Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

From White House to State House 

Gabe Amo ’10

Gabe Amo ’10

Wheaton alum Gabe Amo ’10 was profiled in July in WPRO News’ “630 Under 30” series, which highlights young professionals in Rhode Island.

Amo, 27, of Pawtucket, R.I., is director of public engagement for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

“Politics and government have always been the most interesting things to me,” Amo told WPRO News. “My path here is a product of being singularly focused on trying to contribute to public service.”

As a political science major at Wheaton, Amo served on the Student Government Association and the College Hearing Board, and was president of Wheaton’s chapter of The Roosevelt Institution. He received numerous scholarships and awards while at Wheaton, including the Davis International Fellowship, which enabled him to teach at a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana the summer after his sophomore year. [Read more...]

Food for thought

Sarah Amin ’10 conducts groundbreaking study on federal lunch program

Sarah Amin ’10

Sarah Amin ’10

Parents, close your eyes. Fruits and vegetables added to school lunches to improve nutrition often end up in the trash, according to a widely publicized study by Sarah Amin.

The National School Lunch Program guidelines—implemented in 2012—require elementary school children to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a federally reimbursable meal. But instead of boosting consumption, the young students dispose of the fruits and vegetables, according to her research.

“Assuming that about 400 school lunches were served each day per school that was involved in the study, this would add up to about 56 cups of fruits and vegetables wasted,” she said.

Moreover, after the new rules went into effect, children consumed fewer fruits and veggies overall.

Amin, who conducted this research as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont, was surprised by these findings, she said. But she hasn’t given up hope in delivering these vital sources of nutrients into children’s diets. [Read more...]

Alumnae/i board candidates

Meet the candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors (ABD)—highly engaged graduates who have been involved with the college in many ways, from serving as class officers and on committees to attending Reunions and other events:

Pamela Reid Graham ’85

Pamela Reid Graham 2Head of reference and instruction at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy library, New London, Conn.

Board position: National regional chair

Why I reconnected: “I reconnected with Wheaton a number of years ago when a friend from Wheaton was her class representative and was visiting Wheaton for Homecoming Weekend. I lived about an hour away and drove to Norton to see her and spend the weekend with her. Not only did we have a wonderful time reconnecting with each other, I also reconnected with Wheaton. It is a very special place. My experiences at Wheaton, both in and out of the classroom, really prepared me for life after college.”

Why I want to be on the board: “A few of us from the classes of the ’80s were chatting on Facebook, and we talked about how our class years are underrepresented on the ABD. Serving on the ABD would be a way to give back to Wheaton and connect with alumnae/i. I want to get more alumnae/i involved in regional events and with the college. I look forward to getting to know more alumnae/i from other class years.” [Read more...]

Focusing on documentaries

Alum’s work airs on HBO

George Kunhardt '09 working on HBO documentary "Living with Lincoln"

George Kunhardt ’09 works on his HBO documentary.

Movie buff George Kunhardt ’09 grew up with dreams of one day directing an action blockbuster.

Little did he know that the Abraham Lincoln portrait that hung for years over his childhood bed would shape a different destiny. In April, HBO aired Living With Lincoln, a documentary Kunhardt produced that explores his family’s more than 150-year connection with the nation’s 16th president.

Kunhardt’s great-great-great-grandfather, a Union officer in the Civil War, gathered nearly 70,000 artifacts relating to Lincoln, including rare photographs, daguerreotypes and maps. Among the collection is the Lincoln portrait depicted on the $5 bill.

Kunhardt is a producer at Kunhardt Films, which was started by his father, Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt. The Lincoln project was the younger Kunhardt’s editorial and producing debut “and by far the biggest responsibility I’ve ever had on a project.” [Read more...]