Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Health and social justice

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz ’94, Valerie Tobia ’07 and Sophie Howard ’14 discuss their careers in sexual and reproductive health and their passion for social justice.

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz ’94, Valerie Tobia ’07 and Sophie Howard ’14 discuss their careers in sexual and reproductive health and their passion for social justice.

Alumnae panelists share experiences

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Reaping what you sew

Andrew Hench ’04 launches men’s clothing business

2004-Andrew-HenchFashion and convenience don’t always go hand in hand, but Andrew Hench ’04 hopes to change that.

Four years ago, he and his brother, Will Hench, launched ThreadLab, a men’s online clothing delivery service, out of a bedroom in his Boston condo. Thanks to funding from VegasTechFund, a seed-stage investment firm, the startup moved operations last September to Las Vegas to grow the business.

ThreadLab utilizes smart technology to deliver affordable clothing right into customers’ mailboxes, Hench said. “Our customers’ profiles and preferences drive whatever they receive in each box. For example, one customer may not like V-necks, so he’ll never get a V-neck. Another customer may not like stripes, so he’ll never see a striped shirt, sweater or sweatshirt.”

Hench, who majored in studio art at Wheaton, designed the original logo on the clothing boxes when the company first got off the ground. In addition to managing day-to-day business operations, he participates in some of the buying of the clothing.

“I have a decent sense of what looks good and what will fit our demographic,” he said. [Read more...]

Under the sea

Susannah Snowden-Smith ’05 wins awards for underwater photography

2005-Snowden-Smith2Susannah Snowden-Smith ’05 achieved recognition in an international underwater photography competition for breathtaking photos that depict marine life and a shipwreck near the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

S.H.SNOWDEN_PHOTO BY ERIC KEMP_090854_5851At the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards, a contest held in London, Snowden-Smith won awards in the “Wrecks” and “Behavior” categories. Her photos, including one of the wreckage of USS Kittiwake, were chosen from among thousands of submissions.

“I had photographed the Kittiwake numerous times: from the bow, the stern, inside—but always close-up. On this particular dive, I swam a far distance from the wreck, over toward a nearby reef that drops off. I had noticed a school of jacks when I was swimming away from the ship. As I swam, in my mind’s eye I was conceiving a photo that included them. Then it was a matter of combining all the elements—including a diver for scale—and finding the angle I wanted. I waited for the right moment to click the shutter,” she said.

An anthropology major at Wheaton, Snowden-Smith has traveled the world working as an underwater archaeology photographer. She previously served as a photojournalist for The Westerly Sun in Watch Hill, R.I., before relocating to the Cayman Islands, where she shoots underwater full time. [Read more...]

Illuminating shadows

Sonenstein 02Brian Sonenstein ’09 launches independent news site

Brian Sonenstein ’09 is an activist turned journalist who strives to uncover injustices through investigative reporting.

In August 2015, the Berkeley, Calif.-based Wheaton alum founded Shadowproof.com, an independent press organization whose mission is to expose systemic abuses of power in business and government. [Read more...]