Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Winter interns work through break

What might the future look like? That’s the question 19 students spent winter break considering as they explored potential future careers during internships. Each year, Wheaton’s Winternship initiative provides stipends for students to work in schools, health clinics, nonprofit organizations and corporate settings. The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services launched the program in 2013 with funding from the Nancy Lyon Porter ’43 Community Service Fellowship program, the Blakely Fetridge Bundy ’66 Work and Learning Fellowship, and the Talanian Family Work and Learning Fellowship. Here’s a glimpse of some of the student experiences. [Read more...]

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Marielle TheteMarielle Thete ’16

Marielle Thete ’16, a double major in political science and international relations, organized Wheaton’s first Multicultural Showcase in March for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The event included a fashion show featuring women in the Wheaton community dressed in clothing traditional to their home country or a place they had studied, as well as international music, dance and cuisine. Thete, who lives in Portland, Maine, wore a dress from her country of birth, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Read more...]

Still on top

Wheaton again ranked among nation’s best Fulbright-producing colleges

Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-15For the 11th consecutive year, Wheaton College has been recognized for its efforts in preparing students to win U.S. Fulbright awards for advanced study and work abroad.

The list of top Fulbright-producing institutions for 2015–16, which was released in February by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and published February 22 in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranks Wheaton 10th among the nation’s liberal arts institutions for producing Fulbright scholars.

Students are selected for the Fulbright program, which is operated through the U.S. Department of State, based on their academic merit and leadership potential.

“The Fulbright program represents an unparalleled opportunity for our students and graduates to extend their interests and commitments across the globe, expanding their own experience while also extending Wheaton’s reach,” Provost Linda Eisenmann said following the latest ranking. [Read more...]

Making it up

Dimple Divers win College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament

Pictured, back row, left to right: Brendan Geiger ’18, Benjamin Sarat ’18, Michael Kristy ’18, Christine Evers ’19, Christopher Truini ’16, Audrey Dubois ’17; front row, left to right: Margaret “Maggie” Darin ’19, Ebony Kennedy ’19 and Samuel “Sam” Hickson ’17 (Photo by Mac Gostow)

Pictured, back row, left to right: Brendan Geiger ’18, Benjamin Sarat ’18, Michael Kristy ’18, Christine Evers ’19, Christopher Truini ’16, Audrey Dubois ’17; front row, left to right: Margaret “Maggie” Darin ’19, Ebony Kennedy ’19 and Samuel “Sam” Hickson ’17 (Photo by Mac Gostow)

The secret to successful, spur-of-the-moment improvisation is practice. That may sound counterintuitive, but the members of the Dimple Divers, Wheaton’s improv comedy team, can vouch for its effectiveness.

The group this winter recorded a first-place finish at the College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament sponsored by ImprovBoston. Tournament judges also awarded MVP honors to Wheaton team member Ebony Kennedy ’19.

“Like any art form, improvisation requires an immense amount of technique. There is a lot of practice and a lot of teamwork involved,” said Christopher Truini ’16, who is sometimes jokingly called the group’s figurehead president. The team practices four hours each week, running through exercises to build up their chops.

“One of my favorite things about the Dimple Divers is that it gives me four hours a week to laugh uproariously with a group of very funny and talented friends,” said Truini, a theater major from Roxbury, Conn., who has been part of the team since his first year at Wheaton. [Read more...]