Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Keeping the peace–one country at a time

If she had a uniform—maybe something in a nice Army green or navy—Meg Riggs ’97, a foreign service officer, might have an easier time explaining her job.

She works for the U.S. Department of State helping to build important relationships that promote peace, but she is the first to admit that educating friends and family at home about what she does is sometimes the hardest job.

”I, like my family and friends, share in the pride and appreciation for the members of our community in the military,  who ‘serve’ the country in uniform. Unfortunately, that same pride doesn’t always extend to the civilians serving the country overseas,” she says.

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Math + dance + theater = a balanced life

One feature film.

Five main roles.

Three hundred actors auditioning.

It doesn’t take a math major to know that the odds of ending up on the big screen in this scenario aren’t the greatest.

But Trisha Carr ’08—a math major—went for it anyway. And it paid off.

She received one of the five main roles in the full-length independent feature film Brilliant Mistakes, which is scheduled to be released this summer. Although she has performed on stage for many years, this was her first try at a film role. She plays Erin Penney, a college-age girl whose sister, Gabby, gets into a horrible accident. The Salisbury Film production centers on Gabby’s fiancé, Marcus, and how he and Gabby’s family react to and cope with the accident.

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First Year Seminar, Mindfulness

25 years and counting: Reflecting on First-Year Seminar

Twenty-five years ago, First-Year Seminar (FYS) was created to be the foundation for the entire Wheaton experience for all incoming students, both academically and in terms of building a sense of community. The subject matter of these small-group discussion courses has constantly evolved to accommodate the scholarly and personal interests of professors as well as the needs of students. The goals have remained the same—to inspire enthusiastic, intellectually curious students; to introduce them to high standards and expectations; and to help them negotiate the transition to emerging adulthood. Here, we explore three examples that highlight the potential of FYS. And longtime classics professor and FYS coordinator Joel Relihan provides a personal reflection.

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A man and his shovel

Archaeologist Sean Britt digs into the past, makes way for the future

Sean Britt ’00 got his first taste of archaeological field research working on a sugarcane plantation one summer while a junior at Wheaton.

His interest had already been piqued by “Anthropology 101,” his favorite class, and deepened as he pursued his major in history and minor in anthropology, just one course short of a double major. And then Jim Chiarelli, the father of James Chiarelli Jr. ’02, offered him a job at the Earthwatch Institute working on an archaeological dig examining a historic sugarcane plantation on the Caribbean island of Nevis.

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