Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Graduates heading off into the world of work

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Fulbright wins

Seniors receive scholarships to teach, study abroad

Among the Class of 2016 graduating seniors are four students who have been honored with Fulbright Scholarships, and five more students received other prestigious awards.

Wheaton consistently has been recognized for its efforts to prepare students to win U.S. Fulbrights—an honor the college has received for 11 consecutive years.

Operated through the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides grants for recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals to conduct independent study or research abroad or to engage in English Teaching Assistantships at more than 65 locations around the world. [Read more...]

The code of learning

Watson Fellow to study youth robotics programs

Javon Mullings ’16Javon Mullings ’16 credits robots with helping him to discover his interest in bioinformatics, a discipline that combines computer science and biology.

To be clear, robots served as subjects for Mullings to design and build. As a high school student, Mullings joined a robotics competition club and discovered the lure of computer programming and creative problem-solving. It changed his life.

“Robotics involves structural and computational innovation that turns one’s mind into a problem-solving machine. I know it did for me,” he said. “I want to discover how communities worldwide are impacted by youth robotics programs.”

Mullings won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship that will allow him to explore that question by observing and serving teenagers participating in robotics clubs in Cambodia, India, Ireland, South Africa and Japan. [Read more...]

Story to screen

Film Students in the Wheaton Archives

Documentary film students strike a pose in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives, where they spent time researching objects about which they created short films.

Students learn basics of documentary filmmaking

A student skilled at card tricks. The curious popularity of a new health drink. An elaborate Egyptian opera, never performed, that lives on the shelves of the Wheaton archives. These are just a few of the stories students explored through film last spring in Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Patrick Johnson’s “Documentary Storytelling” course.

“The goal of the class is to give students exposure to the conventions of the short documentary film and provide them with tools and techniques to successfully produce their own,” Johnson said. “In my opinion, there is no better way of learning than being actively engaged in the making process. You try, succeed or fail, learn and repeat.”

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