Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

About that sociology degree…

Wheaton sociology alumnae/i discuss their careers and answer questions from current students. From left: Stefan Forrestal-Swaintek ’15, civic engagement and social justice coordinator for East Boston Ecumenical Community Council; Courtney Hale ’07, psychotherapist at Family Counseling Association of Andover, Mass.; Jackie Moran ’11, consumer insights associate at Dorel Juvenile in Foxboro, Mass.; and Ian Peck ’04, corporate associate at Goodwin Proctor, LLP in Boston

Wheaton sociology alumnae/i discuss their careers and answer questions from current students. From left: Stefan Forrestal-Swaintek ’15, civic engagement and social justice coordinator for East Boston Ecumenical Community Council; Courtney Hale ’07, psychotherapist at Family Counseling Association of Andover, Mass.; Jackie Moran ’11, consumer insights associate at Dorel Juvenile in Foxboro, Mass.; and Ian Peck ’04, corporate associate at Goodwin Proctor, LLP in Boston (Photo by Keith Nordstrom)

Alumnae/i who majored in sociology returned to campus this spring to share their career paths with students at the invitation of Associate Professor of Sociology Karen McCormack. The alums participating in a panel discussion were: Ian Peck ’04, an attorney who is a corporate associate at Goodwin Proctor, LLP; Courtney Hale ’07, a family counselor and outpatient psychotherapist; Jackie Moran ’11, a consumer insights associate at Dorel Juvenile Group; and Stefan Forrestal-Swaintek ’15, an adolescent youth advocate at Friends of the Children. “We have been hosting alumnae/i panels every semester for nearly three years now with three goals,” said McCormack. “First, to help current students identify careers for students with a sociology degree; second, to help them network with alums [the panel is always followed by a casual dinner with a more informal chat]; and third, to stay connected with our alums and understand what skills are necessary once they leave Wheaton.”

Students, alums discuss study abroad at London event

(Photo by Abigail Kienbaum ’12)

(Photo by Abigail Kienbaum ’12)

Students and alumnae/i got an opportunity to share their experiences studying abroad at a panel discussion and cocktail reception hosted by the Alumnae/i Relations Office on May 10 in London. Among the attendees were graduates across a wide range of class years—including incoming freshman Sierra Prasad ’21, Victoria Schuppert ’12, Patrick Gillespie ’02, Monique Lee Bahadur ’80 and Clare Babb Ash ’49.

President Dennis M. Hanno moderated the panel “Wheaton in London,” which took place at Home House Private Member’s Club. [Read more...]

American hero

Jennifer Field ’00 attended the 2017 All American Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2017, with close friend and fellow alumna Carolyn Johnstone Grierer ’96. Field was receiving an All American Hero award for her contributions to the field of brain health and research.

Wheaton alumna Jennifer Field ’00 was honored as an American hero at the 2017 All American Inaugural Ball on January 19, sharing the stage with astronaut Buzz Aldrin and nine other distinguished citizens.

Field is founder and president of The J Field Foundation, which raises funds to help people with brain injuries access alternative therapies. The foundation also recently partnered with the Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services of Connecticut to provide healing therapeutic services to veterans.

Brain health and research is one of the areas of focus for the 2017 All American Inaugural Ball, according to the ball website.

Field and her peers were honored with a 2017 All American Hero award for their “outstanding and tireless work” in civic service at the Washington, D.C., event, which celebrated the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Aldrin received the All American Hero Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to a summary of her accomplishments on the ball website: “Jennifer Field exemplifies the character of a hero. She worked tirelessly and relentlessly for years to overcome her own challenges, and then made her life’s work all about helping others to do the same.” [Read more...]

Art career taking shape

Evan Morse ’09 presented a selection of his recent work in an exhibit in the Mars Arts and Humanities building in fall 2016.

Evan Morse ’09 presented a selection of his recent work in an exhibit in the Mars Arts and Humanities building in fall 2016.

Sculptor Evan Morse ’09 wins MCC grant

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded sculptor Evan Morse ’09 a $12,000 grant to support his artwork.

MCC’s 2017 Artist Fellowship awards are anonymously judged, and based on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Morse was one of 32 applicants who received funding from a total of 561 artists who submitted works.

“As an artist still in the early stages of my career, this recognition is hugely encouraging and a validation of my efforts to date,” said Morse, who earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art at Wheaton and his M.F.A. from Boston University. [Read more...]