Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A minute with…  Michael Sadowsky

Sadowsky with Seth MeyersEach summer, Michael Sadowsky ’18 manages to scout out and initiate his own opportunities for internships, which have provided the film and new media studies major with valuable experience in the entertainment industry as well as brought him face to face with celebrities. In 2014, he interned at Atlas Talent Agency in New York City, working in various roles. In 2015, he was at talent and literary agency ICM Partners in New York as the theater and concerts intern, landing the position with the assistance of Ben Chalot, associate director of career services in the Filene Center, who pointed Sadowsky to alumna and executive vice president at ICM Esther Newberg ’63. (She sent his resume along to the HR department, leading to a phone interview and internship.) In summer 2016, Sadowsky got a position as the production intern for “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in New York City. (Sadowsky and Meyers are pictured here.) So, what’s his secret to creating not-so-obvious opportunities? First comes love: “I can’t imagine anything more boring than being stuck in an internship you don’t have any interest in. My process of figuring out what I liked started in high school. I took a step back and tried to see what parts of school I really enjoyed. It happened to be English and the arts. From that point I started to get interested in the entertainment industry. I wanted to see what was behind the curtain.” Then, friends and family: “Look at your inner circle of family and friends and see whether anyone is connected in any way to the industry you are trying to get into. This is always a good starting point. It is a lot easier to be introduced to someone rather than introducing yourself. Use the resources around you.” Put your Wheaton resources to work: “Being at Wheaton has awesome advantages. Wheaton has amazing alums, who feel deeply connected to this community. Make an appointment at the Filene Center to see which alums are currently working in the field you’re interested in and email or call to introduce yourself. That person might be able to get your resume seen by the right people.” Hello, you don’t know me but…: “When all else fails, cold-calling or emailing people you don’t know yet or have a connection to can be your best friend. You can find people on LinkedIn, or go to company websites to find those who might be able to help you.”

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Open for business

In October 2016, Wheaton’s new social entrepreneur-in-residence Marcia Coné invited Ryan Letada ’08, CEO and co-founder of NextDayBetter, an organization that connects diaspora communities to create positive social change, to present a talk to students.

In October 2016, Wheaton’s new social entrepreneur-in-residence Marcia Coné invited Ryan Letada ’08, CEO and co-founder of NextDayBetter, an organization that connects diaspora communities to create positive social change, to present a talk to students.

Wheaton hires first social entrepreneur-in-residence

Wheaton has hired its first social entrepreneur-in-residence, Marcia Coné, formerly the founding CEO of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. In her new role, she will help students bring their ideas for change to life by connecting them with mentors, other social entrepreneurs and opportunities on and off campus.

The new position is supported by a grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation to promote the steadily growing social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives on campus.

Coné, an accomplished writer, speaker, change strategist and advocate for women, has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in clinical social work as well as a Ph.D. in social work from Boston College. She still holds her position as the chief strategist for the California-based Women’s Funding Network, a philanthropic organization that seeks to address gender equity to solve social issues ranging from poverty to global security.

She has been an adjunct professor at several institutions of higher education, including Boston College, Rhode Island College, St. Ambrose University and American University in Washington, D.C. At Wheaton, she has been a visiting professor for women and gender studies and business and management courses. She also has been a guest speaker on panels at Wheaton and provided training to students on negotiation and grant writing. [Read more...]

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...]