The Office of Alumni Relations and Parent & Family Engagement are here to support Wheaton community members as we all continue to stay connected and support one another, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we practice social distancing, this collection of online resources has been curated to provide our community members information, entertainment, and a way for the college to help you remain connected to one another, during these challenging times.
As our staff members are currently working remotely, rest assured that we remain accessible virtually to all of our community members. We’d love to hear from you, so please be in touch!
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Wheaton Town Hall and Annual Meeting of the Alumni
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2 PM (EST) | Live with Q&A
President Dennis M. Hanno will update alumni updates about what is coming next for Wheaton. Janet Lebovitz ’72, Board Chair, and Joshua S. Bauchner ’95, Alumni Association President, will share updates on 150 years of the Alumni Association.
Follow us on Facebook
Check out the Alumni Association Facebook page to get news from campus, event updates, and fun Wheaton facts!
Find us on Instagram
Follow the Alumni Association on Instagram and get swept away with beautiful campus scenery or have a lighthearted laugh while watching our Instagram stories.
Chat with us on Twitter
Tweet with the Alumni Association on Twitter and see alumni features and see what is trending at Wheaton!
Wheaton Book Club
Take your love of reading to the next level by joining our free Wheaton College Virtual Book Club!
Explore all the different ways you can CONNECT with classmates and friends and network with fellow alumni when you join the official alumni networking platform for Wheaton College.
Wheaton has Talent
Consider sending us a recording, YouTube video, podcast, webinar or Livestream link of your reading, performance or tutorial so we can share it with the Wheaton community.
Fun and Games
Color in Roary!
For Wheaties of all ages! Download Roary and showcase your Wheaton Pride by sharing your completed art on social media!
Looking for a new puzzle to complete? Try out our online Wheaton puzzle, of an iconic campus spot.
Let’s see how many community members can get BINGO! Share your completed BINGO cards on social media.
Share on social media how much fun you are having with Wheaton’s Fun & Games by using #WheatonMA with your posts!
Wheaton in the Community
Visit the Wheaton Blog, a selection of the latest stories, photos, and videos about Wheaton people, programs and events, produced by members of our community.
Read the digital version of the Spring 2020 edition of Wheaton’s Magazine!
Stay up to date on current Wheaton happenings by reading Wheaton News.
The President of the Alumni Association, Josh Bauchner ’95, shares a message about the myriad of ways alumni can stay connected.
Parent & Family Engagement
Parents and families play a big role at Wheaton. Learn more about how family members can get involved at Wheaton.
COVID-19 Resource Page
Curious how Wheaton is responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Visit the official webpage of information and updates on COVID-19 for Wheaton College.
Virtually @ Wheaton
Explore campus life and hear from students, staff, and faculty. Visit Virtually @ Wheaton today!
Dennis M. Hanno, president of Wheaton College, offers five concrete tips to small liberal arts colleges on how to maintain a sense of community as they pivot to remote learning due to COVID-19. Hanno’s tips were published in Education Dive, an online news site that covers trends shaping K–12 and higher education.
Valerie Tobia ’07, director of Counseling and Health Services at Wheaton, oversees all aspects of Wheaton College’s Counseling Center, including programming, outreach, training and the providing of and coordination of services for students. Although the college has switched to remote operations because of COVID-19, Tobia is still working to support students during this challenging time. Continue reading to learn more about best practices for maintaining mental wellness.
Professor of Psychology Gail Sahar, who is chair of the Wheaton College Psychology Department, this semester is teaching PSY 232 Social Psychology, which is an introduction to the systematic study of human social behavior. Witnessing how people began behaving as the impact of the coronavirus grew worldwide—crowding grocery stores and emptying shelves of toilet paper and food staples—continue reading as Professor Sahar shares insight into why this was happening.
At institutions of higher learning all over the world, those who teach suddenly are becoming students themselves, as the impact of COVID-19 forced faculty to quickly pivot from in-person classes to remote instruction.
