Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Alum praises Wheaton support in Diversity & Democracy

Derron (“J.R.”) Wallace ’07, a Posse Foundation alumnus, and Marshall Scholar, wrote an essay for Diversity & Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In it, he focused on the importance that layers of mentoring can have in developing leadership. He names support from his family, the Posse Foundation, and Wheaton as integral to his success:

“…Posse and Wheaton used their institutional resources to weave a thick web of support through which it was hard to fall. They provided engagement and accountability….

“At every phase of my academic and professional development, nurturing networks, or ‘posses,’ have been integral to my advancement. This model of layered mentorship—with its multiple, linked relationships—is a powerful infrastructure for successful educational and professional trajectories. I am often reminded that leaders and students who succeed are frequently hoisted by a team of supporters. I pay my debt of gratitude to my posses (personal, academic and professional) by extending the circle of support to another generation of students. The potential for meaningful leadership would be immense if educators throughout higher education could do the same.”

Sun Chronicle notes long-distance election campaign

As the new school year approached, the Attleboro Sun Chronicle talked with Emily Firment ’11 about how she won her post as the president of the Student Government Association while she was abroad in Egypt her junior year, and what she learned from the experience.

“Without being cliché, I must say that running from abroad was a true test of dedication to something that has completely transformed my experience at Wheaton,” she said. “Through the long hours of campaigning, I learned the importance of resolve and focus in order to succeed.”

Newspapers highlight students’ business idea

Ted Worcester ’12 and a former high school classmate are developing a web site that would provide a research tool for high school students to explore East Coast colleges—liberalartscolleges.com.

Articles in the Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine) and the Attleboro Sun Chronicle about the business venture noted that their web site would showcase about 30 liberal arts colleges, including Wheaton, through video tours, interviews with professors, students and admissions officials. It would generate revenue through advertising sales.