Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Connecting experience, academics

Wheaton wins $500,000 grant to support faculty, students

Ian Opaluch ’17

Ian Opaluch ’17, who interned at Wheaton Innovates at MassChallenge in summer 2016, is one of many students who engage in experiential learning opportunities.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Wheaton College a $500,000 grant for faculty development and off-campus programs that will facilitate the integration of classroom learning with applied experiences.

The initiative, titled “Taking Integrative Learning on the Road: Promoting Curiosity, Knowledge Acquisition, and Integrated Problem-Solving Skills,” will help faculty connect students’ experiential learning experiences with their academic work and scholarship.

“This approach is a timely and thoughtful way to address the faculty’s desire to quantify, qualify and integrate knowledge from coursework with the skills and contexts gained from experiential learning environments,” said President Dennis M. Hanno.

Wheaton recently completed a strategic plan that articulates how it will build a cohesive academic and co-curricular 21st century student experience. The college also has launched a curriculum review and is well underway in providing a guarantee of experiential learning opportunities for students through the Wheaton Edge. Each year, Wheaton spends $1.2 million on internship stipends. [Read more...]

Rachael Pauze ’07 takes on tough role

Rachael Pauze ’07 conducts many trainings for the Wheaton community as director of Title IX compliance.

Rachael Pauze ’07 conducts many trainings for the Wheaton community as director of Title IX compliance.

Director of Title IX compliance.

It is a job that requires one to know a complex and ever-evolving federal law inside out; help an institution continually live up to the law’s high standards and comply with the very detailed and stringent guidance from the government; and conduct training so that students, staff and faculty fully understand it—while overseeing investigations and equitably and compassionately guiding individuals through an emotionally charged process when violations are reported. And any missteps can land in the media spotlight.

This is the work Rachael Pauze has chosen to do at Wheaton.

The Class of 2007 alumna is more than comfortable in the position. “You know that you’ve come to a great point in your career when you connect your skills and experience and then use them in a way that contributes to a cause that you care about,” says Pauze, a lawyer. “This is a job where I can use my background in policy and compliance on something that I’m passionate about—gender equity. This is also a very interesting area of law right now, one that is still evolving, so it’s a great opportunity to jump in and be a part of that.” [Read more...]

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One step at a time 

A New Year’s guide to fitness, food and feeling good

The Chinese proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Your Wheaton magazine editor says, when it comes to food and fitness, sometimes the hardest part is putting down the fork and putting on the sports bra to get going in the right direction.

It’s that time of year again, when we recharge ourselves (and the Fitbit) in the face of a new year and make dramatic resolutions to get in shape, eat right and change something big in our lives. (This year, we really, really mean it. No, really!) To help us all, your editor has sought advice from a few of our alumnae/i, who each have something to offer in their field of expertise in nutrition, fitness and self-care.

Read an in-depth interview with each of them below. And email us your personal advice for setting and reaching goals at quarterly@wheatoncollege.edu. We can use all the inspiration we can get.

Work it out.

Albi SkenderiAlbi Skenderi ’09

  • ReFit director and trainer, New York City
  • Economics major
  • Former member of the men’s track and field team

Set a goal: “You have to have a purpose for working out. That has to be a key point for anyone. For me it has always been about signing up for an event and working toward it. That way you don’t have to think long term but rather week by week. You set a schedule for the week and try to maintain it. Next week do the same. For example, I recently learned how to swim. I signed up for a triathlon three months before I learned how to swim. Every day I had to train I knew I had to be there because, if I didn’t show up, I would be in a bad place come race day. So setting that one goal just a couple months before motivated me to train. When that was done, I moved on to something else that was two months in the future.” [Read more...]