Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Insight seeing

I’m wearing a mudcloth jacket made in Senegal.

As a first-generation college graduate from a family of modest means, I didn’t do much traveling outside of the state of Alabama, where I’m from, when I was in college.

Our “exotic” locations were within driving distance of my dad’s pickup truck and came with names like Chickasaw, Demopolis and Bayou La Batre. Studying abroad was not even a consideration for me at that time.

So the first time I went abroad was after I became a journalist and spent a couple of months writing travel stories. One of the places I went was Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa. I was curious about the native country of my boyfriend, now husband, who was born there. [Read more...]

About the cover photo

World flags hanging from ceiling of Balfour-Hood. (Keith Nordstrom)

What better way to illustrate the international connections we have at Wheaton than to showcase the flags that hang in Balfour-Hood Center? The 70-plus daily reminders are more than beautiful decorations. They represent the countries and heritage of our students. And the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office makes sure they all get seen, by rotating the flags displayed several times a year.

About the flags in Balfour-Hood
The Student Activities Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) office is in charge of the flags. The flags are rotated based on the current history month (i.e. Sept-Oct: Hispanic Heritage, February: Black History, etc). SAIL coordinates with Global Education to represent the current students' countries at a given time. Here is the list of flags SAIL has:

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Gaining perspective

My selfie with the Unity Project

My selfie with the Unity Project

Several years ago, I had the honor of auditing a drawing class here at Wheaton. One of the most difficult assignments for me, even as an artist, was the perspective drawing.

At its core, the assignment requires students to keenly focus on the details of the subject matter directly in front of them and draw things as they really are versus how they seem to be. The goal is to capture the multiple dimensions.

It takes an exhausting amount of concentration and work. During the assignment, I wanted to rely on what I already knew about the subject in front of me rather than taking so much time to truly look at it and see it. I remember thinking that it would be so much easier to just draw from the imagination. But would that reflect the reality of what was before me? Not likely. [Read more...]

Letter: A page-turner

Hello from a 1980 alum.

17-Winter-CoverI wanted to let you all know that the latest winter issue of the Quarterly with the “Diving in” cover story was a big hit.

Highlighting the arts was a great way to get me to read the magazine cover-to-cover, not only because I am an artist, but also because Wheaton students and grads are on amazing academic adventures from the advantages that a supportive college environment provides.

I was impressed by the breadth of artistic variety available in the Wheaton curriculum—from singing and graphic design to moviemaking and stage production. I love the diversity and the way students are applying their creative talents in society and the world.

I also loved reading about where students are going with their biology internships, as well as the remarkable story about Abe [Ziner] Class of ’17.

The issue was a real page-turner for me, so great job Quarterly staff, writers and reporters for your great coverage of student life on and off campus.

—Virginia Hodgman Davison ’80