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Transforming history

Professor Tomasek wins grant to identify standards for digitizing account books

Associate Professor of History Kathryn Tomasek

Associate Professor of History Kathryn Tomasek

Historical account books and financial ledgers contain rich insights into both daily life and long-term economic trends of the past, and Associate Professor of History Kathryn Tomasek hopes to make it easier for scholars to unlock those insights.

With support from a newly awarded grant, Tomasek is teaming up with colleagues in Germany and Austria to develop best practices for digitizing financial records in ways that will facilitate computer analysis of the data.

The international team’s work will be supported by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), through a program designed to encourage collaborative projects between American and German scholars.

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Congrats, Class of 2015!

Class 15 NPP_0474The New England forecast threatened rain (again), but the sun came through for the 371 members of the Class of 2015 during Wheaton’s 180th Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

“Boy, do you deserve this day,” President Dennis M. Hanno told them, officiating his first Wheaton Commencement as president. “Four years of the weather from hell you have endured and a weather forecast that said it was going to rain on your parade, and this is what we get. You deserve it.”

“You have achieved a great deal,” he continued. “You are scholars in every field—from English and German to chemistry and economics. Your abilities have been recognized in numerous ways, from invitations to present your work at academic conferences across the country and some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, to outstanding job opportunities and admission to the top graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad. You have learned about other cultures through study and travel around the globe. You have contributed to education and arts programs in communities across the U.S. and around the world, running youth programs, tutoring beginning readers, teaching English and helping high school students prepare for college. And it is with gratitude that I note how your leadership and energy have enhanced our campus. …Bravo.” [Read more...]

Flurry of Fulbrights

It was another busy spring for Wheaton students and graduates winning Fulbrights, with eight seniors and three recent graduates receiving awards to teach or conduct research abroad. In addition, Wheaton students won a Projects for Peace grant, a Beinecke Scholarship and two Watson Fellowships. Here’s a look at the Fulbright winners:

Clancy Connolly ’15

Wheaton Fulbright ScholarHometown: Scarborough, Maine

Major: Anthropology

Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

For Clancy Connolly, learning a language is about more than picking up words and inflections—it’s about cultural immersion and exchange. She will experience all of that while teaching English in Macau. [Read more...]

Graduates head into the world of work

Many of the members of the Class of 2015, leveraging their Wheaton education and experiences, had already secured jobs before graduating in May. Here are just a few: [Read more...]