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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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.
Join the Wheaton community in the campaign to vote this upcoming election. There are a few ways to show your support:
- Take a picture of you mailing in your ballot and post it to social media with #WheatonMAVotes
- Post a picture on social media after you vote in person and tag it with #WheatonMAVotes
- Use one of the digital vote stickers below on your social media and don’t forget to use #WheatonMAVotes
*Please, DO NOT share a picture of your ballot or which nominees you voted for. It is considered illegal in some states.
Here are the Wheaton digital stickers you can use on your social media pages:
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 Pumpkin Carving Templates
• A small, sharp knife, such as a paring knife. This is useful for smoothing the edges to enhance the appearance of the carving.
• A transfer tool (a pointed thin tool, like a sharpened pencil or toothpick) to penetrate the paper and the outer layer of the pumpkin to help transfer the shape onto the pumpkin’s surface. Or, pick up an entire pumpkin carving kit that has tools included!
1. Prepare your pumpkin and stencil
Prepare the pumpkin as you normally would before carving; remove the top and gut out the pumpkin. Prepare the stencil you intend to use by trimming it down to size using scissors. Leave about half an inch of space around the stencil so that you will be able to tape it onto the face of the pumpkin. When attaching it, make sure not to crease it too much as it will mar the outcome of your carving.
2. Transfer your design
When the stencil is firmly attached to the surface of the pumpkin, use your transfer tool to poke holes through the lines on the paper stencil. The holes should be 1/8” apart but you can space them closer or further apart depending on how complex your design is. Push the transfer tool with enough force to penetrate the paper and the outer layer of the pumpkin. It is not necessary to push it all the way through.
These holes will act as a guideline for when you are using the knife so ensure that you follow the design lines as much as possible. Take your time when doing this and if necessary, repeat it a few more times until the outline is clearly visible on the face of the pumpkin.
3. Carve your pumpkin
Once you have a clear enough outline, take your knife and push the tip of the blade into one of the outline holes. Cut through to the next hole, wiggling the knife along using back and forth movements. Carefully cut along the outline of your design; do not rush. Make sure the blade of the knife connects the two dots before you make the cut. When cutting through tight angles, re-position the knife blade completely at the new angle.
Pro tip: To make your job easier, cut and remove smaller sections one at a time. You can use your finger or the eraser end of a pencil to push out the cut sections.
Use the knife to smooth the edges by removing excess pumpkin flesh. Although it is not necessary, carving out the edges at an angle of 45 degrees makes the final carving look better, as it lets more light shine out.
When learning how to carve a pumpkin using a stencil, be patient and have fun! It can definitely be a fun project, but if you’ve never done it before, remember that it might take some practice before you master the technique. If your pumpkin doesn’t look exactly like the picture on the stencil, don’t worry—the important thing is the fun that you had and the accomplishment of trying something new!
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.
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…