Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Generations: Portrait of our family

Marguerite Mayberry Temple 1912

Marguerite Mayberry Temple 1912

For some people, Wheaton is “in the genes”

It was crunch time—spring semester, senior year. As a theatre major in the Class of 2005, Abigail (“Abby”) Russell was busy researching and writing the script for her original thesis performance, and feeling stressed. Then one night during review week, Abby looked up from her table in the library to a comforting sight: both her grandmother’s and her great-grandmother’s class flags, hanging in the atrium.

“It was like they were giving me a little boost of encouragement from the past!” Abby remembers.

Though many decades had passed since Abby’s great-grandmother, Marguerite Mayberry Temple ’12, and her grandmother, Marguerite Temple Russell ’43, studied at Wheaton, in that moment she felt their reassuring presence.

The Russells are one of hundreds of families who have made Wheaton a family tradition, sending two or more of their own to the college through the years. Some “legacy students” have a Wheaton lineage dating back to the 19th century. Others have followed in the fresher footsteps of a mother, aunt or sibling. All have a special connection to the college and to each other.

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Go Beyond

Generosity multiplies. The early successes of Go Beyond: Campaign for Wheaton are inspiring the entire community to rally in support of the college and its students. The campaign’s total now stands at $90 million, thanks to the outstanding generosity of alumnae/i, parents and friends. We’re well on our way to Wheaton’s $120 million goal.

Progress in numbers

Science center:

$33.8 million committed to expanding and enhancing science facilities through the Mars Center for Science and Technology.
Goal: $35 million.

Student scholarships:

$27.6 million committed to increasing scholarship support for Wheaton students and their families.
Goal: $50.6 million.

Annual support:

$3.2 million contributed to the Wheaton Fund, with growing participation by alumnae/i, parents and friends.
Goal: $4.1 million by June 30, 2011

Scientific dedication

Formal opening of Mars Center slated for Sept. 23, 2011

Classes were done, grades were in, and the boxes came out.

Immediately after Commencement in May, faculty in the science center traded in their robes and academic regalia for work clothes to pack up their offices, classrooms and labs to move into the new Mars Center for Science and Technology, which is scheduled to open for classes at the start of the fall semester.

The college plans to celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art, $42 million facility on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in connection with the start of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which will run through Sunday, September 25.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting and applause, the festivities will include tours of the new building’s classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, greenhouse and observatory. Look for more information about the celebration and the rest of the weekend at http://wheatoncollege.edu/homecoming.

Pictured above: The south side of the Mars Center for Science and Technology takes advantage of the sun's warmth.

Photo / Nicki Pardo


I believe...

I believe…

Last February, Wheaton’s Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility and the Interfaith Alliance co-sponsored a series of writing workshops and conversations based on the radio series “This I Believe.” Students, faculty and staff members were invited to write about and share the core beliefs (religious, spiritual or secular) that shape their lives and work in the world. Here, we present a few of the essays written by faculty members.

…Adventure heroes wear tweed

…Community defines, sustains, inspires us

…Words are peculiar, powerful, precious

Practice makes perfect

Anna Ivy ’11

The legacy of Anna Ivy ’11 reaches back 150 years. Anna’s great-great-great-grandmother, Anna Barrows (third from left in class photo above), graduated in 1861, the year the Civil War began.

The Wheaton ties of Anna Ivy ’11 reach back 150 years. Anna’s great-great-great-grandmother, Anna Barrows, graduated in 1861, the year the Civil War began. Her great-great-grandmother, Sarah Foster, was in the Class of 1885, the year the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. And her grandmother, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Greene Ivy, graduated in 1947, two years after the end of World War II.Anna Ivy 2011

Betty Ivy recounts: “My great-grandmother, Anna Barrows, attended Wheaton when it was a seminary. There were about six or eight girls in her class, and at graduation, each girl gave a speech about the subject she had studied.”

By the time Betty attended, Wheaton had been an official college for more than 30 years, but it still offered an intimate learning environment.

Anna Barrows, Class of 1861

“I enjoyed the smallness of Wheaton,” she says. “I really learned to study, and I learned a great deal. When I was at Wheaton, there were about five hundred girls. It was wonderful for me, because the girls did everything—and we perforce didn’t have the distraction of boys, because of the war.”

The college closely sheltered its students back then. Only the juniors and seniors could attend the dances with the soldiers from Camp Miles Standish, Betty says, and when students went off campus for the evening, they had to be back by 11:30 p.m. If they spent the weekend in Boston, there was only one college-approved hotel where they could stay.

Betty majored in English with a minor in French. One of her first jobs out of college was teaching English in Brunswick, Maine. It was there she met Robert Ivy, her future husband.

“A group of us teachers went to Miss Holbrook’s Boarding House for dinner at noon—that was the main meal of the day,” Betty recalls. “Elegant ladies would come in their hats, and so did the bachelor professors from Bowdoin.” One of them was Robert Ivy, who taught French at the college. Betty also became a French teacher, working at the junior high school level.

When it came time for her granddaughter Anna to choose a college, Betty recommended Wheaton, and Anna discovered that the college met her criteria.

“I was drawn to Wheaton by its admissions policy of looking at each student individually and encouraging a personal portfolio,” Anna says. “Additionally, my grandmother shared with me her own fond memories of Wheaton, which significantly influenced my final decision. She cherished her relationships with her peers and professors—relationships that marked her own intellectual maturity during her college years.”

Anna has forged the same kind of close relationships with her own Wheaton professors. “I took introductory courses in several departments,” she recalls, “but it was not until I took ‘Arts of the Western Tradition’ that I discovered my passion and connection to the field of art history. The professors in the department go out of their way to engage each student. My advisor, Professor Evelyn Staudinger, encouraged me to apply to a study abroad program in Rome that she herself had attended as an undergraduate, an experience that deepened my love for art history and my passion for Renaissance art.”

Anna has also helped out with the management of Wheaton’s art objects under the guidance of Leah Niederstadt, curator of the college’s Permanent Collection. Anna, who hopes to work in the museum profession, says, “Professor Niederstadt has shared much time with me, teaching me about how collections are managed and handled. These are skills I hope to carry with me to a career in the art world.”