Members of the Class of 2016 recently gathered in Weber Theatre in Watson Fine Arts for the beginning of Sophomore Symposium. The annual event offers students the opportunity to network with alumnae/i and get career advice through a variety of workshops.
This year, More than 200 students, 11 faculty members, 24 alums and eight staff members, including many from the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services, participated.
Molly Tobin ’13, whose participation in the Passion with a Purpose workshop marked her first Wheaton College visit since graduating, said that she was honored to be a part of the day.
“It was great to be able to share with the sophomores just how much my time at Wheaton defined me and helped me in my professional life,” said Tobin, who works as a regional advisor for Hasbara Fellowships, a nonprofit that gives students the opportunity to take trips to Israel.
The career-focused workshops at Sophomore Symposium covered subjects ranging from fundraising to journalism, study abroad to academic planning. Community activism and graduate school options were also discussed.
In her keynote address, speaker Jessica Bruce ’87, Associated Press vice president for global human resources and strategic execution, spoke of her own experiences as a Wheaton student. She noted that, as an art history major, she would never have guessed where her career path would actually lead.
Sophomore Symposium is organized by a committee of staff and students, led this year by Denyse Wilhelm, associate dean of studies and dean of the sophomore class, and Alex Vasquez, dean of advising and academic success. Also helping to organize the event: Vereene Parnell, dean of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility, Lisa Gavigan ’83, director of career services, Lisa Yenush ’90, associate director of athletics, Susan Doyle ’77, director of Alumnae/i Relations and Marco Barbone ’09, assistant director of Alumnae/i Relations.
—Adam Kilduff ’16