Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Enjoying the view

By the time you read this, fall will be a distant memory. The lovely yellows, oranges and reds of autumn will have been replaced by bare tree limbs and maybe a sprinkling of the white stuff of winter.

This year, I may not mind so much because fall on campus was so absolutely amazing in its display of foliage. For weeks it was as though we were all living in one of those postcard photos where the fall landscape is perfectly mirrored in a lake and everything seems so serene in a blanket of beauty.

The images will keep me happy for some time—at least until our first blizzard. We’re hoping they do the same for you. So, here are some photos of the best of the season for you to hang onto all winter. You’re welcome. [Read more...]

Letter: Pie chart not complete picture

I’m writing to comment on Sandy Coleman’s article on outcomes for the Class of 2014 in the summer issue of the Quarterly. While it is encouraging to see nice outcomes for the respondent Wheaton graduates, I feel that the pie chart accompanying the story is somewhat misleading.

Perhaps it should include the 30 percent nonresponse rate, given that the nonresponders are likely not the same as the responders. In other words, the pie chart assumes that the nonresponders would have the same rates of “employed,” “graduate school,” “volunteer,” etc., which I believe is highly unlikely. It is good that the magazine footnoted that the data were based on a 70 percent response rate, but the pie chart with only 2 percent missing is what catches the eye of the reader.

I am very grateful, indeed, for my education at Wheaton (I was a math major). It has served me very well in my field of biostatistics and in my career, but I just felt compelled to share my caution in how easily the choices made in presenting statistics can paint a picture that is different from reality.

Kimberly Boomer Ring ’92

 

The year-round campus

It never fails: When someone asks me where I work and I say that I work at a college, I usually get the same response, “Oh, you’re so lucky. You’re off in the summer, right?”

So not true, I always say—especially at Wheaton College, especially this summer.

Yes, the majority of students leave campus to indulge in restful summer activities, to expand their knowledge and experience through internships, or to work summer jobs. Their absence en masse makes it seem quiet as you walk the campus. But within each building there are always staff members, administrators, faculty and students carrying on the business of running the college, preparing for the new upcoming semester, or working on research projects.

This summer, however, the entire campus was alive with sound and activity—from June to August, from the Dimple to Haas Athletic Center. A wide range of events and programs, including several new ones aimed at expanding the reach of the college, drew hundreds of students to Wheaton. [Read more...]

Wheaton seen

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is that more true than at Wheaton as you walk the campus on any given day. Before the end of the spring semester, as I strolled along, the point was repeatedly proven in random visual narratives about how creativity is fostered and encouraged here; about how highly regarded our alums, parents and friends are; and about how well-rounded our students are because of their interdisciplinary liberal arts education at Wheaton.

Just a few examples:

Paper Dorm RoomOne day an intriguing giant box appeared outside of the Mars arts building. “What is it?” I asked. It turned out to be an art installation by Charlotte Hall ’17. “Students in ‘Sculpture II’ created immersive installations for their final project,” Professor Kelly Goff explained. “Some were site-specific (around campus) and others were contained within these temporary booths we made from theater flats. Charlotte Hall created a sort of version of her dorm room, clad inside and out with refuse that she personally accumulated over the last few weeks. Passers-by are invited to enter the booth.”

Another day, I saw a member of the college’s grounds crew on his knees at the base of a tree, a big bucket beside him. What was he doing? Painstakingly picking the teeny tiny weeds from the mulch around a tree so that the campus could look perfect for the alums, parents and friends who would be arriving on campus for Commencement. [Read more...]