Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

$150,000 grant will advance research

Professor of Biology Robert Morris

Professor of Biology Robert Morris

Wheaton College has received a $150,000 grant that will expand support for student and faculty research projects.

The three-year grant, a Presidential Leadership award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will enable faculty members to continue scholarly work beyond the classroom, and it will create opportunities for students to participate in original research.

“This grant addresses one of Wheaton’s most essential priorities: providing the resources for faculty and students to conduct scholarly work,” said President Ronald Crutcher. “The excitement of intellectual discovery that comes from engagement in scholarship is central to the college’s mission and to keeping our curriculum vital and evolving.”

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A banner year

Reunion gift

President Crutcher accepts the alumnae/i Reunion gift from Scott St. Onge ’99.

Wheaton’s supporters pushed annual giving to the college to new heights during the 2010–2011 school year. Alumnae/i, parents and friends gave $4,104,865 to the Wheaton Fund, exceeding last year’s $3.9 million mark.

The final Wheaton Fund tally for the 2011 fiscal year reflects a modest increase in alumnae/i participation as well as the generosity of the members of the Mary Lyon Society, who make leadership gifts to the college on a yearly basis. As a group, the Mary Lyon Society contributed $3.6 million.

“Wheaton’s donors have truly ‘gone beyond’ expectations this year,” said Mary Casey, vice president for college advancement. “We are tremendously grateful.”

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Awards support innovation

Foundation and government grants provide an important source of funding for innovation. Wheaton people and programs received more than $2.3 million in grants during the last school year to support faculty research, student scholarly stipends, curricular development and institutional planning and operations.

“The Shared Origins and Parallel Histories of the West and Islam (400–900 C.E.)”

$21,000, Teaching Development Fellowships, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Yuen-Gen Liang

“What Is the Good Life?”

$25,000, Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants, NEH
John Partridge

“Encoding Financial Records for Historical Research”

$25,000, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, NEH
Kathryn Tomasek

Renovations and Improvements in Keefe Hall

$25,000, Keefe Family Foundation

“MRI: Acquisition of an Ion Chromatograph to Support Research and Undergraduate Education”

$36,179, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Matthew Evans

“Lexomic Tools and Methods for Textual Analysis: Providing Deep Access to Digitized Texts”

$135,895, Preservation and Access Research and Development, NEH
Michael Drout

Presidential Leadership Grant: Investing in Research—A Bridge to a Vibrant Academic Future

$150,000, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Davis United World College Scholars Program

$270,000

Supporting Faculty Retirements and Reconfiguring Curricular Resources

$700,000, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Priceless

Two words that can make my pulse race: Yard sale. (Häagen-Dazs is one word, right?)

There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt for a bargain. This year, I got that thrill right here on campus in the Clark Recreation Center at the annual Wheaton-sponsored community yard sale.

The annual trek home by students means making decisions about what will be packed up and schlepped back and what will be left behind to be tossed into the trash. (When the car is brimming with stuff, suddenly there is not one inch left for those red glitter-covered stilettos that now seem so last year.) Instead of letting perfectly good items go to waste and eventually end up in landfills, the Wheaton community collects them, holds a yard sale, and donates the money to local charities. [Read more...]