Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

I think, therefore I am, right?

Statue-selfieWhen I was a college student, I majored in communication arts and political science. As part of the Jesuit school coursework, we had to take a philosophy course.

I vaguely remember feeling super-smart as I sat around with a group of friends in the dining hall on steak-and-potato night debating whether or not we exist, based on what we had studied in class that day. However, there was sour cream involved that evening; consequently, I was a bit distracted and don’t remember much else.

So I have deep admiration for those who major in philosophy and take on all of the challenging thought-provoking work that changes the lens through which we view life. Now I can see how majoring in the subject prepares you for just about anything in life, because that’s what our alums tell us and show us in the cover story of this issue. [Read more...]

Taking care of business

My selfie with “Louie”

My selfie with “Louie”

Anyone who knows me knows that I love taking selfies. Who doesn’t love holding that smartphone and taking as many shots as necessary to get that perfect, flattering angle and lighting?

So, of course, I was game when I walked into Fanautical, an apparel store, and saw the invitation from a fish called Louie. The four-foot-tall re-creation of the store’s logo stands near the entrance with a sign that asks customers to take a selfie with him, post it on social media and get a 15 percent discount.

The idea came courtesy of Wheaton students, who offered Fanautical owner June Wooding strategies to draw customers during their “Marketing” course, which is part of the college’s newest major, business and management.

Louie also doubles as a costume that can be worn to draw attention during events at the busy Foxboro, Mass., location, which is just steps from where the Patriots football team plays and a few miles from campus. [Read more...]

A show of hands

colorful-reaching-handsRaise your hand if you think that this political season has been one of the most strangely interesting ones that you’ve seen in a very long time. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or an independent—and no matter what your political views are—this likely is the one thing that we can all agree upon.

Of course, the political arena is always a challenging place to be. In this issue of the magazine, we feature a student and two alums who have taken on the challenge and placed themselves right in the center of the action in varied ways.

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English professor explores complexities of communicating in the 21st century

Wheaton College Professor Lisa LebduskaThe fact that words have power has always been the case, but now, with the advances in digital communication, that power is magnified. How does the ease of communication and the speed and distance with which words can travel and mutate influence written communication and writing as a genre? Professor of English Lisa Lebduska, whose area of scholarship focuses on writing studies, explores how digital technologies impact the way writing is taught, learned and used. During the spring semester at Wheaton, she delved into these issues through her “Advanced Writing: Digital Controversies” course, which required students to consider the complexity of communicating in the 21st century and to write about it using various means—print and digital.

First, talk about your overall area of scholarship. [Read more...]