Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Major change

Class of 2014 first to graduate with new education title

The first class to graduate from Wheaton with a secondary education major includes: (back row, left to right) Matthew Bond ’14, Zachary D’Orsi ’14, Carter Milliken ’14; (front row) Megan Bobola ’14, Allison Baker ’14, Breanna Lynch ’14 and Abigail Glennon ’14.

The first class to graduate from Wheaton with a secondary education major includes: (back row, left to right) Matthew Bond ’14, Zachary D’Orsi ’14, Carter Milliken ’14; (front row) Megan Bobola ’14, Allison Baker ’14, Breanna Lynch ’14 and Abigail Glennon ’14.

Last spring, members of the Class of 2014 received their hard-earned degrees as students do every year, but with one major change. Thirteen graduates who earlier in the year had been education minors were able to leave Wheaton with an education major to their name.

Approved at an April faculty meeting, the program change didn’t come with new coursework or additional requirements, but rather recognized the serious effort required to complete the course of study.

“We’ve been playing with this idea for years, but what really decided it for us was when we met with our psychology colleagues and they strongly urged us to do it for a number of reasons, including long-term growth of the department and faculty/student perceptions,” said Professor Mary Lee Griffin, chair of the Education Department. [Read more...]

Teaching exchange

Partnership expands between Wheaton, Brown University

Wheaton-Seal-ColorFor the past decade, doctoral students at Brown University have been learning how to succeed on the other side of the desk by teaching courses at Wheaton College. This year, more Brown students from a wider array of disciplines are getting that chance with the expansion of the Brown-Wheaton Teaching Fellowship program.

“We typically have two fellows each year and this year decided to expand the program,” said Gail Sahar, program coordinator and associate provost at Wheaton. “In the past, we hadn’t had many students in the sciences; it tended more toward the humanities and the social sciences. So this year we’re really happy to have two students teaching in the physical sciences as well.” [Read more...]

Combating violence against women

Pictured left to right: Professors M. Gabriela Torres, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Kersti Yllo and Charlotte Meehan on stage in Weber Theatre, where Meehan’s play What Happens When is scheduled to premiere this spring.

Pictured left to right: Professors M. Gabriela Torres, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Kersti Yllo and Charlotte Meehan on stage in Weber Theatre, where Meehan’s play What Happens When is scheduled to premiere this spring.

The epidemic of sexual violence on America’s college campuses has garnered growing attention in recent years: President Obama has described the problem as “both deeply troubling and a call to action,” citing federal data that show roughly one in five women will experience sexual assault during their undergraduate years.

M. Gabriela Torres, associate professor of anthropology at Wheaton, said one reason sexual violence is such an important issue for colleges to address is because there is a high incidence of rape for women aged 18–24. “Women are particularly susceptible to being raped in this age group in the United States, regardless of whether they are enrolled in college. However, colleges, because they enroll women in this risk group, may be particularly effective in working to reduce the incidence of sexual assault.”

The Wheaton community’s strong commitment to address sexual assault and how the college deals with it has been ongoing for more than 30 years, including trainings for staff and resident advisors, continual review and updates of related policies, and the presentation of the biennial symposium on Violence Against Women that was begun in 1983. [Read more...]

Action!

The crew included Gabe Bornstein ’14, director of photography Ryan Piccirillo, Geoffrey Cook ’16, Zevi Rubin ’16 and Diego Perez ’15 (pictured above with actress Kiera Gruttadauria).

Patrick Johnson’s short film Fangzi was shot over four days at a mountaintop castle in Cavendish, Vt. The crew included Gabe Bornstein ’14, director of photography Ryan Piccirillo, Geoffrey Cook ’16, Zevi Rubin ’16 and Diego Perez ’15 (pictured above with actress Kiera Gruttadauria).

Professor, students, alum collaborate on sci-fi film

When he heard of plans for a fall faculty exhibition at Wheaton, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Patrick Johnson decided to create a new feature film as his contribution. And he knew just where to find his crew—right on campus.

With the help of students Diego Perez ’15, Geoffrey Cook ’16 and Zevi Rubin ’16 and recent graduate Gabe Bornstein ’14, Johnson spent four days filming on location over the summer at a mountaintop castle in Cavendish, Vt.

Professor Patrick Johnson directing a shot.

Professor Patrick Johnson directing a shot.

The film, titled Fangzi, a Chinese word for house, tells the story of 10-year-old Kala and her mother, Angelica, who have survived a deadly pandemic by taking refuge in a modern castle. As the building’s protective systems begin to fail, the pair must make a critical choice that will determine their survival.

Impressed by Bornstein’s visual style after seeing his work in class, Johnson tapped him to serve as camera assistant and to take charge of time-lapse photography. [Read more...]