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Senior prepares for career in neuroscience

Robyn DâAgostino ’16Robyn D’Agostino’s decision to major in neuroscience in college began taking shape before she even began preschool—although she had no idea at the time.

“When I was 4, my great-grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “As I matured, I watched her progress through the stages. She is now late-stage, and 95 years old. I can remember where I was when I was told of her diagnosis, and from that moment on I have been passionate about the brain. I love learning about it, and it is what I ultimately wish to study.”

This past summer, the student-athlete spent several weeks enhancing her knowledge and exploring her interest as an intern at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and by working as a lab assistant at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

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Sociology major helps HIV/AIDS survivors in Africa

Hannah Dalglish ’16

Hannah Dalglish ’16 takes a break.

When Hannah Dalglish ’16 was considering summer internships, her sociology professors encouraged her to seek an experience abroad. She took the advice to heart.

Not only did she create her own opportunity at an organization that helps HIV and AIDS survivors in Cape Town, South Africa, but she also confirmed her postgraduate aspiration.

“I wanted to get out of my comfort zone at home,” said Dalglish, a Barrington, R.I., resident. “My advisors, professors Hyun Sook Kim and Karen McCormack, encouraged me to find an internship abroad. They truly were the first push that I received to begin looking abroad.”

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Congrats, Class of 2015!

Class 15 NPP_0474The New England forecast threatened rain (again), but the sun came through for the 371 members of the Class of 2015 during Wheaton’s 180th Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

“Boy, do you deserve this day,” President Dennis M. Hanno told them, officiating his first Wheaton Commencement as president. “Four years of the weather from hell you have endured and a weather forecast that said it was going to rain on your parade, and this is what we get. You deserve it.”

“You have achieved a great deal,” he continued. “You are scholars in every field—from English and German to chemistry and economics. Your abilities have been recognized in numerous ways, from invitations to present your work at academic conferences across the country and some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, to outstanding job opportunities and admission to the top graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad. You have learned about other cultures through study and travel around the globe. You have contributed to education and arts programs in communities across the U.S. and around the world, running youth programs, tutoring beginning readers, teaching English and helping high school students prepare for college. And it is with gratitude that I note how your leadership and energy have enhanced our campus. …Bravo.” [Read more...]

Alumnae/i board candidates

Meet the candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors (ABD)—highly engaged graduates who have been involved with the college in many ways, from serving as class officers and on committees to attending Reunions and other events:

Pamela Reid Graham ’85

Pamela Reid Graham 2Head of reference and instruction at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy library, New London, Conn.

Board position: National regional chair

Why I reconnected: “I reconnected with Wheaton a number of years ago when a friend from Wheaton was her class representative and was visiting Wheaton for Homecoming Weekend. I lived about an hour away and drove to Norton to see her and spend the weekend with her. Not only did we have a wonderful time reconnecting with each other, I also reconnected with Wheaton. It is a very special place. My experiences at Wheaton, both in and out of the classroom, really prepared me for life after college.”

Why I want to be on the board: “A few of us from the classes of the ’80s were chatting on Facebook, and we talked about how our class years are underrepresented on the ABD. Serving on the ABD would be a way to give back to Wheaton and connect with alumnae/i. I want to get more alumnae/i involved in regional events and with the college. I look forward to getting to know more alumnae/i from other class years.” [Read more...]