Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Letter to the editor

I am delighted to see so many Wheaton undergraduates and alumnae/i engaged in great service projects all over the world. And I wonder whether there is a comparable level of interest and commitment to working to improve the quality of life for the poor in American cities, following the example of Judith Garcia ’13, who was elected to the Chelsea, Mass., City Council and was featured in the spring issue of the Quarterly.

While I was at Wheaton, Professor Richard Robbins’s course in “Urban Sociology” sparked my interest in city planning, which then turned into a challenging career in urban education reform. I hope the Wheaton curriculum is still addressing these issues, as the growing gulf between the rich and the poor is the great domestic challenge of our time, while that gulf is narrowing around the world.

I would be delighted to mentor students interested in internships and jobs in Philadelphia, a booming city for millennials, which also happens to be one of the poorest big cities in America.

—Debra “Debbie” Weiner ’67


Winter interns work through break

What might the future look like? That’s the question 19 students spent winter break considering as they explored potential future careers during internships. Each year, Wheaton’s Winternship initiative provides stipends for students to work in schools, health clinics, nonprofit organizations and corporate settings. The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services launched the program in 2013 with funding from the Nancy Lyon Porter ’43 Community Service Fellowship program, the Blakely Fetridge Bundy ’66 Work and Learning Fellowship, and the Talanian Family Work and Learning Fellowship. Here’s a glimpse of some of the student experiences. [Read more...]

Gallery: Making of Cowduck

Charlotte Middleton ’18, a studio art major, helped bring Cowduck back to "life" as a sculpture. The sculpture was installed on a rock in Peacock Pond in spring 2015 by Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Goff. Here is a look at the process. (Photos by Keith Nordstrom)

Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Alex Bloom, professor of history, published the article “The Complicated Legacy of 1960s Conservatism” in Reviews in American History in December 2015.

Beverly Clark, professor of English, published the chapter “The Critical Reception of Little Women” in Critical Insights: Little Women (Salem Press, 2015).

John Collins, professor of physics, published the article “Non-radiative Processes in Crystals and in Nanocrystals” in ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology in January. [Read more...]