For the first time in Wheaton’s 186-year history, the college’s personal face-to-face learning must be delivered via computer and telephone screens. It has been no small feat but, within a matter of a few days, Wheaton was up and running with virtual classes by the time students returned from an extended spring break on Monday, March 23.
Wheaton Virtual Happy Hours
Do you find yourself jumping on a lot of video conferences, but truly thinking about your upcoming happy hour with your Wheaton friends? How about you be socially distant in style and download a Wheaton College virtual backdrop to use during your next Wheaton virtual get-together!
Don’t forget to tag @WheatonMAalum when you share your virtual alumni get-togethers on social media to be featured on the Alumni Association accounts.
While scheduling your virtual happy hour with classmates, try making something on the newly designed Wheaton Cocktail Menu, created by Sam Wetterau ’09 (view instructions (pdf)). Looking for your own class menu, visit Sam’s website at menyou.cool.
Supporting Students During Difficult Times
Note to Current Students
On March 11, Wheaton students were informed that the remainder of their Spring 2020 semester would be done remotely. As our students go through this uncertain time and continue to process their new reality, please consider sending a message of support and encouragement. Wisdom and well wishes from members of our community will brighten any day!
Student Relief Fund
We are asking alumni, parents, and friends of Wheaton to support our students by contributing to Wheaton’s Student Relief Fund. Your contribution will directly benefit Wheaton students and provide relief for financial hardships, which has and will continue to be experienced by our students.
Sweet Senior Send-Off
Every year, each graduating senior is surprised with a package of congratulatory messages from alumni. This year, we will be collecting your messages electronically and compiling them into a personalized document to be sent to each senior on May 16. Write members of the Class of 2020 a surprise note of encouragement, support, and congratulations!
For the past 11 years, Chris Paquet ’03, a Wheaton trustee, has dedicated his career to preparing New York City for disaster, as the assistant commissioner in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response within the New York City Health Department. In response to COVID-19, Paquet has been mobilizing the NYC Health Department’s response to the pandemic. Continue reading about Paquet ’03 front line experience...
Up at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine, the Thombs brothers, Luke ’20 and Ethan ’23 are using this quarantine time to give back to their community. Their father Norman Thombs is the Director of Camp Mechuwana and along with other community members, they started an emergency feeding center that is providing breakfast and lunch for 50 up towards 350 people a day. Continue reading about the Thombs brothers ’20 & ’23 and their community service…
Dr. Zaheer Faizi ’10 is on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The doctor, who works 80 hours per week treating patients in the trauma bay and critical care unit, said managing the risk of contracting the coronavirus is a daily reality. Continue reading about Faizi ’10 frontline experience…
Led by the First-Gen and Low-Income Task Force and the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact (SJCI), the Wheaton community established a food pantry the week of March 23 in the basement of Cole Memorial Chapel, which remains available to the 60-plus students staying—socially distant—on campus. Continue reading about how Wheaton is aiding students who may be food-insecure…
A member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) global immunization division, called the Demand for Immunization Team, Atsuyoshi “Atsu” Ishizumi ’12 uses social and behavioral sciences to improve uptake of vaccines in various parts of the world. Continue reading about Ishizumi ’12 frontline experience…
When a DIY video on YouTube caught her sister-in-law’s eye, Carolyn Stimpson ’81 and her family immediately stepped up to help.
As co-owners of Worcester-based Polar Beverage, crafting two-liter seltzer bottles into personal protective equipment, or PPE, for people on the front lines of the battle against COVID-10 felt like something they could do. Continue reading the Boston 25 News Article…
Rachel Mitrovich ’04, a global health practitioner who works on the pharmaceutical side of improving access to vaccines through evidence-based policy development, said the coronavirus is re-orienting our relationship to the government, to one another and to the outside world. Continue reading about Mitrovich ’04 frontline experience…