annual formats for various internal and external purposes. I do a tremendous amount of work with the members of the media both at home and on the road, making sure that they have what they need from us in order to do their job well.” [Read more...]

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The Big Uneasy

Henry Meyer ’94 fights crime in New Orleans

One hundred and ninety-three people were murdered in New Orleans in 2012, and none shook the city to its core more than the tragic slaying of Briana Allen.

On a warm and clear May afternoon, the 5-year-old girl was shot twice in the stomach by an AK-47 on the front porch of her grandmother’s home in Central City while attending the birthday party of her 10-year-old cousin, who was also shot in the melee but survived. All told that day, two were killed and three were injured in the hail of crossfire in a fight between rival street gangs.

Henry âHankâ  Meyer â94“The city was all up in arms, and rightfully so,” Henry “Hank” Meyer ’94 recalled. “When a five-year-old girl gets slaughtered by an assault rifle, enough is enough.”

Meyer spends his days—and often nights—trying to keep horrors like this from happening.

He is a senior special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and an investigator with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit (MAG), which combines the resources of the ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service and the New Orleans Police Department. The gang unit was created in response to the murder of Allen and encompasses an unprecedented collaboration between local and federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors targeting violent crime and gang activity in the city. [Read more...]

An effective approach

“While President Hanno taught the curriculum spelled out in his book, packing much content into five short days, I was particularly drawn to his pedagogy. He presented and explained concepts in the simplest, uncomplicated, straightforward way and called on the 120 students to chime in and give examples from their own lives and communities. He always explicitly commented on and then wove students’ personal views into the topic at hand and progressively and speedily moved the lecture forward. It seemed to me that each lecture turned into a dialogue where the students learned about leadership and entrepreneurship and we, President Hanno and the teacher-students, became acquainted with students’ personal values, academic interests, and concerns expressed about their own communities, including about Rwanda and Africa. Because President Hanno spoke to the students at the personal level, they were amazingly responsive, attentive and lively; they soaked up the lecture material. In a week, I witnessed how genuinely transformative learning can happen, in a cross-cultural context.”

—Professor Hyun Sook Kim

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An opportunity to grow 

“My experience in Rwanda was very powerful. The January trip rounded out my liberal arts education at Wheaton. Taking a “Beyond the West” course could be treated as just a requirement, but Wheaton allows students many hands-on opportunities to act as engaged global citizens. I feel that Wheaton has continually provided me with the opportunity to step forward and grow  and to see the world from new perspectives.I hope to work in the medical field while focusing mainly on public health and this opportunity opened my eyes to the ways that I can hopefully one day make a positive impact. After visiting Agahozo Shalom Youth Village I have decided that I want to work with children, particularly at risk youth.”

—Hannah  Gasperoni ’17, biochemistry major

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