Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A reflection on Wheaton 80 years later

By Helen Williams Hill ’36

Helen Williams Hill ’36 now

Helen Williams Hill ’36 now

When I entered college in 1932, the country was at the bottom of the Great Depression. I had dreamed of going to Mount Holyoke, where my favorite aunt had graduated in 1913, but fulfillment of that dream was now out of the question. I had my choice of Radcliffe, Pembroke or Wheaton, all within commuting distance.

Though I had grown up in Taunton (20 miles from Providence, 35 from Boston, only eight miles from Norton), I had never visited any of these campuses. My father didn’t have a car. Wheaton sounded the most appealing because it was a college for women only, not subordinate to a men’s university. I applied, was given a scholarship, and began my commute on the little orange bus that rattled its way from Taunton to Norton.

It’s hard to imagine compulsory attendance at chapel in a secular liberal arts college today, but we had to be on campus every weekday morning by 8 a.m. for morning chapel. Seniors wore their caps and gowns. As I dashed for chapel, I was joined by seniors running across campus, gowns flapping, to get to the chapel before the doors closed. There was room for the whole college, including faculty, for there were only about 400 students then (103 in my freshman class, the largest class ever). [Read more...]

My gift. My way.

Diane-Troderman-4Diane Leshefsky Troderman ’63

  • Philanthropist and volunteer
  • Wheaton College honorary degree recipient, 2013
  • Board member of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Married to Harold Grinspoon for 32 years; between them they have six children and 11 grandchildren

“At my 50th Reunion, when I received an honorary doctorate, I told the graduates that taking the time to think about one’s legacy is a wake-up call to examine how one lives. I am constantly thinking about the Jewish values that have shaped my life. One is tikkun olam (repair of the world) and the other is tzeddakah, a concept that combines charity, righteousness and justice. Infused in both of these values is the mandate to give back. We all want to live a good life. Giving back makes it a great life. As a volunteer, philanthropist and leader in the Jewish education field, I give back because I want to help those in need as an expression of where I came from. Wheaton opened me up to new ways of seeing the world. I’m indebted to the college, not only for the education I received but also for the friendships formed. I am thrilled to include Wheaton in my estate plans to help ensure the impact the college will continue to have through the generations to come. In a very real sense, we are stewarding the future, reaffirming our commitment to make a difference where it counts.”

Learn how you can give for the future right now.

Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at giftplanning.wheatoncollege.edu.

Take care of the future

Corinna McFarland ’08Corinna McFarland ’08

  • Case management healthcare data analyst, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • American College of Healthcare Executives member
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Makes a difference

“I help analyze trends in patient movement into and out of the hospital. The main areas of focus are around capacity management, length of stay and utilization of resources (both hospital and insurance) in order to provide services to patients. The business of Boston Children’s Hospital is to take care of the youngest and sickest. My work helps to ensure that more kids gain access when they need it the most.” [Read more...]

Political science professor weighs in on presidential election

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradford Bishop.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradford Bishop.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradford Bishop’s scholarshipfocuses on American public opinion, campaigns and elections, and environmental politics. His research has been published in Political Behavior and in Public Opinion Quarterly.He holds a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University, a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. Prior to becoming a professor, Bishop was a journalist, covering mainly town and city politics. We sat down to talk with him about the race for president (keeping in mind that a lot could change by the time this is published).

How did Donald Trump get this far? [Read more...]