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About Sandy Coleman

Sandy Coleman is the editor of the Wheaton Quarterly and Senior Associate Director in the Communications Office.

Congrats, Class of 2015!

Class 15 NPP_0474The New England forecast threatened rain (again), but the sun came through for the 371 members of the Class of 2015 during Wheaton’s 180th Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

President Dennis M. Hanno and SGA president John Paul Carando

“Boy, do you deserve this day,” President Dennis M. Hanno told them, officiating his first Wheaton Commencement as president. “Four years of the weather from hell you have endured and a weather forecast that said it was going to rain on your parade, and this is what we get. You deserve it.”

“You have achieved a great deal,” he continued. “You are scholars in every field—from English and German to chemistry and economics. Your abilities have been recognized in numerous ways, from invitations to present your work at academic conferences across the country and some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, to outstanding job opportunities and admission to the top graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad. You have learned about other cultures through study and travel around the globe. You have contributed to education and arts programs in communities across the U.S. and around the world, running youth programs, tutoring beginning readers, teaching English and helping high school students prepare for college. And it is with gratitude that I note how your leadership and energy have enhanced our campus. …Bravo.” [Read more...]

Alumnae/i board candidates

Meet the candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors (ABD)—highly engaged graduates who have been involved with the college in many ways, from serving as class officers and on committees to attending Reunions and other events:

Pamela Reid Graham ’85

Pamela Reid Graham 2Head of reference and instruction at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy library, New London, Conn.

Board position: National regional chair

Why I reconnected: “I reconnected with Wheaton a number of years ago when a friend from Wheaton was her class representative and was visiting Wheaton for Homecoming Weekend. I lived about an hour away and drove to Norton to see her and spend the weekend with her. Not only did we have a wonderful time reconnecting with each other, I also reconnected with Wheaton. It is a very special place. My experiences at Wheaton, both in and out of the classroom, really prepared me for life after college.”

Why I want to be on the board: “A few of us from the classes of the ’80s were chatting on Facebook, and we talked about how our class years are underrepresented on the ABD. Serving on the ABD would be a way to give back to Wheaton and connect with alumnae/i. I want to get more alumnae/i involved in regional events and with the college. I look forward to getting to know more alumnae/i from other class years.” [Read more...]

Great outcomes for Wheaton graduates

Each May at Commencement, Wheaton sends graduates off into the world to pursue their hopes, dreams and careers. Judging by a survey of the most recent graduates, the members of the Class of 2014 are doing well. Ninety-eight percent of those who responded have been successful in achieving their professional aspirations within six months of graduating from Wheaton.

98 percent63% Employed
22% Graduate or professional school
6% Volunteer and National service (including AmeriCorps, City Year)
4% Fellowships--Fulbright (9), Watson (2), other (2)
Data based on a knowledge rate of 70 percent for the Class of 2014

Overall, the Class of 2014 had 376 graduating seniors. According to a survey conducted by Wheaton in which 255 members of the Class of 2014 responded, 63 percent were employed, 22 percent were in graduate school, and 13 percent were involved in competitive fellowships, internships or national service as their primary activity within six months of graduation.

“Results like this compare favorably to any institution in the country. Wheaton continues to attract great students who do amazing things while they are here and after they graduate,” said Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno. “What’s impressive is the variety of ways that our newest graduates find success. That speaks to both the quality and flexibility of our programs, and most importantly, it affirms the value of a Wheaton education.”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is collecting data from institutions of higher education that volunteer the information. NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of college graduates. It also forecasts trends in the job market, and tracks starting salaries, and recruiting and hiring practices.

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A minute with …

Joshua Gomez ’15Joshua Gomez ’15, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry, spent his winter break interning at the Santa Barbara County Clinic in California. He gained experience that will be helpful in the career he has planned in medicine. Examining procedures: “Working in the public health lab, I assisted biologists in processing numerous types of specimens. The most interesting aspect of the work was tracking patients from disease conception to post-treatment. I had primary exposure to the biological and psychological journeys that patients underwent as they were treated for their illnesses. These interactions strengthened my interest in epidemiology and public health.” Handling challenges: “A sudden outbreak of influenza during my time there required multitasking, which was somewhat challenging. The toughest part was prioritizing each specimen, especially when higher priority patient samples would arrive later in the day. I frequently found myself juggling a lot of high priority cases at once.”Gaining insight: “Working in the lab has fortified my understanding of independence. Many of the protocols I used had either been explicitly taught or prefaced in my Wheaton curriculum. It was satisfying to be able to enter a professional setting with both confidence and curiosity. Ultimately, I discovered I could place trust in myself and my previous knowledge, working both independently and with lab staff. I cannot thank my professors enough for the degree of preparation they have instilled in me. My lab work at Wheaton, mainly through Professor Jennifer Lanni’s ‘Microbiology’ course, was invaluable.” Planning ahead:“Ultimately, I would like to become a doctor, and this experience exposed me to novel aspects of medicine such as serology. Since the procedures that occur in the lab are often ‘invisible’ to doctors and patients, this internship gave me a greater understanding of the steps involved in treating the ill.”