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Wheaton selects Dennis Hanno as eighth president

President-elect Dennis Hanno met with members of the Wheaton Student Government Association in March.

President-elect Dennis Hanno met with members of the Wheaton Student Government Association in March.

The Wheaton Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Saturday, February 22, to appoint Dennis Hanno as the college’s new president.

Hanno, currently provost and senior vice president at Babson College, will be the eighth president in Wheaton’s 180-year history. He will take office on July 15, replacing Ronald A. Crutcher, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year after a decade of service.

“There were many impressive and qualified candidates to lead Wheaton College. During our selection process, we listened carefully to the greater Wheaton community and concluded that without a doubt Dennis has what it takes to move this school forward,” said Thomas Hollister, chair of the Wheaton Board of Trustees. “Wheaton has historic commitments to gender equality and diversity, as well as to the power of a rigorous liberal arts education. Dennis is not only equipped to ensure a successful future for Wheaton, he embodies the values on which this school was built.”

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Brad Sago directs new business and management major

Wheaton College Sophomore SymposiumWhen the search committee was looking for the founding faculty member to head Wheaton’s new business and management major, it had a tall order.

“We were searching for someone with extensive expertise in his or her field who had experience with and placed a high value upon the liberal arts,” said Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost Gail Sahar, who, along with Professor of Mathematics Michael Kahn, was co-chair of the search committee.

“We wanted someone who really believed in the mission of the college to provide a transformative education to our students; that is, the person had to be an excellent teacher,” said Sahar. “Our new colleague had to be a scholar doing significant work in his or her area of specialty. We also required experience in starting a new program, including curriculum development, hiring and all of the other tasks involved in launching a major.”

Meet Brad Sago; he fills the bill perfectly.

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A minute with…Bridget Brennan ’15

Minute withBiology major Bridget Brennan spent last summer getting a feel for marine biology as an intern at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod. In the deep end: “I’ve always been interested in marine biology, since I was a kid. My parents could never get me out of the ocean. At Wheaton, I took ‘Intro to Marine Mammals,’ and that really sparked my interest in marine biology and inspired me to seek this internship. In class, we discussed all kinds of physiological aspects of marine mammals, and we got to do an autopsy on a seal. The internship allowed me to take everything I learned in class and put it into real life, which was exactly what I was looking for.” Daily catch: “At the oceanographic institute, I did all sorts of work—from data entry to going out and responding to stranded animals. I also got to participate in marine animal necropsies. So some days I would work in the office, some days out in the field, and other days in the lab, which was my favorite part.” The ripple effect: “My internship definitely helped my educational experience. I gained leadership skills. I got to lead my own necropsy, and I had to come up with my own project for a stomach analysis, which required me to be innovative. I’ve found myself applying the same skills in the classroom with my academic projects at Wheaton.” Wait and sea: “After Wheaton I’m hoping to go to grad school for marine biology. I think this internship will provide me with valuable references, and it has helped prepare me for the work ahead.”

Exploring new terrain

Ganymede-QProfessor leads mapping of Jovian moon

Geology professor Geoffrey Collins led a team of researchers, including Wheaton students, in producing the first global geologic map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon and the largest satellite in our solar system.

The map, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, is the first complete global map of an outer-planet moon. It will provide critical data to scientists planning future studies and exploration of our solar system, including follow-up missions to Ganymede and other satellites of Jupiter.

The work is particularly significant because the moon offers a good model for understanding icy worlds that appear to be common in our solar system and beyond.

“On icy worlds such as Ganymede, liquid water probably exists below the surface and may be in contact with nutrients from rocky materials,” said Collins, who led the mapping team. “That’s one of the reasons we’re so interested in understanding how icy worlds work, so we can understand the possibility of life beneath the surface and how we should go about looking for it.”

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