Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Teaching the power of presence

Paul Cuffee Charter School

Arielle Klopsis ’18, above left, and Hannah Zack ’18 teach mindfulness techniques to students in the first grade classroom of teacher Brooke Alam Beach ’07 at the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, R.I.

There is a difference between being present (showing up), and really being present (purposefully aware of everything that is happening in each moment). The students at the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, R.I., learned to put into practice the latter, courtesy of Professor of Education Mary Lee Griffin and her student collaborators.

Griffin has been working to spread mindfulness techniques in five local schools for years, and has provided many Wheaton students with training to carry out the ongoing work and secured experiential learning opportunities for them. During the spring semester, Hannah Zack ’18 and Arielle Klopsis ’18 spent six weeks collaborating with Griffin and for the first time implementing on their own the mindfulness protocols developed by Griffin to help elementary school children improve their educational experience and even their interactions outside of the classroom. [Read more...]

Wheaton appoints new provost

Renée White, Wheaton College ProvostRenée T. White, a distinguished administrator as well as a scholar on race, gender and social inequality, has been appointed provost following an intensive national search. She officially began at Wheaton on July 1, 2016.

“Renée’s strengths in working with others to develop innovative programs and advance academic excellence make her uniquely well suited to collaborate with our faculty and staff,” said President Dennis M. Hanno, in announcing White’s appointment. “Her open and creative approach to leadership as well as her deep appreciation for Wheaton’s liberal arts mission make her a perfect fit for the Wheaton community.”

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Two professors win Whiting fellowships

Researchers headed to Denmark, Belgium, Ireland

Wheaton College professors M. Gabriela Torres and Montserrat Pérez-Toribio have received fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to fund travel and research that will facilitate the creation of new courses, transform existing classes and extend the faculty members’ scholarship.

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Winter interns work through break

What might the future look like? That’s the question 19 students spent winter break considering as they explored potential future careers during internships. Each year, Wheaton’s Winternship initiative provides stipends for students to work in schools, health clinics, nonprofit organizations and corporate settings. The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services launched the program in 2013 with funding from the Nancy Lyon Porter ’43 Community Service Fellowship program, the Blakely Fetridge Bundy ’66 Work and Learning Fellowship, and the Talanian Family Work and Learning Fellowship. Here’s a glimpse of some of the student experiences. [Read more...]