Dear President’s Commissioners,
At the beginning of each academic year, I feel a sense of renewal and expectation of the great things to come. One can't help but be excited when new and returning students arrive on campus, eager to learn and contribute to Wheaton's vibrant community. The 2015-16 year is no exception.
I hope that you will join me on Friday, October 16, for the fall President's Commission meeting, which will focus on some exciting changes at Wheaton. As you know, enrollment of new students is an ongoing priority, especially when facing an extraordinarily competitive arena of peer institutions. Grant Gosselin, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Student Aid, will share with you Wheaton's newly implemented enrollment strategy for "Building the Pipeline," as well as plans for the immediate future.
Last spring, we announced "The Wheaton Edge," one of the key ways in which we plan to strengthen enrollment and increase retention of our students. Starting with the Class of 2019, Wheaton guarantees that each new student will have the opportunity for a funded internship, research position or experiential learning opportunity before senior year. Lisa Gavigan, Director of Career Services, and current students will present on this important new initiative.
Our day will begin with check-in at 8:45 a.m. Registration and our first sessions will be held in the Faculty Dining Room in Emerson Dining Hall (use the entrance near Howard Street). Please review the agenda and register online by Friday, October 2, 2015. Any dietary or mobility restrictions can be noted in the box provided at the bottom of the registration form.
If your schedule permits, please join us on Thursday evening, October 15, for dinner at the Presidents' House. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
If you need hotel accommodations, a special rate has been secured at the following hotel:
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Foxborough/Mansfield
35 Foxborough Boulevard
Foxborough, MA 02035
Reservations: 1-800-321-2211 or 508-543-5222
$139.00 plus taxes
Rooms are blocked under the name Wheaton College President's Commission. To guarantee this special rate, you must contact the hotel directly and make your reservations by Thursday, September 24, 2015.
On behalf of Wheaton and its students, I want to thank you for your efforts. I look forward to seeing you on October 15 and 16!
Questions about your meeting reservations should be directed to Pam Vaz at 508-286-3485 or email@example.com. Please contact Lynne Stack, Program Manager, President's Commission and Associate Director of College Advancement at 508-286-3462 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the meeting program.