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Rebecca Harvey discovers her career in science

A Wheaton education can take one in unexpected directions. Just ask Rebecca Harvey ’08.

Rebecca Harvey '08

Rebecca Harvey '08

When Harvey arrived at Wheaton as a freshman, she was planning to pursue a career in dentistry. Today she is an ecological manager at the Squam Lakes Association in New Hampshire, where she monitors water quality, researches environmental issues and leads educational outreach for the nonprofit conservation group.

Growing up in southern Maine, Harvey had never considered such a career, although she had volunteered for an animal refuge and enjoyed her AP chemistry class. An internship helped change her mind.

Wheaton had awarded her a Trustee Scholarship, which includes a stipend to pay for a summer experience. During Harvey’s sophomore year, biology professor Barbara Brennessel suggested to her that she use it to intern at the Cape Cod National Seashore, where Brennessel has done research. [Read more...]

Working to protect others

In New York City, Christopher Paquet ’03 has made the protection of lives his daily mission. As the intra-agency liaison officer for New York City’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response since July 2009, he plays an integral role in protecting more than nine million lives. His job entails working with the city’s leadership to develop and enhance the response capabilities to biological, natural and man-made disasters. Ensuring the safety of New York City is no small task, especially since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Christopher Paquet ’03

Christopher Paquet ’03

“Planning to respond to emergencies is never easy,” he says. “The unknowns are great, and the consequences for inadequate planning and response can lead to losses in life. It’s hard to forget that when doing my work every day. The work never ends and nothing is ever one hundred percent.”

But he loves his work. “My job is never boring. I often tell my family and friends that working here is an educational experience every day. Although I bring emergency management experience to the table, I work with world-renowned doctors and experts on very complex public health challenges. The H1N1 response was an opportunity for me to get a crash course on the spread and prevention of influenza. It was exciting to be a part of a response that I knew was helping the citizens of New York.”

Paquet graduated from Wheaton as a political science major, intending to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather as a politician. However, encounters with a different type of leadership sent him in a different direction. As a graduate student at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, he took on the heavy responsibility of managing a dorm of over 900 freshmen and 40 residential advisors, who helped the school through a crisis among the student body. During his second year at graduate school, he was given the opportunity to consult with the African Council for Sustainable Health Development, headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. As part of a team of four, he was asked to assess and report on how to better manage health concerns for the Pan African Health Organization. [Read more...]

Rugby becomes more than a game

The Rugby Alumni Union

It’s common knowledge that rugby is one of the world’s toughest and grittiest contact sports. At Wheaton, it’s also synonymous with one of the most close-knit groups on campus.

Founded in 1998, the Men’s Rugby Club now has about 30 members who play the game throughout the school year. The club is both a competitive athletic team and a student-run group, which means the players themselves are responsible for everything from planning logistics and buying equipment to hiring coaches.

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Newsmakers: Aimee Lambert Poor ’84

One dress. The same dress. Worn every day. For 50 days. What the frock?!

Aimee Lambert Poor ’84Sounds like a fashionista’s worst nightmare. And yet, Aimee Lambert Poor ’84 dreamed up the idea for herself last fall in an effort to suspend the mental energy spent thinking about what to wear and to simultaneously raise awareness and money for those who may only have one outfit because they are homeless. She asked friends, family and colleagues to pledge money for each day she completed wearing the dress. She then donated the funds to a Swedish charity.

A government major while at Wheaton, she teaches fourth grade at a bilingual school in Stockholm, Sweden, where she has lived since 1995. Her effort, which she dubbed “One Dress 50 days: Uniform Hunger,” took place from September 1 through October 20, 2010.

Her model behavior became all the rage in the media, including in Metro Stockholm, a Swedish national public radio program; on a morning TV show; and on fashion blog scandinavianfashion.net/2010/09/03/one-dress-50-days-uniform-hunger/.

“Several years ago I decided it was time for me to support a local charity in a concrete way. I have been so lucky in my life, and had made a new friend whom I greatly respect, and she influenced me in this regard. At about the same time,  I read about a young designer who created a dress that could be worn for 100 days. I thought that was really interesting. I kept that idea in mind and casually wondered if I could find a dress I could wear for 100 days. After consideration, I thought 50 days was more realistic. I also decided it was time to examine my relationship with clothes and the excessive time and energy I spent on thinking about clothes, shopping for clothes, dressing in the morning, packing for trips.

The frock of choice? [Read more...]