Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Help prepare the future

Roberta Lane Benson ’76Roberta “Bobbi” Lane Benson ’76

  • Spanish teacher, General John Nixon Elementary School, Sudbury, Mass.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Harriet Goldin Foundation Award for Excellence in Education
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Knows the power of inspiration:

“As a child, playing school with neighbor friends, I was always the teacher. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I feel that it was my calling. My Wheaton professors were exemplary role models. Their commitment to the teaching profession, as well as their support and encouragement, inspired me to continue my path toward a career in education. I have been a teacher for more than 30 years, and I enjoy the challenges and high expectations.”

Makes important connections:

“I landed my first teaching job, in large part, because I was a Wheaton graduate. The woman who hired me had a niece who was a freshman at Wheaton, and she was very impressed with the college’s reputation for high educational standards. It is because of connections like this and all the opportunities I have had that I support the Wheaton Fund. To give back to one’s community and college is a distinguished honor. To help provide other students similar life experiences is essential.”

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Fuel the future

Lisa Miller Maguire ’81Lisa Miller Maguire ’81

Founder and chair, Get Real…Get Raw!

Raw food chef and nutrition advocate

Wheaton Fund supporter

Plants ideas:

“My nonprofit organization promotes health and healing through raw foods. I began digging into the science of food and how powerfully medicinal it is when one of my daughters decided to go on a raw food diet years ago to clear up her skin. The science of food is fascinating. I’m on a mission to really learn how food can save the health of our children and our country. I started the nonprofit because I want to share what I’ve learned.”

Values her roots:

“Wheaton was a very special place to me. It offered so many amazing opportunities, both academically and in life. The relationship with my professors was extraordinary. They all encouraged me to explore many subjects. I did, and double majored in art and physics. That love of learning has never left me.”

Sows what she reaped:

“I lost my mother my freshman year, and the love and warmth that I felt from Wheaton warms my heart to this day. I give back to Wheaton because it gave me so much more than just a great education. It provided a caring, nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment in which to grow. I want others to have that experience.”

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Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or visit wheatoncollege.edu/giving

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Take charge

Cory Tyszka ’00 

Cory Tyszka '00Law school student

Professional tutor

Cancer survivor

Wheaton Fund supporter

  • Faces challenges head-on: “I had thyroid cancer. I was diagnosed in 2006 when I was 28 and treated in 2007. In 2008, just when I felt like I was getting back to normal, my doctors found more malignancy in several lymph nodes and I had to undergo a neck dissection. That’s when I realized how precious life is and the importance of really living it. I didn’t want to be a slave to my job and needed to call my own shots, so I decided to go to law school at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.”
  • Relies on resources: “I have stayed in touch with my incredible chemistry professor Elita Pastra-Landis over the years. She has been so supportive, first when I changed direction from science to education and now as I transition from education to law. She helped me see the connections between my science background and law, and she reminded me that I have what it takes to succeed.”
  • Courts success: “I contribute to the Wheaton Fund every year because Wheaton was a very special place for me, and I hope that my gift to the college can help make it special for others. As a Mary Lyon Society member, I have made a five-year pledge to support the Go Beyond campaign. In this economy, it is more important than ever to help out. It takes financial support to attract and retain professors who not only are experts in their fields but also are engaging and accessible.”

Support Wheaton

Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or visit wheatoncollege.edu/giving

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Empower.

Zak Putnam ’04Zak Putnam ’04

  • President and founder of Spero, a nonprofit
  • Business development manager at Akamai Technologies
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Enjoys fun-raising.

“Spero, which means ‘to hope’ in Latin, is a nonprofit that hosts fun social fundraisers to both empower a new generation of philanthropists and to raise much-needed funds for New England–based children’s charities. I started Spero because I was interested in doing something entrepreneurial that makes a difference in the lives of children, as well as show other young people that giving back in a very meaningful way doesn’t require a huge bank account. I also wanted to keep my great group of Wheaton friends together after graduation—nine of them are on our board, including my wife [Kate Weston Putnam ’06].”

Knows effort is everything.

“Wheaton taught me that the amount you get out of anything is directly related to the effort you put into it. My success always depends on the effort.”

Contributes to say thanks.

“Wheaton gave me skills and a network of friends and advisors that has been crucial to succeeding in all aspects of my private and professional life. Giving back through the Wheaton Fund is my way of saying thanks and ensuring that all students get the same opportunities that I had.”

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