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Joshua Gomez ’15Joshua Gomez ’15, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry, spent his winter break interning at the Santa Barbara County Clinic in California. He gained experience that will be helpful in the career he has planned in medicine. Examining procedures: “Working in the public health lab, I assisted biologists in processing numerous types of specimens. The most interesting aspect of the work was tracking patients from disease conception to post-treatment. I had primary exposure to the biological and psychological journeys that patients underwent as they were treated for their illnesses. These interactions strengthened my interest in epidemiology and public health.” Handling challenges: “A sudden outbreak of influenza during my time there required multitasking, which was somewhat challenging. The toughest part was prioritizing each specimen, especially when higher priority patient samples would arrive later in the day. I frequently found myself juggling a lot of high priority cases at once.”Gaining insight: “Working in the lab has fortified my understanding of independence. Many of the protocols I used had either been explicitly taught or prefaced in my Wheaton curriculum. It was satisfying to be able to enter a professional setting with both confidence and curiosity. Ultimately, I discovered I could place trust in myself and my previous knowledge, working both independently and with lab staff. I cannot thank my professors enough for the degree of preparation they have instilled in me. My lab work at Wheaton, mainly through Professor Jennifer Lanni’s ‘Microbiology’ course, was invaluable.” Planning ahead:“Ultimately, I would like to become a doctor, and this experience exposed me to novel aspects of medicine such as serology. Since the procedures that occur in the lab are often ‘invisible’ to doctors and patients, this internship gave me a greater understanding of the steps involved in treating the ill.”

Honoring creativity

Professor wins Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship

Wheaton Professor Kelley GoffAssistant Professor of Art and Art History Kelly Goff has been awarded a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship. He is one of 15 artists who will receive a fellowship of $10,000.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides unrestricted grants for artists to promote the further development of their talents. The highly competitive fellowships, which are based on artistic quality and creativity of the work submitted, recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. A total of 549 applications were received, including 294 in the category in which Goff’s fellowship was awarded: sculpture/installation/new genres.

“I’m truly honored and proud to receive the award,” said Goff. “My practice is becoming increasingly location-driven and so the funds will likely cover travel and research expenses.”

Goff, who earned his master of fine arts in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, has been a faculty member at Wheaton College since fall 2013. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton; RISD Museum and Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, R.I.; Maxon Mills in Wassaic, N.Y.; and Davidson Contemporary and Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City. [Read more...]

Encouraging, strengthening common bonds

Alums gathered for the Student Government Association Alumnae/i affinity group reception at Homecoming.

Alums gathered for the Student Government Association Alumnae/i affinity group reception at Homecoming.

When Emily Firment ’11 arrived at Wheaton she was a January admit student, so she had missed a semester of bonding with her freshman classmates. To make up for time lost and to jump into her new campus community, she joined the Student Government Association. There she found a family of friends.

“I loved being swept up into such a close-knit group so quickly my freshman year,” said Firment, current Class of 2011 vice president. “I also loved feeling as though my voice and ideas mattered among my peers and the administration. The people I met through student government became my closest friends at Wheaton and we remain close friends today, even after we have graduated, moved across the country and gotten married.”

The powerful connection that Firment felt to her SGA mates and the college, based on common interests and goals, is exactly what the Alumnae/i Association and the Alumnae/i Relations Office are seeking to tap into and encourage through a new affinity groups initiative. [Read more...]

Inauguaration FEAT

An invitation to change lives

President Hanno calls for action at inauguration

“Let there be no doubt in anybody’s mind: The world needs Wheaton College,” President Dennis M. Hanno told a packed audience of students, faculty, graduates, staff, family members and guests during his inauguration as Wheaton’s eighth president on Friday, October 17.

The college’s liberal arts mission of preparing leaders to solve problems using multiple perspectives provides the perfect foundation for taking on the challenges facing the world, he said during his inaugural address, titled “Accelerating Wheaton’s Impact on the World.”

“A liberal arts education teaches us always to be looking for new solutions and opportunities, to explore these from multiple perspectives, to learn by taking action, and to consider the human element in the choices being made,” he said, pointing out that the goal is to realize our full potential.

The president’s family (left), including his wife, Susan, son Ted and daughter Emily, and his siblings, watched from the front of the chapel.

The president’s family, including his wife, Susan, son Ted and daughter Emily, and his siblings, watched from the front of the chapel.

“Each and every day, I challenge myself to think about how I can change lives. That’s why I chose to pursue a career in higher education,” said Hanno. “Now, I challenge everyone here to think about the role that you can play in building a Wheaton that changes even more lives and strengthens even more communities.”

Standing at the podium in Cole Memorial Chapel, the president issued an invitation to the 20,000-plus strong Wheaton community to commit to spending at least 15 hours involved in service during the next year, as part of the theme for his inauguration, “Changing Lives, Strengthening Community.” [Read more...]